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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/27/18

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Sanchez hits walk-off HR; Austin suspension reduced to four games; Twins “pissed off” because they lost; Hal ordered poles for protective netting replaced; Judge hitting HRs at historic pace

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Sports Illustrated | Khadrice Rollins: The Yankees were down 3-1 yesterday in the ninth inning. Fernando Rodney was pitching, Gary Sanchez was at-bat with two on, oh and did I mention Rodney was pitching for the Twins? Things went exactly as gloriously as you could imagine. Gary Sanchez hit his first career walk-off home run and it was a thing of beauty.

MLB.com | Danny Knobler: Tyler Austin finally got word on his appeal of a suspension he earned because Joe Kelly is a giant baby. Austin’s suspension was for five games, but has officially been reduced to four games, which he’ll begin serving immediately. The timing isn’t great for the Yankees as Austin is swinging the bat well and Neil Walker, who’d serve as the first baseman, has not been hitting well. During this time, the Yankees will also have to play with a 24-man roster for reasons that make no sense.

New York Post | Fred Kerber: Another day, another series against the Twins, another showing of pure domination. According to Twins GM Thad Levine, they’re “officially pissed off now.” I’m not entirely sure why they’re pissed. Maybe the Yankees broke some unwritten rule of hitting a home run when down in the ninth. We all know how that tends to bother some Twins players.

New York Times | Wallace Matthews: When the Yankees opened up the season, they showed off their branded new extended protective netting.Most fans didn’t mind the netting itself but complained about the poles that held the nets up. One of those that complained was Hal Steinbrenner. As a result, the poles were gone and replaced with steel cable that holds the netting up from above so as to not obstruct the view of fans. This was all done while the Yankees had their road trip to Boston and Detroit.

Cut4 | Chris Landers: If you haven’t heard by now, Aaron Judge hits home runs and he hits them often. He launches his monster dongs so often that almost every time he does, he’s breaking a new record. He has 63 career home runs in 205 (now 206) games so far, and that’s more than Barry Bonds, Mike Trout, Alex Rodriguez, and literally anyone who has ever played the game of baseball.

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