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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/2/16

Michael Pineda is staying in the rotation; Alex Rodriguez not hitting well is a problem; Brett Gardner needs to have a better June than May; Yankees should sell Aroldis Chapman and Carlos Beltran; Joe Girardi and his staff deserve credit for the Yankees not being completely done yet; Nova possibly trashes a White Plains rental home

Chase Headley assumes the position many Yankee fans are currently in these days
Chase Headley assumes the position many Yankee fans are currently in these days
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Around the Empire

Newsday | Erik Boland: Michael Pineda is pitching today and many Yankee fans are probably in the exact same position that Chase Headley is in up above. Despite all of that, Joe Girardi says that Pineda's spot in the rotation is not in jeopardy and also says that for him to think about making a change is "somewhat silly." Not that the Yankees have many other options at the moment, but "somewhat silly" are not the choice of words I'd use to describe the situation.

The Wall St. Journal | Jared Diamond: Alex Rodriguez has not had the best of years. When his offensive prowess seemed to be returning, he wound up on the DL. The Yankees really need A-Rod, as well as Mark Teixeira, to hit better than they have. If A-Rod cannot get his swing back, they really cannot continue to use him as a full-time DH. Mind you, no one else is really hitting right now either. Good times!

New York Daily News | Mark Feinsand: Speaking of not hitting right now, Brett Gardner. While the month of May was better than the month of April for the Yankees in general, Gardner really needs to put May behind him. While he did manage to get on base via walks, his offense was pretty abysmal. Here's hoping his June is better.

New York Daily News | John Harper: In case you haven't noticed, the Red Sox have a plethora of talented young players that are helping them win ballgames. The Yankees could use some of that. Whether they're winning or losing, it would probably be a good idea to deal Carlos Beltran and Aroldis Chapman, two of their best trade chips, to try and get some good prospects in return.

New York Post | George A. King III: Despite the Yankees being uncomfortably under .500, they're not as bad as they could be. Woo! Being decent in May kept them somewhat in contention, with "somewhat" being the key word. In any case, Joe Girardi and the coaching staff deserve some credit for keeping them fully out of the gutter. Pat yourselves on the back, gentlemen.

New York Daily News | Barbara Ross: Finally, in what is by far today's most interesting bit of news, Ivan Nova allegedly wrecked a rental home in White Plains, NY. He is being sued for leaving the place a "rampant cockroach infestation" before moving out. Nova is fighting the lawsuit, saying he was never there. Obviously we'll have more on this story as it develops because again "rampant cockroach infestation!"

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