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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 4/7/15

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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: After having one very poor inning in the season opener, the Yankees say they don't believe that health was the root cause for Masahiro Tanaka's struggles. Tanaka says that his biggest issue was commanding his pitches, but he does draw some positives from the poor outing.

ESPN New York | Wallace Matthews: When announced in the starting lineup for the Yankees, Alex Rodriguez received, to many people's surprise, more cheers than boos. A-Rod offers up his comments on this, as well as skipper Joe Girardi's comments on the matter.

Baseball America | Alexis Brudnicki: In disappointing prospect news, it was announced on Monday that Yankees 2012 first-round pick and pitcher Ty Hensley has undergone Tommy John surgery, ending his season. Hensley offers up his comments, as well as how he thinks the injury may have come about.

Newsday | Erik Boland and Steven Marcus: In the Yankees opener, one of the biggest cheers from the crowd came for long-time Yankees manager Joe Torre, who threw out the first pitch. The question then arose why Derek Jeter did not attend the game, and could not throw out the first pitch. Turns out, he was unavailable to attend.

New York Daily News | Mike Lupica: The Yankees are a team made of a lot of smaller pieces, all trying to contribute to one big goal. Lupica argues that there is one thing missing from an every day sellout at Yankee Stadium and success for the team: a true star.