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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/12/21

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Jameson Taillon still in pain; Boone still undecided about Sunday’s starter; Yankees are the “streakiest team in MLB”; Yanks and Mets remember 9/11.

New York Yankees v Los Angeles Angels Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images Jameson Taillon, who hit the injured list this week with a partially torn tendon in his right ankle, is still “pretty sore”, according to Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone. That makes him unlikely to return when first eligible, on September 17, and effectively puts a cloud on his rest-of-season status. As of Saturday, he was in a walking boot and rehabbing at Yankee Stadium.

Sports Illustrated | Max Goodman via Twitter: As of Saturday night, Boone still didn’t know who is going to take the ball for the Yankees on Sunday. Clarke Schmidt and Andrew Heaney are two of the options, per the skipper. According to Goodman, it “could be a combination of those two, or another option as well.” It appears nothing is set in stone yet. If Schmidt pitches, he would be making his 2021 debut after battling an elbow injury all year.

WFAN | Ryan Chichester: Yankees’ infielder DJ LeMahieu called the Bombers “the streakiest team in the league.” You are right, DJ, you are right: New York first won 13 straight games, lost four consecutive contests, won two, and then dropped its last seven before last night’s date against the Mets. “We’ve been the streakiest team in the league,” LeMahieu said to WFAN after Friday’s loss to their crosstown rivals. “One good game, and the tides can turn in a hurry, like we’ve seen all year. Hopefully quickly.” | Bryan Hoch The Yankees and Mets remembered the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks 20 years later at Citi Field. The managers of both teams then, Joe Torre and Bobby Valentine, threw the first pitch simultaneously, and players of both clubs stood together for the national anthem as “one united New York,” wearing caps that “represented the first responders who were called to the World Trade Center on that day.” Some of the stars who took the diamond used special custom cleats for the game.