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Luis Severino’s potential injury leaves Yankees with plenty of questions about second-half pitching depth

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Luis Severino’s Potential Injury Leaves Yankees With Plenty Of Questions About Second-Half Pitching Depth

Luis Severino walking off the field Wednesday night after just two innings was a red flag. The Yankees right-hander had pitched so well through the first half of the season that it was easy to forget he had lost most of the last three seasons to injuries. It was easy to push aside the idea that the Yankees rotation was going to have to go through some changes in the second half.

But Wednesday night, that came back to the forefront.

Severino left Wednesday night’s game with “tightness” in his right shoulder. He was examined by a team doctor during the game and was to undergo an MRI on Thursday. The 28-year-old, who has been through a torn lat muscle, Tommy John surgery, a groin strain and some shoulder tightness over the last three years, was optimistic that this is something that “hopefully won’t take too long.”

Still, the Yankees are at the point of the season where they will have to make some decisions. They have a rotation that is starting to show some wear and tear with a combined 6.72 ERA through the last turn and the trade deadline just over two weeks from now. They went into the season knowing they would need pitching depth to get through the year and felt fairly confident that their younger pitchers could step in and fill big roles.

Now, they need to decide if they are willing to gamble their season on the pitching depth they have, or bring in reinforcements.

They’ll get an up-close look at the top of the market in Reds right-hander Luis Castillo on Thursday, who will likely be the prize of the trade market when the deadline closes on Aug. 2, when he starts the series finale against them at the Stadium. He will likely be at the center of some heated bidding as the deadline pulls closer and not high on the Yankees’ priority list.

But they need to think about bolstering their pitching depth.

The Yankees felt they were deep in pitching at the start of the season when they had Luis Gil, who had been brilliant in his debut last season, Deivi Garcia, Clarke Schmidt and JP Sears in spring training. Since then, their depth has been thinned out. Gil was lost to Tommy John surgery in May. Sears has been in the Yankees bullpen, giving them 3.1 innings Wednesday night before being optioned back to Triple-A to give the Yankees a fresh arm in the bullpen. Garcia has not been able to figure it out in Triple-A and has dropped off the radar. Schmidt has been up in the big leagues a bit this season, but most recently he’s been starting in Triple-A and seems ready to step in if the Yankees need another starter. They also have been very impressed with Ken Waldichuk, the lefty in Triple-A who will play in Sunday’s Future Game. Though not on the 40-man roster, there were some in the organization who predicted he would play a part in this big league season as far back as February.

The Yankees also have Domingo German close to returning. The right-hander is scheduled to make another minor league rehab start  Friday with Triple-A Scranton, but Yankees manager Aaron Boone made it clear that was tentative.

The Bombers can gamble on that they have or go out and find some pitching.

The Yankees don’t need to bring in an ace. They have one in Gerrit Cole. They had a backup ace in Severino through the first half of the season, who finished the first half 5-3 with a 3.45 ERA and a 1.070 WHIP in 16 starts.

But that was always a bit of an illusion. The Yankees knew going into this season they could not lean on Severino like a regular starter. He has thrown 86 innings already this season after having thrown just over 27 in the last three combined and they were already starting to pull back his workload. They also have to be careful with Nestor Cortes (88.2 innings), who was scheduled to start Thursday night’s series finale against the Reds. Cortes has never pitched more than 93 innings in a big league season.

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Elvis Andrus reportedly is joining the Chicago White Sox to give the team depth at shortstop

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Injuries to All-Star Tim Anderson and Leury García have tested the Chicago White Sox’s depth at shortstop.

The team reportedly is signing Elvis Andrus to help.

Andrus cleared waivers and is expected to join the Sox Friday in Cleveland, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported Thursday.

Asked before Thursday’s game against the Houston Astros about a possible outside addition for the position, Sox manager Tony La Russa said, “Our guys (in the front office) are working. Maybe there will be an addition to the roster, who knows? If not, we can win with these guys.”

Andrus, 33, slashed .237/.301/.373 with 24 doubles, eight homers and 30 RBIs in 106 games this season with the Oakland Athletics. The A’s released the veteran on Wednesday.

