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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Saquon Barkley was, once again, a full practice participant for the Giants on Thursday. So it's safe to say he'll be available for the team when they play the Cardinals on Sunday, right? 

"Taking it day-by-day," the star running back told the media after practice. "This week of practice, obviously you guys all know that I've been fully participating. ...Hopefully be out there for my teammates soon."

That's been Barkley's go-to phrase to use throughout this process of healing very quickly from his high ankle sprain he sustained against the Bucs in Week 3. But Barkley also had a wide smile on his face when asked if he just has to wait for the doctors to officially clear him, repeating that he will take things day-by-day. 

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Masahiro Tanaka/Zack Greinke
Masahiro Tanaka/Zack Greinke

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After a washout on Wednesday night, the Yankees and Astros return to the field for Game 4 of the ALCS. And even though the series is only at 2-1 in favor of Houston, the Yankees find themselves with their backs up against the wall. 

Because Thursday night in the Bronx is a must-win for this Yankees club...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Mike Tauchman (Bob DeChiara)
Mike Tauchman (Bob DeChiara)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman dropped some news on Tuesday when he said OF Mike Tauchman was fully healthy. He had been dealing with a calf injury, but has since rehabbed himself back into the conversation of a roster spot. 

But, with the Yankees already three games into the ALCS, Tauchman may not be able to be considered until a potential World Series berth. However, there is one reason why the Yanks may consider placing him on the roster right now. 

Giancarlo Stanton has been dealing with a strained quad after Game 1, and he had to sit the bench in the past two contests because of it. Little is known about how bad the strain is, but Aaron Boone has noted Stanton being available off the bench. He also said on Wednesday during his presser that no decision has been made on him just yet. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Giancarlo Stanton, Scott Thompson
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Evan Engram
Evan Engram

For Giants fans, it was great news to hear TE Evan Engram was a full practice participant along with RB Saquon Barkley on Wednesday. That's a great sign that Engram will be available for the Giants on Sunday against the Cardinals after missing last game with a sprained MCL in his left knee. 

And if that is the case, it couldn't be better timing for the playmaker. 

The Cardinals have struggled mightily this season on the defensive side of the ball. They currently rank 30th in the league in total defense, with the 30th ranking in pass defense with 281.2 yards allowed per game. 

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Oct 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) pitches during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in game five of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) pitches during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in game five of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

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The Yankees couldn't come away with another road victory against the Astros on Sunday night, falling 3-2 in extras to tie the series up. Unlike their seven-run splurge in Game 1, Justin Verlander calmed the Yanks' bats down a bit with his stellar arsenal on the mound, allowing only the two-run homer to Aaron Judge that accounted for the team's only runs in the contest. 

Now the ALCS heads to the Bronx for the first time, which should work in the Yankees' favor right? Not necessarily with Gerrit Cole on the mound. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Edwin Encarnacion , Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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Oct 8, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) is taken out of the game by manager AJ Hinch (14) during the fourth inning in game four of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Oct 8, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) is taken out of the game by manager AJ Hinch (14) during the fourth inning in game four of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

The Yankees got the job done in Game 1, shutting out the Astros on their home field to take the first game of the ALCS, 7-0. And they could truly carry all the momentum to the Bronx if they can collect another road victory on Sunday night. 

However, they'll have to go through the Astros' ace in Justin Verlander to do so. 

Two years ago, Verlander dominated the Yankees at Minute Maid Park in his two ALCS starts. His first was in Game 2, pitching a complete game where he allowed just one run while striking out 13. Then seven scoreless innings game in Game 6 to help force a divisive Game 7 that the Yankees would ultimately lose. 

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Tyler Glasnow/Gerrit Cole
Tyler Glasnow/Gerrit Cole

The Yankees are all set to go in the ALCS. They just need an opponent. 

The Rays pulled out an upset of Justin Verlander in Game 4 in their home Tropicana Field on Tuesday night, forcing a divisive Game 5 on Thursday night at 7:07 p.m. This one, though, will be in Houston with Gerrit Cole facing off against Tyler Glasnow -- a much tougher challenge for the Rays to pull off the ultimate upset. 

