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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/15/21

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Gerrit Cole talks about Yankees’ World Series aspirations; MLB released new format for MiLB divisions and affiliated team names; Breaking down New York’s AL East opponents.

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NY Post | Steve Serby: Gerrit Cole is obviously known for his dominance on the field, but he’s also known for his competitiveness. He recently answered some questions in a Q&A session ahead of spring training. He talks about the team’s World Series aspirations, his mentality on the mound, his goals for the upcoming season, and even expresses his excitement to see fans in the stadium soon.

CBS Sports | Dayn Perry: Major League Baseball has released its new format for minor league baseball divisions and affiliated team names. The Yankees’ Double-A team will now be the Somerset Patriots. They were previously affiliated with the Trenton Thunder, which will be part of the new MLB Draft League. The High-A team, which used to be the Charleston River Dogs, will now be the Hudson Valley Renegades. (Charleston is now a Rays affiliate.) Scranton and Tampa are still with the system, though Tampa will be a Low-A club.

NY Post | Greg Joyce: The Yankees finished second in the AL East in the shortened 2021 season, but seem to be the favorites in 2021. Here’s a breakdown each of the Yankees’ division opponents as we inch closer to spring training. You’ll read about the key additions, key losses, and storylines for the Rays, Blue Jays, Red Sox, and Orioles.