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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/2/19

Luis Severino makes first rehab start; Mike Mussina credits 2003 ALCS for his ticket into Cooperstown; Clint Frazier has a new outlook on defense; Bold predictions for the end of the season.

Cleveland Indians vs New York Yankees Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images | Brian Fonseca: Luis Severino made his first rehab start on Sunday. He started the game and pitched one inning, as planned. While his final line wasn’t eye-popping, his fastball velocity could be a sign that he is close to fully-healthy; he hit 96 mph on the gun at one point.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: The Yankees held a pre-game ceremony for Mike Mussina before the series finale against the Athletics. The 2019 Hall of Fame inductee stated that if it weren’t for Game Seven of the 2003 ALCS, where “Moose” made his first ever relief appearance, he would not be in Cooperstown. His three innings of scoreless relief kept the Yankees in the ballgame, and the rest is history.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Clint Frazier was recalled to the big leagues late Friday night. He was sent down to the minors back in June mostly because of his poor play in the field. However, he’s worked with the RailRiders’ outfield coach over the last two months, and now has a different approach about his defense. | Joe Giglio: Everyone loves bold predictions, right? As the season approaches the final stretch, Joe Giglio makes his prediction on how the rest of the season will play out for the Bombers. Spoiler: Yankee fans should be pleased.