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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/18/16

Yankees halt PDF tickets; Refsnyder willing to try third; Kaprielian is impressing; age could be an issue.

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Newsday | Neil Best: In a really shocking move, the Yankees have ended the practice of printing out tickets at home in PDF form. According to the Yankees it's about protecting against fraud, but we know what it's really about. The Yankees want you to buy tickets from Ticketmaster or the official ticket exchange instead of Stubhub, preventing fans from buying tickets at prices below retail. There's the possibility Stubhub finds a work around, but that remains to be seen. Nonetheless, this is bad news for Yankees fans.

New York Post | George A. King III: Rob Refsnyder said that he is willing to try playing third base if that will help him make the team. As we know, second base is filled by Starlin Castro and Dustin Ackley, so a path to the big leagues wouldn't be easy. Third base could be his only chance, if at all. | Brendan Kuty: It's obviously early, but first-rounder James Kaprielian is already impressing. He doesn't have a ton of professional experience, but he is one of the youngest invites to camp, he's already shown some leadership abilities, and the scouting department believes that he can be very successful at the big league level. Here's to hoping we see him soon.

USA Today | Ted Berg: It's no surprise, but age is going to be an issue for the Yankees this year. The team has to rely on the likes of Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, and Jacoby Ellsbury, for example, who haven't exactly been the models for health as of late. If they have nice showings next month, it'll go a long way to showing the fans and media that they can succeed in the AL East.