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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/25/17

Yankees get to see what they can do against the AL East favorites; Yankees are relieved not to have to face David Ortiz again; it would be nice if certain Yankees could break out of their April slump; Bryan Hoch answers fan questions

MLB: New York Yankees at Pittsburgh Pirates
God help the person, place, or thing that Judge is staring at
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New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: The Yankees are in Boston to play the Red Sox, their ancient arch-nemesis. Although the Red Sox, much like the Yankees, are no longer ancient when it comes to their players. They will also bring a team mixed with youthful star players and a few veterans. This will be an early test of what the Yankees can do against the team favored to win the division. My opinion is that they should crush them without mercy. Just a thought.

New York Post | Dan Martin: One player the Yankees are happy not to see again is newly retired David Ortiz. Ortiz was long a thorn in the side of the Bronx Bombers. Luis Severino would give up his first major league home run to the famed Beantown slugger. While the Red Sox are winning, they have yet to match the power that Ortiz’s bat provided them. They shouldn’t try to match it either. Who needs dingers, AMIRITE?

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: As the Yankees get ready to play in the Revered Hall of Doubles, there are certain Yankees who could really use a nice series against the Sox. Greg Bird, Brett Gardner, and Matt Holliday have had miserable Aprils. While Gardner and Holliday started out alright, Bird has not. Still, it’s only April. Over the past few years, certain Yankees could list April as their worst month. Hopefully this is the case with these three as well. | Bryan Hoch: Finally, Yankees’ beat writer Bryan Hoch answers some questions from Yankees’ fans.