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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/1/18

Yankees closer to naming Wild Card Game starter; Andujar ties AL rookie doubles record; Voit’s legend grows; Yanks can thank their roster depth; Stephen Tarpley on the postseason roster?

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees still haven’t named their starter for the AL Wild Card Game which takes place in the Bronx on Wednesday night, but they’re getting closer. Boone said a meeting on the topic was held with coaches and support staff after Saturday’s game, with General Manager Brian Cashman traveling to Boston to participate in the discussion. J.A. Happ, Luis Severino, or Masahiro Tanaka will ultimately get the nod, and the Yankees beat writers have chimed in with their choices. You can read Brendan Kuty’s take here, Kristie Ackert’s here, and Joel Sherman’s here. | Bryan Hoch: Miguel Andujar put the finishing touches on a historic rookie campaign this weekend in Boston. On Saturday, he broke Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio’s franchise rookie doubles record. The next day, Miggy hit his 47th two-bagger, tying the American League record set by Fred Lynn in 1975.

New York Post | George A. King III: Luke Voit clubbed the 267th (and final) home run of the Yankees’ record-breaking season during Sunday’s regular-season finale in Boston. Voit finished his inaugural Yankees campaign with 14 home runs, 33 RBIs, and 28 runs scored in 39 games. “Cool Hand” Luke has played to a Ruthian-level since being recalled in August. Meanwhile, Erik Boland of Newsday reports that Voit is excited about the Wild Card Game.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Sherman writes that the Yankees can thank their roster depth for saving a season that could have gone horribly wrong. The club posted its 20th 100-win season in franchise history, despite enduring injuries to its starting catcher, second baseman, shortstop, right fielder, and closer, not to mention the numerous disappointing performances from guys like Sonny Gray and Greg Bird.

Newsday | Bob Herzog: Left-hander Stephen Tarpley has impressed in limited action since being called up from Triple-A. Herzog lays out the case for including Tarpley on the roster for the Wild Card Game.