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Yankees can’t keep surviving these bullpen blowups

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BOSTON — It makes perfect sense in this senseless Yankees season that, just as they seemed to be coming together karmically, their bullpen is unraveling in a way we haven’t seen for the entirety of their 28-year run of finishing above .500.

They weren’t going to cover up the sins of their beleaguered relievers forever. Forever ended on Thursday night at Fenway Park, a particularly bad time and place.

A spirited Yankees effort fell short when Chad Green coughed up a two-run advantage in the ninth inning and Brooks Kriske melted down historically in the 10th, handing the Red Sox a 5-4 victory that ended a four-game winning streak and sent the Yankees to eight games behind their division-leading rivals in the American League East.

“In this stretch of baseball where we’ve played really well and won a lot of games, we’ve also had some incredibly tough losses like tonight,” manager Aaron Boone said. “And time and time again, the guys have bounced back. And that’s what we expect to do tomorrow.”

Despite that slew of soul-crushing defeats, all of them fueled by bullpen malfunctions, the Yankees remain very much in the playoff race and own a 9-4 record in their last 13 games. Ace Gerrit Cole, set to start Friday night, could change the conversation again by delivering a third straight strong start and erasing the memory of his poor performance here June 27.

Chad Green wears a frustrated expression after giving up a two-run game-tying double to Enrique Hernandez in the ninth inning of the Yankees' 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Red Sox.
Chad Green wears a frustrated expression after giving up a two-run game-tying double to Enrique Hernandez in the ninth inning of the Yankees’ 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Red Sox.
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Except at some point, the Yankees likely will need to put together again their once-vaunted relief corps, which has turned to jelly even though Aroldis Chapman has risen from the ashes.

Thursday marked Green’s second ninth-inning implosion during this stretch; interestingly, he has excelled when called upon in the earlier frames. Zack Britton, just back from his second injured-list stay, is way off. Jonathan Loaisiga resides on the COVID-19 injured list; arbitrage All-Star Lucas Luetge lacks his early dominance; and Kriske followed his first big league win Wednesday night with a thoroughly humiliating performance, becoming the first Yankee to throw four wild pitches in one inning.

“It was just one of those nights I wasn’t executing,” said Kriske, who was optioned to Triple-A Scranton following the loss. “It’s not fun. There’s a lot of guys battling their butts off and it sucks to be the one to blow it for the team.”

(Narrator: “It was not ‘just one of those nights.’ It was a night for the ages.”)

As for why Kriske found himself trying to protect a one-run lead in the 10th … sorry, I’m not gonna blame Boone, who has more than met his quota of 2021 late-inning blunders, for this one. Chapman and Britton each had pitched the prior two nights. Justin Wilson, who warmed up, had thrown 1 ¹/₃ innings Wednesday. Luis Cessa, who tossed an easy eighth, had unleashed 29 pitches Tuesday, so that’s why Green got the call for the ninth. And Kriske actually looked sharp Wednesday as he picked up his first major league win against the Phillies.

What the Yankees really could use is some more blowout wins, like their 9-1 pounding of the Bosox on Sunday in The Bronx, to rest their high-leverage relievers. That seems ambitious for the moment, though, with three more here in New England and then three games at Tropicana against the Rays. They’ll probably just have to settle for the returns of Loaisiga and perhaps Nestor Cortes.

“When you have guys absent, everyone kind of protects each other a little bit, and that’s why you’ve got to lean on an entire bullpen to get big outs in different spots,” Boone said. “We have the people down there to certainly close these things out.”

Right now, the prognosis is more uncertain than certain during this highly unpredictable Yankees campaign.

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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.

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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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