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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/4/19

Tanaka is all the way back; finding spots for all the regulars; how Severino will return; Giles was nearly a Yankee

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New York Post | Ken Davidoff: After struggling mightily in the middle of the summer, Masahiro Tanaka has rebounded nicely over his last half-dozen starts, sporting a 2.43 ERA over that stretch. The starting rotation is the biggest weak link on this team, and getting Tanaka back right goes a long way to fixing that problem. We’re certainly used to seeing big October starts from Tanaka and it’s looking like he’s back in form for that.

New York Times | Tyler Kepner: Early in the year, the talk around the Yankees was what they would do to replace all their injured stars. Now, it’s what will they do to get those stars back on the roster as they come off the IL, and how much playing time the superb fill-ins will lose. Giancarlo Stanton is a better player than Mike Tauchman, but there’s only so much playing time to go around and there’s always a certain urge to ride the “hot hand.” | Brendan Kuty: It’s pretty wild to remember that the Yankees’ best starting pitcher still has yet to pitch this year. Luis Severino made his first rehab start on Sunday totaling 45 pitches, but the big question is how much time the Yankees will wait to activate their stud right-hander. It’s possible he’s back in the Bronx within two weeks, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

SNY | Danny Abriano: Ken Giles was one of the big names reported to be on the trading block, but he never left the Blue Jays. Brian Cashman, never one to leave a reliever on the market, tried his best to land the hard throwing righty, but eventually had to walk away from the deal once the price surpassed his appetite.