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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/5/17

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Sir Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro have been great; Girardi’s lineups have been producing lately; Gary Sanchez begins 3-day suspension; Jacoby Ellsbury is getting hot at the right time

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This is the result of them practicing karate in the garage
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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Sir Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro became best friends at the beginning of the 2016 season. We have video evidence of it. Yesterday, the two besties did their best to knock runners in and help the Yankees win. Sir Didi hit his 20th dinger of the year, which matches his 2016 total. He is the first SS in Yankee history to have back-to-back 20 home run seasons. Castro has supplied a bunch of RBI in the past couple of games, including a laser dinger of his own in yesterday’s win. Here’s hoping the BFFs can keep it up down the stretch.

Newsday | David Lennon: One common complaint I’ve seen bandied about regarding our manager is his decisions regarding lineups. “He shouldn’t bat this person here” and so on. As of right now, putting Sir Didi Gregorius in the cleanup spot worked well. More than that, it seems that Girardi has had no problem shuffling his lineup each day, depending on his options. Except Gardner, who obviously has a 1-hole clause in his contract.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Gary Sanchez began serving his four-game suspension yesterday. By four-game suspension, I mean three-game suspension. Turns out that he got his suspension reduced by a game, which means that he’ll simply be unavailable for this series against the Orioles. Considering that Girardi probably had no intention of playing him in yesterday’s game, due to the ESPN’d short turn around, he’s really only missing two days. It could have been worse, all things considered.

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New York Post | Dan Martin: That’s better. Slightly. Anyway, Jacoby Ellsbury has been thrust back into the role of everyday player and he is “rocking it” as the Post headline suggests. Yes, Ellsbury has indeed been hitting the balls better lately. His hot bat could be exactly what the Yankees need to position themselves at the head of the AL East. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I shall be fired for typing this paragraph.

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