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Masahiro Tanaka, David Phelps, Brendan Ryan to meet Stadium fans

Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees pitches in the

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Masahiro Tanaka sells tickets on and off the field for the Yankees.

Fans may have to wait another few weeks before they can see the  injured ace take the mound at Yankee Stadium again, so he's meeting them at the ticket booth.

Tanaka and fellow starter David Phelps are scheduled to be behind counters at the Yankee Stadium Advance Ticket Windows at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

A press...

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Yankees daily prospect report: Bird homers for first Double-A hit

Yankees' INF Greg Bird on picture on pitcher

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Tuesday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: Scranton was held to only one run and five hits in a 4-1 loss to Syracuse.

The standouts:

Zelous Wheeler, 3B; 2-for-3 with a walk

Austine Romine, C: 2-for-4 with a double

DOUBLE-A – Trenton Thunder

The skinny: Trenton took a one-run lead...

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Mets daily prospect report: Montero dominates again

Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50), who was

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Tuesday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Rafael Montero and Chase Bradford combined to allow just one hit to Sacramento during a 3-0 Las Vegas win. Montero carried a no-hitter through four innings, but Nick Buss singled for Sacramento to lead off the bottom of the fifth.

The standouts:

Montero, RHP: Allowed one hit and...

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Dellin Betances’ curveball ranked AL’s best

Dellin Betances of the Yankees pitches in the

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Dellin Betances rarely gets the hook from his manager. That’s probably because opposing managers hate getting the hook from Betances.

The Yankees reliever's curveball was rated the best in the American League in a Baseball America survey of all 30 MLB managers.

Betances also finished as runner-up to Kansas City’s Greg Holland for the AL’s best reliever.

Other Yankees featured were:...

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Yankees daily prospect report: Refsnyder still hot at Triple-A

Trenton Thunder infielder Rob Refsnyder poses during Media

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Monday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: Syracuse rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to take the lead for good, beating Scranton/Wilkes-Barres, 7-6.

The standouts:

Jose Pirela, 2B: 2-for-5 with a double

Rob Refsnyder, DH: 1-for-5 with a double

Zoilo Almonte, LF: 2-for-4...

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Mets daily prospect report: Puello looking like a platoon bat

Mets' Cesar Puello bats during a spring training

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Monday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas finally broke through in the sixth and seventh innings, taking a four-run lead into the ninth in a 4-2 win over Sacramento.

The standouts:

Matt den Dekker, CF: 3-for-4 with a home run and a walk

Allan Dykstra, DH: 1-for-4 with a double

Andrew Brown, RF: 1-for-3...

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With rotation in shambles, Yankees adjusted their ground game

Brandon McCarthy, left, Shane Greene, Hiroki Kuroda and

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Just a little more than a week into July, the Yankees were left with only one of their season-opening starting pitchers healthy.

Ivan Nova – Tommy John surgery. CC Sabathia – knee problems. Michael Pineda – a shoulder ailment.

Then came the biggest blow of all: Masahiro Tanaka had a tear of the ulnar ligament in his right elbow. Rehab was prescribed, but season-ending Tommy John surgery...

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Yankees daily prospect report: Lindgren, Webb could move quickly

Jacob Lindgren was selected by the Yankees in

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Sunday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: Kyle Roller’s 12th home run of the season gave the RailRiders a three-run lead in the sixth inning and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rolled to a 3-1 win over Syracuse.

The standouts:

Michael Pineda, RHP: Allowed three hits and one walk in 3.1 scoreless innings, striking...

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Mets daily prospect report: Conforto homers again, Matz rebounds

Cyclones designated hitter Michael Conforto cracks a single

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Sunday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas produced a steady stream of offense, scoring seven runs from the fourth inning on in a 7-2 win over Sacramento.

The standouts:

Matt Reynolds, SS: 4-for-5 with a double and a home run

Andrew Brown, RF: 2-for-5 with a home run

NOTES: In his last nine games,...

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Yankees minor league rankings

Trenton Thunder infielder Rob Refsnyder poses during Media

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1. ROB REFSNYDER, 2B/RF, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (AAA): .323 BA, .392 OBP, .522 SLG, 13 HRAGE: 23 | DRAFTED: 5th round (2012)Brian Cashman may not think it’s time to call up Refsnyder yet, but the second baseman is doing all he can to force the issue. In his last 10 games, Refsnyder is hitting .325 with a .413 OBP and .500 slugging percentage. 2. LUIS SEVERINO, RHP, Trenton Thunder...

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