Scott Thompson

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Nov 16, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) dunks the ball against New Orleans Pelicans forward Darius Miller (21) in the second half at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen Lew)
Nov 16, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) dunks the ball against New Orleans Pelicans forward Darius Miller (21) in the second half at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen Lew)

Friday night in New Orleans featured yet another new starting five from David Fizdale and the Knicks. And despite the close loss, Fizdale was impressed by how it looked throughout the game.

All three Knicks rookies were penciled in, as Allonzo Trier joined MItchell Robinson and Kevin Knox at tip off. Fizdale mentioned before the game yesterday that all three players have earned their spots, and it was time to see what they could do together.

"I just wanted to keep an open mind to everything and see how it plays out," Fizdale told The Post's Marc Berman. "All of these guys to their credit have really shown some great moments in the NBA. So I figured why not look at them all together out there with Timmy and with our best passer and see how that looks if they're moving up and down the court fast."

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Mets fans had San Diego Union-Tribune writer John Maffei -- the lone writer that cost Mets ace Jacob deGrom a unanimous Cy Young award win -- on their most wanted list. 

And now he has company. 

ESPN personality Michael Wilbon shares Maffei's stance that a pitcher's record should most certainly be taken into account when determining who should win the award. He even went as far as to say it's "absurd" how analytics is "hijacking" the game. 

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Nov 4, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) dribbles past Washington Wizards guard Austin Rivers (1) during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 4, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) dribbles past Washington Wizards guard Austin Rivers (1) during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Knicks head coach David Fizdale's lineup experiment continues on Friday night when his starting five will feature all three rookies for the first time this season. 

First-rounder Kevin Knox got his first career start against the Thunder in Wednesday's 128-103 blowout, and second-rounder Mitchell Robinson has been cemented at center for some time now. 

It will be undrafted rookie Allonzo Trier making his first career start, as he has impressed early on this season. The three rookies will work alongside Emmanuel Mudiay and Tim Hardaway Jr. at tip off.

Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League infielder Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles (13) walks to the dugout before the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League infielder Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles (13) walks to the dugout before the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

As the Yankees embark on what is expected to be a very busy offseason in 2019, the intrigue of signing 26-year-old All-Star Manny Machado has always been on the table. 

But the prospect of playing in the Big Apple comes with loads of responsibility. If the Yankees' championship-or-bust mentality wasn't enough, the rabid fanbase and media that surrounds a New York athlete is sometimes too much to deal with.

No one knows this better than former Yankees manager and Mets player Joe Torre. The two-time Manager of the Year recipient knows what it takes to win in New York, and during that span, has seen certain players thrive or falling off the deep end during their time here.

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Nov 14, 2018; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) shoots the ball over New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Ferguson)
Nov 14, 2018; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) shoots the ball over New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Ferguson)

The Knicks tried a new starting five on Wednesday night, but it didn't work as Paul George led the Thunder to a dominant 128-103 win on their home court. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) Head coach David Fizdale mixed up his starters with rookie Kevin Knox getting his first career start, and Emmanuel Mudiay taking over for Damyean Dotson and Frank Ntilikina respectively. But the move didn't change the woes the Knicks have faced in the last three games. Knox did finish with 15 points, but only on 5-of-16 from the field, including two three-pointers. Mudiay had just seven points, and was quick to dish the ball back out to the perimeter when he looked to have an open lane to the bucket on some possessions.

 

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Oklahoma City Thunder, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Giants prepare for Pierre-Paul 00:01:07
Eli Manning has a hard task at hand when he lines up against his former teammate, Jason Pierre-Paul, on Sunday.

It was a business decision at the end of the day, but the Giants would certainly like to see DE Jason Pierre-Paul in a Big Blue jersey once again after the season he's currently having. 

New GM Dave Gettleman made the move to get remaining three years of Pierre-Paul's four-year, $62 million contract off the books this offseason, trading him to the Buccaneers. Well, he has totaled 68 combined tackles, 8.5 sacks,a nd two forced fumbles as he looks like the JPP of old so far this season. 

