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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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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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