Thursday, April 18, 2019

Royals Get To German Early, Hold On To Beat Yankees

Royals first baseman Ryan O'Hearn catching a Gleyber Torres pop-up down the line in right field. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Kansas City Royals jumped out to an early lead against Yankees starter Domingo German and went on to win 6-1 at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night.

The Yankees had no follow through from their emotional two-game sweep over the Red Sox, as they were dominated by Homer Bailey, who threw six innings, allowing just one run on three hits and a walk, with six strikeouts.

Yankees 3B Andujar's Recovery Going Smoothly; Boone Discusses Next Steps

Miguel Andujar throwing earlier this season. Photo by Jason Schott.

When Yankees third baseman Miguel Andújar went on the injured list on April 1 with a right shoulder strain, the plan was to have him not rush his rehab, while there concern that he would need season-ending surgery.

Yankees' Mike Ford Completes Journey To Major Leagues

Mike Ford.

Mike Ford was called up by the Yankees on Tuesday morning when Greg Bird went on the injured list, and he will be making his Major League debut on Thursday night when he is the designated hitter against the Kansas City Royals.

Books: Tamara Loehr's Handbook For Working Women, "Balance Is B.S."

Tamara Loehr.

Balance Is B.S.: How To Have A Work. Life. Blend
By Tamara Loehr
Wiley; hardcover; $25.00

Tamara Loehr, world-renowned wellness entrepreneur and author, is a wife and mother of two who started her first business at the age of 19 after graduating college with a Bachelor of Visual Arts. Her 'sweat equity' model led her to winning a range of global awards. She has also delved into the world of investment with a current focus on her online beauty-disruptor 'Dollar Beauty Tribe,' designed to promote cruelty-free, vegan indie brands.

Books: "I'm Fine And Neither Are You" By Camille Pagan

I'm Fine And Neither Are You
By Camille Pagán
Lake Union; hardcover, $24.95; eBook, $4.99

Honesty is the best policy, except maybe when it comes to marriage in Camille Pagán's fifth novel, I'm Fine And Neither Are You.

Penelope Ruiz-Kar wears many hats, among them wife, mother, breadwinner. She is doing it all, but barely keeping it together.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Yankees Sweep The Sox & Send A Message

Brett Gardner celebrating his grand slam Wednesday night. @Yankees.

The Yankees completed their sweep of the brief two-game series against the Boston Red Sox with a 5-3 win on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, capped off by Brett Gardner's game-winning grand slam.

Mets' Start To Season Shows N.L. East Is Going To Be A Battle

Philadelphia's Hector Neris celebrating on Wednesday. @Phillies.

The Mets lost 3-2 to the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon, with Philadelphia winning the rubber game of the three-game series in the City of Brotherly Love.

Books: On The Evolution Of Business

The New York Stock Exchange. Photo by Jason Schott.

There is a real debate in this country right now about the future of business, including whether we should still have a capitalist system and examining how businesses conduct themselves with regards to the environment and their workers.

Three new books are essential to understanding this discussion: The Enlightened Capitalists by James O'Toole; The Prosperity Paradox by Clayton M. Christensen, Efosa Ojomo, and Karen Dillon; and The Future of Capitalism by Paul Collier.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Books: "The Better Sister" By Alafair Burke

The Better Sister
By Alafair Burke
Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; 336 pages; hardcover, $26.99; available Tuesday, April 16

Alafair Burke is a New York Times bestselling author whose acclaimed novels include The Wife, which is under production for a feature film, and The Ex, which was nominated for the Edgar Award for best novel. She also is a co-author of the bestselling Under Suspicion Series with Mary Higgins Clark. A former prosecutor, Alafair now teaches criminal law and lives in Manhattan and East Hampton.

Yankees Put Bird On IL, Giving Mike Ford A Chance

Greg Bird.

