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

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Holliday tests positive for Epstein-Barr; Didi loses Final Vote to Moustakas; Jeter loses another investor over power struggle; Webb’s first professional sporting event

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New York Post | George A. King III: Matt Holliday finally knows what’s been troubling him. After undergoing extensive testing, Holliday tested positive Epstein-Barr virus. It seems like diagnosing the problem helped as Holliday was looking and feeling better than he did in Chicago. He said he doesn’t think he’d need a rehab assignment and could be back today.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: As of right now, Sir Didi Gregorius will not be making the All-Star game. He came in third in the AL Final Vote, losing to Mike Moustakas of the Royals. Since Starlin Castro likely won’t play in the game, there’s a chance Gregorius could take his roster spot, but the Yankees likely wouldn’t be happy if he’s asked to play second after what happened during the World Baseball Classic.

New York Post | Staff: Derek Jeter earned a lot of re2pect during his career, but apparently you need re$pect to own a baseball team. Chicago billionaire Richard Chaifetz exited Jeter’s group for the Marlins because Jeter supposedly wanted too much control over the team without investing a lot of money. As Greg Kirkland said, “I, too, would like to control a lot of things without having to invest much of my own money into it.”

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Most athletes tell stories from when they were younger about attending professional games and dreaming of one day taking the field. Except for Tyler Webb. Webb made his MLB debut on June 24 and like most other athletes he’ll cherish that forever. June 22 was also important for him though. That’s when he was officially called up and joined the team and it also marked the first professional sporting event (MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA) that Webb attended ever.