He has a .270/.326/.369 career slash line with 87 home runs and 703 RBIs in 1,904 games with the Texas Rangers (2009-20) and A’s (2021-22). He made the American League All-Star team in 2010 and 2012.

Anderson went on the injured list Aug. 9 with a with a sagittal band tear on the middle finger of his left hand and is expected to miss about six weeks. He suffered the injury checking his swing Aug. 6 against the Rangers at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. García, the top option to fill in, went on the 10-day IL Wednesday with a lower back strain.

Romy Gonzalez, recalled from Triple-A Charlotte Wednesday, and Lenyn Sosa are the shortstops currently on the Sox roster.

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Elvis Andrus Reportedly Joining Chicago White Sox To Add Depth To Team At Shortstop – The Denver Post

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Injuries to stars Tim Anderson and Leury García have tested the Chicago White Sox’s depth at shortstop.

The team reportedly signed Elvis Andrus to help out.

Andrus cleared the waivers and is expected to join the Sox on Friday in Cleveland, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported Thursday.

Asked ahead of Thursday’s game against the Houston Astros about a possible outside addition for the job, Sox manager Tony La Russa said, “Our guys (in the front office) are working. Maybe there will be an addition to the list, who knows? Otherwise, we can win with these guys.

Andrus, 33, has cut .237/.301/.373 with 24 doubles, eight home runs and 30 RBIs in 106 games this season with the Oakland Athletics. The A’s released the veteran on Wednesday.

He has a career .270/.326/.369 with 87 home runs and 703 RBIs in 1,904 games with the Texas Rangers (2009-20) and A’s (2021-22). He was an American League All-Star in 2010 and 2012.

Anderson went on the disabled list Aug. 9 with a sagittal band tear on the middle finger of his left hand and is expected to miss about six weeks. He was injured while checking his swing Aug. 6 against the Rangers at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. García, the best option to replace, competed in the 10-day IL on Wednesday with a lower back sprain.

Romy Gonzalez, recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday, and Lenyn Sosa are the shortstops currently on the Sox roster.

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Dolphins camp: Defense wins in two-minute drill; plus stock up, stock down

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Dolphins Camp: Defense Wins In Two-Minute Drill; Plus Stock Up, Stock Down

The Miami Dolphins defense continues to get the best of the offense in two-minute drill scenarios.

The first-, second- and third-team units all had interceptions of Dolphins quarterbacks when the offense had successive opportunities to drive the length of the field needing a touchdown with limited time on the clock.

First, Tua Tagovailoa was picked off again by second-year safety Jevon Holland for Holland’s fourth interception of Tagovailoa in three days. Backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw to the end zone on one final play with the clock expiring, into the hands of safety Clayton Fejedelem. Third-string signal-caller Skylar Thompson had a pass go off fellow rookie Erik Ezukanma’s hands, and linebacker Calvin Munson came up with it.

Tagovailoa and Bridgewater dinked and dunked early in their drives, having to eventually force passes downfield pressed on time. Tagovailoa threw into traffic over the middle while getting pressured by defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah. Bridgewater had a long completion to undrafted rookie Braylon Sanders for about 45 yards against Verone McKinley on his penultimate play, but he still had to throw into a congested end zone on the final heave. The Munson interception was early in the drive, on the offense’s side of the field.

“Got to do your job. That’s what it comes down to,” said Holland about the defense’s key in late-game scenarios. “It’s a high-intensity situation where you got to do your job and then you got to let the plays come to you. Because if you try to force it, then you’re going to miss your opportunity.”

Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel has said earlier in training camp that Tagovailoa and Holland have a healthy competition going leading their respective units. Holland has gotten the best of Tagovailoa this week, and Holland spoke after practice about how they communicate to get each other better.

“I usually ask him about plays that I messed up on for,” Holland said. “I’m not really looking for him to explain what I did right or what he saw on that specific play. I’m more looking for things that bother me when I go to sleep at night and how I can correct them.”

Holland added the quarterbacks do check in with him when he gets practice interceptions, and he wants to one day break down film with them to get the altering perspectives.

