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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/26/16

Yankees still have about five weeks to see what they can be; Ike Davis DFA’d in favor of Rob Refsnyder; Carlos Beltran talks about former and current teammates; Michael Pineda has been better lately

No words will do this photo justice.
No words will do this photo justice.
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Newsday | Anthony Rieber: Between injuries and suspensions, it doesn’t seem like the Yankees have had their complete roster on the field for some time now. With Mark Teixeira’s return, it finally seems like they do. Yay. Yesterday worked out, but the Yankees still need the heart of the order players that aren’t named Carlos Beltran to start contributing more if they’re going to make a push to be buyers before the trade deadline.

New York Daily News | Justin Tasch: Ike Davis has been designated for assignment. Mark Teixeira’s return meant either Ike Davis or Rob Refsnyder had to go and Refsnyder has been hitting and playing too well to justify sending him back down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Ike Davis will wait to see if he clears waivers to determine his options, but he has said that he’s not opposed to heading down to the Railriders. With Firstblor showing no mercy for Yankee first baseman this year, it’s probably a wise decision on Ike’s part.

New York Post | Steve Serby: Carlos Beltran has been around the game for a long time now. With how he’s hitting this year, he has shown little sign of slowing down for his age. In this Q&A article, Beltran talks about his career, his current and former teammates, and even young Yankee slugger Aaron Judge, for whom he has high praise for. He says Judge can be a 30-HR guy and Judge seems like he’s proving him right this month.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Michael Pineda pitched what was probably his best start of the season yesterday afternoon. In the past five games, Pineda has shown signs of progress. Joe Girardi and Larry Rothschild still have faith that he can bounce back from his horrid start to the season. Only time will tell, but it is nice to get a glimpse at Pineda being substantial once again.

New York Daily News | Christian Red: The Cuban National Team was in Ponoma, NY to play the Rockland Boulders yesterday and none other than former Yankee pitcher Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez threw out the ceremonial first pitch. If you haven’t watched the ESPN 30 for 30 film "Brothers in Exile," you really should, as it tells the incredible journey they went through to get here. Sadly, even with relations between the US and Cuba improving, many Cuban players still do not have an easy time making it to the major leagues.

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