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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 9/30/19

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Yankees lose home run race to Twins; Urshela gives the team yet another injury scare; Voit’s spot for the ALDS may be in jeopardy due to ugly slump; Encarnacion to get sim at-bats next week.

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Star Tribune | Phil Miller Despite losing 5-4 on the final day of the season, the Minnesota Twins took home the record of most home runs hit in an MLB season with 307 after leaving the yard three times on Sunday against the Kansas City Royals. The Yankees started the day with a 305-304 lead, but C.J. Cron, Jake Cave, and Jason Castro each hit dingers to complete the comeback. Aaron Judge connected on the 306th round-tripper for the Bombers, but that was it.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch Giovanny Urshela was taken out of Sunday’s game against the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning with a “mild” left ankle sprain. The infielder, who also left Tuesday’s game after being hit in the hand by a pitch, should have no problem being ready for the first game of the American League Division Series against the Minnesota Twins on Friday, according to manager Aaron Boone. After being examined by the medical staff, no imaging is scheduled, and he should be fine going forward.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch First baseman and designated hitter Luke Voit is trying to shake off an ugly slump that has seen him go 1-for-32 in his last ten games. The skid may result in his exclusion from the ALDS roster, although several factors could affect Aaron Boone’s decision, including Edwin Encarnacion’s health. “I feel like I’m having good at-bats,” Voit said to Hoch. “Sometimes the baseball gods don’t work in your favor too much. I’m trying everything I can do to get back to where I was. I was feeling good after that last road trip and I kind of ran into some bad luck. I’m not trying to make excuses about that.”

New York Post | George A. King III: Encarnacion was supposed to come back last Friday from his strained left oblique, but he was held out of the lineup over the weekend and he admitted that he still may not be fully recovered. He says he will be ready for Friday, though. “If I am not 100 percent, I am close,” said the first baseman and designated hitter, who has been out of action since September 12. MLB.com reported that he will take simulated at-bats next week.