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Around the Empire: Yankees News - 9/23/20

Yanks not worried about Aaron Judge’s slump; Randy Levine to fight to keep 2017 letter sealed; Yankees defense has been quite bad of late.

New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images | Brendan Kuty: Aaron Judge hasn’t hit well since returning from his long IL stint after getting off to a ridiculously productive start, but even with the playoffs quickly approaching, the Yankees are more worried about his health than how he looks at the plate right now. The team is encouraged to see him moving well, and hopefully he’s able to get back to the hitter he was in August by the time October arrives.

CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: We have new developments regarding the sealed letter that the Yankees are worried could damage their reputation if it is released, which is in regards to sign stealing in 2017, around the time when the Red Sox were punished for using Apple Watches, and the Yankees fined for improper use of the dugout phone. Now, Randy Levine plans to argue the Yankees’ case. If the Yanks want to win this case, let’s hope Levine gets everybody’s names right this time. | Randy Miller: Sometimes a postseason game can come down to big plays in the field, and the Yankees’ defense is a potential cause for concern. The Yanks have made 19 errors in their last 16 games, and will have to be sharper in the field in order to avoid a possible costly error at a big moment in the playoffs. Some guys like Clint Frazier have drastically improved their defense, and Aaron Judge has always been a strong defender in right field, but the infield could be a big factor in October.