The Yankees placed first baseman Greg Bird on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Sunday, with a left plantar fascia tear.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Books: "The Murmur Of Bees" By Sofia Segovia

The Murmur of Bees
By Sofia Segovia; translated by Simon Bruni
Amazon Crossing; hardcover, $24.95; paperback, $14.95; Kindle eBook, $4.99; available Tuesday, April 16

Sofia Segovia was born in Monterrey, Mexico. She studied communications at Universidad de Monterrey, thinking that she would be a journalist, but she was drawn to fiction. A creative writing teacher, she has also been a ghostwriter and communications director for local political campaigns. She also has written several plays for local theater.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

MLS Road Report: Red Bulls, NYCFC Fit To Be Tied

Brian White (42) of the Red Bulls celebrates his goal. (@NewYorkRedBulls).

This weekend, both New York-area MLS teams were on the road and their both earned a point as they tied their games.

On Sunday night, the Red Bulls earned a point with a 2-2 draw at Sporting Kansas City, while  on Saturday night, New York City Football Club tied Minnesota United FC, 3-3.

Tiger Woods Wins The Masters, Completing His Return To Glory

The comeback is now complete for Tiger Woods, as he won The Masters on Sunday.

This is Woods' first major title in 11 years and his first Masters victory since 2005. He now had 15 major championships and is just three behind Jack Nicklaus' record of 18.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Mets Analyst Darling To Take Medical Leave From SNY

Ron Darling.

SNY broadcasting analyst Ron Darling a announced on Saturday night during the Mets' game with the Atlanta Braves that he will be taking a temporary medical leave following this game.

Sabathia Sparks Yankees' Best Performance Of The Season

CC Sabathia warming up before the game. Photo by Jason Schott.

CC Sabathia made his 2019 debut on Saturday afternoon, and threw a gem as the Yankees beat the Chicago White, Sox, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Sabathia threw five shutout innings, allowing just one hit and no walks, with three strikeouts. He threw a very economical 62 pitches, 42 of which were strikes.

CC Sabathia's 2019 Debut Comes At Just The Right Time

CC Sabathia.

CC Sabathia is set to make his 2019 debut on Saturday afternoon when he gets the start against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Yankees Put Sanchez On Their Ever-Growing Injured List

Gary Sanchez.

On Friday morning, the Yankees placed catcher Gary Sánchez on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to April 11 with a left calf strain.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

A Conversation With Chris Pavone, Author Of "The Paris Diversion"

Chris Pavone.

Chris Pavone is the author of three novels, including his debut work, The Expats. Released in 2012, this twisty and sophisticated narrative received high praise form John Grisham and Patricia Cornwell, drew comparisons Graham Greene, and was bought by CBS for film.

A Conversation With Wayne Coffey, Author Of "They Said It Couldn't Be Done"

Wayne Coffey, the longtime New York sports writer who was formerly with the Daily News, tells the story of the 1969 World Champion Mets in the new book They Said It Couldn't Be Done (Crown Archetype; hardcover, $28.00).

Books: A History Of The Masters Told Through Augusta's 18 Holes

The Masters: A Hole-By-Hole History Of America's Golf Classic, Third Edition
By David Sowell
University of Nebraska Press; 304 pages; hardcover, $29.95; eBook, $29.95

The Masters is called "a tradition unlike any other." It is revered as the most prestigious tournament in golf and commands international attention, even among nongolfers.

David Sowell's book The Masters: A Hole-by-Hole History of America’s Golf Classic takes the unique approach of tackling Augusta National hole by hole. Each hole had its own chapter, with colorful stories on the greatest shots, biggest disasters, and most amazing events that took place on each.

Books: On Hockey History

The Islanders celebrating one of their four Stanley Cups in the 1980.

The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are upon us, and the New York Islanders are a part of it, taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round.

There are plenty of books out there to read up on the Islanders and the hockey history, including: Birth of a Dynasty: The 1980 New York Islanders by Alan Hahn;  Rangers vs. Islanders by Stan Fischler and Zachery Weinstock; The Voices of Hockey by Kirk McKnight; and Hockey 365 by Mike Commito.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Yankees Send Loaisiga To Scranton/WB; Call Up Joe Harvey

Jonathan Loaisiga.

