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Greg Allen bringing element of speed to Yankees

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Fans of The Flash know the superhero’s secret identity is Barry Allen.

After what has transpired in The Bronx these last few days, the question must be asked:

Any relation to Greg?

The COVID-ravaged Yankees have themselves a most unlikely protagonist to save their season, and all it took to get him here was a call to their Hall of Justice outpost in Scranton. Allen’s speed again played an integral role in vaulting the Yankees to their third straight victory, 6-4 over Joe Girardi’s Phillies, Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

“I just try to do what I can to make an impact and help the team win,” Allen said.

“I love what he’s brought,” Aaron Boone said.

Much more work must be done to lift the Yankees (49-44) out of the hole they have dug for themselves, and a look at the 28-year-old Allen’s track record — not to mention old-fashioned common sense — deems it unreasonable to expect Allen to continue at his .500/.583/.875 pace, with five runs scored and a couple of stolen bases in three starts, with which he has begun his pinstriped run.

Yet by providing a burst of energy at a time of crisis, firing up the Yankees and their fans, the outfielder should secure a spot on this roster even if all of the COVID casualties return. He instantly has become the antidote to so much that plagued the Yankees, starting with an alarming lack of athleticism.

Greg Allen runs to third on a triple during the third inning of the Yankees' 6-4 win over the Phillies.
Greg Allen runs to third on a triple during the third inning of the Yankees’ 6-4 win over the Phillies.
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“He’s done an amazing job for us, and his addition to the team has definitely brought more speed as well,” Gary Sanchez, who slugged one of four Yankees home runs, said through an interpreter. “He’s done a little bit of everything.”

This game can serve as his Exhibit A. With the Yankees trailing 1-0, Allen led off the third with a shot off the right-field wall, over a leaping Bryce Harper, that he legged into a triple as the ball rolled back toward the infield. A groundout to first base by rookie Estevan Florial plated Allen to knot the game at 1-1.

After the Phillies retook a one-run lead, Allen led off the fifth with a walk against Phillies starter Aaron Nola, stole second base and advanced to third on Floria’s fly out to center field, a sequence of beauty to this club’s observers unaccustomed to such grace. Then, the pièce de résistance: With the Phillies infield drawn in, Tyler Wade sent a bullet right into the glove of old pal Didi Gregorius — who saw a chance to double up Allen at third. Except Gregorius’ relay to old pal Ronald Torreyes went too far to the outfield side, allowing Allen to motor home with the tying run.

Moments later, Brett Gardner — whose February return to the Yankees prompted the club to designate Allen for assignment — launched a solo homer to right-center field, giving the Yankees a lead they wouldn’t relinquish and burnished with solo blasts from Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton and Florial, his first big-league homer.

Given Gardner’s 2021 struggles, would the Yankees have been better off just replacing him with Allen, whom they acquired from the Padres in a January trade? It’s a fair question. Then again, not a single club put in a waiver claim on Allen, who owns a career slash line of .242/.304/.350 in 225 major league games, when the Yankees DFA’d him in February, which allowed Brian Cashman to outright him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Probably best to punt on such questions and enjoy this ride. And as much as this game highlighted the value of speed, it also underlined the difficulty of manufacturing a run — after all, Allen’s second trip home required that Gregorius miscue — as opposed to the immediate impact of home runs, the Yankees’ quartet of round-trippers providing cover for multiple shaky relievers.

Can Allen’s different look spark the Yankees to something greater? Can he help them maintain their inner John McClane in “Die Hard,” finding strength in their underdog status?

They have so many miles to go before they can sleep. Yet thanks in no small part to Allen, these guys are no longer putting you to sleep.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

Bagged Tags

The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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