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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/8/16

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Post | Des Bieler: Thanks to John Oliver's initiative to put fans who "have never sat in a premium location" front and center for the Yankees' opening series, the team acknowledged the situation on the video board during Thursday's game. Whether they truly mean that all are welcome or not is another matter.

LoHud | Vincent Mercogliano: Mark Teixeira, a free agent following the 2016 season, says he intends to play another five or six seasons. The Yankee first baseman would like those seasons to come in New York. Will the team move on once his contract expires, or keep him around longer to ease into the next era of Yankee first basemen? | Ryan Hatch: Ivan Nova called his relief appearance against the Astros weird, and said that the strangest part for him was the jog from the bullpen to the mound. Nova found that the preparation to pitch wasn't much different than he was used to for a start, but it still sounds like this may not be his first choice of career path.

New York Post | Kevin Kernan: The struggles of Yankees starters in the first series of the season have put a strain on the team's strong bullpen. The relievers have come through as one would expect them to, but the team is going to need to lean on the starters to give them more than they have in the first three games.

New York Daily News | Justin Tasch: Luis Severino hasn't been in the majors very long, but he already has people talking about his ace potential. That's certainly what the Yankees hope he can be in their rotation for years to come.