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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/1/17

Kaprielian wants to pitch in ST games; Headley not the future at 3B; Bird homers twice against Red Sox; YES will be on Comcast starting 3/31

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New York Post | George A King III & Dan Martin: James Kaprielian must have heard about Gary Sanchez’s nickname, the Kraken, and gotten jealous. So Kaprielian took it upon himself to give himself the nickname of “caged bull.” Kaprielian says he’s dying to go out and face hitters in a game, but he’s being brought along slowly because he was limited to just three starts in 2016. Kaprielian, who says he’ll be ready for the start of the season, will likely start the season at Tampa before eventually working his way up.

FanRag Sports | Gary Phillips: The Yankees’ future at third base is an interesting one. Currently manned by Chase Headley, the Yankees have some viable options for the future in their own system, most notably Miguel Andujar. Headley is not the future for the team at third base, which is why the team was open to dealing him this winter even though nothing came to fruition. If Andujar doesn’t pan out, the Yankees could look at shifting Starlin Castro, Gleyber Torres, or Jorge Mateo to third. In the meantime, the Yankees could use Rob Refsnyder there as a stopgap if a partner for Headley could be found.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: There’s one word I’d use to describe my excitement for the upcoming season, but I can’t remember it. Oh I know, Bird is the word. In a split-squad exhibition game against the Red Sox, Greg Bird hit two home runs and looks like he’s finding his groove. He says he wants to drive the ball to gaps and do damage, so he wants to swing at pitches. Now we literally know why the Greg Bird swings. | Brendan Kuty: The YES Network and Comcast finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. Since late 2015, when Comcast initiated a blackout, YES Network has been unavailable on the cable provider. On March 31st though, YES will be back on Comcast. Just in time for Opening Day.