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Ranking the top minor leaguers from Long Island

Steven Matz during pitching drills at spring training

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1. STEVEN MATZ, LHP (Ward Melville, ’09) – Binghamton Mets (Mets Double-A): 2.64 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 66 K, 23 BB

Matz had a rough Double-A debut, allowing five earned runs and seven hits in 5.2 innings. 2. NICK TROPEANO, RHP (SBU, ’11) – Oklahoma City RedHawks (Astros Triple-A): 2.28 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 72 K, 22 BB

Tropeano has a 1.95 ERA in his last 10 starts. 3. SEAN NOLIN, LHP,...

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Several Yankees, Mets prospects to play in Futures Game

Mets prospect Noah Syndergaard of Team USA delivers

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Several top prospects from the Mets and Yankees will finally set foot on a major league field for game action on July 13.

So what if the game doesn’t count?

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard and catcher Kevin Plawecki and Yankees first baseman Peter O’Brien and pitcher Luis Severino were selected Tuesday to the rosters of the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will be played at Target...

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Yankees on Twitter: Vote Jeter or we're not friends

Derek Jeter of the Yankees is hit by

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A New York baseball team sent out an embarrassingly bad tweet.

And it wasn't the Mets.

The Yankees, trying to push Derek Jeter's All-Star candidacy in his final season, tweeted the following on Monday morning:

Text a friend "If you haven't voted Jeter yet, we aren't friends anymore. http://t.co/R0rXyRpL3v" #VoteJeter— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 23, 2014

It's bad enough...

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Darryl Strawberry: Getting cut off from sex helped me quit drugs

Darryl Strawberry lays down his bat at the

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Former slugger Darryl Strawberry was in debt and hooked on drugs when something finally woke him up: His girlfriend said they couldn't have sex anymore because they weren't living right.

Strawberry recounts in a Real Sports clip how that bombshell caused him to hit the road and, ultimately, the books -- in this case, The Good Book, the Bible.

Watch the clip as "Straw" and his wife talk...

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Mets minor league report

From left, Mets prospects Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero

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Here's a look at the top Mets minor league players and teams (all stats through Friday night's games):

1. TRAVIS D’ARNAUD, C, Las Vegas 51s (AAA): .458 BA, .500 OBP, .958 SLG, 6 HR

Since his demotion, d’Arnaud has 22 hits, six doubles and six home runs.

2. NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, Las Vegas 51s (AAA): 4.78 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 60 K, 20 BB

“Thor” has had a rough experience in AAA....

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Dellin Betances having historic season for Yankees

Betances was a top prospect coming out of

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Maybe we should have seen this coming.

Dellin Betances’ season line from 2013 appears uninspiring at first glance: in six games he posted a 10.80 ERA, allowing six earned runs and nine hits in five innings. But five of those hits and four of those runs came during a single game, his first major league action of the season on Aug. 13 against the Angels.

That day he was plain awful.


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Tracy McGrady, former NBA All-Star, slated to pitch vs. Ducks

Former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady is slated to

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Tracy McGrady is taking his reinvention tour to Long Island.

The former seven-time NBA All-Star is trying to make a go of it as a righthanded pitcher and is currently a member of the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League. McGrady is now slated to pitch against the Ducks, the team announced, during their game at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday at Bethpage Ballpark. McGrady's start will be in the...

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Mets prospects Steven Matz, Brandon Nimmo, Dilson Herrera promoted to Double-A

Mets pitcher Steven Matz looks on during spring

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Now all that separates three of the Mets top prospects from Citi Field is two levels and 185 miles.

Lefthanded starter Steven Matz, centerfielder Brandon Nimmo and second baseman Dilson Herrera have all been promoted to Double-A Binghamton, according to multiple reports. The news was first reported by Jon Santucci, an area journalist who said he spoke to Nimmo. T.J. Rivera and Randy Fontanez...

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Scouting the return for Ike Davis

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Ike Davis looks on

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If he's even the least bit successful in his professional career, you probably won't read the name "Blake Taylor" again for at least four years.

The "upside" return from the Ike Davis trade has finally trickled into the Mets system in the form of an 18-year-old lefthander with 21 minor league innings to his name. Taylor pitched for the Gulf Coast League affilliate of the Pirates in 2013 and...

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Yankees minor league report

Yankees first-round draft picks, pitcher Ian Clarkin (33rd

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1. BRADY LAIL, RHP, Charleston Riverdogs (A): 3.49 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 71 K, 13 BB

Lail, 20, was an 18th rounder in 2012, but has a career 5.96 K/BB and has raised his K/9 each season.

2. ROB REFSNYDER, 2B, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA): .333 BA, .375 OBP, .529 SLG, 6 HR

His hot-hitting earned a recent promotion to Triple-A. Possesses excellent patience and contact.


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