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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/26/16

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Nova got roughed up Friday and may have hurt his chances of winning a rotation spot; A former Yankee prospect hit the hardest home run ever recorded by MLB.

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NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Since Gary Sanchez has been sent down, it seems that the backup catcher competition is over. Now the main spring training competition is that between Ivan Nova and CC Sabathia for the last spot in the rotation. Nova acknowledged that his Friday outing may have hurt his chances after he gave up three home runs and five earned runs through four and two-thirds innings.

BP Bronx | Domenic Lanza: Rob Refsnyder played right field in college, second base in the minors, and now he could start the season as the Yankees' backup third baseman. It is a somewhat strange transition given his struggles playing second base.

NJ.com | Joe Giglio: Remember former Yankee prospect Peter O'Brien? The Yankees traded him to the Diamondbacks for Martin Prado. He hit a home run with an exit velocity of 119.5 mph a few nights ago, giving him the hardest-hit home run ever recorded by MLB.

CBS Sports | Matt Synder: Here is a look at some of the milestones Alex Rodriguez could reach before his contract with the Yankees ends.