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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 2/21/15

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Pitchers and catchers have reported; Yoan Moncada gets another evaluation; MLB takes measures to speed up games.

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NJ.com | Ryan Hatch: Spring training is under way in Tampa, and Joe Girardi held his first press conference of the year. He addressed an array of topics, from leadership to his elevated expectations from the middle part of the lineup.

NY Post | George A. King III: The Yankees have held a third workout for Cuban free agent Yoan Moncada, this time in front of Hank Steinbrenner. Moncada is expected to make a decision on a team within the next week or so.

Yahoo! Sports | Steve Ginsburg: Major League Baseball has taken measures to increase the pace of games, including requiring batters to keep at least one foot inside the batter's box in between pitches, as well as new restrictions to speed up the instant replay procedure.

Lohud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: Jersey numbers have been assigned to the Yankees participating in spring training. As was discussed on the most recent Pinstripe Alley Podcast, the cool thing about all the lower-digit numbers being retired is the potential of a new wave of Yankees with unconventional numbers. Rob Refsnyder has #98, and he should totally keep it if he makes the 25-man squad.