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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/19/16

Other Yankee starters could learn from CC Sabathia this year; Brian McCann has been struggling; Rob Refsnyder has not been struggling; Yankees are being cautious with Carlos Beltran; some nice Father's Day stories regarding Austin Romine and Mel Stottlemyre

It's quite possible that A-Rod is giving Gardner the sternest of looks from the dugout.
It's quite possible that A-Rod is giving Gardner the sternest of looks from the dugout.
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Around the Empire

New York Daily News | Mark Feinsand: CC Sabathia has had such an amazing year so far. His resurgence on the mound has been more than anyone could have hoped for. A definite comeback player of the year candidate, as well as a potential 2016 All Star, Sabathia has been brilliant. Perhaps other pitchers like Nathan Eovaldi and Michael Pineda could learn a thing or two from him, like getting out of jams with runners on base. Man, it still feels weird typing that. Fantastic, but weird. Praise be.

New York Post | George A. King III: Brian McCann has been in an awful slump. He is looking more like 2014 McCann than 2015 McCann and it's a definite problem. Joe Girardi cannot really pinpoint what exactly McCann is doing wrong at the plate, mechanics wise. Whatever he's doing, it's not working. Hopefully he can get it together.

Newsday | Erik Boland: Rob Refsnyder is not giving the Yankees any real reason to send him back down to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Since taking over first base duties from Mark Teixeira and Chris Parmelee, he has not really had many problems at the position. More importantly, his bat has been as good as the Yankees always hoped it would be. If Teixeira does come back healthy this Friday, and again that's a big if, keeping Ike Davis over Refsnyder as the backup would be a bold strategy. | Bryan Hoch: You have probably noticed that Carlos Beltran is hitting the baseballs well. Another 2016 All Star candidate, Beltran's offense has pretty much been keeping the Yankees afloat for some time now. The Yankees are being cautious with him though, considering they just had to drain his left knee and give it a cortisone shot. Stay healthy please, Beltran. | Jason Beck and Bryan Hoch: Austin Romine and his brother Andrew Romine are celebrating their dad's retirement from the LAPD. Kevin Romine is happy that both of his sons have made it to the big leagues. A real nice Father's Day story here.

The Seattle Times | Larry Stone: Finally, another Father's Day story. This one is about former Yankees player and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre, who is fighting multiple myeloma. Mel is very happy that his son, Mel Jr., followed in his footsteps and became a coach. He is currently the pitching coach of the Seattle Mariners, like his father was in 2008. A truly touching story about one of the Yankees' most beloved players.

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