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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/20/17

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Severino will start tonight; Yanks will be feared in playoffs; Judge heating up; Didi started youth movement; Return of Ellsgard

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New York Daily News | Peter Botte: Remember a couple days ago when the Yankees tinkered with their rotation so Luis Severino could avoid facing the Twins and be lined up for the Wild Card game? Well that’s not a thing anymore. Severino will now start tonight on regular rest, which lines him up for one more start next week and to potentially start the final game of the regular season if the division is still in play.

Fangraphs | Travis Sawchik: The Yankees may not have the best record in baseball, or even their division, but they are likely one of the most feared teams in the league. They won’t be anyone’s top choice as a playoff opponent and for good reason. The baseball team in Cleveland holds the #1 run-differential in baseball, and going into last night’s game, the Yankees had the #2 spot. They’ve been unlucky and underperforming, but this team can hit and has a solid potential postseason rotation.

USA Today | Bob Klapisch: Aaron Judge finally looks like Aaron Judge again. While he’s still not exactly first-half Judge, he’s been heating up the last 10 days or so and seems to have found his power stroke again. He’s now up to 44 home runs after hitting five in the last nine days. He seems to be coming around just in time for the playoffs, which is great news for the Yankees and bad news for the rest of MLB.

New York Times | Tyler Kepner: The youth revolution for the Yankees really starting coming to last year after Brian Cashman made a series of trade deadline moves. Though the organization made it their goal to get younger before that. The movement first started when the Yankees acquired Didi Gregorius, who was 24 at the time. He’s really been at the heart of the Yankees’ turnaround and revival.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Remember 2015 when Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury were at the top of the Yankee lineup and wreaking havoc as Ellsgard (or Gardsbury I guess. Definitely not Ellsner, whatever that is)? Well that didn’t last long. However, Ellsgard seems to be at it again finally. The two speedsters are getting on base and creating trouble for opposing pitchers on the bases. They’re finally doing what the Yankees envisioned.