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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/3/2020

Masahiro Tanaka shows off his velocity in first start; Aroldis Chapman will throw a bullpen session today; Boone would want players to reach out should they opt-out

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NY Post | Dan Martin: Masahiro Tanaka made his debut on Saturday, pitching into the third inning against the Red Sox. Tanaka was on a pitch count, so he was never going to go deep into the start, but he showed some encouraging results. Among them were an increased average velocity on his fastball, which hovered around 94 mph at times. We haven’t seen that kind of velo from Tanaka since his debut season, so if it sticks around after he gets his command in line, look out.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Aroldis Chapman returned to the team on Friday, and is working his way back into game shape. Aaron Boone said that the closer is scheduled for a bullpen session on Monday, depending on how he feels on Sunday. Chapman has thrown for the past two days, and is looking to get back in action soon.

NY Daily News | Bradford William Davis: The Mets woke up to a bit of a scare yesterday, as Yoenis Cespedes disappeared from the team hotel and the team couldn’t reach him. This could’ve been a scary story, but it turns out that Cespedes chose to opt-out of the season and simply leave. Aaron Boone was asked about guys expressing the desire to opt-out later before Sunday’s game, and said that he would hope that players contact either him or the organization to inform them.