Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu sits again, Aaron Hicks scratched

Yankees' DJ LeMahieu sits again, Aaron Hicks scratched

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks both missed the Yankees’ 7-2 win over the Rays on Thursday night at Tropicana Field, with LeMahieu still nursing a left wrist injury and Hicks sidelined by right hamstring tightness that he started feeling on Wednesday. Both players, though, had eyes on returning to the lineup … Read more

Nestor Cortes delivers another gem as Yankees stymie Rays

Nestor Cortes delivers another gem as Yankees stymie Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Yankees entered Tropicana Field to face their stiffest AL East competition battered and bruised — and on Thursday night, it didn’t matter. Just as he has all season, Nestor Cortes pitched like an ace, which allowed a makeshift Yankees lineup that didn’t get a hit off Ryan Yarbrough until the sixth … Read more

MLB inflamed Josh Donaldson-Tim Anderson incident

MLB inflamed Josh Donaldson-Tim Anderson incident

Dead heat. No hero, no villain, no rooting interest. Just a clash of well-established knuckleheads. Josh Donaldson, a provocateur who relishes getting under players’ skin regardless of its color, versus Tim Anderson, a self-inflated, attention-starved showboat — see last season’s “Field of Dreams” Yanks-White Sox game — who has already been sanctioned by MLB for … Read more

Surprising JP Sears gives depleted Yankees a pick me up

Surprising JP Sears gives depleted Yankees a pick me up

Just when things started to turn south for baseball’s best team, the Yankees turned to a young man of the south, the heretofore practically unknown JP Sears, a fresh face from South Carolina with a 95-mph max fastball that plays better than its gun readings , a wicked breaking ball and a penchant for strikes. … Read more

JP Sears wins first MLB start as depleted Yankees blank Orioles

JP Sears wins first MLB start as depleted Yankees blank Orioles

Optimistic and upbeat in the face of significant adversity, Aaron Boone took the glass-half-full approach as bad injury news flowed Wednesday. “It’s also a great opportunity,” the Yankees manager said on the day when Giancarlo Stanton and Jonathan Loaisga were added to the injured list, “for people we’re really excited about to step up and … Read more

Jack Kaiser, former St. John’s AD and baseball coach, died at 95

Jack Kaiser, former St. John's AD and baseball coach, died at 95

Jack Kaiser, legendary former baseball coach and athletic director at St. John’s, who was instrumental in the formation of the Big East, died Wednesday at the age of 95, the school announced. “We are saddened to hear of Mr. Kaiser’s passing and extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends,” St. John’s athletic director … Read more

Texas shooting ‘hits close to home’ for Rays’ Brooks Raley

Texas shooting 'hits close to home' for Rays' Brooks Raley

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, was especially disturbing for Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Brooks Raley. The small community of about 16,000 people west of San Antonio is the left-hander’s hometown, he attended school in the building where the shooting occurred, and his parents and a brother still reside there. … Read more

Yankees suddenly don’t look like juggernaut facing 2022 test

Yankees suddenly don't look like juggernaut facing 2022 test

Through recent events, we finally learned that the Yankees of 2022 aren’t perfect, either professionally or personally. There are finally a few L’s on the board, and one big E by a well-known professional agitator who went over the line, mocked a respected rival and earned the one-game ban he drew from Major League Baseball. … Read more

Knicks eyeing star Purdue guard Jaden Ivey ahead of NBA Draft

Knicks eyeing star Purdue guard Jaden Ivey ahead of NBA Draft

In the first clue that the Knicks have at least explored moving up in the upcoming NBA draft from No. 11, team brass interviewed Purdue sophomore combo guard Jaden Ivey at the draft combine in Chicago. The uber-athletic, 6-foot-4 Ivey is considered a top-five pick and has been ranked no lower than sixth in the … Read more