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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/22/17

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Judge hits monster home run that nearly leaves Safeco Field; Luis Severino is matching up well against other ace pitchers; Yankees may still look for first baseman during the trade deadline; Ben Gamel doing very well in Seattle; except for Chapman, bullpen pitchers are interchangeable

MLB: New York Yankees at Seattle Mariners
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Around the Empire

Cut4 | Jessica Kleinschmidt: Pinstripe Alley site leader/Khaleesi Tanya Bondurant talked about this twice, once in the recap and the other in its own article. We’re going to discuss it once again because it needs repeating. Aaron Judge hit a home run and that home run nearly left the ballpark. As in, the ball was a row or two away from exiting Safeco Field. Ryan Ruocco said during the broadcast that in between innings, John Sterling quickly ran into the YES booth to tell him & Coney that he’s never seen anything like that. Neither have we, John.

Newsday | Erik Boland: Speaking of young players doing amazing things that are not named Aaron Judge, Luis Severino is pitching very well. In the past two outings, Sevy has matched up against each opponent’s ace pitcher and his stuff has been fantastic. In his last outing against the Mariners, he threw seven shutout innings and was casually still throwing 100MPH to strike batters out. Severino is turning into the pitcher the Yankees hoped he would be when they called him up in 2015. It’s fun to watch.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: The Yankees have now put Chase Headley at first base after acquiring Todd Frazier. This “ has come to this” move marks the 9th first baseman they’ve started at the position this year. That ties a 2013 record, which is impressive in itself. Needless to say, the Yankees may still try to acquire another first baseman before the trade deadline ends. Rumors state that the Yankees and Athletics might be trying to work out a trade for Yonder Alonso, but nothing has come of it yet. Lucas Duda is still an option. Or perhaps LTL would like to give it a go.

The New York Times | Billy Witz: If you’ve been watching the past two games, you’ve seen a familiar face and some kinda familiar hair. Ben Gamel was traded to Seattle and he has been excelling there. Benny With the Good Hair is definitely in the conversation for Rookie of the Year, despite our large adult son being the clear favorite. Judge is happy that Gamel is doing well in Seattle, as he played with him on the RailRiders.

Newsday | Erik Boland: Last night we got a preview of just how powerful our bullpen can be. Tommy Kahnle relieved CC in the 6th, David Robertson let the beat D-Rob in the 7th, and Betances followed him in the 8th. Girardi stated that with the new addition, everyone in the bullpen is interchangeable. Except for Aroldis Chapman. He’s the closer and he comes into the ballgame in the 9th because that’s what he’s paid to do.

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