Perfect Timing: Kemba Walker eager to repay hometown Knicks for believing in him

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It may be two years late, but Kemba Walker is coming home to New York at a time when he needed someone to believe in him.

The four-time All-Star battled with a nagging arthritic left knee as he was reduced to 43 games and missed the final two games of the Boston Celtics’ playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets. Soon after, he was dumped to the rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder along with this year’s 16h pick for Al Horford.

The Thunder flipped the Celtics’ 16th pick into two future first-round picks and tried to squeeze more out of Walker. But GM Sam Presti found no takers for Walker’s remaining $72 million owed to him over the next two years. So there was no other recourse but to buy out Walker’s contract.

“I think everything is perfect. Perfect timing. I’m really motivated,” Walker said during his introductory press conference Tuesday at the Madison Square Garden. “I’m super excited that these guys just believed in me. That’s all I need. I needed somebody to believe in me. These guys do and I appreciate that.”

Walker said there was no other option than the Knicks once he cleared the waivers.

In 2019, Walker thought he would come home. But the Knicks, who were still in disarray at that time, was shunned by Kevin Durant, who opted to join Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn. Without a marquee superstar to team up with at New York, Walker eventually went to the Celtics as Irving’s replacement via a sign-and-trade with the Charlotte Hornets.

”It was pretty close (signing with the Knicks). But it didn’t work out,” Walker said.

Two years later, the opportunity presented itself again to come home. And this time, he didn’t think twice.

“I was on vacation. I’m just waiting patiently. Just trusting my Lord and savior to get me where I need to be,” Walker said.

The 31-year old, four-time All-Star point guard agreed to sign an $18 million, two-year deal with the Knicks after giving up $20.5 million in the buyout with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

For Walker, playing for the Knicks had always been a dream since the Bronx native rose to become one of New York’s finest point guards.

“This feeling has been like no other,” Walker said. “I’m randomly getting goosebumps. It’s an unbelievable feeling to be able to come home.”

It was an emotional homecoming for Walker, who starred in Rice High School and New York’s famous AAU club New York Gauchos, and played magical basketball at the Garden while leading UConn to the Big East title and later on the NCAA crown in 2011.

“It was crazy, man,” Walker said, reminiscing his “Cardiac Kemba” moment in 2011. “That was just a special, special run. It was just a really dope time for me because I never beat Pittsburgh in my career. That was the first time, playing in the Garden in front of my family and friends, one of the biggest moments in the Big East Tournament. Then I hit that shot, and there was an explosion in here.”

“I love playing in this arena. It’s different because I’m from here, and I’ve played here so many different times growing up, and it’s definitely going to be different now wearing a Knicks jersey. It’s going to be better, 10 times better.”

It also hits differently than in 2019 when he was entering the peak of his career. Now two years removed from an All-NBA Team honor, Walker is coming off his worst season in the last seven years as his arthritic left knee kept on bothering him despite getting a stem cell injection. So, he is also coming home with a chip on his shoulder. 

“It means everything,’’ Walker said. “It’s driving everything. Because I know what kind of player I am. I know what level I want to be at. That’s definitely an added motivation.’’

Walker still averaged 19.3 points and 4.9 assists even in a down year. Even the worst version of Walker is still an upgrade for the Knicks, who endured starting Elfrid Payton at point guard last season.

Walker is hopeful he could recapture his All-NBA form with the long rest and Knicks’ point guard depth that features him, Derrick Rose, Immanuel Quickley, and rookie Miles McBride.

“I feel great,’’ Walker said. “My knee feels great. Honestly, I haven’t been playing as much since the regular season. I feel really good. I haven’t had this much time off in a little while, in a few years, to be honest.”

“It feels good to have this rest and time to get my knee right. I intend to come in feeling super good and continue to feel super good.”

Walker said he’s been working hard to rehabilitate his left knee. His strengthening program consists of lifting in the gym a lot, getting his lower body stronger, and reaching a level where his knee could endure an entire season.

While the $18 million, two-year deal with the Knicks is viewed around the league as a low-risk, high reward move, there’s still fear that Walker’s homecoming might not end up in a storybook ending.

Walker said he doesn’t feel any pressure, aware of the Knicks’ fans reputation for being vocal when players fail to live up to expectations.

“I’m from here. We got the best fans in the world. I know what’s up. I’m not really worried about that. Because I know what I gonna bring. And I saw what those guys brought out last year — the intensity, the passion for the game. It’s gonna be fun.”

