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MINNEAPOLIS — It had been more than two weeks since the Yankees had allowed as many as six runs in a game, and when Nestor Cortes retired the first nine Twins batters he faced Wednesday, that streak — as well as the team’s seven-game winning streak — seemed sure to grow.

But in a rare clunker, Cortes and the Yankees faltered and lost 8-1.

The day started with manager Aaron Boone talking about Cortes’ chances of starting the All-Star Game, based on his stellar beginning to the season, but the left-hander gave up a season-high four runs in 4 ¹/₃ innings.

Cortes entered with an MLB-best 1.50 ERA, and Wednesday marked the first time he had allowed more than three runs in a start since last season — a stretch of 19 straight outings.

The loss to the Twins was also a rarity. The Yankees had beaten Minnesota five times in a row as well as nine out of their past 10 meetings. Since 2015, the Yankees were 30-10 versus Minnesota — stats Boone wasn’t interested in.

“I look at the here and now and say, ‘That’s a good team,’ ’’ Boone said before the game. “We’ve got to play well to beat them. That’s as far as I go.”

Nestor Cortes had a rare subpar start, allowing four runs in 4 1/3 innings in the Yankees' 8-1 loss to the Twins.
Nestor Cortes had a rare subpar start, allowing four runs in 4 1/3 innings in the Yankees’ 8-1 loss to the Twins.
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With the defeat, the Yankees’ lead in the AL East dropped to seven games over the Rays and Blue Jays.

It all started to go downhill for Cortes and the Yankees when Byron Buxton led off the bottom of the fourth with a single to left. From there, Cortes’ once-promising outing quickly fell apart.

Minnesota’s Chris Archer pitched around a pair of walks in the second inning, including a leadoff walk by Giancarlo Stanton.

He was wild again in the fourth, when Aaron Judge opened with a walk and reached second on a throwing error by shortstop Nick Gordon that hit off Judge’s left arm after a grounder by Stanton.

With one out, Josh Donaldson walked to load the bases for Gleyber Torres.

Aaron Judge runs off the field after flying out in the first inning of the Yankees' loss.
Aaron Judge runs off the field after flying out in the first inning of the Yankees’ loss.

The Twins brought the infield in, and Torres hit a ball to short, which Gordon turned into an unorthodox 6-4-3 double play to end the inning and keep the game scoreless.

Cortes was perfect through three before Buxton’s ground-ball single. Carlos Correa, in his first game back off the injured list, followed with a bloop hit to right. With one out, Gio Urshela hit a fly ball to deep right that Stanton misplayed into a hit, which allowed Buxton to score.

Jose Miranda’s infield single made it 2-0, though it could have been worse.

Max Kepler singled to left and Urshela was sent home on the play. Aaron Hicks made a strong throw and easily got Urshela at the plate, and Cortes got out of the inning without further damage despite giving up five hits.

Hicks got the Yankees’ first hit when he led off the fifth with an infield single to third.

Kyle Higashioka doubled to left with one out to send Hicks to third. DJ LeMahieu drove in Hicks with a sacrifice fly to deep right that allowed Higashioka to move to third.

But with the Yankees trailing by a run, Judge grounded out.

Ryan Jeffers opened the bottom of the fifth with a long homer to left to make it 3-1, Twins. Jeffers snapped an 0-for-21 skid with his fourth home run of the year.

Buxton went deep later in the inning to end Cortes’ night. It was the first time this season Cortes had given up more than one homer in a game, let alone an inning.

The Twins scored two more runs in the sixth off Clarke Schmidt, thanks to three doubles.

Manny Banuelos replaced Schmidt in the seventh, and Minnesota scored two runs for a fourth consecutive inning.

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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.”

But not everything on Kardashian’s list will bust your budget. She also swears by Kopari Organic Coconut Melt, which will set you back just $29 for a full-sized jar or $18 for a mini version.

“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.

Kopari Organic Coconut melt

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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.

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.

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




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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