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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/28/18

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Sir Didi Gregorius and Andrelton Simmons, long time friends, are having great years; Aaron Judge very amazed by Gary Sanchez; Masahiro Tanaka excited to face DH Shohei Ohtani; what to do with Brandon Drury and Miguel Andujar

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The Ringer | Ben Lindbergh: Sir Didi Gregorius is having an incredible month of April. Last night’s heroic dinger was his 10th of the year. That tied him with the league leader, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim in the year 2018 on the planet Earth. Yes, that Mike Trout. This article isn’t about Trout though. It’s about Andrelton Simmons, whom our knight knows quite well. The two of them were teammates in the Marchana Little League, on the island of Curaçao. They still practice there together in the offseason. Both are now shortstops in the majors and both are doing incredible things for their teams. Please give this a read.

Newsday | Erik Boland: I like watching Gary Sanchez hit. You like watching Gary Sanchez hit. Aaron Judge likes watching Gary Sanchez hit. Judge was amazed by his hit off of Fernando Rodney in Thursday’s walk-off against the Twins. Judge talks about how being a catcher helps the Kraken with his game plan and knowing what pitch to look for. Even though he’s had a somewhat slow start, Sanchez is definitely starting to see the ball better. I’m excited. Judge is excited. You should be excited as well.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Masahiro Tanaka will take the mound today in Anaheim. The Yankees will look to extend their winning streak to 8 games. Tanaka is looking forward to facing Shohei Ohtani, who will be DHing in today’s game, barring injury. Ohtani has faced Tanaka before in Japan. Tanaka has struck Ohtani out 6 times, and Ohtani does not have a hit off of him. Even so, Tanaka is very impressed by what Ohtani is doing. His dinger off of Severino is probably one reason why. Admittedly, I am impressed as well.

Newsday | Erik Boland: Hey. Check this out:

That’s right. Miguel Andujar is now tied for the league lead in doubles after the two he hit last night. Incredible. Meanwhile, in Triple-A, Brandon Drury is rehabbing. He went 2-for-3 in yesterday’s game. There’s still no official date for Drury’s return, but taking Andujar out of the lineup at this point seems foolish. When asked about it, Aaron Boone would not give any concrete information on their plans. We shall see.

Didi Victory Tweet

So Modest.

He sure did!