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Yankees minor league rankings

Yankees prospect Luis Severino of the World Team

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RHP, Trenton Thunder (AA): 2.36 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 118 K, 25 BB

Has allowed more than three earned runs in only one of his 21 starts. Currently on the disabled list with an oblique injury.


RF, Tampa Yankees (A+): .306 BA, .417 OBP, .489 SLG, 16 HR

Has three home runs in his last 11 games.


3B, Tampa: .243 BA,...

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Greg Bird flying high for Trenton

Yankees' INF Greg Bird on picture on pitcher

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Thursday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: Louisville scored five runs in the fourth inning and never looked back during an 8-5 win over the RailRiders.

The standouts:

Jose Pirela, 2B: 1-for-3 with a double and a walk

Taylor Dugas, LF: 1-for-3 with two walks

NOTES: For the second consecutive...

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Manny, Bryant win power struggle vs. Reynolds, Las Vegas 51s

Manny Ramirez talks to media at the airport

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Thursday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Matt Reynolds hit his second home run of the game with two outs in the top of the 12th, a go-ahead shot that seemed to put Las Vegas in good position to win. But Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant hit a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the inning to win it for Iowa, 6-5. Manny Ramirez...

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Google has already given Mike Trout the 2014 AL MVP award

A screengrab of a glitch on google.com that

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Well, it looks like the Baseball Writers Association of America can go home. Google has already given Mike Trout the 2014 AL MVP award.

The funny glitch shows up when a user types "2014 AL MVP" or "AL MVP winners" into Google's search bar.

GOOGLE KNOWS EVERYTHING. ALL HAIL MIKE TROUT, 2014 AL MVP pic.twitter.com/fAl9WZgrQO— Alex Dacome (@EssentialDacome) August 13, 2014

Of course,...

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Taylor Dugas gets four hits, pitches in 14-inning marathon

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders' Taylor Dugas scoops up a ground

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: Hernan Iribarren singled home Jason Bourgeois with the go-ahead run in the top of the 14th inning as Louisville beat the RailRiders, 3-2. Outfielder Taylor Dugas pitched the 14th for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The standouts:

Jose Pirela, 2B-RF: 2-for-7


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Las Vegas downs Manny Ramirez, Iowa Cubs

Manny Ramirez talks to media at the airport

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas took the lead with a three-run fifth inning during a 6-4 win over the powerful Iowa Cubs. Iowa’s lineup boasts prospects such as Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler. Manny Ramirez pinch-hit and struck out for the Cubs.

The standouts:

Matt Reynolds, SS: 2-for-5 with two triples


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Does New York have enough pieces for even one playoff team?

Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees

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Clearly, New York baseball has seen some better times. At the start of playing on Wednesday night, the Yankees have just an 11.2 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to the fine folks at Baseball Prospectus. The Mets’ odds are a meager 1.9 percent.

It’s a good bet that neither club will be playing in October. But what if we took a page from the wartime “Steagles,” and combined...

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FAQs: On Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Jenrry Mejia

United States' pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Mets got their hearts ripped out -- again -- letting a five-run lead slip away in a 7-6 loss to the Phillies. But the more pressing issue on Sunday involved a pair of their promising young pitchers.

Jacob deGrom, the rookie of the year candidate, will be examined by doctors today after lingering soreness in his right shoulder. And Jenrry Mejia, who has enjoyed a successful...

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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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