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Yanks release Ellsbury, DFA Bird among moves

The Yankees released outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and designated first baseman Greg Bird for assignment among a series of roster moves before Wednesday’s deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft.

Left-hander Nestor Cortes Jr. was also designated for assignment, while outfielder Estevan Florial and right-handers Deivi García, Luis Gil, Brooks Kriske, Luis Medina, Nick Nelson and Miguel Yajure were added to the 40-man roster.

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