Yankees pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga had a tough second start of his season, as he lasted just three innings in the Yankees' 6-3 loss in Houston.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Callaway on deGrom After Tough Night Vs. Twins: "We found out he's human, finally"

Jacob deGrom.

Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, the reigning Cy Young winner, began this season about as well as you could, as he won on opening day in Washington and in his second start last Wednesday at Miami, he notched a career-high 14 strikeouts and hit a home run.

Mullin Steps Down As St. John's Head Coach

Chris Mullin. Photo by Jason Schott.

St. John’s Director of Athletics Mike Cragg announced on Tuesday afternoon that Chris Mullin has stepped down from his position as head coach after four seasons leading the St. John’s men’s basketball program. A national search for his successor begins immediately.

Yankees-Stonewall Scholars Initiative Selection Process Announced

Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees announced the details regarding the selection process for the Yankees-Stonewall Scholars Initiative.

The initiative, which was announced in September 2018, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising and celebrate the achievements of New York City Public School graduating seniors who have demonstrated academic achievement, a commitment to equality and impactful support for the LGBTQ community.

Books: "The Lost History Of Dreams" By Kris Waldherr

The Lost History Of Dreams: A Novel
By Kris Waldherr
Atria; hardcover; $26.00; available today, Tuesday, April 9

Kris Waldherr is an award-winning author, illustrator, and designer who lives in Brooklyn in a Victorian-era house with her husband, the anthropologist-curator Thomas Ross Miller, and their daughter. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society and her fiction has been awarded with fellowships by the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts and a reading grant by Poets & Writers.

Monday, April 8, 2019

CC Sabathia's Charity Softball Game May 16th At Yankee Stadium

CC Sabathia.

CC Sabathia will host his second Celebrity Softball Game on Thursday,  May 16 at Yankee Stadium. All proceeds from the event will benefit the PitCCh In Foundation and the New York Yankees Foundation.

Books: Robert Dugoni's "The Eighth Sister"

The Eighth Sister
By Robert Dugoni
Thomas & Mercer; 466 pages; hardcover, $24.95; trade paperback, $15.95; Kindle eBook, $4.99; available Tuesday, April 9

Robert Dugoni is one of the most acclaimed crime writers around. His books that have topped the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon bestseller lists, been selected for best books of the year features, and published in more than twenty-five countries in two dozen languages.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Bronx Bombers Bounce Back In Baltimore

Gary Sanchez hit three home runs on Sunday. @Yankees.

The Yankees swept the Batimore Orioles on the road over the weekend, capped by a 15-3 win on Sunday afternoon.

The Yankees hit 14 home runs in the three-game series, including seven on Sunday, the most in a game since 1961.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Soccer Saturday: NYCFC Drops Points; Red Bulls Drop Game

The Red Bulls making a late charge. Photo by Jason Schott.

Saturday was a unique day for soccer in the New York metropolitan area, as it essentially was a doubleheader for the local MLS teams.

New York City Football Club was at Yankee Stadium to face the Montreal Impact in the afternoon, while the Red Bulls hosted Minnesota United FC at Red Bull Arena in the evening.

Yankees Call Up Urshela, Who Is Set To Take Over At Third Base

Giovanny Urshela during spring training.

The Yankees called up infielder Giovanny Urshela from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and signed him to a Major League contract on Saturday.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Part 2: A Conversation On Pitching With Tyler Kepner Of The NY Times, Author Of "K"

Photo by Jason Schott.

Tyler Kepner, the national baseball writer for the New York Times, gives an enchanting, enthralling history of the national pastime as told through the craft of pitching in his new book, K: A History of 
Baseball in Ten Pitches (Doubleday; hardcover, 320 pages; $28.95).

