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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/21/18

Luke Voit helps break Yankee HR record; cracks in foundation showing for Red Sox; Luis Severino might be the Wild Card starter again; Luke Voit: cult hero

Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Sporting News | Thomas Lott: With his homer in the second inning last night, Luke Voit made the Yankees the first team in MLB history to have 12 players with double-digit home runs in a season. The homer was also the Yankees’ 246th of the season, which is a franchise record.

NY Times | David Waldstein: The Yankees served the Red Sox their 49th loss of the season on Wednesday night, meaning the 2018 Red Sox can’t win more games than the 1998 Yankees. Waldstein spoke with someone who knows a little bit about great teams, Jeff Nelson. The mustachioed reliever was part of two of the greatest regular season teams of all time — the ‘98 Yankees and ‘01 Mariners. Nelson spoke extensively about the pressure to win in the playoffs after a great regular season, and Waldstein tied Nelson’s quotes to Boston’s shaky play in New York this week.

NY Daily News | Kristie Ackert: The Luis Severino we saw during the first half of the 2018 season was out on Wednesday night. Sevy was getting swings-and-misses on all of his pitches and gave the Yankees his best. One has to think that Severino is still very much an option for the Wild Card game, but the “who should be the Wild Card starter” question seemingly has a new answer every time the rotation turns over.

NY Post | Kevin Kernan: The Wally Pipp-ing of Greg Bird continues. As a huge Bird fan, part of me is sad to see how quickly he’s fallen out of favor in New York. But as a bigger Yankee fan, I absolutely love what Voit has been able to do in his limited time in the Bronx. Who knows what lies ahead in 2019 for Voit, but he’s been a revelation this season.