This week, the Giants will have to deal with him as an opponent for the first time, and head coach Pat Shurmur knows exactly what kind of "disruptive" player he can be. 

Tags: Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Scott Thompson
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deGrom's remarks on Cy Young win 00:03:37
Jacob deGrom joined Steve Gelbs on Baseball Night in New York after winning the 2018 NL Cy Young award.

Mets ace RHP Jacob deGrom has officially been named the 2018 National League Cy Young Award winner. And though the many saw it as a lock for deGrom after his dominate season, he had to admit the nerves waiting to hear his name called.

"I was nervous," he told SNY's Steve Gelbs after being named the fourth Met in team history to win the award. "I don't know why -- sitting here I've been really nervous about it. But I'm really excited and very thankful to everybody involved who helped me along the way. Family, friends, everybody involved in this. It really is an honor."

When did those nerves set in?

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Oct 20, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Oct 20, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

It could be Kevin Knox' time to shine for the Knicks.

Head coach David Fizdale has seen his team suffer back-to-back blowout losses, and as a result, some lineup changes may follow. His first big switch was benching Enes Kanter, Trey Burke, and Lance Thomas for Mitchell Robinson, Damyean Dotson and Noah Vonleh

As the Knicks fly to Oklahoma to face off against the Thunder on Wednesday night, there could be another new starting five when both teams tip off...

Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Frank Ntilikina, Trey Burke, Scott Thompson
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Oct 20, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Oct 20, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Knicks are shaking up their lineup for Wednesday night's game, with Kevin Knox and Emmanuel Mudiay in, replacing Damyean Dotson and Frank Ntilikina.

Ntilikina had been struggling with his shot recently, with head coach David Fizdale limiting him to six minutes during Sunday's loss to the Magic.

Knox, who recently returned after dealing with an ankle injury, has been shaking off the rust while coming off the bench and will be making his first career start...

Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Frank Ntilikina, Trey Burke, Scott Thompson
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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after not converting on third down against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after not converting on third down against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur answered the big question coming out of the bye week of who he will start at quarterback against the 49ers on Monday Night Football. Despite schools of thought saying the Giants should see what rookie QB Kyle Lauletta can do with the team at 1-7, Shurmur said QB Eli Manning will continue to be the team's starter.

However, he did make sure to say that Manning has to play better. 

"I also explained to Eli that everybody needs to play better and as we go through this, it's important that we're not 'almost' in these games, we do what we have to do to get it over the top and win football games."

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Scott Thompson
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Nov 10, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks forward Noah Vonleh (right) controls the ball against Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green (left) during the first half at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Nov 10, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks forward Noah Vonleh (right) controls the ball against Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green (left) during the first half at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

The Eastern Conference-best Raptors were too much for the Knicks, as New York fell 128-112 in Toronto on Saturday. >> Box Score

Things to know about Saturday's game

1) There was sloppy basketball to kick off this one, with both teams not hitting their shots and turning the ball over. But when things settled down, the Knicks were keeping up with the Raptors as the first quarter ending in a 25-25 tie. But the home team turned it up in the second quarter with 39 points to New York's 28, and ran away from there. Seven Raptors finished with double-digit points.

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Nov 5, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) looks on during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
Nov 5, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) looks on during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

Check All-Star SG Jimmy Butler off the Knicks' free-agent targets list. Or at least that's what it sounds like after the Sixers struck a deal with the Timberwolves for Butler on Saturday. 

The Sixers landed Butler and C Justin Patton in return for SG Robert Covington, F Dario Saric, and a 2022 second-round draft pick. And they do so with the full intention of signing Butler to a long-term deal before he reaches free agency, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski

The Knicks are expected to be very active this offseason, having enough cap room to sign a prolific superstar to a max deal if they can convince one to do so. Butler was a target for New York, but he is now off the table -- in the Eastern Conference nonetheless...

