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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/15/17

Masahiro Tanaka is getting better, earns first win of the season; Chase Headley is having an April for the ages; Luis Severino showed what he is capable of on Thursday; Austin Romine is making the most of his opportunity thus far

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New York Daily News | Daniel Popper: Masahiro Tanaka earned his first win of the season last night as the Yankees defeated the Cardinals. While we’re still not seeing the best of what Tanaka usually has to offer, it seems like he is making adjustments with each start. It’s good that he has an offense that is able to bail him out of trouble, not to mention a stellar bullpen behind him. | Bryan Hoch: One Yankee who is having an April for the ages is third baseman and resident “Shiftbuster” Chase Headley. To say that Headley’s 2016 April was bad would be a gross understatement. It seems that some minor adjustments with his mechanics is helping to contribute to Headley’s contribution. Boy is he contributing. Doubles, dingers, stolen bases. He’s doing it all right now. Keep it up, Headley.

FanRag | Jesse Spector: While it’s good to see Tanaka starting to get back on track, it was even better to see a great start from young Luis Severino. To say that Severino’s 2016 was bad would be the grossest understatement I could think of. The key thing is that Severino is young and that the stuff is there. Thursday gave us a glimpse of the Severino that the Yankees have such high hopes for. There’s a reason they’re not giving up on him just yet.

New York Daily News | Daniel Popper: Another Yankee who is having a decent April is Austin Romine. With Gary Sanchez out for four weeks, Romine is now the everyday starting catcher. He is making the most of this opportunity thus far. In addition to calling some great games, he is hitting the ball much better as well. As Matt Provenzano wrote about yesterday, Romine might never have a better opportunity to show the Yankees and other major league teams what he is capable of.