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

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Around the Empire | Mark Feinsand and Bill Chastain: Due to the threat of Hurricane Irma, the Yankees and Rays will not play in Tropicana Field for their three-game series next week. Since the Rays will be wrapping up a weekend series in Boston, they agreed to play in NYC for this series. In Queens. At Citi Field. This probably means that they’re flying into LaGuardia Airport. Good luck with that. The Yankees will be the away team at Citi Field, which is normal. You can buy tickets today at 10am EST on the link provided in the article. If you decide to go, I recommend Mama’s of Corona’s Turkey, Mozzarella, and Gravy sandwich. | Sam Butler: Gary Sanchez can play for the Yankees again. He has served his three-game suspension. Yesterday, it was Austin Romine’s turn to begin his suspension for not taking a punch to the face. His two-game suspension was reduced to one-game, much like Gary’s. Time to put that mess behind us.

Newsday | Erik Boland: Jaime Garcia is back and better than ever. Well, he never really went away and he wasn’t that great. Nevertheless, Garcia will make a start against the Rays next week. In Citi Field, no less. Garcia starting is part of a larger Girardi scheme to go with a 6-man rotation next week, due to the lack of an off day. Fans have been calling for one for a long time now. Here we go!

New York Post | Dan Martin: Aaron Judge received a special honor during the Yankees trip to Baltimore. His hometown of Linden, California made it known to anyone entering the town that Aaron Judge was from there. This particular honor is special to Judge, as it’s one of the many reasons he loves his hometown so much. What a nice gesture.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: The Yankees and their fans are still mourning the loss of Yankees GM and dynasty maker Gene “Stick” Michael. Current Yankees GM Brian Cashman, who served as Stick’s assistant GM, needed a day before he could bring himself to talk about his friend and mentor without getting choked up. You should read this article, ladies and gentlemen. Cashman’s words regarding Stick are wonderful.