Katlyn Chookagian edges Viviane Araujo at UFC 262

On the main card of UFC 262, we saw a pivotal matchup in the women’s flyweight division. Top contender and former title challenger Katlyn Chookagian (15-4) was taking on the surging contender Viviane Araujo (10-2).

Araujo entered UFC 262 riding a two-fight win streak. In her last performance, Araujo defeated the very tough Roxanne Modafferi by decision back in January. The two straight wins are on the heels of her loss to another former title challenger in Jessica Eye.

Araujo was looking to use this fight against Katlyn Chookagian as a stepping stone straight into title contention. However, getting the win over someone as tough as Chookagian was not going to be easy.

In my opinion heading into UFC 262, Katlyn Chookagian was clearly the third best flyweight in the world. She’s gone 8-4 inside the octagon and she’s only lost to former champions and former title challengers.

Since 2019, Chookagian has gone 4-2 with wins over JoJo Calderwood, Jennifer Maia, and Cynthia Calvillo. The Calvillo win came back at UFC 255 which was a nice bounce back win after she was stopped in the first round by Jessica Andrade.

UFC 262 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 262 flyweight contest kicked off with immediate pressure from Araujo. Both ladies trade jabs to start their striking. Nice step-in jab lands for Chookagian. Chookagian lands a nice lead left hook.

Big body shot and hook lands for Araujo. Chookagian lands a jab, but Araujo lands a nice left hook on the exit. Big overhand right hand lands for Araujo. Front kick for Chookagian finds it’s home. Another nice right hand lands for Araujo.

Araujo misses wild and a nice body counter lands for Chookagian. Chookagian steps forward with a combination and Araujo counters with a beautiful body shot. The activity is really picking up for Katlyn Chookagian.

1-2 to the body lands for Araujo. Chookagian being very active with her jab and it’s starting to land. A jab and back-to-back front kicks to the body lands for Chookagian. Araujo shoots for a takedown and presses Chookagian against the fence. Round comes to a close and it’s 1-0 Araujo at UFC 262.

Round 2

Chookagian steps forward with a nice 1-2 to start the second here at UFC 262. Both ladies exchange big jabs. A front kick from Chookagian sets Araujo down briefly, but Araujo is right back up.

Araujo presses forward with power shots but misses wildly. Tons of volume here in the second for Katlyn Chookagian. Chookagian is landing the jab consistently here in the second round.

Chookagian throws a body kick, but Araujo catches it. Araujo uses the leg to land a takedown and she’s immediately in halfguard. Araujo starts to work on a guillotine and she uses it to get the mount.

Chookagian is holding on tight, but she’s in a very bad spot here. Araujo starts to attack an arm-triangle, but Chookagian explodes up and starts throwing bombs. Huge 1-2 lands for Chookagian and Araujo looks exhausted here.

Chookagian is pouring it on here late in the round. Araujo plots forward and lands a jab, but she looks compromised. Nice body kick lands and the round comes to a close. Despite the strong close, I think Araujo takes it. Araujo is up 2-0 here at UFC 262.

Round 3

Entering the final round here at UFC 262 and I think Chookagian needs a finish here. Chookagian steps forward with a jab and front kick to start her striking. Araujo leaps forward with a left hook that connects.

Chookagian circles on the outside and lands a couple of jabs. Big right straight lands for Araujo. Lead left hook lands for Araujo and she seems to be getting a bit of a second wind here in the third round.

Chookagian continues to pop the jab and she lands a big right hook to the body. Big front knee lands for Chookagian and Araujo’s eye is starting to swell. A sloppy 1-2 attempt from Araujo falls short.

Good jab lands for Chookagian and she’s landing at will with that jab. However, there’s not a ton of power on any of these shots. Hook to the body and a follow up kick lands for Katlyn Chookagian.

Araujo shoots in for a takedown and can’t land it. Chookagian lands a big knee on the break and a huge 1-2 lands for Chookagian. Big leg kick for Katlyn Chookagian. Chookagian is lighting Araujo up here in the third round.

More shots land for Katlyn Chookagian and she’s in cruise control here in the third. The final bell sounds and it was a dominant third round for Katlyn Chookagian. However, I think it wasn’t enough and I have it 2-1 Araujo at UFC 262.

