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

The Yankees’ non-Cole pitching has to step up; Miguel Andujar has a tough task ahead of him; Yankees trying to keep their players safe on the road

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New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Anyone who’s watched a fair bit of the Yankees this year can recognize that their non-Gerrit Cole starting pitching has been a problem. Davidoff opines that with a deep bullpen and lineup, this lack of production behind their ace is the only thing that could really hamper the Yankees this year. The Yankees may have to win a bunch more games 7-6 if Jordan Montgomery, James Paxton, and/or J.A. Happ don’t start performing better. | Randy Miller: The Yankees sent Miguel Andujar to their alternate training site a few days ago as they trimmed their roster to 28 players. Miller spoke to manager Aaron Boone about the cuts, and Boone reiterated how difficult it is to have those conversations with talented players. Interestingly, though, Boone also noted how challenging it was going to be going forward for Andujar to adapt to his new part-time role and impact the Yankees’ big-league team.

Newsday | Laura Albanese: As a precaution, players are not allowed to use video rooms in-game to review their at-bats this season. Cole reasoned that this may affect hitters more than pitchers, as there are a number of batters that like to watch their plate appearances during a game. It’s an interesting dynamic, as there surely must also be pitchers that want to take a look at certain pitches or glance at their mechanics during an outing. | Mike Rosenstein: In order to face off with the rival Rays, the Yankees had to wade into one of biggest coronavirus hotspots in the world in Florida. To keep their players entertained in their hotels and out of situations where they would have a greater chance of contracting the virus, the Yankees have endeavored to make their “hotels into an extension of their lavish home clubhouse”. While this is certainly a fine idea on the Yankees’ part, it doesn’t sit quite right with me that “trying to keep one’s employees from getting sick with a dangerous virus” has somehow turned into a potential competitive advantage in American sports.