Either way, who would the Yankees want to face in the Championship Series? 

Tags: Aaron Judge, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Sam Darnold is back under center 00:01:28
Jets QB Sam Darnold talks about playing again, and how the team's offense needs "to clean up the details" in order to find success.

Jets head coach Adam Gase gets his starting quarterback under center once again, but when Sam Darnold does take that first hit on Sunday against the Cowboys, everyone will be holding their breath. 

Darnold is returning from mononucleosis, and it may have been a week earlier if he didnt have an enlarged spleen. It's a side effect of the illness, and could even be fatal if it were to burst upon contact. 

That's why doctors had to be totally sure Darnold's spleen returned to normal size. With him starting this week, the result is it has -- and that's why Darnold isn't nervous if he does take a hit. 

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Steve Mills/Scott Perry/David Fizdale (Brad Penner)
Steve Mills/Scott Perry/David Fizdale (Brad Penner)

If the current rift between the NBA and the Chinese government continues, it could have some adverse effects on the league next season. 

Teams are already preparing for that scenario. 

According to Yahoo! Sports' Keith Smith, "at least five NBA teams" are beginning to plan for a scenario where the NBA salary cap for the 2020-2021 season could diminish because of the NBA-China situation. Smith has it potentially falling between 10 and 15 percent. 

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Boone says Yanks are "hungry" 00:01:15
As the Yankees prepare for the ALCS, manager Aaron Boone notes how the Bombers have improved, as he says they are more "hungry" than ever.

The Yankees hit the field at Yankee Stadium on Thursday to get a workout in before heading into the ALCS. But they don't know exactly who they're going to be facing in that series just yet. 

The Astros and Rays will play their ALDS Game 5 tonight in Houston to determine who moves on and who goes home. And based off who does come away with the victory in that game could go into how manager Aaron Boone and the Yankees create their new 25-man roster for the ALCS. 

"It could factor in a little bit, definitely," Boone told the media on Thursday. "There could be a decision based on the opponent for a spot or two."

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Scott Thompson
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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase answers questions from media during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase answers questions from media during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

While the 0-4 Jets are struggling mightily to get things going on offense, their defense faces a very tough challenge in the Cowboys on Sunday. 

Dallas is the NFL's leader in total offense, averaging a whopping 452.8 yards per game with the ability to run and throw the ball at whim. Jets head coach Adam Gase fully realizes what the Cowboys brings to the table, and when asked about it, he couldn't help but to smile while describing the weapons they have to work with. 

"Probably their Pro Bowl offensive line," Gase said on Thursday. "Probably one of the best running backs in football. Explosive wide receiver. Good slot wide receiver. Hall of Fame tight end. Quarterback's pretty good. Outside of that, I mean..."

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Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone calls for a pitching change during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone calls for a pitching change during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has to think about his 25-man roster yet again heading into the ALCS. The one he and his staff put together for the ALDS against the Twins worked as planned, sweeping Minnesota to get an early break before their next postseason challenge. 

The Yankees don't know their opponent just yet, with the Astros and Rays to play Game 5 on Thursday night. But one of the big decisions for Boone will be whether or not he goes with the same rotation configuration as he did in the last series. 

After long thought, it was James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino in that order. During a conference call with the media on Wednesday, Boone was asked if he's sticking with that rotation, and he revealed he will be looking at all options yet again. 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Didi Gregorius, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Aaron Hicks/CC Sabathia
Aaron Hicks/CC Sabathia

The Astros and Rays are still focused on their ALDS series that has now gone to a divisive Game 5 to see who moves on to the Championship Series. 

The Yankees, though, are patiently waiting in the Bronx, prepping for the winner of that Thursday night contest. 

It was a clean sweep of the Twins in their ALDS series, dominating at the plate and on the mound throughout. But even through all the success with the roster manager Aaron Boone put together, he and his coaches are still going back to the drawing board entering their next seven-game series. 

