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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 7/30/19

Pressure on as the deadline nears; Yankees having difficulty in pitching market; injury updates; Bob Costas to join YES booth for a game.

American League Wild Card Game: Oakland Athletics v. New York Yankees

Sports Illustrated | Tom Verducci: With the August waiver trades option gone for this year, the officially official trade deadline is coming up on Wednesday. The Yankees are the teams with arguably the most pressure on them, seemingly in need of a starting pitcher. Every starting pitcher in the organization has at least one thing going against them, so the Yankees need to do something.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: In the face of that pressure, there’s some thought that the Yankees might not end up going for a starter at all, and may instead look to beef up their bullpen. Regardless, there are starters out there on the market, but the Yankees might not go for them for various reasons.

New York Post | George A. King III: There’s some stuff about Aaron Judge you can read if you want, but the big takeaway in this article is the injury updates. For one, DJ LeMahieu seems like he’ll be ready to go when the Yankees take on the Diamondbacks. There were also updates on Dellin Betances and Luis Severino. The Yankee pitchers are expected to start throwing off a mound within a couple weeks.

New York Post | Andrew Marchand: In broadcasting news, Michael Kay is nearing a return to the YES booth, but in the meantime the network is getting an assist from a notable name. Bob Costas will do play-by-play in one of the game in the Yankees’ doubleheader against the Red Sox on Saturday.