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Severino removed early due to injury concern; Gary blames himself for ending of Game 2; “game of inches” playing to Astros favor; Girardi might decide that he doesn’t want to manage next year; Jeffrey Maier hears about another Maier-esque kid in right field in Minute Maid Park

MLB: ALCS-New York Yankees at Houston Astros
Okay, but hear me out. Perhaps score more runs?
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Around the Empire | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees had a bit of a scare in yesterday’s game as Luis Severino was removed in the wait hang on a second...

HOUSTON -- Luis Severino's pleas to remain in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World fell upon deaf ears after the Yankees spotted the right-hander attempting to rotate his pitching shoulder during the fourth inning of his start against the Astros on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

Sorry, I just kinda think it’s funny that Hoch had to write out the sponsorship in the first paragraph. Anyway, so Severino had to leave the game after the 4th inning due to concern over injury to his wrist or shoulder. Girardi took no chances with his young ace and removed him quickly. Severino will be evaluated when he gets back to NYC, but for now it seems like he’s okay. To say that is good would be an understatement. | Bryan Hoch: The ending of yesterday’s game was kind of soul-suckin...wait is the sponsorship in the first paragraph again. Hahaha, I don’t know why I find this so funny. Moving on, that walk-off sucked. Sir Didi Gregorius blames himself for short-hopping that throw to home plate. Gary Sanchez blames himself for dropping the ball. Aroldis Chapman blames himself for not having his best stuff. Nothing much to do but come back strong in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World or ALCSPBCW!

Newsday | David Lennon: The Yankees lost game one 2-1. The Yankees lost game two 2-1. It has been a game of inches in the truest sense. These games have come down to a couple incredible throws, a short porch dinger, a baseball wedged into a wall, and one not-so-great play at the plate. The bottom line is that the Astros are playing near-perfect baseball and the Yankees are, for the most part, not.

Oh yeah, there’s also the fact that Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa are pretty much beating us single handed.

FanRag | Jon Heyman: Fire Girardi. Hire Girardi. It’s been that kind of postseason. Joe Girardi’s contract is up this year. Whether or not he’ll be back is up to both the Steinbrenners and Girardi. There is the chance that Girardi might not want to return to manager’s role next year in the first place. His teammates seem to be behind him, and Hal Steinbrenner is a fan. Girardi will probably talk to his family then come to a decision. If he called me and asked my thoughts on the matter, I’d tell him to stay. That’s me though.

The New York Times | Tyler Kepner: Okay okay, let’s get to the elephant in the room. Carlos Correa hit a home run to right field. It was a somewhat controversial home run due to what looked like a kid what a glove knocking the ball into the stands. Did he reach over the wall to knock the ball into the stands? Would the ball have been a home run regardless? Either way, it was very reminiscent of the infamous Jeffrey Maier catch of 1996 against the Baltimore Orioles. Maier is older now. Aren’t we all though.