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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/19/16

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Hal Steinbrenner blames players, not Girardi or Cashman, for Yankees' bad start; Joe Girardi blames himself; Alex Rodriguez is expected to be back during the series in Oakland; a look at a couple of recently called up minor league Yankees

He's thinking about cookies!
He's thinking about cookies!
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Around the Empire

The Wall St. Journal | Jared Diamond: The Yankees have had a less than optimal start to their season. This fact has not escaped the eyes of Hal Steinbrenner. While Hal gave Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman a vote of confidence, he did not extend that same courtesy to several players. Mark Teixeira, Chase Headley, Michael Pineda, and Luis Severino were all called out by name.

ESPN | Wallace Matthews: Even with Hal directly calling out the players mentioned above, Joe Girardi accepted full responsibility for how his team is performing. Girardi is still confident that the Yankees can turn this season around.

The Wall St. Journal | Jared Diamond: Alex Rodriguez was seen running on the field yesterday and it did not look good. While he was once thought to be rejoining the Yankees tomorrow, they are now looking at Saturday for his potential return. Are the Yankees better without A-Rod though?

Minor League Ball | John Sickels: With Rob Refsnyder up, Minor League Ball takes a look at how Refsnyder has done in the minors this year.

Minor League Ball | John Sickels: With James Pazos up, Minor League Ball takes a look at how Pazos has done in the minors this year. It's deja vu all over again.

Fun Questions

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Song of the Day

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It's Drinking Week on Pinstripe Alley. With some much drama in the YSIII, it's kinda hard rooting for the Why A Enn Kay Eees. As always, please link us your song of the day.

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