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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/9/18

Judge leaning towards no Home Run Derby; CC offers vote of confidence for the rotation; Severino’s spring debut & injury updates; Matsui talks adviser role, Ohtani

MLB: Spring Training-Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees
“Every day is a home run derby for me!”
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Bryan Hoch: Aaron Judge participated in one Home Run Derby and is already bored by it. At least, that’s the reason I’m telling myself, as he said that he’s leaning towards being “one and done” with the Derby. I guess it makes sense to let other players have an actual chance at winning. After his win last year, Judge became the only player to win both the College and MLB Home Run Derbys. He did actually add that the Derby was a fun experience and that it didn’t take a toll on him or lead to his second half slump.

New York Post | Kevin Kernan: The Yankees didn’t hide the fact that they were trying their best to add a starter this offseason, but that didn’t work out as planned. The reason for that is because they were working from a position of strength. Obviously the luxury tax implications were a factor, but they also believed in the arms they already had. CC Sabathia reiterated that fact yesterday, when he said the Yankees have a talented rotation, they just need to stay healthy. | Bryan Hoch: Luis Severino made his spring debut yesterday as he struck out three and allowed one unearned run in 3.1 innings. Also of note was Giancarlo Stanton, who is now a Yankee, playing left field again and making an out while battling the sun. Stanton said that playing left is like getting at-bats. The more he does it, the more comfortable he’ll get. Injury updates: Clint Frazier rode a stationary bike, threw, ran and performed rotational exercises, while Jacoby Ellsbury could resume running as early as Saturday.

Sporting News | Gary Phillips: Even though he retired in 2012, Hideki Matsui is still connected to baseball. He currently serves as a special adviser for the Yankees, focusing on the Double-A and Triple-A teams. He observes players and offers feedback about hitting mechanics and approach and reports back directly to Brian Cashman. Matsui also talked about new Angels’ star Shohei Ohtani and what he can expect with his new team and the transition coming to the States from Japan.