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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/20/16

A-Rod and Beltran helping Castro, Swisher impressing in Scranton, the secret to instant replay success, and more.

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ESPN New York | Wallace Matthews: Nick Swisher belted a homer in Sunday's game with Triple-A Scranton and is off to a hot start down there as he tries to make his way back to the big leagues. Joe Girardi has taken note of Swisher's play, and while he didn't indicate that a promotion would be forthcoming anytime soon, he seemed quite interested in keeping tabs on him.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: One of the reasons for Starlin Castro's good first impression is superior nutrition. During spring training, he approached Carlos Beltran and Alex Rodriguez about tips to keep in shape, and they were happy to oblige. A better diet will help Castro not only in 2016 but also a decade down the line when similarly aged players might have worn down.

New York Times | Billy Witz: Brett Weber was once a no-name 14th round pick by the Yankees, but even though he never made it to the pros, he has certainly made a difference. This is because Weber is the man behind the Yankees' instant replay strategy. He's the primary reason why the Yankees have a league-best 77.6% success rate with their challenges.

Wall Street Journal | Jared Diamond: Here's a #HotTake: Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller are really, really good. The back of the bullpen has been nearly untouchable so far, and it will only get scarier once Aroldis Chapman joins the team in May.

FOX Sports | Robert Dominguez & David Hinckley: The two authors have a new book coming out on some of the crazier stories in Yankees history, and this excerpt offers a good sample of what's to come. Warning: May contain bird flippage from Jack McDowell!