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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/8/17

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Aaron Judge now holds the Yankee rookie franchise home run record; Danilo Valiente, the Yankees’ BP pitcher, will pitch to Judge & Sanchez in the HR Derby; Greg Bird responds to allegations made by a Yankee insider; Dellin Betances not worried about his recent struggles

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Aaron “making it easier to watch this team” Judge
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Around the Empire | Bryan Hoch: Let’s start this link dump with the proper, best, large adult way to start a link dump. Aaron Judge once again made history last night. With his 29th home run, Judge tied Joe DiMaggio, yes THAT Joe DiMaggio, for the Yankee rookie franchise home run record. Yesterday, Judge hit his 30th dinger. He now has the lead and every single dinger he hits will set the new pinstriped record. We still haven’t reached the All-Star break.

New York Daily News | Christian Red: Speaking of the All-Star break, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez will be competing in the HR Derby in an attempt to appease to Marlins’ soul eating Dinger Machine. Their batting practice pitcher, Danilo Valiente, will also pitch to them in the derby. Both Judge and Sanchez requested he join them in Miami. Valiente is very excited for the opportunity. Considering the show that gets put on in Yankees’ BP, it makes perfect sense. | Matthew Martell: In yesterday’s episode of “What the $%#& did the Yankees’ front office say this time?” Greg Bird had to respond to allegations from a Yankee insider that questioned his desire to want to join Judge and Sanchez in the majors. Most organizations would wish their player well while trying to recover from annoying injuries, yet here we are though. We’ve been here before with this front office and we’ll be here again.

Newsday | Erik Boland: Dellin Betances has not pitched well since June 22nd. It is a problem, to say the least. Betances is aware of his control problems but he isn’t worried, saying that they’re not like the control issues that plagued him earlier on in his career. Girardi says the answer is basically to keep pitching him until he figures it out.