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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 9/28/21

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Yankees benefit from Joe West’s blunder; at long last, fans show appreciation for Giancarlo Stanton; Yankees activate RHP Jameson Taillon and option reliever Albert Abreu; Stanton’s home run celebration is too rough for Gleyber.

New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images | Hayden Bird: During Sunday’s 6-3 Yankees win over the Red Sox, home plate umpire Joe West made a call that later became a pivotal moment of the game. With Aaron Judge at the plate in a 1-2 count, Judge foul-tipped the ball into Red Sox catcher Christian Vázquez’s mitt. Then, while transferring the ball from his glove to his throwing hand, Vázquez dropped the ball. West’s determination that Red Sox catcher Christian Vázquez had dropped the foul tip allowed Aaron Judge to extend his at-bat, and Judge took advantage of his luck by knocking in a pair of runs.

Vázquez later said he wanted his team to challenge the call, but MLB rules don’t consider foul tips and catch/no-catch situations to be reviewable. West’s controversial call, in turn, had a huge impact on the outcome of the game. | Gary Phillips: It may have taken a few years, but Yankees fans are finally warming up to Giancarlo Stanton, and Stanton’s teammates are thrilled that the guy is getting his due. Stanton was booed in his first home game in pinstripes and there have been some moments of jeering at Yankee Stadium this year, too. Now, fans have embraced the slugger. His teammates have enjoyed watching him come through in high-leverage situations and his confident style when talking to the media has been praised, as well.

NJ Advance Media | Randy Miller: Right-hander Jameson Taillon was activated from the injured list during Monday’s off day and will start on the mound for the Yankees tonight in Toronto. Taillon skipped his last three starts due to a partially torn ankle tendon. He’s faced the Blue Jays twice this season and was the losing pitcher in both starts.

Taillon’s performance tonight will be telling, as he has had an up-and-down year, but had been thriving most recently before his injury. To make room for Taillon on the 28-man roster, the Yankees optioned reliever Albert Abreu to Triple-A Scranton. The move surprised those who thought reliever Andrew Heaney, and not Abreu, would be bumped off the roster (though another roster move likely soon awaits with the eventual return of Jonathan Loáisiga).

New York Post | Greg Joyce: Giancarlo Stanton played a little too rough with Gleyber Torres on Sunday night. In the eighth inning, Torres took a break from his at-bat to have his neck examined by a trainer, and it turned out that his discomfort was caused by Stanton celebrating his two-run home run by smacking Gleyber on the helmet. Torres then felt his neck flare up on a swing-and-miss a few minutes later. It seems like it was a false alarm, as Gleyber seemed OK to play the rest of the game.