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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/13/17

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ALCS rotation set; Both teams match up evenly; Beltran mentored Gregorius; Yankees didn’t have to rebuild; Breaking down Gardner’s at-bat

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CBS Sports | Matt Snyder: The Yankees announced their ALCS rotation and in a bit of a surprise, it’s Masahiro Tanaka that’ll get the ball first. He’ll be followed by Luis Severino, CC Sabathia, and Sonny Gray in order. It’s a bit odd seeing Gray slated for Game Four because he’ll be on 11 days rest at that point, but I think Girardi’s riding the hot hand and it just might work.

New York Post | Dan Martin: The ALCS is set to start tonight and features two powerhouse teams going at it. On the one hand are the Astros and they’ll be challenged by the Yankees. On the field both teams match up pretty evenly, with certain advantages going one way or the other. Joe Girardi could end up being the Yankees biggest advantage.

Newsday | Mark Herrmann: When the Yankees meet the Astros in the ALCS, they’ll see some familiar faces. It wasn’t that long ago that Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran were in pinstripes trying to help the Yankees win. Back when Beltran was with the Yankees, he tried helping a lot of the younger Yankees, and one in particular that he’d help was Game 5 hero Didi Gregorius.

SB Nation | Grant Brisbee: Almost everyone who wasn’t a Yankee fan was looking forward to the time when the Yankees would have to rebuild. After years of dominance at the top, the Yankees began being mediocre in 2013. Yet they never really rebuilt. Not the way other teams do. All of a sudden, they’re back and they’re actually good again. And they did it in the least Yankee way possible.

FanGraphs | Jeff Sullivan: In the ninth inning of Game Five, Brett Gardner had one of the most intense postseason at-bats in recent memory. It lasted 12 pitches, each one as intense as the last until Gardner finally broke through and delivered a two-run single that gave the Yankees some breathing room. This breaks down the entire at-bat pitch by pitch.