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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/29/17

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Tanaka strikes out a career-high 14 batters in gem last night; Brett Gardner makes history with back-to-back walk-off & leadoff home runs; Aaron Judge got his tooth fixed and celebrated with a dinger; Chase Headley has been hitting well since moving to first base; developmentally disabled child berated by jerk fan, security does nothing

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees
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Around the Empire | Bill Chastain: It has been a weird season for Masahiro Tanaka. Having said that, last night was the Tanaka we all know and love. It might have been an even better Tanaka than we’re use to seeing. This Tanaka flirted with perfection for seventeen batters. This Tanaka only allowed one run and two hits over eight innings. This Tanaka struck out a career-high fourteen batters. This Tanaka needs to stay. | Matthew Martell: Did you know that I like Brett Gardner? Well I do. I am a fan of the Gritty Gutty Brett Gardner. He made history with both his walk-off dinger against the Rays on Thursday and his lead off dinger against the Rays yesterday. Gardner is only one of three Yankees to achieve such a feat. He joins Joe Gordon, who did it in 1940, and Roberto Kelly, who did it in 1990. The Yankees are now 16-0 when Gardner hits a home run. Stats are fun.

Newsday | Erik Boland: As you know from reading yesterday’s link dump, Aaron Judge had half of his left front tooth chipped off during the walk-off celebration on Thursday. Yesterday, Judge got his tooth repaired and was all good. He even celebrated by hitting a laser dinger into left field for his 33rd home run of the year. All’s well that ends well.

Newsday | Sal Cacciatore: Chase Headley is now playing first base for the Yankees. This is due to Todd Frazier playing third base and a 2013 Sporcle Quiz playing first base before Headley moved across the diamond. Since that move, Headley has a .478/.538/.609 slash line. He has been hitting well since the All-Star Break, but I like to think that him playing first base is the answer. I will continue to think this before he slumps hard and I dislike him again.

News 12 Westchester: Finally, a sad story to come out of Thursday’s game. A developmentally disabled child was berated by an fan during a trip to Yankee Stadium. The four year old kicked the fan’s seat, which apparently warranted an douchebagel rant at the child for some reason. What’s upsetting about this, other than this fan being a complete asshole, is that Yankee Stadium security did nothing to remove this fan or help out this boy’s parents. Be better than this, Yankee Stadium. It really isn’t hard.

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