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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/11/17

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Judge hits 40th & 41st, joins McGwire; Holliday contributing since returning; Austin making September his own; Fans should take public transportation to Citi Field this week

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New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Aaron Judge did Aaron Judge things again. In yesterday’s win against the Rangers, Judge hit his 40th and 41st home runs of the season. In doing so, he joined Mark McGwire as the only two rookies to hit 40 or more home runs in a season. McGwire has the record with 49, but Judge is within striking distance. Judge also broke the rookie record for walks in a season with his 107th. | Sam Butler: Matt Holliday’s absence from the lineup was noticed considerably as the Yankees’ offense limped into September. Whether he’s started or come off the bench, having him back has been invaluable for the team. Finding consistent playing time has been difficult, but he’s welcomed the challenge. Additionally, Joe Girardi said the club expects Clint Frazier to return sometime “this week.”

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Tyler Austin has been making a name for himself in the month of September. Though he’s played sporadically, Austin has stayed ready and delivered when called upon. In 22 career September/October games, Austin has a .306/.382/.612 slash line. His goal next year will be to stay healthy and show he can help throughout the season. For now, he’s just hoping he can continue contributing.

New York Post | Greg Joyce: Because of Hurricane Irma, this week’s series against the Rays has been moved to Citi Field. Citi Field and the Mets are also hosting the Meadows Music & Arts Festival in their parking lots next weekend and will be setting up for it during the week, which will make parking spots hard to come by for those that are trying to drive in. The Mets are encouraging fans to take public transportation, like the 7 train, to the games. The first game of the series is tonight at 7pm.

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