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CHICAGO — Clarke Schmidt’s stay in the minors didn’t last long. 

The right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to the Yankees’ game Friday night against the White Sox. 

Schmidt was optioned to Triple-A following another solid outing in Kansas City on May 1, and he has only allowed one earned run in 8 ¹/₃ innings over four appearances. 

“It’s good to be back here,’’ Schmidt said. “Opportunities like this I don’t take for granted.” 

The Yankees sent Luis Gil to Triple-A after his spot start in their win Thursday over the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. 

Gil allowed four runs in four innings in his first start for the Yankees this season. 

Manager Aaron Boone said they went with Gil instead of Schmidt to start Thursday because Gil was built up and could throw more pitches. That’s crucial because the Yankees are in the midst of a 23 games in 22 days stretch. 

Clarke Schmidt
Clarke Schmidt
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And they also consider Schmidt more valuable in relief. He’ll go back to his role in the Yankees’ bullpen rather than being burned in a one-start situation, since they are not expected to need another sixth starter for the foreseeable future. 


After Isiah Kiner-Falefa made two errors on Wednesday in The Bronx, he had two tough plays Friday in the Yankees’ 10-4 win over the White Sox — both with Luis Robert at the plate. He rushed and couldn’t handle Robert’s first-inning grounder, then took too long on another in the sixth — although only the first was ruled an error. 

Boone said the miscues were partially due to what he called a “soft field.” 

Isiah Kiner-Falefa fails to make a play during the Yankees' win over the White Sox.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa fails to make a play during the Yankees’ win over the White Sox.
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“You could see the hops he was getting, but you’ve got to create that with your feet,’’ Boone said. “He’s got to be aggressive and make sure he takes away that chance.” 


The Yankees won’t be facing Lucas Giolito in their series finale against the White Sox on Sunday. The Chicago right-hander was placed on COVID-19 related injured list, the White Sox announced Friday. 

The White Sox had a game postponed against the Guardians in Chicago on Wednesday due to a COVID outbreak among Cleveland’s coaching staff — including manager Terry Francona. 

With the Yankees in the same visiting clubhouse this series as the Guardians used, a company was brought in to give the clubhouse a deep cleaning. The Yankees also brought some of their own clubhouse staff instead of using the White Sox staff. 

There is no indication the remainder of the Yankees’ series at Guaranteed Rate Field will be impacted. 

The postponement Wednesday was the first COVID-related one of the season. 


The Yankees are confident the struggling Jonathan Loaisiga is healthy and not far from the form that made him among the top relievers in the game a year ago — despite the rocky start to his season. 

Pitching coach Matt Blake said the young right-hander has to adjust to opposing hitters getting more accustomed to his arsenal, while Boone noted that the command issues that have plagued Loaisiga at times this year are uncharacteristic and unlikely to remain. 

“He’s gonna be fine,’’ the manager said. “His stuff is there and he’s gonna settle in and be one of the best relievers in the game. We’ve just got to get him there.” 

Jonathan Loaisiga
Jonathan Loaisiga
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Coming off his first full season in the majors, Boone was asked if Loaisiga might be experiencing a dead arm and Boone said that wasn’t a concern. 

“We have a ton of confidence in him and we trust him,’’ Boone said. “He has to fight through it and he will.” 


Jose Trevino caught Gerrit Cole again Friday night, but Boone said he has no plans to pair any of his starting pitchers permanently with either Trevino or Kyle Higashioka. 

“We’re confident in our catchers and whoever we pair them with is gonna be a strength,’’ Boone said. Trevino was 1-for-5 with a run scored on Friday. 

Ben Rortvedt, acquired from Minnesota in the deal that sent Gary Sanchez to the Twins, is now dealing with a knee injury after coming back from a rib cage injury that sidelined him for the early part of the season. Boone said Rortvedt felt the knee problem while catching several days ago and would undergo tests. 

“We’re in pretty good shape right now with our catching situation, but we’re still excited about him,’’ Boone said. “We’ll get him right and feel at some point he’ll [be] a factor for us.” 


