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Yankees sign Danny Farquhar to minor league deal

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The New York Yankees have signed righty Danny Farquhar to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

We don’t write about most minor league deals, but this one is obviously a bit special. Farquhar, as you may recall, suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm last April, causing him to collapse while in the White Sox’ dugout during a game. He was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery. It could’ve killed him, obviously, and it did sideline him for the rest of the season.

He’s recovered well, though, and will try to return to the majors with the Yankees. It’ll be a major challenge — more so due to how stacked the Yankees’ bullpen is than due to the layoff — but simply having Farquhar back on the mound, in Tampa this spring and/or in Scranton this summer, will be nice to see.

Zack Wheeler hits first career homer

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Mets starter Zack Wheeler wasn’t content with just dominating the Phillies on the mound Tuesday night in Queens. The 28-year-old decided to have himself a three-RBI night at the plate, too, including his first career home run.

With the Mets already leading 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Wheeler lifted a first-pitch Zach Eflin fastball out to left-center field, landing well beyond the 370-foot sign on the wall. Wheeler had previously helped his own cause, lacing a two-run double down the right field line off of Eflin in the second inning.

Wheeler entered the night with 22 hits in 194 career trips to the plate. Of his 22 hits, five went for extra bases (all doubles). On the mound, through six innings, Wheeler has held the Phillies scoreless on five hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts.

Todd Frazier broke the game open in the fifth inning, hitting a grand slam off of Drew Anderson to push the Mets’ lead to 8-0. If the Phillies lose tonight, they will have lost five of their last six games.