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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 9/21/19

Brett Gardner’s never had more fun; Speculating on the playoff roster; Dellin Betances not needing surgery; Domingo German done for season.

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New York Post | Dan Martin: The Yankees’ longest tenured player is in the midst of one of his best seasons, and was all over the place in the division-clinching win over the Angels Thursday night. Brett Gardner had a trio of RBI and continued his stretch of excellent play in 2019, the season he’s described as the most fun of his career.

SNY | Scott Thompson: Now that the division is officially settled, the Yankees can turn their attention to just who will be on the playoff roster. The team needs some of its critical bats to come back from the IL, but there are a series of locks leaving only a couple open spots on the bench for the ALDS.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: The annus horribilis for Dellin Betances has something of a silver lining, as the big right-hander will avoid surgery on his torn Achilles tendon. Betances had two different medical opinions confirm that he can recover without surgery, and should be ready for spring training, wherever he ends up playing.

CBS | Katherine Acquavella: Regardless of the findings of MLB’s investigation into Domingo German, the Yankee righty will not pitch again in 2019. He was placed on administrative leave on Thursday under the terms of the joint domestic violence agreement, and Buster Olney among other sources have reported that German’s season is done.