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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/5/17

Girardi says Gary Sanchez needs to improve his defense behind the plate; Greg Bird is back to travelling with the team; A-Rod says not to worry about Aaron Judge; Domingo Acevedo is pitching well, happy he wasn’t traded; Yankees seriously exploring extending protective netting

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Around the Empire | Bryan Hoch: Gary Sanchez did not have a great day yesterday. He allowed two passed balls and both cost the Yankees’ runs. Former catcher and current Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi, whose Joe Girardi nickname is possibly Girary, was critical of the young catcher’s miscues, saying that he needs to improve. He also stated that he believes he can do better. Such is the ways of watching a rookie catcher. Needless to say, do better please, Gary.

New York Post | George A. King III: Meanwhile, some positive news on the Greg Bird wing of the link dump. Bird is now traveling with the team and is moving closer to taking batting practice with them. He threw Thursday, as well as did some tee-and-toss drills. Girardi stated that they plan to increase his activities slowly. Meanwhile, in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Tyler Austin hit a walk-off dinger for the RailRiders. First base is looking grea...

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New York Daily News | Peter Botte & Christian Red: Aaron Judge is in one of his first real slumps of the 2017 season. Some fans are getting worried. Current Fox Sports analyst and Steinbrenner advisorer Alex Rodriguez says not to worry. That right there should alleviate your worries. A-Rod says that it’s not so much the HRDerby that contributed to his slump, but more the All-Star break as a whole. Four days off and teams learning to adjust to Judge, which means Judge has to adjust back. Which he will, states A-Rod. Hakuna Matata.

New York Post | Mark Sanchez: The trade deadline is a stress-packed nitrogen fueled Heybomb explosion that Rosenthralls a lot of us waiting for news. It’s not exactly thrilling for young prospects in the system, waiting with baited breath to see whether they’re leaving or not. Domingo Acevedo heard his name was possibly mentioned in trade talks and was relieved when he learned he’d still be with the Trenton Thunder. Also, he’s pitching well. Throwing strikes with accurate control and Chapman-ish fastballs at times. Keep doing well, please and thank you.

New York Daily News | Jake Becker: Finally, an update on the protective netting discussion at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are seriously exploring extending said protective netting and they are currently in talks with the architects, netting manufacturers, and engineering firms as how best to proceed. First of all, they shouldn’t talk to any architect named Art Vandelay. Second, this is all good news. Hopefully they can get it up before someone else gets seriously hurt. Third, no really, don’t use Art Vandelay.