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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/8/16

Kaprielian getting second opinion on elbow; Andujar's breakout season; Green's chance to stick in the rotation; Two strangers saved Willie Banks' life

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Today’s Knuckleball | Jon Heyman: Trying to predict what will happen at the MLB trade deadline is like trying to predict the lotto. Anything can happen, especially with Andrew Miller who might be the most discussed reliever at the deadline, and Aroldis Chapman who is the reliever with the best chances of actually being traded. Also of note in this is a line about James Kaprielian, the Yankees’ first-round pick from last year, who is likely headed for a second opinion on his elbow. | Jim Callis: With the All-Star Game coming up next week, there’s also going to be a lot of focus on the Futures Game, where fans will get a glimpse at what the next generation of baseball could potentially look like. While he won’t represent the Yankees at the Futures Game, Miguel Andujar is having himself a breakout season, and his ceiling in the majors is promising.

New York Post | George A. King III: Chad Green will get another start today as he makes his third major league start. Green is being given the chance to really impress the Yankees’ brass and potentially earn himself a spot in the rotation. If he does, he can go from “that guy they traded Justin Wilson for” to a boon in the rotation. Best of luck! | Matthew Stanmyre: The story of Willie Banks who was drafted by the Twins and ended up spending nine seasons in the majors, including a memorable September with the Yankees in 1997. After he retired and his mother passed, Banks felt hollow and considered suicide until he woke up one morning after passing out alone. He joined the Newark Bears minor league team, which is where he met Jim and JoAnn Domino. This couple learned Banks was struggling and not well off so they offered him shelter with heat and hot water, where he currently still resides. Powerful stuff.

Florida Today | Lou Gerber: Imagine being a kid on vacation with family and then suddenly realizing your favorite baseball team is staying in the same hotel? That’s what happened to Mark Kierstein in 1961 when he and his family got to Washington D.C. for spring break. Kierstein and his brother had their fun vacation turn legendary when they got to meet Yankee legends such as Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and Whitey Ford.

Fun Questions

  • Best series finale of a show ever?
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Song of the Day

Men in Black by Will Smith

It’s Aliens Week on Pinstripe Alley. This is my final entry for this week, and what better way to cap it off? I almost didn’t choose this song, because they won’t let me remember, but I fought the power. As always, please link us your song of the day.

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