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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/27/18

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Severino wins MLB-leading 17th, Yanks sweep; Bombers clinch 26th straight winning season, 2nd longest streak ever; Sanchez, Didi to rejoin Yanks in about a week; ESPN: End AL ROY race now, Andujar is it; Sonny Gray says he’s one of the best starting pitchers in the league.

Luis Severino earns his MLB-leading 17th win, Yanks sweep Orioles.
Luis Severino earns his MLB-leading 17th win, Yanks sweep Orioles.
Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images | Randy Miller: Luis Severino earned his MLB-leading 17th win, permitting just two earned runs over 5.2 innings in Sunday night’s series finale in Baltimore. It was New York’s first four-game series sweep against the Orioles in Camden Yards since 2003. The Red Sox were swept in their three-game weekend set against the Rays in St. Petersburg, allowing the Yankees to close the gap in the AL East race to just five games in the all-important loss column.

CBS Sports | R.J. Anderson: The Bombers have clinched their 26th consecutive winning season, giving them the second-longest streak in MLB history. The Yankees have not suffered a losing season since 1992. They also hold the record, with 39 straight winning seasons from 1926 through 1964. | Bryan Hoch: Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius are expected to rejoin the Yanks in about a week, with Aaron Boone saying that he is “optimistic” the duo will return in time for a West Coast trip that begins on September 3rd in Oakland. Sanchez, who is recovering from an injured groin, played in a pair of rehab games in the low minors this weekend, and is slated to join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre today. Didi, who suffered a bruised heel, is scheduled to be evaluated by a team doctor today. Gregorius said the heel is feeling “way better than it’s supposed to be.”

ESPN | Coley Harvey: Harvey proclaims that, with apologies to Gleyber Torres, it’s time to end the American League Rookie of the Year race now. Miguel Andujar has proven that he’s the Baby Bomber who has earned the award. Dan Martin of the New York Post and Erik Boland of Newsday also sung the praises of Andujar. Martin reported that Andujar is the talk of the Yankees, with Aaron Hicks calling the rookie “insanely good.” Boland writes about how Andujar has become “a most impressive hitter.”

New York Daily News | Scott Chiusano: On Saturday, Sonny Gray went 6.1 scoreless innings in his first start since being demoted to bullpen. After the game, Gray said, “I’m one of the best starting pitchers in this league and I truly believe that.” Pickles also said that although he sees himself as a starter, he is prepared to do anything the team asks, including returning to the bullpen. In a related article, David Lennon of Newsday writes about how Gray pitches better on the road.

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