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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/6/19

Torres and Urshela both avoid IL; Boone offers a reason for keeping Frazier in minors; Injuries haven’t changed Yankees’ winning attitude; Pedro Martinez says Phillies had swine flu in ‘09 World Series; Urshela finding ways to become even more beloved.

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New York Post | Ken Davidoff: For once, the Yankees got some good injury news. Gio Urshela didn’t start last night’s game, but said he was just sore after Sunday night’s game against the Red Sox. Gleyber Torres also avoided the IL after a scare over the weekend, and was right back in the lineup against the Orioles Monday night.

New York Times | Tyler Kepner: Kepner examines the odd duality of this Yankees’ season: the sky-is-falling avalanche of injuries crossed with the soaring success of the team in terms of actual record. Aaron Boone and the players have maintained a “winning isn’t optional” attitude in the face of historic levels of injury, while also acknowledging it would be nice to have the All-Star team on the IL back soon. | Randy Miller: You may have have noticed that even with another injury onslaught, the Yankees have declined to call up Clint Frazier. Boone offered a reason: the Yankees are carrying three extra position players and 13 pitchers right now, their preferred alignment, which would suggest another outfielder would have to go down before Frazier got the call. One also has to wonder if service-time manipulation is keeping Frazier in Triple-A.

New York Post | Dani Mohr: Former Yankee antagonist Pedro Martinez said that he and several other Phillies players were suffering from the swine flu during the 2009 WorldSeries. Martinez started Game Two and Game Six of that series, also known as the first and last games the Yankees won that season. Count that among one of the more odd reasons ever offered for losing a championship series.

New York Post | Howie Kossoy: If you thought Urshela’s approval rating in New York couldn’t possibly go any higher, you were wrong. After roping a home run in the third inning of Sunday night’s win over the Red Sox, and battling through a brutal sixth-inning at-bat in which he fouled back-to-back pitches off himself, Urshela received perhaps the loudest ovations he’s ever heard as a player. Who would have thought the reserve infielder would become one of the most beloved players on a dominant Yankee team.