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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/9/20

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It’s Gerrit Cole on the hill and everything on the line as the ALDS matchup between the Yankees and Rays goes the distance; Giancarlo Stanton has been murdering baseballs; Ceterum autem Lemahieu iterum emptus est.

MLB: ALDS-New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

New York Post | George A. King III: Thanks to Jordan Montgomery, Chad Green, Zack Britton, and Aroldis Chapman, the Yankees have clawed their way back into contention, and have gotten the ball to Gerrit Cole for tonight’s Game Five. Cole, who will be pitching on three days’ rest for the first time in his career, will go up against Tyler Glasnow, who started Game Two for the Rays and will be going on just two days’ rest.

FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: Let nobody forget just what kind of tear Giancarlo Stanton has gone on this postseason. Going into action last night, he had homered in five straight games (six homers total), five of which went more than 410 feet; the weakest-hit home run had an exit velocity of 107.9 mph. Injuries the past three seasons have caused a lot of people to forget just how good Stanton has been in his career, but this October, we received a very loud reminder.

ESPN | Associated Press: Slumping catcher Gary Sánchez was benched once again last night in favor of Kyle Higashioka, meaning that the two-time All-Star was scheduled to start only one time in the five-game set. Nonetheless, manager Aaron Boone, who did not speak with Sánchez before putting together his lineup, still considers him an important part of the lineup, saying, “If we’re going to go on and win a world championship, Gary’s going to play a big role.”

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: The Yankees have not approached All-Star second baseman and AL batting champion DJ LeMahieu about an extension, according to Bryan Hoch from MLB.com. LeMahieu said the two sides decided to wait until the offseason to begin discussing contracts, which fits fairly well with how the Yankees have generally operated in the past.