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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/13/18

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Yankees break first-half homer record; Luis Severino completes historic first half; Manny Machado “likes” Yankees; Bernie Williams compares current Yankees to dynasty teams; Tyler Wade “blacked out” circling bases after first career homer; Gary Sanchez could begin rehab assignment Sunday.

Greg Bird’s third-inning grand slam against the Orioles on Wednesday night was the Yankees’ 152nd home run of 2018, breaking the 1999 Mariners’ record for the most hit prior to the All-Star break.
Greg Bird’s third-inning grand slam against the Orioles on Wednesday night was the Yankees’ 152nd home run of 2018, breaking the 1999 Mariners’ record for the most hit prior to the All-Star break.
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MLB.com | Mandy Bell: Greg Bird’s third-inning grand slam against the Orioles on Wednesday night was the Yankees’ 152nd home run of 2018, breaking the 1999 Mariners’ record for the most hit prior to the All-Star break. Tyler Wade and Austin Romine hit bombs of their own in the victory over Baltimore, while Brett Gardner (twice) and Didi Gregorius went deep in last night’s win in Cleveland. The Bombers are now on pace for 276 on the year, putting them 12 past Seattle’s ‘97 single-season record.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: Luis Severino completed his historic first half with a no-decision against Cleveland last night. The All-Star heads to DC as only the fourth member of an exclusive Yankees club of pitchers with 14 wins before the break. He joined Mel Stottlemyre (14-7 in 1969), and Hall of Famers Lefty Gomez (14-2 in 1934) and Whitey Ford (16-2 in 1961).

New York Post | Dan Martin: Manny Machado “likes” the Yankees, and didn’t even have to say a word. The slugging trade target liked a photo-shopped image of himself wearing a Yankees uniform on Instagram. Meanwhile, Thomas Harrigan of MLB.com reports on Machado’s numerous suitors.

New York Post | Fred Kerber: Bernie Williams compared the current Yankees to dynasty teams. “We’ve got guys now that are capable of hitting 50-plus home runs. I don’t think we had a guy like that back when I was playing.”

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Rookie Tyler Wade “blacked out” while circling the bases after smacking his first career home run. One of the best parts of watching the team for the last couple seasons is moments like this, when a youngster celebrates a career first. Good for Tyler Wade!

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: According to Aaron Boone, Yankee catcher Gary Sanchez, out with a groin injury, could begin his rehab assignment on Sunday.

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