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Yankees’ Kyle Higashioka did it all defensively: Aaron Boone

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Kyle Higashioka went 0-for-5 Friday night and left seven men on base, but his work behind the plate still helped the Yankees pull off a 3-2, 11-inning win over the Mariners at the Stadium.

Starting a third straight day for only the third time in his career — with Gary Sanchez on the COVID-19 injured list — Higashioka navigated a game plan while catching nine different pitchers, who combined to allow just one earned run in a bullpen game for the Yankees.

“He’s a big story in this,” manager Aaron Boone said. “To be able to [be] ready with the game plan and execute it, his receiving was tremendous. He always is, but it was especially noticeable tonight.”

Higashioka also chipped in with his arm. After Chad Green allowed the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, he and Higashioka combined for a strike-’em-out, throw-’em-out double play to cut down J.P. Crawford at second base as Mitch Haniger whiffed.

Even before catching all 11 innings Friday, Higashioka was expected to get Saturday off as the Yankees monitor his workload in Sanchez’s absence.

Kyle Higashioka
Kyle Higashioka
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“We’ll be mindful of that and get Rob [Brantly] in there as well to share that load with him,” Boone said.

Higashioka temporarily supplanted Sanchez as the Yankees’ starting catcher late last season and again early this year before the former cooled off and the latter heated up. But Higashioka has yet to shoulder a heavy schedule. He had started back-to-back days just twice this season before this week.

The only other times Higashioka had started more than two days in a row were three straight in the 2020 ALDS and four straight in 2018 while Sanchez dealt with an injury.

“It’s never a good thing when somebody goes down, with either COVID or injury,” Higashioka said. “I’ll graciously accept any opportunity that comes my way, but just first and foremost, hope Gary’s feeling all right.”


After never playing third base in the first 925 games of his big league career, Rougned Odor started at the hot corner for the fifth straight game Friday night. Pressed into duty at the position because of Gio Urshela’s strained hamstring, Odor had been error-free in his first four games there while beginning to get comfortable.

Odor worked at third base in spring training for the Rangers, and Boone said that experience helped as the Yankees tried to keep DJ LeMahieu at second base due to a recently strained triceps.

“I think he’s held his own over there,” Boone said. “I still think it’s just a matter of getting that game experience, where he’ll continue to get better at understanding how you make certain plays over there.”

“I still think it’s just a matter of getting that game experience, where he’ll continue to get better at understanding how you make certain plays over there.”


The Yankees’ playoff hopes got a boost Friday from across the country. Athletics center fielder Ramon Laureano was hit with an 80-game suspension after testing positive for Nandrolone, a performance-enhancing drug. Laureano was hitting .246 with 14 home runs, a 112 OPS-plus and 12 steals as one of the most important players for the A’s, who entered Friday leading the Yankees by 1 ½ games for the final AL wild-card spot.


RHP Clarke Schmidt (elbow strain), who said after a rehab start Thursday for Double-A Somerset that he felt he could get big league hitters out now, will make another start Tuesday for Somerset or Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. … The Yankees had no news on the COVID-19 front Friday after having Sanchez, Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery test positive earlier in the week.

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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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