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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/6/19

Yankees with a chance to put nail in Red Sox’ coffin; Giancarlo Stanton with some hurdles to clear ahead of any return; Mike Ford’s rise to the majors; Aaron Judge appears to be back.

Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images

New York Post | Ken Davidoff: While their playoff hopes may be hanging by a thread, the Red Sox are arguably the team the Yankees match up best against in a possible playoff series. While that’s probably true, with the nature of short series and the randomness of baseball, it doesn’t seem like the most fun idea to want that matchup to happen again.

New York Daily News | Dennis Young: The Yankees have a chance to all but end the Red Sox’s playoff hopes this weekend. Boston is fairly far out of the second wild card, had to scratch David Price from this weekend’s series, are using openers twice against the Yankees, and have an astounding 21 pitchers on the roster.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Giancarlo Stanton doesn’t seem to be terribly far off a return, having taken some at-bats against Dellin Betances on Tuesday. However, if he is to come back in time for the playoffs, there are still a couple other hurdles he needs to clear, including an upcoming rehab stint.

Yahoo | Matt Ehalt: Mike Ford has become another seemingly random name that’s made an impact for the 2019 Yankees. After a slow start to his major league career, he now has 10 home runs and a .845 OPS in his 38 games. It’s been a long road to the bigs for Ford, including a stint in Seattle after getting left unprotected in the rule five draft. | Chris Iseman: There was some consternation about Aaron Judge and where his power had gone during his slump. However, there doesn’t appear to be a need for that any more. Judge hit his seventh home run in 12 games during Wednesday’s win over the Rangers.