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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/27/17

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Home-field for WC clinched; Warren could return today; Hicks makes incredible catch; Judge’s slump proves he’s for real; Mike Tyson took in BP before the game

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New York Post | Dan Martin: The Yankees are still fighting for the division. With their win and the Red Sox loss yesterday, the Yankees moved to just three games behind them for the division. The good news though, is that if they can’t catch the Red Sox, they’re guaranteed to at least host the Wild Card game now. They’re still hoping they won’t play that game, but if they have to, it’ll be comforting to know it’s at home.

CBS Sports: Adam Warren successfully tossed a two-inning simulated game yesteday. If all goes well and he doesn’t wake up with any soreness, he could be activated in the as early as today or tomorrow. The goal for him is to get him into at least two games before heading into the playoffs. First Hicks, now Warren, the team keeps adding weapons at the right time.

Cut4 | Andrew MEARNS: Aaron Hicks had missed most of September with an oblique injury. Yesterday was just his first game back and in the first inning he made his presence felt. He made an incredible catch to rob Wilson Ramos of a grand slam and stop the game from getting out of hand. Even his teammates were impressed.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Aaron Judge is officially back. He’s pretty much locked up the Rookie of the Year and he should finish either first or second in MVP voting. Before this though, he suffered through a two-month slump. That slump, however, could be viewed as beneficial to Judge. That he was able to come back from a low so low shows that he’s for real but that’s twice now he’s defied the odds and come back strong.

ESPN: If you were watching the game last night, you might have been confused when home plate umpire stopped the game in the eighth inning to have a word with security officials in the stands. Turns out that a fan was tipping pitch locations when Gary Sanchez was at-bat and the umpire asked for that fan to be removed. Both Joe Girardi and Kevin Cash said the fan was rightfully ejected. Don’t be this guy, people.

New York Daily News | Peter Botte: The Yankees had a special guest visit them during batting practice yesterday. Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson stopped by and got to hang out with the Yankees before the game. He took pictures with Joe Girardi, Gary Sanchez, Starlin Castro and the Fraziers. He was accompanied by Brandon Steiner, so maybe they’re partnering up on something.

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