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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/5/18

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Stanton’s rough LF debut; Chapman’s spring debut, Green returning to bullpen; A-Rod on SNL

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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: When the Yankees acquired Giancarlo Stanton, who is now a Yankee, people asked how he and Aaron Judge would fit together. The team’s solution was to let both Stanton and Judge play left field a little to increase their versatility. Stanton’s first outing in left could have gone better. Though it was apparently a difficult day to be out there because of the sun and the wind. Aaron Boone said that they were “excited” about Stanton’s routes. He’ll get a chance to redeem himself on Tuesday.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Stanton’s outing left field wasn’t the only debut yesterday. Aroldis Chapman also made his spring debut. Chapman’s goal this spring is to get back to being dominant against lefties as he allowed home runs to two lefties (first person to name the two in the comments gets a prize!*) last year. Those were his first since 2011. Also of note, Aaron Boone said that the team’s preference is to move Chad Green back to the bullpen, and he expects to do so sometime soon.

Cut4 | Eric Chesterton: Alex Rodriguez is everywhere these days. On Saturday night, he showed up on Saturday Night Live to square off against NBA legend Charles Barkley and make his case as to why baseball is a tougher sport than football and basketball. A-Rod’s main argument was based around baseball’s tough schedule where players could potentially play 200 games in 230 days. But why listen to me when you can just watch the segment:

*Not really