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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/30/18

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Torres wins AL Player of the Week, walks it off; Didi showing signs of life; Avoiding fastballs could be a blessing and a curse; Oral history on drafting Judge; Giants’ Barkley throws out first pitch

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MLB.com | Jaylon Thompson: Congrats are in order for Gleyber Torres as he was named the American League's Player of the Week for last week. Torres batted .368 (7-for-19) with five home runs and nine RBIs over six games last week, which I guess is okay. Torres continued his great season yesterday, delivering a walk-off single in the 10th (see below). Scooter Gennett of the Reds was named for the National League, his second time this year. #GleyberGood

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Yesterday was an exciting game for the Yankees. Brett Gardner’s second home run of the night helped the Yankees come back from down 5-3 to tie the game in the ninth. Aaron Judge knocked his 15th dong of the season which tied him with Ryan Howard as the fastest to reach 71 career home runs. Then, like a good Gleyber, Torres was there. No, it wasn’t a walk-off home run, but a solid neighbor can also do the little things that come in the clutch.

Yesterday was a good day for the kid.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: For most, April showers bring May flowers, but for Didi Gregorius April flowers brought May showers. After being named the American League Player of the Month in April, Gregorius hit a terrible slump in May that saw all of his numbers drop drastically. Gregorius had been putting in extra work with Marcus Thames recently and over the last couple days, he’s been showing signs of life. He’s not quite out of it yet, but this bodes well for him to turn it around soon.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: There’s scientific evidence that baseballs murdered Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton’s families in a past life, that’s why they’ve chosen to get revenge on baseballs in this life. Similarly, it turns out that fastballs have apparently harmed the Yankees in some way, so the Yankees have apparently abandoned them. This year’s Yankees have the lowest fastball percentage since 2002. The 2017 and 2016 Yankees rank 2nd and 3rd, respectively. This strategy may work but it also may come back to haunt them.

MLB.com | Mark Feinsand: There aren’t many things better for the 2018 Yankees than Aaron Judge. On a team full of stars, his rookie campaign last year undoubtedly made him the face of the Yankees. This link is a fun oral history of how the Yankees were able to get Judge in the 2013 draft. There are stories from over two dozen people here who were connected to Judge’s journey to the Yankees.

Newsday | Roger Rubin: If you're a New York Giants fan and a Yankees fan, you were in for a special treat yesterday. That is unless you have wrong opinions and think the Giants should've drafted a quarterback. Anyway, Saquon Barkley, the #2 overall pick, threw out the first pitch yesterday. He said it could've been better but his main goal was to avoid getting on ESPN's Not Top 10. I think he'll be fine.

Didi Victory Tweet

Just about sums it up.