On-Base Perception

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Nick Swisher on Brett Gardner: 'He's killing it, man'

Brett Gardner #11 of the Yankees connects for

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Former Yankee Nick Swisher has been impressed with Brett Gardner and the power surge that has resulted in a career-best 15 homers.

"He's killing it, man,'' Swisher said Saturday before the Indians beat the Yankees, 3-0, at Yankee Stadium. "Signing that contract was probably the best thing to ever happen to him. He can relax now . . . He knows now that when he gets in those fastball counts,...

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Long Island's top minor league baseball prospects

Mets pitcher Steven Matz looks on during spring

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1. STEVEN MATZ, LHP – Binghamton Mets (Mets, Double-A)BORN: Stony BrookAGE: 23 | DRAFTED: 2nd round (2009)2.47 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 106 K, 31 BB

Matz bounced back from a rare rough outing with a phenomenal game vs. Bowie. He allowed one unearned run, six hits and one walk in six innings, striking out seven.

2. NICK TROPEANO, RHP – Oklahoma City RedHawks (Astros, Triple-A)BORN: West IslipAGE:...

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Yankees daily prospect report: Clarkin excels in Tampa debut

Yankees first-round draft pick pitcher Ian Clarkin (33rd

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Thursday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: The RailRiders were shut out during a 7-0 loss to Columbus.

The standouts:

Robert Refsnyder, 2B: 3-for-4 with a double

NOTES: Refsnyder is 14-for-41 (.341) in his last 10 games with four doubles and two walks.

DOUBLE-A – Trenton Thunder

The...

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Mets daily prospect report: Syndergaard stumbles, Bowman shines

Noah Syndergaard #55 of the Mets looks toward

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Thursday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Albuquerque scored three runs by the end of the third inning and never trailed in a 6-2 win over Las Vegas.

The standouts:

Matt den Dekker, CF: 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk

Matt Reynolds, SS: 2-for-4

Cesar Puello, LF: 2-for-3 with a double and a walk

NOTES:...

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First pitch: Mets aim for series win against Nationals

Mets starting pitcher Jacob Degrom delivers a pitch

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WASHINGTON -- Here's a list of Mets players with an OPS better than .700 in the second half, non-Jeurys Familia division, of course: 

Lucas Duda .992Daniel Murphy .932

That's it. Now, here's a list of those who are nowhere close to a modest .700 OPS in the second half so far:

David Wright .455Ruben Tejada .495Curtis Granderson .515Juan Lagares .563

That leaves little...

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Yankees daily prospect report: Bird homers twice

Yankees' INF Greg Bird on picture on pitcher

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: The RailRiders were off.

DOUBLE-A – Trenton Thunder

The skinny: In a two-run hole, Trenton scored in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings to go ahead and beat Altoona, 7-3.

The standouts:

Greg Bird, 1B: 4-for-4 with two home runs and...

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Mets daily prospect report: Cecchini hot, Herrera hurt

Cyclones' Gavin Cecchini throws the ball around infield

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas was off.

DOUBLE-A – Binghamton Mets

The skinny: Binghamton scored three runs in the top of the first and kept Richmond off the board until the ninth inning during a 5-1 Mets win.

The standouts:

Brian Burgamy, 1B-3B: 1-for-3 with a home run and two walks

Dustin...

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Covering the bases: Nationals 7, Mets 1

Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese throws a pitch

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WASHINGTON -- If Jonathon Niese was still feeling soreness in his arm, manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday night that the Mets lefty would be smart enough to say something.

For the record, he hasn’t.

Even after he was hit hard in the Mets’ 7-1 loss to the Nationals, Niese insisted that health was not an issue. Instead, Niese said he must simply re-learn how to pitch now that he’s...

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Jacoby Ellsbury makes leaping catch at the wall

Jacoby Ellsbury makes a catch at the wall

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After the Detroit Tigers' Ezequiel Carrera made a head-turning catch in centerfield Monday in the opening game of the Yankees-Tigers series, Jacoby Ellsbury tried to match it.

With two outs in the top of the sixth, Ellsbury made a leaping grab at the wall to rob the Tigers' J.D. Martinez of extra bases.

It wasn't quite as impressive as Carrera's grab the other night, but it helped Chris...

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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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