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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/14/17

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Dallas Keuchel out pitches Masahiro Tanaka as Astros take Game 1; Altuve would vote Judge for MVP; Girardi never considered moving Judge down in the lineup; a look at Sir Didi Gregorius’ home run power; A-Rod talks with Joe Buck about PED use

MLB: ALCS-New York Yankees at Houston Astros
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Around the Empire | Bryan Hoch: Dallas Keuchel was Dallas Keuchel last night. Masahiro Tanaka was also Masahiro Tanaka last night. Sadly, Keuchel’s Keuchelness slightly out pitched Tanaka and the Astros took Game 1 against our beloved Yankees. Curses. | Brian McTaggart: One of the best things about the Yankees facing the Astros in the ALCS is that we will get more Jose Altuve standing next to Aaron Judge photos. It’s even better because both players are the front runners for the AL MVP award. Jose Altuve said that he would vote for Judge to be the MVP. Altuve is a fan of the long ball. Judge is a big fan of Altuve as well. The two talked a bit when they met at the All-Star Game. Hopefully we will eventually get them to star in a buddy-cop show in the future. For now, go Judge go! | Bryan Hoch: Joe Girardi was asked if he considered moving Judge down in the order. He did not. Moving on.

Fangraphs | Jeff Sullivan: Whenever it is my turn to do the link dump over fellow dumper Kunj Shah, I’m always hoping that Sullivan has something about the Yankees that I can link everyone to. I was fortunate to see such an article, a fantastic post about Sir Didi Gregorius, pop-up on my Twitter feed. This article talks about Sir Didi hitting Greglorious dingers. You should read it.

New York Daily News | Christian Red: Alex Rodriguez, Fox Sports Broadcaster, Shark Tanker, and adviser to Hal Steinbrenner, sat down and talked with fellow Fox Sports employee Joe Buck. The topic of conversation was his incredible career, his success with A-Rod Corp, and who am I kidding here. It was about his PED usage. A-Rod discusses his mistakes and how hard it was to explain to his daughters what he did.

Also, a quick shout out to Brett Borzelli and his recap winning streak. We rode that train as long as possible because we’re totally superstitious like that.