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LI’s Cam Maron among year-end All-Stars

Cam Maron, a native of Hicksville, works out

(Credit: Bruce Adler)

Hicksville’s Cam Maron is one of five year-end All-Stars selected from the Mets’ and Yankees’ organizations.

Maron, 23, has hit .284 with a .394 on-base percentage in 93 games with the St. Lucie Mets, who play in the Single-A advanced Florida State League. The catcher had a 31-game streak of reaching base via a hit or walk snapped on Aug. 22. Maron has impressive plate discipline and has walked...

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Playoff outlook: Yankees, Orioles battle for AL East

Yankees designated hitter Carlos Beltran (36) is greeted

(Credit: AP / Julie Jacobson)

Heading into Tuesday's action, the Yankees still have their sites set on capturing the American League East. They’re currently in second place in the division and are six games behind the first-place Orioles.

Here’s the outlook for the Yankees and Orioles for the remainder of the season:

YANKEES (68-61)

Games left: 33

Games left vs. Orioles: 8 – Four in Baltimore, four in...

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Yankees' Dan Camarena starting to turn corner at Trenton

Dan Camarena is a lefthanded pitching prospect in

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Monday (and a glance at the overall playoff picture):

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: Rochester scored three runs against Preston Claiborne in the sixth inning to take the lead for good during a 4-2 win over the RailRiders.

The standouts:

Robert Refsnyder, 2B: 0-for-2 with two walks

Kyle Roller,...

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Brooklyn Cyclones: 'Showdown' ejection, walk-off loss

A statue of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie

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Here’s an overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Monday (and a look at the overall playoff picture):

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas scored three runs in the second inning and eight runs by the end of the fourth to take a commanding lead in a 9-3 win over Round Rock.

The standouts:

Matthew Bowman, RHP: Allowed seven hits, four walks and three runs...

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Disconcerting numbers behind two Yankees prospects' outings

Tampa Yankees pitcher Brady Lail in action.

(Credit: Mark LoMoglio)

An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Sunday, plus a review of the organizational playoff picture:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: Ramon Flores hit his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot with two outs, to cut Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s deficit to one run in the ninth inning. But Robert Refsnyder popped out to second base to end the 5-4 loss...

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Stellar start, troubling stat for LI's Steven Matz

Mets pitching prospect Steven Matz, from Long Island,

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

Here's an overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Sunday (we also have a playoff update at the bottom):

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas took a six-run lead at the end of the sixth inning, but Round Rock cut its deficit to one run with a five-run eighth inning. The 51s held on for a slim 6-5 win.

The standouts:

Bobby Abreu, DH: 2-for-3 with a double...

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Mets prospect rankings

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a warmup pitch

(Credit: Ernst Peters)

1. NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, Las Vegas (AAA): 4.85 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 135 K, 41 BBFollowing a string of six starts in which he allowed three earned runs or less, Syndergaard gave up five earned runs and eight hits in six innings on Friday.

2. DILSON HERRERA, 2B, Binghamton (AA): .346 BA, .415 OBP, .579 SLG, 9 HRThe youngest player in the Eastern League at 20 years and five months, Herrera leads...

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Yankees call up Zelous Wheeler, send down Chase Whitley

The Yankees' Zelous Wheeler, right, is all smiles

(Credit: AP / Jim Mone)

The Yankees added infielder Zelous Wheeler prior to Thursday's 1:05 p.m. game against the Astros. Righthanded pitcher Chase Whitley was sent to the minors to make room on the roster for Wheeler.

The righthanded Wheeler is in the lineup, at designated hitter, batting ninth vs. lefthanded Houston starter Dallas Keuchel.

Wheeler, 27, hit .267 with two home runs during a prior stint with...

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Aaron Judge, Mark Payton highlight Tampa power show

Aaron Judge has been powering the Tampa offense

(Credit: Mark LoMoglio)

An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: Bryan Mitchell allowed eight earned runs in 4.2 innings as Syracuse shellacked Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 11-2.

The standouts:

Corban Joseph, DH: 1-for-3 with a home run

Taylor Dugas, LF: 0-for-1 with two walks

Carmen Angelini, SS: 2-for-3

DOUBLE-A...

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Dilson Herrera homers again, Matthew Bowman shines in loss

Binghamton Mets starting pitcher Matt Bowman throws against

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Here’s an overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: New Orleans nursed a one-run lead most of the game, then broke things open with a three-run ninth inning during a 4-0 win over Las Vegas.

The standouts:

Matthew Bowman, RHP: Allowed four hits, one walk and one run (earned) in seven innings, striking out nine

Daniel...

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