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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/7/21

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How sustainable is the AL East?; Jameson Taillon’s season dissected; Boone stands up for Cole

MLB: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN | Joon Lee: Expectations for the game’s biggest rivals have been flipped, with the Yankees believed to be among the league’s best and the Red Sox struggling to stay afloat according to most preseason predictions. A third of the way into the year, those expectations have proven to be false, with Boston and New York in vastly different positions, albeit questions about both clubs’ sustainability remain.

New York Daily News | Matthew Roberson: What do we make of Jameson Taillon? One of the Yankees’ two big offseason pitcher moves, Taillon has a 25.8 strikeout percentage but has scuffled to a 5+ ERA despite exceptional control and a rebuilt delivery. Taillon’s journey through 2021 has been a fascinating-if-frustrating one — on a better team we’d probably be looking more at the positives.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Sticky stuff is the talk of baseball, with Twins’ third baseman Josh Donaldson accusing a number of pitchers, including Gerrit Cole, of getting a little extra help with their fastballs. Yankee skipper Aaron Boone stood up for his ace, believing that he and the rest of the staff are as good as they are because of the talent and work the staff puts in, not a dab of something or other on the bill of their caps.