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David Lennon

Mets deliver positive message at 'Latino Leaders' event

Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia reacts at the end

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Before Jenrry Mejia received his first paycheck from playing baseball his mother demanded one thing. 

“She always said, ‘If you’re going to get a lot of money or get to the big leagues, never change,’” the Mets closer, who grew up poor in the Dominican Republic, said early Tuesday afternoon.

Mejia, Bobby Abreu, Bartolo Colon, Gonzalez Germen and bullpen coach Ricky Bones shared...

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Yankees or Mets quiz answers explained

Derek Jeter of the Yankees runs past David

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These are the full answers for the Yankees or Mets quiz.

Note: Answers are based on stats as of July 8.

 

Which team's regular first baseman has the higher on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS)?

Lucas Duda (Mets)Mark Teixeira (Yankees)

A: Duda has a .819 OPS, Tex has a .791 OPS.

Which team's regular center fielder has the higher slugging percentage?

Juan...

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David Ortiz goes off on MLB Network analyst for saying he got a 'free pass' on PED scandal

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz heads

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It’s been more than 10 years since David Ortiz’s name appeared on a list of 104 MLB players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in a survey test, but from time to time his name still gets brought up with PEDs. That bothers the Red Sox slugger.

Ortiz turned to WEEI.com to go off on an MLB Network analyst, who according to the Boston Globe was former MLB pitcher Joe Magrane,...

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MLB All-Star Game skills competition proposal

The Los Angeles Dodgers' Dee Gordon runs to

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Home runs are just so….blah.

Nelson Cruz and Edwin Encarnacion can hit the ball a long way. We get it. Isn’t it time for the other baseball skills to have their day during the All-Star week festivities?

If there was going to be an MLB skills competition, here’s some of the events we’d like to see featured, and some of the players we’d like to see included:

Pitching accuracy, throwing...

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Shane Greene scouting report

Shane Greene was called up by the Yankees

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No hitter was able to make contact against Shane Greene during his major league debut, on April 24 against the Red Sox.

Of course, Greene didn't give them much of a chance. Or himself.

He appeared out of the Yankees' bullpen and in just 0.1 innings walked three and struck out one. All three of his walks came around to score and Greene was sent packing, back to Triple-A.

Joe Girardi...

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Mets minor league rankings

From left, Mets prospects Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero

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1. NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, Las Vegas 51s (AAA): 5.70 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 74 K, 23 BBAGE: 21 | DRAFTED: 1st round (2010)“Thor” has had a rough experience in AAA. His last five starts: 19 innings, 32 hits, 22 earned runs.

2. BRANDON NIMMO, CF, Binghamton Mets (AA): .302 BA, .430 OBP, .444 SLG, 6 HRAGE: 21 | DRAFTED: 1st round (2011)Has a hit in eight of his last 10 games as he adjusts to a recent...

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Yankees minor league report

Tampa Yankees pitcher Luis Severino poses for a

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1. ROB REFSNYDER, 2B, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA): .340 BA, .408 OBP, .551 SLG, 10 HR

AGE: 23 | DRAFTED: 5th round (2012)

Has a .512 OBP in his last 10 games and has baseball buzzing about a possible call-up.

2. LUIS SEVERINO, RHP, Tampa Yankees (A+): 2.56 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 90 K, 19 BB

AGE: 20 | DRAFTED: Signed out of the Dominican Republic

Has allowed two hits in 12...

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CC Sabathia not likely to pitch again in 2014, Joe Girardi says

Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia watches the interleague

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CC Sabathia will likely not pitch again this season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, due to the right knee issue that has limited him to eight starts with the Yankees this year.

When asked if Sabathia may not return during the 2014 season, Joe Girardi told reporters before Friday’s game against Minnesota, “That’s probably fair to say.”

Girardi admitted there was some concern that,...

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Zelous Wheeler drives home run for first career hit

Yankees' Zelous Wheeler celebrates in the dugout after

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After the Yankees sent down slumping Yangervis Solarte earlier Thursday, his replacement, rookie infielder Zelous Wheeler, proved he deserves a shot at the big-league level.

In just his second career at-bat, Wheeler drove a 3-1 pitch from Phil Hughes over the left-centerfield wall for a solo home run to extend the Yankees' lead to 4-2 in the fifth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins....

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Alfredo Aceves suspended 50 games for positive drug test

Yankees pitcher Alfredo Aceves talking to reporters during

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Alfredo Aceves has been suspended 50 games for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, Major League Baseball announced Thursday afternoon.

Aceves had a 6.52 ERA in 10 relief appearances with the Yankees this season. He has a 3.83 ERA in seven seasons with the Yankees and Red Sox.

MLB did not announce what drug Aceves tested positive for but the Joint Drug Agreement lists the following...

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