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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 7/21/19

Luke Voit shrugs off a fastball to the face; Robbie Ray has ties to Yanks; former Rockies have been huge for Yankees this season; team’s depth has been simply unfair.

Colorado Rockies v New York Yankees Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images | Brendan Kuty: Luke Voit had a scary moment on Saturday when he was hit in the face on a high and tight pitch from Chad Bettis. The ball struck Voit at just over 91 mph, but of course, Voit is just fine. In fact, someone should probably check on the ball instead. | Brendan Kuty: More from Kuty, this time suggesting that the Yankees could target Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray at the trade deadline, mainly because of Yankees’ bullpen coach Mike Harkey, who was Ray’s pitching coach when he was with Arizona in 2015. The Yankees are obviously in the market for a starter, and the Diamondbacks will likely be sellers, so it could make for a possible match. If the Yankees believe that, they will likely approach Harkey for some advice.

ESPN | Coley Harvey: The Yankees have thoroughly beat up the Rockies over the past two games, and it’s been former Rockies that have been in the thick of both victories so far. Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle, Mike Tauchman and DJ LeMahieu all contributed, and have been key for the Yanks throughout the season, which begs the question: where would the Yankees be without these former Rockies?

New York Post | Joel Sherman: The Yankees have reached their high-water mark of the season, despite dealing with a number of injuries. How? Well, a large part of the team’s success has been the seamless fill-ins like Gio Urshela and lately Mike Tauchman. On Friday, it was Stephen Tarpley who came in and fired three one-hit innings to keep the bullpen rested for Saturday. With the amount of contributors the Bombers boast up and down their roster, the Yanks have been simply unfair this season.