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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/10/21

Derek Jeter’s Hall of Fame induction rescheduled to September; Andújar maximizes his playing opportunities, Donaldson not afraid of retaliation after implicating Cole; Gary Sánchez’s bat warms up in Minnesota.

2020 Hall of Fame Press Conference Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Getty Images

ESPN: The Baseball Hall of Fame announced that this year’s induction ceremony, originally scheduled to take place on July 25th, will now take place on September 8th in Cooperstown, New York. Unlike the original plan, a limited number of people will be able to attend the ticketed outdoor event. The Class of 2020 features four inductees: Yankees legend Derek Jeter, along with Larry Walker, Marvin Miller, and Ted Simmons.

New York Post | Dan Martin: In spring training, there didn’t appear to be an open or obvious role on the Yankees for Miguel Andújar. The same seemed true through the first month of the season. Fast-forward a couple weeks and the 26-year-old is providing the struggling lineup with a much-needed offensive boost, including Tuesday’s whopping 449-foot blast. Andújar broke out as a rookie sensation for the Yanks in 2018 before getting sidelined due to a shoulder injury and a crowded Yankees roster. His resurgence would certainly be a bright spot in whatever this Yankees’ season turns out to be. Andújar homered again last night, so let’s hope he keeps it going.

NJ Advanced Media | Brendan Kuty: Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson told reporters that he wasn’t worried about Gerrit Cole retaliating against him on Wednesday. Donaldson targeted Cole earlier this week when he remarked publicly on the drop in spin-rate of Cole’s fastball and insinuated the Yankees’ ace is guilty of using illegal substances to enhance his pitching. It’s easy to understand why Cole was angry that Donaldson singled him out, as Cole is far from the only pitcher in MLB who has allegedly used sticky substances. Sure enough, Cole didn’t try to plunk the former MVP — he just embarrassed him at the plate:

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Gary Sánchez’s offensive talent is starting to reveal itself after experiencing a long dormant period to start the 2021 season. The Yankees catcher went 2-for-5 at the plate on Tuesday, including a home run and pair of RBI in the Yankees’ 8-4 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. His recent production is a refreshing development that could change the predominant narrative surrounding Sánchez and his struggle to meet the high expectations the Yankees have of him. Yankees fans love a good comeback story and maybe Gary can secure his by carrying the lineup when his teammates are slumping.