Scott Thompson

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A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

In 2007, Giants QB Jared Lorenzen was on the sideline in Super Bowl XLII when he watched the impossible happen. David Tyree made his famous helmet catch, and kept New York's hopes alive in the fourth quarter. 

As Tyree walked off the field, Lorenzen -- the backup to Eli Manning -- was the first person he high-fived. In the end, the Giants would win the game, defeating the undefeated Patriots, and Lorenzen's final season in the NFL would make him a world champion.

But he went off the grid following that year. Then, in 2014, video surfaced of Lorenzen playing for an indoor league with the Northern Kentucky River Monsters. This, though, wasn't what people remembered Lorenzen looking like.

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Greg Bird (33) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Greg Bird (33) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Returning to the Yankees' lineup from ankle surgery, 1B Greg Bird was mired in a slump. Bird showed hints of his old self, but mostly, it was a walk back to the dugout after each at-bat. 

But Bird showed more than hints of his powerful lefty bat right before the All-Star break, and that has continued since play resumed on Friday. It appears he has turned a corner, with a main sign being his success against lefty Steven Matz on Saturday afternoon. 

Heading into the game, manager Aaron Boone didn't know what to expect from Bird as he was 4-for-29 against left-handers. But, with his hot bat, the lefty-lefty matchup favored Bird in the end. 

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Giants training camp begins on July 25, but the player everyone wants to see in East Rutherford will report on Sunday. 

Saquon Barkley will officially kick off his rookie season when he and the rest of the 2018 rookies (and select veterans) take the Quest Diagnostics Training Center field for the start of training camp.

The spotlight will consistently shine on Barkley throughout camp and the rest of the season, as he looks to prove he was worth skipping on a top-rated quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick. The pressure, though, doesn't faze him. 

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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Jul 21, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone (17) after being taken out of the game against the New York Mets after giving up three runs during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 21, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone (17) after being taken out of the game against the New York Mets after giving up three runs during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees had a healthy 7-3 lead heading into the top of the ninth against the Mets on Saturday, and closer Aroldis Chapman came to the mound to finish off the win in his first outing since the All-Star break. 

But, what looked to be a routine outing for the flame-throwing lefty, turned into a big scare real fast. Chapman issued a walk to Kevin Plawecki to lead off the inning, and Amed Rosario followed up with a single to make it first and second with no outs. 

Then, Chapman lost the strike zone. He issued 11 straight balls, which brought home a run after the walk to Jose ReyesBrandon Nimmo had a 3-0 count before Chapman hit him to plate another and make it a two-run ball game. 

 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chasen Shreve, Scott Thompson
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This is the first installment of Giants position previews for the upcoming 2018 season. This will be an in-depth look at each position heading into training camp that begins on July 25th.

The Rundown

The cornerbacks room was supposed to be the least of the Giants' problems last season, but we all know how that went. Guess they didn't get that memo.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Devon Kennard, Jonathan Casillas, Keenan Robinson, Scott Thompson
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Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Before the All-Star break, the Mets got to see if Noah Syndergaard was officially over his strain in his right index finger. He passed the test against the Nationals, allowing just one run over five innings. 

Well, more of the same was seen in Syndergaard's second start since coming off the DL as he shut down the Yankees' high-powered offense on Friday night. However, there was one hiccup.

In the middle of the fifth inning, manager Mickey Callaway came out to the mound with a trainer by his side to assess Syndergaard. The SNY broadcast team noticed Syndergaard looking at his throwing hand, and it was noted that his velocity on his pitches had dropped significantly. Syndergaard was pumping 98 and 99-mph fastballs, and they had dipped to around 94 mph...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

It is no secret the Yankees need starting pitching to get a second-half push toward the top of the AL East. For now, though, they will have to try and get good outings from the middle-to-back rotation starters. 

Unfortunately, they didn't get that from one of those back-end arms as Domingo German continued to struggle on Friday against the Mets. 

German threw another dud first inning to start off his outing. After walking Brandon Nimmo to lead off the game, Asdrubal Cabrera laced a double down the right field line to bring Nimmo all the way home for the first run of the game. 

