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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/5/18

Andújar wins Rookie of the Month; Judge swings his gavel again; Cutch taking LF reps; CC nominated for Roberto Clemente Award

MLB: New York Yankees at Oakland Athletics Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports | Daniel Kramer: For the second time this year, Miguel Andújar was named the American League’s Rookie of the Month. In August, Andújar hit an impressive .320/.344/.623 to go with a team-leading 10 home runs and 29 RBI, which was tied for the most in MLB during that span. In the National League, Ronald Acuna Jr. got the honor. A fun fact about Andújar winning in August, though, is this:

In a fair world, a Yankee would be receiving the Rookie of the Year award for the third year in a row, but because people are dumb that’s not possible. Barring any weirdness, however, a Yankee should at least be getting the award for the second year in a row, whether it be Andújar or Gleyber Torres.

North Jersey Record | Pete Caldera: For the second straight day, Aaron Judge took swings off a tee, and came away feeling good. The next step for Judge (timing TBD) is hitting soft toss, followed by cage work, then regular batting practice. Judge and Didi Gregorius also stood in the box as Masahiro Tanaka threw his bullpen so they could work on tracking real pitches. Gregorius should return this week against the Mariners. Lastly, Andrew McCutchen is taking reps in left field to see if he can be an option to spell Brett Gardner there at times. | Bryan Hoch: The nominees for baseball’s annual Roberto Clemente Award have been announced. The Yankees’ nominee is CC Sabathia. The Roberto Clemente Award recognizes “the player who best represents the game through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions.” All 30 nominees will be honored in some capacity, but the winner will be announced during the World Series. The other teams’ nominees can be found here.