For the second time in his career, Walker felt that people are counting him out. When Charlotte gave up on him, that fueled him to his All-NBA season in his first year in Boston.

While he tried to hide his feelings towards the Celtics for letting him go, he’s channeling that as motivation to come back stronger.

“I definitely believed Boston believed in me. But they traded me. So, you know,” Walker said. “My guys, my home team Knicks, they believed in me and I’m here now so whatever happened in the past is irrelevant at this point.”

A motivated Walker is hard to count out, especially now that he’s returning to New York, where it all began.

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New York Giants trade CB Isaac Yiadom to the Packers

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Prior to the start of the 2020 season, the New York Giants traded a seventh-round pick for Denver Broncos cornerback Isaac Yiadom. Drafted in 2018, Yiadom was a former third-round selection but fell out of favor with Denver and eventually made his way to New York.

After adding Adoree’ Jackson in free agency on a big contract, the Giants didn’t feel it necessary to have Isaac as a depth piece. After drafting Aaron Robinson and Rodarius Williams this off-season, Big Blue decided to trade Yiadom to the Green Bay Packers, according to Matt Lombardo of Fansided.

Last season, Yiadom played in 634 total snaps, recording of 52.1 overall coverage grade, according to PFF. Yiadom enjoyed his best game of the season against the Arizona Cardinals, recording at 77.2 overall grade, including three tackles, and giving up just one catch for 8 yards. However, he was rather inconsistent and adding Jackson to solve the CB2 spot made him expendable.

The Giants will likely add a draft pick in return or a roster bubble offensive lineman who could be a scheme fit. At the end of the day, the Giants just have too many secondary pieces, and instead of cutting him straight up, they added capital instead.

Fournier chooses Knicks among other options: They are a very attractive team

You can now scratch the New York Knicks off from the unwanted destination list among NBA players.

Evan Fournier just made the confirmation during an elaborate team introduction Tuesday at The Garden along with Bronx native Kemba Walker.

Fournier arrived at New York via a sign-and-trade deal that netted the Knicks additional draft assets instead of signing straight as a free agent. The deal is reportedly worth $78 million for four years, with the last year a club option.

The Boston Celtics created a large $17.1 million traded player exception. They incentivized the Knicks with two future second-round picks — the top-55 protected 2023 Charlotte’s second-round pick, the worst of Oklahoma/Washington, or the better of Miami/ Dallas, per Boston Globe — to add to their burgeoning draft capital.

The Knicks, along with the Celtics and other teams, were Fournier’s options. But he didn’t need to think twice when the Knicks came with an offer to the table.

“Why? I think it was an easy choice. The Knicks are a very attractive team. They have an incredible coach that every time he coached a team, the team is disciplined. They play hard. And they play together. As a player, you want that,” Fournier said.

The French swingman was in the middle of his country’s Olympic quest when free agency opened. That’s why he was anxious to hammer out a deal as quickly as possible.

“The day we agreed on the deal was the day of the quarterfinals. So I was really talking to my agent, and you know, he’s letting me know what’s basically on the table and what my options are. It was pretty clear to me that New York was gonna be the team for me. It made it easier because I didn’t have to spend much energy so I could just focus on the Olympics,” Fournier said.

He sealed the deal over the phone with the Knicks’ top brass, including coach Tom Thibodeau.

Thibodeau greeted Fournier with a hex over him and his team France.

“As soon as I wrapped up that silver [medal], I have to go to New York so we can talk,” Fournier recalled of their conversation.

As it turned out, Fournier and France settled for the silver medal, losing to the Team USA in the gold medal game. It was Fournier’s first Olympic medal for France, and he relished the experience, saying that playing in high-intensity games makes you better as a player. He added that there’s no better high-intensity game than in a gold medal match against the world’s best basketball players.

Now, Fournier can focus on helping the Knicks improve from their fourth seed and first-round exit last season.

Fournier had admired the Knicks’ playing style under Thibodeau from a distance last season.

“Teams like that are hard to beat because they don’t beat themselves. You really have to play well to beat them. Looking at a team like that, it’s clear that they have togetherness. They practice well. Because throughout the season, they keep getting better and better. As a player, that’s exciting because you want to be part of a group that works and wants to win,” Fournier said.

Fournier believes it will be an easy transition for him to play for Thibodeau as he enjoyed his best years under Steve Clifford, a former Knicks assistant and Thibodeau’s close friend, in Orlando. He prides himself on being a grinder and a hard worker, a trait that made him among the favorite players Clifford has coached.

