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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/18/16

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Didi Gregorius is hitting lefties better than any other left-handed batter in baseball this season; Carlos Beltran's charity gala is set for Wednesday; Luis Torrens has a lot of untapped potential; RHP Chance Adams is someone to keep an eye on in the minors

#spreadthenews I'm doing well against lefties
#spreadthenews I'm doing well against lefties
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Around the Empire

Newsday | Erik Boland: Didi Gregorius is a left-handed hitter. He is a left-handed hitter who is hitting left-handed pitchers extremely well this season. In fact, he leads all lefty vs lefty offensive matchups with a .368 batting average. Just a reminder that Brian Cashman got him for Shane Greene, who is currently in the Detroit Tigers' bullpen. I think it's safe to say that the need to platoon him has been thrown out the window. Spread the news.

New York Daily News | Mark Feinsand: Carlos Beltran will host his third annual charity gala next Wednesday. It will be held at the Gotham Hall in Manhattan. This gala benefits lower income families and promotes health, fitness, and education via the Carlos Beltran Foundation. Beltran is having a pretty amazing year on the field, but these events remind us how charitable he is off the field. Plus, the events usually have pretty awesome themes to them. This year's theme is "Let's Score." You might remember this photo from last year's theme, "The 80s Strike Back."

New York Post | Matt Schneldman: The Staten Island Yankees started their season tonight against the Brooklyn Cyclones. Even though it took 20 innings to do so, the SI Yankees won their first game of the year. One prospect to watch out for on that roster is Luis Torrens, a catching prospect who missed all of last year with a torn right labrum. Both sides of his game have been praised and they will be keeping a close eye on him as the season goes on, but the coaches seem to think that he's the real deal.

Fangraphs | Carson Cistulli: Finally, a look at a fringe prospect in the Yankees organization. The wonderfully named right-handed pitcher Chance Adams was just promoted to Double-A Trenton. He is only 21 years old and has thus far slipped under the radar. Perhaps keep an eye on Chance, if for nothing but his awesome name alone.

Fun Questions

  • Would you eat a Lobster Roll from McDonald's? (You will be judged on your answer!)
  • If Mark Teixeira comes back and is healthy, which player do you keep as the backup first baseman; Rob Refsnyder or Ike Davis?

Song Of The Day

O-O-H Child by The Five Stairsteps

It's Old Timey Week on Pinstripe Alley. I figured we would end this week's theme with a positive song. As always, please link us your song of the day.

Didi Victory Tweet with special guest Refsnyder