Yankees getting healthy: Jacoby Ellsbury and Andrew Miller due back Wednesday

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Two key players are ready to rejoin the Yankees after missing extended time with injuries, as manager Joe Girardi announced that center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and left-hander Andrew Miller are expected to come off the disabled list Wednesday.

Ellsbury has been on the DL since mid-May with a sprained right knee and his return was delayed a few days by leg fatigue while on a minor-league rehab assignment. He was hitting .324 with 14 steals in 37 games at the time of the injury and will resume leading off for the Yankees.

Miller has missed a month with a forearm injury, but Girardi indicated that he’ll step right back into the closer role after posting a 1.03 ERA and 43/10 K/BB ratio in 26 innings before being shut down. Dellin Betances will resume setup duties and the Yankees once again have MLB’s best one-two punch in the bullpen.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.