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Around the Empire: Yankees news 8/7/15

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SB Nation | Marc Normandin: The addition of Luis Severino to the Yankees' rotation could be the key to winning the AL East.

New York Times | Zach Schonbrun: CC Sabathia was agitated with home plate umpire Rob Drake in Thursday night's win over the Red Sox. Sabathia took exception to Drake telling him not to walk around the mound.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: The Yankees went from having no replacement for Derek Jeter at shortstop to having quite a few intriguing names that could fill the position. Didi Gregorius has turned his season around, Jorge Mateo was made untouchable at the trade deadline, and Tyler Wade and Hoy Jun Park have had successful seasons as well.

New York Daily News | Mark Feinsand: The Yankees welcome their biggest competition for the AL East crown to the Bronx this weekend. A sweep either direction would have huge implications.

It's About the Money | Brad Vietrogoski: Jacoby Ellsbury has been slumping since returning from the disabled list, but all of the concern about the Yankees' leadoff hitter is probably not warranted.