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Around the Empire: Yankees News 5/31/15

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Carlos Beltran felt all along that he would find his hitting stroke; Flores stands out defensively; projections are increasingly bullish on the Yankees.

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LoHud | Chad Jennings: Both Joe Girardi and Carlos Beltran say they felt all along that Beltran would turn around his sluggish start to the season. Of course, it is easier to be positive after his 117 wRC+ May than it was following his 24 wRC+ April. The Yankees will certainly benefit from May resurgence of their right fielder continuing on through the summer.

NY Daily News | Mark Feinsand: Ramon Flores felt pretty emotional about making his major league debut, a culmination of his seven year minor league career. He announced himself in style yesterday with a pair of standout defensive plays, showing off both his strong throwing arm and his impressive range in left field. Here's hoping Ramon can floor us with many more gems in his time here.

Fangraphs | Jeff Sullivan: Nearly a third of the way into the season, preseason projections have been updated to include the effects of some real baseball, and interestingly enough it is the Yankees who have been the biggest gainers. Up 3 wins over a 162 game season, with all other AL East teams seeing at least slightly negative changes, New York are currently the favourites to take the division with about a 45% expectation per-Fangraphs playoff odds.

NJ.com | Brandon Kuty: Things haven't all been coming up roses for the Yankees though. Here is Chase Headley talking about his early season defensive inconsistency.

LoHud | Chad Jennings: Here is Chad Jennings with a few suggestions on why the Yankees haven't yet cut bait on Stephen Drew, despite his struggles and the supposedly easy to swallow contract.

Bronx Baseball Daily | Delia Enriquez: Completing the triad of downers is a look at the struggling middle relief core. Chasen Shreve has been the lone bright spot so far. The Yankees might have to hope for a fixed Chris Martin, who pitched  a scoreless inning yesterday in Scranton, to return to the Bronx at the speed of sound.