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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/29/17

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Andujar makes an historic major league debut; Tyler Austin will get an MRI for his right hamstring; Girardi mentored Sanchez and did not “scold” him for his defense; a look at the growing pains of Clint Frazier

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Oh what a night.
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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Last night belonged to Miguel Andujar. The Yankees’ #9 prospect made his major league debut and it was historic. Andujar went 3-for-4 with a single, a double, a walk, a stolen base, and four runs batted in. That last bit is the historic part. Andujar is the first Yankee to knock in four runs in their major league debut. He was also the first Yankee to get three hits in their debut since Mike Pagliarulo on July 7th, 1984. A very impressive start to the young man’s career.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: The Yankees’ first base monster, whom I call Firstblor, might have claimed yet another victim. Tyler Austin, recently called up to replace Chris Carter, is going for an MRI today. Apparently his right hamstring has not improved any. There is still no word yet on Greg Bird. Girardi stated that they’re not sure if he will even return this season. Chris Carter accepted an assignment at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. At this rate, we might see him soon.

New York Post | George A. King III: Gary Sanchez had a bit of an off night yesterday. He went 0-for-5, but it was more his defense and “hustle” that was called into question. What some thought was a “scolding” was merely some instructional guidance from a former catcher to help Sanchez with blocking the plate a bit better. What some thought was a lack of hustle on a ground out, or “unacceptable” as certain announcers called it, was an order from his manager to play smart and healthy due to lingering groin issues. Seems logical. Fun fact: Gardner didn’t bust it out of the box on a routine ground out either, yet it was never brought up. Can’t imagine why.

ESPN.com | Andrew Marchand: Clint Frazier is constantly learning. In the beginning of the year, he learned what it’s like to deal with the NY Sports Media. He learned how strict the Yankees are about their hair policy. Now he’s learning how to push a lot of that aside and focus on improving his already impressive game. Frazier admits that he was trying to push a bit too hard due to the magnitude of the trade which put him in pinstripes. Thankfully he’s still young. There is still a lot to be excited about.

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