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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/23/17

Girardi okay with Judge in HR Derby; Jeter doesn’t have enough money for Marlins; Bird hoping to resume activities in 3-5 days; Webb called up, Refsnyder optioned; NYY could trade for 1B

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Yankees
“It’s okay, buddy. You pitched a good game. It’s that Starlin we’re after!”
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Newsday | Erik Boland: Aaron Judge hit his major league leading 25th home run against the Angels yesterday. Dingers like those are what prompted Judge to be invited to the Home Run Derby this year. Though Judge has yet to accept or deny his invitation, manager Joe Girardi said he’d be okay if Judge participated. His approach and swing are so naturally powerful, he doesn’t believe it would affect Judge negatively.

Associated Press | Steven Wine: If only one could buy baseball teams with re2pect, Derek Jeter would be just fine. Unfortunately for the former Yankees shortstop, teams can only be sold for money. Something Jeter does not have enough of. After meeting with MLB and Marlins officials to give them an update, Jeter said he doesn’t have the money to buy the team yet but is still seeking investors.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Greg Bird could potentially return to his rehab assignment as early as next week. He spoke extensively to the media yesterday about his injury and his attempts at coming back. Bird said that he was told that the bone bruise that originally sidelined him has healed, but the inflammation is what has lingered. Hopefully the cortisone shot he received on Tuesday does the trick.

FanRag Sports | Taylor Smith: The Yankees’ bullpen has been overworked of late and so the Yankees decided to get some reinforcements. Lefty Tyler Webb was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and in turn veteran Rob Refsnyder was optioned back to the RailRiders. Refsnyder had played sparingly thus far and hadn’t impressed whenever given a shot.

FanRag Sports | Jon Heyman: The Yankees have the majors’ worst production at first base. For now, the Yankees seem content with waiting on Greg Bird’s return and sending Chris Carter out there everyday. They don’t seem to be willing to call up Tyler Austin. However, if Bird can’t get healthy, the Yankees could actually look outside the organization for help this year. The RoyalsEric Hosmer and AthleticsYonder Alonso are the names most commonly brought up. I vote for Yonder because Yonder.

The Law

Would’ve been great to pair this with a Didi Victory Tweet, but this was still a cool moment from yesterday’s otherwise awful game.