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Yankees’ Aaron Boone on cause of Gleyber Torres’ hitting woes



BOSTON — Gleyber Torres is in the midst of a brutal stretch, which includes going 2-for-25 with three walks and 10 strikeouts since being removed from a game with back tightness on June 17 against the Blue Jays in Buffalo.

According to manager Aaron Boone, though, the slump is not because of an injury.

“I think it’s mechanical,’’ Boone said before Torres went 1-for-4 Saturday in the Yankees’ 4-2 loss to Red Sox at Fenway Park. “I think physically, he’s sound.”

That’s the good news.

But it doesn’t provide an answer for why, before Saturday, Torres was hitless in his previous 16 at-bats, or why he has been 2-for-34 with 12 strikeouts since June 15.

In previous seasons, Torres was among the Yankees’ most productive hitters, but since a three-hit game on June 10, he had just two hits and 16 strikeouts.

Gleyber Torres
Gleyber Torres
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On Saturday, he crushed two balls, but both were chased down by Kike Hernandez in center.

“It was good to see Gleyber hit the ball well,’’ Boone said. “I hope he’s finding some traction.”

Boone said Deivi Garcia’s continued lack of success at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is a product of what had been an issue since spring training.

“He’s really struggling with his command,’’ Boone said after Garcia had another rough Triple-A outing Friday night. “He’s struggling in his delivery and that’s affecting his command and getting him in the most trouble.”

He was expected to provide depth in the rotation this season, but has made just one start with the Yankees and his performance has only worsened as the year has progressed.

“It’s definitely been a struggle this last month for him,’’ Boone said of the 22-year-old right-hander. “It’s not ideal. Understanding, in the case of Deivi, we’re talking about a very young man that rocketed through the [minor league] system. Some of this is growing pains and finding deliveries and finding yourself and learning how to make adjustments.”

DJ LeMahieu continues to hit the ball better than he has all year. He had a season-high four hits on Saturday, extending his hitting streak to nine games. His eighth-inning homer was his third in eight games after hitting just three in his first 57 games.

“DJ’s been swinging well now for a few weeks,’’ Boone said. “It’s really good to see.”

Gio Urshela toppled into the Yankee dugout chasing a Rafael Devers foul ball in the second but stayed in the game. And Aaron Judge was OK after making a diving attempt of a J.D. Martinez double in the eighth.

Gerrit Cole already has thrown more innings this season (96 ²/₃) than he did all of last year, postseason included (91 ¹/₃), but said he doesn’t intend to alter his routine much.

“I don’t think we plan to change our approach much,” Cole said. “I feel really good. It’s nice to be pitching in the middle of summer. I missed it last year. It’s midseason now. Things are starting to settle in here for the long stretch.”

Sunday also will mark the first time he will pitch at a packed Fenway Park as a Yankee.

“I’m so glad to see everybody back at the ballpark,’’ Cole said. “It’s been a long time since we had a really electric atmosphere like [this]. I’m grateful we’re back in a place in society where we can celebrate the national pastime.”

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These fatty foods could be destroying your memory, say scientists



Ready meals and fast food could be destroying your memory.

Scientists say highly processed foods, crisps, and deli meats containing preservatives were linked with abrupt memory loss in older brains.

Researchers warn the amygdala — the part of the brain which regulates fear — is also affected.

So a bad diet could mean some dangerous decisions.

But diets with extra omega-3 fatty acid DHA, found in fish such as salmon, could ward off problems. Rather than supplements, researchers advised improved diets.

Scientists at America’s Ohio State University Institute for Behavioural Medicine Research did tests on lab rats.

Dr. Ruth Barrientos called the results “alarming”, adding: “Consumption of a processed diet can produce significant and abrupt memory deficits.”

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Biden and Lightfoot know mask rules are idiotic — so why haven’t they changed?



It happened again because of course it happened again. The latest example of COVID hypocrisy, if you have enough hard-drive space to keep track, is a viral video of President Biden traipsing through a ritzy DC eatery with no mask, in defiance of the city’s strict rules. In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot was photographed at a basketball game, the only bare face in a sea of muzzled fans.

This kind of thing has been so common that it is hard to stay outraged, even though we should.

