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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/6/19

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Could DJ LeMahieu be any more clutch?; sizing up an NL foe; evaluating Zack Wheeler; Yankees unafraid of adversity

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NJ.com | Randy Miller: DJ LeMahieu has been fantastic for the Yankees this season in most facets of the game, but most famously for his hitting with men on. He’s a hilarious 9-for-11 with the bases loaded. He’s also been quiet about his success, but breaks his silence to reveal that he knows just how good he’s been all year.

New York Daily News | James O’Connell: The Yankees have risen to the absolute cream of the AL crop, with perhaps only the Astros in the same discussion. Neither team is quite in the conversation of Best Team in Baseball just yet, as that title belongs to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Yankees and Dodgers match up fairly well, and that will make for a great August interleague series and a scintillating possible World Series.

NJ.com | Joe Giglio: Despite Domingo German’s return to the rotation, the Yankees could still use another starter, and the crosstown Mets may make for a reasonable trading partner. Zack Wheeler is having himself a solid year, and the impending free agent might be the target of the long-bandied-about Yankees-Mets trade. At worst, he is the second best starter named Zack on the market right now.

New York Post | Kevin Kernan: It’s been a very successful season for the Yankees, albeit one that’s taken a path none of us expected. Between a historic run of injuries and a mindset that the game really isn’t over until it’s over, New York’s been among the toughest teams in baseball to keep down. The Rays certainly learned this firsthand Thursday night after the Yankees recovered from a blown save with five runs in a single extra inning.