“I played for coach [Steve] Clifford for three years, and I think, in a lot of ways, they were very similar. I know I will enjoy working with [Thibodeau]. And I mean, it’s New York, it’s the Madison Square Garden. The team is getting better and better. It’s a great opportunity. You probably don’t know that, but the French press knows I’ve been telling them for years that I always wanted to play for the Knicks. Now, it became a reality,” he said.

A dream come true for Fournier and the Knicks, who have long desired to be wanted.

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Islanders will be getting a re-energized Zach Parise this season

We’re still waiting for the Islanders to announce several other key signings this offseason, including Zach Parise.

It’s all but confirmed that Parise, 36, will be donning an Isles sweater when training camp opens next month. Several reports on the first day of free agency last month had the free agent forward signing with the Islanders on a short-term deal.

The prospect of Parise coming to Long Island has Islander fans excited. For him, he is also anticipating this being a big year in 2021-22.

“I haven’t been this excited heading into a season in a while,” Parise told NHL.com’s Jessi Pierce last night after participating in his state’s summer hockey league, DaBeauty League, for the first time this summer while also not acknowledging who will be playing for. “I’ve been here for a long time and sometimes a change of scenery is good.”

 

Parise is coming off a trying year with his hometown Minnesota Wild, which led to the organization buying out the rest of his contract. He and d-man Ryan Suter, whom the Isles had interest in but ended up taking a deal in Dallas, had four years remaining on their identical 13-year contracts they both agreed to with the Wild back in 2012.

The shock of being bought out stuck with Parise in the days that followed, but as he acknowledged to Pierce things got “really good” shortly thereafter.  Note: Reading between the lines from that statement, it probably indicates Islanders’ general manager Lou Lamoirello — the person who drafted him to New Jersey back in 2003 — quickly reached out to him to Parise to talk about him playing for the organization this coming season. TSN’s Bob McKenzie did note that Parise vistied Long Island in the days prior to free agency opening.

Parise feeling that way though should be a good sign for the Islanders and their supporters that they aren’t just getting a motivated player, but a re-energized one as well. He is expected to be a sizable upgrade to the team’s bottom-six and add another weapon to the power play. Beyond that, the Islanders are hoping he is one of the last remaining pieces to a championship puzzle after falling in the third round the past two postseasons. The 16-year veteran has long been coveted by Lamoriello for a couple years now, and came close to joining the team at the trade deadline two years ago before the trade never fell through.

With the Islanders expected to be good again this year, getting an enthused Zach Parise into the fold could pay big dividends. He sounds like he wants to make an immediate impact, which, should also be music to fans’ ears.

 

Yankees: Is Luis Severino in danger of missing the season?

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The New York Yankees have been quite secretive with Luis Severino’s health over the last couple of days. The pitcher, who hasn’t thrown relevant innings since 2018 because of a myriad of injuries, reported last week before a rehab start that he ‘didn’t feel quite right’, and ended up being shut down, at least until we get some clarity.

The Yankees have to be wondering whether their prized right-hander will miss the remainder of the season at this point. He underwent Tommy John surgery last spring, and was supposed to return in August or September before his latest setback.

The Yankees reportedly have the results on the MRI taken Monday on the pitcher, whose rehab start last Friday night was called off due to shoulder tightness.

Nobody but the Yankees know exactly what’s going on with the former ace, but they don’t want to divulge before getting more opinions.

The media asked Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone last night, whether or not they had an update on Severino. He replied: “Yes, but it’s been sent out for a second opinion, so until we have that second opinion, which hopefully we have over the next 24-to-48 hours …”

The Yankees are waiting for more opinions

According to Boone, Severino “won’t throw this week, but let’s wait and get all of the opinions in.”

Sevy was close to making a return in June but strained his groin and had to miss over a month. He was, again, close to getting back to the Yankees before last Friday.

Given the fact that it’s his shoulder, any minor setback has the potential of knocking the pitcher out for the remainder of the season, which is obviously a big blow to the Yankees.

Per NJ Advance Media, when the press asked Boone if Severino’s season is in jeopardy, he responded, “No. I mean, I’m not ready to go there at all yet.”

 

Do you think Severino will throw a pitch in a Yankees’ uniform this year?

Tito Ortiz says Anderson Silva is scared of his power ahead of boxing match

Last week we learned that there is going to be a boxing match between two UFC legends next month. Anderson Silva and Tito Ortiz are set to face each other on a Triller card on September 11th.

