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Yankees’ Jonathan Loaisiga off to slow start after strong 2021

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Jonathan Loaisiga entered the season with sky-high expectations and some observers waiting for the right-hander to take over from Aroldis Chapman as Yankees closer.

But after emerging as one of the best relievers in the league a year ago, Loaisiga has gotten off to a slow start.

The Yankees and pitching coach Matt Blake helped the right-hander make some minor mechanical adjustments recently, but he was still hurt by a three-run homer from the Orioles’ Austin Hays on Tuesday.

Given the lack of early results and the fact his velocity has dipped slightly, it seemed fair to wonder about the health of the 27-year-old, but Blake insisted Loaisiga is fine physically.

“I think it’s a product of hitters being aware of who he is and he has to combat that,’’ Blake said before the Yankees’ 5-2 win over the Orioles on Wednesday night. “His velocity will go up as we go on, but so far, his slider hasn’t had as much lateral break and his sinker hasn’t been sinking as much. He just hasn’t been as sharp.”

That has resulted in a drop-off in strikeouts and an increase in walks. He is averaging 8.1 strikeouts and 6.8 walks per nine innings through 6 ²/₃ innings after averaging 8.8 and 2.0 last season in 70 ²/₃ innings.

Jonathan Loaisiga
Jonathan Loaisiga
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“There are little things we have to iron out and get him back to where he can open up different options and not be one-dimensional by pitching up and in and then slider away,’’ Blake said. “He’s not quite the same version [as last year].”

Manager Aaron Boone has maintained his faith in Loaisiga, calling on him in the eighth inning Tuesday, when he hung a breaking ball to Hays, which resulted in the three-run homer. He gave up three home runs all of last season and had allowed two already this year.

“You’re gonna take lumps at some point,’’ Boone said. “He’s taken some shots here early in the season. I’m not overly alarmed. All the equipment is there. The stuff is there. He’s just got to dial in his command. He’ll have to fight through this stretch when he’s gotten popped a little bit and we have to make sure he understands how good a pitcher he is.”


Jameson Taillon, who will make his fourth start of the season on Thursday afternoon, said while he has heard from other pitchers that they’ve been able to tell differences in the baseballs being used from outing to outing, he hasn’t noticed anything.

“I haven’t had any problems,’’ Taillon said.

Jameson Taillon
Jameson Taillon
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Taillon was involved in the collective bargaining agreement negotiations during the MLB lockout in the offseason. He said the consistency of the baseball used did not come up, but he is confident the MLBPA and the league can continue to work on the issue.

“I think everyone is trying to figure out the right sweet spot,’’ Taillon said of the two sides. “I don’t think it’s some grand scheme by MLB to try to mess up the game. They’re trying their best.”


Another game without an error extended the Yankees’ streak to 11, which is their longest in a single season since 2012.


The Yankees entered Wednesday having played 11 games in The Bronx and six away. They have put up wildly different numbers at home and on the road. They had an OPS of .821 and 20 homers at the Stadium and just a .558 OPS with two home runs away from home. Last season, the numbers were far more even, with a .720 OPS at home and .738 on the road.


DJ LeMahieu went 0-for-3 to snap a 12-game hitting streak. He leads the team in hits with 19 and his OPS of .878 trails only Anthony Rizzo.

LeMahieu also is hitting for more power, a product of him being healthier than he was for most of 2021, when he played through a sports hernia.

“He just looks really good,’’ Boone said. “He uses the big part of the field as well as anyone and goes the other way as well as anyone. It’s good to see him drive it that way too.”

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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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