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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/20/16

Gary Sanchez is impressing players both on and off the Yankees; Chase Headley has dealt with Achilles tendinitis for about a week; Luis Cessa is hoping to make an impression tonight; Chance Adams is doing very well in the minors; Mariano Rivera III does not want to be his father

New York Yankees v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
“And he was holding a cantaloupe that was THIS big!”
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Newsday | Erik Boland: I think it’s safe to say that we all really like Gary Sanchez. It’s probably also safe to say that the Yankees have been impressed with him as well. Other teams are now starting to take notice of the young rookie. Red Sox DH and Yankees’ arch-nemesis David Ortiz took notice of both his bat and his incredible arm. With Sanchez taking over primary catching duties, it looks like the Kraken has truly been unleashed. | Jack Baer: Yankees third baseman Chase Headley has apparently been dealing with Achilles tendinitis for about a week. Girardi is pretty hopeful that Headley won’t miss any more time after last night. Two days off probably helped. It certainly helped Ronald Torreyes, who hit his first home run yesterday. Yo Toe!

New York Daily News | Mark Feinsand: Nathan Eovaldi’s surgery went well today. He will still miss at least eighteen months of playing time. With Eovaldi out, it is now Luis Cessa’s time to shine. The young right-hander will make his first major league start against the Angels tomorrow night. Here’s hoping he throws some incessant pitches to confound the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in California in the United States on the planet Earth.

Baseball America | Hudson Belinsky: With the youth movement underway, eyes are currently on the Yankees’ farm system. One young pitcher, Chance Adams, is definitely getting a good amount of attention. Drafted in the fifth round in 2015, Chance has been moving well through the system. He is currently at Double-A Trenton and doing very well for the Thunder. If he continues along at this pace, the Yankees may take a Chance on him sooner than expected. Yes, I had to do that. | Andrew Marchand: Whenever the son of a baseball player joins the sport, there’s always comparisons between father and son. Mariano Rivera III is the son of the greatest reliever the game of baseball has ever seen. That’s quite a shadow. Currently in the Nationals organization, the son of Mo has no desire to be his father. He wants to be his own man, which is a lesson he learned from none other than his father. Please read this.

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