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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/10/19

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Aaron Boone shows growth in year two; Cashman needed some convincing to sign LeMahieu; don’t expect many more one batter outings for Ottavino; Yankees benefit from others ALDS going the distance.

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New York Post | Mike Vaccaro: Getting more experience is a good thing for a player, and as we’ve seen so far in the playoffs, it is for a manager too. Aaron Boone went into last year’s playoffs as a first year manager, who had spent the previous seasons in the broadcasting booth instead of a coaching staff. Last year, he was slow to react to things, especially pitching changes, and in year two he seems to be getting better at those as he gets more experience.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: DJ LeMahieu has been excellent for the Yankees, but not everyone saw that coming into the season. One of the people who was a bit skeptical was Brian Cashman himself. It took conversations with trusted people from in and outside of the organization before Cashman was completely convinced to bring in LeMahieu.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Adam Ottavino was used in a bit of a weird fashion in games one and three against the Twins. In both of those games, he came in to face Nelson Cruz and was removed after walking him both times. Don’t expect his outings to be that short in the ALCS and beyond. Part of the reason he was removed so quickly in that games was matchups more than some sort of distrust in him.

MLB.com | Daniel Kramer: While whoever comes out of it is going to be a tough out, the Yankees benefit from the Astros-Rays series going the distance. For one, it will have either team’s starting rotation out of order from what they would like. Also, a Rays win would give the Yankees home-field advantage in the ALCS.