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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 7/25/20

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Yankees add Fernando Abad; Opening night drew record ratings; Cole reflects on when Yankees debut became real

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MLB Trade Rumors | Steve Adams: Looking for some bullpen depth with Aroldis Chapman still out, the Yanks reportedly signed lefty reliever Fernando Abad. The southpaw was originally in camp with the Nationals, then tested positive for coronavirus and was recently cut loose. Abad will likely head to Scranton and be used as a depth arm this season.

Yahoo! Sports: Chris Cwik: Thursday night’s season opener for the Yanks marked the long-awaited return of baseball, and viewers reflected that anticipation with an average audience of 4 million people tuning in to the ESPN broadcast. That number set the record for the largest audience for a season opener, and the most for any regular season game since 2011.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Gerrit Cole didn’t have his typical elite stuff on Thursday night, but he still shoved in his Yankee debut, making just one mistake to Adam Eaton in the rain-shortened victory. Cole, making his long-awaited first start for his childhood team, said the moment didn’t hit him until he walked through the clubhouse prior to the game and saw his teammates putting on the Yankee road grays. Safe to say he didn’t let the moment get the best of him.