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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/7/21

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Jameson Taillon dazzles against his former team; Players “shocked” by Aaron Boone’s quick recovery; Brian Cashman impressed by Gleyber Torres.

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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Jameson Taillon hurled two scoreless innings for the Yankees on Saturday against the Pirates, who traded him to New York over the offseason. He allowed a pair of hits over his 39-pitch effort, while striking out four. “His fastball was really sharp, and his breaking pitches were also sharp,” catcher Kyle Higashioka said. “He commanded both sides of the plate and pitched up in the zone.”

New York Post | Dan Martin: Just three days after Aaron Boone needed a pacemaker to fix his low heart rate, the Yankee skipper was back to work. “It felt good just to be at the ball field again, competing with the guys,’’ Boone said. “I felt really good.” His quick recovery even surprised some of his players. “I was shocked to see him here today,’’ Jameson Taillon said. Gerrit Cole called Boone’s appearance “a nice surprise.”

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: During the offseason, Brian Cashman stated that Gleyber Torres was out of shape during the 2020 season. It seems as though Torres used that as motivation, as he said he lost weight in the offseason and spent extra time working on his defense. The Yankees will need their young shortstop to shore up his defense, as it was among the worst in baseball last year.