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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/13/17

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A reflection on the Yankees’ first half of the season; Judge and other Yankee All-Stars talk about their experience in Miami; a look at Robinson Cano’s numbers and how he compares to previous second baseman; five questions surrounding the Yankees for the 2nd half; Greg Bird takes batting practice

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Around the Empire | Bryan Hoch: Baseball is enjoying a bit of a break right now and lots of teams, fans, writers, hot dog vendors, and puppies have time to reflect on the first half of the season. This is a brief look at what went right for the Yankees, what went wrong, what they learned, and some first half accolades. No no, they’re not all about Aaron Judge. Most are though. Judge is awesome. | Bryan Hoch: Speaking of HR Derby champion Aaron Judge, All-Star Aaron Judge talked about his experience at the All-Star Game. He also addressed the statement by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred saying he could become the new face of baseball. Judge gave a typical Judge answer to that, because Judge is adorable. The other Yankee All-Stars, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, and Luis Severino, also reflect on their time in Miami.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: In case you didn’t watch the All-Star Game, the AL beat the NL thanks to the heroics of former Yankee legend Robinson Cano. Starlin Castro was suppose to be an All-Star but could not play due to injury. The pretty much always healthy Cano replaced him, earning his 8th appearance. Cano has been a Seattle Mariner for some time now. He has also continued to be one of the best second baseman in baseball’s history. Sherman takes a look at Cano’s numbers and how they measure up to some of his predecessors at the position. Meanwhile, the Yankees are left looking at Jacoby Ellsbury and the future he has on the team. Yay.

Newsday | Erik Boland: This article delves into some of the question facing the Yankees as they enter the second half of the season. Can Judge keep it up? Can Tanaka pitch like an ace again? Will Betances fix his issues? What will the Yankees do during the trade deadline? Will Batman defeat the Riddler and save Gotham City? Stay tuned.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Greg Bird might have taken his first steps back to the majors this All-Star break. Bird took batting practice both Tuesday and Wednesday, which is a start. It is still unclear on when he can play in some rehab games, or if he can at all. With the trade deadline approaching, we will see what the Yankees do regarding their first base situation.