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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/15/17

Judge, Hicks, and Sanchez all hit their 40th career home run in the same game; Girardi has no plans to remove Chapman from the closer role; Cashman and Alderson still have a good relationship; Luis Cessa removed from game due to a right rhomboid injury

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Around the Empire | Bryan Hoch and Anthony DiComo: Three Yankees hit dingers yesterday. Those three Yankees were Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, and Gary Sanchez. All three home runs were the 40th home run that each player has hit in their career. Sanchez is the 3rd fastest player to hit 40 home runs. It took him 139 games. Aaron Judge is the 4th fastest. It took him 140 games. Aaron Hicks hasn’t seem to have lost his stride since coming back from the DL. These are all pretty cool facts, right? I certainly think so.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: After two not-so-great outing from Yankees’ closer Aroldis Chapman, the media asked Joe Girardi if he would consider moving him out of the role for a time. Girardi obviously said no, being that a lot of relievers have struggled in the past. Obviously, his expensive contract also plays into it. However, Dellin Betances has seemingly turned the corner from his rough patch and the Yankees have David Robertson back. At this time of the year, if it gets bad enough that Chapman shouldn’t close anymore, it’ll probably be too little too late for it to matter.

Newsday | David Lennon: Before the Subway Series even began, there has been a Subway Series between Brian Cashman and Sandy Alderson. Cashman and Alderson could not see eye-to-eye on trades for Jay Bruce, Neil Walker, and Lucas Duda and the three players are now not playing on either NY team. Despite all of that, Cashman and Alderson still have a good relationship. I imagine Cashman still thanks Sandy for getting Noah Syndergaard out of the AL East. I know I would.

New York Daily News | Justin Tasch: In yesterday’s latest episode of the hit new drama on YES, Never Pitch, Luis Cessa made an appearance. In the 5th inning, Girardi removed Cessa from the game due to an right rhomboid injury. The injury to Cessa’s rhombus isn’t expected to be serious. He will still get an MRI this morning. Also, I’ve always like the word rhombus. I wish the baseball diamond was called a baseball rhombus. I think I’ll start that petition soon.

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