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To start team portions of practice, Tagovailoa ripped an impressive deep ball to Trent Sherfield for a touchdown over Holland and cornerback Xavien Howard. Sherfield also caught a deep corner from Bridgewater early in team drills. …

Tagovailoa also made fine early throws to Tyreek Hill off a play action and roll to the right and lobbing one to an open Cedrick Wilson Jr. with room to run down the right side. He had another 35-to-40-yard gain to Hill deep against Nik Needham that Hill slowed down to catch with a step on Needham. Late in 11-on-11 action, Tagovailoa found tight end Durham Smythe in the perfect spot between one high and one low defender in a zone. …

Myles Gaskin scored a short rushing touchdown on a Teddy Bridgewater-led situational drive. A Bridgewater pass to River Cracraft set the Dolphins up inside the 10-yard line. An official called holding on the play, but coaches declined the penalty to allow the play to stand. …

Salvon Ahmed had a decent run to the right side of the line early in drills and was also active on short dump-off passes. …

Wilson got open deep for Tagovailoa, and Tagovailoa delivered on target on a pass where he may have been hit if there was live contact on the quarterback, but the ball went through Wilson’s hands. …

Preston Williams caught a pass from Bridgewater for a sizable gain. He also had Elijah Hamilton cover him for a pass breakup. …

Emmanuel Ogbah, in addition to having the pressure that forced the Holland interception, also registered a separate practice sack on Tagovailoa. …

Undrafted defensive end and South Florida local Owen Carney was seen coming around the edge for a would-be sack. …

The team did early portions of practice in the indoor facility before heading out for team drills.

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As obvious as it is with his stock already high, Holland continues to consistently create turnovers in practice. For an outside-the-box selection, kicker Jason Sanders made all his field goals while the team was inside on Thursday. He’s coming off a 4-for-4 performance on field goals in the exhibition opener at Tampa.

Stock down

Rookie wide receiver and fourth-round pick Erik Ezukanma had the ball intercepted by Munson go off his hands initially while getting hit by a defensive back. He had a quiet week after building up considerable hype through a week-plus stretch of consecutive strong practices.

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Left tackle Terron Armstead missed practice Thursday after he also did not participate in team drills on Wednesday. He was coming off strong workloads in his recovery from offseason knee surgery both in Tuesday drills and the final joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.

Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle stretched with the team to start Thursday’s session but did not participate in drills as the Dolphins are taking it day to day in what McDaniel deemed a “preventative” measure for a minor injury.

Guard Solomon Kindley missed Thursday practice. Safety Eric Rowe, tackle Greg Little, outside linebacker Brennan Scarlett and fullback John Lovett also remained out.

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Police direct traffic past an entrance to former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on August 8. (Terry Renna/AP)

CNN, joined by the Washington Post, NBC News and Scripps, asked a court last week to unseal documents related to the FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence – including documents not covered by the Department of Justice’s own offer to unseal a selection of collateral materials.

Specifically, CNN and the other outlets are asking the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to unseal the entire court filing, including all probable cause affidavits filed in support of the warrant. search. These explain why investigators believe there is probable cause that a crime has been committed and that evidence of this crime existed in recent days at the site where the search was sought.

The request was filed after the Justice Department submitted its own request in Federal Court to unseal certain warrant documents. In remarks announcing the request, Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department is seeking the release of the “search warrant and property receipt” from the FBI search.

In the unsealing filing filed by CNN and other media with the court, they stressed “the historical significance of these events.”

“Before the events of this week, not since the Nixon administration exercised the power of the federal government to seize the records of a former president so publicly,” the media said in the filing.

The filing says “the overwhelming public interest in these particular documents outweighs any alleged interest in keeping them secret.”

“Media responders are certainly not seeking these recordings for improper purposes,” the media said. “On the contrary, public access to these documents will promote public understanding of this historically significant and unprecedented execution of a search warrant at the residence of a former president.”

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Inmate found dead in his cell at Stillwater prison; drugs also discovered

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Castle Rogers Ahlbeck, 24, Of Brooklyn Park. Ahlbeck Is Charged With Is Charged With First-Degree Assault Of An Officer, Second-Degree Assault, Possession Of Afirearm By An Ineligible Person, And Fleeing Police In A Motor Vehicle. Booking Mug From Nov. 18, 2016. (Photo Courtesy Anoka County Sheriffs Office)

State prison officials said Thursday a man was found dead in his cell at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater, along with methamphetamine and fentanyl — and an investigation continues into how he got the drugs.

