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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/31/19

Gio is now on the injured list; Chapman has been dominant in August; Yankees and company buy the YES Network.

MLB: AUG 25 Yankees at Dodgers Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images | Matt Kelly: The Yankees have returned to the Bronx for six games but Gio Urshela will not not take part because of an injury to his left groin as he hits the 10-day injured list. As a result, Urshela will almost certainly be unable to qualify for the hitting title this season, with the required 502 plate appearances seemingly out of reach. Luckily the groin injury doesn’t seem serious with the Yankees taking precautionary actions having a commanding lead in the AL East.

New York Post | George A. King III: Aroldis Chapman didn’t have the best July, recording just four saves out of seven opportunities but August has been a different story. So far, Chapman has not allowed one run this month and fellow left-handed pitcher Zack Britton is praising Chapman’s slider. While hitters are catching up to his fastballs, secondary pitches like the slider are becoming vital to Chapman’s pitch mix. With his opt out lingering and Chapman having such a dominant season, this could get interesting this offseason.

ESPN : The Yankees reacquired the YES Network, with partners Amazon, the Sinclair Broadcast group, and others. With this purchase, the Yankees will see their shares in the company rise from 20% to 26%, the highest they have been since 2014. Yankees president Randy Levine has mentioned the network already has plans regarding Amazon’s role in the deal. Meanwhile, YES Network’s president will remain the same in Jon Litner.