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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/7/20

Yankees try to bait-and-switch the Rays in Game Two; MLB reinstates Domingo Germán; The Yankees and Rays rank among the league’s best at finding diamonds in the rough.

Division Series - New York Yankees v Tampa Bay Rays - Game Two Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

ESPN | Marly Rivera: In case you somehow missed it, the Yankees played a little trick on the Rays in Game Two of the ALDS, starting Deivi García to bait Tampa into dotting its lineup with left-handers, then turning to lefty J.A. Happ in the second inning. The Rays always do everything they can to secure the platoon advantage as much as possible, and the Yankees tried to counterattack. The idea has at least some merit, but it of course did not pan out smoothly, with Happ struggling in a short outing.

New York Post | Dan Martin: MLB reinstated Domingo Germán after the right-hander served his 81-game suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence policy. Germán cannot pitch this postseason, though, since he was on the restricted list on September 15th.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: The two teams we’ve seen go at it in this ALDS are among the league’s best at finding diamonds in the rough. Both the Yankees and the Rays have excelled in recent years at turning players other teams have cast away into important contributors. The likes of Gio Urshela and Luke Voit have powered New York this year, while Tampa is home to numerous castoffs, like Randy Arozarena, Ji-man Choi, and Yandy Diaz.