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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/28/18

CC loses out on bonus; Severino probably a no-go for Wild Card start; Stanton starts heating up again; Chris Sale’s injury helps the Yankees

MLB: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Randy Miller: CC Sabathia had himself quite a day yesterday. The veteran left-hander threw five innings of one-hit ball before getting ejected for hitting Jesus Sucre with a 92 mph fastball. Sabathia had some choice words for the Tampa bench after his ejection. He also fell two innings short of 150 innings on the season, meaning he likely missed out on a $500,000 bonus for the season. Sabathia’s made over 250 million in his career, so he’ll probably be okay.

Newsday | Erik Boland: The Yankees still haven’t named a Wild Card starter, but their weekend rotation seems to hint at a possible starter. Luis Severino will start the regular season finale on Sunday, so that probably means he won’t start the Wild Card game next Thursday. J.A. Happ, who pitches tonight, would be available on regular rest for the Wild Card game, and Masahiro Tanaka would be available on extra rest.

NY Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Giancarlo Stanton hit two homers in yesterday’s game and that’s a great thing. Stanton is a notoriously a streaky hitter, and he’s struggled to the tune of a .548 OPS during the month of September. Hopefully, the two homers on Thursday are a sign of better numbers moving into the playoffs.

NY Post | Mark W. Sanchez: It’s no guarantee the Yankees will get passed the Oakland Athletics in the Wild Card Game. If they do, the Red Sox await them in the ALDS, and that might be a good thing. Chris Sale has struggled with a lingering shoulder injury the second half of the season and was sitting at about 90 mph with his fastball on Thursday. The Yankees upset the Indians last season by getting to Corey Kluber, and they could be primed to do the same thing to the Red Sox this year. They just need to beat the A’s first.