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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/17/18

Back-to-back HRs from Stanton and Sanchez show team’s full potential; Rays manager compares Loaisiga to Mariano Rivera; Yankees acquire Wendell Rijo; Luis Severino robs Sanchez of a pop-up out

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Back-to-back and a belly-to-belly
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Newsday | Roger Rubin: The Yankees are big fans of the dingers. I am too, so it’s a mutual beneficial symbiosis. In yesterday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez hit back-to-back and a belly-to-belly dongs. These HRs help to illustrate the fact that the Yankees, despite having the nicest .697 winning percentage in the majors, have still not put everything together. If they do, it’s scary to think of what they’re capable of. | Bryan Hoch: Jonathan Loaisiga made his major league debut on Friday and it went about as well as we hoped it would. Kevin Cash, manager of the Rays, was very impressed by what he saw from Johnny Lasagna. He compared what he saw to a young Mariano Rivera. Yes, THAT Mariano Rivera. Loaisiga was very humbled by the comparison. I don’t think anyone could blame him.

MLBTradeRumors | Kyle Downing: In May, the Yankees made a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers got Eric Kratz and the Yankees got a PTBNL. Well now, that player has been named. Wendell Rijo, a second baseman, is that player. Rijo has been spotty in the minors. Kratz is doing well on the Brewers. I guess that means we’ve lost the trade. Fire Cashman!

Cut4 | MEARNS!!!: Yesterday was another Luis Severino gem. Not just the pitching either. Severino stole a pop-up out from Gary Sanchez for reasons. It was a silly moment, as you can see the smirk on Gary’s face afterwards. CC Sabathia even had a priceless reaction to the situation.

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