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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/28/17

Greg Bird’s swing is on the way back; Jeff Sullivan examines Aaron Judge’s power; Girardi is pleased by what he sees from his young starters; Didi Gregorius is looking forward to playing for Team Netherlands during the WBC; Castro wonders why people run on Gary Sanchez

MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe to be true
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Around the Empire | Bryan Hoch: Greg Bird had himself a day yesterday. Bird went 2-for-3 with two doubles. It’s a good sign that his Greg Bird swing is on its way back. He did have a couple of bad baserunning mistakes though. Girardi said that all Bird has to do is hit triples instead of doubles and that would solve the problem. Wise words, Joe. He knows why the caged Bird swings.

FanGraphs | Jeff Sullivan: Do you remember when Aaron Judge hit a dinger that almost went over the scoreboard during the first game of spring training? Good times. It’s clear to see that Aaron Judge has power. Jeff Sullivan takes a look at that power and compares it to Giancarlo Stanton, like many others do. Give this a read. | Bryan Hoch: We are four games into spring training and the competition for the coveted rotation spots are heating up. Bryan Mitchell, Adam Warren, Chad Green, and Luis Severino have done well in their outings. Girardi has been pleased with what he’s seen thus far. There’s still plenty of spring training left to go though.

Newsday | Erik Boland: Didi Gregorius had a pretty good year last year. Soon he will be bringing his talents to Team Netherlands for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. He won’t be the primary SS for Team Netherlands, as Xander Bogaerts and Andrelton Simmons will also be joining him. Didi is looking forward to it, probably more so than the average fan. This will give the Yankees a chance to see what their younger shortstop prospects can do.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Starlin Castro has the same question on his mind as many of us do. That question is “why are people running on Gary Sanchez?” I mean, if they want to continue to test Gary’s powerful, accurate arm cannon, by all means be our guest. Continue to run on Gary. Good luck.

There will be no Game Thread for today’s game as it will not be televised or broadcast in any way. As always, go yankees go you are #1