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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/14/16

Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge make big impact upon arrival; Jeter and Bernie talk about how baseball has changed in 20 years; a Q&A with former Yankee manager Joe Torre; Gardner has sore ankle and Hicks showing signs of improvement; Girardi says the clubhouse feels different without A-Rod around

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Around the Empire

Newsday | Brian Heyman: After Friday night’s game in Rochester, Aaron Judge was at a Dinosaur Bar-Be-Que with his parents and manager. During dinner, he was told that he had to be in the Bronx in the morning. He would be joining Tyler Austin in Yankee Stadium, both making their major league debut. Judge is expected to play every day. Austin might not due to Mark Teixeira’s presence. If yesterday afternoon was any indicator, good times may be in store.

New York Times | Tyler Kepner: The Yankees are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their 1996 World Series Championship season. It was poetic that Joe Girardi, who had a big RBI triple in Game 6 of the World Series, pretty much showcased a lineup of young players. Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams talk about how times have changed in twenty years. A worthwhile read.

New York Daily News | Anthony McCarron: Joe Torre took over the managerial position after Buck Showalter in 1996. It’s hard to say, but I think he had a decent career while managing the New York Yankees. Again, hard to say. Here is a Q&A with the previous Yankee skipper.

Newsday | Brian Heyman: Brett Gardner got drilled in the ankle by Chris Archer in Friday night’s game against the Rays. His injury is one reason why Judge was called up, as Gardner would probably have to sit a few days. Meanwhile, Aaron Hicks has shown signs of improvement lately. Conor Mullee was transferred to the 60-Day DL and Ben Heller was sent back down to Triple-A Scranton.

New York Daily News | Anthony McCarron: Joe Girardi admitted that it was very weird not to have Alex Rodriguez in the clubhouse anymore. He also understands that it’s a part of the game. Players retire and move on. However, he is very excited about the new players that have joined the team. I’m sure the excitement level is a bit higher today.

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Song of the Day

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It’s 1996 Week on Pinstripe Alley. This weekend, the Yankees are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their 1996 World Championship season. We shall do the same by picking some of our favorite songs from 1996. Here’s one of the best. Also, I feel old. As always, please link us your song of the day.

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