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Kristaps Porzingis, Scott Thompson
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The Knicks stumped Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks with a 112-107 win on the road Wednesday night. >> Box Score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Tim Hardaway Jr. was a main reason the Knicks totaled 47 free throw attempts on Wednesday night, which is the most by any team in franchise history. Hardaway got 20 attempts from the charity stripe, converting 16 of them on his way to a team-high 34 points. He also had three assists and three steals on the night, as he continues to be the veteran scorer the Knicks need him to be. 

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Bryce Harper is worth big money 00:02:52
Bryce Harper's agent Scott Boras believes that whichever franchise inks the prized free agent will see a major boost in revenue and success.

Scott Boras sure knows how to sell his top free agent in OF Bryce Harper

Boras, MLB's top agent, took some time at the GM Meetings in Carlsbad, CA to speak to reporters about a variety of subjects from the state of the MLB to his very intriguing 25-year-old All-Star. 

Harper is in the prime of his career, and is expected to see a megadeal with a new team before the season begins. Boras explained why Harper's situation is so rare due to his status as a "generational player."

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Scott Thompson
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Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold (14) and Josh McCown (15) watch second half of play against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold (14) and Josh McCown (15) watch second half of play against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Rookie QB Sam Darnold has been under center for the Jets since Week 1. But that streak may be coming to an end.

Darnold was diagnosed with a strained right foot, head coach Todd Bowles said on Wednesday after practice. The 21-year-old was seen walking in street clothes with a boot on his foot, and questions immediately rose as to whether or not the team's franchise quarterback will see his first inactive game against the Bills this week. 

"It's just adversity," Darnold said. "Just gotta deal with it. Get better as soon as possible, get back on the field as soon as possible."

Tags: Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Cashman respects GM Van Wagenen 00:02:55
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman discusses his relationship with new Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and if they could be trade partners.

During Brodie Van Wagenen's days as an agent, he has had to deal with Yankees GM Brian Cashman on numerous. Now, the Mets GM will be interacting with his newly-found crosstown rival as his equal. 

Cashman had nothing but kind words for Van Wagenen when asked about his new role during the GM Meetings in Carlsbad, CA.

"My deals with Brodie Van Wagenen as an agent has always been positive, transparent, very communicative, trustworthy," Cashman said. "So I think all those types of characteristics are great qualities of leadership...He was someone to easily pick the phone up and deal with. So, if you're an owner and he was able to have those things resonate with the Wilpons which clearly he did, that's the atmosphere of somebody you want to work with."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Scott Thompson
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Leonard Williams (92) Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Leonard Williams (92) Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

This past week, the Cleveland Browns started to part ways with head coach Hue Jackson after not seeing the results they expected this season. And with the Jets 3-5 for the third straight season, speculation that Todd Bowles may be next. 

But DE Leonard Williams doesn't want this debate to gain any traction. Instead, he wants continued patience for Bowles and the rest of the coaching staff. 

"I think just patience is big," he told NJ.com's Matt Stypulkoski. "That's kind of hard to a Jets fan because we haven't won a Super Bowl since '68 and I'm sure they've been patient this far. But I'm saying patient as far as since I've been here. This has been new coaches, new GM and all that type of stuff. Things take time."

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Nov 2, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) dunks during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports  (Kevin Jairaj)
Nov 2, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) dunks during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

After finishing up his college career at Arizona, Allonzo Trier entered the draft process like many other rookies around college basketball in hopes of a team drafting them. Trier attended workouts across the NBA, including one with the Dallas Mavericks. 

But, as we all know, Trier went undrafted. The Knicks, though, gave him a chance, and he certainly made the best of it by landing a spot on the NBA roster to start the season. 

So, in Dallas on Friday night, Trier did exactly what he has been since Opening Night at The Garden: Make teams regret not calling his name back in June...

