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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/25/18

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How Britton fits; Torres set to return today; Sanchez back to the DL; Romine wins Heart and Hustle Award; Origins of Monument Park

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Yahoo Sports | Mark Townsend: The first big trade for the Yankees has happened. The Yankees are getting Zach Britton from the Orioles in exchange for Dillon Tate, Cody Carroll, and Josh Rogers. While Britton wasn’t exactly a need, he’s essentially replacing Chasen Shreve in the bullpen, which is still an upgrade. Any upgrade, big or small, counts. All the players the team gave up were Rule 5 eligible this winter anyway, so that makes this an easier pill to swallow.

New York Post | George A. King III: Gleyber Torres only needed two minor league rehab games as he’s set to rejoin the Yankees today. Torres, who went 3-for-7 in his two rehab games, is expected to be in the lineup for today’s game as well. Aaron Boone said he isn’t sure what the corresponding move would be just yet, but with the Britton acquisition, they’ll have to make two moves.

MLB.com | J. Scott Butherus: Gary Sanchez is once again on the disabled list after re-aggravating the groin injury that shelved him before. Conspiracy theorists are saying it’s fake because they want to be right and keep hating Sanchez for his “lack of hustle.” Despite what many believe, his actions in Monday’s game were an extreme that we’ve never seen from him before. While Sanchez is no “Heart and Hustle” candidate, it lends credibility to the notion that he’s actually hurt. Also this:

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Here’s hoping he gets right soon and the team can get him back in time for August Gary to take over.

Sports Illustrated | Dan Gartland: We all know what happened in Monday night’s game against the Rays. Then yesterday, Austin Romine was announced as the Yankees’ Heart and Hustle Award winner by the team’s official Twitter account. While many took the tweet as a slight towards Gary Sanchez for his actions (or lack thereof) in Monday’s game, it was actually just terrible timing. Turns out every team in baseball had to announce their team’s winners on Tuesday.

Cut4 | Chris Landers: One of the most popular attractions at Yankee Stadium is Monument Park. This piece takes a look at how Monument Park came to be. Originally it was an area for a flagpole that was actually in play but became Monument Park after the passing manager Miller Huggins in 1929. The team built him a bronze plaque in front of the flagpole, and later added to it after Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth passed away, before renovations led to sectioning it off as the Monument Park we know today.

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