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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/9/16

The Yankees as the so-called "pinnacle" of baseball, how Starlin Castro rediscovered his stroke, and more.

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FanGraphs | Jeff Sullivan: Starlin Castro made some second-half adjustments with the Cubs last year to cut down on his weak contact, and the changes he made have helped him get off to his scalding start in 2016.

ESPN | Mark Simon: Castro broke a Yankees record by recording seven RBI over his first two games with the team. 2001 backup catcher Todd Greene originally held the mark with six. Even though it's not really that remarkable, it was a nice opportunity for Simon to talk with Greene about his exciting beginning, and later on, his opportunity to catch George W. Bush's memorable World Series first pitch.

Hardball Talk | Craig Calcaterra: After his game-winning homer the other day, Mark Teixeira talked about how playing for the Yankees is the "pinnacle of Major League Baseball," but while that is fairly accepted at this point, Calcaterra wrote about how for many years until the '90s dynasty, that wasn't the case.

New York Times | Billy Witz: In his dominant effort over the Yankees on Friday afternoon, Jordan Zimmermann demonstrated a perfect example of what the Yankees lack in their rotation.

MLB.com Cut4 | Jordan Shusterman: 2015 draft pick Icezack Flemming is an easy pick to land on the top 100 names in Minor League Baseball. Icezack, Icezack, baby.