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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/24/20

Henry apologizes to the league; the anniversary of Torres’ debut; Gleyber has even more room to grow; Happ and Monty were spring standouts

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CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: The long-awaited punishment for the Red Sox’ sign-stealing scandal was finally passed down earlier in the week, with many feeling as though the team got off lightly. John Henry, the owner of the Red Sox, personally apologized to the league’s other owners, including the ownership groups of the Yankees and Dodgers, perhaps the two teams with the strongest grievances against the organization.

New York Post | Dan Martin: In our first of two Gleyber Torres links, we look back at the young star’s debut for the Yankees two years ago Wednesday. The 23-year old is already a cornerstone of the Yankee squad, and his coaches and teammates knew he was something special from his first day in the Bronx.

Newsday | Erik Boland: Despite already being a budding star in the league, Torres knows he has more to do and must constantly improve to keep his place in the majors. The thing that made Torres stand out in every scouting report was an advanced mentality, continually looking for things he could work on and asking for help to get better. That attitude hasn’t changed in the majors and will be a big part of his future.

NJ.com | Brandan Kuty: Do you remember spring training? If not, you’ll be pleased to know that the strong exhibition campaigns for J.A. Happ and Jordan Montgomery didn’t escape the Yankees’ notice. Both lefties posted strong command, with a combined 32 strikeouts and two walks in 24 innings. If and when the MLB season gets off the ground, the back end of the team’s rotation could be a real strength.