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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/8/18

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Baseball world reacts to Judge’s trolling BoSox; Yankee Stadium a huge home-field advantage for Bombers; Boston tweaks starting rotation; Severino denies report that he was injured in second half of 2018; Hicks trying to make it back.

Bernie Williams throws out the first pitch prior to the American League Wild Card Game between the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on October 03, 2018.
Bernie Williams throws out the first pitch prior to the American League Wild Card Game between the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on October 03, 2018.
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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: By now, you’ve heard about Aaron Judge trolling the Red Sox after the Yankees’ Game Two victory at Fenway Park. On the way to the Yankees’ team bus, All Rise walked past Boston’s clubhouse with Frank Sinatra’s theme from New York, New York blaring from his boombox. The internet and traditional media blew up with reactions all day on Sunday. Brendan Kuty of NJ.com has responses from both Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone and Red Sox skipper Alex Cora. Steven Marcus of Newsday and Dan Martin of the New York Post also chimed in.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: The Red Sox played all year to gain home-field advantage for the playoffs, racking up 108 wins in the process. But New York took it away from them with Saturday’s Game Two victory. Aaron Judge explains why playing in Yankee Stadium is a ‘huge’ advantage versus Boston in the ALDS. Erik Boland and Mark Feinsand also offered their takes on the topic.

New York Post | Mike Puma: Red Sox manager Alex Cora has shuffled his ALDS rotation. Former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi, originally slated to pitch Game Four, has been moved up and will start tonight.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Luis Severino has denied a report that he was injured during the second half of 2018. The right-hander also states he is ready to follow up his outstanding performance in the Wild Card Game when he starts against the Red Sox tonight.

New York Post | George A. King III: Aaron Hicks is ‘peeing like crazy’ to make it back to the Yankees. King reports that the Bombers’ center fielder is hydrating like mad to get back into the starting lineup and help his club finish off Boston in the Division Series.