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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/19/17

Greg Bird doing well in his rehab starts; Aroldis Chapman doing poorly against the Red Sox this year; Wild Card game might not be as bad as 2015’s Wild Card game; Congrats to Derek and Hannah Jeter on their birth of their daughter, Bella Raine Jeter

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Around the Empire | Bryan Hoch: GREG BIRD! Okay, this article actually talks about a few of the rehabbing Yankees. I yelled out Greg Bird’s name mainly because he homered twice in his rehab game with the RailRiders yesterday. Bird has been hitting the ball well since coming off of his right ankle surgery, which is a great sign. Starlin Castro and Matt Holliday are also rehabbing as well. I’m a bit more excited about Greg Bird though. After all, Greg is the word.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Now onto the bad part of this link dump. Aroldis Chapman is not to blame for the Yankees’ loss yesterday. Chad Green and Tommy Kahnle could not do diddily against the Red Sox offense in the 7th inning. The fact still remains that he did not pitch well against the Red Sox. Again. Chapman gave up two more runs to the Red Sox in the 8th inning. He has not pitched well against the Red Sox this year. The Red Sox are the team we kinda sorta really want him to pitch well against.

That’s bad. It is the opposite of good.

Newsday | David Lennon: Unless the Yankees can actually beat the scrappy underdogs who were predicted by just about everyone to take the AL East, the Wild Card game is in their future. Well, unless they don’t make it. Assuming the Yankees do make it, the one thing they have going for them is that their opponents starters for the one-and-done game aren’t quite as dominant as a Dallas Keuchel, like in 2015. Plus, Luis Severino has been pretty darn good this season. I’d prefer if they won the AL East though. That’s just me.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo and Peter Sblendorio: Finally, congratulations are in order. Former Yankee SS, Player’s Tribune founder, and new Miami Marlins owner Derek Jeter and his wife Hannah Jeter have welcomed their first child into the world, a baby girl named Bella Raine Jeter. CC Sabathia offered Jeter some parenting advice on Friday. Bella Raine Jeter will share a birthday with Jeter’s longtime best friend Jorge Posada. Congrats to Derek and Hannah.