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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/12/20

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A lot has changed in the last year for Mike Ford; a preview of the 2020 Yankees; Masahiro Tanaka good to go for the new year; Dellin Betances comments on Astros

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New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Mike Ford was one of the surprise breakout performers in 2019. He started last year as a depth “break glass in case of emergency” candidate. Now a year on and with an added 26th roster spot, he stands a really decent shot at making the Opening Day roster in the first base mix.

Beyond the Box Score | Matt Provenzano: Here is a preview of the 2020 Yankees from our SB Nation sister site, Beyond the Box Score, by a Pinstripe Alley alumnus. It highlights not only the big on the field move made in Gerrit Cole, but also some potential crucial off the field ones in new pitching coach Matt Blake and Eric Cressey, who will head the player health and performance department.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Masahiro Tanaka had surgery in the offseason to remove a bone spur in his right elbow, but he reported early to spring training and will not have any restrictions as he prepares for the new season.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: Surprise! It’s more Astros banging scheme news. Today’s tidbit comes from Dellin Betances who reported to spring training with the Mets and was asked about Houston. The reliever said that the team had some inclination that things were going on there, and he feels a bit cheated out of the 2017 ALCS. In news sadly no longer of importance to the Yankees, he also said he feels 100% going into the new season.