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Around the Empire: New York Yankees News - 8/8/14

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Fangraphs | David Laurila: When it comes to hitting, Derek Jeter likes to keep it simple, choosing not to look at video or make many adjustments.

New York Daily News | Mark Feinsand: The industry was shocked that Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler didn't get hired by the Padres.

Just A Bit Outside | Ken Rosenthal: Give the Yankees credit for sticking around in the playoff hunt, despite a a negative run differential.

ESPN | Mark Simon: A look at how Shane Greene managed to do so well against the Tigers and what it might mean for the Yankees going forward.

Baseball Prospectus | Jeff Moore: Greg Bird had an impressive night in Double-A on Wednesday.

Fangraphs | Drew Fairservice: With Brandon McCarthy becoming an effective pitcher in pinstripes, it's fair to ask whether he's regressed to the mean or if the Yankees unlocked something.

Sports On Earth | Eno Sarris: The Yankees added the most value at the trade deadline by acquiring two whole wins with Martin Prado, Chase Headley, and Stephen Drew.

Just A Bit Outside | Rob Neyer: The Yankees and Red Sox traded Kelly Johnson for Stephen Drew, but who is to blame for division rivals not making deals more often?

ESPN New York | Wallace Matthews: Francisco Cervelli's defensive abilities in the ninth inning may have saved yesterday's game against the Tigers. | Sam Dykstra: Greg Bird is getting his chance to shine in Double-A Trenton now that Peter O`Brien has been traded away.