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Mets’ Edwin Diaz flops in return from paternity leave

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PHILADELPHIA — Edwin Diaz’s return from the paternity list should have been an “Oh, baby!” moment for the Mets on Friday, but instead turned into a messy diaper.

The Mets closer entered to a one-run deficit in the eighth inning, but before it was finished, that hole became deeper. Bryce Harper launched a two-run homer off Diaz that buried the Mets in their 4-2 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Diaz was summoned for the eighth, according to manager Luis Rojas, because he hadn’t pitched since last Saturday. The right-hander departed the team before Wednesday’s game for the birth of his second son, Sebastian.

“The five days without pitching, we had to get him in there,” Rojas said. “We can’t let him go more than that, he can lose his command. He didn’t have that command.”

Jean Segura hit a grounder off Jonathan Villar’s glove at third base to start the inning (it was ruled a single) before Harper smashed a no-doubter over the center-field fence.

Edwin Diaz
Edwin Diaz
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“Harper takes a 99 [mph fastball] to the deepest part of the ballpark,” Rojas said. “But I thought [Diaz] was throwing strikes and that is why we wanted him to come in for that situation and make sure he gets in there and it wasn’t more than five days without pitching. He usually gets really bad command wise when he sits over five days, so we were looking to get him in there.”


Tomas Nido’s playing time behind the plate has steadily increased to the point the Mets once again have a job share.

On Friday, Nido started at catcher for the third time in less than a week, and Rojas said he plans to continue that approach. With James McCann slumping in mid-May, the Mets utilized Nido, who went 0-for-2 with a walk before he was pinch-hit for in the ninth, more often for several weeks before reverting to a more traditional setup.

“I didn’t tell [McCann] go work extra, which is what the message was back in May when we were [at] Tampa [Bay],” Rojas said before the Mets faced the Phillies. “I just told him Nido would be catching a little more, not necessarily more than him, I didn’t say that or one and one, but we’ll communicate the next day.”

Neither catcher has excelled offensively, but Nido’s pitch framing has been superior to McCann’s this season, according to Statcast. For Friday’s game with Marcus Stroman on the mound, Rojas noted Nido’s ability to dig sinkers out of the dirt.


Jordan Yamamoto, who has been sidelined since May after sustaining a shoulder injury, has been throwing bullpen sessions and could be in position to start facing hitters in the next week or two. The right-hander Yamamoto could provide the Mets with rotation depth for the season’s final month. As it stands the Mets have Trevor Williams (who was acquired on July 30, with Javier Baez, from the Cubs) as their primary rotation depth at Syracuse.


The Phillies are celebrating their Wall of Fame weekend, which will culminate Sunday, when the team will retire No. 34 in honor of the late Roy Halladay, who pitched for them from 2010-2013 and will unveil a statue in his honor. The Phillies also will honor late team president David Montgomery and former second baseman Manny Trillo this weekend.

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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.”
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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.”
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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.

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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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