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New York Yankees and AA Trenton Thunder Announce Extension Through 2022

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The New York Yankees switched AA teams in 2003 from the Norwich Navigators to the Trenton Thunder, and the two parties have had an excellent 10-year relationship. The eight-year extension adds to the current contract, which would have expired after 2014. This decision is definitely a good move, as Trenton's relative close proximity to New York City has allowed the team to get rehabbing players back with the team as soon as possible, and recall minor leaguers quickly in an emergency.

Catching up with Jim Leyritz

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The 1996 World Series hero is back in the Yankees organization

Yankees Just Another Team?

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Jeff Freier of SB Nation New York says the Yankees no longer have that special aura. "They're still the kings, but there's a revolution taking place in the AL East. The Yankees are the best team in the division, but there's no special aura or mystique around them anymore."

Everyone Hurt = This Lineup

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Jeter - SS Swisher - 1B Cano - 2B Pearce - DH Martin - C Granderson - CF Jones - RF Nix - 3B Ichiro - LF We've seen some interesting lineups this year, but this one may take the cake. Ugly. Get well soon, A-Rod and Tex... McGehee is the 25-man move for Pearce. He'll be sent to Charleston and recalled after rosters expand.

Yanks Acquire Steve Pearce; Brandon Laird DFA'd

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The Yankees just acquired corner-infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce from the Astros for cash. Brandon Laird has been DFA'd to make room for him on the 40-man roster. In case you didn't know (as I didn't), Pearce was part of the AAA Empire State Yankees at the beginning of the year, hitting .318/.419/.568. The Yankees traded him to the Orioles for cash earlier this year. He was later claimed by the Astros when he was DFA'd by the Orioles. He played 49 games this year with the Orioles and Astros hitting .254/.347/.349. It looks like the Yankees are just trying to acquire additional depth at the corner infield & outfield spots, and I expect him to wind up back in AAA. This is certainly a bad sign for Brandon Laird.

Ivan Nova Will Miss Next Start, David Phelps Staying in Rotation

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Nova complained about a stiff/tight shoulder during the sixth inning of last night's game. He's headed back to New York for tests and a trip to the DL can't be ruled out, according to Girardi. Just another injury in a long line of them for the Yankees this season, but if this can in any way explain why Nova has been getting lit up, hopefully they can get him right and back to being super again.

Joba Chamberlain to be demoted upon the return of CC Sabathia?

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"With CC Sabathia due back from the disabled list on Friday, the Yankees will have to make a roster move to open a spot for their returning ace. According to a source, the team is considering a demotion for Chamberlain, who has struggled badly in his seven appearances." Joba's not looking great right now, so it would be hard to disagree with the decision. Though to be fair, Cody Eppley and Clay Rapada haven't looked great lately either.

Derek Jeter in pursuit of serious history

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Jack Curry: Yankees Captain may have an outside chance at Rose's hits record.

Freddy Garcia: Faith, Family and Four Pitches

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A dozen years into a big-league career, through ups and downs, Freddy Garcia sticks to that simple mantra. Staying positive, doing his job, making it happen one game, one pitch at a time.

Yankee Stadium, Citi Field to serve as guinea pigs for advanced replay next week

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the MLB execs have agreed to test two different styles of advanced replay next week, one radar-based and one camera-based. The technologies are similar to those implemented in tennis. The testing will take place during live games and will be used to test the accuracy of the system and for analysis (and not actually have any impact on the game).

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