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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 5/7/15

For the third consecutive game, a minor injury has kept an everyday player out of the lineup. This time, it was Brett Gardner.

Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports | Ryan Hatch: The taxing effects of a long baseball season are starting to manifest themselves on everyday players as Mark TeixeiraChase Headley, and Brett Gardner have all missed time do to minor, nagging injuries.

ESPN New York | Andrew Marchand: Michael Pineda is pitching like a true ace for the Yankees, and on Tuesday night he proved what a special pitcher he is by working through the Blue Jays' order without the use of his slider through the first several innings.

New York Post | George A. King III: If all goes as planned, Jose Pirela will provide the Yankees with a reliable super-utility man off the bench. If Pirela can provide offense while playing competent defense, there could be an odd-man out between Stephen Drew and Didi Gregorius.

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: Now that the Yankees have had a couple of weeks to let their mustaches grow in, it's becoming clear who has the strongest facial-hair game, who's still struggling with their 'stache, and who's declining to participate. Chad Jennings ranks them all.