Yankees Starlin Castro Expects Warm Reception on Visit to Cubs

So it is that when Castro, now in his second season with the Yankees, returns to Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon, two of his current teammates — relief pitchers Aroldis Chapman and Adam Warren, who each spent several months with the Cubs last season — will be belatedly presented with World Series rings, while Castro will probably be showered with the most applause.

“I can’t wait to go over there and hear from the fans the first time they announce me,” said Castro, who has looked forward to this series for months, relishing his memories of day baseball, the ivy-covered walls and — especially, he added with a smile — the wind blowing out, not in.

Last week, when the Cubs had a day off in Boston while the Yankees finished a series there, Castro lunched with a good friend, the Cubs reliever Pedro Strop.

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Castro’s two-run, ninth-inning homer for the Yankees last Friday helped them rally to beat the Orioles. He is batting .362 with 16 R.B.I.

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“Right when I left, I was the old guy on the team, so I knew everybody,” said Castro, who will be feted with a video tribute on Friday. “I want to say hi to all my old teammates, the staff — even the trainers and clubbies. It’s going to be fun. I’m going to enjoy it.”

Castro returns at an opportune moment. The Yankees (17-9) have the second-best record in the American League, and aside from the rookie sensation Aaron Judge, few on the team have had a greater impact in this surprising season than Castro, who is batting .362 (second in the A.L. going into Thursday’s games), has 16 R.B.I. and has been stationed recently in the cleanup spot.

Other than his transition to second base from shortstop, which began with the Cubs late in…

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