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Yankees prospects report

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez poses on picture day

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How the Yankees’ top minor league prospects have fared so far this season (all stats through Friday):

1. Mason Williams OF | Tampa Yankees (Single A Advanced) .258 BA, .379 OBP, .392 SLG, 2 HR, 10 RBIs Williams has walked just as many times as he’s struck out – 18 times.

2. Slade Heathcott OF | Trenton Thunder (Double A) .169 BA, .258 OBP, .260 SLG, 1 HR, 7 RBIs Has struggled to hit...

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Why are strikeout rates at an all-time high?

Chris Carter of the Houston Astros walks to

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When Mariano Rivera struck out Jason Castro to close out Tuesday night's Yankees victory, it marked the 267th time an Astro had struck out in 27 games. Going into Saturday's games, they had struck out 300 times in 30 games, or 10 per game, the most in the majors.

Fun fact: Thursday's 18 strikeouts marked the 15th time that the Astros were rung up in double figures.

It's not just the...

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By the numbers: How the Mets rallied against the Braves

Terry Collins watches batting practice before a game

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ATLANTA -- Just like many of his peers, Mets manager Terry Collins routinely leaves himself open for second guessing. Whether it be his lineup construction, or bullpen management or in-game decision making, he has never shied away from cutting against the grain.

After all, Collins is the same man who ordered an intentional walk of Donovan Solano on Monday even after he fell behind in the count...

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Mets demote Colin Cowgill, promote Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown takes batting practice during a spring

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ATLANTA -- The Mets' outfield carousel turned once more on Friday when the team demoted Collin Cowgill and replaced him with Andrew Brown.

Cowgill hit a grand slam on Opening Day, though his performance only slid downhill from there. After a reduction in his playing time, Cowgill was ultimately optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas with a .157 average with two homers and eight RBIs in 19 games.

The...

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State of the Yankees by beat reporter Erik Boland

CC Sabathia reacts after getting the final out

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Can CC Sabathia survive without a mid-90s fastball?

Who's the odd man out of the outfield when Curtis Granderson returns from the disabled list?

Yankees beat reporter Erik Boland takes you inside the Yankees clubhouse and the mind of manager Joe Girardi with detailed information and analysis on the state of the team in our newest video....

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Joba Chamberlain placed on DL by Yankees

Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain taking part in fielding

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Another one bites the dust.

The Yankees announced that right-handed reliever Joba Chamberlain would be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain, adding yet another injury to a season full of them. The DL stint is retroactive to April 28.

Chamberlain is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA and one save in 9.1 innings this season.

He'll be the 10th member of the Yankees 40-man...

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Terry Collins likes Mets approach, despite results

Terry Collins of the Mets looks on as

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MIAMI -- Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday morning that he's been pleased with his team's approach at the plate, even though that approach hasn't led to any results.

While the Mets continue to work counts, he said the issue has stemmed from simply missing good pitches to hit, and failing to do damage against opposing bullpens. Hitting coach Dave Hudgens echoed the message, preaching...

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Edwin Encarnacion hits moonshot off Jon Lester

Toronto Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion, right, celebrates his

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Toronto Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion had hit 47 home runs at the Rogers Centre before Tuesday, but he never hit any quite like this one.

With the Jays leading the Boston Red Sox 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Encarnacion hit an absolute moonshot off of Jon Lester that landed in the fifth deck in left field. He's only the 14th player ever to hit one into the 500 level at Rogers...

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