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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/4/16

Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

New York Post | George King III: Jacoby Ellsbury still hasn't made it into a spring training game, prompting questions about whether or not he is healthy. The Yankee center fielder says the plan all along was for him to start the fourth game of spring, and his goal is to be able to still be healthy at the end of the season.

CBS New York | Sweeny Murti: The Yankees' Vice President of Player Development, Gary Denbo, talks about why he started the annual Captain's Camp, looking for the next Core Four, and changes he has implemented since taking over last year.

New York Times | Billy Witz: Alex Rodriguez homering on his first swing in spring training was likely a relief to all. The success of Rodriguez is important to the success of the team, especially with so many of his teammates coming in with lingering questions. | Brendan Kuty: Jorge Mateo got his first big league spring training off to a great start with an impressive first game against the Tigers on Wednesday. His speed has already gotten the attention of manager Joe Girardi, and really anyone else who saw the way he ran the bases on his way to a triple in the ninth inning.

New York Daily News | Mark Feinsand: Ivan Nova is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2015 season, and he got off on the right foot with a strong performance in his first start of spring training on Thursday. He maintains that he isn't worried about proving himself, and says he feels better than he did at any point a year ago on his way back from Tommy John surgery.