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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/5/18

Judge, Stanton, and Sanchez each hit 2-run dingers; Giancarlo’s HR was the hardest hit ball of 2018; Didi Gregorius shows how good the Yankees are at scouting; Aaron Hicks hoping to return on Tuesday; Royals trade Cody Asche to Yankees for PTBNL or cash considerations; Torreyes still good at being utility man

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Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images | Bryan Hoch: There’s not much to this link that you don’t already know, but I still thought it was worth mentioning. The Yankees have Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez in the same lineup. They can hit dingers. They did hit dingers. All three of them. In the same game. It’s pretty gosh diddily dong cool. | Bryan Hoch: Well since we’re on the subject of dingers, let’s just dive a bit more into Dongcarlo’s blast. It was massive. It went 458ft into the second deck of Yankee Stadium. It was also the hardest hit ball of 2018, barreling off his majestic bat at 117.9 MPH. I was listening to the game on the radio while working and knew it was gone off the sound of the bat. It took all of my willpower to not just laugh with joy in the middle of the office. I’m proud of myself and you should be as well.

SBNation | Grant Brisbee: As you all know, Sir Didi Gregorius is the best human being. He is perhaps too pure and good for this world and all of us. In any case, we have him on the Yankees and that is good. Furthermore, it’s wonderful. Grant Brisbee has typed out words regarding Sir Didi and how he speaks to the Yankees’ amazing ability to find diamonds in the rough. All we have to do is find the Cave of Wonders abd have Sir Didi, and maybe Brandon Drury, go in and retrieve the lamp for us. Until then, you should read this.

New York Daily News | Nicholas Parco: Yesterday, fellow link dumper and PahSahp co-host Kunj Shah let us know that Jacoby Ellsbury Jacoby Ellsbury’d again. That’s the bad good totally bunting expected news. The better news is that Aaron Hicks is recovering well. Hicks says that he’s swinging the ball off the tee much better. He is eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday, when the Yankees are up in the revered hall of doubles in Boston.

New York Post | Dan Martin: In case there’s a Hickscup in his recovery, the Yankees made another depth signing yesterday. Cody Asche was acquired from the Kansas City Royals for our old friends Pit Banal or Cash Considerations. How’s it going, fellas? Asche will be stored away in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the time being. He can play both third base and LF, so he could also be called up to replace Miguel Andujar if they want to get him some actual playing time. We’ll see.

Newsday | Roger Rubin: Ronald Torreyes is the greatest utility player in this or any other universe. If Son Goku didn’t get Frieza to join the Tournament of Power, Torreyes would’ve been ready to sub in because that’s what Toe does. He gives the regular players days off, comes in, makes decent defensive plays, and hits. Yesterday was his first game of the season. Toe came in, made a couple spectacular defensive plays, and drove in a run. Dare I say it, he does something every game.

Cut4 | Jessica Kleinschmidt: Torreyes even picks up the garbage, and no I’m not talking about the Red Sox.

Didi Victory Tweet

I really do love Volcarno Stanton.