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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 8/22/21

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Series finale between Yankees and Twins rescheduled for September 13; a fan’s gesture towards Andrew Velazquez; Rays DFA Mike Ford; Odor gets home run called back.

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MLB.com | Betelhem Ashame: The series finale between the Yankees and the Twins has been postponed due to the forecast of (very) inclement weather as a consequence of Hurricane Henri. It has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 13, at 2:05 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium. According to the team’s official site, fans holding paid tickets for Sunday’s finale may use them for the rescheduled game on Sept. 13 or exchange them for tickets to a similar regular-season contest at Yankee Stadium (subject to availability).

NJ Advance Media | Brendan Kuty Yankees’ shortstop and hometown hero Andrew Velazquez hit his first career home run yesterday against the Twins. Usually, fans who catch milestone homers offer to give back the ball in exchange for something, but that was not the case this time. This fan wanted nothing in return.

“(Yankees head of security Eddie Fastook) said it was a clean give up,” Velazquez said. “He said it was a military man. So, whoever it was, thank you.”

Velazquez’s mother, father, brother, grandmother, aunts and friends were in attendance. “I feel like all that other homers I hit in my life didn’t count,” he said.

The shortstop has hit .242 with six RBI in 13 games at 33 at-bats with stellar defense, and has won the fans with his passion.

NJ Advance Media | Brendan Kuty Former Yankee Mike Ford, who was traded for outfield prospect Aldenis Sánchez earlier this season, was designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays, who needed a roster spot after calling up right-hander David Hess and optioning out righty Chris Mazza.

Ford mostly struggled in his time with the Yankees, and was hitting .243 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI in 40 games at Triple-A Durham for the Rays. Will he find his way back to the Yankees’ organization?

New York Post | Zach Braziller In one of the most bizarre at-bats of the season, infielder Rougned Odor hit a home run that was called back because he had called for a time out. Chief umpire Ángel Hernández stepped out of the plate just before the Twins’ pitcher Ralph Garza Jr. delivered his pitch. A somewhat startled Odor managed to send it out, over the fence, but since he asked for the time out, the blast didn’t count. He proceeded to strike out on a questionable call a few seconds later.