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Aaron Hicks/CC Sabathia
Aaron Hicks/CC Sabathia

The Astros and Rays are still focused on their ALDS series that has now gone to a decisive Game 5 to see who moves on to the Championship Series. 

The Yankees, though, are patiently waiting in the Bronx, prepping for the winner of that Thursday night contest. 

It was a clean sweep of the Twins in their ALDS series, dominating at the plate and on the mound throughout. But even through all the success with the roster manager Aaron Boone put together, he and his coaches are still going back to the drawing board entering their next seven-game series. 

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Gase, Bell excited for Darnold 00:00:41
Sam Darnold is officially cleared for contact. Could that mean good things for Le'Veon and the rest of the team?

Jets head coach Adam Gase shares the excitement that his players have for QB Sam Darnold finally returning after battling mononucleosis. Of course, Darnold is also excited to get back on the field. 

The excitement won't last long, though, if the Jets can get something going on offense. Since Darnold's been gone, the Jets have barely been able to move the ball. 

So, while spirits are high at One Jets Drive, this group knows there's a lot of work to be done to finally chalk up that first win. 

Tags: Chris Herndon, CJ Mosley, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (47) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (47) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Only one day remains for the Giants to prepare for the undefeated Patriots, who they'll face on the road in Foxborough on Thursday Night Football. And that preparation includes trying to be as healthy as possible playing on a short week. 

For the Giants' offense, it has been rough. Wayne Gallman and Sterling Shepard will more than likely be out with their concussions suffered from the loss to the Vikings on Sunday. Saquon Barkley's high ankle sprain has recovered remarkably with him seen cutting and running at practice for a little over a week now, but it's still uncertain that he plays. And finally, Evan Engram reportedly has a sprained MCL in his left knee, which could sideline him, too. 

Those are a lot of playmakers to be without, but luckily on the defensive side of the ball, things are a tad brighter. 

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Scott Thompson
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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits an RBI single during the ninth inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits an RBI single during the ninth inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)

Before the Yankees entered the postseason, SS Didi Gregorius was mired in a slump. His September numbers were .190/.247/.380 with three homers and 16 RBI over 20 games. 

That's not what you want to see heading into October, but when asked about Gregorius before the series against the Twins began, manager Aaron Boone wasn't sweating his shortstop's performance at all. 

In fact, he expected Gregorius to step up and be a crucial factor for his club. 

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (72) plays the field during a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (72) plays the field during a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets have some good representation in the Appalachian League this fall, and Baseball America is recognizing two of the club's prospects as the top players in the league. 

Francisco Alvarez, a 17-year-old catcher, and the Mets' first-round draft pick this year in Brett Baty were ranked the league's No. 1 and No. 2 prospects respectively. 

Alvarez is the Mets' top catching prospect and the fifth overall prospect in the organization. He also cracked the publication's Top 100 list Back in September. Signing with the Mets for $2.7 million back in 2018, Alvarez hit .312/.407/.510 with seven homers and 26 RBI in 42 games at both levels of rookie ball this season. 

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Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) looks on during the ninth inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)
Oct 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) looks on during the ninth inning of game three of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)

The Yankees completed their sweep of the Twins on Monday night, and in turn, the celebration for reaching the ALCS ensued. But in the joy of moving on to the next round, a certain Yankee took an errant bottle to the hand. 

Aroldis Chapman, who collected the final five outs to seal the 5-1 win, was seen with his left hand wrapped in the clubhouse. However, he didn't seemed fazed by it when asked. 

"I was just celebrating and everyone was jumping around," Chapman told The Post's Dan Martin via a translator. "I got hit with a bottle, but it's fine."

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Sam Darnold (Vincent Carchietta)
Sam Darnold (Vincent Carchietta)

Sam Darnold is officially back. 

The Jets announced via Twitter that the franchise quarterback has been cleared, and will get the start in Week 6 against the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. 

CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE ANNOUNCEMENT

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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and teammates walk to the dugout after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and teammates walk to the dugout after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and COO Jeff Wilpon didn't just discuss why they decided to move on from Mickey Callaway as their manager. They also highlighted what they though about the 2019 Mets season as a whole. 

