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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 9/26/19

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Ranking the best ALDS matchups for the Yanks; a Rays-Yankees series could get crazy; Hicks not giving up on season; how Cashman has survived more than two decades as GM

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Mike Vaccaro | NY Post: It’s looking more and more like the Yankees will meet the TwinsT in the ALDS, and if you ask Vaccaro, that’s the best possible matchup for the Yanks. Sure, the Twins might be due to finally take down the Bombers in a postseason series, but the Yanks might have the best chance against the impending AL Central champs instead of threats like Tampa Bay, Oakland, or Cleveland. Of course, it’s just a five-game series, so any matchup can be a bit of a crapshoot.

Martin Fennelly | Tampa Bay Times: The Yankees and Rays have already played in a number of games this season that have come down to the wire, think Tuesday night’s game, Gio Urshela’s walk-off and the series before the All-Star break. A potential postseason series between the two AL East foes would be...interesting. So interesting, the Rays might just have to remove the tarp from the upper deck in the Trop. Okay, we won’t go that far.

George A. King III | NY Post: The Yankees have gotten good news in terms of the potential playoff returns of Gary Sanchez and Edwin Encarnacion, but another Bomber isn’t giving up hope of his October availability just yet. The situation looks bleak for Aaron Hicks, who has battled injury for much of the season, but he has thrown from as far as 120 feet and says he is not giving up on possibly being a factor in the postseason.

Ian O’Connor | ESPN: Here’s a detailed feature on Brian Cashman and the lasting impact his father John had on his life. The story shows how the lessons Cashman learned from his dad have helped him last as long as he has with the Yankees, especially during the years of George Steinbrenner.