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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 6/10/15

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The Yankees' rotation as a strength, Mo III excited to go his own way, and reports on top Yankees draft prospects Kaprielian and Finley.

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Sporting News | Jesse Spector: Last night's Yankees/Nationals game had a playoff-like vibe due to the pitchers' duel between Masahiro Tanaka and Max Scherzer.

LoHud | Chad Jennings: Some Yankees fans might be disappointed that they passed on Mariano Rivera III in the fourth round and the Nationals nabbed him, but Mo III seems happy to have the chance to write his own legacy in a completely different organization. Although I was a little bummed, it probably is for the best since a guy with the name "Mariano Rivera" was never going to avoid the unfair comparisons from Yankees fans and writers, particularly in the New York media. It's for the best.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: The Yankees' rotation has gone from suspect with only one trusted starter in Michael Pineda to perhaps one of the team's biggest strength. Tanaka is back and pitching well, Adam Warren looks like he belongs, and both CC Sabathia and Nathan Eovaldi have gradually made improvements as well. That's not even mentioning top prospect Luis Severino waiting in the wings in Triple-A, or more importantly, the recovering Ivan Nova, who hit 95 with great mechanics in his first rehab start. It could be crowded in the rotation soon, but as always, "crowded" is always a good problem to have when it comes to pitching

ESPN | Andrew Marchand: Top Yankees draft pick James Kaprielian spoke to reporters for the first time yesterday, with perhaps the most relevant information being that he will be represented by Scott Boras. Goodie.

Pac-12.com: On the bright side, feel free to whet your appetite for Kaprielian's pitching by watching this highlight reel of his exploits at UCLA, including his nine innings of no-hit ball during a combined no-hitter in May.

Sirius XM | MLB Network Radio: Third round pick Drew Finley was probably the Yankees' highest regarded draft pick after Kaprielian, so check out the scouting report on the righty from Rancho Bernardo High School.