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

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James Paxton pitched a heck of a game to keep the Yankees alive; A-Rod thinks lineup changes leading to cold bats; CC Sabathia talks shoulder injury; Aaron Boone held a team meeting.

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USA Today | Bob Nightengale: The Yankees managed to stay alive for another game. Interestingly, it was the first time in Yankee history that they homered two or more times in the first inning of a playoff game. They pulled that off against Justin Verlander, of all people. On the other side, James Paxton was fantastic. Now they just have to win two more games.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: CC Sabathia suffered a shoulder separation during Game Four, and then threw four more pitches. The veteran southpaw left the mound crying, but said that his emotions stemmed more from the reaction of the stadium than from the pain. It was a heck of a way to go out.

New York Post | Mark Fischer: According to Alex Rodriguez, the many changing Yankees lineups are to blame for the cold bats during this series. The former Yankee particularly referenced Gleyber Torres’ spot in the lineup on Thursday, saying he “looked lost” and would have been upset if he saw a different lineup every day.

New York Post: Ken Davidoff: Aaron Boone is typically calm and collected, except when he has argued balls and strikes with the umps this season. He did reveal that he held a team meeting following Thursday’s game though. Whatever he said seems to have worked!