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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/16/21

Luke Voit is getting closer to his return; The Yankees power has gone from their strength to a weakness; Three takeaways from the road trip; The Yankees and Rays comment on the tension between them.

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Sports Illustrated | Max Goodman: Production from first base has been pretty much next to nothing through two weeks in the Bronx. The good news, however, is that Luke Voit has taken a big step towards his return to the field. If everything goes according to plan, Voit could rejoin the team and make his regular season debut as early as next month.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: The Yankees haven’t had an ideal start to their season. You can look at their lackluster starting pitching or injuries, but you can also put the blame on something that has normally been their strength—their power at the plate. The Bombers are towards the middle of the pack this year with 13 home runs, but they’ll need more than that to make up for their seemingly below average rotation. | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees won just two games over their six-game road trip this past week. It wasn’t pretty for New York as they struggled a lot across the board. Here are three takeaways from the road trip. | Brendan Kuty: In case you haven’t realized, the Yankees and Rays do not like each other. It’s no secret. Kevin Kiermaier has offered his thoughts on the tensions between the teams, as well as Aaron Judge. “Tensions are high,” Judge said. “We’ve gone back and forth with the Rays. We get hit, they get brushed back. If they get hit, we get brushed back. It’s kind of back and forth, but I think the most important thing is just focusing on the game and let our play do the talking and I think that’s the best outcome for both sides.”