Katlyn Chookagian def. Viviane Araujo by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Edson Barboza knocks out Shane Burgos at UFC 262

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Kicking off the PPV main card at UFC 262 was a featherweight matchup between two dynamic strikers. Edson Barboza (21-9) was making his third appearance in the featherweight division as he was taking on “Hurricane” Shane Burgos (13-2).

Since making his debut with the UFC, Shane Burgos has only lost to top flight competition. His two losses have come against Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett. The last time we saw Burgos was the Emmett fight which was one of the UFC‘s fights of the year in 2020.

Burgos was looking to bounce back from that loss tonight. He has very good hands and a ton of power, but he was going up against one of the more dynamic and fast strikers in the UFC.

For years, Edson Barboza has been known as one of the premier strikers in the UFC. Barboza spent the majority of his career in the lightweight division. During that time, Barboza only lost to the best of the best.

Last year, Barboza decided to drop down to 145 pounds. Since that move, he’s gone 1-1 but the one loss was a razor close split decision. Barboza was hoping to pick up a win over Burgos tonight which would likely put him in the top ten of the UFC‘s featherweight division.

UFC 262 Recap

Round 1

UFC 262’s opening fight kicked off with no touch of the gloves. Three massive calf kicks land for Barboza to start the striking. Huge left hand of Barboza hurts Burgos briefly, but Burgos smiles.

Burgos steps forward and lands a huge 1-2. Barboza then counters with a big leg kick and Burgos lands his jab. Burgos pushes forward and rips a left hook to the body. Another big calf kick lands for Barboza.

Barboza already wearing some damage as Burgos connects again with a jab. Nice lead left hook lands for Burgos. Spinning back kick from Barboza forces a shoot for Burgos. Burgos lands another jab and a calf kick counter from Barboza.

Pace slowing a bit with two minutes left here at UFC 262. Both men trade good jabs, but Burgos doubles up. Big body combination lands for Shane Burgos. Both men step forward and trade big shots, but a nasty body shot on the exit from Burgos.

Uppercut lands for Barboza and a counter jab from Burgos. Huge spinning kick lands and Barboza rocks Burgos. Huge right hand drops Burgos to a knee. Leg kick buckles Burgos again and Barboza is turning it on. The round ends and it’s 1-0 Barboza at UFC 262.

Round 2

Both men were feeling that first round heading into the second here at UFC 262. Burgos charges forward and immediately goes back to pressuring Barboza. Huge right hand for Burgos lands and Barboza lands another calf kick.

Spinning back kick to the body lands for Barboza. Barboza circles on the outside and Burgos lands a big hook to the body. Switch kick lands for Edson Barboza. Barboza steps forward and lands a big combination on Burgos.

Tons of blood coming out of the shin of Edson Barboza. Burgos steps forward, but Barboza counters nicely. Body kick lands for Shane Burgos. 1-2 lands for Shane Burgos. Nasty lead hook to the body for Shane Burgos. Lead hook lands for Burgos and a nice left hook for Hurricane.

The pace is really slowing for Barboza here. Both men trade jabs, but Burgos is taking over here. Spinning back kick to the body lands for Barboza. Both men trade jabs and another big calf kick lands for Barboza.

Big right hand lands for Edson Barboza. Flying knee for Barboza and a body kick follows. Barboza might be stealing the round here, but just as I say that, Burgos lands big to the body. The round closes and I have it 1-1, but it’s razor close at UFC 262.

Round 3

Entering the final round here at UFC 262 and this is anyone’s fight. The first round was Barboza’s but the second round could go either way. Both touch gloves as the final round gets going.

Big leg kicks for both men land to start the striking. Burgos is really starting to throw kicks in the second half of this fight. Good lead hook lands for Burgos and another nice kick from Burgos.

Shane Burgos is really active here early. Barboza lands a big right hand and Burgos eats it. However, it’s a delayed reaction and Burgos starts fading backwards. Burgos falls backwards and he’s out. Edson Barboza gets the win here at UFC 262.

