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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/26/21

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DJ LeMahieu misses Saturday’s game with hip/groin issue; Yankees prepare for massive stretch run; after an impressive Friday win, can Yankees can get back on hot streak?; a look at the playoff picture.

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NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: In case you missed it, DJ LeMahieu missed Saturday’s game with a hip/groin issue. Aaron Boone said he was generally banged up and the issue had been lingering for a little while, and it was clear that he needed a day. The Yankees were hoping that’s all it would be and would be good to go from here forward.

Newsday | Erik Boland: After an up and down season, everything comes down to the final week for the Yankees. Between the Red Sox series that wraps up today, a set against the fellow Wild Card competing Blue Jays, and a season-ending matchup against the Rays, every game left they have matters in a big way. The team knows that they control their own destiny, and they’re saying all the right things about being ready for a big final stretch.

SNY | Anthony McCarron: Friday night’s win over the Red Sox showed just what the Yankees can be and the potential they still have. They ground down the opposing starter pitcher thanks to big hits from star players, led by Giancarlo Stanton’s big game. However, in what’s been an incredibly streaky season, it’s another question of: can they sustain that or was it a flash in the pan? It took a while, but they followed that up with another big win on Saturday, so it’s somewhat promising.

NJ.com | Randy Miller: It was posted ahead of Saturday’s games, but here’s a look at the playoff situation ahead of the last couple series.