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Castle Rogers Ahlbeck (Photo courtesy Anoka County sheriff’s office)

Prison staff found Castle Rogers Ahlbeck, 30, unresponsive in the prison in Bayport around 11 a.m. Monday. They attempted to revive Ahlbeck, as did paramedics, who pronounced him dead.

Staff discovered substances and paraphernalia consistent with drug use in Ahlbeck’s cell and preliminary tests came back positive for both methamphetamine and fentanyl, Department of Corrections spokesman Nicholas Kimball said.

The Ramsey County medical examiner’s office will work to determine Ahlbeck’s cause and manner of death through an autopsy and toxicology.

“While we await the medical examiner’s findings, the Department of Corrections Office of Special Investigations, in collaboration with local law enforcement, is actively investigating how the drugs were introduced to the facility,” Kimball said.

Investigators are working “several leads” related to the source of the controlled substances, he added.

SENTENCED FOR ASSAULT, ILLEGAL GUN POSSESSION

Ahlbeck was serving a sentence in connection with a November 2016 incident during which he shot and wounded a man following a drug deal at an East Bethel convenience store and then crashed into a police squad car during a 16-minute chase through Anoka County that reached speeds of up to 120 mph.

After crashing his vehicle into a squad car on westbound U.S. 10, authorities said, Ahlbeck ran away and was shot by Coon Rapids police officer Brian Platz, who had issued several orders to stop and at one point said he saw Ahlbeck holding a black object in his hand, authorities said.

Platz, who believed the object was a gun, shot Ahlbeck in his buttocks area after he turned toward the officer, who thought Ahlbeck was going to shoot, authorities said. When Ahlbeck was ordered to show his hands, the officer discovered that the black object he had seen was a cellphone.

The Ramsey County attorney’s office concluded in August 2017 that Platz was justified in the shooting.

Ahlbeck pleaded guilty to first-degree assault on a police officer and possession of a firearm by an ineligible person; three other charges were dismissed. In June 2018, he was sentenced to just over 13 years in prison.

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Judge Denies Bail For Rushdie'S Attacker, Bans Interviews

MAYVILLE, NY — A judge on Thursday refused to grant bail to the man accused of trying to kill Salman Rushdie as the acclaimed author prepared to give a talk in western New York.

Hadi Matar, 24, appeared in a western New York courtroom after a grand jury indicted him for rushing the Chautauqua institution scene and repeatedly stabbing Rushdie in front of a crowd horrified.

Dressed in a black and white prison uniform, Matar remained silent during the hearing as his lawyer tried unsuccessfully to persuade the judge that he should be released pending trial. Public defender Nathaniel Barone said Matar had no criminal record and would not flee the country if released.

Barone also asked the judge to do something to stop reporters from trying to contact Matar at the Chautauqua County Jail. The lawyer said the prison had received “several hundred phone calls” from people trying to reach Matar.

Part of this media awareness led Matar to give a brief interview to the New York Post, in which he spoke of disliking Rushdie and praising Iran’s late supreme leader, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Khomeini issued an edict in 1989 demanding Rushdie’s death for his novel “The Satanic Verses”, which some Muslims consider blasphemous. A semi-official Iranian foundation posted a bounty of more than $3 million.

Matar’s attorney complained that the media coverage could potentially lead to a biased jury.

“He is entitled to a fair trial. He is entitled to due process no matter what he is charged with,” Barone said.

Judge David Foley denied the request, but ordered the lawyers involved in the case not to grant interviews.

“Do not speak to the press until we resolve this issue,” Judge said.

Rushdie, 75, is being treated at a Pennsylvania hospital for serious injuries. His literary agent, Andrew Wylie, said Rushdie had a damaged liver and severed nerves in one arm and could lose an eye.

Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt called the attack “pre-planned.”

The author had just taken the stage at the normally quiet lakeside retreat for a discussion about the protection of exiled writers and freedom of expression when Matar jumped on stage.

Henry Reese, 73, co-founder of Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum, was on stage with Rushdie and suffered a gash to his forehead, bruises and other minor injuries.

Matar, who lived in Fairview, New Jersey, with his mother, is charged with attempted murder and assault. He could face decades in prison if convicted. He pleaded not guilty.

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