Around the Empire
New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: For the second time in four games, Joe Girardi was ejected by the umpires. His latest toss came in the third running of yesterday’s win, following what should have been runner’s interference by Jean Segura. The umpires disagreed, but never explained to Girardi why they didn’t call Segura out. He then let them have it. It’s been a tense week for the Yankees skipper. I hope he isn’t holding out for clarification.
Newsday | Anthony Rieber: If they want to make the playoffs, the Yankees have to win ballgames down the stretch. Sometimes they need to have a big pitching game, sometimes they need to have a big hitting game. Other times, well, they just have to let the Mariners commit five errors in an inning. It wasn’t pretty, but it sure got the job done. With the Red Sox losing to the Orioles, this gift of runs felt like manna from heaven.
New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Masahiro Tanaka has been really good of late. How good? He owns a 3.20 ERA over his last 13 starts. That kind of production could front most rotations. Pair that with Luis Severino and Sonny Gray, and the Yankees have one formidable rotation. That’s the kind that could handle a short playoff series. It’s still too early to tell about an opt out or the ALDS, but we can start dreaming.
FanRag Sports | Robert Murray: When Derek Jeter’s crew purchased the Miami Marlins, some wondered if the Captain would poach leadership from the Yankees front office. Gary Denbo’s name came up from time to time, but what about Brian Cashman? His contract expires at the end of the season, and it’s possible Jeter and company go for broke. They have the money to lure him, but that’s no sure thing. It’s worth keeping an eye on, though.