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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/31/18

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Luis Severino throws a gem, gives Yankees the start they need; Brett Gardner is on fire; Aaron Boone is sticking with Aaron Hicks in center; a look back at the Yankees’ drafting Gerrit Cole

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Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports | Coley Harvey: The Yankees could probably use some starting pitching. Right? I mean, I think we’re all in agreement here. The good thing is that Luis Severino still pitches for them. Last night, he threw an absolute gem against the Houston Astros. Severino is their stopper. He is their ace. He is the one we all look towards when we need a good performance. That was exactly what they needed last night and they got it. Luis Severino’s turn around after his 2016 season has been a marvel to behold.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Long time listeners and other readers are most likely aware that I am a huge Brett Gardner fan. For those that don’t know, I have always loved the gritty gutty one. Seeing him in hot streak mode always puts a smile on my face. It’s exactly what the Yankees need right now. I don’t know how much longer he’ll be on the Yankees, so I’m just going to enjoy the time I have left with him.

Newsday | Erik Boland: Clint Frazier is doing nothing but hit in the minors. Red Thunder’s bat is making a lot of fans look at Aaron Hicks and wonder why he’s still here. Yankee manager and 2003 ALCS Game 7 hero Aaron Boone is sticking by A-A-Ron, even though he done messes up at the plate sometimes. A lot of it has to do with Hicks’ ability to play center, whereas Frazier is not viewed as a center fielder. Although, they would still have Gardner to play center. In theory, they also have Jacoby Ellsbury to play center. In theory, Ellsbury still exists on this plane of reality. | Bryan Hoch: The MLB draft is coming up. Nick Swisher will be the Yankees’ representative at the draft, which is going to be an absolute treat. This article is not about Swisher though, bro. This is actually about how the Yankees’ drafted Gerrit Cole. Ultimately, Cole decided to commit to UCLA and you know the rest. If you don’t know the rest, read on. If you do, read anyway. Interesting look at the history of it all.