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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/24/16

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Betances' impressive strikeout rate; Offense not letting Miller and Betances do their job; Tanaka quietly dominating; Jeter might be faking a hole-in-one and more

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Yahoo Sports | Mark Townsend: Even after striking out 266 batters over 174 innings in his first two full seasons as a relief ace, Dellin Betances is shocking the baseball world by striking out batters at a historic pace. The major league record for strikeouts in a single game with 20 and Betances has 22 in his nine innings pitched. His strikeout number is more than those of starting pitchers such as Stephen Strasburg and Matt Harvey and just one less than the likes of Max Scherzer and Jon Lester.

ESPN New York | Wallace Matthews: Ever since Masahiro Tanaka returned from rehabbing his partially torn UCL he hasn't quite been the pitcher who was dominating the league before the injury. However, even though he's not throwing quite as hard as he used to, he's quietly becoming the dominating pitcher he was before by learning to control and command pitches other than his four-seam fastball.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Betances and Andrew Miller could very well be the Steph Curry and Klay Thompson of baseball, but if the offense doesn't do their job and get them leads, the Yankees' "DnA" will not be able to do their jobs. "When you use Miller and Betances, you have to win that game." - Brian McCann.

Yahoo Sports | Mark Townsend: It's no secret that Derek Jeter has been enjoying the retirement life and one of the hobbies he enjoys now that he doesn't have to deal with the grind of a baseball season is golf. On Friday, Jeter's sister Sharlee posted an Instagram video of Jeter supposedly making a hole-in-one. But there are those who are wondering if this was staged or if he actually made. Either way this is for charity so it doesn't matter, but after years of seeing Jeter dominate, is it hard to imagine him being good at this too?

New York Times | Tyler Kepner: After hearing complaints from everyone about the team getting tired down the stretch last year, Joe Girardi is doing what he can to make sure that doesn't happen again. His current plan is an unofficial platoon which makes sure Aaron Hicks play against lefties and rotating days off between Gardner and Ellsbury (both of whom say they understand and accept the plan). It's about finding a balance in prioritizing winning now and (hopefully) winning in October.