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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 5/22/16

Alex Rodriguez is expected to be back on Tuesday; Yankees' starting pitching has been excellent over the past four games; it's still unclear how long Rob Refsnyder will remain on the roster; Joe Girardi would be wise not to abuse the three-headed bullpen monster

A-Rod just doing it his way with his number 2 cup in his hand. #re2pect
A-Rod just doing it his way with his number 2 cup in his hand. #re2pect
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Around the Empire

Newsday | Erik Boland: While Alex Rodriguez is feeling better as of late, Joe Girardi has decided to wait until Tuesday to activate him. It makes sense, as the Yankees will be back home on Tuesday to face the Blue Jays. It would sure be nice if A-Rod came back strong.

Newsday | Art Spander: Rob Refsnyder finally got his chance to start for the Yankees' yesterday and he definitely came through with a big hit. It is unclear how long Refsnyder will be on the main roster with A-Rod expected to come off of the DL on Tuesday. Whatever happens, it's good to see that he is still hitting the ball consistently.

New York Post | George A. King III: The Yankees currently have a four game winning streak going. It is no coincidence that each pitcher over the past four days have given the Bombers a quality start. Even though this rotation contains Ivan Nova and CC Sabathia, it is painfully obvious that today's starter, Michael Pineda, is the biggest question mark. Well, not so much as question mark, but rather a combination of the shift key and all the number buttons randomly pressed angrily.

New York Daily News | Mark Feinsand: During said quality starts, two starts in particular made everyone question Joe Girardi's use of the three-headed bullpen monster. Nathan Eovaldi and Ivan Nova both had respectable pitch counts heading into the 7th inning, but Girardi chose to go to the pen. Given the "Ghidorah" level strength of said bullpen, it's understandable why Girardi this route, but it would be nice not to abuse this strength too much. So we should probably give thanks to CC, Tanaka, and the offense for their recent outings.

Fun Questions

  • Out of the past four quality starts, which one impressed you the most?
  • Besides the Yankees' winning, what was your favorite thing about the '90s?

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