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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/3/21

Yanks announce minor league team assignments with Jasson Dominguez in different role; Kyle Higashioka compares Corey Kluber to Domingo Germán; Sunday sweep finale a breezy watch

MLB: MAR 11 Spring Training - Yankees Minor League Workout Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images | Bryan Hoch: As noted here yesterday, the Yankees revealed their minor league team assignments for Triple-A Scranton, Double-A Somerset, High-A Hudson Valley, and Low-A Tampa, which will all begin play on Tuesday. One name who everyone was searching for the lists was No. 1 prospect Jasson Dominguez, who will instead begin 2021 in extended spring training. As Yankees player development director Kevin Reese noted back in March, the 18-year-old is incredibly talented but has yet to play a single game stateside. Since he was robbed of Rookie ball in 2020 by the pandemic, that seems to be the most likely eventual destination. Give him time. Let him cook. | Randy Miller: Corey Kluber was simply electric in overwhelming the Tigers throughout eight shutout innings of work on Sunday. Kyle Higashioka got the start behind the plate, and when asked if Kluber’s approach reminded him on anyone, the catcher made a fascinating comparison: teammate Domingo Germán. Apparently, both Kluber and Germán approach batters in a similar manner and offer Higashioka a wide range of options to consider regarding pitch selection and location.

Newsday | Neil Best: Kluber’s dominance allowed Sunday’s sweeping finale to conclude in a mere 2 hours and 14 minutes, remarkable for this day and age. The mood in the locker room was understandably quite upbeat as the Yankees finally returned to .500 and manager Aaron Boone lauded praise on both the offense and pitching featured across the past few days. Next up? The Astros come to Yankee Stadium. Take it away, Higgy:

“I don’t think there’s any question how the fans are going to react to them coming into the stadium here. As to whether or not they deserve it, I think the fans will let them know.”