Aaron Hicks, stuck in an 0-for-19 rut, was bumped to ninth in the batting order on Friday, behind the struggling Kiner-Falefa and Trevino. 

Boone said the move wasn’t made to take pressure off Hicks. 

“It’s more how it lined up today and one thing Aaron is doing well right now is getting on base,’’ Boone said. “To have that on-base presence in the nine-hole is something I value … while he’s finding his way. His ability to get on [base] has been there all season.” 


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Carlos Carrasco’s gem, three homers propel Mets past Marlins

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MIAMI — He’s one tough Cookie these days.

Carlos Carrasco isn’t going to win any contests blowing away hitters, but the right-hander’s offspeed pitches and command — and most importantly, his health — have converged this season to give the Mets an invaluable rotation piece.

On Saturday, he gave his team 7 ²/₃ shutout innings in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins at loanDepot park. Carrasco extended his scoreless streak over his past three starts to 18 ²/₃ innings.

The win was No. 100 in Carrasco’s career, making the 35-year-old the eighth Venezuelan-born pitcher to reach the milestone. Carrasco last surrendered a run on July 9 against the Marlins at Citi Field.

The Mets (63-37) won their fifth straight and reached the 100-game mark with the franchise’s most victories since 1986.

Overall, Carrasco allowed four hits and struck out seven with two walks. Seth Lugo replaced Carrasco in the eighth inning after Charles Leblanc had doubled with two outs. But Leblanc was picked off second base by Tomas Nido, ensuring Carrasco’s scoreless streak continued.

Carlos Carrasco didn't allow a run in the Mets' 4-0 win over the Marlins.
Carlos Carrasco didn’t allow a run in the Mets’ 4-0 win over the Marlins.
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Lugo remained in the game to pitch a scoreless ninth inning, allowing Edwin Diaz a day off following a 10-pitch outing Friday in which he struck out the side.

The Mets will try for a three-game sweep of the reeling Marlins on Sunday with Taijuan Walker on the mound.

After scuffling at the plate for seven innings, the Mets gave Carrasco breathing room in the eighth when Francisco Lindor and J.D. Davis each blasted a solo homer to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Davis’ homer, in a pinch-hitting appearance, came as the Mets are searching on the trade market for a right-handed bat to solidify the DH spot.

The Mets have traded for two lefty bats in the last week-plus to bolster the other half of the DH equation. One of those additions, Tyler Naquin, debuted for the Mets on Saturday in left field and went 0-for-4. Daniel Vogelbach started at DH and drew a walk in four plate appearances.

Carrasco’s gem was the latest strong performance by a Mets starting pitcher. Entering play, the Mets had a 2.45 ERA from the starting rotation in July, which ranked second in the major leagues. Chris Bassitt had a rare flat start for the Mets a night earlier, when he allowed four earned runs over six innings.

Jeff McNeil hit a solo homer in the third against rookie Nick Neidert to give the Mets their first run. The homer was the first since June 14 for McNeil, who entered the day with a .162/.240/.191 slash line in July.

The Mets weren’t finished in the inning: Nido, Brandon Nimmo and Lindor all singled. Lindor’s hit extended the Mets’ lead to 2-0 and gave the shortstop 68 RBIs for the season before he reached 69 with his blast later.

Carrasco was challenged in the first inning, when he allowed a single to Miguel Rojas and walk to Jesus Aguilar before retiring JJ Bleday for the final out. In the fourth, Carrasco surrendered a leadoff single, but he escaped the inning when he got Bleday to ground into a double-play.


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Career NYC criminal tries to steal moped from NYPD station

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A brazen career criminal with more than 50 arrests on his rap sheet, including rape, was busted for trying to steal a moped from outside a lower Manhattan police station.

Jon Matos was caught red-handed approaching the $1,200 bike outside the 5th Precinct, sources said.

He was allegedly using a set of burglary tools Friday to try to bust the lock of the bike, which was vouchered property, cops and sources said.