The boxing match will serve as the co-main event of the card. The headliner is a boxing match between former UFC champion Vitor Belfort and all time boxing great, Oscar De La Hoya.

Originally, there were talks to have Silva take on Logan Paul next. However, those talks appeared to have stalled out and The Spider shifted his focus to a boxing match with another fellow UFC legend.

This will be Tito Ortiz’s first professional boxing match. Ortiz has always been known as a wrestler-first mixed martial artist. Ortiz made his career on taking his opponents down and using his tremendous ground and pound from the top.

That said, Ortiz can handle his own with the boxing gloves. We have seen him land some big shots in his career like when he dropped Ryan Bader. That said, Ortiz is expected to be a massive underdog heading into this matchup on September 11th.

Silva Boxing Scared?

One interesting note about this boxing match is the weight. Ortiz has fought at light heavyweight virtually his entire career in MMA. Of course, the light heavyweight limit is 205 pounds.

Silva has predominately competed at 185 pounds. However, we’ve seen him go up to light heavyweight on multiple occasions and fight at 205 pounds. With that in mind, I think the majority of the world believed the boxing match would take place at 205 pounds.

However, that’s not the case. While negotiating the contract, Silva insisted that the fight take place at 195 pounds. Worth noting that Ortiz has never fought at that weight in his professional career. Ortiz was not a fan of Silva’s demands and he believes it’s a sign of fear.

In speaking to TMZ Sports, Ortiz said, “To do what he did with the contract, I lost respect for him (Silva). He wants me down to 195. He’s fought at 205 six times in his career and he wants me down to 195. It shows that he’s afraid of my power.”

New York Yankees: Behind the scenes with the New York Yankees

With all the wins and losses of the New York Yankees, the big plays on the field, and the race for a postseason berth, seldom comes to mind the cogs that make everything happen and seem seamless. So today, we look behind the scenes at the important positions that make everything happen.  Those positions are the Clubhouse Manager and the Travel Secretary.

What does a Clubhouse Manager do?

Without an effective clubhouse guy, the team cannot function. He is in charge of the clubhouse and all that that entails. The team needs uniforms, bats, balls, and a clean functioning environment daily, no matter where they are playing. This huge job has been the priority of the sometimes called equipment manager Rob Cucuzzo for the last 36 years. He and his brother Lou reign supreme over the Yankee clubhouse.

If you have ever wondered where all those bats, balls, uniforms, gloves, buckets of Gatorade, boxes of bubble gum, and sunflower seeds come from when they play anywhere, you can be sure that Cucuzzo and his crew have had their hands on them. They are responsible for everything from having clean, fresh uniforms daily to keep mold off the shower walls.

The duties are far too many to mention, but just what’s involved in having uniforms ready is mind-boggling. Cucuzzo doesn’t wash the uniforms; that’s the job of a vendor in New Rochelle. But when those uniforms come back fresh and clean, a number of these have to reach correctly to each player’s locker. If that isn’t a difficult enough task when a new player comes up or Joey Gallo is added to the roster, they have to have a correcting fitting jersey and pants. Finally, they have to be assigned a number that has to be pressed onto the new uniforms.

As big a job as the uniforms may seem to be; it is only the tip of the iceberg. Cucuzzo is responsible for getting all the equipment and supplies it may need to anywhere the Yankees may play. Oh, and by the way, that includes getting the supplies to all the minor league teams as well.

Then, of course, there is the bubble gum, sunflower seeds, Gator Aid, ice, towels, sweatshirts, Jackets, ski masks, gloves, and did I mention all the special requests of each Yankee player?

Cucuzza gets little notice for his job, yet he is a critical part of the New York Yankees. And when one of the Yankees breaks a bat and the batboy searches for a new bat in the rack, doesn’t find one, and scurries back into the clubhouse, don’t worry. Cucuzza is always looking ahead, and we can be sure the batboy will come running up to the player with a replacement bat found stacked neatly in the player’s locker.

An unheralded Yankee, Rob Cucuzza, proves there’s more to a winning team than meets the eye.

The New York Yankee’s team secretary

If you ever wondered how the Yankees get from series to series, have food to eat and a place to stay, that’s the job of Ben Tuliebitz. He is the Yankees traveling secretary. He is responsible for the safety and comfort of dozens of Yankee players and staff and getting them there on time.

Most of his work is done months ahead, but sometimes he has to arrange everything in just hours when there is a quick change of events. 2020 was a nightmare for Tuliebitz when plans could be changed with nearly no notice amid the coronavirus.

