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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/8/21

Yanks look like the team they believed they were; Chapman sidelined with inflammation; Gallo answers questions on his move to New York; Tanaka, Japan take gold in Olympics over USA.

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NY Post | Ian O’Connor: The Yankees have always been confident that they would start to perform like the team they were expected to be this season. Almost everyone outside of the team has been skeptical of that, considering the team’s lethargic play for most of the first half. The trade deadline obviously gave them a major boost, but this Yankees team has been playing a lot better in general since salvaging the final game of their series against the Mets on July 4th. They’ve been one of, if not the hottest team this summer, and if they’ve finally found their groove it should be an entertaining race to the postseason.

ESPN | AP: Naturally, no good can come with this team without a little bad. Aroldis Chapman is the latest Yankee to hit the IL, after dealing with some inflammation in his left elbow. The issue first came up during the Marlins series, but at the very least an MRI came back clean. Chapman will be shut down for a few days, and hopefully be able to return quickly from there.

A (not-so) fun fact, this team has managed to tie the 2019 Yankees for the most IL stints in history! A handful of those are due to the spree of COVID stints to be fair, but it’s not like those haven’t been massively disruptive either.

NY Post | Steve Serby: Joey Gallo is the newest Yankees star, and he’s going to be around for a bit so why not get to know him? Serby fires off a variety of questions for the slugging outfielder, some of which definitely come out of left field, but for the most part its an interesting look into the personality of a new clubhouse presence. Above all else, what stands out to me is how much Gallo seems humble to be a part of a talented roster top-to-bottom for the first time in his career. | Steve Politi: The quest for Olympic gold is over in baseball, and former friends ended up on both sides of the match for the top medal. Masahiro Tanaka and Japan prevailed in the end, besting Todd Frazier and David Robertson alongside the rest of team USA. This event may even end up being a capstone for the latter two, who joined the roster after getting cut from MLB clubs this year.