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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/7/20

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Aaron Boone benches Gary Sánchez for a day or two; Boone not worried about team’s confidence after rough stretch; Manager also defends decision to let Gleyber Torres rest after one start.

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ESPN | Marly Rivera: Manager Aaron Boone sat Gary Sánchez yesterday, and may give him another day on the bench to try to stem the catcher’s struggles. Sánchez has been mired in a season-long slump, hitting just .130 on the year with seven home runs. Boone stressed that Sánchez has been “working his tail off” and that this absolutely not an indictment of Sánchez’s work ethic. Hopefully, a little bit of time off can help Sánchez get back on the right track.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Boone was asked about whether his team was lacking confidence after Saturday night’s ugly loss to the Orioles with ace Gerrit Cole on the mound. The manager continued to maintain a brave face, indicating that the team just kind of needed to get a little bit of positive momentum to feed off of. “I don’t worry about the confidence... Have some successes and then then all of a sudden, you kind of build off that and feed off of that and that’s what we got to do”, Boone said.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Boone’s lineup decisions before and during yesterday’s game were a topic of intense discussion. Gleyber Torres received a breather after just one game back in the lineup, a day after DJ LeMahieu sat but announced he was A-OK to play. Aaron Hicks also didn’t start. Boone explained that Torres’ off-day was planned as a way to let him ease back into regular playing time. There’s certainly a good argument that caution is called for with regard to their young star, while it’s also reasonable to think the Yankees need to get their best bats in the lineup as they fail to produce runs on a night-to-night basis.