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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/5/20

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Judge repeats a familiar line ahead of ALDS; Voit feels refreshed; Cole, Higashioka credit Yankees scout; Appreciating the Yankees’ consistent success

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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch - Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Luke Voit held a video call with members of the media on Sunday afternoon. Judge told reporters that he embraces the high-stakes nature of the playoffs. “Pressure is a privilege,” he said, echoing the words of his teammate. Voit, meanwhile, explained that the team is healthy, and that he is healthy. He enjoyed the few days off, and he feels ready to take on the Rays.

ESPN | Marly Rivera - The history behind the Yankees’ battery of Gerrit Cole and Kyle Higashioka runs deep, all the way back to a scouting team on which they played together in California during high school. Yankees scout David Keith saw them play, and he recommended the club draft the pair. Now, 12 years later, they decided to honor the scout with a signed ball from their first strikeout.

New York Post | Joel Sherman - As the season wrapped up, two large-market clubs with hopes of contending in 2020, parted ways with their general managers. The Angels and Phillies fell short of expectations once again, and that underscores how difficult it is to find even fleeting success in baseball. The Yankees, while they may not be in the midst of a dynasty run of the 1950s or 1990s, have achieved a remarkable feat by virtue of their consistency, and that in itself is worth appreciating.