Edson Barboza def. Shane Burgos by KO – Round 3

Bucks beat Heat, give Knicks a shot at finishing as 4th seed

The New York Knicks hustled their way to get here, and Lady Luck smiled on them.

After outlasting the Charlotte Hornets in overtime, 118-109, earlier on Saturday, the Knicks needed a Miami Heat loss to stay in the hunt for a homecourt edge.

They got it with Jimmy Butler, a former Tom Thibodeau player sitting out due to lower back tightness, as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Heat, 122-108.

Former Knick Bobby Portis scored 14 points off the bench while Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 21 in a rousing win that set up a dramatic Knicks-Celtics season finale at The Garden on a Sunday matinee.

The Knicks can clinch the fourth seed with a victory against the Celtics even if the Atlanta Hawks win over the league’s worst team, Houston Rockets.

New York holds the tiebreaker against Atlanta after the Knicks swept the Hawks in the regular season.

The Celtics will finish as the eighth seed no matter the outcome against the Knicks. Boston has already lost Jaylen Brown to a season-ending wrist injury, and they might opt to rest Jayson Tatum and Evan Fournier at the backend of a back-to-back schedule.

Tatum and Fournier started in Boston’s 124-108 win over Minnesota on Saturday.

With or without the Boston duo, the Knicks will go all out to secure their highest finish since they ended up as the second seed in the East during the 2012-13 season.

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New York Yankees Recap: Yankees take their 5th series in a row with win over the O’s

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Game two of the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles’ three-game set was played tonight at Baltimore’s Orioles Park at Camden Yards. The Yankees Domingo German faced the Orioles’ Jorge Lopez. The game was played without Gleyber Torres (Covid 19), Aaron Hicks (wrist), and Giancarlo Stanton (quad injury). The Yankees won the game 8-2.

In the first inning, Lopez faced DJ LeMahieu, who walked on four pitches. Luke Voit searching for his first hit of the season, got it in the first inning, advancing DJ to second. Aaron Judge with no outs and two on walked. Gio Urshela struck out. A passed ball scored DJ LeMahieu. Gary Sanchez got a two-run single scoring Voit and Judge. Brett Gardner struck out. A pitch hit Clint Frazier and the umpire. Frazier took first, and Sanchez advanced to second. Miguel Andujar ground out to third, but the Yankees pick up three runs in the top of the first.

At the bottom, Domingo German faced Cedric Mullins, who struck out. Austin Hays struct out. Trey Mancini flew out to Frazier in right. At the top of the second, Wade reached on a bad throw. Wade got caught stealing. LeMahieu singled. Voit struck out. Judge nailed a two-run home run to left. Urshela singled to left field. Gary Sanchez went down looking. New York Yankees 5 and the Orioles 0.

At the bottom of the second, DJ Stewart flew out to Gardner in center. Freddie Galvis flew out to Andujar in left. Pedro Severino ground out to Tyler Wade to end the inning. Yankees 5 Orioles 0.

Brett Gardner led off the third inning by grounding out to first. Clint Frazier, who was hit by a pitch in the first, stuck out swinging. Miguel Andujar hit a foul ball to the moon but then ground out, ending the half. At the bottom, Rio Ruiz singled. Pat Valaika struck out swinging. Cisco doubled to center. Mullins, with one out, walked the bases full. Hays hit into a double play getting German out of trouble. Yanks 5 O’s 0.

To start the fourth, Tyler Wade singled. LeMahieu flew out to center field. Luke Voit hit into a double play to end the half. The bottom of the inning saw Mancini facing German, and he singled to right. Stewart struck out. Glavis hit into a double play to end the inning. Yanks 5 O’s 0.

Aaron Judge led off the fifth with a long out to center. Gio Urshela flew out to right. Gary Sanchez flew out to right to end the top. Pedro Severino led off the bottom by grounding out to Urshela at third. Ruiz struck out swinging. Valaika struck out for a quick 1-2-3 inning for German. Yanks 5 O’s 0.

Gardner led off the sixth inning with a long single to left. Frazier flew out to right. Andujar got his second hit of the year, a single to left. Wade singled and went 3 for 3 loading the bases with Yankee with only one out. Lemahieu faced the new pitcher Tyler Wells who immediately balked in a run. LeMahieu struck out swinging. Voit hit a two-run single driving in Andujar and Wade standing up. Judge with one on and two outs struck out, but the Yankees picked up another 3 runs. New York Yankees 8 Baltimore Orioles 0.

