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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/21/15

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New York Post | Joel Sherman: Brian Cashman explained that Rob Refsnyder was sent down to Triple-A because it was the only way to keep all their assets before the trade deadline.

It's About the Money | Brad Vietrogoski: There's just no way to make sense of the Rob Refsnyder demotion, even with Cashman's reasoning.

LoHud | Chad Jennings: A look at what the Yankees might need to improve upon as they head into the July 31st trade deadline.

Baseball Prospectus Bronx | Andrew Felper: One reason for Mark Teixeira's resurgent season might be his return to utterly dominating the four-seam fastball. | Ryan Hatch: Looking back on preseason expectations, the 2015 Yankees have proved to be better than expected.

New York Post | George A. King III: Brett Gardner's white cleats from Sunday's game could get him fined by Major League Baseball for not complying with the Yankees' uniform colors.

LoHud | Chad Jennings: The Yankees need CC Sabathia to provide some clubhouse leadership as they head into the second half of the season.