New York Yankees Recap: Joey Gallo wins it for the Yankees against Seattle

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Tonight the New York Yankees could have been entering a pivotal series with the Seattle Mariners; both teams are battling for a wild card berth. Unfortunately, the Yankees and the Mariners are both coming off lost attempts for a series sweep. The Yankees won two of three from the Orioles, and Seattle took two of three from the Rays. Tonight Gallo won it for the Yankees 5-3.

The Yankees were in third place 58-49, six games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East. They are 7-3 in their last ten games. The Mariners are in third place in the AL West. They are 58-51, going 5-5 in their last 10 games, 7 1/2 game behind the Houston Astros. Tonight Nestor Cortes Jr. faced Tyler Anderson.

In the first inning with Cortes on the mound, JP Crawford walked on four pitches. Mitch Haniger hit an around-the-horn double play. Ty France singled to left field. Kyle Seager popped out to Higashioka for the final out of the scoreless half. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu tapped back to the catcher. Anthony Rizzo flew out to the far center. Aaron Judge struck out to end the scoreless inning.

At the second, Abe Toro flew out to Davis in center. Luis Torrens flew out to Judge in right. Tom Murphy went down on strike as Cortes went 1-2-3 in the inning. At the bottom, Giancarlo Stanton singled to center. Joey Gallo doubled to right. Gleyber Torres flew out to right, but Stanton scored on the play. Rougie Odor walked. Higashioka, with two on and one out, popped out. Jonathan Davis flew out to the warning track in left field. No score.

Jarred Kelienic led off the third inning by singling.  Dylan Moore walked. Crawford was out on a sac bunt. Haniger got a sac fly to tie up the game. France popped out to Torres to end the inning, but the Mariners tied up the game. In the bottom of the third, LeMahieu singled on a line drive to center. Rizzo lined out to left. Judge lined out to right. Stanton struck out to end the inning. New York Yankees 1 Mariners 1.

In the fourth inning, Kyle Seager was against Cortes; he homered for the Mariners to take the lead. Abe Toro flew out to the right-center. Torrens flew out to center. Tom Murphy, with two outs, singled to left. Kelenic hit into the force out, but the Mariners took the led in the game. At the bottom, Gallo doubled to right. Torres ground out to end the inning. The final score after four innings was the Yankees 2 and the Mariners 2.

In the top of the seventh inning Jarred Kelenic hit a homer off Chad Green to right to give the Mariners the lead in the game. In the bottom with two on base and the game tied at two, Joey Gallo hit a three-run homer to right field for his 26th home run of the season. New York Yankees 5 and the Seattle Mariners 3.

In the eighth inning, France doubled off a ball down the right-field line in the eighth inning that bounced off the wall. Seager went down on strikes. Toro got an infield single, with France moving to third. With men on corners and one out, Torrens hit into a double play to end the inning and leave two on base. At the bottom, Odor walked—Higashioka, who was 1 for 3 on the night, chopped back to first. Brett Gardner pinch-hitting for Davis popped out directly to first. LeMahieu ground out to second to end the inning. New York Yankees 5 Seattle Mariners 3.

At the top of the ninth with Yankee closer Aroldis Chapman on the mound, Tom Murphy ground out to third with a tremendous scoop by Rizzo at first. Kelenic walked. A wild pitch advanced Kelenic to second. Cal Raleigh pinch-hitting for Moore struck out with Seattle down to its final out. Crawford singled to Torres, who had no play. With men on the corners and two outs, Mitch Haniger took to the plate with 25 home runs. Haniger flew out to Gallo in left for the Yankee win.

The final score was the New York Yankees 5 and the Seattle Mariners 3. The winning pitcher was Chad Green, and the loser was Paul Sewald. Aroldis Chapman got his 23rd save of the season as shaky as it was.

New York Giants: Kenny Golladay expected to be out 2-3 weeks

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Every training camp comes with injury scares, and this year for the New York Giants, the latest one surrounds Kenny Golladay.

Golladay came into camp as the team’s top free agent acquisition, but became the center of concern for a different reason when he had to leave the field due to an apparent hamstring injury on Tuesday. Despite some initial worries coming from this, Joe Judge insisted that the Giants had avoided the worst case scenario.

It looks like Judge had accurate information, as Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News is reporting that Golladay is only set to miss two to three weeks with the injury.