For a typical game, Tuliebitz has to arrange for a Delta charter to be at the airport a few hours after completing a game to take the team and staff to the next venue. He has to arrange for food on the plane and any special needs. He has also to secure a hotel that is safe and secure for the team. Finally, he arranges transportation between that hotel and the play site.

He also, in many instances, has to arrange for an advanced staff of clubhouse attendants to travel to the next play site to prepare the clubhouse for the game. I am not even going to include in this article what a nightmare spring training is for Tuliebitz.

Luckily for the Yankees, Tuliebitz is an expert in his job; he is an eighteen-year veteran with the Yankees; he knows many people and can pull strings when necessary. If you travel yourself, you know the problems that can pop up. Have you ever been stuck on the tarmac for an hour or more? Those kinds of things happen to the Yankees as well, but Tuliebitz, in many instances, can make a call at 1 am and make the problem go away.

Tuliebitz has to deal with many last-minute details. One comes to mind Aaron Judge was in Rochester with his family, but the Yankees needed Judge to start a game the next day. There were two fights out of Rochester, but neither would arrive in time for him to start the game. So he and his family piled into a car and drove. Tuliebitz had to arrange reservations at 2 am for a hotel in New Jersey where Judge and his family could get a few hours of sleep before the game. All in a day’s work for Tuliebitz.

Tuliebitiz also has to deal with all the different personalities. He knows what players need to have in their contracts, which players will need a suite and which don’t. He also has to deal with the entourages that travel with some players like family. While many clubs go with big-box hotels, the Yankees usually chose smaller venues where they can guarantee the safety of players and assure that fans will not be knocking at their doors at all hours of the night.

This might give you a slight insight into two critical Yankee jobs that contribute to a smooth-running team. Rob Cucuzza and Ben Tuliebitz are two annual MVPs for the New York Yankees. In a future article, I will highlight the job of the Yankee batboy and the nutritionist that works to make the Yankees players healthy.

 

 

Just how great has Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon been pitching?

The Yankees have had a lot of pitching struggles since the All-Star break. The bullpen can’t stay consistent, and the starting rotation has been filled with injuries and covid positives. However, there is one pitcher in the rotation that has been consistently elite since the break.

Jameson Taillon has been the best pitcher for the Yankees since July 18th. In fact, he’s been one of the best in all of baseball. After a start against the Phillies on June 12th, Taillon had a season-high 5.74 ERA. He allowed four runs and only recorded one out. But today, Taillon has a 3.89 ERA. 

In his last eight starts, Taillon is 6-0 with a 2.20 ERA and a 45/14 strikeout to walk ratio. Batters have only been hitting .213 against him, and in seven of those eight starts, he has allowed two runs or less. With all the pitchers on the IL, Taillon has served as the Yankees’ ace. 

The huge improvement from Taillon is a big reason why the Yankees are still in playoff contention. If the Yankees do find a way into the postseason, Taillon looks like the game two starter right behind Cole. That would be an awesome achievement for the first-year Yankee who is also coming off Tommy John surgery. 

It’s unclear whether this will be the Taillon we normally see. He is definitely going to have some bad starts and struggles. However, if he can stay below a 4.00 ERA, he would turn into an awesome trade acquisition. 

Montgomery will be back this week. Kluber, Severino, and German are all eyeing a return. Even with all that talent returning soon, Taillon will still be the number two. That is something nobody expected to see with a fully healthy rotation. 

The starting rotation is quickly coming together, as Cole displayed an elite performance against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday evening, striking out nine batters and allowing one run over 5.2 innings.

Will RB Khalil Herbert carve out a role with the Chicago Bears?

When the Chicago Bears drafted running back Khalil Herbert in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, questions immediately arose about Herbert’s role with the team. With veterans, David Montgomery, Tarik Cohen, and Damien Williams on the roster, Herbert’s future with the Bears seemed to be another special teams player.

Fast forward to Saturday’s preseason contest against the Miami Dolphins and Herbert was one of the Bears’ bright spots. With six rushing attempts for 38 yards, Herbert averaged 6.3 yards per carry. His receiving ability was on display too with three receptions for 11 yards, averaging 3.7 yards per reception.

“He’s really caught my attention,” said Bears head coach Matt Nagy via the Bears official YouTube channel. “He’s somebody that you talk about the word trust, he hasn’t made many mistakes as a rookie. He’s very, very smooth. When he gets the football, you can see the burst that he has. He’s always going to go forward with yards. I just really like where he’s at right now.”

