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

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McCann back sooner than expected; Yankees should be angry; Andujar getting noticed; Tony Peña's father/son moment; Jeter remembers Ali

"The bullpen failed, not the offense! La la la can't hear you!"
"The bullpen failed, not the offense! La la la can't hear you!"
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Around the Empire

Newsday | Erik Boland: Brian McCann was supposed to get another day off on Sunday, but after Austin Romine hurt himself warming up Aroldis Chapman on Saturday he was forced to return to action. Both catchers seem to be slightly banged up, but Girardi felt McCann was the healthier of the two.

Minor League Ball | Wayne Cavadi: Third base prospect Miguel Andujar, currently with High-A Tampa, made improvements to his game after a slow first half in 2015. The Yankees were hoping those adjustments carried into 2016 and so far it has. While it remains to be seen if he can stick at third base, he has a plus arm so that helps him there, he's definitely someone to keep an eye on going forward.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: After suffering through a nearly two hour rain delay, the Yankees blew another perfectly winnable game yesterday. While they're normally reliable Dellin Betances, who now has at least a run allowed in four straight appearances, and Aroldis Chapman faltered late, the offense is just as much to blame after recording 10 hits but only getting a single run on the board. Instead of showing anger and desire to change, the team just keeps waiting to "put it all together."

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: First base coach Tony Peña was in for a nice treat yesterday as his son, Francisco, was penciled into the Orioles' lineup at catcher. Peña was quite proud of his son making his major league debut, and hitting his first career home run, but when asked how he would want Francisco to do if the game were on the line: "'I want him to strike out,' Pena said.'I want to win. Honestly, I want to win. I want him to do well, but I want to win. If that time comes, I want to win.'"

The Players Tribune | Derek Jeter: After news of Muhammed Ali passing away on Friday spread, dozens of athletes and celebrities shared tributes and stories of how Ali impacted their lives. Derek Jeter was no exception, as he talks about what a presence Ali was and what he represented.

Fun Questions

  • If you were watching the game yesterday, what did you do during the rain delay? If you weren't, what do you normally do during extended rain delays?
  • Twizzlers or Skittles?

Song of the Day

Tubthumping by Chumbawamba

It's Inspiration Week on Pinstripe Alley. This week we'll look at songs that inspire or motivate us. After Muhammed Ali passed away last week and him being one of the most inspirational athletes out there, it only seemed fitting to honor him this way. Rest in peace, Ali. As always, please link us your song of the day.