It obviously wasn't the result Van Wagenen, Wilpon, or anyone inside the organization wanted to see. Their second-half surge was all for naught, falling short of the second Wild Card spot. And though they were 10 games over .500, the Mets still finished third in their division behind the Braves and Nationals -- both postseason teams. 

To fall short yet again of a playoff berth, especially with the expectations the franchise set for themselves this season, had Wilpon describe the season like this: 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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Dec 30, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports  (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Dec 30, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

The Giants face a very tough task in trying to take down the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. But that task might be getting a bit easier if a certain playmaker doesn't suit up for the road team. 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Vikings star WR Stefon Diggs is frustrated with his current situation in Minnesota, and it has become "palpable."

Diggs wasn't at practice on Wednesday due to undisclosed reasons, and Rapoport is hearing teammates don't know if he wants to be there anymore. This comes after Diggs had just signed a five-year, $72 million extension, too. 

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Boone makes ALDS roster moves 00:02:01
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone announces pitcher CC Sabathia will not be on the ALDS roster and that James Paxton will start Game 1.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced his starting rotation for the ALDS series against the Twins, but also made sure to note that CC Sabathia won't be on the roster. 

It will be James Paxton getting the ball in Game 1, followed by Masahiro Tanaka in Game 2 and Luis Severino getting the first road start of the series in Game 3. 

"Difficult decision," Boone told reporters about what went into the rotation configuration. "Frankly, I went back and forth on it daily, sometimes a few times over the course of a day. Really what it came down to -- the reason that was -- is because I feel like all those guys are in a good place. I throw J.A. Happ in that mix, too, I feel like is throwing the ball as well as he has at any point in the season. Felt like it was a good decision and then just trying to hopefully maximize those guys as best we can. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Evaluating Frank Ntilikina 00:00:56
Ian Begley addresses the strong showing from Frank Ntilikina after a good summer playing for France. Also, Dennis Smith Jr. turned heads.

A lot has changed for Knicks PG Dennis Smith Jr. this summer. And it wasn't just his jumper. 

Smith spoke to the media at practice Wednesday, and he admitted being down about 15 pounds since the end of last season. The Knicks had told him to cut weight, and he did just that. 

Of course, that came with some food sacrifices.

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Boone on ALDS roster 00:01:29
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone explains his confidence level in Giancarlo Stanton heading into the ALDS, will evaluate CC Sabathia

Manager Aaron Boone -- along with the rest of the Yankees staff -- still has some decisions to make regarding the ALDS roster. But Boone said on Wednesday that those will come in their final meetings Wedneday night to finalize their best 25-man group in their mind.

Boone, though, has a vision in his mind right now of how his group will shake out. 

"In my head right now, I'm pretty clear about which way we're going to go," he said. "In my mind, it's starting to come together how I pick us lining up our starters, what our roster looks like. Again, it's about us meeting today and kinda finalizing those things. I can certainly envision how it might look and how we might roll it out."

Tags: CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, DJ LeMahieu, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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Aaron Boone/Luis Severino/Chad Green/Luke Voit/Mike Ford/Clint Frazier
Aaron Boone/Luis Severino/Chad Green/Luke Voit/Mike Ford/Clint Frazier

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Only two days remain before the Yankees begin their quest for a 28th World Series title. A few hours before they take on the Twins at Yankee Stadium on Friday night, though, they have some tough decisions to make regarding their ALDS roster.

For a team that has won 103 games in the regular season, putting together a powerhouse roster should seem like a piece of cake. But for manager Aaron Boone and GM Brian Cashman, they want it to be perfect, and that includes making some tough decisions on certain players on the roster.

So, as the Yankees gear up for October baseball, here's what they must decide with their roster by Friday….

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Tommy Kahnle, Tyler Wade, Zack Britton, Scott Thompson
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Ty Montgomery (ROBERT DEUTSCH )
Ty Montgomery (ROBERT DEUTSCH )

Entering this season, the Jets loved that they not only added RB Le'Veon Bell to their backfield, but also Ty Montgomery who came in as a free agent as well. 