Golladay having to miss two to three weeks isn’t exactly a positive outcome, especially as the new wide receiver already has a limited amount of time to build chemistry with Daniel Jones and learn Jason Garrett’s offense before the start of the season. However, the verdict could have been far worse.

The Giants likely aren’t going to rush Golladay back into action, just like they aren’t rushing Saquon Barkley. Like with Barkley, they have good reasons to be more considerate of Golladay’s long term future. The largest of those reasons is the huge four year contract that Golladay signed to become the team’s number one receiving threat.

If we’re lucky, we might still see Golladay make a return at some point in the preseason. But given the likely cautious approach from the Giants, that shouldn’t be assumed.

As for Golladay’s status for week one, that remains to be seen. But based on the current reports coming out, it doesn’t look like this injury will last long enough to keep Golladay out against Denver unless there’s a setback.

What’s next for Uriah Hall after UFC Vegas 33?

Last weekend at UFC Vegas 33, Uriah Hall (17-10) took on Sean Strickland (24-3) in the headliner. Hall was looking for his fifth straight win on his road to a potential shot at the UFC middleweight title.

It’s been a long an interesting run in the UFC for Hall. When Hall was first introduced to fans it was on The Ultimate Fighter. Dana White touted Hall as the scariest fighter that they had ever seen on the show.

Hall had highlight reel knockouts on the show and he looked like he was going to be an immediate contender for the UFC title. However, Hall fought extremely tentative in the finale and lost to Kelvin Gastelum.

Throughout Hall’s career in the UFC, there were never any questions about his talent. All the questions surrounding Hall had to deal with his mental makeup. Uriah Hall has all of the physical talent in the world, he’s just never put it together completely.

At UFC Vegas 33, he was looking to show fans that it was finally his time. However, he was completely flat in the main event. Hall was walked down all night and Sean Strickland ended up winning a very lopsided decision.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 33?

Last Saturday was another one of those moments where you just have to scratch your head when you look at Uriah Hall. From a physical talent standpoint, Hall should have been able to defeat Sean Strickland.

Going on talent alone, you could make the argument that Hall should’ve been a UFC champion already. However, he just seems to run into these mental blocks and fails to show up in some of the bigger moments in his career.

After the loss on Saturday, Hall is now 10-8 in his UFC career. A guy that was touted to be the next great champion has a career record with the promotion at just over 500.

A good fight for Hall after UFC Vegas 33 could be Brad Tavares (19-6). Tavares has won two in a row, but is still a few spots behind Hall in the UFC rankings. That would be a great fight to figure out what Uriah Hall has left.

New York Yankees Breaking News: Catcher Gary Sanchez has tested positive for Covid

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, the New York Yankees have reported that catcher Gary Sanchez has tested positive for the Covid virus. Manager Aaron Boone made the announcement just moments ago. The Yankees already have had several players test positive for the virus even though the team was the first to reach an 85% vaccination rate. It is not known if Sanchez was vaccinated or not.

More on this from EmpireSportsMedia.coms as move information becomes available.

Mets: Javier Baez is already making a huge impact on the bases and at the plate

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New York Mets’ deadline addition Javier Baez has the ability to be a game-changer in the three aspects a position player can help his team. He has an enticing power-speed combo that has already been on display in his brief time in flushing (even if he is a low-OBP type), he is a gifted fielder, and a very, very good baserunner.

The baserunning and hitting prowess were evident in the Mets’ 5-3 win against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday, a much-needed victory to take the team to a 56-51 record, just 1.5 games ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies.

In the top of the second frame, he raced home from third on a Tomas Nido ground ball, and just when the catcher appeared ready to tag him out, he switched hands and touched the base with the other one, securing an important run for the Mets.

Then, in the eighth inning, he led things off with a tie-breaking homer off right-hander Anthony Bass. It was his second home run with a Mets uniform.

The Mets’ newest addition can win games in many ways

“The slide was early and it was really exciting, but to hit a homer late in the game is the biggest thing for us,” said Báez.

The dynamic infielder said, according to MLB.com, that his glare after the play was intended for the fans above the Marlins’ dugout, and not the team itself. “It was nothing to [the Marlins]. It was to the fans. They were talking trash to me and I was just going back and forth with them.”

That’s just who Baez is: a fierce competitor that feeds from adversity and uses that energy to his own advantage.

