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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/8/19

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Home-field advantage should be the Yankees top priority; German doesn't want any time off; Severino is almost back; Checking in on the injured Yankees; Heller gets called up

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New York Post | Ken Davidoff: For the Yankees, every game now is important in the race to secure home-field advantage for the postseason. The Bombers have a .707 winning percentage at home, which is the best in the majors. After splitting the first two games against the Red Sox, the Yankees are currently 93-50. That puts them neck-and-neck with the Houston Astros, who own the tie breaker over the Yankees. Given the competition the Astros and Dodgers present, home-field advantage should be the top priority.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: Domingo German doesn't want to rest leading up to the postseason and the Yankees actually agree. “I still feel like physically he’s sound and in a good place,” Yankees manager Aaron Boones said. German currently has a 17-4 record with a 4.21 ERA. With ace Luis Severino out for most of the 2019 season, it was German who stepped up and seized the opportunity. The least the Yankees’ brass could do is allow him to continue to build on a career year.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Speaking of Severino, he could be back with the big-league club as early as next week. Plenty of opportunities remain for Severino to get some much-needed work in against major-league hitters. A September return for Severino would allow the team to measure his stuff, see how his body has recovered from injury, and determine a role for the postseason.

CBS Sports | Pete Blackburn and Mike Axisa: With postseason baseball looming around the corner, the Yankees are expecting key pieces to return just in time. Severino, Dellin Betances, Stephen Tarpley, Jonathan Holder, Gio Urshela, and Jordan Montgomery are all expected to be back sometime this month, ranging from tomorrow to three weeks from now. Getting everyone back healthy ahead of the postseason could spell a recipe for success for the Bombers.

Lastly, according to Joel Sherman, the Yankees are set to call up reliever Ben Heller tomorrow.

Heller, 28, underwent Tommy John surgery early last season. Acquired in the Andrew Miller trade in July 2016, the right-hander has flashed potential as a potential impact reliever. It’s exciting to see him get the call now.