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Sam Bradford (9) Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Sam Bradford (9) Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

As the trade deadline passed last Tuesday, all NFL veterans are allowed to be waived. And the Cardinals used that to part ways with veteran QB Sam Bradford on Saturday. 

The former Rams No. 1 overall pick started the first three games of the season for the Cardinals, and wasn't able to secure a win. In turn, rookie Josh Rosen took over under center, and Bradford has been with an earpiece on the sideline ever since. 

So, quarterback-needy teams around the league have the option to pick up Bradford, who has seven NFL seasons under his belt. The Giants have issues with their own veteran quarterback in Eli Manning, and rookie Kyle Lauletta may have messed up their transition to starting him after the bye week due to his arrest earlier this week. 

Tags: Eli Manning, Scott Thompson
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Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talks with tight end Evan Engram (88) after an incomplete pass in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talks with tight end Evan Engram (88) after an incomplete pass in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

Things certainly are not going as intended for this Giants team that currently sits at a lowly 1-7 in their bye week. And as they sit on Sunday to reflect, there are some that need to step it up if they don't want to continue this trend in the second half. 

Of course, that could be said for the entire team. The Giants rank 27th in scoring (18.8 points per game), and they convert only 40 percent of their red zone trips into touchdowns, which is second-to-last in that category. For the defense, they sit 18th in yards allowed per game (366.4), while allowing 25.6 points per game as well. 

But there are certain Giants that should be performing better that simply haven't hit the mark. And to change the tides in East Rutherford, the Giants need them to have a better second half...

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Nate Solder, Olivier Vernon, Scott Thompson
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Damyean Dotson (21) Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)
Damyean Dotson (21) Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

The Knicks picked up their first road win of the season in a 118-106 victory over the Mavericks on Friday night. >> Read More


Things to know about tonight's game...

1) Allonzo Trier, the undrafted rookie, led the Knicks' offense with a career-high 23 points on a very efficient 8-of-10. He also had two rebounds and one assists as well. Tim Hardaway Jr. was second on the Knicks with 18 points on 7-for-17 from the field. 

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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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 is still reeling over his team's loss to the Red Sox in this year's divisonal series. 

I mean, how could he not? The Red Sox are not only the Yankees' most hated rival, but it was in their own ballpark to make matters worse. It is why Steinbrenner told The Post's Joel Sherman the 3-1 series loss "certainly pisses me off. I never want a divsion rival to outdo us."

"I have no love for the Red Sox on the field or in the division," Steinbrenner added. 

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Masahiro Tanaka, Scott Thompson
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Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Didi Gregorius (18) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees have nine arbitration-eligible players this offseason. Six of them are locks to be offered arbitration, and three of them have a more uncertain Yankees future.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, here's what they're projected to make if offered arbitration, and what the rest of their contract situation is. We'll first tackle the locks to be offered arbitration, followed by the question marks...

Locks

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Ronald Torreyes, Sonny Gray, Tommy Kahnle, Scott Thompson
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Fizdale explains late loss 00:00:45
Knicks coach David Fizdale talks about his team needing to learn how to win close games in the 4th quarter after a tough loss to the Pacers.

It was another fourth-quarter breakdown for the Knicks, as they lost a tough battle to the Pacers, 107-101, at Madison Square Garden on Halloween night.  >> Read More


Things to know about tonight's game...

1) Tim Hardaway Jr.'s All-Star campaign continues to move on schedule. His jumper has been on fire to start the season, and that was the case in The Garden tonight, going 7-for-10 from three on his way to a team-high 37 points. He also had two rebounds and one assist. 

 

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

On the outside, Knicks 2017 first-rounder Frank Ntilikina doesn't fit into today's style of play in the NBA. 

It is almost a given that players drafted high already have great offensive skills, whether it be getting to the rim or shooting. But coming out of France, Ntilikina was the exact opposite as the eighth overall pick by the Knicks. 

