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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/31/16

Refsnyder should try first base; The Yankees must take advantage of the upcoming schedule; Offense is looking for answers; The Yankees are looking for a bat in the draft; Severino sent down but Yankees have faith

Offense be like: "A baseball?! Get it away from me!"
Offense be like: "A baseball?! Get it away from me!"
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Around the Empire | Brendan Kuty: During his earlier call-ups, Rob Refsnyder had no chance of sticking with the team. With Dustin Ackley's injury likely causing him to miss a significant amount of time, if Refsnyder picked up a first baseman's glove and learned to use it he has a chance of sticking around. (Maybe they'll allow him to take his catcher's mask from third base to first.)

CBS | Jason Keidel: While the Yankees have been largely mediocre this season, a good May and a favorable upcoming schedule gives the Yankees six weeks to put things together. Talk of selling at the deadline may be premature if the team can take advantage of a stretch where of the seven teams they play, only one (the Orioles) has a winning record.

New York Times | Billy Witz: The Yankees are still searching for answers about why their offense is struggling out of the gate. They seem to be doing all the right things during warm-ups and they're not striking out a lot (third fewest in the league) but they just can't get it going. | Brendan Kuty: With the 2016 MLB Draft right around the corner, it's anybody's guess as to who the Yankees will select with the 18th pick in the first round. However, with it being a pitching heavy draft and having taken pitchers with their top picks the last two years, the Yankees could be looking at taking in a college bat with their top pick.

ESPN | Andrew Marchand: After activating him from the disabled list and demoting him to Triple-A, Joe Girardi still has confidence in Luis Severino's ability to be a major league pitcher. Girardi says it's not crazy for a struggling rookie to be sent down to "figure it out" and even compared Severino's situation to that of a young Roy Halladay. Sign me up for that career arch right now, please.

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