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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 7/8/15

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On A-Rod's All-Star snub, Gardner emerging in the clubhouse, and Miller & Ellsbury's return to the team.

Rickey & A-Rod have that inner circle Hall of Fame pass to the pie room!
Rickey & A-Rod have that inner circle Hall of Fame pass to the pie room!
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SB Nation | Grant Brisbee: Although there might be a purely rational take for why Alex Rodriguez wasn't named to the 2015 AL All-Star team, it completely ignores the big picture. A productive A-Rod simply belongs on baseball's biggest stage.

LoHud | Chad Jennings: A-Rod graciously reacts to not being selected to the All-Star team. The monster!

Wall Street Journal | Daniel Barbarisi: The Yankees' clubhouse has been an interesting place with Derek Jeter no longer there, and Brett Gardner is one of many veterans who have stepped up behind the scenes to help young players. However, Gardner has gone the extra mile and has also became the team's de facto spokesman to the press. What more do you need? #VoteGardy!

LoHud | Chad Jennings: That being said, Gardner does not plan on campaigning for himself the way Nick Swisher did in his successful Final Vote campaign in 2010. He just doesn't think it fits his personality, and that's just fine. #VoteGardy anyway!

SI Wire: Closer Andrew Miller and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury are both scheduled to be activated from the DL prior to tonight's game against the A's. Both have been on the shelf for at least a month, and it's been a little bit longer for Ellsbury, the team's sparkplug. Glad to have them back!