Much like Bell, Montgomery can do it all from his position. He considers himself a "football player hybrid" for his ability to do whatever his coaches need. From catching out of the backfield, to running back kicks and punts, to picking up yards on the ground rushing, Montgomery is a Swiss Army knife for head coach Adam Gase

Even his No. 88 as a running back makes Montgomery one of the NFL's enigmas. 

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Josh Bynes/Brandon Marshall
Josh Bynes/Brandon Marshall

The Giants expected it, and the MRI results confirmed that LB Ryan Connelly, the team's fifth-round pick back in April, will be out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. It's a shame for the Wisconsin product after the hot start he had, collecting two interceptions in back-to-back games and tallying a sack in his first start on Sunday. 

So the Giants are, once again, spread even more thin at the linebacker position. The reason Connelly got the start in the first place was due to Alec Ogletree (hamstring) and Tae Davis (concussion) having to be sidelined with their own injuries. David Mayo was also playing next to him. 

It's unknown if those two first-teamers will be back against the Vikings this week, but head coach Pat Shurmur sounded optimistic on Monday they are trending in the right direction. 

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Ryan Connelly, Tae Davis, Scott Thompson
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Tate returns from suspension 00:00:47
Golden Tate is officially allowed to return after serving his four week suspension. The wideout is excited for that first hit of the season.

The Giants' offense has looked solid with Daniel Jones under center in the past two weeks. And he's about to get another offensive weapon to throw to in Week 5. 

Veteran WR Golden Tate is returning from his four-week suspension due to violating the NFL's PED policy, and will be plugged right back into the lineup with the Vikings coming to MetLife Stadium on Sunday. 

Of course, Tate wasn't allowed to practice during his time away from the team. But he isn't worried about that, saying "I guess maybe a practice two hopefully" is all he'll need. 

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Kevin Knox (Brad Penner)
Kevin Knox (Brad Penner)

Kevin Knox's rookie season has came and went, and though the numbers may not be what he wanted to see at the end of it, he still showed flashes of that first-round pick type of talent.

Now it's all about improving off that rookie year, and turning those flashes into consistent performance. Speaking at the Knicks Media Day on Monday in Tarrytown, NY, Knox said that he was watching tons of film this summer to see what he can improve on.

"I think with this first season going by, I think this summer I had some film I could really watch," he told reporters. "Going into last year, I had no film really on myself, but this year I could really watch and see where I can grow, get better. Obviously have to get better at the defensive end and that' something that me, Fiz, and a lot of coaches have been working on this summer. Being more consistent, more efficient on the floor. Knocking down open shots."

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants linebacker Markus Golden (44) reacts during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants linebacker Markus Golden (44) reacts during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

It may be too early in the season, but it looks like the signing of OLB Markus Golden is panning out just the way the Giants had hoped. 

One of the biggest concerns with this Giants defense entering the season was whether or not they had the personnel to create a consistent pass rush. In Week 1, that concern was even bigger with Cowboys QB Dak Prescott having all the time in the world to find his receivers downfield.

And then after Week 2 when the Giants couldn't get pressure on Bills QB Josh Allen, it had some frustrated with CB Janoris Jenkins saying he couldn't cover a receiver for 10 seconds -- calling out the pass rush. 

Tags: Dalvin Tomlinson, Dexter Lawrence, Markus Golden, Oshane Ximines, Scott Thompson
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Knicks media day 00:01:21
New York Knicks players Julius Randle, Marcus Morris, RJ Barrett, Dennis Smith Jr. and Kevin Knox speak at media day.

Knicks first-rounder RJ Barrett was all smiles in his No. 9 jersey during Media Day on Monday. But when the lights turn on at Madison Square Garden in his rookie season, it will be all business for the No. 3 overall pick. 

His true first day at work begins on Tuesday during his first training camp practice. Barrett is excited to get to work with his new teammates in Tarrytown, NY -- something he's already been doing since being drafted by the Knicks. It has been so far, so good as he continues to get acclimated to his new team.

