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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/10/17

Bird to be evaluated on Thursday; Girardi believes this team is for real; Hicks as played like an All-Star; Holliday leading on and off the field; Mets and Yanks going in opposite directions; Yanks accomplish rare feat

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“Did you guys know it was Tanya’s birthday yesterday?! I ONCE HIT THREE HOME RUNS FOR HER!”
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New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: The Yankees are approaching the 10-day mark for when they placed Greg Bird on the disabled list. The prescribed plan of action at that point was for him to rest for 10 days and then be re-evaluated. Bird will be examined on Thursday when the Yankees return home and then the team will determine a gameplan for him. In the meantime, he’s been resting and getting treatment.

New York Times | Billy Witz: The Yankees have been arguably the best team in baseball this season. A lot of people are surprised by how well they’ve played and expect them to regress. Joe Girardi is here to tell all the haters to “bunt off.” Girardi understands that a .700 winning percentage is hard to sustain, but his overall message is the same as it has been since spring: he likes this team and he believes in this team.

ESPN | Andrew Marchand: Aaron Hicks has come out swinging this season and told all his critics (myself included) to “bunt off” (he must spend a lot of time with Girardi). In fact, if he keeps it up, he’s played well enough to be an All-Star. That’s not to say he’ll make the team or that he should because it’s still a bit too early for that talk. If he keeps it up, though, there could be a case made for his inclusion on the team. At the very least, the Yankees will take this production from Hicks.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: After a bit of a slump, Matt Holliday has been hitting well since facing Chris Sale at Fenway Park. That’s normal, right? Most people get it going after facing Sale? No? Anyway, Holliday is hitting well and making his impact known on the field. He’s also been a great leader for this young Yankee team in the clubhouse as well. Girardi described him as “very inviting” and a “good leader.”

CBS Sports | Jason Keidel: Remember in 2015 when the Mets made the World Series and were taking over New York? Remember in April when New York officially had more Mets fans than Yankee fans? The good times in Queens did not last long. The two franchises are going in opposite directions. While the Yankees are shooting up and can do no wrong, the Mets are spiraling down and just a huge mess. Glad to see balance restored to the Force.

Yahoo Sports | Chris Cwik: Ever hear the phrase “clicking on all cylinders”? It was meant for the 2017 Yankees. They’re clicking on all cylinders. Everything is going their way. Monday against the Reds, they did something unimaginable. They got Billy Hamilton to ground into a double play...twice. That was the first time in his Hamilton, who is considered the fastest player in baseball, has done that. In fact going into Monday’s game, Hamilton had only grounded into a double play 11 times over 1,685 career plate appearances.