The Yankees are best MLB team behind Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton

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By the end of this week — as they start a 10-game stretch with seven games against Baltimore — the Yankees will have played a quarter of their schedule. OK, we’re not yet to Memorial Day and the great Sparky Anderson always considered 60 games a benchmark for where a team is headed. But with the way this team looks, it’s not too early to declare this team the best in baseball this year — with a chance to join the company of historic teams.

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