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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/13/19

Yankees 2020 schedule released; digging into Urshela’s power stroke; Voit on the mend; meet Brady Lail and Joe Mantiply.

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SNY | Nick Wojton: The Yankees’ 2020 schedule came out yesterday, and there are definitely a few hot tickets on the docket. The team will open its season in Baltimore on March 26, which is the earliest start to any Yankees season. The Yankees’ home opener comes a week later against the Blue Jays. The home schedule is highlighted by rare visits from the Cubs, Reds and Pirates. However, the top game worth watching will come in August, when the Yankees take on the White Sox in the “Field of Dreams” game. | Brandon Kuty: Gio Urshela has been red-hot lately, but his mammoth home run on Monday even had his manager in awe. Aaron Boone raved about Urshela’s home run, but said he wasn’t surprised at his third baseman’s power. Urshela, however, admitted that the distance of his home run even surprised him. He also dove into the mechanical changes that have enabled his power push.

New York Post | Mollie Walker: Good news on Luke Voit: the Yankees’ first baseman says he feels “pretty much back to normal” in his rehab from a sports hernia. Voit has been sprinting regularly with no issues, which he called the biggest step in his recovery. Voit also admitted that he could have used more time off before attempting to return earlier this month, but said that he has learned from his mistake this time around. | Randy Miller: Joe Mantiply and Brady Lail made their Yankees debuts last night, and it was a long time coming for each of them. Mantiply was with the Yankees in 2017, but didn’t make it out of Triple-A. Meanwhile, Lail has been up and down the minor league system for eight years, but has finally made it to the big leagues. There’s some good quotes about each of them here, particularly from Lail, who has more than paid his minor league dues.