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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/3/20

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Cole and Judge take part in workouts; Yankees considering several rotations options for the new season; Steinbrenner thinks fans may return to Yankee Stadium this year.

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New York Post | George A. King III: Summer camp or spring training 2.0 hasn’t officially started yet, but Gerrit Cole has been working out at Yankee Stadium, and early signs are promising. The big offseason signing was sitting at 95-99 miles per hour while throwing and pitching coach Matt Blake said that he was pretty close to game speed.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Another Yankee who got some work in recently is Aaron Judge. He and some other Yankees worked out at a New Jersey high school, and the Yankee stadium was reportedly not looking to be in much pain while taking swings. Had this been a normal season, Judge would have missed a large chunk of time due to a fractured rib.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Aaron Boone was asked about the Yankees’ rotation going into the shortened season, and he’s said that the team is willing to get as creative as they need to be. With the shortened run-up. the pitchers don’t quite have as much time as they normally would, so some teams are possibly experimenting with a six-man rotation. The Yankees could do that, or use an opener as part of this odd structured campaign.

New York Daily News | Bradford William Davis: In a YES Network interview Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner revealed that he expects fans to be back in Yankee Stadium at some point this season. He says that the capacity would be somewhere in the 20-30% range and everyone will be able to safely socially distance. I’m personally not sure if that’ll be feasible, but we’ll see.

Clickhole: Lastly, here is an interesting article about someone having Babe Ruth-related experiences.