Nagy taking notice of Herbert’s quick emergence is good news for the Bears, who hope that the 2021 rookie class will form the foundation of a roster that will allow Chicago to contend for the foreseeable future. Herbert seems himself being a major part of the Bears plans moving forward, especially due to his flexible mindset.

“Just show them that I’m able to do whatever they need me to do,” Herbert said via the Bears official YouTube channel. “Whatever you need me to do I’m going to try to do it to the best of my ability. That’s really what I’m just trying to show.”

Saturday’s strong performance against Miami was just an indication of what’s really to come for Herbert, who will look to take advantage of opportunities gives him to by the Bears coaching staff. Throughout training camp, Herbert has been involved in the return game on special teams, likely setting his rookie season up to be one where Herbert solely is involved in the return game. However, if Herbert showcases more over the next two weeks, expect him to be a big part of the Bears offense moving forward.

 

 

New York Yankees: 4 Major takeaways from the Yankees win over the Angels

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The New York Yankees should have had a needed day off yesterday but instead had a makeup game with the Los Angeles last night. It was also the return of Gerrit Cole, the Yankee’s ace from the Covid list. At the end of the night, the Yankees and Cole won the game 2-1 going into a 3 game series with the Red Sox today.

After the first inning, the game was mostly a pitcher’s duel with Angels pitcher Jose Suarez matching Cole nearly pitch for pitch. There was only a total of 8 hits between the two teams. Only Aaron Judge had two hits in the game and scored once on Joey Gallo’s homer in the first inning.

Gerrit Cole is still the Yankee ace

After making his return from a bout on the Covid list, Gerrit Cole wanted to put Yankee fans on notice that he is still the ace of the New York Yankees pitching staff. Last night he showed the Yankees that he hasn’t missed a beat. He pitched into the sixth inning, allowing one home run while striking out 9 Angel hitters.

Cole’s last game for the Yankees was on July 29th when he stuck out 10. Going into last night’s game, few thought after the long layoff with the coronavirus that Cole might not go more than 60 pitches in his first game back, but he threw that many strikes in his 90 pitch night. Fletcher popped out to short. Upton reached on a bobbled play by Odor at third in the sixth inning, and Aaron Boone felt that was enough for Cole. In the first, Cole got his 11th win of the season, aided by Joey Gallo’s 112 mph two-run homer.

Yankees marvelous bullpen shines

In the sixth inning, with one more out to get, Gerrit Cole’s night was over. In a gutsy move, Boone called in Zack Britton, who had removed himself from a closer role after pitching so badly. Britton did his job and struck out Jared Walsh to end the inning scoreless. Albert Abreu was next pitching 1.2 innings of hitless ball. But when Shohei Ohtani came to the plate, Boone chose the young Joely Rodriguez to face the Angels MVP. J-Rod did nothing less than strike him out on four pitches for his 11th hold of the season.

Chad Green came in in the top of the ninth to secure the win for the New York Yankees. He allowed a hit, got a ground ball out, and stuck out two in the effort that won the game for the Yankees and gave him his fourth save of the season. Manager Aaron Boone has to be given credit for how he has handled the bullpen recently.

Joey Gallo getting the Yankee love

For Yankee fans, it’s been a long time since we heard that call “Derek Jeter” Derek Jeter echo through the crowds. But, last night, we heard a new chant, that of “Joey Gallo-Joey Gallo” when Gallo was at the plate in the third inning. It appears the Yankee faithful have accepted Gallo and wanted to show him some love after hitting a two-run homer in the first inning, supplying the Yankees with their only two runs of the game.

It should be noted that Joey Gallo strikes out a lot, an awful lot. But, if he can hit a homer in every four games the Yankees will gladly accept that. So far in his short time with the Yankees, he has already had a two-homer night.

The Yankees start a 3 game series with the Red Sox today!

Today will see another day-night doubleheader for the Yankees as they face their rival Boston Red Sox. It will also mark the return from the Covid list for Jordan Montgomery. The first game at 1:05 pm will feature Tanner Houck for the Red Sox facing Montgomery. The 7:05 pm installment will have Yankee sensation prospect Luis Gil on the mound facing the Red Sox’s Nathan Eovaldi.

The day game will be telecast on the YES Network, NESN, and MLBN out of market. The night game will be on WPIX and its affiliates, NESN, and MLBN out of market.