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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/4/20

YES and Amazon announce streaming deal; Judge questionable for Opening Day; Britton worried about coronavirus; Loaisiga making his case for the rotation

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YES Network: One of the biggest off-field stories of 2019 was the decision of Amazon and the Yankees to join in the team’s re-acquisition of their regional sports network, the YES Network. Yesterday, the two partners announced a plan to roll out live streaming of 21 regular season games this season, the first step in what could be a new way consumers receive Yankees games.

ESPN: Aaron Judge is undergoing further tests on his pectorals, as the Yankees try to figure out what exactly is wrong with their star outfielder. His status for Opening Day has been called into question, and while there’s no real diagnosis beyond inflammation, hopefully the team will figure out what’s going on before then.

New York Post | George A. King III: A positive coronavirus test near Yankees’ spring training camp in Florida may not be something to panic about, but Zack Britton is certainly worried about it. The Yankee reliever pointed out the amount of physical contact ballplayers are in every single day, with teammates, opponents, and fans, as an excellent vector for transmission of the virus.

Newsday | Erik Boland: The Yankees have stated they’ll roll with internal options in the pitching rotation for the time being. The early favorite for that job might just be Jonathan Loaisiga, who’s having himself a strong spring and is still just 25 years old. He may have a long injury history himself, but if he can put that behind him, Jonny Lasagna could be a real salve for a depleted Yankees squad.