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The Yankees Are Close But Need Help To Make The Playoffs

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The playoff race is heating up in the AL East and the Yankees are right in the thick of the action. The team has found a way to win consistently and that is great. The problem for them now is the other teams in their division that keep winning as well.

The effort the Yankees are playing with right now seems to be going to waste game by game. The Yankees have closed the gap they had between Baltimore and Toronto, but as small as it is now they will need some help from the teams that are playing their rivals.

The Yankees will have one more series against Baltimore that will end the regular season. That series can be big for both teams if they keep close to each other in the wildcard race. They will also have another shot at Toronto for their final four-game series of the year.

All of these games are important for the Yankees and they realize the opportunity they have in front of them will not come easy. The Yankees will be playing 18 games in 18 days to close out the regular season, and they will need everyone to be playing at their best without a break in between.

17 of those games will be played against the AL East and that will be the ultimate test for the Yankees. On their final road trip the will head to Boston for a four-game series. After that they will head off to Tampa Bay for a three-game set.

And finally they will head off to Toronto for the final four-game set of the road trip and the season. The Yankees will finish their season with a 6 game home stand facing off against Boston and Baltimore. That looks like a tough schedule, but the Yankees are playing like they can handle it with ease.

In their last 10 games the Yankees are 8-2 which is why they were able to close the wildcard gap and the gap in their division. In the 8 games they did win they have not been blowing these teams out they have been winning close games.

That is important at this point of the season because teams are going to give everything they have to win games. The Yankees have been using all available arms in their bullpen in order to win games because there are not many games left. The Yankees still have plenty of time, but losses will cause that time to run out.

Last night the Yankees played a close game against the LA Dodgers and came out with a 3-0 win. Late homeruns by the Yankees are what helped them break the 0-0 tie in the 7th inning. Great pitching by CC Sabathia and others held the Dodgers scoreless throughout the game.

These final games that they are going into are going to have to be played the same way. Each game is important to the Yankees and they cannot afford to make any mistakes. They probably will not win all of these games, but winning most of them still gives them a chance at an AL wildcard spot.

Blest Eshareturi is a contributor to Sports Rants. Writer for the MLB, NBA, and NFL sections. Teams that are followed are the New York Giants, New York Yankees, and the Miami Heat. New York City native with a passion for sports.

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Flyers Remove Statue of Kate Smith

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The Philadelphia Flyers have joined the New York Yankees in the removal of ties to singer Kate Smith, whose famous rendition of “God Bless America” was played at both Flyers and Yankees games.

Earlier this week, the Yankees decided to suspend the use of Smith’s rendition, which was played during the seventh-inning stretch, while they investigated allegations of racism against the later singer.

According to a report from the New York Daily News, there are conflicting claims about Smith’s 1939 song “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” which
originated in the 1931 Broadway revue “George White’s Scandals” and was considered satire but includes racist language, including the line;
“Someone had to pick the cotton. … That’s why darkies were born.”

The song was recorded by Smith and Paul Robeson, who was black.

The Flyers put out the following statement on Sunday (h/t ESPN):

“The Flyers have enjoyed a long and popular relationship with ‘God Bless America,’ as performed by the late Kate Smith, a woman who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor for her patriotic contributions to our nation.

“But in recent days, we learned that several of the songs Kate Smith performed in the 1930s include lyrics and sentiments that are incompatible with the values of our organization, and evoke painful and unacceptable themes.”

Smith, who was popular during the WWII era, recorded the offensive jingle, “Pickaninny Heaven,” which she directed at “colored children” who should fantasize about an amazing place with “great big watermelons,” among various other treats. 

Smith also endorsed the “Mammy Doll” back in 1939 which was based on a racist caricature of a black woman similar to Aunt Jemima.


“The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information,” a club spokesman said. “The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.”

The odds aren’t good that Smith’s songs will return to their prominent places during sporting events such as they were with the Yankees and the Flyers.

There is a lot of cleaning up to do when it comes to racism in sports, and weeding out songs attached to artists with questionable, and controversial, backgrounds such as Smith’s, is important in pushing forward towards the future.

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MLB Investigating Racist Social Media Messages Sent to Cubs’ Carl Edwards Jr.

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Major League Baseball is investigating racial messages sent, via social media, to Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. prior to his demotion to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs back on April 6th.

According to The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney, the messages have caught the attention of both the Cubs and the MLB Players Association, leading to the launch of the investigation.

Mooney had been a solid bullpen option during the last few seasons, but had a nightmare start to the 2019 season posting a terrible 32.40 ERA in just 1.2 innings of work over four appearances.

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Carlos Zambrano Attempting Comeback, Signs with Indy Team

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Former MLB pitcher Carlos Zambrano is attempting a comeback and has signed with the American Association’s Chicago Dogs, according to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer.

Zambrano last pitched in the majors back in 2012 with the Miami Marlins, but earlier in his career he finished in the top five of the Cy Young voting in the National League three times as a member of the Chicago Cubs.

Zambrano started his comeback bid last fall when he took the mound for 7 starts in the Mexican League, pitching to the tune of a 5.18 ERA, and performing even worse during a short stint in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Given his recent lack of production, it is a longshot to believe that Zambrano will return to the MLB level, but stranger things have happened.

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