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Kevin Knox (20) Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Kevin Knox (20) Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

It is apparent Knicks' first-rounder F Kevin Knox wasn't fazed by his first taste of NBA basketball. Just look at what he did in just a few games out west in the Summer League. 

Knox was named first-team All-Summer League as he electrified the court with thunderous dunks and crafty moves to the lane. After four games, he averaged a stellar 21.3 points per game.

At 18 years old, Knox has impressed many by how mature his game has looked. But his father, Kevin Knox Sr., wasn't too surprised that his son stole the show...

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This is the first installment of Giants position previews for the upcoming 2018 season. This will be an in-depth look at each position heading into training camp that begins on July 25th.

The Rundown

The cornerbacks room was supposed to be the least of the Giants' problems last season, but we all know how that went. Guess they didn't get that memo.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Scott Thompson
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Feb 21, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Albert Abreu (87) during media day at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Feb 21, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees starting pitcher Albert Abreu (87) during media day at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

With the trade deadline approaching swiftly, every team is doing their due diligence of scouting farm systems across the country. As for the Yankees, they've certainly being putting in the extra hours as GM Brian Cashman is looking to make a splash with a preference in the pitching department.

The Giants have also been doing their homework, and the Yankees' farm system is at the top of their list. In fact, they have their eyes set on one particular prospect.

Right-handed hurler Albert Abreu reportedly impressed the Giants when they took a look at the Yankees' lower-level farm teams, per NJ.com's Brendan Kuty. Abreu is the Yankees' third-best prospect, according to MLB.com, and he is sporting a 4.28 ERA over 48.1 innings with High-A Tampa this season. 

Tags: Albert Abreu, CC Sabathia, Luis Severino, Scott Thompson
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Mar 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) during second half against Minnesota Timberwolves at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) during second half against Minnesota Timberwolves at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Rock bottom for Knicks G Tim Hardaway Jr. was a five-hour bus ride through the snow in Ohio. The young guard's dream of playing in the NBA was being questioned as he had just lost his G-League game with the Canton Charge. And not only did he lose, but he had a bad night on the stat sheet as well.

It was on that bus that Hardaway actually thought about quitting basketball. 

"I was second-guessing myself at the time, thinking about if I really wanted to play," Hardaway told Newsday's Barbara Barker. "It was a dark period...

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This is the first installment of Giants position previews for the upcoming 2018 season. This will be an in-depth look at each position heading into training camp that begins on July 25.


The Rundown

Here's a good synopsis of the Giants' offensive line play last season: It was really bad. 

Tags: Adam Bisnowaty, Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, Scott Thompson
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Manny Machado (13) Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Manny Machado (13) Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The reports that the Yankees were unwilling to trade any of their top 10 prospects in a Manny Machado deal have quickly turned false. 

New York is still in the running for Machado, and though The Post reported a top-10 prospects wouldn't be in any deal, they learned otherwise on Sunday. Another source said the Yankees are willing to deal away one of their prized youngsters, with OF Estevan Florial, RHP Albert Abreu, RHP Chance Adams, and SS/2B Thairo Estrada all on that list.

The Orioles are reportedly looking for young pitching, and the biggest hold up on a Machado-to-Yankees deal is New York's unwillingness to deal their top pitching prospect, LHP Justus Sheffield. Because of this, the Dodgers and Phillies are the strongest suitors to land MLB's biggest trade chip by the July 31 deadline. 

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Manny Machado (13) Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Manny Machado (13) Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The reports that the Yankees were unwilling to trade any of their top 10 prospects in a Manny Machado deal have quickly turned false. 

New York is still in the running for Machado, and though The Post reported a top-10 prospects wouldn't be in any deal, they learned otherwise on Sunday. Another source said the Yankees are willing to deal away one of their prized youngsters, with OF Estevan Florial, RHP Albert Abreu, RHP Chance Adams, and SS/2B Thairo Estrada all on that list.

The Orioles are reportedly looking for young pitching, and the biggest hold up on a Machado-to-Yankees deal is New York's unwillingness to deal their top pitching prospect, LHP Justus Sheffield. Because of this, the Dodgers and Phillies are the strongest suitors to land MLB's biggest trade chip by the July 31 deadline. 

Tags: Chance Adams, Justus Sheffield, Scott Thompson
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This is the first installment of Giants position previews for the upcoming 2018 season. This will be an in-depth look at each position heading into training camp that begins on July 25.