Matos, a homeless father of three, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of attempted grand larceny and possession of burglary tools.

The proceeding was delayed for hours, sources said, after Matos allegedly became angry with a cellmate who used the facilities — but didn’t courtesy flush.

“I was just f–king with it. It’s not my tools,” he allegedly told an NYPD detective, said Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Megan Mers during the court proceeding.

Judge Valentina Morales Saturday agreed to give Matos supervised release in the moped case.

“Thank you, your honor,” Matos told Morales.

But instead of hitting the streets once again, Matos was held on outstanding charges from the 23rd Precinct in an unrelated case, authorities said.

It was his second appearance before a judge in a week: Matos was in court days earlier, charged with grand larceny, petit larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property and was released in yet another incident.

Matos has racked up dozens of busts for burglary, robbery, fare evasion — including the 1999 rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Crime is up in six of the seven major crimes measured by the department contributed to the increase — though the seventh category, murders, dropped a noticeable 31.6% last month in comparison to numbers compiled in June 2021, according to the NYPD’s preliminary statistics.

Grand larceny spiked 41%, robbery rose 36.1% and burglary went up 33.8%.

When addressing the crime spike last month, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the department was arresting the same people for crimes “over and over again.”

Other recent and brazen repeat offenders include veteran shoplifter Isaac “Man of Steal” Rodriguez, who was finally locked up in January after dozens of arrests for stealing to support his drug habit.

Laron Mack, whose catchphrase is “I steal for a living,” has been arrested more than 50 times. Another serial stealer, James Connelly, was busted in December for involvement in 28 separate incidents over three months.

Last month, accused serial shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas, 34, was nabbed for stealing from the cosmetics counter at a Duane Reade on Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, according to cops and court documents.

McLucas, who was released on his own recognizance, has notched 122 prior arrests.


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Nick Castellanos a sell at fantasy trade deadline

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As your fantasy baseball league’s trade deadline approaches, it is important for you to do a full assessment of the players you are planning to ride all the way to a championship.

Is everyone pulling their weight, and if not, are you expecting them to turn it around in the second half? The only thing worse than drafting a top player who turns out to be a bust is holding that player while blindly hoping he turns it around, or buying low on that player and never seeing the proper return. Phillies outfielder Nick Castellanos appears to be that player.

Nick Castellanos.
Nick Castellanos at the plate for the Phillies.
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When the Phillies signed Castellanos to a five-year, $100 million contract back in March, expectations ran high, both in reality and fantasy baseball. The veteran slugger was coming off a career-best year, in which he batted .309 with 34 home runs, 100 RBIs and 95 runs scored for the Reds. He was leaving the friendly confines of Great American Ballpark, but he was still going to a hitter’s park in Philadelphia with a much stronger surrounding lineup. Unfortunately, he has failed to meet expectations thus far, and it doesn’t look good for a turnaround.

Through 98 games this season, Castellanos has a slash line of just .251/.295/.368 with just eight home runs and 47 RBIs. His walk rate is down, his strikeout rate is up, and his isolated power mark (ISO), which tracks extra-base hits and homers, is at .117, which is well below league average and the lowest of his career. A look into his batted-ball data paints an even more grim picture, as his barrel rate is down to just 7 percent thanks to an increasing number of ground balls he is mashing into the dirt.

When looking for a player to turn things around, you look for statistical anomalies in the data. Is his BABIP unusually low? If so, he could just be unlucky. What about his line drive rate? Sadly, though some of Castellanos’ numbers have dipped, there is nothing outlandish to indicate a turnaround. In fact, the numbers that are “off” are things like his chase rate (down almost seven points) and his batting average and slugging percentage against breaking balls.

It is very difficult to jettison a player of Castellanos’ stature after a bad first half, but he does not look like the same hitter we saw last year. Oftentimes, players need a year to readjust to their new surroundings, and it looks like he fits that mold. If you have him, trade him to someone who still believes. If you don’t, quietly reject those trades and continue down your own path.


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