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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/10/17

Girardi says Hicks will see consistent playing time even after Ellsbury’s return; Cashman says Hicks should be an All-Star; Jordan Montgomery quietly having an incredible rookie season; Tanaka’s start pushed back to Monday against the Angels; Chapman expected to be back on Friday against the A’s

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New York Daily News | Daniel Popper: The Yankees have two of the best players named Aaron in the league. Aaron Hicks is having an “aaroncredible” season. His offensive numbers have already surpassed those of last year and the season isn’t even half over with yet. Even though he is technically replacing the Yankees’ primary center fielder, the injured Jacoby Ellsbury, Joe Girardi knows that Hicks cannot possibly leave the starting lineup anytime soon. He told reporters that Hicks will continue to play consistently even when Ellsbury returns. With Gardner still hitting well and Aaron Judge Aaron Judging, Ellsbury could very well be a bench player when he returns. We shall see.

New York Post | George A. King III: Continuing our Aaron coverage, Aaron Judge is most likely going to the All-Star Game. Aaron Hicks is not aar-on the ballot. Cashman believes that Hicks has shown enough to be considered an All-Star. Keep in mind, this was stated before Hicks hit two dingers against the Orioles in yesterday’s game. Hicks should absolutely be a write-in candidate for the All-Star Game this year. Aaron’t you glad we’re having this conversation? | Andrew Marchand: Jordon Montgomery outright won the 5th starter’s job out of Spring Training. He is continuing to show that he deserved to win it. After coming off pitching his best game of the year, Montgomery pitched another gem against the Orioles. His only mistake was a two-run HR off the bat of noted Yankee killer Jonathan Schoop. He quietly leads all rookie pitchers with 61 strikeouts and he has a 1.50 ERA over his past four starts. There is simply no denying what Gumby has meant to the Yankees rotation.

Newsday | Erik Boland: In sadder pitching news, Masahiro Tanaka is having his start pushed back a day. Instead of facing the O’s on Sunday, he’s face the Angels on Monday. Mind you, that’s not the sad news as it’s probably the correct decision at this point. It’s just sad that it has come to this. The Yankees starting rotation has been good except for Tanaka. I guess you really cannot predict the game of baseball, Suzyn. The Yankees need to figure out what’s wrong with him. Hopefully a good start against the Trout-less Angels of Anaheim in California will help

New York Daily News | Daniel Popper: The Yankees are close to getting their closer back. Aroldis Chapman will be headed for the spring training facility in Tampa before joining the Double-A Trenton Thunder for a rehab game. If everything goes well in his rehab outings, the Yankees are hopeful that Chapman will join them in Oakland on Friday. Thus far, the Yankees feel good about him returning.

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