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

Yankees schedule news conference with A-Rod for 11AM today; Gary Sanchez is here to play; Brian McCann to start taking grounders at first base; CC Sabathia has not pitched well for a while; spring training could see some competition for first base next year

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Around the Empire | Matt Kelly: The biggest news from yesterday is that there’s going to be big news today. At 11AM, the Yankees will hold a press conference with Alex Rodriguez. Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman will also be there as well. Although it’s still unclear what this is all about, it’s not hard to fathom. With decreased playing time, A-Rod’s age, and the Yankees desire to get younger, A-Rod’s time in pinstripes could be at an end. More on this story as it develops. Probably around 11:30AM.

Newsday | Erik Boland: After his impressive debut behind the plate on Friday, Joe Girardi had no problem putting young prospect Gary Sanchez behind the plate for a second straight day. Girardi is adamant that Sanchez is “here to play.” His strong throwing arm has impressed his teammates. CC Sabathia also added that he did a great job. Sanchez’s offense does not seem to be in question, as he’s hit safely in every game he’s played.

New York Daily News | Justin Tasch: With Gary Sanchez seeing more time behind the plate, and with the potential A-Rod news later this morning, Brian McCann could be seeing more DH time. In addition, Girardi is having McCann taking some grounders at first base to give the team more options as they move forward. McCann says he’s comfortable with it.

New York Post | Larry Brooks: CC Sabathia’s comeback story was one of the highlights of the first half of this season. However, it appears that not even the magic knee brace can keep it up too much longer. Sabathia’s has not pitched well since June 22. The increased amount of home runs he is giving up certainly does not help. With the new youth movement fresh on the minds of the higher ups, it’s not looking good for CC’s pinstriped future.

New York Post | George A. King III: Mark Teixeira’s retirement has all but guaranteed that the next Yankees’ first baseman will be a young prospect. The name of that prospect is still undetermined. Greg Bird made a splash on the scene last year when replacing an injured Teixeira. However, Tyler Austin is having a very good year in the minors while Bird has been recovering from injury. The Yankees believe in Greg Bird, as we all should, but Austin could provide him with some competition in Spring Training next year.

Fun Questions

  • Name the funniest or goofiest thing that A-Rod could announce at this press conference
  • What has impressed you most about Gary Sanchez thus far?

Song of the Day

You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling by The Righteous Brothers

It’s still Breakup Week on Pinstripe Alley. I had another theme for this week planned out. That plan was changed the minute this press conference with A-Rod was announced. Who knows what will happen, but Breakup Week is here for at least one more day. As always, please link us your song of the day.