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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/30/18

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Greg Bird and Aaron Boone hopeful he can improve before October; a look at Greg Bird’s bad season; Sir Didi Gregorius on the mend; Alfred “Big Al” Delia makes an appearance at Yankee Stadium

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Photo by Elsa/Getty Images | Bryan Hoch: It’s no secret that Greg Bird has been doing poorly this season. The injuries hampered his beginning and his performance afterward has grounded his flight. On the other side of things, Luke Voit has been taking advantage of this opportunity. This does not mean the Yankees are ready to give up on Bird though. Aaron Boone is hopeful that he can break out of this and help them down the finish line.

Fangraphs | Jay Jaffe: Still though, it’s been a disappointing season for Greg Bird. The hot streak we’ve been hoping for has not manifested itself. This article, which I highly recommend you read, takes a look at how Bird’s season has progressed. It’s, uh, not great. Needless to say, only time will tell whether Bird will stick at first base as the Yankees make their playoff push. As of now, it’s not looking good.

Newsday | Peter Botte: Didi Gregorius is still on the DL. That is sad. I am sad. However, he is on his way back soon. Before yesterday’s game, Sir Didi took batting practice and fielded some grounders. While he’s not running at full speed, our pinstriped knight said he definitely felt better. A minor-league recap might be an option if the RailRiders’ seasons wasn’t ending on Sunday. Hurry back to us, Sir Didi. | Jessica Kleinschmidt & Mandy Bell: Before yesterday’s game against the White Sox, one of the stars from the Little League World Series showed up. Alfred Delia, also known as “Big Al” got to meet Giancarlo Stanton, his favorite player. The young dinger hitting machine had tears in his eyes getting to meet the big dinger hitting machine. Aaron Hicks also took a photo with him wearing his viral Big Al Hits Dingers shirt. Give this heartwarming story a read. It’s worth it.