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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/19/17

Greg Bird takes first step on the road to recovery; Starlin Castro thinks he can potentially win the batting title this year; Aaron Hicks makes a trip to see the Negro League Museum while in KC; A-Rod makes his debut in the FS1 broadcast booth

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Newsday | Erik Boland: The Yankees may be playing well right now, but they are currently without a quality hitting first baseman. The one we all hoped would do well, one Greg of Bird, has not had a great time since Spring Training. Injuries have kept him out for a majority of the season. The good news is that he should start resuming baseball activities soon. Bird did some light running on Thursday. He is progressing slowly, but he is progressing. Hurry back, Bird.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: In case you haven’t noticed, Starlin Castro has been hitting the ball really really well. His 2017 is a vast improvement over his 2016. Castro. He has been asked about the batting title. While it’s only May, Castro thinks that he can do it. I doubt anyone here would be upset with that. If he keeps it up, he might be a potential All-Star this year.

New York Post | Mike Vaccaro: Starlin Castro isn’t the only Yankee who’s having a better start to their 2017 than their 2016. Aaron Hicks has been swinging a hot bat, even as a 4th outfielder. While in Kansas City, he took in one of the best things about the area, that being the Negro League Museum. Many players have talked about how important and moving the Museum is. Hicks had been before, but decided to take another trip along with CC Sabathia. For him, and many others, it’s just a real privilege to go.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Yesterday marked the official debut of BoothRod. Alex Rodriguez joined the FS1 booth as a color commentator, along with Kevin Burkhardt. On Twitter, it was an odd beginning due to some odd notes in A-Rod’s notebook. Once the broadcast got started, he brought the same insight and baseball wisdom that made him so very popular during the Postseason. A-Rod’s next booth gig will come when the Angels take on the Mets. A-Rod talking about Mike Trout is what it’s all about.