"It's been great so far," he told reporters. "Just really enjoying being around the guys, enjoying working out so just trying to get to know everybody."

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Knicks front office speaks 00:02:21
New York Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry explain their offseason roster construction and why they missed on big free agents.

It's Knicks Media Day out in Tarrytown, NY, and it's also the first time team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry discussed their free agency moves. 

The result wasn't what Knicks fans were hoping for, as the superstars like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard and others found their way to different teams. However, Mills and Perry had multiple plans in place if something like this were to go down. 

So the roster that they have put together with training camp kicking off tomorrow is one that they did envision when prepping for free agency.

Tags: Dennis Smith Jr., Frank Ntilikina, RJ Barrett, Scott Thompson
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Mets end with a flourish 00:01:51
Mickey Callaway, Dominic Smith and J.D. Davis on Smith's dramatic walk-off HR and the closeness of the Mets team

It was simply meant to be. 

The season was down to its final out with two runners on in a 6-4 game when Dom Smith stepped to the plate as a pinch hitter. Smith had worked tirelessly to get back to 100 percent health before the end of the season, and manager Mickey Callaway said before the game that he wants to get him in. 

Well, it was the perfect time to do so. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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Jabrill Peppers/Landon Collins
Jabrill Peppers/Landon Collins

As the Giants closed out their win over the Redskins on Sunday, it didn't go quietly between the division rivals. 

There was a scuffle after the contest, and it involved former Giants S Landon Collins and the man that took his place in S Jabrill Peppers. 

According to NJ.com, Collins was talking toward the Giants bench when Peppers stepped up to get in his face. They began jawing back and forth with players from both teams stepping in to try to break it up. As they separated, Peppers supposed yelled out, "We're gonna see y'all again! And I want all of that!"

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1-on-1 with Pete Alonso 00:07:18
SNY's Steve Gelbs goes 1-on-1 with Pete Alonso as they discuss his remarkable rookie season

Pete Alonso truly soaked in the moment where he mashed his 53rd home run of the season, setting a new single season record for a rookie in MLB history. You could see the pure emotion taking over as he rounded the bases and met his teammates at the dugout with he Citi Field crowd going ballistic the entire time. 

Alonso has had a full night's sleep to reflect on what he actually did on Saturday night, and he still can't believe what happened

"Yeah, it's still surreal. I mean to wake up today it's like, 'Wow, that really happened,'" Alonso said in a 1-on-1 with SNY's Steve Gelbs before the final regular season game for the Mets on Sunday. "I still can't believe it. It's been just such an incredible year and just to kinda perform and play the way I have -- overly joyed." 

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Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Jon Hilliman (23) scores a touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Jon Hilliman (23) scores a touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With Saquon Barkley out for a few weeks, the Giants had to add another running back to the backfield. They hosted a few veterans this week, but they're going to dip into their practice squad instead with RB Jon Hilliman signed to an NFL contract. 

Head coach Pat Shurmur noted that a roster move would be coming soon, and when asked about his practice squad players that he's seen at practice, Shurmur immediately mentioned how well Hilliman has been doing. 

"Jon Hilliman obviously has done a nice job for us through training camp," Shurmur told Giants.com's Michael Eisen. "We have him here because we feel like he's got a chance to be a good player."

Tags: Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman, Scott Thompson
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Landon Collins (Geoff Burke)
Landon Collins (Geoff Burke)

An obvious storyline heading into the Giants-Redskins matchup on Sunday is the return of Landon Collins to MetLife Stadium to face his former team. 

Collins walked into free agency this offseason, something Giants fans didn't see coming and neither did he. Since then, Collins has not been shy about voicing his frustrations with the Giants and how everything ended. 

So you can bet Collins will be running on the turf with a big chip on his shoulder, ready to prove to his former team they shouldn't have let him go. He even said back in August that "it's going to be a lot of aggression" when he sees the Giants for the first time. 

