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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 6/28/20

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Yankees/Nationals on tab for July 23rd; Wade is shaping up as the X-factor in the extra innings; Teams need to submit 60-man player pool by today at 4 p.m. ET

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NY Post | Joel Sherman and Andrew Marchand: According to Sherman and Marchand’s sources, the New York Yankees will visit the Washington Nationals in the nation’s capital on July 23rd for an exciting Opening Day showdown. While the league hasn’t made it official yet — and it won’t publish an official schedule for at least another week — the Bombers and the current World Champions are scheduled for prime time that day, in what is shaping up to be a pitching duel for the ages: Gerrit Cole vs. Max Scherzer.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: The new extra inning rule that will let teams have a runner on second base to start each extra inning will likely benefit the Yankees, as the club has a sneaky-good, blazing-fast runner in Tyler Wade. The versatile infielder/outfielder averaged 29.1 feet per second on the bases last year to lead the Yankees. He could score off a single, advance to third on a deep fly ball, or even steal a base if needed. “That’s one of the most exhilarating feelings, when everyone knows you’re going and you steal. So, I’m extremely comfortable. I love that. That stuff fires me up,” he said.

MLB.com | Mark Feinsand: Today is the first deadline for MLB teams with an eye on the 2020 season. By Sunday at 4 p.m. ET, clubs will need to submit their 60-man player pool, or the group that will be able to play for them during the year. Will we see any surprises outside of the usual, 40-man roster suspects?