“He’s just a special player,” said Mets manager Luis Rojas. “Of course the home run to take the lead was the biggest highlight for me, but the slide at home plate was special. He can beat you in so many ways.”

 

Do the Islanders have the best goaltending duo in the NHL now?

Earlier this week, future Hall of Famer goalie Marc-Andre Fleury notified the Chicago Blackhawks that he will indeed play for them this upcoming season. Fleury, who was traded back on July 27th, is now the head guy in Chicago after forming a formidable duo in Vegas for the past year-plus with Robin Lehner.

Last year, the two were declared the league’s best goaltending tandem between the pipes. Fleury won the Vezina Trophy for the first time in his career and together he and Lehner were awarded the William Jennings Trophy.

But with them no longer together, the question now is: Which team does have the best twosome in net? Look no further than the Islanders.

The duet of Semyon Varlamov and Ilya Sorokin — already considered the top pairing in the Metropolitan Division after all the dust settled in free agency — have serious consideration for top billing at this moment. Both were terrific in 2020-21 and played a pivotal role in the Islanders getting back to the third round of the postseason for the second year in a row.

Stats-wise, Varlamov and Sorokin combined for a 2.23 GAA in the regular season (second in the league) and owned the top spot for save percentage with a stellar .925. Individually, they both excelled too. Varlamov, 33, played at a Vezina-worthy level all year and in the playoffs. He recorded a career-high in shutouts with seven — which tied for the best among goalies with Seattle’s Phillipp Grubauer — and his save percentage (.929) and goals-against (2.04) were also the best since turning pro.

Sorokin, who is on the verge of a contract extension, shined backing up Varlamov and was one of the top freshman netminders in a star-studded class. The Russian import was second behind Detroit’s Alex Nedeljkovic in several categories and won 13 of his 21 starts.

Now, you can make the point that there’s some bias knowing this is an Islander-centric piece and because Varlamov and Sorokin do get the benefit of playing in for a Barry Trotz-coached squad that is defense-first. Both are true. And yes, there’s several other duos that could be given that title — Phillipp Grubauer (Vezina finalist) and Chris Dreidger in Seattle, Sergei Bobrovsky and Spencer Knight in Florida, Fleury and Kevin Lankinen in Chicago.

But those tandems are new in a sense. The chemistry and rapport Varlamov and Sorokin have already and will keep moving forward needs to be accounted for. Trotz a few months back acknowledged the dynamic between the two as unbelievable.

“I think as friends, as teammates and countrymen, Trotz said. “If you know anything about Varly, Varly is a great mentor for not only a Russian goalie but any goalie in the NHL. He’s got a great demeanor.”

Goaltending is such a valuable piece to winning in the NHL and the Isles for the last few years have seen how far it can take you. Each of the duos they’ve had have been could have been argued as being the de-facto best in the league.

The season isn’t upon us for another two months, but at this moment though, Varlamov and Sorokin just might be that.

Scott Mayfield really took his game to new heights in the postseason. He seems to be doing the same now with his free time in the summer.

Mayfield was on NHL Network yesterday discussing his newest venture of flying thunderbirds with his brother Patrick. Brother Patrick is a captain in the Air Force.

“It was cool,” he said in the clip. “I was a little nervous. There’s so many buttons and it’s a little small back here, so I kept my legs in. I didn’t want to touch anything I wasn’t supposed to. I sat pretty tight to myself.”

 

Yankees: Manager Aaron Boone defends struggling young prospect

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

It’s not a secret that Deivi Garcia hasn’t progressed this season, at least not as the New York Yankees had hoped. While battling command issues, the right-hander, who opened the season as the Bombers’ number two prospect by some publications, just hasn’t positioned himself as an option to contribute to the 2021 Yankees, despite impressing in last year’s shortened campaign.

It’s probably safe to say, at this point, that Garcia isn’t the Yankees’ number two prospect anymore. Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza have leapfrogged him in the internal rankings, among others.

But that doesn’t mean Garcia should be counted out entirely as a prospect. Yes, he has been bad at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, with a 7.41 ERA in 15 games (14 starts), but he still has youth on his side.

“He’s a young man,” manager Aaron Boone said according to NJ Advance Media. “Sometimes, especially when you’ve had the kind of success that he’s had and you rocket through the system and you come up last year and you have some varying degrees of success with us in the big leagues, sometimes you expect it to be easy and it’s not.”