Tags: Evan Engram, Landon Collins, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Mar 20, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) heads into the dugout before a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 20, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) heads into the dugout before a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

As the Yankees have been tearing through their opponents and capturing their first AL East title since 2012, 1B Greg Bird has been rehabbing -- again.

It's been a constant for Bird the past three seasons. The longest he's ever been on the roster was 82 games last season. Before that, he played in just 46 games in 2015, and in 2017, he had 48 games in the books. 

This season has been his worst, though. Bird lasted just 10 games, going 6-for-35 with a homer and an RBI before leaving with a left plantar fascia tear. That was another season-ending injury for the first baseman whom the Yankees had very high hopes for. Bird had looked very solid in Spring Training, too, becoming the Opening Day first baseman. 

Tags: Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Scott Thompson
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Darius Slayton/Daniel Jones (Kim Klement)
Darius Slayton/Daniel Jones (Kim Klement)

When the Giants drafted WR Darius Slayton in the fifth round of this year's NFL Draft, the Auburn product knew he was going to head into rookie minicamp with the team's first-round pick in QB Daniel Jones

But, like the rest of us, Slayton wasn't really sure what to think about him. Talking at length with TMZ Sports, Slayton admitted that he was skeptical of Jones' abilities when they got on the Giants practice field for the first time. 

That is until he started to sling the pigskin...

Tags: Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Eli Manning, Scott Thompson
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Jones on taking next steps 00:01:42
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones discusses how he can improve and his confidence in Wayne Gallman replacing Saquon Barkley.

Daniel Jones now has one regular season start under his belt, and it was definitely a step in the right direction for his NFL career. Jones became the first rookie quarterback with 300+ passing yards, two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in a single game.

That's everything the Giants could've asked for and more. But Jones isn't going to just settle for the one game. He has many more ahead, and he's looking to get even better. 

Looking over his game tape, Jones knows there are a few things that he can change heading into the new week with the Redskins on the schedule for Sunday. However, there is one main thing that he pointed out during his presser on Wednesday. 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Scott Thompson
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Pat Shumur on Saquon's decision 00:01:40
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur addresses Saquon Barkley getting a second opinion on his ankle sprain, and replacing him with Wayne Gallman

For the first time in his early career, Giants star RB Saquon Barkley will be missing a regular season game on Sunday when the Redskins come to town. And he's expected to miss a few more as well with his high ankle sprain. 

Head coach Pat Shurmur addressed Barkley getting a second opinion on his injury from foot/ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, which SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

"That's typical of what you see these days," Shurmur said. "More often, guys get second opinions. They're just not as public as this one is."

Tags: Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Scott Thompson
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Daniel Jones/Eli Manning (Jerome Miron)
Daniel Jones/Eli Manning (Jerome Miron)

Brett Favre knows all too well how Eli Manning is feeling right now. 

The Hall of Famer was in his position when the Packers ushered in Aaron Rodgers as their new franchise quarterback back in 2008. Favre had spent 16 seasons under center for Green Bay, leading the way to a Super Bowl victory in 1996 during that span. 

That's almost the same exact time as Manning, who is currently in his 16th season with the Giants. But Favre was traded to the Jets in '08, while Manning is currently sitting behind Jones as his backup. It's all new to Manning, but speaking on his SiriusXM NFL Radio show, Favre said this thought must have, or will, cross Manning's mind soon. 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Scott Thompson
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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) carries the ball as New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (92) tackles during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) carries the ball as New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (92) tackles during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Three games have gone by for the Jets, and DE Leonard Williams has yet to record a sack. Working in defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' system was supposed to let Williams loose, and finally tap into his true first-round pick potential. 

But through those three games, the USC product has only recorded three quarterback hits and has 10 combined tackles (three solo, seven assists). That's not the start Williams wants, but his position coach in Andre Carter has some positive things to say about the veteran lineman heading into the bye week. 

"I'm proud of Leo," he told reporters Tuesday. "Leo had come in and we talked about this style of play and how he wanted to continue to get better. He's on the upside. I'm so proud of him and how he's developed his game. Granted, the sacks aren't there. If you look from overall stats, he's affected the quarterback 10 times in the past three games."

