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Within Mets, Yankees' Derek Jeter draws an audience

Derek Jeter of the Yankees runs past David

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WASHINGTON -- They looked like boys as they huddled around the phone, looking at the unmistakable image of Yankee Stadium and its departing legend, Derek Jeter.

Minutes earlier, the Mets had just dropped the nightcap of a doubleheader, 3-0, to the Nationals. And the clubhouse functioned with the rhythm of a typical getaway day. Attendants moved equipment into a waiting truck. Players readied...

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Brandon McCarthy pitches immaculate inning for Yankees

Brandon McCarthy pitches during the first inning of

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Brandon McCarthy pitched the 77th immaculate inning recorded in MLB history on Wednesday night, striking out Rays hitters Wil Myers, Nick Franklin and Matt Joyce on nine pitches during the seventh inning of the Yankees' 3-2 win. All three strikeouts were swinging.

McCarthy is the sixth pitcher to do it this year, joining Brad Boxberger, Cole Hamels, Justin Masterson, Garrett Richards and Rex...

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Steven Matz, Nick Tropeano, multiple Mets make top minors list

Mets pitching prospect Steven Matz, from Long Island,

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Long Islanders Steven Matz and Nick Tropeano, as well as multiple Mets prospects and one Yankees minor leaguer, were among Baseball America’s list of minor league All-Stars.

Tropeano, a righthanded starter who won his major league debut with the Houston Astros on Wednesday, was selected to the Triple-A team. The 24-year-old from West Islip, and who attended Stony Brook University, had a 3.03...

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Yankees, Mets to both host 9/11 anniversary games for first time

The Mets and the Washington Nationals line the

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The Yankees and Mets will both host home games on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks for the first time Thursday night.

Previously, only one team or the other had played in New York on Sept. 11 since 2002. The Yankees haven’t hosted a game on Sept. 11 since 2009, the only time a 9/11 game has been played at the new Yankee Stadium (they played at old Yankee Stadium on Sept. 11 three...

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Yankees affiliates finish minor league seasons under .500

Gary Sanchez of the Trenton Thunder bats during

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Monday marked the close of the minor league regular season. All Yankees affiliates have been eliminated from playoff contention. The uppermost five affiliates, profiled here daily, combined for a 314-326 record (.490 winning percentage). Here’s an overview of the teams’ final games of the season:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (68-76)

The skinny: Adonis Garcia scored on...

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Yankees minor leagues get shut out of the playoffs

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez poses on picture day

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The regular season is nearing a close and none of the Yankees' uppermost five affilliates have made the playoffs. Here's an overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Sunday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: Lehigh Valley and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre were tied 1-1 in the eighth inning when the game was suspended due to weather.

The standouts:

Kyle...

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Chris Young homers for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Chris Young reacts as he runs up the

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

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny:  Lehigh Valley scored in the bottom of the 11th to walk-off with a 3-2 win over the RailRiders. Outfielder Taylor Dugas pitched in his third game of the season, allowing two hits and an earned run (the winning run)...

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Ex-Met Chris Young debuts with Yankees' Triple-A team

Chris Young with the homer to left in

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

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny:  Buffalo scored all of its runs during the first three innings against starter Chris Leroux in an 11-3 win over the RailRiders.

The standouts:

Jose Pirela, SS: 2-for-5

Chris Young, RF: 1-for-4

Kyle...

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Robert Refsnyder still going strong for Yankees in minors

Trenton Thunder infielder Rob Refsnyder poses during Media

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

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny:  Buffalo scored five runs in the top of the seventh, rallying for a 6-5 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The RailRiders beat Buffalo, 8-3, in Game 2.

The standouts:

Robert Refsnyder,...

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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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