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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/3/21

Corey Kluber ready for new beginning; No need to overreact to Opening Day; Yankees receive info on MLB Draft and international signing pool money; Fans react to first day back at ballpark

2021 New York Yankees Photo Day Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images

New York Post | Greg Joyce: Corey Kluber’s last Opening Day was his worst – his season both began and ended with just one inning pitched for the Texas Rangers last year. Kluber is now fully healthy, but got Opening Day off yesterday for the Yankees. Slated as the team’s number two starter, Kluber is ready for his new beginning. He spoke about his confidence level in both his health and his stuff after such a long layoff.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Today is a good time to remind everyone that it’s key not to overreact to Opening Day. The anticipation is naturally high, but one lackluster April game doesn’t indicate how the Yankees will look in July, or more importantly, in October. Here, Sherman notes that although some of the Yankees’ frustrating flaws showed up again yesterday, the loss will probably mean nothing in the grand scheme of a 162-game season.

MLB Trade Rumors | Steve Adams: MLB clubs got some information on the draft and the international signing pool money on Friday. The MLB Draft will be 20 rounds this season – about half the size of a standard draft, but four times as large as last year’s abbreviated draft. The Yankees also found out that they will have more than $5.1 million to spend in the international signing pool, per Baseball America (subscription required).

Reuters | Amy Tennery: At long last, fans have returned to Yankee Stadium. This story features interviews with several of those fans, who detail how much returning to cheer on their Yankees means to them. Although health and safety protocols still have to be followed, Yankee Stadium sounded a lot more like itself on Thursday.