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Around the Empire: New York Yankees News - 8/10/14

Brett Gardner's journey to underrated Yankees star wasn't easy; the Yankees will support Rob Manfred as MLB's next commissioner; Michael Pineda feels ready to rejoin the team.

Jim McIsaac

Wall Street Journal | Dan Barbarisi: Brett Gardner was cut from his college baseball team for not being fast enough before graduating as College of Charleston's best player. Now he's one of the best players on the Yankees.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: The Yankees and Mets will both likely support Rob Manfred as MLB's next commissioner, but it'll be for different reasons. New York thinks Manfred's opposition would increase penalties on teams with high payrolls and dislike his connection to the Red Sox. | Bryan Hoch: Michael Pineda is feeling good after a couple of rehab starts and thinks he is ready to re-join the team. Joe Girardi will have to decide whether Pineda or Esmil Rogers will start against the Orioles this week.

Times-Tribune | Donnie Collins: The RailRiders became the Trolley Frogs for one night on Friday as they celebrated "What If?" night in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees' Triple-A affiliate will feature games over the next few seasons featuring the names that didn't win when the team re-branded themselves two years ago.

ESPN New York | Andrew Marchand: Mark Teixeira could be available to come off the bench today after requiring stitches in his finger due to a collision at home plate. He will go through batting practice and see how he feels.

Minor League Ball | John Sickels: The Yankees called Bryan Mitchell up to serve as another option out of the bullpen. Mitchell has pitched well in Triple-A as of late, and the Yankees obviously think highly enough of him and his future that they turned down a trade for Dustin Ackley to keep him.