As a 19-year-old, Ntilikina came to New York with a great defensive skillset that stemmed from both his physical and mental attributes. At 6-foot-5 with a 7-foot wingspan, he had the ability to matchup with anyone on the floor. And Ntilikina also had the fundamental mind to cut off passing lanes, switch his man off screens, and more. 

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Aug 26, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Corey Coleman (19) against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Aug 26, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Corey Coleman (19) against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard are staples in the Giants' passing game. But, this season, the No. 3 receiver for Big Blue has been the next guy up. 

Cody Latimer was supposed to be that man when the season kicked off, but he hasn't been able to stay on the field as he currently sits on the IR. Russell Shepard and Jawill Davis have seen their fair share of snaps, but both players have been banged up as well. While Davis will be out Sunday with a concussion, Shepard returns to the sideline after dealing with a neck injury. 

The Giants, though, still brought in reinforcements to sure up their third receiver position. One of them is former Bronco Bennie Fowler, who saw time on Monday Night Football against the Falcons. He hauled in just one catch, but he became a Giant only a few days before donning the white and red away jersey. 

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs after a catch against Atlanta Falcons defensive back Sharrod Neasman (41) in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs after a catch against Atlanta Falcons defensive back Sharrod Neasman (41) in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

This Sunday at MetLife Stadium, Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley will be going head-to-head with someone he looked up to in Redskins RB Adrian Peterson.

"That's a crazy crazy statement to even think about," Barkley said after practice Thursday. "Growing up, watching Adrian Peterson, big fan of his game. Even now, he's still a special talent. He's been doing it for so long. To be able to watch him play live is definitely going to be something that I'm excited to see."

Like many others do, Barkley had nothing but praise for the veteran running back. But Peterson has also shown the 21-year-old love, saying he enjoys watching what Barkley can do on a football field. 

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Khalil Mack (52) Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)
Khalil Mack (52) Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

The Jets may not have landed All-Pro LB Khalil Mack when the Raiders put him on the trading block. But they were certainly all-in. 

According to the Daily News' Manish Mehta, New York offered Oakland its 2019 first-rounder and 2020 second-rounder as well as "additional compensation" for the former AP Defensive Player of the Year. 

The Bears would ultimately land Mack after giving up two first rounders -- one in 2019 and the other in 2020 -- as well as a 202 third-round pick and 2019 sixth-round pick in exchange for the linebacker, Oakland's 2020 second-rounder and a conditional 2020 fifth-rounder...

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Giants trades, Giant questions 00:00:42
Pat Shurmur, Eli Manning, and Dalvin Tomlinson talk about the Giants making in-season trades, as their season seemingly slips away.

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur wants to move on from the trades of CB Eli Apple and DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison that went down on Wednesday. 

Why? Shurmur understands the business side of football, and like any head coach, he'd rather not lose sleep over things out of his control.

"We traded two players, and we're moving on," Shurmur said during his Wednesday press conference. "In our mind, we've got some guys that we feel like can step in and fill in."

Tags: Dalvin Tomlinson, Damon Harrison, Scott Thompson
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Knicks on loss to Boston 00:01:01
Knicks coach David Fizdale, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke talk positives after Saturday's close loss to the Boston Celtics, 103-101.

 

The Knicks mounted a rally in the final moments, but they ran out of time as the Celtics held on to win, 103-101. >> Box Score


Things you need to know about tonight's game...

1) Every time the Knicks fell behind, they stormed back -- and that's exactly what happened in the final quarter when they scored 31 points. Trey Burke made a layup with 10 seconds remaining to trim Boston's lead to one point, but Jayson Tatum subsequently hit both of his free throws to put the Celtics ahead for good.

Tags: Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Dec 17, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) is hit after the throw by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Dec 17, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) is hit after the throw by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

The Giants were looking to catch a break this Monday as Falcons wide receivers Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu were both banged up last week. But the latest injury report on Saturday had only K Matt Bryant out for Monday's contest. 

