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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/22/18

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Aaron Judge continues punishing Orioles pitching; Giancarlo Stanton excited for Opening Day; Yankees option 4 players to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre; Yankees’ bullpen can shattered strikeout record; 3rd Yankee commercial released

MLB: Spring Training-Atlanta Braves at New York Yankees
TFW you’re about to face O’s pitching
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Newsday | Erik Boland: Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Aaron Judge loves facing pitchers who through baseballs for the Baltimore Orioles. Spring training is no exception. Yesterday, our big baseball boy hit two dingers against O’s pitching. Here is one of them.

Soon, my friends. Soon.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: We are not the only ones looking forward to Opening Day. Giancarlo Stanton, whom we traded for this offseason if you were not aware, is also looking forward to it. It could be because he’s now on a team that actually wants to win. So far, spring training with the Yankees has been everything he had hoped for and more. Stanton is still planning to room with Mets’ reliever AJ Ramos, He’s also well aware that fan expectations are heightened in the Big Apple. Darn tootin’ they are.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: The roster puzzle is closed to being solved. Aaron Boone just has to make sure not to waste his money on buying a vowel and he should be fine. Yesterday, the Yankees’ optioned Tyler Austin, Billy McKinney, Giovanny Gallegos, and Ben Heller to the Railriders. Jonathan Holder and Domingo German will most likely spend the remainder of spring training battling for that last roster spot. My money is on German, since the Yankees don’t really have any Jonathans that need holding.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Everyone is talking about all the home run records the Yankees could possibly shatter this season. There’s another record they could also obliterate as well. No, not that old Abba record your parents/grandparents keep around. Shame on you. I’m talking about the strikeout record. The Yankees bullpen has the potential to K about 30% of the batters it will face this season. Sources confirm that Kunj Shah thinks that David Robertson has the potential to K about 150% of the batters he faces.

Finally, another Yankee commercial has been released. It further proves that we are not worthy of Sir Didi Gregorius.