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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/6/18

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Aaron Judge still experiencing pain; Aaron Boone cites his own consistency as key; Happ to undergo tests Monday; Chance Adams to get another start? Luis Severino fatigued? Gleyber Torres lost his golden touch? Why Boston’s offense has risen past New York’s; NESN declares Yankees dead and buried.

Aaron Judge is still experiencing pain in his broken wrist, casting doubt on the original three-week timetable for his return.
Aaron Judge is still experiencing pain in his broken wrist, casting doubt on the original three-week timetable for his return.
Photo by Elsa/Getty Images | Brendan Kuty: Aaron Judge is still experiencing pain in his broken wrist. Kuty reports that the original three-week time frame for Judge’s return may have been too optimistic. | Brian MacPherson: MacPherson reports on manager Aaron Boone’s comments before Sunday night’s series final against the Red Sox. Boone cited his own consistency as being key, and said that a team meeting isn’t necessary.

”I hope they look at me as emotionally stable -- and understand that I’m going to be consistent and, in a lot of ways, the same guy every single day,” Boone said. “I don’t want them ever to look at me and have anxiety come to them through me. It’s really important that I’m consistent -- consistent with who I am, consistent with how I treat them, consistent with how I talk to them.”

MacPherson also reports that J.A. Happ will undergo tests on Monday to find out if he’s free of the highly contagious hand, foot and mouth virus that has him sidelined. In a notable non-move, Chance Adams was not optioned to Triple-A after making his major-league debut Saturday, lining him up to remain in the rotation should Happ not be ready to return for his scheduled start on Thursday.

Newsday | Anthony Rieber: Rieber reminds us that regardless of the outcome of the AL East race, there remains a high probability that the Yankees will face the Red Sox in the Division Series. He outlines how the Yankees braintrust needs to work out the kinks if they want to beat their rivals in October. Rieber also questions whether Luis Severino might be struggling because of fatigue.

NESN | Joshua Schrock: Schrock seems to think the Yankees are dead and buried. “New York has looked lifeless on the mound, in the batter’s box and in the dugout while the Red Sox have set them six feet under and started to dump dirt on their semi-lifeless corpse,” he writes. Kristie Ackert, Yankees beat writer for the New York Daily News, declares that “it’s time for Yankees to face the inevitability of a Wild-Card game.”

New York Post | Dan Martin: Martin discusses the issues Gleyber Torres has had since returning from the disabled list, and questions whether the Yankees’ rookie second baseman has lost his “golden touch.” Fellow Post writer Ken Davidoff breaks down why Boston’s offense has risen past New York’s, and Joel Sherman talks about the Bombers’ missing pieces. In a possibly related Post piece, authorities report that nursing home escapees were found at a heavy metal festival. Bang your head... go Yanks!