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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/31/18

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Stanton fifth fastest to 300 home runs; Andrew McCutchen headed to Yanks! Sanchez to return Saturday, maybe Didi too; Frazier 1-for-3 in first rehab game; Judge runs bases, plays catch; Florial to play in AFL; Ex-Yank Hughes calls Fenway “trash can.”

Giancarlo Stanton crushed a 3-1 pitch into the right-field seats during the third inning of last night’s game against the Tigers, becoming the fifth fastest player in baseball history to belt 300 career home runs.
Giancarlo Stanton crushed a 3-1 pitch into the right-field seats during the third inning of last night’s game against the Tigers, becoming the fifth fastest player in baseball history to belt 300 career home runs.
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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Giancarlo Stanton just became the fifth fastest player in baseball history to belt 300 career home runs. Stanton crushed a 3-1 pitch into the right-field seats during the third inning of last night’s loss to the Tigers, reaching the milestone in his 1,119th career game. Only Ralph Kiner (1,087 games), Ryan Howard (1,093), Juan González (1,096), and Alex Rodriguez (1,117) reached the milestone faster.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Gary Sanchez could re-join the club on Saturday against the Tigers. Sidelined since aggravating a groin strain on July 23th, The Kraken received positive reports during his minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

He’s strong as an ox, and I feel like when he’s right and healthy, we kind of lean on him. We’re missing a few really premium, impactful players and I would count Gary as one of them. — Aaron Boone on Gary Sanchez

Hoch also reports that Clint Frazier played in a game yesterday for the first time in over a month. Sidelined with post-concussion migraines since July 19th, Red Thunder went 1-for-3 as the designated hitter during Class A Advanced Tampa’s 3-1 victory over the Braves’ Florida State League affiliate. Outfield help may finally be on the way!

In other injury news, Aaron Judge ran the bases and played catch at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, but he remains unable to resume swinging a bat. Meanwhile, Dan Martin of the New York Post reports that, although making progress toward hopefully returning this weekend, Didi Gregorius expects to continue feeling sore in his injured heel for the rest of the season. Ouch.

MLB.com | Jonathan Mayo: Yankees outfield prospect Estevan Florial will play in the Arizona Fall League again this year. The 20-year-old is the Yankees’ number two ranked prospect, and is ranked number 46 overall by MLB Pipeline.

New York Post | Greg Joyce: Ex-Yank Phil Hughes revealed his true feelings on “trash can” Fenway Park on Twitter, saying Beantown’s beloved edifice and Chicago’s Wrigley Field both “suck.” He later apologized, saying he thought it would be unpopular, “but it turns out 90% of people agree with me.”

Finally, Andrew McCutchen is reportedly headed to the Bronx! Joel Sherman of the New York Post first tweeted that the Yankees were working to finalize a deal with the Giants for the 2013 NL MVP Award winner. ESPN’s Buster Olney later tweeted that it was a done deal. Abital Avelino appears to be headed to San Francisco in return. The 23-year-old middle infielder ranked as New York’s number 23 prospect per MLB Pipeline.