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Around the Empire: New York Yankees News - 2/12/15

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The backup catcher competition, A-Rod's apology, and the rest of this morning's Yankees news.

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LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: Jennings breaks down the upcoming battle for the role of Yankees' backup catcher. Spoiler alert: the competition is thin, and the favorite is John Ryan Murphy.

ESPN NY | Wallace Matthews: Spring training 2015 is getting closer. How can you tell? Well, because it appears that the inevitable perpetual onslaught of A-Rod-related news, quotes, speculations, reactions, think pieces, polls, and updates has already begun. Wally Matthews has his take on why, despite Rodriguez's personal apology to the organization, things are far from smoothed over between he and the team.

NJ.com | Ryan Hatch: The second basemen of the AL East are ranked. As Hatch points out, "There's Dustin Pedroia, and then there's everybody else, really." He goes under the assumption that Drew will enter the season starting at second for the Yanks, which is probably the safe bet even if one of the two younger guys is the more exciting option.

New York Post | Dan Martin: The Yankees are hoping Nathan Eovaldi takes a play out of Brandon McCarthy's playbook and finally lives up to his potential.