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Yankees daily prospect report

Arizona's Robert Refsnyder (2) celebrates with Konner Wade

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An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Tuesday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: The RailRiders shut out Gwinnet, 7-0.

The standouts:

Rob Refsnyder, 2B: 3-for-5 with a double

Kyle Roller, DH: 0-for-2 with three walks

John Ryan Murphy, C: 1-for-2 with three walks

Rob Segedin, 3B: 2-for-4 with a grand slam and a walk

Tyler...

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Why the Yankees haven't called up Rob Refsnyder -- yet

Trenton Thunder infielder Rob Refsnyder poses during Media

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The underperforming, veteran second baseman was finally too great a drag on the club’s roster. So the team cut him in the middle of the season in favor of a prospect with a live bat.

Nope, not the Yankees and Brian Roberts.

Not yet.

The Cubs designated Darwin Barney for assignment Tuesday. Barney, 28, was in his fourth season as the club’s mainstay at the keystone, but he had begun...

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Five ways for Yankees to improve roster without making a trade

Trenton Thunder infielder Rob Refsnyder poses during Media

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The Yankees enter the All-Star break within shouting distance of first place in a mediocre American League East.

Most analysts are in agreement the team needs improvements, but with a trade market that’s both thin and seemingly costly, here are several ways the Yankees can immediately upgrade their team for the stretch run – all without making a deal:

1. Institute a defensive platoon...

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Yankees minor league rankings

Yankees prospect Peter O'Brien catches the ball in

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1. ROB REFSNYDER, 2B, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (AAA): .330 BA, .399 OBP, .546 SLG, 12 HRAGE: 23 | DRAFTED: 5th round (2012)Has 134 plate appearances at Triple-A now and has started three games in right field. His major league call-up should come sometime after the All-Star break.

2. LUIS SEVERINO, RHP, Tampa Yankees (A+): 2.45 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 98 K, 21 BBAGE: 20 | DRAFTED: Signed out...

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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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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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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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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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