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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/27/20

Milwaukee Bucks and Brewers refuse to take the field following Jacob Blake shooting; Clarke Schmidt and Deivi Garcia could make their Yankees debut this weekend; Clint Frazier responds to trade rumors; Yankee Stadium is given WELL safety rating

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

CNN Sports | David Close and Allen Kim: In an unprecedented day in American sports history, the Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott their playoff game against the Orlando Magic following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in the team’s home state of Wisconsin. After that (and some clear intentions of the remaining teams in the schedule not to play), the league decided to postpone Game 5 of three different playoff series. Blake, a black man, was shot seven times in the back by the Kenosha police in Wisconsin as he entered his vehicle on Sunday. The Milwaukee Brewers - Cincinnati Reds game of the MLB schedule was also postponed. More boycotts could be in the horizon.

NJ Advance Media | Brendan Kuty: As the Yankees prepare to play lots of games in a busy week, they are going to need fresh arms to survive. That’s why manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday that rookies Clarke Schmidt and Deivi Garcia could be in play for the Subway Series against the Mets. “They’ll be guys that we’re definitely starting to have conversations that potentially could come into play in some way, shape or form this weekend,” Boone said. They are the two best pitching prospects in the organization. | Bryan Hoch: With Aaron Judge’s return to health and given the depth of the Yankees in his position, outfielder Clint Frazier is, once again, a common name in trade discussions prior to Monday’s deadline. By now, Frazier knows the drill and understands the situation. “I feel like it wouldn’t be a Trade Deadline unless my name is getting tossed in there,” Frazier said. “I can’t even remember the last Trade Deadline that my name wasn’t mentioned. I’m still here. I’ve dealt with the possibility of maybe being traded; it hasn’t happened. I just want to play.” | Bryan Hoch: Yankee Stadium is, according to the team, the first sports venue to achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management, which means that it has met various health and safety standards to engage in COVID-19 prevention and overall safety. Basically, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) identifies the Yankees are well prepared to host fans once MLB and the government authorities give the green light to do so.