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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/13/17

Sabathia feels good desipte rough outing; First round of ST cuts; Mateo’s stock rising; Kozma ready for 2017

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Newsday | Erik Boland: CC Sabathia had a rough outing on Sunday, but because of the time of the year, the results are easy to dismiss. Overall, Sabathia thought his changeup and cutter were good and overall his body felt fine, it’s just that his defense behind him didn’t do him any favors. Sabathia, though, said he needs to pick up his teammates rather than blaming his teammates for the rough outing. It was only the second outing for the veteran, hopefully he sees better results the next time out.

New York Post | Dan Martin: The Yankees announced their first set of spring training cuts yesterday. No real surprises in who they cut early, the most notable of whom is probably Justus Sheffield who was acquired in the Andrew Miller trade. While some of the young prospects like Gleyber Torres and Jorge Mateo will not make camp and are surely to be cut soon, it makes sense that they’ve still stuck around so the team can get a deeper look at them. Especially with Didi Gregorius off at the World Baseball Classic.

New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: After a whirlwind 2016, Jorge Mateo has seen his stock rise back up this spring. Joe Girardi was asked about Mateo and complimented his speed and effort this spring. Girardi was “upset” (not actually) that Mateo hit a home run instead of having the ball hit the wall and stay in so he could see Mateo’s “exciting” speed. Also it seems James Kaprielian will make his spring debut either Thursday or Friday.

YES Network | Lou DiPietro: Pete Kozma lost the utility infield job to Ronald Torreyes last season, and that ended up leading to one of his favorite pro seasons, helping the RailRiders become the Triple-A National Champions. This year he, along with Donovan Solano, is back in the Yankees’ organization and ready for whatever possibilities may come in 2017.