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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/25/18

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CC Sabathia fires back at Mark Teixeira; Andy Pettitte joins Old-Timer’s Day; Gleyber Torres and home run history; Justus Sheffield a prospect to watch; Yankees travel nightmares continue

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New York Post | Greg Joyce - The Robinson Cano story will never end. Last week, Mark Teixeira drew everyone’s attention when he remarked that the second baseman’s suspension didn’t surprise him. Now, CC Sabathia responded. “I don’t want to get into what Tex said, but I’ll just put it like this: I’m not surprised he said that, coming from him,” the big left-hander explained. I suspect this exchange isn’t over, but you hate to see former teammates get involved in drama. Can’t we all go back to when they palled around at Sabathia’s grandiose birthday parties?

NorthJersey.com | Pete Caldera - It’s hard to believe, but we’re getting close to Old-Timer’s Day. Yesterday the Yankees revealed their list of participants, and it’s headlined by Andy Pettitte. This will be the southpaw’s first appearance since retiring for good following the 2013 season. Maybe he will enjoy pitching so much that he decides to come out of retirement again! I’m only half-kidding considering the team’s need for help in the rotation.

FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe - The Yankees are on pace to shatter baseball’s team home run record. That’s been evident for a while. Now, however, they added Gleyber Torres to the mix and their odds got that much better. Jaffe notes that Torres’ power has been undersold, and our own Jake Devin will take a closer look at that later today. In case you’re wondering, #GleyberGood.

MLB.com | Gregor Chisholm - Not only is the AL East one of the most competitive divisions in baseball, it also fields some top farm systems. One of the prospects to watch, according to MLB.com, is Justus Sheffield. Though he is still working on refining his command,” the piece notes, “Sheffield’s three-pitch mix continues to excite the Yankees, who project him as a mid-rotation starter in the near future.” The 22-year-old returned to the mound last night following a short stint on the disabled list, pitching four innings of shutout ball.

Newsday | Erik Boland - Less than a week after spending the night at Dulles International Airport, the Yankees had another travel delay. A mechanical issue forced the team’s charter to turn around right after departure. Thankfully the problem was resolved and the team arrived in New York safe and sound. Perhaps they should travel by train next time.

Lastly, the Yankees are home for a pair of series against the Angels and Astros. If you’re in the New York area and want to attend, our friends at StubHub have you covered by clicking here.