Around the Empire
Newsday | David Lennon: Aaron Judge was not in the lead for home runs for a little bit. Thankfully the baseball world makes sense again. After yesterday’s monster shot for his 17th dinger of the year, Judge regained the lead. We’re keeping track of that. Judge doesn’t seem to be though. He is just focused on every single at-bat and pushing away the noise. This goes for both his good moments and his bad. The spotlight is on him and it’s clearly growing. It’s extremely exciting to watch.
New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: The other Aaron not named Judge might have to continue starting for a bit longer. Jacoby Ellsbury has not resumed any baseball activity since being put on the seven-day concussion DL. The neck stiffness is still there, as well as a small headache. Until that is gone, Ellsbury will continue to rehab. Thankfully, Aaron Hicks has done pretty well subbing in for him. It’s nice to have the best outfield in baseball.
New York Post | Dan Martin: Remember the early April version of Chase Headley? Yeah, me neither. Headley was back in the lineup on Monday after getting two straight days off. Girardi had hoped the rest would help Chase clear his Headley. It’s still early, but Monday was a bit encouraging. Headley had a single and a walk against Dylan Bundy. It was the walk that Headley was happiest with, since he thought it had been too long since he had one. Keep getting better please, Chase.
New York Daily News | Daniel Popper: Many fans are waiting for the other shoe to drop regarding Michael Pineda. It still has not. Even after his last, somewhat shaky outing against the Athletics, Pineda still managed to grind it out without his more dominant stuff. In his past nine straight starts, Pineda hasn’t given up more than three earned runs in each outing. There’s still some trepidation in believing in him, but the consistency that many Yankee fans have been waiting for is starting to finally show itself.