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Around the Empire: New York Yankees News - 8/1/14

David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Minor League Ball | Jessica Quiroli: Mason Williams talks about trying to prove his doubters wrong after so much disappointment.

Pinstripe Pundits | Chris Mitchell: Trading Peter O`Brien to land Martin Prado for the next few years is a real win for the Yankees. | Brendan Kuty: With Brian Roberts now gone, Stephen Drew, who has never played there, will be the starting second baseman for the remainder of the season.

Matter | Tim Elfrink: The untold story behind Alex Rodriguez's bizarre doping regimen. | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees claimed Esmil Rogers from the Blue Jays and released Scott Sizemore to get him onto the 40-man roster.

Fangraphs | Paul Swydan: The greatest strength the Yankees have gained from acquiring Martin Prado and Stephen Drew is versatility.

It's About the Money | Katie Sharp: Stephen Drew is an improvement for the Yankees.

ESPN New York | Andrew Marchand: Brian Cashman comments on his trade for with the Red Sox for Stephen Drew.

Deadspin | Barry Petchesky: A full recounting of the time Jim Bowden of ESPN stole a fake lead about Marlon Byrd going to the Yankees and then lost his mind.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Trading for Chase Headley and Stephen Drew will serve as auditions for long-term contract while Martin Prado is A-Rod insurance.