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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/21/17

Girardi still confident Judge can break out of his slump; Chapman got four outs without giving up a run; Gary Sanchez has some ups and downs defensive in Boston; Tommy Kahnle has been struggling lately

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Around the Empire | Bryan Hoch: Aaron Judge’s 2nd half does not resemble his 1st half. One is superior to the other. Of course, Aaron Judge’s 1st half is superior to almost every baseball player’s 1st half. Despite his struggles, the Yankees and Joe Girardi still believe that he will find a way out of his current rut. Girardi has no intention of moving him from the 3rd spot in the lineup yet. He also had no intention of moving Aroldis Chapman from the closer’s role a few days ago. Time will tell.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Speaking of Chapman, Girardi used him in the 6th & 7th inning of yesterday’s game. Chapman has not pitched in the 6th inning since 2011. Nevertheless, he got all four outs without giving up a run. It wasn’t all sunshine and giggles though, as he allowed another lead-off walk to Mookie Betts. Still, unscathed is unscathed.

Newsday | Erik Boland: Gary Sanchez had an interesting series behind the plate. On the one hand, the passed ball thing was still an issue. On the other hand, his accurate cannon of an arm was on full display. Joe Girardi talked to him after Saturday’s game, reassuring him that he’s been improving and “playing his rear off.” Learning from one’s mistakes and moving on is great advice from the former catcher to the young one. But seriously, his arm is incredible.

New York Post | George A. King III: Tommy Kahnle has been struggling as of late. His series against the Red Sox will not be one anyone will remember fondly. Since acquiring him from the White Sox, Kahnle started off very well. In his last ten appearances, Kahnle has given up six earned runs and eleven hits. It would be really nice if he could turn back into the pitcher we traded for, and soon.