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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/26/21

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Britton leaves game; Gary is scary when he carries; Potential trade target back from IL; Club rights sexist wrong; Reflections on Pride Night

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NJ.com | Randy Miller: Fresh off an IL stint, reliever Zack Britton left Friday’s game in Boston clutching his left leg, and limping down the dugout steps. After the game, Aaron Boone told reporters that it was a “left hamstring issue,” though the team would not know if it was a cramp or strain until Saturday. The Yankees have Darren O’Day and Justin Wilson on the rehab comeback trail, but losing a bullpen contributor as valuable as Britton would undoubtedly hurt.

NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: It’s getting to that time of year when teams start to seriously consider trade candidates ahead of the July 30th deadline. Near the top of the list for Brian Cashman may be Rockies starter Jon Gray, who owns an above-average ERA+ and a 3.80 xERA, and returned from an IL stint yesterday. Gray’s price tag will be lower than a number of the other options on the trade market, and is the kind of buy-low, high-upside move Cashman has made before.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: It’s hard for one player to completely carry a team in baseball, but Gary Sánchez has come pretty close over the last two dozen games or so. The Yankees catcher enters this series in Boston as the best-hitting backstop in the American League, and with the club still looking up at two teams in the division standings, the Yankees need him to continue his hot hitting.

MLB.com | Matt Kelly: In 1961, a 10-year-old Yankee fan wrote to the team asking to be the team’s bat girl, only to be told by then-GM Roy Hamey that she would be “out of place” in a dugout full of men. Sixty years later, as part of HOPE Week, the Yankees will acknowledged a little-know sexist action, allowing Gwen Goldman to be an honorary bat girl next week, working the Angels-Yankees matchup Monday night.

Outsports | Ken Shultz: Speaking of ugly histories, last Friday’s recognition of the “events at Stonewall” was a disappointment for many queer Yankee fans. I joined the 3 Strikes You’re Out podcast, part of the SB Nation network, to discuss how the Yankees can do better recognizing a huge part of the history and culture of New York City.