At the bottom of the six-inning, Chance Cisco walked on German 66th pitch of the game. Mullins singled past the diving Wade moving Cisco to second. Hays reached on a fielder’s choice, one out. Mancini ground out, but the Orioles scored a run on the play. Stewart, with two outs, struck out, but the Orioles picked up their first run of the game. Yankees 8 Orioles 1.

The top of the seventh was led off by Gio Urshela, who struck out. Sanchez battled Wells, who walked on the 10th pitch of the at-bat. Gardner stuck out. Frazier ground out to third to end the half. At the bottom, Lucas Luetge took over for German. Freddie Galvis flew out to Gardner in center field. Severino ground out to Wade at short. Ruiz ground out to second for the 1-2-3 inning for Luetge. Yankees 8 Orioles 1.

Leading off the top of the eighth against Shaun Armstong was Manuel Andujar, who struck out. Tyler Wade went down on strikes. LeMahieu grounded out to first base end the half. Pat Valaika led off the bottom against Justin Wilson by popping out to LeMahieu. Cisco popped out to the infield. McKenna ground out to third as the O’s went down in order. Yankees 8 Orioles 1.

Voit led off the ninth grounding out to the infield. Judge singled to left field. Urshela singled to right, moving Judge to second base. Sanchez flew over the left-field wall, but the ball was caught. Gardner flew out to left to end the half for the Yankees. At the bottom of the ninth, with the last licks on the line for the Orioles, Austin Hays with Luis Cessa on the mound took to the plate and hit a single to left. Mountcastle got a base hit. DJ Stewart struck out. Ramon Urias singled driving in Hays. Severino hit into a game-ending double play.

The final score was the New York Yankees 8 and the Baltimore Orioles 2. The winning pitcher was Domingo German, and the loser was Jorge Lopez as the Yankees completed their five-in-a-row series win.




New York Giants: Does Kadarius Toney have an injury at mini-camp?

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Rookie minicamp is underway for the New York Giants but some have noticed something odd about first round pick Kadarius Toney. On the first day of camp, he received a bit of attention for playing with one cleat – possibly due to getting the wrong size from the equipment staff – but was out of practice before others due to what looked like a calf cramp.

Cramping up on the first day is understandable considering this was Toney’s first time working out as an NFL player, and a bit of time has passed since the combine and the college season. It’s expected that it might take a bit of time to get back into the swing of things, but there might be reason for concern if the trend continues multiple days.

After the second day of practice, Dan Duggan reported that Toney was the only player to sit out long stretches on both days, and also that Toney was checked out by trainers on the sideline. He stopped short of definitively claiming that Toney is dealing with an injury, however, because we just don’t know enough to say that yet.

Bleacher Report made the interesting claim that Toney tweaked his foot while wearing the wrong size cleats, and used it as an explanation of why he continued with one bare foot.

It’s hard to give a verdict of whether there’s an injury at play here or not but it seems like there’s no major problems even if there is one. There’s no sign that Toney will get pulled from future practices or that he’ll have to practice with restrictions, and because of that, it’s best for fans not to panic just yet.

New lease on life at 40: Knicks zap Hornets in OT, stay alive for No.4

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Julius Randle delivered his sixth triple-double of the season as the New York Knicks notched their 40th win and averted what could have been a disastrous collapse.

The Knicks squandered an 18-point lead but recovered just in time to beat the Charlotte Hornets, 118-109, in overtime to stay in the hunt for the precious fourth seed.

Now, the Knicks will keenly watch the Miami Heat-Milwaukee Bucks game later. A Heat loss will give the Knicks complete control of their destiny — beat the Jaylen Brown-less Boston Celtics tomorrow, and they end up as No. 4 with the homecourt edge in the first round of the playoffs.

Randle atoned for his offensive struggles late in the regulation by controlling the game in the extra five minutes. Playing decoy, Randle scored only two free throws but dished out five assists — the first two set up Alec Burks and Reggie Bullock for three-pointers that silenced the Hornets’ buzz.

