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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/30/16

Ivan Nova doesn’t want to be traded; Alex Rodriguez doesn’t start for a sixth day, takes grounders at first...again; Yankees are probably not getting Chris Sale; starting pitching has kept Yankees in contention; Ian Clarkin is out for the season

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Around the Empire

Newsday | Greg Logan: Yesterday was an important start for both Ivan Nova and the Yankees. Rumor has it that Brian Cashman is looking to trade Nova to try and get something back for him. Yesterday was not the best display of his potential services. Most teams should know what they’re getting with Nova. In regard to him being traded, Nova has expressed his desire to stay on the Yankees. Well, we all want things.

Newsday | Greg Logan: For the sixth day in a row, Alex Rodriguez did not start. He is anxious to get back out there and prove his worth. Oh, and he’s also taking grounders at first. Again. A-Rod thinks that he could be valuable at the position but fully understands that it’s a work in progress.

New York Daily News | Mark Feinsand: There is speculation that the White Sox are willing to trade their ace pitcher and ace fashion critic Chris Sale for the right price. Make no mistake, the asking price is as high as you think it is. The Yankees might have been interested, but they know that it would cost them the newly rebuilt farm to acquire him. Odds are that Sale will not be coming to the Bronx.

The Wall St. Journal | Jared Diamond: The Yankees have been playing their best baseball of the year the past couple of weeks. It still hasn’t been great, but it’s been better than bad. What’s really helped them somewhat remain in contention is their starting pitching. Since the All-Star break, Yankee starters have thrown for a combined 2.97 ERA, which ranks fourth best in MLB during that stretch. If only the bats were more consistent. | Randy Miller: Finally, here is a prospect report that might interest you. What also might interest and sadden you is that Ian Clarkin is apparently out for the season with a meniscus issue. What a bummer.

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Song of the Day

Quit Playing Game (With My Heart) by Backstreet Boys

It’s Backstreet is Back Week on Pinstripe Alley. I don’t think there’s a better Backstreet Boys song to describe how Yankee fans are feeling about the Yankees during the trade season. Quit playing games with our hearts, Yankees. As always, please link us your song of the day.