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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 3/27/15

A-Rod to face increased drug testing; Yankees released Jared Burton; Masahiro Tanaka says his decreased velocity is intentional; Jose Pirela has suffered a setback

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ESPN New York | Wallace Matthews: As a result of his Biogenesis suspension, Alex Rodriguez (and all of the other players who received similar suspensions) will face increased drug testing this season. | Brendan Kuty: The Yankees have released Jared Burton, who was signed to a minor league deal and came to spring training as a non-roster invitee. Burton was nursing a strained oblique and hadn't pitched since March 17th.

NY Daily News | Mark Feinsand: There's been some recent concern about Masahiro Tanaka's decreased velocity, but Tanaka says that it's intentional because they've been working on developing his two-seamer. He also noted that he was trying to throw too hard during spring training last year and is trying to be more relaxed this year.

Newsday | Eric Boland: Jacoby Ellsbury has started to take light swings and participate in tee-and-toss drills; Jose Pirela experienced a setback with his concussion yesterday, getting dizzy while riding an exercise bike, so he'll see a neurologist again.