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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/22/19

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MRI comes back clean on Torres; Boone’s feud with umpires continues; A potential postseason challenge in the A’s

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MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: That sound you heard at about 4:45 PM yesterday? That was a collective sigh of relief released by Yankees fans. Gleyber Torres revealed that the MRI of his right hamstring came back clean. The infielder says he’s ready to play, but expect the Yankees to hold him out of the lineup on Sunday. The important thing is to get him into the postseason at full health.

New York Post | Dan Martin: The major narrative arc of the Yankees’ 2019 season has undoubtedly been the injury barrage and “next man up” culture. An interesting subplot, however, has been the team’s beef with umpires. That saga continued on Sunday as Joe West ejected Aaron Boone for chirping in the dugout before the second inning. The interesting point here, however, is how West was stationed at third base. That sure seems like a holdover grudge from Friday night’s blown call in the ninth inning, doesn’t it?

New York Daily News | Bill Madden: Amid all the talk about the Yankees’ seemingly predestined date with the Astros in the postseason, another powerful team has emerged as playoff contenders. The Oakland A’s have a comfortable lead in the Wild Card race, and they carry with them quality starting pitching and a capable lineup. While Madden suggests the Yankees are better off conceding best record to square off against the Twins, I think that misses the mark. The key is that the A’s have a good team and should be taken seriously in October.