Tags: CJ Mosley, Leonard Williams, Quinnen Williams, Scott Thompson
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Aaron Boone
Aaron Boone

Only five games remain on the Yankees' regular season schedule before it's time to bear down for the postseason. But these five games won't be tossed to the side as the team looks ahead to October. 

They will determine whether or not the Yankees receive home field advantage throughout their series. 

New York and Houston are currently vying to be the best team in baseball, and the winner will get that home field when the postseason kicks off. Currently, both teams have 102 wins with the Astros having one less loss for playing one game fewer. 

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Sam Darnold/Daniel Jones
Sam Darnold/Daniel Jones

When the Giants drafted Daniel Jones back in April, there weren't many experts that liked the pic at all. But former Jets head coach and current ESPN NFL analyst Rex Ryan was a big fan -- one that went on air to say he'll be ready when it came time for him to take over for Eli Manning

Well, with that day coming and going with a Giants win, Ryan went back on "Get Up" Monday morning feeling confident. Enough so, that after watching Jones in just one game, he said this:

"Greeny, I hate to say it: This is the best quarterback in New York," Ryan said to host Mike Greenberg, a big Jets fan.

Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Sam Darnold/Daniel Jones
Sam Darnold/Daniel Jones

When the Giants drafted Daniel Jones back in April, there weren't many experts that liked the pic at all. But former Jets head coach and current ESPN NFL analyst Rex Ryan was a big fan -- one that went on air to say he'll be ready when it came time for him to take over for Eli Manning

Well, with that day coming and going with a Giants win, Ryan went back on "Get Up" Monday morning feeling confident. Enough so, that after watching Jones in just one game, he said this:

"Greeny, I hate to say it: This is the best quarterback in New York," Ryan said to host Mike Greenberg, a big Jets fan.

Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Shurmur on Saquon Barkley injury 00:01:42
Pat Shurmur confirmed that Saquon Barkley has a high ankle injury and will miss games. He elaborates on the running plan going forward.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley does, in fact, have a high ankle sprain after undergoing an MRI, head coach Pat Shurmur confirmed during a conference call on Tuesday. 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano was told by a source Sunday night that a high ankle sprain was the injury the Giants thought Barkley had. 

The timeline for Barkley returning to the team is tricky. Though Shurmur didn't give one, Vacchiano is hearing from a source that it will be 6-8 weeks for Barkley before returning, but there is no knowing for sure because all sprains heal differently.

For instance, Barkley did note after the game that he suffered a high ankle sprain during his freshman year at Penn State, and returned just two weeks later. 

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Saquon Barkley (Kim Klement)
Saquon Barkley (Kim Klement)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur confirmed that Saquon Barkley suffered a high ankle sprain during Sunday's game against the Bucs. So the star running back will now be missing around 6-8 weeks, a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, which is obviously a big blow to the offense. 

But that doesn't mean the team still can't run the ball. 

That's what head coach Pat Shurmur did, though, when Wayne Gallman took over Barkley's duties in the backfield. He only ran the ball five times for a total 13 yards, as the Bucs defense swallowed up Gallman. Barkley didn't have much success either, rushing for only 10 yards on eigth carries before leaving the contest.

Tags: Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman, Scott Thompson
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Aaron Boone Treated
Aaron Boone Treated

The Yankees have officially clinched the AL East title on Thursday night, doing so for the first time since 2012. Now the only thing left to play for is home field advantage throughout the postseason, which the Astros and Bombers are currently locked in to with 100 wins apiece.

As the Yankees ride out the rest of the season, the next phase of their journey to the World Series will be putting together the 25-man postseason roster. 

One big advantage GM Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone possess this year is roster depth, something that has gotten them through all the injuries that have plagued the team throughout the season. Players like Gio Urshela, DJ LeMahieu, Cameron Maybin, Mike Tauchman, and others have stepped up when called upon, and that should continue in October. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Domingo German, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Tommy Kahnle, Scott Thompson
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