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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/1/16

Green to start on Sunday, Sabathia pushed to Monday; Pineda's improved slider helping his game; Mediocrity takes pressure off Comcast in feud with Yanks; Yanks should entertain Betances offers if they're willing to trade Miller

“Wait...I’m not gonna bat?”
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Around the Empire

ESPN | Wallace Matthews: CC Sabathia was scheduled to start on Sunday against the San Diego Padres. However, wanting to avoid him hitting and running due to his bum knees, the Yankees thought it would be wise to push him back a day and have him start in Chicago against the White Sox instead. Chad Green will be called up from Triple-A to take Sabathia’s spot on Sunday. Green, who has been fantastic in Triple-A this season, will also allow Masahiro Tanaka to get an extra day of rest before his next start. | Nick Suss: Michael Pineda pitched perhaps his best game since 2015’s Mother’s Day gem yesterday. Pineda has been pretty good in June (and was terrific yesterday), and while I’ll admit to still having my doubts about him, he’s starting to turn things around. Getting his slider working the way he wants it to seems to be doing the trick. Or it could just be the pep talks he gives himself.

New York Daily News | Bob Raissman: The Yankees have had their share of beefs with companies this year. Between Comcast and StubHub, the Yankees seem to be battling companies and only screwing over the fans. While they settled things with StubHub, the battle with Comcast continues. Unfortunately for the Yankees, Comcast has a leg up in the battle due to the team’s mediocrity. If the team was playing well, fans would pressure the cable company to get them the YES Network, but the poor play has taken all pressure off Comcast.

FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: The Yankees’ struggles this season have been exhaustively discussed. With that talk has come the never-ending discussion about whether the Yankees should buy and sell. While if they were to choose they’d likely end up being sellers, which means the famed “three-headed monster” in the back of the bullpen will likely breakup. While trading Aroldis Chapman seems like the most obvious step, it’s Andrew Miller who will likely be in most demand. If the Yankees were to give in and trade Miller, they’d be accepting mediocrity for the next couple years and if that’s the case there’s no reason they shouldn’t entertain offers for Dellin Betances as well.

New York Post | Hannah Withlam: The guy who caught Alex Rodriguez’s 3000th hit home run was also in attendance for Wednesday night’s walk-off win against the Rangers. This guy is notorious for having caught many home runs and foul balls and well that’s about it. He had two chances to catch home runs on Wednesday night, first Brian McCann’s game tying shot and then Didi Gregorius’ walk-off blast. He couldn’t make either catch even when primed to do so, and then took to Twitter to whine about it. I just have one thing to say: HAHAHAHA.

Fun Questions

  • If the Yankees trade Miller (let’s hope not), should they also at least listen to offers on Betances?
  • Favorite episode of Seinfeld?

Song of the Day

Chattanooga Lucy by Eric Church

It’s Country Week on Pinstripe Alley. This is a newer song that came from Eric Church’s Mr. Misunderstood album. While I know most of you probably don’t care, I take solace in knowing that at least tnredneckyankeesfan is appreciative of this week! He knows what’s up. But really, this song is just flat out awesome and really pumps me up. Plus yesterday’s walk-off win had me like oh my my..

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