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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/9/21

A lot to like about Taillon’s Yankee debut; majority of Yankees receive COVID-19 vaccine on Wendesday; former Yankees heads overseas.

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New York Times | James Wagner: Jameson Taillon was over the moon to be back out on the mound for the first time in almost two years. If the first game is a sign of things to come, the Yankees will be happy to have him. Taillon showed off a new throwing motion and a new pitch repertoire in his Yankees’ debut, and the result was a decent first outing for someone coming off a second Tommy John surgery.

New York Daily News | Dennis Young: Ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Orioles, nearly all of the Yankees’ players, coaches, and staff received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, putting them above the 85-percent threshold needed for relaxed restrictions. Other teams have apparently had some difficulty with players being hesitant, but the Yankees didn’t face those issues.

MLB Trade Rumors | Anthony Franco: Yankee legend Eduardo Núñez is on the move, although to a place quite a bit far from his former major league homes. Núñez signed with the Fubon Guardians of the Chinese Professional Baseball League, where he’ll be reunited with fellow former Yankee prospect Manny Bañuelos.

Buffalo News | Mike Harrington: The Trenton Thunder losing their Yankees affiliation was semi-big news over the winter, but it appears that Trenton will have at least some affiliated ball this year. With work going on at Sahlen Field in Buffalo in order for the Blue Jays to play games there this season, there’s a proposal for the Jays’ Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons to start the season in Trenton.