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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/30/18

Greg Bird hits two much needed HRs to help Yankees defeat Red Sox; Brian Cashman willing to dance with Mets for a pitcher; Cashman wants to keep Frazier but knows he’s a good trade chip; CC’s celebrity softball game raised $1 million for PitCCh in Foundation

MLB: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports | Mandy Bell: I’m not quite sure if there’s a better way to start a series than by crushing your mortal enemies. The Yankees did exactly that last night, thanks to timely hitting, incredible pitching, and dingers dingers dingers. Greg Bird hit two much needed home runs last night, which complimented the dongs of Aaron Judge & Miguel Andujar quite nicely. The kids are doing alright. | Bryan Hoch: CC Sabathia pitched an absolute gem last night. That doesn’t mean that the Yankees are out of the pitching woods just yet. Brian Cashman is still shopping around for a starting pitcher and he’s willing to cross the Triboro to get one. The New York Mets are not doing very well and might be willing to part with a Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard maybe. Maybe. Probably not. At least, probably not with us. We’ll see.

Newsday | Laura Albanese: If the Yankees do make a trade for a high-end, top-notch, juicy rib-eye starting pitcher, it’s going to cost them some of their quality prospects. Clint Frazier is probably the first name that comes to mind. The Yankees have a pretty crowded outfield right now with no real place for Red Thunder. That could change after the trade deadline. Or they could find someone to trade with. Again, it’s gonna be an interesting trade season.

Page Six | Ian Mohr: As you know, CC Sabathia and Amber Sabathia hosted a celebrity softball game for his PitCCh in Foundation. The results are in and the event raised over a million dollars for the charity. Lots of former players, current players, and celebrities were in attendance, as well as about 10,000 fans. Mariano Rivera even got to hit finally. Was it as memorable as when he got his first RBI against the Mets? Only Mo knows.

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What. A. Game.