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

The Kraken is back in the lineup; Brian Cashman meets with team for first time in decade; breaking down the Yankees’ slide.

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ESPN | Associated Press: After sitting for the last few days, Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez was back in the lineup last night, batting seventh and back behind the plate. The slugger’s struggles have been well-documented, both over the course of the season and in recent weeks, and the Yankees need him back in the lineup if they are to turn this ship around and salvage this season.

NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: For the first time since 2009, Brian Cashman traveled to meet and address the team during the season. With the Yankees having lost 14 of 19 games, the Yankees general manager said his goal was “to get a shock to the system to get back on track.” Beat reporter Brendan Kuty lists four takeaways from the meeting and Cashman’s press conference afterwards — namely, that he reminded the team that he had faith in them, that he was frustrated and feels that the fanbase deserves better than how they’ve performed in 2020, that his meeting was not an indictment on manager Aaron Boone, and that he simply wanted to add a difference voice to the clubhouse conversation.

CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: Unless you’ve been spending the last few weeks on a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean with a volleyball named Wilson, you know that the Yankees have been pretty bad lately. Mike Axisa breaks down the Yankees’ slide, which boils down to four major failures: a dreadful offense, an atrocious bullpen, a lack of imminent reinforcements, and an unfavorable schedule. To be honest, it seems like he’s going easy on the team’s performance of late.