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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/26/19

The Yankees should protest game two; Aaron Boone has his shortstop’s back; Sabathia feeling good after last outing

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CBS Sports | Mike Axisa Game two of the Yankees and Dodgers series ended with some controversy on Saturday. The Yankees and Gleyber Torres were stripped of the game-tying run when the umpire called time as Torres ran home due to an on-field injury scare at second base. It doesn’t look like the Yankees will formally protest this one, yet Aaron Boone was quoted saying “We’ll certainly inquire with everyone and try to get a good explanation.” | Brendan Kuty: Aaron Boone confirmed he’s okay with Didi Gregorius’s decision on his failed two-strike bunt attempt in Saturday’s game. This reaction from the manager on a rather questionable decision really goes to show you what a managers role is nowadays. A manager in the past may have greeted Gregorius with a scolding in the dugout, yet Aaron Boone defended his player’s decision. Gregorius was quoted saying “Anyway I can, I’m trying to get on.”

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: CC Sabathia had a great performance against maybe the best team in baseball and the National League’s best offense on Saturday. He kept the Dodgers to only two runs over four innings and struck out seven in the process. Sabathia was quoted saying that he felt “way more comfortable” on the mound. For Sabathia, who has been struggling with knee pain and getting through the end of the regular season, this is good news heading into September.