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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/11/2020

Frazier gets the call; Schmidt staying loose; we hate the Rays

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New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: With Giancarlo Stanton on the injured list with a bad hamstring, the Yankees need some shoring up in the outfield and in the DH role. Clint Frazier seems to be the guy tabbed for that slot, as the young right handed hitter tweeted and sources later confirmed he’d make his way to New York. Frazier had a great spring training/summer camp with a new swing, and is going to get his chance to make a mark in 2020. | Brendan Kuty: Clarke Schmidt dazzled during the summer camp exhibitions, but the Yankees’ top pitching prospect has been keeping warm at the team’s alternate training site in Pennsylvania, largely due to the fact he’s not yet on the 40-man roster. There are logistical challenges to getting Schmidt to the Bronx, but there’s little doubt he’s physically ready to be a big-leaguer.

New York Post: Ken Davidoff: The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry has cooled somewhat after the latter’s demolition of MLB in 2018 and then subsequent drop into also-ran status. Instead, a new chief rival to the Yankees have emerged, the Rays. In the four-game set from over the weekend, we saw the first real sparks as Rays pitching pounded the Yankees inside and both teams traded a barrage of barbs from across dugouts. I’ve said numerous times that I hate the Rays and their park, and unlike the Red Sox, they aren’t likely to go sign a guy like J.D. Martinez. Forward with this rivalry, I say.