The Rundown

With no upgrade to the offensive line or the running back position -- with the exception of drafting Wayne Gallman out of Clemson -- it was almost expected this unit wasn't going to do much for the Giants last season. 

Tags: Jonathan Stewart, Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman, Scott Thompson
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Miguel Andujar (41) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Miguel Andujar (41) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Yankees 3B Miguel Andujar has been a regular in the lineup since Brandon Drury hit the DL with his migraine and blurry vision issues. He provides an above-average bat that has brought about the Rookie of the Year conversations this season. 

But could the Yankees simply be pumping up this young talent to entice other teams to trade for him by July 31? 

According to The Post's Joel Sherman, multiple MLB executives believe Andujar being the Yankees' everyday hot corner starter isn't going to last long. This claim is made based off his bad defensive stats at the position as well as his swing-happy mindset at the dish...

Tags: Brandon Drury, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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This is the first installment of Giants position previews for the upcoming 2018 season. This will be an in-depth look at each position heading into training camp that begins on July 25.


The Rundown

Expectations for the Giants coming into training camp last season were exceptionally high, but there arguably wasn't any higher than the wide receiver position.

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Scott Thompson
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Feb 23, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 23, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (33) at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

For anyone who has played baseball, getting in front of the ball in the field is preached from Little League and on. And when the game is on the line and it's bases loaded with two outs, coaches normally yell, "Get dirty!" to their infielders. That basically translates to do whatever it takes to get that final out. 

But Yankees 1B Greg Bird's fundamentals went out the door on Tuesday night when that exact situation arose.

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Manny Machado (13) poses for a photo at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Manny Machado (13) poses for a photo at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The thought of Manny Machado donning the pinstripes sounds amazing. The 25-year-old is posting career highs with his .309/.379/.555 slash line, and is on pace to break his home run mark as well with 21 dingers on the year already.

But would the payout be worth it for a player the Yankees could simply be renting for three months?

The price is bound to be steep for Machado, but New York should be able to match it considering their deep trove of prospects. SNY's Andy Martino noted a package that includes top pitching prospect LHP Justus Sheffield and INF Brandon Drury could be in the works if the Yankees are serious...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Gardner wins it for the Yankees 00:00:53
John Jastremski discusses the role Yankees veteran Brett Gardner has carved out for himself on a youthful team after his game-winning hit.

Yankees OF Brett Gardner plated the game-winning run in the top of the 10th as New York came away with the victory in a 2-1 pitcher's duel in Toronto on Sunday >> Box score

Things to know about today's game...

1) Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge hit solo home runs in the first inning and Brandon Drury hit a two-run double later in the inning to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Gardner drove in a pair of runs in the third inning when he hit a triple, giving him three RBI in the game.

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Aaron Hicks (31) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aaron Hicks (31) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Though they are both dealing with minor injuries, manager Aaron Boone says OF Aaron Hicks and LHP Aroldis Chapman could be available for Sunday's contest against the Blue Jays. 

Hicks, who was suffering from left leg cramps on Saturday, wasn't in the starting lineup today as Clint Frazier was added to the outfield. And though Boone would like to not have to use Hicks, he does consider him an option if need be. 

"Aaron is doing well, Boone told the Daily News' MIke Mazzeo. "We'll try to stay away from him, but I view him as an option."

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 (Brian Losness)
(Brian Losness)

The future of the Knicks will be tested during the Las Vegas Summer League, and the stakes couldn't be higher for this young talent that GM Scott Perry and team president Steve Mills hope carry the team out of the dumps in the near future. 

For draft picks, this is a chance to showcase why they were taken in the lottery. And for others on the roster, this is a chance to get rewarded with a contract if they can ball out. Even new head coach David Fizdale gets to display his expertise for the first time. 

So, with the Knicks first game against the Hawks slated for this Saturday at 5:30 p.m., here are some players to watch in Vegas over the next couple weeks...

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Jan 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jan 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Knicks new head coach David Fizdale is already taking Frank Ntilikina under his wing. And the first order of business for the Knicks 2017 first-rounder is to get some to be more selfish with the ball.

