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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/30/16

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A-Rod's monster blast offers encouragement, breaking down Betances vs. Ortiz, Ellsbury's catcher interference quirk, and more.

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New York Daily News | Mark Feinsand: There weren't too many encouraging signs last night from the Yankees, but Alex Rodriguez's mammoth blast off a Fenway Park light tower was very good after his three-hit game in Texas. The days off from his minor oblique injury seem to have him feeling better at bat. Hopefully he can help get the rest of the offense clicking soon.

ESPN New York | Wallace Matthews: Dellin Betances and Joe Girardi spoke about Betances' approach to David Ortiz last night in the most important at bat of the game. Previously, Betances had dominated Ortiz with four strikeouts in seven at bats, but it just didn't work out this time.

BP Bronx | Stephen Shaw: PITCH f/x data offers some terrific insight into Masahiro Tanaka's varying pitch selection. The righthander is a master of a number of different offerings, making him a nightmare for opposing hitters, even when his velocity is lower. These skills were certainly on display last night in his excellent outing.

Wall Street Journal | Jared Diamond: Jacoby Ellsbury has always had a weird knack for reaching on catcher's interference far more than any other players in baseball due to the arc of his backswing. He has reached 17 times in his career and three this year, prompting opposing teams to recommend their catchers back up a little bit when Ellsbury is at bat. It's an odd quirk, but it's effective.

Mark Shreve & C.J. Wittman | 2080 Ball: Double-A Trenton starter Dietrich Enns has been lighting up the Eastern League with 23 2/3 scoreless innings to start the 2016 campaign. It's never good to simply scout the stat line, and Shreve offers a glimpse at his own scouting report on what Enns has done to make it work--the key is deception. Wittman also offered similar profiles on Trenton's Ronald Herrera (acquired in the Jose Pirela trade) and in a separate short post, reliever Cale Coshow.