NEW YORK — Joe Torre lingered on the field at Yankee Stadium, hugging each one of the guests on hand Saturday to honor New York’s four-time World Series winning manager.

If Torre’s time with the Yankees always felt like a family affair, why should the day his No. 6 was retired be any different?

“It’s a long, long journey from the field to Monument Park,” Torre said. “However, I was blessed to make that journey on the shoulders of some very special players.”

The recently inducted Hall of Famer unveiled his number alongside those of 16 other retired numbers in Monument Park at the start of the ceremony. With No. 6 forever out of circulation, that leaves Derek Jeter’s 2 as the only single-digit number still being worn on Yankees pinstripes.

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The Yankees captain, who is retiring after this season, escorted Soot Zimmer, the wife of the late Don Zimmer, onto the field to present Torre with a proclamation from New York mayor Bill de Blasio naming Saturday Joe Torre Day.

Torre rode in a golf cart with Yogi Berra to the area in front of the mound, where the Yankees presented him with the 29th plaque to be placed in the area beyond the center-field wall.


Masahiro Tanaka took another positive step toward returning to help the Yankees make a run for a playoff berth, facing batters for the first time since he was sidelined six weeks ago with a partially torn right elbow ligament.

• Washington pitcher Doug Fister, a former Mariner, had surgery to remove skin cancer from his neck. Fister said he was now OK.

• The Cleveland Indians acquired catcher Chris Gimenez from the Texas Rangers for future considerations. Cleveland placed catcher Yan Gomes on the seven-day concussion disabled list.