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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/28/19

Luke Voit has a chip on his shoulder; What a Miguel Andujar return would mean for Gio Urshela; Thairo Estrada in unfamiliar territory; Meredith Marakovits sits down for an interview

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NJ.com | Randy Miller: Luke Voit is on a mission to prove that his successful 2018 campaign wasn’t just a flash in the pan. He’s doing a pretty good job of that. in 2019, he leads the Yankees with eight homers and 22 RBI in 27 games. He’s also reached base safely in all 27 of those games, making his total 38 games in a row, dating back to last season. Over the last week, he’s batted .455 with four homers and seven RBI in five games. The red-hot Voit wasn’t bashful about his success in the face of some doubters:

Some people are doubting me. ‘Last year was a fluke.’ But I’ve always hit. You’re always going to have haters. People are always going to doubt you. I’ve just got to be myself, go out there, have fun and put a smile on everybody’s face.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Miguel Andujar seems to be on track to avoid undertaking a season-ending surgery to repair a partial tear in his right shoulder labrum. That’s great news for all Yankees not named Gio Urshela. In Andujar’s absence, Urshela has impressed at the hot corner. And though he’s known mostly for his flashy glove, it was his bat that did the talking over the past few days.

Aaron Boone hasn’t directly addressed what will happen to Urshela’s roster spot when Andujar returns to the squad—which could be happening as soon as next week. With the growing list of injuries for the Yankees, keeping a solid role player around might not be the worst idea.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: In his third ever major league game, Thairo Estrada did something he’s never done before: he played the outfield. The talented middle infielder was thrust into unfamiliar territory Friday night as the Yankees took on the Giants in San Francisco. According to Estrada, he wasn’t nervous, he just really wanted someone to hit him a fly ball. After tracking down that first fly, he added a sixth-inning RBI single to make for a successful outing. Luke Voit was happy to commend Estrada on his composure, saying: “It’s crazy, a guy gets to the big leagues, he’s probably one of the best defensive infielders and he gets a job in the outfield. Credit to him. He got a hit, too. It’s pretty impressive.”

NBC Sports | Amy Gutierrez: YES reporter Meredith Marakovits sat down to discuss how she got into broadcasting, some of the challenges she’s faced, and where her love of sports originated. It’s a fun and insightful interview, with plenty of behind the scenes tidbits, like who was the first Yankee to welcome her to the team. No surprises here:

The first person that came up to me when i was there for that one hour of spring training to get myself ready for the season was Derek Jeter. He said, ‘Hi, I’m Derek. I just want to introduce myself and say if you need anything, let me know.