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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 3/7/16

Judge has reworked his swing; Yankees look to Mitchell to replace Warren; Tanaka pitched well in spring debut; Girardi hopes Ellsbury stays healthy; Top Yankee prospects have made huge strides

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports | Brendan Kuty: After struggling against a heavy dose of breaking pitches in Triple-A last year, Aaron Judge spent the offseason reworking his swing to improve his timing and pitch recognition.

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: The most obvious candidate to replace Adam Warren's production is Bryan Mitchell, though he will have to show he can succeed in the majors to earn a spot in the bullpen.

ESPN New York | Wallace Matthews: Masahiro Tanaka performed well in his first spring start, as he did not allow a run in two innings of work. He was also helped greatly by a nice play by Rob Refsnyder at third (!) to start a double play.

New York Post | George A. King III: Joe Girardi worried about Jacoby Ellsbury following his triple this past Saturday, as Ellsbury had not run in a game before that. Ellsbury is notoriously brittle, and Girardi hopes that he can stay healthy this year and be the leadoff man he was prior to his injury in 2015.

CBS New York | Sweeny Murti: Part II of Murti's interview with Yankees VP of Player Development, Gary Denbo. Denbo discusses the progress of the top Yankee prospects, including Sanchez, Judge, and Kaprielian.