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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/21/16

Girardi and Cockrell defend Headley; Yankees cutting payroll; Guidry remembers Yogi; mixing up the lineup

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NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Even though Chase Headley has struggled so far this season, the Yankees have defended him, stating that it's only a matter of time before he breaks out of his slump. It's no surprise that the hitting coach and manager would defend him, especially since it's still April.

Forbes | Josh Benjamin:In previewing all 30 teams from an economic lens, they take a look at the Yankees. The Yankees, as we know, are keeping a lid on increases in payroll, and they're trying to rely more on younger players and prospects than free agents.

KLFY | George Faust: Ron Guidry talks about his first spring training without Yogi Berra. He initially didn't want to go because he was so used to going with Yogi, but the front office talked with him and convinced him he should be there. He said that even though he was gone, he certainly isn't forgotten.

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: Jennings offers some suggestions on how to mix it up with the lineup while they're struggling offensively. For one, Joe Girardi could give a higher spot to Starlin Castro and a lower spot to Jacoby Ellsbury. They could also try to see if Dustin Ackley could get something going. But other than that, the team just needs to hit. A change in the lineup can only do so much.