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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/10/19

Urshela forcing second thoughts on Andujar?; Yankees still going Green; LeMahieu already paying dividends; Yankees ready for Tampa

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Yahoo Sports | Chris Carelli: Gio Urshela has been the unsung hero of the 2019 Yankees, with a 155 wRC+ and flashy defense at the hot corner. He’s caused some to question the future of Rookie of the Year runner-up Miguel Andujar. Now Andujar is probably a better true-talent hitter than Urshela, but when you wrap defense and baserunning in, the two players are pretty close. Andujar’s been seen as the third baseman of the future for a while, but it’s possible Gio’s performance has thrown a wrench into that.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Chad Green, once a stalwart of the Yankees bullpen, has been on a steady decline the past two seasons, and reached bottom when he was optioned to Triple-A Scranton. As an “opener” for the RailRiders, he’s appeared in three starts, striking out 14 and walking just two. The Yankees like some mechanical adjustments Green has made, and it looks like he’s due to be back in pinstripes before long.

Newsday | Brian Heyman: DJ LeMahieu was the Yankees’ biggest position player acquisition this offseason, He had his “signature moment” in Tuesday’s walk-off win against the Mariners, and six weeks into his Yankee tenure, the organization appears thrilled with their investment.

Tampa Bay Times | Marc Topkin: The Yankees begin what’s probably the biggest series of the season so far tonight, a three game set on the road against the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays. Yankees fans always travel well, and in terms of fan presence could consider Tropicana Field a second home. With such a big May series coming up, expect the Trop to be even more Yankee-friendly than usual.