So, one of the NFL's deadliest wide receiving tandems will be at full strength for QB Matt Ryan to work with. For most defenses, WR Julio Jones is enough to deal with, but Ridley and Sanu make matters worse with the production they have put up so far thi season. 

While Jones leads the team in yards for a mile (708), the rookie Ridley leads receivers in touchdowns (6) while Sanu has 303 yards and three touchdowns on the year as well. Jones is still looking for his first touchdown after six weeks.

Tags: Olivier Vernon, Scott Thompson
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Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Coming off a tough loss to crosstown-rival Brooklyn on Friday night, the Knicks don't get a layover as they return home Saturday for another matchup. And even tougher is their opponent in the Boston Celtics. 

Boston is also playing a back-to-back, having lost to the Raptors on the road last night. But they are still a favorite in the Eastern Conference with a loaded team full of young and veteran stars. 

One of those stars just so happens to be the youngest player on their team in SF Jayson Tatum. As a 19-year-old, Tatum burst onto the scene last year, averaging 16.3 points, 5.9 boards, and 1.9 assists per game on his way to a First-Team All-Rookie selection by the end of the regular season. He was even better in the postseason with 18.5 points per game on 47.1 percent shooting. 

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Dec 3, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) is greeted by Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) after the game at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Dec 3, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) is greeted by Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) after the game at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

Picture this: Odell Beckham Jr. hits a double move, loses his defender, and runs down the sideline wide open as the ball comes soaring toward him for an easy touchdown. As the team celebrates in the end zone, a No. 4 Big Blue jersey comes running toward his new favorite receiver. Wearing the jersey is the Giants new quarterback -- Derek Carr

Now, this scenario wouldn't be until next season, but CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora offered a pretty intriguing prediction on the "Pick Six Podcast" on Wednesday.

With Jon Gruden and the Raiders blowing it up out in Oakland, no one on the roster is safe, not even their franchise quarterback that just signed a five-year deal before the start of the 2017 season. On the other hand, the Giants don't want to rebuild, but rather make moves to win now...

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Knicks season will be a ride! 00:01:36
Step right up and hop on the roller coaster of the New York Knicks 2018-2019 season. It will be a crazy ride!

Choo! Choo!

You hear that sound coming from West 33rd and 8th Ave? No, it's not the trains running through Penn Station. This locomotive, better known as the Knicks Hype Train, is chugglng along through Madison Square Garden after last night's 126-107 rout of the Hawks. 

And I know what you're thinking: The Hawks are probably the worst team in the league this season. Yeah, you're probably right. But who cares! The Knicks are rebuilding, have brand new faces to go along with a brand new coaching staff, and they put on a clinic...

Tags: Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Allonzo Trier (14) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Allonzo Trier (14) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

When it comes to Knicks rookies, Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson -- their 2018 draft picks -- have gotten the most attention. But another name was added after Allonzo Trier erupted in the preseason and had a similar explosion during the Knicks' opening night win over the Hawks, which included a ferocious dunk.

Trier, the 6-foot-5 guard who went undrafted out of Arizona and who David Fizdale calls "Iso Zo," finished the night with 15 points, ripped down four rebounds and added two blocks. 

With Trier generating his own spotlight in the Big Apple, here are five things you didn't know about the Knicks' budding rookie...

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Nets top Knicks 00:01:03
Caris LeVert poured home 28 points, including the game-winner with 1.0 to go to lead the Nets past the Knicks, 107-105.

Caris LeVert scored on a game-winning layup in the final seconds to lead the Nets to a 107-105 win over the Knicks on Friday night at Barclays Center. >> Box Score


Things you need to know about tonight's game...

Tags: Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Knicks open season with win 00:01:10
Tim Hardaway Jr. led the way with 31 points as the New York Knicks routed the Atlanta Hawks in their season opener on Wednesday, 126-107.

David Fizdale and his young Knicks squad opened their 2018-19 season with a 126-107 rout of the Hawks on Wednesday night in The Garden. >> Box Score


Things you need to know about tonight's game...

