On-Base Perception

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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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Dellin Betances having historic season for Yankees

Betances was a top prospect coming out of

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Maybe we should have seen this coming.

Dellin Betances’ season line from 2013 appears uninspiring at first glance: in six games he posted a 10.80 ERA, allowing six earned runs and nine hits in five innings. But five of those hits and four of those runs came during a single game, his first major league action of the season on Aug. 13 against the Angels.

That day he was plain awful.

Afterwards?...

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Yankees minor league report

Yankees first-round draft picks, pitcher Ian Clarkin (33rd

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1. BRADY LAIL, RHP, Charleston Riverdogs (A): 3.49 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 71 K, 13 BB

Lail, 20, was an 18th rounder in 2012, but has a career 5.96 K/BB and has raised his K/9 each season.

2. ROB REFSNYDER, 2B, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA): .333 BA, .375 OBP, .529 SLG, 6 HR

His hot-hitting earned a recent promotion to Triple-A. Possesses excellent patience and contact.

3. AARON JUDGE,...

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Chase Headley could be the answer to the Yankees offensive issues

Padres third baseman Chase Headley, center, walks to

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Despite committing $197 million in salary to their 2014 roster, the Yankees are missing something on offense.

The Yankees are below average offensively at multiple spots in the order, notably designated hitter, where they rank 14th in the American League in OPS, beating the Mariners by just a single point, .601 to .600. Even a position of strength such as first base, however, is a weakness,...

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Yankees have worst DH production in the American League

Alfonso Soriano of the Yankees reacts after striking

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Not much is expected from a designated hitter. No fielding prowess is necessary. Speed is not a requirement. The only thing the position demands that you do is produce at the plate.

DHs are hitting .248 with a .325 on-base percentage and .430 slugging percentage across MLB this season. The .756 on-base plus slugging percentage ranks DH as the second-most productive “defensive” position in...

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Mets shortstops performing better than Yankees shortstops

Mets shortstops are offensively outperforming the group fielded

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One club has a soon-to-be-retired, soon-to-be-Hall-of-Famer manning shortstop. He's a perennial All-Star and five-time World Series champion with a plethora of awards and distinctions. We can all quote Derek Jeter's resume at this point.

The other team? A collection of players who have spent time shuttling between the minors and majors or have been teetering on the periphery of release (or...

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