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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/18/18

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Aaron Judge and Aroldis Chapman complete simulated games; Yankees-Red Sox rivalry still exciting; Ralph Lauren throwing out first pitch on Thursday; Will the Yankees target Patrick Corbin?

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NY Post | George A. King III: It was reported Sunday night that both Aroldis Chapman and Aaron Judge were nearing returns from their respective rehabs, and the Yankees desperately need them. On Monday, both players completed simulated games. Chapman threw 22 pitches to Tyler Wade and Kyle Higashioka, and Judge took 11 at-bats against Chance Adams, A.J. Cole, and Phillip Diehl. Thanks in advance for not making “Chance Adams/A.J. Cole have been throwing batting practice all year,” jokes in the comments.

Yahoo | Jeff Passan: The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry might seems stale, played out, or oversold to some people, but that’s simply not true. These two teams are historically good, and the rivalry is still very much alive. This is a fun and convincing read from Passan. Definitely give it a look today.

NY Post | Kirsten Fleming: Now for my favorite news story from Monday — Ralph Lauren is going to throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. Why, you ask? I say, why not? The 78-year-old Bronx native grew up watching the Yankee dynasty of the 40’s and was apparently once shunned by Whitey Ford.

NJ.com | Joe Giglio: It’s never too early to start planning the offseason, I guess. Patrick Corbin looks to be an arm that the Yankees will target this winter. The 29-year-old lefty was an All-Star this year and has the 4th-highest fWAR (6.1) in the league.