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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/24/17

Bird could start rehab next week; Remembering victims of Manchester tragedy; Superstitious Judge; HOPE Week continues; NYY boycotts PR Day parade; Ruth contract up for auction

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New York Post | Dan Martin: The Yankees are finally getting good news on their injured first baseman. While Greg Bird still has work to do before he’s ready to come back. He spent yesterday running, throwing, and fielding and if things continue positively, he’ll head to Tampa next week for extended spring training. That’ll be followed by a rehab stint with Class-A Tampa, and then a rehab stint with either Trenton or Scranton. | Matthew Martell: On Monday, news broke of a terror attack in Manchester at an Ariana Grande concert. Prior to Tuesday’s game, the Yankees honored the victims of the tragedy by playing “God Save the Queen” just before the first pitch. As the song played, the Yankee Stadium videoboard read: "Our Thoughts And Prayers To The Victims In Manchester."

ESPN | Andrew Marchand: Baseball players are well known for being not just a little stitiuos, but superstitious. Aaron Judge, baseball’s largest adult son and hitter of many monster dongs, is no exception. Moments before first pitch, Judge pops two pieces of Dubble Bubble sugar-free gum and will keep it in until he makes an out. The goal is to have a tasteless, old piece of gum by the end of the night. He’s done this since college and has no plans on stopping.

New York Post | Zach Braziller: HOPE Week continued for the Yankees on Tuesday. Yesterday, members of the Yankees surprised Amy Palmiero-Winters and her group of young athletes from the One Step Ahead Foundation. The Yankees toured USA Track Hall of Fame with the group and had lunch with them. The One Step Ahead Foundation is dedicated to giving children with physical disabilities positive experiences through sports.

New York Post | Rich Calder and Carl Campanile: On June 11, the annual Puerto Rican Day parade will take place in New York. The Yankees are normally sponsors of the event, but have pulled out this year among many other sponsors. The reason for pulling out was because the parade will honor Oscar López Rivera at the parade who once led a nationalist group that committed a series of deadly attacks. The Yankees will, however, continue to support a scholarship program for students selected by parade organizers.

ESPN | Darren Rovell: The sales contract that brought Babe Ruth to the Yankees from the Red Sox is up for auction. The document, which is one of the most famous in sports history, was last sold in 2005 for $996,000., where the document will be auctioned, is also auctioning Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring which is expected to break records.