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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 5/3/15

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USA Today | Bob Nightengale: Brian Cashman says that the language of the contract allows the Yankees to not pay Alex Rodriguez the home run bonus money.

Baseball Prospectus Bronx | Nick Ashbourne: The Yankees could survive without Masahiro Tanaka if their rotation finds a little bit of luck in regards to their peripherals.

ESPN | Steve Wulf: The Yankees would be hypocrites if they decide not to pay Alex Rodriguez his money since they definitely enjoyed that 2009 World Series title.

The Record | Bob Klapisch: Dellin Betances is among the best pitchers in the game who can completely shut down an opposing team.

Pinstripe Pundits | Derek Albin: A closer look at how Brett Gardner has gotten off to such a strong start in 2015.