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Part 1: Talking Pitching With Tyler Kepner Of The NY Times, Author Of "K"

Photo by Jason Schott.

Tyler Kepner, the National Baseball Writer for the New York Times, gives an enchanting, enthralling history of the national pastime as told through the craft of pitching in his new book, K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches (Doubleday; hardcover, 320 pages; $28.95).

Yankees Put Tulo On The IL; Thairo Estrada Called Up

Troy Tulowitzki (12, at left) this week at Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.

On Thursday morning, the Yankees placed shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on the 10-day injured list with a left calf strain.

Yankees Claim Pitcher Jake Barrett Off Waivers

Jake Barrett in his time with Arizona.

The Yankees acquired right-handed pitcher Jake Barrett off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday morning.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Boone Calls Yankees "A resilient group" After Tough Loss To Tigers

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees got another great performance from their pitching staff on Wednesday evening against Detroit, but it wasn't enough as they lost 2-1 to the Tigers at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees Look To Loaisiga To Build On Last Season's Big Debut

Jonathan Loaisiga facing Detroit's Miguel Cabrera in the first inning Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Jason Schott.

When pitcher Jonathan Loasiga made his debut with the Yankees last June, he immediately drew comparisons to Mariano Rivera with his explosive, direct delivery.

Yankees Sign United Nations Sports for Climate Action Framework

Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.

This morning, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) announced that the New York Yankees have become the first major North American sports team to join the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Books: Kepner Tells The Story Of Baseball In Ten Pitches In "K"

K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches
By Tyler Kepner
Doubleday; hardcover, 320 pages; $28.95; available Tuesday, April 2

Tyler Kepner, the national baseball writer for the New York Times, gives an enchanting, enthralling history of the national pastime as told through the craft of pitching in his new book, K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches.

Books: The Last Night On The Titanic

The Last Night on the Titanic: Unsinkable Drinking, Dining, & Style
By Veronica Hinke
Regnery History; hardcover, $29.99; available Tuesday, April 2

The sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912, has captivated the hearts and fascinations of generations since, as countless stories of that night's horror have been told for over a century.

Expert food writer Veronica Hinke shows a lighter side to this sad story in her new book The Last Night on the Titanic: Unsinkable Drinking, Dining, & Style. She transports readers aboard the Titanic in the hours just before its demise through true, firsthand stories from passengers between examples of unprecedented luxury that will touch your heart and delight your senses.

Yankees Earn 500th Win At New Stadium

The Yankees taking batting practice recently. Photo by Jason Schott.

When the Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1 on Monday night at Yankee Stadium, they hit a milestone.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Books: Ron Darling's "108 Stitches" On His Life In Baseball

Ron Darling. Courtesy of Turner Sports.

108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game
By Ron Darling with Daniel Paisner
St. Martin's Press; hardcover, 320 pages; $29.99; available Tuesday, April 2

Ron Darling is one of the most beloved members of the Mets 1986 world championship team, and he currently works as an analyst on the team's broadcasts on SNY, as well as working the Major League Baseball postseason for TBS.

Andujar Joins Stanton On 10-Day Injured List To Cap Miserable Monday For Yankees

Miguel Andujar. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees started off Monday with the announcement that left fielder Giancarlo Stanton would be heading to the 10-day injured list with a left biceps strain.

Later on in the day, about a half hour before the first pitch, they made another shocking announcement that third baseman Miguel Andújar would also be going on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder strain. 

Yankees Place Stanton On Injured List

Giancarlo Stanton in the batting cage last Wednesday. Photo by Jason Schott.

On Monday morning, the Yankees announced the shocking news that left fielder Giancarlo Stanton placed Stanton on the 10-day injured list with a left biceps strain and recalled Clint Frazier from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Books: New Novels From Fields, Rivero, & Dalton

Photo by Jason Schott.

There are three new, compelling novels out this week: A Lily in the Light by Kristin Fields; The Affairs Of The Falcóns by Melissa Rivero; and Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton.