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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/30/20

The fallout from Game One; Andujar off the Wild Card roster; Voit’s power year

MLB: Wild Card-New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Score | Simon Sharkey-Gotlieb: The Yankees hammered Shane Bieber on Tuesday night. The presumptive AL Cy Young Award winner gave up seven runs in 4.2 innings, his shortest outing of the year and accounting for half the runs he surrendered in the regular season. The Yankees accomplished this by being aggressive early in the count against fastballs, and are now looking at the possibility of sweeping Cleveland right out of the Wild Card round.

CBS Sports: The Yankees finalized their Wild Card series roster, and the most controversial move has been excluding Miguel Andújar in favor of lefthander Mike Ford. Miggy has struggled in 2020, but Ford’s been even worse, and it’s hard to imagine a pinch-hit situation where you’d rather have Ford up. If Luke Voit goes down and requires an injury replacement, the team is in trouble already - see below.

The Ringer | Rodger Sherman: Speaking of Voit, the MLB home run champ is perhaps the best find of Brian Cashman’s career, as he traded away two at-the-time underperforming relievers for a hitter without a lineup spot in St Louis, who was tailor-made for Yankee Stadium. Voit’s story is among the best in baseball, and he’s as important to this Yankee postseason run as anyone.