Normally the point guard position is expected to do the exact opposite. But Fizdale believes Ntilikina is too passive in his game, which is why he brought him to his hotel room on Wednesday for a private film session to look at summer league practice from the day before. 

"He's a good basketball player," Fizdale told Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "It's going to be a process with him of constantly emphasizing aggression and always be in 'Go mode' and don't be concerned as much about taking care of everybody and that his aggression will draw defenders to help him take care of everybody...."

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

After Ronald Acuna Jr. connected on a 1-2 slider, Yankees RHP David Robertson thought he had an out. Instead, he gave the lead back to the Braves in the top of the 11th inning. 

Yankees C Austin Romine signaled for the slider to be down to get the 20-year-old Acuna chasing. However, he lifted it out to right field, an area no pitcher wants to see a high fly ball go at Yankee Stadium. 

The infamous short porch did the trick. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, David Robertson, Greg Bird, Scott Thompson
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Anders Lee (27) Mathew Barzal (13) Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Anders Lee (27) Mathew Barzal (13) Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

Isles Country was devastated to see John Tavares decide to take his talents home and play for the Toronto Maple Leafs next season. And though fans may see only darkness ahead for the Islanders, NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire believes there to be light at the end of the tunnel. 

After analyzing the process Tavares took during his interview period that led up to his ultimate decision, McGuire understood why Tavares decided to fulfill his "childhood dream" to play for the Leafs instead of the organization that drafted him first overall back in 2009. 

"I'm not surprised," McGuire told SNY. "When you grow up in a Canadian city and you grew up dreaming about playing for that team whether it'd be Montreal or Vancouver or Toronto, that's a hard thing to not want to foresee or go through. So I understood that part of it after the fact."

Tags: Anders Lee, John Tavares, Mathew Barzal, Scott Thompson
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Feb 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Christopher Gibson (33) warms up before a game against the Minnesota Wild at Barclays Center. Gibson was added to the roster this morning when goalie Thomas Greiss was placed on IR. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Christopher Gibson (33) warms up before a game against the Minnesota Wild at Barclays Center. Gibson was added to the roster this morning when goalie Thomas Greiss was placed on IR. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Islanders extended G Christopher Gibson for another two years, the team announced Monday.

Gibson signed a two-way deal worth $650,000 in the NHL and $225,000 in the AHL next season, and for the 2019-2020 season, his pay increases to $700,000 and $250,000 respectively. 

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Jul 1, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price (24) pitches in the second inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 1, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price (24) pitches in the second inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

When players of any sport travel on the road, they hear tons of chants from fans designed to get them off their game. They can be harsh, vile, and downright degrading. 

And what Red Sox LHP David Price heard from Yankees fans on Sunday night during his dreadful start was the worst of them all. 

Price had arguably his worst start of his career as the Yankees shelled him for eight runs on nine hits including five homers over 3.1 innings. And while Yankees fans enjoyed their team hitting one of the best left-handed pitchers in the game like batting practice, they added insult to injury by chanting, "Who's your daddy," at Price before his early exit. 

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Kyle Higashioka, Scott Thompson
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Who is Mario Hezonja? 00:00:33
SNY takes a look at the newest Knick, forward Mario Hezonja, who signed a one-year deal with the team on Sunday.

The Knicks' newest addition in SF Mario Hezonja could have gone to a contender like the Trail Blazers for next season. Instead, he chose the team he used to root for as a kid. 

But was fulfilling a childhood dream the only motive for the 23-year-old to join New York's youth movement? Hezonja may have hinted to the main reason why he chose the Knicks in his deal-confirming tweet, as he made sure to mention the opportunity to play for new head coach David Fizdale. 

Hezonja reportedly turned down multi-year contracts with other ballclubs to sign his one-year deal with the Knicks, per The Athletic's Michael Scotto. Playing for Fizdale is the rumored selling point to landing the Croatian forward. 

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Tim Tebow Mandatory Credit: Bob Karp-Daily Record via USA TODAY NETWORK (Bob Karp)
Tim Tebow Mandatory Credit: Bob Karp-Daily Record via USA TODAY NETWORK (Bob Karp)

Mets prospect Tim Tebow has had himself quite the month of June. 

