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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/27/16

Girardi would like to see defensive shifts banned; A-Rod could be ready to return to tonight's lineup; Yankees acquired Phil Coke in exchange for cash.

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ESPN New York | Andrew Marchand: Manager Joe Girardi thinks that the shift should be considered an illegal defense, and if he had his way it would be banned. | Randy Miller: The Yankees can't wait for Aroldis Chapman to join the team. Even though he's still serving his suspension in Tampa, he's been exchanging emails and texts with his Yankee teammates.

Newsday | Erik Boland: Alex Rodriguez has sat out the past few days with an oblique injury, but he may be ready to return to the lineup as soon as tonight. He took 25 swings off a tee Monday night, went through a similar workout Tuesday, and has reported feeling a bit better each day.

New York Post | Dan Martin: The Yankees seem to be putting together a 2009 team reunion. After signing Nick Swisher to a minor league deal a few weeks ago, they have now acquired Phil Coke from the Lancaster Barnstormers in exchange for cash. Coke will report to Scranton this week.