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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/1/20

Yankees get ALDS meeting with Rays; the crazy rain delays in game two; Gio Urshela’s transformation continues; Yanks turning it on in the postseason.

Wild Card Round - New York Yankees v Cleveland Indians - Game Two Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images | Randy Miller: The Yankees booked their place in the ALDS with a wild 10-9 win in the very early hours of Thursday morning. That means they’re headed for another faceoff against their 2020 nemesis: the Rays. Tampa Bay had the upper hand during the season, but the Yankees’ offense is coming in on a high, having put up 22 runs in two games against a good Indians’ pitching staff.

New York Post | Dan Martin: You would never know from just looking at the box score, but the very beginning of Wednesday’s game was a mess. The start was delayed about 45 minutes with the threat of impending rain. When the game finally did start, it was clear that said rain had arrived just then, causing another delay, and potentially knocking out both teams’ starting pitchers. It didn’t end up doing that, but it did end up wreaking some amount of havoc on both their nights. The decision to start the game and not just extend the delay and wait for the rain to let up remains dumb.

New York Post | Dan Martin: The last time the Yankees and Cleveland had met in the playoffs in 2017, Gio Urshela was on the other side. He put up just a .333 OPS as the Yankees rallied from 2-0 down to beat the Indians in five. Three years later, he’s a very different player, as he showed with a massive grand slam against his former team who traded him for cash considerations. | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees had a very disappointing final week of the season, leading many to question their chances going into the postseason. However, the playoffs are a brand new season, as the Yankees showed in the Wild Card Series.