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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 3/9/15

Tanaka to start Thursday's game; Interview with assistant hitting coach Alan Cockrell; Joe Girardi's thoughts on closer and other spring training notes.

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ESPN New York | Andrew Marchand: Carlos Beltran will make his first outfield start today; Masahiro Tanaka will make his first spring training start on Thursday night against the Braves. | Brendan Kuty: This year, the Yankees are trying out an assistant hitting coach for the first time ever. Check out what Alan Cockrell has to say about splitting time and duties with Jeff Pentland.

New York Post | George A. King III: It's hard not to be concerned about Tanaka and CC Sabathia staying healthy this season, especially after hearing about Cliff Lee and Yu Darvish already possibly being out for the season after both experienced injury problems last season.

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: Sunday notes about spring training, including Joe Girardi's thoughts on the role of closer, whether Brendan Ryan will be ready by Opening Day and who would take his place if he is still hurt.