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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/28/21

Yankees excited to play in front of fans again; Aaron Judge looks good so far this spring; Jay Bruce excited to try and help Yankees win a World Series.

Division Series - New York Yankees v Tampa Bay Rays - Game Two Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees will play in front of fans for the first time in nearly a year today when they play in the Blue Jays in the spring training opener. For the most part, the players are excited at this development, saying how difficult it often was in 2020. | Brendan Kuty: Aaron Judge’s early spring form has drawn rave reviews, especially from hitting coach Marcus Thames. Judge’s offseason work wasn’t much about changing his swing and approach, which is still excellent. A lot of his work was about changing his workout regimen to try and avoid the injuries, which is what has been the main impediment on his career so far.

Associated Press | Ronald Blum: One of the more intriguing minor league deal/spring training invites the Yankees have in camp this year in Jay Bruce. For the outfielder, it’s a bit later than he thought he would join the franchise. Back in 2017 while he was on the Mets, Bruce was hearing reports that he was going to be traded across town. That never came to fruition and he ended up in Cleveland instead. While he helped them to a AL record win streak, their season was ended by the team he now plays for. Then and now, Bruce mostly seems excited to help a team win the World Series and hopes he gets to do that in 2021.