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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 9/29/19

James Paxton is nursing nerve irritation; The Twins are more than ready for the ALDS; Pete Alonso breaks rookie dinger record

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USA Today | Associated Press: After rattling off 10-straight wins and pitching to a 1.05 ERA in September, James Paxton took the mound for his final start of the regular season. Immediately, Paxton showed signs of struggle and was removed from the game in the first inning after only 21 pitches. After the game, a report came out that Paxton was nursing a tight left glute. An MRI later confirmed nerve irritation for the southpaw. This is something that Paxton should be able to return from in full health before the playoffs.

New York Post | Kevin Kernan: The Yankees have played the Minnesota Twins five times in the playoffs. Four ALDS showdowns, plus one Wild Card Game, and the Yankees won every single time. After the 2017 Wild Card Game it was apparent that the Yankees had the Twins number in the postseason. This year is different, however. The Twins have a lethal offense with power hitting that can keep pace with the Bombers. Some people have pointed to the Twins’ pitching staff is a significant weakness, but nevertheless Minnesota is determined. Team President Dave St. Peter has been quoted saying it’s time for the Twins to “slay the dragon right?” Look out for a competitive ALDS.

New York Post | Mike Vaccaro: Many power hitters have called New York home throughout baseball history. Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Aaron Judge, and now Pete Alonso. It’s remarkable what Alonso has done this season, especially given that it is his rookie year. Judge stole the scene in 2017 when he broke Mark McGwire’s rookie home run record. Now, two years later, Alonso has done the same.