The former NFL quarterback turned baseball player has enjoyed success at the plate, with his June slash line at .318/.357/.455 entering Friday night. His success has even earned him a Double-A All-Star Game bid as well as some wanting him to get the call to the big leagues, including former Yankee Johnny Damon.

Though Tebow admitted it's a great honor to be given the nod to his first All-Star Game, he knows there is still work that needs to be done to reach the ultimate goal: Making it to the bigs. 

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Coming into a big series opener against the Red Sox on Friday night, the Yankees were coming off a loss to the Phillies. Well, there was no one better to have on the mound than CC Sabathia

Since the beginning of the 2017 season, Sabathia owns a 2.55 ERA in 17 starts following a Yankees loss. And that number got even better after a solid seven-inning performance from the veteran lefty. 

Sabathia's night began just how you script it with a 1-2-3 first inning as he set down the Red Sox' most dangerous hitters in Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Going up against the best team in the MLB -- let alone a heated rival -- the Yankees needed all of their offensive weapons on point heading into their three-game series with Boston on Friday night. 

One of those power bats includes Greg Bird, who has struggled since his return to the Yankee lineup. Well, he may have finally found his stroke after a strong performance to help lift the Yankees in Game 1. 

Bird delivered not one, but two solo shots against the Sox, and he did so by going to both sides of the field. His first came after Miguel Andujar belted a two-run homer to left, and Bird hit a screamer to left field himself off Eduardo Rodriguez to make it a 4-0 game. 

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Jeurys Familia (27) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jeurys Familia (27) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets were three outs away from back-to-back wins over the Pirates. But shady pitching and questionable managerial calls resulted in a dreadful four-run ninth inning.

Jeurys Familia got the save opportunity to begin the inning, but what transpired was three straight hits that brought one run home. After a walk to Gregory Polanco, manager Mickey Callaway finally came out to the mound to take the ball from the struggling Familia, and Anthony Swarzak came in to clean up the mess. 

Callaway backed his decision to keep Familia in the game by suggesting a closer shouldn't be on a tight leash. 

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New York Yankees third baseman Brandon Drury hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth inning at Rogers Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Brandon Drury hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth inning at Rogers Centre. (Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)

Remember INF Brandon Drury

The Yankees brought in Drury to act as a utility infielder that could play any position across the diamond. After suffering from migraines and blurry vision, he hit the DL to work out his issue that has affected him in the past. 

Well, he did work it out, but he hasn't been back in a Yankees uniform with Miguel Andujar playing great at third base -- the position Drury started at on Opening Day. Instead, Drury has been stuck in Triple-A as he awaits the struggle of another Yankee before he can get a shot again. 

Tags: Brandon Drury, Greg Bird, Scott Thompson
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Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (Brad Penner)
Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (Brad Penner)

It is no secret the Yankees are going to be buyers in the pitching department before the July 31 trade deadline. Yankees GM Brian Cashman would prefer to add a quality starter to shore up his questionable rotation come October. 

But does he need to go after a reliever, too?

In the past, top contenders -- like the Yankees are at the moment -- would have paid a boatload to acquire a top reliever at the trade deadline...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chasen Shreve, Gleyber Torres, Scott Thompson
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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler was cruising during his start on Friday night against the Dodgers. That is until the sixth inning came, and one pitch ruined everything. 

Wheeler began his night setting down six straight Dodgers, which included striking out the side in the second. In the top of the third, Michael Conforto helped out Wheeler by making a terrific diving grab in center field on a liner off the bat of Joc Pederson

After putting runners on the first and second to lead off the fourth, Wheeler worked out of another jam. But that wasn't the case when the sixth rolled around. 

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Kristaps Porzingis (6) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Kristaps Porzingis (6) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

It is a big night for Knicks team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry as they make their first NBA Draft picks. Each pick from here on out will be crucial in the development of this young Knicks squad, and looking at New York's past selection, Mills and Perry better hope their choice works out. 

Let's take a look at the Knicks' past first-rounder and how they panned out at Madison Square Garden (it is worth noting the Knicks didn't have a first-round pick in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016)...