But there is another, deeper question at play here. Why won’t the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update its masking guidance as vaccinations increase, case numbers diminish and politicians, among pretty much everyone else, ignore it across the nation?

The CDC website says that “If you are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection from the Delta variant, and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public, if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.” A handy map shows the location of these areas — it’s basically the entirety of the United States. This guidance is vague, and not followed by massive swaths of the nation.

Mask mandate hypocrite Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot attended a basketball game where everyone except her was wearing a mask.
Mask mandate hypocrite Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot attended a basketball game where everyone except her was wearing a mask.

Why is it being ignored? Because much of its application is nonsensical on its face, so to speak. What possible health benefit is there for wearing a mask from door to the table then taking it off to eat and drink and talk all night? Every one of us knows that 10 seconds of following the hostess to your table is not a potential superspreader event. It’s such performative idiocy.

Meanwhile, CDC guidelines still say if you take a kid across state lines, say on vacation, you have to quarantine for 10 days. Is any parent in the country actually doing this? We should hope not, because it’s insane. Even Fauci the Merciful, who has relented and has now pronounced we can have holiday gatherings, isn’t mentioning this. Because he knows he would look like a fool.

President Joe Biden leaves Washington DC restaurant Fiola Mare without wearing a face mask.
President Joe Biden leaves Washington DC restaurant Fiola Mare without wearing a face mask.
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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden went to Fiola Mare on October 16, 2021 for a date night.
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden went to Fiola Mare on October 16, 2021 for a date night.
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So why do these absurd rules, that most people don’t follow anyway, and seem to be based on about as much science as Tarot cards, still exist at all? And more importantly, what metrics do we need to hit for them to go away? That’s one query the exultant and high experts will never answer. When it comes to imposing restrictions the science is strict, settled, and exact, when it comes to easing restrictions it’s all a rich tapestry of who really knows.

Enough. When mask mandates made their first appearance in the Spring of 2020 many feared we would wind up wearing them forever. Those people were mocked as alarmists. Well, it’s almost 2022, what gives? Everyone over 12 can get a vaccine that we are promised gives fantastic protection, and young kids continue to only very rarely have significant illness.

People can decide for themselves whether they want to keep wearing masks, if they are high risk or nervous. As for the rest of us, what are we waiting for? We have long passed common sense. We need some answers about how and when these rules will end. And we need them now.

David Marcus is the author of “Charade: The COVID Lies That Crushed A Nation.”

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Cops face questions after missing Alabama woman’s body found in police van



A missing Alabama woman’s body has been found in an unoccupied police van — prompting questions about her death and how she could go undetected as authorities were searching for her.

Christina Nance, 29, was discovered dead in a prisoner transport van Oct. 7, five days after she was reported missing, Deputy Police Chief DeWayne McCarver said.

The vehicle was parked at a public safety complex in Huntsville.

“The officer noticed shoes next to the van and approached, discovering Ms. Nance’s body inside. Windows on the van were observed to be opened and on this type of van they popped outward,” McCarver said on Friday at a press conference, CNN reported.

No cause of death has been determined, but preliminary autopsy results didn’t indicate that there was any foul play or bodily trauma.

“The official cause of death will be ruled by the state medical examiner once additional studies, including toxicology, are complete,” police said.

Police released surveillance footage of a woman believed to be Nance wandering through the parking lot on Sept. 25, then appearing to enter the van.

But her family — who reported her missing on Oct. 2 — said they have their doubts about the footage.

“The video was not clear enough to indicate that that was our sister Christina Nance,” Nance’s sister Whitney Nance told news station WAFF.

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Police released surveillance footage of a woman believed to be Christina Nance wandering through the parking lot on Sept. 25.
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“It was just very heartbreaking to know that we didn’t get the clarification that we really needed, that we wanted.”

Police have said it’s protocol for the vans to be kept locked.

“It is an accountability issue on our part,” McCarver said. “That should not have happened. And now we have to look at that, and we have to make sure that we have things in place so that does not happen again.”

It’s unclear how Nance went undetected in the busy police parking lot.

“Cars go by, people walk nearby the van. We just wish that she would have hollered out to someone or something, because there were plenty of … what we see as potential opportunities for this to not be a tragedy. And unfortunately, no one was able to realize she was in that van and that was the outcome,” McCarver said.

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