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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 5/1/15

Pedro on the 2003 rivalry; the Red Sox on A-Rod's milestone; implications of the Tanaka injury; Bailey is shut down; Cashman on Drew.

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Sports Illustrated | Pedro Martinez & Michael Silverman: In an excerpt from Pedro Martinez's memoir entitled "PEDRO", Pedro talked about the rivalry between the Red Sox and Yankees in 2003, and told stories of intentionally beaning Derek Jeter and Alfonso Soriano, and of course of the fight between him and Don Zimmer when he grabbed his head and threw him to the ground. He described this incident as his only regret in his playing career. | Ryan Hatch: If Alex Rodriguez hits his 660th home run at Fenway Park, the Red Sox will not recognize it whatsoever. When asked about the matter, their executive vice president said that the fans response would be their response. Given that the Yankees do not even want to partake, this is no surprise.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: With Masahiro Tanaka out with his wrist injury, the Yankees could see a spill-over effect into both their strengths and weaknesses. Because they are down a starter, they will have to go with Chase Whitley for the time being. And with lesser starters, it is clear that the Yankees will increasingly have to rely on their dominant bullpen, putting them at risk of overworking them.

Lohud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: After pitching on back-to-back days in Tampa (for High-A) on Friday and Saturday, Andrew Bailey has been removed from their roster and sent to extended spring training after an MRI revealed a strain in his shoulder. Chris Capuano is also close to pitching rehab games, and Jose Pirela continues his rehab assignment as planned.

Hardball Talk | Aaron Gleeman: Even though Stephen Drew is off to a poor start batting average wise, Brian Cashman has no plans to find another second base alternative. He was even surprised that the question was asked, as Drew's .693 OPS and decent defense should keep him in the lineup as Jose Pirela rehabs and Rob Refsnyder continues to struggle at Triple-A.