2009, No. 8 overall: Arizona PF Jordan Hill

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

The stage was set for Giancarlo Stanton

With two outs and the game tied, 5-5, against the Mariners in the bottom of the ninth, the Yankee Stadium spotlight shined on Stanton as he walked to the plate. He could end the game with one swing, and in doing so, etch his first signature Yankee moment in the books. 

On an 0-2 curveball, Stanton's swing met the baseball, and a thunderous standing ovation -- something that has been long overdue for the reigning NL MVP -- followed. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Scott Thompson
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Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Jets wide receiver Chad Hansen (16) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Jets wide receiver Chad Hansen (16) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Chad Hansen is looking to impact the Jets more in his second season, which is why he linked up with his former college quarterback who had great success in his second year.

Rams QB Jared Goff and Hansen played together at Cal, and they both spent time in Southern California working together in preparation for next year. Goff, who had a shaky rookie season, shined in his second year as he led his team to a NFC West division title. 

Hansen wants the same success as his former teammate in his second season, and he thinks he can do so in any role with the Jets. 

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Evan Engram (Ron Chenoy)
Evan Engram (Ron Chenoy)

There wasn't much to critique when looking back at Giants TE Evan Engram's rookie season. He was one of Eli Manning's top targets as he hauled in 64 receptions for 722 yards and six touchdowns, which earned him a spot on the PFWA's All-Rookie Team. 

But no one is perfect, and Engram knows there is an area of his game he can improve on. Though he led all rookie tight ends in receptions, yards and touchdowns, he could have more in each category if he didn't drop 11 passes. 

Engram's catch rate was 55 percent last season, and that is what he is working on in preparing for this year. It already began during the team's offseason workouts.

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Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton said he wouldn't be changing his stance as he continues to fight his struggles at the plate. But, after a four-hit night in the team's win over the Nationals on Monday, it appears Stanton made an adjustment after all.

And it worked.

It was Stanton's third four-hit game with the Yankees this season, and he posted two RBI as well. As YES Network's Jack Curry pointed out after the game, Stanton's signature closed stance looked to be less drastic. His left foot was noticeably more open, while his body was more upright. 

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Andy Pettitte Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Andy Pettitte Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Former Yankees hurler Andy Pettitte is only 46 years old, but on Sunday, he was an Old Timer. 

Taking part in his first Old Timer's Day game at Yankee Stadium, Pettitte took in the moment both on the mound and at the plate. He also got to chat with the current Yankees in the dugout and cluhouse in the days leading up to the game. He even threw batting practice to the team on Sunday. 

Putting on the pinstripes against gave Pettitte flashbacks, and maybe it is because this year's Yankees squad has put together the best start by a Yankee team since the 1998 team that won the World Series after winning 114 regular-season games. Pettitte was 26 on that team, and now at 46, he thinks this Yankee team has the potential to be great as well...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Scott Thompson
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Jamal Adams (center) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jamal Adams (center) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets S Jamal Adams has never liked to lose, and his father -- former NFL RB George Adams -- gave the perfect anecdote to explain why. 

"As a G.A. Giant, we didnt' lose," George told The Post's Steve Serby as he referenced Jamal's Pop Warner days. "I gave the ball to J., he got the first down, and they came out and measured and then they said, 'No, no, no. We gotta remeasure.' So they didn't give us a first down, so they got the ball and they scored and we lost.

"He cried like a baby. So what I told him, I said, 'That's life. That's football. You're gonna get some people to say one thing and it's another, but the thing is, I'm teaching you how to lose.' And that really just didn't set with him, because he just don't like losing."

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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks to reporters during a press conference in which he addressed the Yankees trades and acquisitionsat Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, July 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks to reporters during a press conference in which he addressed the Yankees trades and acquisitionsat Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, July 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman is already on the prowl for a starting pitcher he could add to his playoff-contending team. But, Yankee fans, don't worry. Gleyber Torres won't be part of that deal. 

After his emergence as one of the top rookies in the MLB this season, Torres has backed up his top ranking among Yankee prospects so far this season. It has only made his trade stock rise higher, and Cashman could certainly use him as the featured player in a blockbuster trade. 

But, being that Torres has already established himself a favorite among the Yankee faithful to go along with his superb play, Cashman knows he wouldn't be seeing any friendly encounters on the streets of New York if he sent him packing...

