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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/5/16

Severino will start on Tuesday in Fenway Park; Gary Sanchez is expected to catch tonight; a look at several prospects that could be up soon; learn about the Yankees’ new outfield prospect Clint Frazier; Yankee fans are fine with losing in order to rebuild; young right-hander Rony Garcia impresses in his first start in the Gulf Coast League

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LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: On Wednesday evening, Luis Severino took over for Chad Green and pitched his best game of 2016. Yesterday, Chad Green was optioned back to Triple-A to continue to get work as a starter. The assumption was that Severino would get Green’s spot in the rotation next Tuesday. Joe Girardi confirmed it yesterday before the game. Here’s hoping that he can build on his excellence performance against the Red Sox at the Revered Hall of Doubles.

New York Post | Dan Martin: While the Yankees did not beat the Mets yesterday, Gary Sanchez had himself a good night. The young Yankees catcher would have two hits on the evening, one of which was a double for his first major league extra base hit. While Sanchez has been the DH these past two games due to a sore thumb, Girardi said that he plans to start him behind the plate to catch Michael Pineda tonight. Good luck with that, Kraken!

LoHud Yankees Blog | Chad Jennings: The youth movement seems to be underway in the Bronx. Gary Sanchez is now on the major league roster and Brian Cashman has mentioned that more should be on the way up sooner rather than later. Aaron Judge’s name has been mentioned and first baseman Tyler Austin has been making waves as well. In addition to those two, here is a list of some other prospects who are up or could be up soon, as well as the players currently in their way.

New York Daily News | Evan Grossman: Clint Frazier is the Yankees’ newest and potentially best outfield prospect. Coming over from the Cleveland Indians in the Andrew Miller trade, Frazier’s tools have been compared to Mike Trout. That might be a stretch, but there’s nothing wrong with hoping he is. In any case, he’s sporting a new haircut and he’s tweeting at an instagram model. The Yankees will probably restrict his social media activities a bit, but they are hopeful he can be a force to be reckoned with on the field. Read more about his history here.

Wall St. Journal | Jared Diamond: Mediocrity is worse than losing. That seems to be the consensus with the Yankees fanbase lately. This is why many fans are very happy with what the Yankees did during the trade deadline. The Yankees are going with youth and fans says they are willing to pay to watch it, even if they’re bad for a while. I really hope so.

Baseball America | Josh Norris: The Yankees had their two Gulf Coast League teams face off against each other on Wednesday. A young right-handed pitcher named Rony Garcia, making his first start in the United States since coming over from the Dominican Summer League, was the highlight of the game. In the DSL, Garcia pitched to an 1.88 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 43 innings. On Wednesday, he struck out five and only allowed three hits with an impressive array of pitches. Keep an eye out for this one.

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