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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 7/1/15

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All-Star Game thoughts, Ellsbury's rehab, and Warren's reaction to returning to the bullpen.

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CBS New York | Sweeny Murti: Brett Gardner really deserves to be an All-Star, and he spoke to Murti about how his approach at the plate has evolved over time. Incredibly, Gardner would be only the fifth Yankees position player to rise all the way from draft pick to All-Star within the system.

Sports Illustrated | Cliff Corcoran: Speaking of possible All-Stars, Alex Rodriguez has put together a helluva good case to go to Cincinnati as well. How likely is it that he will actually be selected though?

FanGraphs | Dave Cameron: Although A-Rod narrowly missed the FanGraphs AL All-Star team, Gardner made it (in the starting lineup!), as did Brian McCann and Dellin Betances. Who else did?

LoHud | Chad Jennings: Adam Warren still considers himself a starter, but it sounds like he is determined to make the most of this situation by returning to his prominent relief role. Jennings also offers his reaction to the Warren move and why everyone saw the transition coming for weeks.

ESPN New York | Wallace Matthews: Although Jacoby Ellsbury unfortunately did not make his scheduled rehab appearance last night in Tampa due to fatigue, Joe Girardi said that it was still a possibility that he could return for Friday night's game against the Rays.