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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/24/21

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Aaron Boone talks about Giancarlo Stanton’s return; Aaron Judge discusses walk-off walk; Brett Gardner ready for larger role; MLB personalities criticize recent run of no-hitters and ongoing trends

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NJ Advance Media | Brendan Kuty: Yankees manager Aaron Boone could use a few more soldiers in his team, so Giancarlo Stanton returning as soon as he is eligible (on Tuesday) would be a welcome development. The skipper said there is a chance. “We’ll see,” he told reporters before Sunday’s game. “I know he’s doing well. He’s tracking well and we’ll see what the off day looks like and see where we’re at Tuesday.” Stanton, who is nursing a left quad strain, is already taking batting practice and looks OK. He’s hitting .282 with nine home runs and 24 RBI.

SNY | Colin Martin: Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge has done a lot of things in a baseball field, but yesterday, he had his first walk-off walk to give the Bombers a sweep against a World Series contender, no less. He explained, after the game, what was going through his mind when he went to the batter’s box. “Win it, anyway possible,” he said. “It was good at-bats all around, so for me it was my turn to go up there, drive a ball in the gap or do whatever it takes. I was just trying to get something over the plate, and win it for the team.” He then joked about the way he ended up winning the ballgame, having some fun with the idea of a walk-off walk, but added that he’ll take any positive result against a pitcher on Liam Hendriks’ level.

NJ Advance Media | Randy Miller: With Aaron Hicks going down with a potentially season-ending wrist injury, the team’s overall outfield depth has suffered a severe hit. Fans have been calling for Estevan Florial, but he doesn’t seem to be an option right now, as he was just promoted to Triple-A and is still adjusting. Brett Gardner, once again, will have to take on a larger role, and he’s prepared. “With (Hicks) going down for a little while, the team needs me and other guys now more than ever to step it up,” Gardner said Saturday after Saturday’s game, in which he went 2-for-4. Sunday was a little rough, with a 0-for-4, three-strikeout showing.

SNY | John Harper: Many people inside baseball think that the current game, filled with no-hitters and fewer and fewer balls in play, has become ‘unwatchable’, as Yankees legend and current Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. Buck Showalter, who was a skipper for the Bombers back in the day and now works as an analyst for YES and MLB Network, also had some things to say. “Donnie loves the game and, remember, he’s a guy who didn’t strike out hardly at all [41 K’s during his 1985 MVP season]. What he’s talking about is, if you don’t realize that the way the game is being played is hurting the entertainment value, you’re not very smart.” It appears that there are more people mad about the recent run of no-hitters and changing trends than people actually happy to watch history.