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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/28/19

Yankees thriving with the opener; Fans boo Machado; Paxton to return on Wednesday; Several Yankees make all-surprise team

San Diego Padres v New York Yankees Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images | Sarah Langs: It took a while for the Yankees to warm up to the idea of starting games with an opener, but it has worked well for them this year. Chad Green has opened three games, and the Yankees have won all of them. It won’t be something the Bombers will use in big games or when they get their full arsenal of pitchers back, but employing the bullpen for entire games has worked far better than expected. | Brian Fonseca: Manny Machado has given Yankees fans several reasons not to like him, including hitting 22 home runs over his career against them. Predictably, some 40,000 Yankees fans booed Machado in his first game in New York since signing with the San Diego Padres. Machado didn’t seem too fazed by the booing in interviews, but went 1-for-4 with a strikeout and hit into a double play.

SNY: Aaron Boone provided updates on several injured Yankees, but he delivered the best news about James Paxton. The left-hander is scheduled to start on Wednesday against the Padres, but will only have about a 75-pitch limit. Luis Severino, CC Sabathia and Dellin Betances are doing well, Didi Gregorius is playing rehab games at Triple-A Scranton, and Aaron Judge is making slow but steady progress. He expects to swing a bat before the end of the week.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: The 2019 Yankees have been aided by several breakout players, including Domingo German, Luke Voit, DJ LeMahieu and Gio Urshela. Sherman took a look at the MLB all-surprise team so far, and it’s not surprising to see so many Yankees on the list. Click for the Yankees on the list, but stay to find out what other dark horses have a chance at the All-Star team.