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Around the Empire - Yankees news: 6/4/19

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Clint Frazier dodges all media members but one; an update on some ailing Yankees; Aroldis Chapman named AL Reliever of the month

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ESPN | Coley Harvey: Clint Frazier had a disastrous few innings in the series finale against Boston on Sunday night. Between misplaying a routine grounder, missing a cutoff throw, and misreading several pop ups, Frazier’s misses cost the Yankees some runs in a game that could have ended in sweep of New York’s chowdahead rivals. Though he heard it from fans in the stadium, the Twitter crowd, and broadcasters, it wasn’t until after the game—when he seemingly refused to talk to the media—that the writers also turned on him.

But the rookie outfielder didn’t actually snub all reporters. Speaking with Coley Harvey later on, Frazier did his first bit of defending of the night.

I’ve been working really hard every day with [outfield coach] Reggie [Willits] before batting practice starts, and despite what has been happening during the game, I’m still confident in myself to be able to turn this around soon. It’s tough to cost the team runs and a potential win, especially when playing at home against Boston. Things keep happening that shouldn’t, and I’m acknowledging that with all of the early work I’m doing before games.

Frazier’s lackluster defense has been a talking point as of late, but hopefully this was rock bottom. It probably can’t get much worse... probably.

New York Post | Dan Martin: The Yankees head north of the border on Tuesday for a series against the Blue Jays, but some players will be finding their way to Florida instead. Aaron Judge, Dellin Betances, and Greg Bird will be joining Giancarlo Stanton and Troy Tulowitzki in Tampa for some rehabbing. With no official word on return dates for the lot of them, Aaron Boone kept positive (and vague), saying that they were all making progress and getting closer. On the extremely bright side, Didi Gregorius should be back with the team on Friday when they head out to Cleveland for a weekend set. Never has a weekend needed to arrive sooner than this one.

NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: Going a perfect 11-for-11 in May, Aroldis Chapman was named the American League Reliever of the Month. This the 4th time Chapman has received the award and the second time as a Yankee. Mariano Rivera is the only other Yankee to take home the honor. And speaking of the former Yankee closer, Mo is the only other Yankee to record a month like Chapman’s May—at least 11 saves and a 0.80 ERA-or-better. It was certainly a banner month for Chapman who also recorded his 250th career save against Kansas City, becoming the 37th pitcher in MLB history and the first Cuban-born player to do so.