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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/1/18

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Sonny Gray stumbles again; Gleyber Torres earns another Mickey Mantle comp; Alex Rodriguez set to return to Yankee Stadium; John Sterling is such an interesting man

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New York Daily News | John Harper: Sonny Gray fell flat on his face against the Red Sox. That isn’t new. He’s been doing it for most of the season. With that in mind, it underscores the fact that the Yankees need to trade for a starting pitcher. It’s an imperative for a team trying to a win a tough division, and then make a deep playoff run. The sooner Brian Cashman acts, the better.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: On the bright side, Gleyber Torres batted clean up last night. Think about that. A 21-year-old was the Yankees’ cleanup hitter. In fact, he’s the youngest Yankee to hit in the four-hole since Mickey Mantle! When your name routinely comes up in the same sentence as Mantle, you’re doing something right. Torres is one special player, and it’s worth appreciating that.

Newsday | Laura Albanese: Tonight’s game between the Yankees and Red Sox will air on Sunday Night Baseball. Typically that would be a slog, but since Alex Rodriguez joined the ESPN booth, it became all the more intriguing. This will be A-Rod’s first trip to the Yankee Stadium press box. He’s looking forward to it, and so am I. Can’t get enough of Booth-Rod!

New York Post | Andrew Marchand: Say what you will about John Sterling, but he’s a Yankees institution. He also stands out as fascinating individual. The voice of the Yankees devours books, doesn’t have an internet connection, and enjoys classic film and theatre. Sterling will turn 80 this week, and this story is a good reminder of what an interesting person he is.

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