On-Base Perception

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LI’s Cam Maron among year-end All-Stars

Cam Maron, a native of Hicksville, works out

(Credit: Bruce Adler)

Hicksville’s Cam Maron is one of five year-end All-Stars selected from the Mets’ and Yankees’ organizations.

Maron, 23, has hit .284 with a .394 on-base percentage in 93 games with the St. Lucie Mets, who play in the Single-A advanced Florida State League. The catcher had a 31-game streak of reaching base via a hit or walk snapped on Aug. 22. Maron has impressive plate discipline and has walked...

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Playoff outlook: Yankees, Orioles battle for AL East

Yankees designated hitter Carlos Beltran (36) is greeted

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Heading into Tuesday's action, the Yankees still have their sites set on capturing the American League East. They’re currently in second place in the division and are six games behind the first-place Orioles.

Here’s the outlook for the Yankees and Orioles for the remainder of the season:

YANKEES (68-61)

Games left: 33

Games left vs. Orioles: 8 – Four in Baltimore, four in...

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Yankees' Dan Camarena starting to turn corner at Trenton

Dan Camarena is a lefthanded pitching prospect in

(Credit: Trenton Thunder)

An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Monday (and a glance at the overall playoff picture):

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: Rochester scored three runs against Preston Claiborne in the sixth inning to take the lead for good during a 4-2 win over the RailRiders.

The standouts:

Robert Refsnyder, 2B: 0-for-2 with two walks

Kyle Roller,...

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Disconcerting numbers behind two Yankees prospects' outings

Tampa Yankees pitcher Brady Lail in action.

(Credit: Mark LoMoglio)

An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Sunday, plus a review of the organizational playoff picture:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: Ramon Flores hit his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot with two outs, to cut Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s deficit to one run in the ninth inning. But Robert Refsnyder popped out to second base to end the 5-4 loss...

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Yankees call up Zelous Wheeler, send down Chase Whitley

The Yankees' Zelous Wheeler, right, is all smiles

(Credit: AP / Jim Mone)

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

(Credit: Mark LoMoglio)

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

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

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

(Credit: AP / Tomasso DeRosa)

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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