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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/8/17

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Yankees need to figure out what’s wrong with Tanaka; Remy “apologizes” for idiotic comments regarding interpreters; Umpires are calling balls beneath Judge’s knees strikes; Ellsbury still not cleared; Teixeira praises Judge and supports Bird; Sabathia’s decision to go to rehab in 2015 inspired Falcons’ offensive coordinator to do the same

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Newsday | Laura Albanese: Masahiro Tanaka is not pitching well. He has not pitched well since he pitched that complete game shutout against the Red Sox. Even with that game, he hasn’t pitched that well all year. Joe Girardi and Larry Rothschild are considering pushing his start back a day so that he’d face the Angels instead of the Orioles. It’s not the worst idea really. Regardless, they need to figure out what’s wrong with him sooner rather than later.

New York Daily News | Justin Tasch: In Tuesday’s game against the Red Sox, NESN broadcaster and “man NESN kept OVER Don Orsillo” Jerry Remy made a stupid comment regarding interpreters being allowed at the mound. Remy said it shouldn’t be “legal” and that they should “learn baseball language.” Red Sox manager John Farrell likes that interpreters can join them at the mound. Most people don’t have a problem with this. “Most” people. Anyway, Remy apologized. I can’t stress enough that NESN decided he was worth keeping over Don Orsillo.

Fangraphs | Travis Sawchik: Aaron Judge is good. You know it. I know it. Even Kunj Shah knows it. How long he will remain good is still up in the air. It’s been mentioned before that he’s definitely going to face some challenges due to his height. One of those challenges would be the low strike call. You’ve seen it before. You could see it in this game. Balls that are clearly thrown below Judge’s knees are being called strikes. Adjustments will hopefully be made. Either that or robot umpires will finally come to fruition.

New York Post | Dan Martin: There’s still no good news regarding Jacoby Ellsbury. He did a bit of light work on a stationary bicycle recently. The Yankees have still not cleared him to begin any baseball activities as of yet and there is no timetable for his return. His headaches continue to return when he exerts himself too much. Again, concussions are no joke. He will get all the time he needs to heal.

New York Daily News | James Miller: Mark Teixeira is back in town. Spread the word around. Teixeira was in town to host the “Canon PIXMA Perfect Grand Slam” to continue on his quest of supporting and promoting youth baseball. He took the time to talk about Aaron Judge and how impressed he was with the young man. Teixeira always reaffirmed his believe in the Greg Bird, continuing to say that he is the future at first base for the Yankees. He still refuses to say when he’s bringing back Foul Territory with Mark Teixeira. Rude.

ESPN.com | Vaughn McClure: Finally, a really touching story to end this link dump. In October of 2015, CC Sabathia made the decision to enter rehab for alcoholism right before the playoffs. Scott Van Pelt of ESPN’s Sportscenter commended Sabathia for his decision, talking about how his own father had issues with alcohol. The offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, Steve Sarkisian saw the video on Sportscenter and was inspired by Sabathia’s decision and Van Pelt’s praise of said decision. Sarkisian made the decision to go to rehab for his own alcoholism and stated that it was the best decision of his life. Sarkisian says he is in a great place. Hearing that and hearing how CC’s decision influenced Sarkisian to get the help he needed is heartwarming.

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