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Yankees sign ex-Met Chris Young to minor-league deal

Mets' Chris Young dives back to first base

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The Yankees have signed former Mets outfielder Chris Young to a minor-league deal.

Young hit .205 with a .283 OBP, eight home runs, 31 runs, 28 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 88 games with the Mets before being released on Aug. 15.

Young, a natural centerfielder, played 55 games in leftfield for the Mets....

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Live blog: Noah Syndergaard starts for Mets' Triple-A team

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws live batting practice

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This could be the last time Mets top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard makes a start in the minor leagues.

With the possibility of a September call-up looming, Syndergaard toes the rubber Wednesday for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. Las Vegas takes on the Round Rock Express.

If Syndergaard isn't promoted to the majors when rosters expand on Sept. 1, he's likely to be the 51s' Game 1 starter...

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John Rocker cast for 'Survivor'

John Rocker will be on the next season

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At least John Rocker won't have to worry about riding the subway.

The controversial ex-pitcher has been cast on the upcoming season of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur -- Blood vs. Water," as first reported by Entertainment Weekly.

Rocker will be competing along with his girlfriend in a season dominated by pairs playing -- and scheming -- against each other.

Rocker played six seasons...

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Jaron Long excels again for Trenton

Jaron Long, a top pitching prospect in the

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

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny:  The RailRiders were off.

DOUBLE-A – Trenton Thunder

The skinny: Trenton finally broke through for a run in the fifth inning and then padded the lead with a four-run seventh during a 5-0 win over Akron.

The...

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Anthony Seratelli homers again, Matt Reynolds steals 2 more bases

Anthony Seratelli poses for a portrait during spring

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Here’s an overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Tuesday (and a look at the overall playoff picture):

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas jumped out to a four-run lead in the second inning and never looked back during a 9-5 win over Round Rock.

The standouts:

Allan Dykstra, 1B: 1-for-3 with a double and two walks

Taylor Teagarden, C: 1-for-3 with...

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

Cam Maron, a native of Hicksville, works out

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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

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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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Brooklyn Cyclones: 'Showdown' ejection, walk-off loss

A statue of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie

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Here’s an overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Monday (and a look at the overall playoff picture):

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas scored three runs in the second inning and eight runs by the end of the fourth to take a commanding lead in a 9-3 win over Round Rock.

The standouts:

Matthew Bowman, RHP: Allowed seven hits, four walks and three runs...

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Mets' coach says David Wright's shoulder is still hurting

Mets third baseman David Wright waits for his

(Credit: AP / Gregory Bull)

David Wright and Terry Collins have remained on message, constantly disputing the notion that the Mets' captain still is bothered by a balky left shoulder, one that required a cortisone injection during the All-Star break.

But Mets hitting coach Lamar Johnson apparently went off script, saying that Wright’s power outage by the slugger’s insistence on playing through pain in his left shoulder.

“Basically,...

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