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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/2/19

Zack Britton makes a bold prediction; CC Sabathia getting checked out; Latest on Clint Frazier; Mashario Tanaka’s new grip; Red Sox concede defeat?

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SNY | Scott Thompson: Although fans wanted the Yankees to make a trade deadline move or two, the Yankees did nothing. The front office thinks that the team is equipped to contend as is, and so do the players. Zack Britton said this is the best Yankees team of his career and the best in the bigs right now, while Austin Romine said they have “all the confidence in the world.” Only time will tell if the Yankees’ confidence will pay off.

New York Post | George King: CC Sabathia has had a rough final year, health-wise. He started the year on the IL following heart surgery and has had two subsequent stints on the shelf with knee injuries. Now, he’s getting his pitching shoulder checked out while on the IL, but don’t panic – Aaron Boone said all is good with the big guy. | Randy Miller: The Yankees somewhat surprisingly hung onto Clint Frazier at this year’s trade deadline, but that doesn’t mean that he wasn’t trade bait. The Yankees reportedly offered him up for Robbie Ray, but the D-Backs wanted much more in return. Now that Frazier is still here though, it only makes sense to call him up.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Masahiro Tanaka is willing to try anything to get back command of his trademark splitter, even if that means doing something completely different. Tanaka revealed that he’s experimented with a new grip on the splitter for the first time in his career. He hasn’t felt comfortable with the pitch all year, but after a particularly rough patch recently, he’s mixed things up in hopes of rediscovering success with his best pitch.

WEEI | Nick Friar: Finally, we don’t usually include Red Sox news in here, but this is too good to pass up. Boston GM Dave Dombrowski said that one of the reasons they didn’t make any deadline day moves was the current “circumstances” the club is in. What are those circumstances?

“I think if we were closer to first place I would have been more open-minded to some of the other things.”

In other words, the Red Sox have all but conceded the American League East. Small victories, my friends!