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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 10/2/2020

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Yankees-Rays grudge match heads to a neutral site; Prep work begins for finalizing ALDS roster; Stanton, Boone have hopes set on World Series; fans arrested at Progressive Field

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

NY Daily News | Kristie Ackert: After a season series where the Yankees were generally embarrassed when on the same field as the Tampa Bay Rays, the Bombers have a chance at redemption with an ALDS rematch. It’s very clear that these two teams do not like each other, and it goes beyond simply being division rivals, so this should be an electric matchup to watch.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: Speaking of the matchup, the Yankees are likely to change up their roster before they take the field in San Diego. Since the ALDS will be played in five consecutive days pitchers will be the priority, and the roster spots currently occupied by Mike Ford and Erik Kratz could be going to a pair of arms to bolster the bullpen.

ESPN | Marly Rivera: The Yankees technically pulled off an upset in sweeping Cleveland, since they entered the series as the five seed, but the celebration was muted from New York. Giancarlo Stanton summarized it quite simply, “We have not done anything yet.” These Yankees know that the prize is the World Series, and that winning the Wild Card Series was just a test to get into the real tournament. They won’t overlook their opponents, but they know what the expectations are.

NY Post | Zach Braziller: There wasn’t supposed to be any fans in the postseason until the NLCS, but a couple found their way onto Progressive Field anyway. Two fans were arrested on Wednesday night after sneaking their way into the venue, which somehow is not the first time that this has happened in a Yankees game this season. Neither were Yankees fans though, so it’s just a really strange coincidence.