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What the flurry of trades means for the Yankees

Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester delivers a

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The Yankees strengthened their offense and defense on Thursday by acquiring Stephen Drew from the Red Sox for Kelly Johnson and getting Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks for Peter O'Brien and a player to be named later.

But the biggest impact for the Yankees may have been made by other teams -- namely the Athletics and Tigers.

The Yankees enter Friday five games behind the American...

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Yankees daily prospect report: Jaron Long masters Double-A

Yankees batting coach Kevin Long poses on picture

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Thursday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: The RailRiders scored all of their runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings during an 8-4 win over Gwinnett.

The standouts:

Jose Pirela, LF: 3-for-5 with a double and a triple

Rob Refsnyder, 2B: 2-for-5

John Ryan Murphy, C: 2-for-4 with a...

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Mets daily prospect report: Montero shines for Las Vegas

Mets pitcher Rafael Montero looks on during spring

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Thursday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings during a 2-0 win over El Paso.

The standouts:

Matt den Dekker, CF: 2-for-2 with two walks

Matt Reynolds, SS: 2-for-3 with a double and a walk

Rafael Montero, RHP: Allowed three hits and two walks in 6.2...

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John Lackey traded to Cardinals

Boston Red Sox John Lackey pitches in the

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Fresh off the Red Sox trading one two-time World Series-winning pitcher, Boston has dealt another one.

John Lackey has been sent to the Cardinals, both clubs have confirmed. The deal was first reported by CBS' Jon Heyman and ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes.

MLB Network's Peter Gammons reports that first baseman/rightfielder Allen Craig and righthanded pitcher Joe Kelly will be going to Boston....

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Yankees daily prospect report: Peter O'Brien homers twice

Yankees prospect Peter O'Brien warms up in Trenton

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: The RailRiders scored a single run in the second inning but were shut out afterwards in a 3-1 loss to Gwinnett.

The standouts:

Antoan Richardson, CF: 2-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base.

Austin Romine, C: 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.

DOUBLE-A...

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Mets daily prospect report: Michael Conforto streaking

Cyclones DH/OF Michael Conforto signs autographs before his

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: El Paso scored four runs in the final two innings to beat Las Vegas, 8-5.

The standouts:

Matt den Dekker, CF: 2-for-5 with a double

Matt Reynolds, SS: 2-for-5

NOTES: The beat goes on for den Dekker. He’s now 17-for-37 (.459) in his last 10 games with eight doubles,...

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How about the Mets and Matt Kemp?

Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers ounds

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Something for Mets fans to ponder as the clock ticks down to Thursday's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline:

Matt Kemp went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs on Tuesday night in the Dodgers' 8-4 win over the Braves.

It went mostly unnoticed because the Dodgers announced during the game that Vin Scully will be returning for a 66th season in 2015.

Scully is a Hall of Fame broadcaster....

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Yankees daily prospect report: Severino back in control

Tampa Yankees pitcher Luis Severino poses for a

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Tuesday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: The RailRiders blew a one-run lead entering the ninth inning, allowing three runs to Gwinnett in the top of the frame. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rallied for a run in the bottom of the inning, but Rob Refsnyder struck out to end the 6-5 loss with tying run Taylor Dugas at...

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Mets daily prospect report: Herrera has a walk-off, den Dekker on fire

Matt den Dekker catches a ball hit by

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Tuesday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth but couldn’t complete a comeback during a 7-5 loss to El Paso.

The standouts:

Matt den Dekker, CF: 3-for-4 with two doubles

Matt Reynolds, SS: 2-for-5

Zack Thornton: Pitched a perfect inning of relief, striking out...

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Yu Darvish blames Brett Gardner's parents for home runs

Brett Gardner of the Yankees runs the bases

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Brett Gardner is having a career year. He's batting .276 with a .352 on-base percentage, 17 stolen bases and a career-best 12 home runs to go along with excellent defense in left and centerfield. His .789 on-base plus slugging percentage leads the Yankees.

And Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish knows who's to blame for the breakout.

Gardner's parents.

Following Gardner's two home runs...

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