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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/23/18

Teammates excited about Torres; Boone discusses controversial replay; Severino shows why he’s the ace; Stanton’s eventful day in left; All under-30 team; Hale called up; Frazier could play in games soon

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New York Post | Dan Martin: The crowd at Yankee Stadium was loud when Gleyber Torres’ name was called. It’s not just the fans that are excited about Torres, his teammates are as well. Giancarlo Stanton spoke highly of Torres and his swing and said he reminded him of Javier Baez’s. Neil Walker, whose struggles inspired Torres’ call-up, said that Torres had earned his promotion, especially since Walker isn’t hitting right now. Despite his quiet debut, there’s a lot of potential to look forward to.

New York Daily News | Peter Botte: For all intents and purposes, the Yankees had a very good day yesterday. Despite not having his best stuff, Luis Severino stepped up and delivered seven innings of one-run ball, Gleyber Torres made his long-awaited debut, and the Yankees won 5-1. Then the umpires happened. In the eight inning, Tyler Austin appeared to be safe on a groundball from short, but he was called out and after review the called stood.

I was in the Grandstand Infield for this game and this play and I could tell he was safe from there. If replay can’t get this call right, what’s its purpose? It’s broken. Or maybe MLB just needs to stop being cheap and upgrade from the basic to premium subscription and get the extra angles because...well, yeah.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Luis Severino is quickly showing that last year’s Cy Young-caliber season was no fluke. Severino started yesterday’s game strong, but had a couple of rough innings in the middle where he lost his command. He escaped a couple of jams and only gave up a solo home run to Teoscar Hernandez in his seven innings of work. It was a much-needed outing for the bullpen and Severino showed why he’s the Yankees’ ace.

Cut4 | Adrian Garro: Much was made of Giancarlo Stanton playing left field in spring training, especially after his first attempt didn’t go so well. He’s since played left a number of times and has been mostly fine. Stanton was called upon again yesterday to give Brett Gardner the day off, and had a couple of fun plays. Battling the sun, Stanton had two challenging plays in the fifth but came up successful both times.

New York Post | Larry Brook: The Yankees have been preaching a youth movement the last few years and it really showed itself yesterday. With Gardner and Walker getting the day off, the Yankees sent out an all under-30 lineup for the first time since 1989. It had been 29 years since the last time the Yankees had done that, which coincidentally was the same age as the Yankees’ oldest player yesterday: Austin Romine.

New York Post | George A. King III: Gleyber Torres got all the headlines, but the Yankees actually made another roster move. In addition to Torres, the Yankees purchased the contract of right-hander David Hale and called up him from Triple-A. To make room for Hale on the roster, Jace Peterson was once again designated for assignment, while Tyler Wade and Torres swapped roster spots. Hale was called up because he could provide the Yankees with length out of the bullpen. Thankfully, Jordan Montgomery and Severino both did their best to help the bullpen out this weekend.



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