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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/2/18

Aaron Judge still loves Orioles pitching, hits 16th dinger of the year; Aaron Boone is impressed by what he sees from Greg Bird; Yankees still hampered by rain; Gleyber Torres loses cleat while running to third base

MLB: New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
Hugging Gleyber like he was pitching for the O’s
Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports | Bryan Hoch: Love is a special thing, faithful PSA readers. Sometimes it’s important to find that special someone in your life. Take Aaron Judge and the Orioles’ pitching staff. There is clearly love in the air whenever Judge comes to the plate against the O’s pitchers. Last night, he hit yet another dinger against them. He’s hit a lot of dingers against them.

Judge has hit safely in all five of the Yankees’ games against the Orioles this season, coming off a campaign in which he batted an otherworldly .426/.588/1.049 with five doubles, 11 homers, 24 RBIs and 31 runs scored against Baltimore hurlers.

Find someone who loves you as much as Aaron Judge loves the O’s pitching staff. Also, this...

Might need to bring Ronald Torreyes back soon, because this is just beautifully tragic. | Bryan Hoch: CA-CAW. It’s really good to see Greg Bird back in the Yankees’ lineup. In last night’s game, Bird hit an RBI triple. For starters, it’s good to see Bird hitting more and more. It’s also good to see Bird running well too. Aaron Boone has been impressed and hopeful from what he’s seen from Bird thus far. Just stay healthy, my avian Yankee.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Some of you might be too young to remember this, but there was a time when baseball had two divisions. The San Francisco Giants finished with a 103 game win total and finished 2nd in the division, ultimately not making the playoffs. The Yankees and Red Sox are looking like they’ll make the playoffs, but we could find ourselves in a situation where both teams win over 100 games and one of them is forced to play a 1-game elimination match. In any case, the rain has not been helping the Yankees much.

Cut4 | Eric Chesterton: We all know that Gleyber Torres is good. However, he’s still young. Gleyber is still getting his feet wet, or in the case of last night’s game, dirty. I mean that literally, as Gleyber’s cleat came flying off as he rounded second base. Torres was ultimately thrown out at third, probably due to the lack of proper ankle support. Who’s to say, really. Anyway, tie your shoes, young man!

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