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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/6/21

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Newest Yankees impress in first minor league games; Luke Voit and Miguel Andújar both homer for Scranton; COVID vaccines to be administered at Yankee Stadium for tickets; Early look at trade deadline candidates; Yogi the movie critic

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Sports Illustrated | Max Goodman: The Minor League Baseball season began on Tuesday, and some of the newest Yankees had memorable professional debuts. Playing for the Low-A Tampa Tarpons, 2020 first-round pick Austin Wells crushed his first home run and finished 2-for-4 on the day with a double, three runs scored, three RBI. Anthony Volpe and Trevor Hauver also had productive days with at least two hits apiece. As a bonus, both Luke Voit and Miguel Andújar homered on Wednesday. Click here to watch!

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that anyone who gets a coronavirus vaccine at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field will get a free ticket to an upcoming game. The stadiums will provide the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. “We want to thank Governor Cuomo for his decision, which will allow more fans into Yankee Stadium and provide us additional opportunities to further encourage people to get vaccinated,” the Yankees said in a statement.

NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: We’re only a little over a month into the 2021 regular season, but it’s never too early to look ahead at possible trade deadline candidates. MLB.com polled 25 executives, asking them to identify the star players likeliest to be dealt before the non-waiver trade deadline in late July. The top vote getters were Trevor Story, Kris Bryant, and Max Scherzer. Could any of them be in pinstripes this season?

MLB.com | Michael Clair: Did you know that Yogi Berra once hosted a show where he reviewed movies? It turns out that the legend was a bit of a cinephile, and MLB.com caught up with Tom Villante, a former Yankees batboy-turned-broadcast executive who produced an ‘80s program called “Yogi at the Movies.” It was simple — they would go see a couple movies and Villante would pepper Berra with questions about what he thought of it afterward. The concept was odd, but it definitely led to some pretty amusing Yogi quotes.