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This is a start for the Yankees

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Look, it’s a start. There will be no bold declarations after these first three games, post-break. There ought to be no conclusions drawn. The Yankees took two out of three from the front-running Red Sox this weekend, and you have to think that was the bare-minimum requirement.

They stomped the Sox, 9-1, Sunday night, even though many of the Yankees regulars were elsewhere. In some ways it was a most nostalgic callback to a more innocent time, a few years ago, when cynicism didn’t choke the Yankees every day, when they would plant no-names in the lineup every day and keep winning.

Then, the names were Ford and Tauchman and Urshela and Voit, and Yankees fans were charmed by the way they would seize the baton whenever the front-line regulars flocked to the IL.

Yankees fans are harder to charm these days. They are impatient with this season, displeased with much of what they’ve seen across the first 92 games, unhappy with the long spasms of lifeless ball the Yankees have turned in. So maybe this is something to hold on to.

Maybe the thrashing of an ancient rival with a lineup dominated with surnames that most certainly require a first-name qualifier — Gittens and Amburgey, LaMarre and Allen — can provide something of a heading-for-the-homestretch spark. Or at least enough of a push across the next week and a half — during which time the Yankees are going to endure missing stars every night — to flip a switch and try to make August and September matter.

If anything, the Yankees should realize after three days of coming eyeball-to-eyeball with the Red Sox that these are not the 2018 Sox, the ones who lapped the American League to the tune of 108 regular-season wins and 119 overall on the way to a fourth World Series championship since 2004. Boston is good, very good. But Boston also has a lot of games left with the Yankees and Rays. Boston can be had. Maybe they can even be caught.

Aaron Boone gives a thumbs up on Sunday.
Aaron Boone gives a thumbs up on Sunday.
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And the Blue Jays will continue to be heard from, too. The Yankees are still in fourth place in their own division but they will have a say in all of that. The message they needed to send — to the brass, yes, but also to themselves — was that they can keep their head above water now with six regulars sidelined to COVID-19 issues, notably Aaron Judge.

Consider their heads safely above sea level.

And now it must be sustained.

“It’s been a hard week,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Bottom line, it’s been a very hard week and I think we really played with a level of focus and energy. We lose the first game and it’s easy to be deflated. And nobody was.”

The Sox did themselves no favors this weekend. They had a 1-0 lead in the rain Saturday night, and at that moment they could probably detect that the glint in the Yankees’ eyes was flickering. But the Yankees came back Saturday night, winning a rain-truncated six-inning game behind Gerrit Cole. And then they took it to the Sox early Sunday, poured it on, delighted a jazzed-up house of 40,309.

“You saw everyone contributing,” Boone said.

That included Jameson Taillon at the start, who was terrific across 5 ¹/₃ scoreless innings. It included Aroldis Chapman at the end, and his redemption tour made an important stop with a 1-2-3 ninth inning that started out a little adventurous but soon calmed.

And in between it included a second home run in as many days from way-overdue Gleyber Torres and some legit contributions from the brigade of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, notably Allen (Greg) who is now hitting .500 for the Yanks and LaMarre (Ryan) who finished the scoring with a two-run blast in the eighth.

Again: No declarations. No conclusions. No pronouncements. But none were necessary this weekend. The requirement was providing proof of life, and the Yankees did that. They took two of three from the Sox. They shaved their deficit to seven games. Lots of ballgames left. Lots of season left. Heads above water, for now. It’s a start.

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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.”
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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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