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Around the Empire: New York Yankees News - 2/18/15

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Alex Rodriguez has issued an apology; Masahiro Tanaka played long toss; Ivan Nova could throw off a mound for the first time this week

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ESPN New York | Andrew Marchand: The Yankees recently revealed that they would be honoring Andy Pettitte this season, and he sat down with Michael Kay to discuss that and his HGH usage.

CBS Sports | Igor Mello: Alex Rodriguez has issued an hand-written apology for the actions that led to his season-long suspension. He chose not to have a press conference, despite the Yankees offering that he could use Yankee Stadium.

NJ.com | Ryan Hatch: In addition to the website that he already launched, Derek Jeter is now teaming up with Sirius XM Radio for a weekly radio show to be broadcast Wednesday night's nationwide. Instead of having one host, there will be a rotation that speaks with the editors and contributors of The Players' Tribune.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Masahiro Tanaka reported early to spring training on Tuesday and played long toss. He's expected to speak to the media on Friday when pitchers and catchers officially report.

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: In other pitcher-related news, Ivan Nova might throw off of a mound this week for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year.