“I thought he (Randle) and Alec had a good chemistry in that two-man game,” Tom Thibodeau said. “Their responsibility is to read the game. What they (Hornets) were doing — there was a switch, there was a double-team. And we think we can get good offense off that. Anytime we can get those two on the ball, just make the right read, get to your spacing. And it creates a lot of easy offense for us.”

Randle had 33 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists to move two games away from tying Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier’s record of most triple-doubles (8) in a single season in the franchise history.

Nerlens Noel anchored the Knicks’ tenacious defense with five blocks and two steals. He added eight points and 11 rebounds.

They held the Hornets to 38 percent from the field, with Charlotte’s prized rookie LaMelo Ball rendered ineffectively. Ball was 4-for-15 from the floor for only eight points and four assists.

With their defense sharp in the middle quarters, the Knicks grabbed an 18-point (48-30) in the second quarter and a 17-point lead (73-56) five minutes into the second half.

But Miles Bridges, who scored 30 points in his first game back from health and safety protocols, led a Hornets’ comeback. Bridges scored 16 in a 30-16 closing run by Charlotte to move within three at the end of the third quarter, 89-86.

The Hornets stepped on the gas and seized a four-point lead, 93-89, with a 7-0 run to start the fourth quarter. It was a nip-and-tuck affair from there.

Five straight points from Randle gave the Knicks a 104-101 lead with 4:34 left in regulation. Aside from a Terry Rozier split at the line to close the gap, 104-102, both teams couldn’t buy a basket down the stretch. Rozier broke the spell for both teams with the game-tying layup in the final 37.8 seconds.

Going for a 2-for-1 play, Randle missed a quick drive, and the Knicks dodged a bullet after the Hornets earned the last two possessions. Rozier missed a jumper, but Burks lost the ball out of bounce with 10.1 seconds left. Luckily for the Knicks, Devonte Graham missed a wide-open three sending the game into overtime.

Randle took over in overtime. He drilled two free throws then assisted on the Knicks’ next five shots to put the game beyond reach.

Bullock racked up 17 points with five threes while the Knicks’ bench countered Bridges and Graham’s 55-point output.

Derrick Rose returned from a one-game absence and scored 15 points while Burks added 14. Immanuel Quickley also stepped up with 13 points in 24 minutes.

RJ Barett struggled with his shot (9 points, 4-of-10 from the field). Barrett and Rose, curiously, sat out in the crucial moments of the fourth quarter and overtime.

Tom Thibodeau quickly allayed fears that they were hurt.

“Both guys are fine. It’s just the way the game was unfolding. We started off the third quarter really well and we hit a lull. We’re just trying to find a group that could go and that group (without Barrett and Rose) ended up doing well so we stayed with them longer. They’re fine and ready to go tomorrow.”

The Knicks will have everybody except Mitchell Robinson at the conclusion of their regular season against the Celtics tomorrow. A 20-win improvement from their 21-win total last season is at stake. And hopefully, a chance to grab the fourth seed.

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Yankees’ top prospect is taking a major step forward in his development

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The New York Yankees are sold on Gleyber Torres’ offensive abilities, even if he has struggled this season and only has one home run. They know what he is capable of, as he bopped 38 round-trippers just a couple of seasons ago. Yet, they aren’t convinced he can be their shortstop of the future when it comes to the glove.

Torres has made strides this year on the field after a rocky start, but down on the farm, the Yankees have a natural, smooth fielder whose offensive stock is going way up if we consider his blistering start to the season.

Oswald Peraza, by most accounts a top-five prospect in the Yankees system, is tearing the cover off the ball in Class A-Advanced so far in 2021.

The 20-year-old shortstop has taken a major step forward in his development as a batter. In his first ten games, Peraza is hitting a robust .308/.400/.667 with four home runs, nine stolen bases, a .464 weighted On-Base Average (wOBA) and a 191 weighted Runs Created Plus, or wRC+.

The Yankees are excited about his potential

He is taking a more aggressive approach that is resulting in a rather high, but still manageable 22.2 strikeout percentage, but it has come with loads of power. The Yankees are certainly welcoming the change, as any development as a batter will put the slick fielding shortstop in the elite of the prospects rankings.

Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone had already praised Peraza in early March after seeing him in spring training. “He’s a guy, from a future standpoint, we’re about as excited as you could be,’’ Boone said of Peraza. “He looks like a guy who’s gonna be an everyday shortstop in this league.”

The Yankees’ skipper was impressed with three aspects of Peraza’s game back in March: his swing, his smooth hands at short, and his athleticism. Judging by the early 2021 performance, the arrow is pointing way up for Peraza.

Mets: Brandon Nimmo suffers setback, JD Davis return around the corner

The New York Mets have been playing without their leadoff hitter and regular center fielder Brandon Nimmo for a while, as he is nursing a bone bruise in his left index finger. They are doing OK without him, recently winning seven straight games before seeing their streak snapped on Friday, but they need him for the long haul if they want to make some noise come October.

The Mets had been hoping to have Nimmo back for the weekend, starting on Friday, as he took some at-bats with the team’s minor league affiliates.

However, he suffered a setback in his recovery, as he is still bothered by the injury and can’t bat as he normally would.

According to the Mets’ official site, in his last at-bat for Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday, Nimmo felt pain in the finger. That’s what manager Luis Rojas told the media, and now his return has been pushed back until further notice.

Nimmo didn’t play for Syracuse on Friday night, as he is going to get treatment and receive more tests to see if the initial diagnosis got worse or if he could resume his rehab after a rest day or two.

The Mets miss Nimmo but could get Davis back this weekend

Before getting hurt, Nimmo was having a highly productive season for the Mets, hitting .318/.430/.439 with a homer and a couple of stolen bases, plus improved defense out there in center field, which was one of his main weaknesses last year.

Nimmo could resume the rehab assignment on Saturday. “That was one of the reasons why him and us wanted him to take at-bats before joining the team, just so he could test it,” Rojas said. “He did the high velo machine but still wanted to do it live against pitchers.”

The Mets could have JD Davis back this weekend, though, so at least there are some good news on the injury front.

“J.D. did high velo today, felt better. We’re still aiming at tomorrow (Saturday), but still gotta give us the feedback after hitting off the high velo machine,” Rojas said. “So we can be in a good place to probably activate him tomorrow or the next day.”

New York Yankees: Latest injury updates on 10 Yankee players (video)

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Compared to the last two seasons, the New York Yankees have been blessed with far fewer significant injuries. One of the injuries is a carryover from last year. Luis Severino underwent Tommy John surgery, not allowing him to pitch at all last season. Now Severino is just two months away from his expected return. Here is a list of the Yankees’ present injuries and the players’ progress.

Giancarlo Stanton, quad:

Giancarlo Stanton was scratched from last night’s game in Baltimore due to left quad tightness. Stanton has had a history of quadriceps problems. This issue has arisen in his left quad. He previously had right quad problems in the 2019 ALCS. He has not been put on the 10 day IL, and the Yankees have not explained the extensiveness of the injury. We know that Stanton usually does not come back quickly from these injuries if they are serious. The Yankees have to hope that the injury is minor as he is presently their best hitter.

Aaron Hicks, wrist:

The injury to Aaron Hicks wrist may not be a minor as the Stanton injury. Hicks could be out for some time with a wrist injury. They have issued a mixed bag on the injury, saying that he could return after a few days of rest, that he may have to go to the IL, to he may require surgery. If the latter is the case, he will be missing from the Yankees lineup for some time. “I think it could go either way,” is what Aaron Boone said. With Odor, Torres, and Stanton out of the lineup, the Yankee hope he will just need rest.

Gio Urshela, knee:

Gio Urshela is not on the IL and is still playing. During a catch in the Astros series, Urshela injured his knee, falling on it. He missed a few days and returned to the team. In the last game at Tampa, he seemed to run the bases haltingly. Last night he seemed to run better. In an after-game interview, he indicated it was getting better each day.

Gleyber Torres, Covid:

Of the eight positive Covid cases the New York Yankees are dealing with, Gleyber Torres is the only player affected. After being infected with the virus last December, Torres was one of the vaccinated players in April with the J&J vaccine. Wednesday, it was announced that Torres had contracted the virus again. He was placed on the 10 Covid lists. That protocol calls for him to be quarantined for 10 days in Tampa, or if he tests negative for three days in a row, he may be able to return to the team.

