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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/9/18

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Stanton launches two HRs; London Series officially announced; German can make it as a starter; Girardi still roots for Yanks; Now Ellsbury is sick

Cleveland Indians v New York Yankees Photo by Elsa/Getty Images | Bryan Hoch: Did you guys know that Giancarlo Stanton is a Yankee now? Well in case you didn’t know yet, he is and he’s showing off his monster dongs. After being the first Yankee to hit a home run off of Dallas Keuchel and then doing it again, Stanton came through with his third multi-homer game of the season yesterday. His two dongs helped the Yankees edge out a 3-2 victory. Don’t worry, someone somewhere is still booing him. | Niall Gray: Over the offseason, it was announced that the Yankees and Red Sox would play a two game series in London in 2019. Then a few days ago, it was announced that MLB would announce the announcement. Well NOW, they finally announced it. London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Rob Manfred, Red Sox owner John Henry, Hal Steinbrenner, and Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal held a joint press conference at London Stadium, where the games will be played, to officially announce the series.

FanGraphs | Travis Sawchik: Until Sunday, not many people outside of Yankee fans were familiar with Domingo German. Then on Domingo, Sunday made his presence known. Tossing six innings of no-hit ball, German really made an impression and earned a spot in the rotation for at least the time being. This piece goes into how German made his way to the Yankees in the Nathan Eovaldi-trade and breaks down his pitches to show that he could make it as a starter.

New York Post | Zach Braziller: When Joe Girardi was essentially fired as the Yankees manager, he left with his head held high. He was proud of his accomplishments and of the job he had done. He says he gave the job his all and did what he thought was best. Though he wasn’t retained, Girardi still roots for the Yankees and wants them to do well. He’ll also be spending his summer coaching his son’s team, which will be managed by Raul Ibanez of all people. He’d like to manage in the majors again if the right opportunity presents itself. | Brendan Kuty: Jacoby Ellsbury? More like Jacoby L-O-Llsbury, amirite? Thank you, please clap. Anyway, Ellsbury is down in Tampa “doing baseball activities” as he tries to recover from a right oblique strain, left hip soreness, plantar fasciitis in his right heel, left pinky papercut, right funny bone soreness, and an overclipped finger nail. So of course, he was sent home early from workouts yesterday because he was “under the weather.” I’m not laughing AT him necessarily, but I’m definitely laughing.

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