Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help.

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The Farm Report: Minor League Opening Day!

Well, the 2014 season is officially underway down on the farm, with all four full season Yankees affiliates taking their first hacks of the season. On the whole, it was a good start to the season for most of the Yankees’ minor league counterparts, as Trenton was the lone loss of the day.

Scranton/WB beat Syracuse 4-1:
The RailRiders got the season started on the right foot, as Jose Pirela singled to center. Scott Sizemore drove the ball to left, putting runners on the corners. A double-play ball by Zoilo Almonte brought home Pirela and the RailRiders took the early lead. Russ Canzler lead off the fourth with a double, moving to third on an error. With two outs, Ramon Flores drove a triple to right, doubling the Scranton score. The RailRiders added some insurance in the fifth. Zelous Wheeler singled, as did Sizemore. An error on the Chiefs’ first baseman allowed Almonte to reach and Wheeler to score before Canzler connected with another double, plating Sizemore and putting the RailRiders ahead 4-0.…

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Minor League Preview: Charleston RiverDogs

charleston-riverdogs-logo-540x519After a mediocre season last year, the Charleston RiverDogs will look to rebound with a new and exciting crop of prospects in 2014. Behind strong performances by Greg Bird, Jake Cave and Rafael De Paula, the RiverDogs went 75-63, putting...

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More on the Rule V Draft

As Stacey noted earlier today, the Yankees lost five players in the Rule V draft this morning. New York’s recent signings gave them a full 40-man roster, so the Yankees did not take any players in this year’s draft and lost at least one notable prospect in Ravel Santana. The Rockies...

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Quick hit: Trenton wins the Eastern League Championship!

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I will have a much more in depth recap tomorrow, but the Trenton Thunder completed their sweep of the Harrisburg Senators tonight with an 11-4 win tonight. After winning three straight games against Binghamton in the ELDS, the Thunder didn’t look back during the Championship round and picked up their third EL crown. Harrisburg put up a bit of a fight in the bottom of the ninth, but Trenton had built up a solid lead and held on. Way to go Trenton and congrats to Manager Tony Franklin and MVP Ali Castillo!

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ELCS Game 1: Harrisburg 2, Trenton 8

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After sweeping Binghamton in the ELDS, Trenton picked up where they left off in the first game of the ELCS. While they fell behind early, they used a big third inning to propel them to an 8-2 victory over Harrisburg.

The Senators drew first blood in the top of the second, as Justin Bloxom  started with a double to left and later scored on a sac fly by Jerad Head for the first run of the game. Harrisburg doubled its lead in the third. Nik Turley walked Billy Burns and Steven Souza. They pulled off a double steal and Burns scored on a wild pitch, but the Senators’ lead was short-lived as Trenton came to life in the bottom of the inning.

Ben Gamel and Reegie Corona both drew walks and Ali Castillo laid down a perfect bunt, right between the mound and third, loading the bases with no outs. Mason Williams then slapped a single to shallow right, plating two runs to tie things up.…

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Catching up on the ELDS – Trenton moves on to the ELCS

I ended up missing the second and third games of the ELDS due to a hectic week and major allergies that are making my sinuses unbearable. So, here is a quick recap to get you up to speed as we wait for the Thunder to face off against Harrisburg for the Eastern League Championship later...

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EDCS Game 1: Binghamton 5, Trenton 6 (10 innings)

Now that the regular seasons have ended (okay, I’ll be honest, I’m ignoring Staten Island’s final game tonight – they won 5-2 in a rain shortened game for those interested), it’s time to follow the minor league playoffs! Unfortunately for the Yankees farm system, only the Thunder have earned a spot in the postseason. They kicked off the season with an exciting comeback and walk-off win on Wednesday evening, led by Tyler Austin and Ben Gamel. This is a team that clearly has some great fight in them, if you have a chance to watch them during the postseason – take it! Anyway, here is your extended Trenton recap, enjoy!

The Binghamton Mets drew first blood with a lead off double by Daniel Muno, who moved to third on a single by Josh Rodriguez. A double play ball by Rhyne Hughes allowed Muno to score and the Thunder trailed before they got a chance to touch their bats. They took the lead quickly, however, as Ramon Flores and Jose Pirela hit back-to-back singles and were doubled in by Tyler Austin for the 2-1 advantage.…

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