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MINNEAPOLIS — Giancarlo Stanton’s first game back in the outfield since returning from his stint on the injured list due to an ankle injury, didn’t go well in the Yankees’ 8-1 loss to the Twins at Target Field Wednesday night.
He mishandled a bloop hit by Carlos Correa in the fourth, then misplayed Gio Urshela’s fly ball to deep right later in the inning, backing away from the wall in right on a ball he should have caught.
Stanton also shied away from the wall on Urshela’s double to the wall in right-center to lead off the bottom of the sixth after taking a poor route to the ball.
“I’ve got to make those plays and put us in a better situation to not let the game break away [from us],’’ Stanton said. “It wasn’t my best night out there. … From my perspective, I was off by a few feet and thought I was closer to the wall. Those are mistakes that can’t happen.”
Before the game, manager Aaron Boone said Stanton would give the Yankees a bit more flexibility defensively, which is why he wouldn’t hesitate to put him in the outfield.
“He’s good at it and he likes doing it,’’ Boone said. “He’s got an accurate arm, reads the ball well, runs good routes and when he gets his hands on it, he catches it.
Boone also called Stanton “very fundamentally sound,”
“He’s not as fast as he was in the early days of his career, but he moves well and gets good jumps,’’ Boone said.
With Stanton in right, Josh Donaldson was in the lineup as the DH. Boone said Stanton would also get starts in left field, depending on what ballpark the Yankees were playing in.
Stanton said he was fine with that idea and added his ankle was healthy, but he lamented his performance Wednesday.
“I was definitely [ticked] off,’’ Stanton said. “I haven’t had a day like that in a long time, if ever.”
Aaron Hicks had two infield hits a day after reaching base four times.
Boone was as encouraged by his two walks on Tuesday as he was by the singles Wednesday from the struggling Hicks.
“Any time Aaron is walking like he did [Tuesday] night, it means his timing is getting into a good place,’’ Boone said. “He’s making good swing decisions.”
Boone also pointed to better at-bats from Hicks recently.
In seven games in June, Hicks is 9-for-22 with four walks and just two strikeouts. On the downside, Hicks doesn’t have any extra-base hits during this stretch, as his power continues to be nonexistent in his offensive game.
DJ LeMahieu went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly Wednesday. He entered the game in an 8-for-22 stretch, with two doubles, a homer, seven RBIs, seven walks and just three strikeouts in his previous six games.
“I feel good and want to keep it going,’’ LeMahieu said. “I feel like I’ve had some impact on games and hope to string a couple together here.”
His three hits on Tuesday gave LeMahieu 1,500 for his career.
Asked about the state of the team Wednesday, LeMahieu noted the contributions from up and down the lineup — but he couldn’t help but point out the obvious: [Aaron] Judge is doing his thing.”
Judge leads the majors with 22 homers and entered Wednesday with three homers in four games, four in six and five in his last eight. He went 0-for-3 with a walk in the loss.
Boone said what has led Judge to this torrid pace is his “track record.”
“He’s a great player and hitter,’’ Boone said. “His aptitude and experience coupled with the talent he has as a hitter has allowed him to get incrementally better at this point of his career than years before. And he’s walking up there with a ton of confidence.”
Anthony Rizzo entered Wednesday with three homers in his previous four games after a 30-game stretch in which he went deep just twice.
“I think his quality of contact has improved,’’ Boone said. “Even in the stretch when he struggled, he seems to have winning at-bats when it counts.”
His seventh-inning homer on Tuesday was evidence of that. He was 0-for-4 Wednesday.
By: Ny Post
Kourtney Kardashian uses Kopari Coconut Melt to ‘look good naked’
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Kourtney Kardashian’s no stranger to showing skin.
Whether the reality star’s modeling lingerie, baring it all in a bikini or packing on PDA with husband Travis Barker, she’s clearly confident about her body — and relies on a selection of tried-and-true products to keep her skin in tip-top shape.
In one of her first-ever Poosh stories, fittingly titled “How to Look Good Naked,” the 43-year-old outlines some of her body care essentials, including La Mer The Body Crème ($300), Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream ($95) and Le Labo’s Pin 12 Candle ($82) — the latter because “lighting is everything.”
“In order to achieve glowy skin, it’s important to moisturize everything — everywhere — at least once a day,” the Poosh piece reads. “Don’t forget to care for your hands and feet as well; we recommend focusing on these areas at night.”
Billed as “a deep conditioner for your bod,” the product is comprised of 100% organic, unrefined coconut oil, and Kopari suggests applying it “as soon as you step out of the shower and at the end of the day.”
What’s more, the multitasking product also works well as a hair mask, dry shave oil, bath mix-in and belly balm, per the brand.
Snag a tub for yourself below — and get ready to look fabulous in your birthday suit, too.
By: Ny Post
Carlos Carrasco’s gem, three homers propel Mets past Marlins
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.
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.
By: Ny Post
Career NYC criminal tries to steal moped from NYPD station
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.
By: Ny Post
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