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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 4/5/19

Hicks is making progress; Barrett is here to save the day; Yanks trying to avoid crisis mode; Boone is refusing to part with his optimism; Bombers are still the Big Apple’s favorite team.

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Randy Miller | Aaron Hicks has resumed baseball activities. Trying to shrug off a back strain, Hicks still doesn’t have an exact timetable for his return, but at least he’s closer than he was yesterday, barring any “pullback.”

Randy Miller | More good news from Miller, as help has arrived! The Yankees’ injury concerns have been solved, after the team announced the acquisition of...Jake Barrett? If you haven’t heard of him, don’t worry. Miller breaks down what Barrett has been up to, and what the acquisition means for the Yanks.

Ken Davidoff | NY Post: As the Yanks ease into their first road trip of the season, they desperately need some of their reinforcements to step up and perform. Given all the injuries that have plagued the roster, most recently Troy Tulowitzki, the next wave of players filling in need to step up as the ‘softer’ part of the schedule gives way to tougher opponents, or else the Bombers could be in early crisis mode.

Bob Klapisch | NY Times: Things look dreary for the Yanks in the early going, but don’t tell Aaron Boone that. As Klapisch notes in his new book Inside the Empire, as well as this article, Boone has no time for negativity. The Yanks are in a bad spot, but Boone believes they will find their way out and they will be stronger for it in the end.

Carl Campanile | NY Post: In some news about as surprising as Tulowitzki’s injury, the Yankees are still New York City’s favorite baseball team, according to a Quinnipiac Univeristy (my alma mater!) survey. The Yanks received 49 percent of the vote, while the Mets received 33 percent. The Bombers have been atop this poll every year since 2007.