1) Tim Hardaway Jr., despite being young, is expected to be a veteran leader this season. And that certainly showed with a 31-point, seven-rebound night to start his year. He also collected five assists and two steals on the night. 

 

Tags: Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) goes to the basket against New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) goes to the basket against New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Caris LeVert scored on a game-winning layup in the final seconds to lead the Nets to a 107-105 win over the Knicks on Friday night at Barclays Center. >> Box Score


Things you need to know about tonight's game...

Tags: Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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It may not be on the same pedestal of Magic vs. Larry, Wilt vs. Bill, or even Shaq vs. Kobe. But the rivalry between LeBron James and Enes Kanter is one that has gained some traction over the years. 

But, with James taking his talents this time to the Western Conference with the Lakers, Kanter won't be seeing his newfound rival that often. 

Though the Turkish big man will be sure to troll James on Twitter (as he does with the rest of the NBA), he will need to find a new arch nemesis out of the East. That enemy will need to possess James' confidence, star status, and most importantly, not back down from any trash talk -- both on and off the court...

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Sterling Shepard (87) Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sterling Shepard (87) Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants fans have certainly voiced their frustrations with Eli Manning's play so far this season, but are the players also ticked off by what they have seen through the first six games?

Some reports have surfaced claiming certain players have been disgruntled by Manning, but WR Sterling Shepard said he hasn't heard a peep on the matter. 

In fact, the entire locker room is still on Manning's side.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Yankees managing general partner, Hal Steinbrenner, is primed for a busy offseason.

After staying under the luxury tax this season, the Yankees reset their threshold for next season, which means Steinbrenner has a little more wiggle room to work with. But in a recent interview on ESPN's "The Michael Kay Show," it sounded like Steinbrenner doesn't mind living up to his family name and spending big if the player is worth it.

"Look, my family has always been willing to take money that comes off the payroll and put it back in," Steinbrenner said Friday. "We're going to do our best to field a championship-caliber team every single year. This coming year is going to be no different than last."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Scott Thompson
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Odell Beckham Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Odell Beckham Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

It has been an interesting past few days for Giants star WR Odell Beckham Jr. 

First, his controversial ESPN interview comments ended up with Beckham having to apologize to his teammates while also getting fined. Then, during a bad home loss to the Eagles, Beckham's frustrations were showcased on the sideline yet again as he banged his head into a cooling fan. 

So, in the latest edition of his UNINTERRUPTED Facebook series "I AM MORE: OBJ," Beckham sat down for an interview to address all that has happened in the past week. And this is how the video started...

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Oct 17, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; A general view during the playing of the national anthem before game one of the NLCS between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 17, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; A general view during the playing of the national anthem before game one of the NLCS between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets continue to search for their new head of baseball operations or GM to replace Sandy Alderson, and though it is the early stages, the candidate list is starting to fill out. 

New York has already spoken to a few potential baseball execs, with SNY's Andy Martino saying "sit-downs in New York to informal telephone conversations" have made up the first rounds of the search. Their candidate list is wide-ranging as well. 

Here's a look at where things stand in the search so far, and which candidates are at the top of the heap...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Not only was this a divisional game with a heated rival, but this Giants-Eagles matchup at MetLife Stadium on Thursday night was viewed as the game to save the Giants season. Sense of urgency was the word thrown around by the team leading up to tonight, but unfortunately that isn't what was seen on the field. 

The Giants lost badly in a 34-13 wallop that left fans speechless and sullen in their seats. With the exception of one dynamic rookie, the performance by the home team wasn't anything to be proud of. And to put it bluntly: What played out tonight was certainly comparable to the miserable group of last season. 

So, let's take a deeper look at what happened at each position in the Giants' fifth loss of the season...

