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Yankees call up Zelous Wheeler, send down Chase Whitley

The Yankees' Zelous Wheeler, right, is all smiles

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The Yankees added infielder Zelous Wheeler prior to Thursday's 1:05 p.m. game against the Astros. Righthanded pitcher Chase Whitley was sent to the minors to make room on the roster for Wheeler.

The righthanded Wheeler is in the lineup, at designated hitter, batting ninth vs. lefthanded Houston starter Dallas Keuchel.

Wheeler, 27, hit .267 with two home runs during a prior stint with...

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Aaron Judge, Mark Payton highlight Tampa power show

Aaron Judge has been powering the Tampa offense

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: Bryan Mitchell allowed eight earned runs in 4.2 innings as Syracuse shellacked Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 11-2.

The standouts:

Corban Joseph, DH: 1-for-3 with a home run

Taylor Dugas, LF: 0-for-1 with two walks

Carmen Angelini, SS: 2-for-3

DOUBLE-A...

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David Phelps pain-free for a week

David Phelps of the Yankees reacts after the

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David Phelps, on the disabled list since Aug. 4 with elbow inflammation, made 50 throws from 60 feet and underwent an MRI on Monday.

He was scheduled to see the doctor again Tuesday.

Joe Girardi said after Tuesday’s game that he did not know the results of the MRI because he hadn’t spoken with team doctors.

Phelps said his elbow feels better and he could be back in three weeks.

“It’s...

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Yankees prospect report: Banuelos walks six in three scoreless innings

Lefthander Manny Banuelos pitches for the Yankees in

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Monday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: The RailRiders struck for single runs in the third and fifth innings and held Pawtucket to just three hits during a 2-0 win.

The standouts:

Jose Pirela, CF: 1-for-3 with two walks

Robert Refsnyder, 2B: 2-for-3 with a walk

Kyle Roller, 1B: 2-for-5...

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Rob Refsnyder helps lead RailRiders comeback

Trenton Thunder infielder Rob Refsnyder poses during Media

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Sunday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: Down four runs heading into the ninth, the RailRiders scored five runs and shut down Pawtucket in the bottom of the inning for a 6-5 comeback win. The final four Scranton/Wilkes-Barre runs all came with two outs.

Rob Refsnyder’s two-out hit loaded the bases, a passed...

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Yankees minor league rankings

Yankees prospect Luis Severino of the World Team

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1. LUIS SEVERINO

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.

2. AARON JUDGE

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

Has three home runs in his last 11 games.

3. ERIC JAGIELO

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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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

Robert...

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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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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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