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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/30/16

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Bryan Mitchell makes the cut, the Jacoby Ellsbury question emerges again for Joe Girardi's Opening Day lineup, and more.

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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Joe Girardi told the media yesterday that Bryan Mitchell will be on the Opening Day roster. Mitchell has pitched better than anyone else in camp, assuaging some doubts of his ability to stick at the major league level--he certainly has the talent to fill the swingman void left by Adam Warren.

New York Times | Billy Witz: As the final week of spring training continues, it seems like both Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia have officially secured their goals. After not falling apart in their final tune-ups yesterday, Tanaka looks set to start on Opening Day and Sabathia will keep his rotation spot over Ivan Nova. Surprise, surprise.

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Remember when Girardi faced a dilemma by having to bench Jacoby Ellsbury in favor of Chris Young during the one-game playoff against southpaw Dallas Keuchel? Well, Dilemma 2: Electric Boogaloo is about to resurface with an Opening Day rematch against Keuchel, so will Ellsbury ride the bench in favor of Aaron Hicks? Someone will have to be the disappointed odd man out among Ellsbury, Hicks, Brett Gardner, and Carlos Beltran.

New York Daily News | Anthony McCarron: After being acquired in the Justin Wilson trade last December, reliever Luis Cessa has made a strong first impression in Yankees camp. He's a bit of a long shot, but he has a 40-man roster spot and could still very well make the Opening Day roster. At the very least, Cessa has put himself on the "Scranton Shuttle" short list.

YES Network | A.J. Herrmann: Now going into his 12th year with the Yankees organization, Brett Gardner appreciates his status as a homegrown regular more than ever. He's had a chance to help lead and develop the next generation of up-and-coming Yankees like Greg Bird and Luis Severino, and he told YES what he likes the most about these Baby Bombers.