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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/4/20

Gleyber Torres hoping to return this weekend; How the Yankees can win the AL East; Remembering Tom Seaver’s time as a Yankees broadcaster

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

New York Post | George A. King III: John Sterling refers to Gleyber Torres’s home runs as “Gleyber Day,” but there is a serious chance that we might see Torres’s return to the Yankees on, appropriately, Labor Day Weekend. Torres has joined the extended team at the alternate site in Scranton, and will take a few at-bats before returning to the bigs. According to Torres, he feels fine and just needs some rehab games to get back up to speed.

CBS Sports | Mike Axisa: Entering the season’s last three-and-a-half weeks, the Tampa Bay Rays surprisingly have control of the American League East. There is still a path for the Yankees to the top, but they would have to get some help, as the Rays control their own destiny. The more pressing matchup? The Bombers and Blue Jays have 10 games left against each other, and are fighting for second place in the division, which gets a better playoff spot than a wild-card team does in this new, expanded playoff format. Yankees-Jays games are about to be the most important they’ve been since 2015, when the two clubs dueled for first place.

New York Daily News | Bob Raissman: Tom Seaver passed away on Wednesday, and leaves a legacy as the greatest New York Met of all time and one of the game’s finest right-handed pitchers. Unknown to some younger Yankees fans, perhaps, is Seaver’s contributions to the Yankees’ broadcast booth. He worked alongside Phil Rizzuto and Bobby Murcer from 1989-1993, and worked as a foil to Rizzuto. One of his former producers, the YES Network’s John J. Filippelli, talked about his time working with Seaver on PIX 11. “Tom Terrific” will be missed.