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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/27/20

Reviewing the game’s best storylines (including Cole on the Yankees); Boone defends Sanchez; Dominguez maintains star potential

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The Ringer | Michael Baumann: If you stepped away from baseball over the last few months, welcome back! You could probably use a refresher, though, and Baumann has you covered with some of the game’s top pre-coronavirus storylines. Gerrit Cole pitches for the Yankees now! But, sadly, Dellin Betances does not. And Luis Severino needs Tommy John surgery, which is even more of a bummer. You’ll find some other surprises in here, too. | Brendan Kuty: Longtime readers of Pinstripe Alley know that we love Gary Sanchez. Longtime readers of Pinstripe Alley also know that sentiment is not shard by some of our commenters, fans in general, or the New York-area sports media. Aaron Boone, who may or may not be a longtime reader of Pinstripe Alley, is well aware of this criticism, and he rejects it. The Yankees’ manager called the reaction “unfair”, and proclaimed Sanchez as someone with the talent to be the very best catcher in the league. | Pete Caldera: It’s been almost a year since The Martian landed. By that, I of course mean the Yankees’ signing of Jasson Dominguez, a prodigious talent and the team’s top prospect. Caldera reviews the scouting report on Dominguez (outstanding) and projections (“a switch-hitting Mike Trout”), and walks away with the impression that he indeed should become a star.