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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 5/7/20

Yankees should have no reservations about bringing back Tanaka; A-Rod still hasn’t gotten over 2004; Pedro gets help from Gary Sanchez and Dellin Betances for COVID-19 relief.

Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images | Joe Giglio: A number of Yankees are waiting to see if their contract years will even be played in 2020, including Masahiro Tanaka. But it would benefit the Yankees to bring back Tanaka on another contract, given the durability he showed last season and his seamless transition from a power pitcher to becoming a still effective starter who has shined in October.

New York Post | Greg Joyce: Still not over the 2004 ALCS collapse? Don’t worry, neither is Alex Rodriguez. The former Yankee star took to Twitter while ESPN was airing Game Fouyr of that series, and he didn’t hold back the pain he still feels from letting that series get away. I’m sure most of us are right there with you, Alex.

New York Daily News | Bradford William Davis: Speaking of Yankees and Red Sox, Pedro Martinez has been using his charity to raise money for coronavirus relief in the Dominican Republic, using the money for food and essential supplies. Current and former Yankees have jumped on to help the cause, including Gary Sanchez and Dellin Betances. Martinez also has commitment from MLB to help with his efforts.