He’s not ready to help the Yankees, but it’s not fair to label him as a bust

Garcia’s struggles have forced the Yankees to rely heavily on Nestor Cortes Jr. and Luis Gil, just to name a couple of pitchers.

But Deivi Garcia is still 22, and remains the owner of an impressive curveball that can consistently get swings and misses. Once he sharpens his fastball command, everything else will fall in place. But he isn’t failed prospect. He’s just not ready.

“There’s growing pains that happen,” Boone said, “especially for very young and even very young, talented players sometimes. This has certainly been that type of year for him and hopefully he continues to learn from it and ultimately becomes better for going through these kinds of struggles that are inevitable for all of us that play this game long enough.”

The Yankees hope he can show some progress soon.

New York Yankees: Seattle Mariners vs. Yankees series preview

Tonight the New York Yankees could be entering a pivotal series with the Seattle Mariners; both teams are battling for a wild card berth. Unfortunately, the Yankees and the Mariners are both coming off losses for a series sweep. The Yankees won two of three from the Orioles, and Seattle took two of three from the Rays.

The Yankees are in third place 58-49, six games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East. They are 7-3 in their last ten games. The Mariners are in third place in the AL West. They are 58-51, going 5-5 in their last 10 games, 7 1/2 game behind the Houston Astros.

The Yankees last met up with the Mariners in Seattle about a month ago. The Yankees won the series taking two of the three games. Since then, the Yankees have acquired Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo, who give the Yankee lineup a totally different look.

The Mariners were buyers before the trade deadline also. They picked up former Yankee pitcher  Asher Wojciechowski, SS Edwin Arroyo, RHP Diego Castillo, and RHP Joaquin Tejada. This is a series that the pitching of both teams will probably decide. The Yankees are without ace Gerrit Cole, Corey Kluber, and Domingo German. The Mariners have their pitchers lined up for the four-game series, but the Yankees may be relegated to a bullpen game in game two. The Yankees only have two regular pitchers available; they have just pitched in the last two games and will not be available for this series.

Tonight, August 5, 7:05 pm:

Tonight Nestor Cortes Jr. will take Domingo German’s normal spit in the rotation. Cortez has been very successful for the Yankees. He is coming off a 10 inning win against the Rays when he pitched a season-high 79 pitches. Overall as a starter and reliever, he has an ERA of 1.93 across 32.2 innings of work. 6 Mariners have had at-bats against Cortes, none getting a hit.

He will face the new Mariners pitcher Tyler Anderson who is 5-8, ERA 4.39 in 19 starts. In his first game with the Mariners, he allowed three runs in 5.1 innings against the Texas Rangers. Anthony Rizzo has faced Anderson 18 times with a .389 batting average off of him. Joey Gallo has only faced him once and homered off of him.

Friday, August 6, 7:05 pm:

The Yankees have not announced a starter for this game, because as of now, they don’t have one. They could surprise us with Deivi Garcia or another minor leaguer, but it is more likely that they will patch a game together out of the bullpen.

Whoever the Yankee pitcher is, he will face Marco Gonzales. a lefty that is 3-5 with an ERA of 5.15. Gonzales has pitched better lately. He has only faced the Yankees twice. In 2019, he held them to just one run in six innings. However, the year before, the Yankees held him up for six runs. Both Rougie Odor and Joey Gallo have had their way with Gonzales; both have averages over .333 in 41 at-bats.

Saturday, August 7, 1:05 pm:
The new Yankee acquisition Andrew Heaney will start his second game as a Yankee on Saturday afternoon. He bombed out pretty badly in his first start. He gave up four home runs in the first two innings of his 4 inning game. He is 6-6 with an ERA of 5.42. Heaney will have trouble navigating four Mariners that all have batting averages of .400 against him.
Heaney will face the Mariners, Chris Flexen, a righty that is 10-5 with an ERA of 3.75 and 75 strikeouts in 20 games. He is not a strike-out pitcher but relies on ground ball outs. He is coming off his 10th win of the season against the Tampa Bay Rays. DJ LeMahieu is the only Yankee that has been successful off of him, going .667 in three at-bats.

Sunday, August 8, 1:05 pm:

Luis Gil will get his second start since being brought up from the RailRiders. In his first start, he was masterful, going six innings of scoreless ball. He is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. However, no Mariner has seen him pitch except via video.

