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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/31/17

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Yanks and A’s at a stalemate; Bird could be back late August; Garcia trade helps playoff push; Romine banged up; This team just doesn’t quit

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New York Post | Joel Sherman: Sonny Gray is not a Yankee yet. The Yankees and the Athletics have until 4pm EST today to get a deal done. While it seemed like talks were progressing over the past week, it now seems like the two teams are at a stalemate. Probably one piece that the two teams can’t agree on, so they’re dragging this out. It may come down to the wire. Hopefully the two sides can come to an agreement.

CBS Sports: GREG BIRD! It’s been a few weeks since Greg Bird had surgery on his ankle but is now in the stages of getting back to action. Bird says he expects to get the stitches out Tuesday or Wednesday and then will start more activities after. The team’s medical staff thinks he may be able to return to the team by late August. A healthy Bird could be the perfect boost to a team fighting for a playoff spot.

New York Daily News | Christian Red: In case you missed it yesterday, the Yankees sent Dietrich Enns and Zack Littell to the Twins in exchange for Jaime Garcia. The trade for Garcia is a fallback in case Brian Cashman can’t work out a trade for Sonny Gray. Garcia also provides the team with starting depth for a playoff push and he comes with playoff experience from his days with the Cardinals.

New York Daily News | Christian Red: Austin Romine probably did not enjoy yesterday’s game. It started in the second inning when a foul tip bounced off the ground and hit him in the throat. Romine said he couldn’t catch his breath for a few seconds. Then in the sixth, Steve Cishek drilled Romine in the hand causing him to leave the game early. He may not be available for a couple days but x-rays were negative and no DL stint is anticipated.

New York Post | Mike Vaccaro: Even when these Yankees don’t deliver, they give hope. There’s really no quit in this team. This is a team that always fights until the very end and never considers themselves out. Throughout the entirety of yesterday’s game, the Yankees kept putting themselves in positions to take the game and never capitalizing. Yet, most fans were still there in the bottom of the ninth, believing in this team’s ability and fight. This team is special.