Darren O’Day, rotator cuff:

The 38 year old sidearm reliever is on the 10 IL for a rotaor cuff injury. “You talk to any veteran relief pitcher, you’re going to deal with things throughout the year,” Boone said. “This is enough to where it does require a few weeks of shutdown. Hopefully he can get this thing right and still be an important part of our bullpen moving forward.”

Asher Wojciechowski, lat injury:

Asher is now with the Scranton Wilkes/Barre Rail Raiders. He suffered a lat injury at the end of spring training. He has bee day to day and  very little information on his rehab is available, but once he is good to go it is  unlikely he will return to the team.

Zack Britton, Bone chip:

Back in March, Zack Britton underwent surgery to have a bone chip removed from his pitching elbow. Earlier in April, Aaron Boone provided a positive update on Britton’s rehab.

“Zack’s doing really well. He’s got full range of motion. I think he is scheduled to start playing catch as early as this week. … The incision and the swelling and all that, which is the biggest hurdle to clear initially, is going really well for him.

Britton is not eligible to return until the end of this month, depending on his progress.  He will throw off a mound now that the New York Yankees have returned from their road trip, Max Goodman of Sports Illustrated reports.

Robinson Chirinos, wrist:

Robinson Chirinos is now at Triple-A Scranton rehabbing. He is doing well playing in exhibition games and could return to the Yankees in the next two weeks if he is needed.

Clarke Schmidt,

Jordan Horrobin of MLB.com reports that Schmidt has begun throwing again. Schmidt suffered a common flexor strain during spring training. He received a cortisone shot to relieve pain. If pitching off the flat is a success, he will move on to pitch from the mound. There is no timetable for his return. Boone said, “Obviously, it’s going to take a while because he’s starting from scratch essentially, but he’s doing well.”

Luis Severino, Tommy John:

Severino has been throwing off a mound since March 11 and is close to being cleared to face hitters. Manager Aaron Boone said:

“I don’t know his exact date of throwing to hitters. I know it’s mapped out and I’ll try to peek at the schedule here (Thursday or Friday). I know that he’s got a bullpen (Thursday) (April 29) of 35 pitches, so he is getting close.”

Severino was originally expected to return to the mound at Yankee Stadium late in the summer, but that has advanced to him returning very late in June of at least before the All-Star break. This week he was seen at the Tampa complex throwing a batting practice with New York Yankees phenom Jasson Dominguez.

Yankees’ Gio Urshela after pinch-hit, game-winning homer: ‘You’ve got to be ready all the time’

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Since he injured his knee last week against the Houston Astros, New York Yankees’ Gio Urshela has been somewhat banged up, in and out of the lineup. He continues to perform at a high level, which is why the Bombers need him more than ever, especially with injuries starting to pile on.

In fact, Urshela opened last night’s game on the bench, between the trainer’s table and the weight room of the hosts, the Baltimore Orioles.

The Yankees’ infielder was called upon to pinch-hit in the seventh inning with his team down a couple of runs. He faced Travis Lakins Sr., in what went on to be a nine-pitch at-bat that culminated in a three-run shot that gave the Bombers a lead they would not relinquish.

“You’ve got to be ready, all the time, from pitch one,” Urshela said. “I was warming up in the innings before that, just trying to keep my body warm and be ready for every opportunity.”

The Yankees’ infielder is still battling knee issues

Urshela’s knee was swollen in the past few days, but it subsided just enough for him to make that pinch-hit appearance.

“Off the bench or not, it was one of those really good at-bats,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone told MLB.com. “It was a huge spot in the game, a couple of runners out there. To foul off [five] pitches and then absolutely get into one, it was just a big-time at-bat by a really good player. I’m glad I had that sitting over there tonight as a weapon.”

It was Urshela’s fifth homer of the year, one that was good enough for him to keep a 22-game streak of reaching base alive.

“I’m just trying to bring that confidence every single day that I play,” Urshela said. “Today I felt more comfortable; I did some treatment and all that. I feel a lot better.”