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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 2/27/15

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Sporting News | Jesse Spector: A .713 OPS for Alex Rodriguez? A top five rotation? Five bold predictions for the 2015 Yankees.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Masahiro Tanaka threw a 40-pitch bullpen session to Gary Sanchez on Thursday, dialing up his velocity higher than he has to this point in spring training. Larry Rothschild says they are bringing him along at a more comfortable pace and that there's no reason he won't be ready for Opening Day if everything continues as it has.

ESPN New York | Wallace Matthews: Alex Rodriguez was cheered by the crowd at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa during his batting practice session on the first full day of camp. The only other Yankee in attendance to draw much reaction from the crowd was Hideki Matsui, who was there serving as a guest instructor.

LoHud | Chad Jennings: A mix of notes from camp, including a little Q&A with Mark Teixeira. Also, Brian Cashman shuts down the idea of a six-man rotation actually coming to fruition.