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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 5/5/17

Gary Sanchez returns to the Yankees in Wrigley; Yankees could trade for a starter if things keep going like they are; Castro and Chapman both make return to Wrigley for first time today; Yankees and Cubs have similar rebuild strategies; a look at the Top 20 Prospects

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He is back and still Gary
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New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: The Yankees are in Chicago to play the other Chicago team that we normally never play. The 2016 World Champion Cubs will host the Yankees at Wrigley Field and the Yankees will be bringing Gary Sanchez with them. The Yankees catcher who shall forever be Gary will make his first start in 21 games. He rehab in the minors went well. Here’s hoping he will be Gary.

New York Daily News | John Harper: Everything is currently going well for the Yankees. The offense has been great, the bullpen has been solid, Aaron Judge is delivering justice, and the starting pitching has been alright. It’s only the beginning of May, but if the Yankees keep up their April numbers, they could be in line for an addition to the rotation. Perhaps Cashman could try for Gerrit Cole if the Pirates continue their somewhat tepid start. Still way too early for that conversation, but hey, Gerrit Done, Cash! | Carrie Muskat: Starlin Castro and Aroldis Chapman are both former Cubs. Technically, so is Adam Warren, whom the Yankees traded to get Castro. They will all make their first return to Wrigley Field this afternoon. Chapman will receive his World Series Championship ring, Castro will treated to a video of his highlights with the Cubs, and Warren will possibly get some of the ivy from the Wrigley Field walls. Oh yeah, and maybe a chance to bat. Woo.

New York Post | Justin Terranova: You will probably hear this a lot this weekend, and boy do I mean a lot, but the Yankees’ rebuild and the Cubs’ rebuild are similar. The Cubs went with youth and they have reaped the benefits. The Yankees are currently going with youth and it is going well for them. Prepare for comparisons galore this weekend. Prepare.

Newsday | Casey Musarra: Finally, here’s a look at the Yankees top 20 prospects. You should all be able to guess who is number one on that list.