Gil will face Yusei Kikuchi, who was an All-Star this year. The lefty is 7-6 with an ERA of 3.89 and an impressive 129 strikeouts. The Yankees got 5 runs off him in their first meeting this season in just two innings, he recovered the rest of the way, but the damage had already been done.

Note: All of the games will be broadcast on the YES Network and ROORNW in the northwest. Saturday’s game will also be broadcast nationally on MLBN out of market.


Yankees demote fan favorite, Jamison Taillon has turned a corner, Rizzo lighting up the Bronx

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After losing the first game of a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles, the New York Yankees have since scored 23 runs against them in two games. On Wednesday evening, they posted 10, thanks to a big seventh inning that included a pair of doubles by Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres, driving in four runs.

The Yankees have been waiting patiently for this type of run production, as the starting lineup has finally begun to peek after months of inadequacy.

Skipper Aaron Boone has asked a lot of young players to supplement injuries, one of them being outfielder Greg Allen. Allen, who was demoted to Triple-A following Wednesday’s victory over Baltimore, was hitting .270 with nine runs and two RBIs. Over 15 games, he hosted a 10.4% walk rate and 27.1% strikeout rate. His speed on the base paths proved to be vital in the team’s success offensively, and most hoped he would stick around as a depth piece despite bigger names making a return.

However, there’s no question he will earn another opportunity in the near future, especially if the Yankees are struggling to steal basis.

Jamison Taillon has turned a big corner:

One player who has elevated his game significantly over the past few weeks is starting pitcher Jameson Taillon. The former Pittsburgh Pirates starter logged 6.1 innings of action on Wednesday, allowing four hits and two earned runs. He struck out 10 batters over 90 pitches, lowering his ERA to 4.04. A tough start to the season hurt his numbers, but he’s finally getting back into shape and currently has a career-high 9.08 strikeouts per nine. While his walk rate is a bit higher than desirable, he’s working his way back from two years on the injured list.

The Yankees would like to see a bit more efficiency with his ground ball percentage, which is at a career-low of 31.5%. Back in 2018, he posted a 46.2% ground ball rate, which is exactly what the team was expecting when they traded for him. Ground balls at Yankee Stadium are a luxury, given the short porches.

Anthony Rizzo has been a godsend:

Ever since general manager Brian Cashman traded for Anthony Rizzo, the team has been offensively stout. Over six games with the Yankees, he has three homers, six RBIs, and is hitting .400.

Rizzo has reinvigorated the team with his lefty power. Just five days ago, the Bombers were far easier to pitch against with an entirely righty lineup, but adding Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo have completely changed the complexity of their batting order.

Bellator books Fedor Emelianenko – Tim Johnson

Fedor Emelianenko

Bellator has been planning the return of one of the greatest fighters in MMA history. Fedor Emelianenko (39-6, 1 NC) has been gearing up for his return to the cage for the last year. The promotion announced that Fedor would be returning in October and he’d be headlining a card in his homeland of Russia.

Today, we learned who Fedor would be facing when he returns to the cage. Bellator announced that their second ranked heavyweight, Tim Jonson (15-7), would be the one facing off against Fedor in October. In all honesty, I’m a little surprised by the booking decision.

Johnson is one of the best heavyweights that Bellator has to offer. He just fought for the interim heavyweight title back at Bellator 261 at the end of June. Johnson fell short in his attempt to become the interim champion by losing a decision to Valentin Moldavsky.

That loss snapped a three-fight win streak for Johnson. During his previous winning streak, Johnson had finishes over Matt Mitrione and top Bellator prospect Tyrell Fortune. He also defeated Cheick Kongo in the promotion’s first trip to France last year.

Fedor’s Bellator Return

While it’s not been stated directly, this could be the final stand for Fedor in Bellator. The legendary heavyweight will be making the walk for the sixth time under the Bellator banner. So far in his career with the promotion, Fedor has gone 3-2.

The last time we saw Fedor was back in 2019 when he knocked out Rampage Jackson. Fedor will be 45 years old when he makes the walk in October. Given his age and the fact that Bellator booked this event to be in Russia, many are drawing the conclusion that he will be retiring after this one.

That said, if he defeats Johnson, he will likely be ranked near the top of Bellator’s heavyweight division. Regardless, I think this is the final fight for Fedor, but with The Last Emperor, you never really know.