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Dalvin Tomlinson, Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Sam Darnold (14) Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Sam Darnold (14) Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Jets WR Jermaine Kearse and rookie QB Sam Darnold are locker room buddies. They sit right next to each other in the room, and Kearse takes advantage of that by preaching his veteran wisdom whenever he can on the 21-year-old signal caller. 

One way he does that is recalling the time he was a rookie in Seattle back in 2012, and a fellow rookie in QB Russell Wilson was in the same boat as Darnold this season. He was a young gun coming off a solid Wisconsin career, and was looking to make an immediate impact in the NFL. 

During a break in game action in the Seahawks' second preseason game, Wilson returned to the huddle and heard Kearse talking as he began to speak. What he did next immediately caught the attention of Kearse. 

Tags: Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis (6) addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, Greenburgh, NY, USA; [CAPTION] at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 24, 2018; New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis (6) addresses the media at Knicks Media Day, Greenburgh, NY, USA; [CAPTION] at MSG training facility. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis is frustrated. 

The Latvian big man has been forced to watch along this entire preseason as his teammates get ready for the 2018-19 campaign. Porzingis is still rehabbing after his ACL surgery eight months ago, and though his progress hasn't hit a setback, he is growing tired of the same slow pace.

"He's feeling better every day, but it's still that frustrating slow drip for him," Fizdale told the Daily News' Stefan Bondy. 

Tags: Courtney Lee, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Scott Thompson
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Kevin Knox (20) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Kevin Knox (20) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Tim Hardaway Jr. used to be the only Knick that grew up with a professional athlete as a father. Until Kevin Knox joined the team. 

Knox' father, Kevin Knox Sr., was drafted by the Bills in the sixth round back in 1994 after four seasons as a wide receiver at Florida State. Despite only playing two games with the Cardinals over his NFL career, Knox Sr. totaled 1,431 yards on 102 receptions with 11 touchdowns over his FSU career that saw a national championship game in 1993. 

So, Kevin has grown up knowing exactly what it takes to make it to the pros...

Tags: Kevin Knox, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram walks with a brace on his right knee after spraining his MCL in Houston. Engram will not play against the New Orleans Saints in Week 4. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram walks with a brace on his right knee after spraining his MCL in Houston. Engram will not play against the New Orleans Saints in Week 4. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

With another Giants injury report coming out Tuesday following practice, TE Evan Engram remained under the limited participant section. But he was set to go full speed for the first time to see if he could be available Thursday night against the Eagles. 

Engram, who has been out for two games with a right MCL sprain, was looking forward to taking the field as he knew it could determine whether or not he can help his team win -- something they desperately need to stay in the NFC East hunt. 

"Today's just a big day for me practice wise," Engram said before practice. "Just going to go out there and see how I feel going full speed and getting full speed reps. Been taking it day-by-day and it's a possibility, but we'll see going forward."

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Aaron Boone talks Game 2 victory 00:02:30
Yankees manager Aaron Boone talks about how Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, and Masahiro Tanaka contributed to a win in Game 2 of the ALDS.

David Price was knocked out early, Gary Sanchez hit two home runs, and the Yankees bounced back from a series-opening loss to beat the Red Sox on Saturday night, 6-2, in Game 2 of the ALDS. >> Box score


1) David Price hasn't had the edge over the Yankees since coming over to Boston, and that proved true again tonight. He lasted just 1.2 innings after allowing three runs on three hits, including two solo shots from Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. Price owns a 7.95 ERA in 12 starts against the Yankees this season. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Boston Red Sox, Scott Thompson
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The Yankees may have lost Game 1 in a close battle, but a favorable matchup with Red Sox LHP David Price on the mound. Price's struggles against the Yankees since joining Boston are glaring, and he took the Fenway Park mound to redeem himself.

Mission failed.

It was Aaron Judge, fresh off a solo homer in his final at-bat in Game 1, that hit a tape-measure bomb to center field to put the Yankees on the board in the top of the first. Judge now has three homers in his first three postseason games this season, and six in his last eight games...

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