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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/11/21

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Rougned Odor in, Domingo Germán and Tyler Wade out; Baseball For All aims to increase opportunities for women to play baseball; A-Rod part of group buying Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx

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CBS Sports | R.J. Anderson: The Yankees optioned starting pitcher Domingo Germán to the alternate site following the team’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday. Germán struggled on the mound, allowing four runs and eight hits in four innings. After looking sharp in spring training, the righty has yielded four homers in seven innings over two starts to this season. It has yet to be announced who will replace him on the roster, but the Yankees don’t need a fifth starter for a couple weeks, so it will likely be a reliever (update: it is indeed Albert Abreu).

NJ Advanced Media | Brendan Kuty: The Yankees made a few roster moves affecting the infield on Saturday. Rougned Odor, who the team acquired in a trade on Tuesday, is now active. To make room for Odor, the Yankees optioned Tyler Wade to the alternate training site. The move conveys that the team believes Odor’s upside is more valuable than Wade’s versatility, speed and ability to play shortstop. In light of Wade being optioned, Aaron Boone told reporters that he plans to play Gio Urshela at shortstop during times when Gleyber Torres needs rest. (Gio and Aaron Judge just returned to the lineups themselves.)

MLB.com | Megan Garcia: The organization Baseball For All is planning several initiatives in 2021 aimed at increasing the opportunities available for women and girls to play baseball. The effort is in response to the dearth of opportunities that exist for girls to play baseball. Women are often pressured to switch to softball at young ages, and there is also pressure for women to give up baseball to play softball in order to secure college scholarships.

ESPN | Adrian Wojnarowski: In news that absolutely no one outside of the related parties expected to hear last night, Alex Rodriguez is apparently part of an ownership group buying the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA and the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA. A-Rod and former Wal-Mart executive Marc Lore will purchase both teams from majority owner Glen Taylor and assume control in 2023. It’s not the Mets, but hey, sounds like A-Rod is finally getting into the ownership game — just not in the sport anyone expected.