Tags: Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Seth Lugo (67) Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Seth Lugo (67) Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Mets RHP Seth Lugo came into Friday night's contest in Chase Field without allowing a run in two starts this season. 

Unfortunately, he couldn't move that streak to three as the Diamondbacks figured out Lugo, who has been stellar all season for the Mets. 

It was Paul Goldschmidt in the top of the first that broke the 10-inning scoreless streak as a starter when he launched a solo homer to right center. But that wasn't the only offense the D-Backs strung together. 

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The Loud Mouths and Michael Rapaport discuss the report of Kawhi Leonard's alleged desire to leave the Spurs and join the Lakers.

With reports swirling that Spurs F Kawhi Leonard wants to play elsewhere next season, the fit with the Knicks sounds enticing. 

For one, the Knicks were interested in going after Leonard when he becomes a free agent in 2019, per The Post's Marc Berman. However, now that Leonard wants to leave San Antonio a season early, they may not be the right fit because of one reason: Kristaps Porzingis

To acquire a player with Leonard's caliber, an even return would need to be in place for the Spurs. That means Porzingis would likely be mentioned in any deal if the Knicks wished to be a contender for Leonard. 

Tags: Courtney Lee, Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Scott Thompson
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Jonathan Loaisiga (38) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jonathan Loaisiga (38) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

"Johnny Lasagna" will definitely be eating his post-game meal with a big smile on his face after his Major League debut Friday night.

Yankees RHP Jonathan Loaisiga earned the win in his first big league start after shutting out the Rays through five scoreless innings.

The 23-year-old, who was pitching in place of the injured Masahiro Tanaka, began his night in the Bronx with a walk to Matt Duffy. Though it wasn't the start he would have hoped for, Loaisiga set down Jake Bauers on strikes for his first big-league strikeout. He would finish the inning on a double play as well.

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The Giants finished up their three-day mandatory minicamp, and they will take a hiatus before beginning training camp at the end of July. 

And when training camp begins, head coach Pat Shurmur fully believes star WR Odell Beckham Jr. will be there for Day 1. Shurmur also thinks that there is "no reason to believe" Beckham won't be able to participate fully in team drills, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

During the minicamp and the rest of the Giants' offseason practices so far, Beckham has sat out of team drills as both he and the team are being cautious with his ankle rehab. Shurmur said earlier this week that Beckham has been "cleared to practice," but he was only seen during individual drills before 11-on-11 play where he was sidelined. 

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On the first day of the Giants' three-day mandatory minicamp, Giants DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison let rookie RB Saquon Barkley know that once the pads are on, he isn't holding back. 

"I'm excited to get out there in training camp, so I can hit his ass," Harrison said. "See what he's made of. I told him, it's not Penn State. He's not going up against (DT) Josh Banks at Wake Forest."

It was all meant in good faith, but Barkley understands fully what Harrison is on the Giants to do: stop the run. That is why when asked to rebuttle Harrison's comments, the rookie took the high road instead. 

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone breaks down Sonny Gray's up-and-down outing against the Nationals on Wednesday night.

Yankees RHP Sonny Gray has been stellar on the road this season with a 2.83 ERA. When Gray throws in Yankee Stadium, though, that number rises drastically. 

Gray entered his Wednesday night start against Nationals with a 7.22 ERA at home. And he didn't do much to make that number fall either. 

In the top of the first, Gray let up back-to-back hits to Adam Eaton and Trea Turner who were sitting at the corners for Bryce Harper. Luckily, Gray dropped in a 3-2 curve ball to punch out Harper. Anthony Rendon, though, drove in the first run of the game with a sac fly to center field. 

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New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner talks to the media during MLB owners' meetings, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
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New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner talks to the media during MLB owners' meetings, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) (Eric Christian Smith/AP)

Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner knows what the rest of us do about the Yankees: They need starting pitching. 

The rotation was a question to begin the year, and it certainly didn't help when the injury bug found its way to it. Jordan Montgomery had to undergo Tommy John surgery last week, and most recently, Masahiro Tanaka was lost to injured hamstrings after tagging up on a fly ball during the series with the Mets this past weekend.

There needs to be more depth in the rotation, and Steinbrenner admitted Wednesday that the team has money to go out and get someone by the trade deadline. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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