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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/7/18

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Lance Lynn impresses in his debut as a starter; J.A. Happ deemed not contagious, will make start on Thursday; Yankees need to watch out for Athletics; Yankees now in easier phase of their schedule; Tarpon pitchers through combined no-hitter and lose the game

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You okay, Lance? You look like you’re gonna hurl.
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MLB.com | Max Gelman: Lance Lynn, folks. One of Brian Cashman’s marquee trade deadline acquisitions from the Twins came through in his debut as a starter. Even if it was against the White Sox, it’s really hard to remember when Sonny Gray had a start as good as Lynn did last night. Please keep this up, Lance!

ESPN.com | AP: We have yet to see much of the other pitcher the Yankees’ acquired. J.A. Happ made one start for the Yankees before coming down with hand, food, and mouth disease. We should be seeing him shortly though, as he has been given the clear. Happ is no longer contagious and he is expected to make his start against the Rangers on Thursday. Try not to be dead, thanks.

New York Times | Billy Witz: If you’re feeling like the Yankees chances to win the division are gone after this weekend, no one would blame you. The Red Sox lead has never been larger. On the flip side of that, the Yankees might have some competition for home field advantage in the Wild Card game. The Oakland Atheletics might be even hotter than the Red Sox right now and they are creeping up on the 1st Wild Card spot.

Newsday | Erik Boland: The good news is that the Yankees have entered what is widely considered the easiest part of their schedule. This series against the White Sox is one of eight straight serieseses they will play against teams with losing records. As we’ve seen, that doesn’t mean too much considering how they’ve played against the Orioles and Rays. Still, this is their best chance to either catch up to the Red Sox or cement their lead in the Wild Card race. Last night was a good start to that.

MLB.com | Mike Rosenbaum: The Tampa Tarpons made history last night. Yankee prospects Deivi Garcia and Christian Morris combined to throw a no-hitter. The Tarpons would up losing though, because yeah. Still, an impressive outing from Deivi, as he struck out 12 batters. Baseball is weird.

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