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Gray Matter: Sonny Takes A Step Back Against His Old Team

(Sonny Gray pitching early in the game on Friday night – Photo by Jason Schott)

Just as it looked like Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray was turning a corner, with two strong starts against Houston and Cleveland, he took a major step back on Friday night against his old team, the Oakland A’s.

After retiring Oakland in order in the top of the first, Oakland had no trouble with Gray after that.

Khris Davis led off the bottom of the second with a blast to deep right that cleared the Yankee bullpen to make it 1-0 Oakland.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Leah On The Offbeat”

Leah On The Offbeat

By Becky Albertalli

Harper Collins Children’s Books

With her new novel Leah On The Offbeat, Becky Albertalli returns to the world of her acclaimed first novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, which is soon to be a major motion picture, Love, Simon, starting Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, and Tony Hale.

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Yankees Honor Row Initiative: NYPD Families

(The Judge’s Chambers in right field – Photo by Jason Schott)

As part of the Yankees’ new ‘Honor Row’ initiative, a group of surviving children and widows/widowers of fallen New York City police officers will be guests in the Judge’s Chambers for the Yankees’ 1:05 p.m. game vs. the Oakland Athletics on Saturday, May 12.

The Yankees will be teaming up with the New York City Police Department this season to host the families of police officers killed in the line of duty.

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Nets An Embarrassment To Brooklyn

(The Nets at their “training camp,” pic posted by DeMarre Carroll (@DeMarreCarroll1) on Twitter)

The Brooklyn Nets are nothing more than a gimmick, an irrelevant franchise more than ever in the shadow of the team they share New York City with, the Knicks.

This was in pure relief on Wednesday when it was revealed Nets players were holding a “training camp” of sorts in Los Angeles.

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After Beating The Best (8 In A Row), Yankees Now MLB’s Best

(Brett Gardner – @Yankees)

The Yankees came back late to beat the Boston Red Sox, 9-6, on Wednesday night at The Stadium to improve to 26-10 and pass Boston for the the best record in all of baseball and the American League East.

The Yankees have now won eight straight, and all of their wins have come against teams in sole possession or tied for first place at the start of the game. According to Elias, this is the second-longest streak against solely first-place teams by any club in baseball history, trailing only the Cincinnati Reds, who won 10 games in this fashion from June 21 to July 1, 1999.

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Stanton Joins Elite Company As Slow Start Is A Distant Memory

Like the weather here in New York, it took Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton a few weeks to warm up, and he is as hot a hitter as anybody in baseball.

In his last 15 games, all but one of which have been won by the Yankees, Stanton is hitting .296 (16-54) with five home runs and nine RBI, a .371 on-base percentage and a .648 slugging percentage, with just 21 strikeouts and seven walks.

Last night, Stanton launched two home runs to help power the Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.

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Barclays Center to Host Overwatch League

(Barclays Center – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Grand Finals for the inaugural season of the Overwatch League, which will determine the champions of the world’s first global city-based esports league, will be held at Barclays Center over July 27–28, 2018.

Following the end of the Overwatch League regular season on Sunday, June 17, the postseason will begin with a field of six teams on Wednesday, July 11, at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles in Burbank, California. After the playoffs conclude, two finalists will take center stage in Brooklyn—at the home arena of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets—to battle for a share of the USD $1.4 million prize pool, the Overwatch League trophy, and a place in the history books.

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