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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/13/21

Hal Steinbrenner seems inclined to keep Aaron Boone; Grading the Yankees starting staff; Astros, Red Sox to face off in ALCS.

Wild Card Round - New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

ESPN | Buster Olney: It has been reported that Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner likes Aaron Boone and wants him back in 2022. “He likes [Boone], and I don’t think he blames him for what happened,” one source said. Boone has been at the helm since 2018 and has accumulated a 328-218 record, averaging 98 wins per year, but with only one division title and one trip to the ALCS.

NY Daily News | Kristie Ackert: How would you grade the Yankees starting rotation this year? There were many ups and downs, but they were a solid group overall throughout the year and got a surprising, but respectable season from Nestor Cortes Jr., who wasn’t expected to contribute the way he did. See the final “grades” for each member of the starting staff.

NY Times | James Wagner: Cover your eyes, Yankees fans. The worst possible combination of teams are now set to square off for a spot in the World Series. The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros soundly defeated the Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago White Sox respectively in the ALDS. The Astros have now been in the ALCS every single year since 2017.