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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/7/18

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Severino learns from past struggles; Stanton’s second attempt in LF; Stanton discusses recovering from face injury; Boone playing with lineup ideas; Frazier talks facing Yankees

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I led off with Sevy just so I can use this picture
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YES Network | A.J. Hermann: Luis Severino broke out in 2015 and looked like he was here to stay, until 2016 happened and he didn’t. Then 2017 happened and not only did Severino look like he was here to stay, he established himself as a legitimate ace. Many people would try and ignore the past struggles, but Severino says he wants to learn from his struggles and use that be better. | Dick Scanlon: Giancarlo Stanton’s first try in left field could have gone better. His second attempt, did go better. Actually it was rather uneventful. Stanton only had to field two balls, neither of which were catchable, and fielded those well enough to get another vote of confidence from Aaron Boone. Boone said he hasn’t seen anything from Stanton to suggest he couldn’t play left field.

Men’s Health | Austin Murphy: Did you know that Giancarlo Stanton currently plays for the Yankees? Well, if not, Giancarlo Stanton plays for the Yankees and it’s a wonderful thing. In 2014, Stanton was hit in the face by a fastball from Mike Fiers that ended his season. Stanton hasn’t been the same hitter since that injury, somehow he’s been better. Stanton talks about his injury and the journey back and how he never gave up hope. If you don’t want to read the whole thing and just want the good stuff, here’s shirtless Giancarlo.

@Giancarlo818, do you even lift? @MensHealthMag

A post shared by MLB ⚾ (@mlb) on | Dick Scanlon: Thanks to Brian Cashman assembling one of the most talented rosters in baseball, there isn’t much Aaron Boone has to worry about. Boone does have some things to figure out though, like his lineups. He’s considering having Aaron Judge lead off some days, probably against lefties when Brett Gardner gets the day off. He’s also said that in an ideal world, he’d have a lefty between Judge and Stanton. Boone showed that yesterday, when he had Greg Bird penciled between the Two Towers.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Todd Frazier from Toms River, NJ who won the Little League World Series and took a picture with Derek Jeter now plays for the Mets. After a half season with the Yankees, Frazier talks about what it’ll be like to face the Yankees today. He gave a very riveting answer: “business as usual.” After the season ended, Frazier said he wanted to stay with the Yankees, but isn’t upset that nothing happened. He’s “happy” to be a Met. Maybe try taking an angry nap, Todd.