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Why did Boone get ejected today?

Boonie absolutely lost his marbles on the home plate umpire in Oakland on Thursday night as the Yankees opened up a four-game set against the Athletics. Todd Tichenor ejected Boone for arguing balls and strikes after he was squeezing Aaron Judge and Joey Gallo in the first two frames. Come on, Todd! Yanks Go YardYankees: Aaron Boone’s epic ejection fuels Giancarlo Stanton moonshot

Japan's health minister Tamura Norihisa says the government will ask Moderna and Takeda Pharmaceutical to take measures to prevent foreign substances from entering vaccine vials.

Foreign substances have been found in unopened vials of the Moderna vaccine at eight vaccination sites in Japan since mid-August. The health ministry has decided to halt the use of 1.63 million doses of the vaccine made on the same production line.

Takeda handles the distribution of Moderna vaccines in Japan.

Tamura told reporters on Friday that the incident has caused concern to those who are getting vaccinated.

He said Moderna and Takeda should immediately identify the cause of the contamination and take steps to prevent a recurrence.

The minister also said medical workers will not use vials that are visually confirmed to contain foreign substances. He added there have been no reports of health problem related to the vaccines.

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Yankees vs. Athletics - Game Recap - August 26, 2021

ESPN 27 August, 2021 - 11:30am

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- — The surging New York Yankees keep coming up with timely hits, defensive gems or key pitches to pull off close wins — and now they have their best unbeaten run in nearly 60 years because of all those little things.

Aaron Judge hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the ninth inning, Giancarlo Stanton homered for the third consecutive game and the Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 7-6 on Thursday night for their 12th straight victory.

“We’re playing well, we’re playing for a lot, and it’s a lot of fun to be part of this team,” said manager Aaron Boone, who watched from inside for most of this one after his second-inning ejection.

Aroldis Chapman closed it out for his 300th career save, becoming the 31st pitcher to reach the milestone. Jonathan Loaisiga (9-4) struck out two over two innings for the win.

“To be honest, I never thought about it," Chapman said via translator. "At the beginning I wasn't even a closer, but as you go on with your career there are certain goals that come and you get to reach. I'm very happy.”

Joey Gallo crushed a three-run drive in the third for a 6-0 lead before Oakland came back, tying it on Josh Harrison’s homer in the fifth.

Judge doubled leading off the eighth as New York loaded the bases against Sergio Romo, who escaped unscathed. Lou Trivino (5-7) began the ninth hours after manager Bob Melvin said he would remain the closer despite consecutive blown saves after converting 14 straight.

“After what we've been going through, to be down 6-0 and come storming back like that with that kind of fight, at this point in time we're looking for some small victories,” Melvin said.

Anthony Rizzo drew a two-out walk from Trivino, and Tyler Wade entered as a pinch-runner. He stole second and reached third on catcher Sean Murphy's throwing error before coming home on Judge's line drive.

New York has the club’s longest winning streak since a run of 13 straight victories from Sept. 1-12, 1961, and the Yankees moved a season-best 23 games above .500 at 75-52.

Stanton connected for his 23rd homer and fifth in eight games moments after a fuming Boone got tossed by plate umpire Todd Tichenor for arguing balls and strikes. Boone repeatedly gestured and yelled before finally making his way to the tunnel and clubhouse.

Brett Gardner homered one out later to back right-hander Jameson Taillon, who didn't reach five innings for a decision but has still won seven straight decisions since a May 31 loss to Tampa Bay in the Bronx. Rizzo added an RBI double in the third.

“All that matters right now is winning,” Taillon said. “It doesn’t matter how you get it done.”

Matt Chapman and Murphy hit back-to-back homers in the third, the fifth time the A's have done so this season. Chapman drew a bases-loaded walk and Elvis Andrus a two-run single that chased Taillon in the A's three-run fourth.

Oakland right-hander James Kaprielian struck out eight but was clobbered from the start after he had been 2-0 with a 3.31 ERA in three starts since coming off the injured list.

The stumbling A's, who reached the playoffs each of the past three seasons, lost their fifth straight — four by two or fewer runs — on a night attendance was a dismal 8,147, which Chapman called a “little disappointing.”

“We've had some really tough finishes,” Chapman said. “It seems like we're right there.”

Yankees: INF Gio Urshela came off the 10-day injured list after missing 23 games with a strained left hamstring. He started at third batting eighth. ... SS Gleyber Torres (sprained left thumb) has increased his baseball activity with Double-A Somerset and is expected to begin a rehab assignment Sunday. ... RHP Corey Kluber (right shoulder strain) rejoined the Yankees and is set to start Monday on the road against the Angels. ... LHP Zack Britton, dealing with a sprained pitching elbow, is scheduled to be examined Monday by Dr. Neal ElAttrache to determine the next steps and whether to have surgery. ... RHP Luis Severino, who had Tommy John surgery in late February 2020, has been cleared to start his throwing program again after ElAttrache evaluated him.

Athletics: RHP Chris Bassitt will travel back to the Bay Area on Friday following facial surgery in Chicago, where he was hit with a line drive last week. The operation repaired the pitcher's cheekbone that was fractured in three places. ... Also Friday, RF Stephen Piscotty will have left wrist surgery in Arizona. He was examined Thursday by hand specialist Dr. Mark Leber, who will perform the procedure. The A’s aren’t ruling out a return this season. ... RHP Mike Fiers will throw a bullpen Friday for the first time as he works back from a sprained pitching elbow.

RHP Gerrit Cole (12-6, 2.92 ERA) pitches Friday night on an extra day of rest trying to keep the roll going and win his third straight start.

LHP Sean Manaea (8-8, 3.77) takes the mound for the A's trying to salvage an August win after going 0-2 with a 9.77 ERA in four starts this month — none of which has gone further than five innings.

Will the Yankees' bats cool down at the Oakland Coliseum? Plus, other best bets for Thursday

CBS Sports 27 August, 2021 - 11:30am

Hello and Happy Thursday, everybody. I'd like to start today's newsletter off with a correction because this is a newsletter that takes accuracy seriously. In yesterday's edition, I wrote that the Tampa Bay Rays were 45-40 this season as underdogs. That's not true. I accidentally looked at the wrong column of one of my spreadsheets -- "one of my spreadsheets" is the coolest thing anybody has ever written -- and I'm embarrassed that I didn't realize it right away.

The truth is that the Rays were 26-23 as underdogs heading into the game. They're now 27-23 after beating the Phillies, so hopefully, the win helps you forgive me for the mistake easier.

Anyway, I have double- and triple-checked today's newsletter to make sure no similar statistical errors have been carried over from my spreadsheet, and they have not. And, if it turns out they have, blame my editor. In fact, while we're at it, let's blame him for yesterday too. Wow, way to go, Nick. How could you just let that slip through? I hope you think about what you've done, and I hope the rest of you read these stories.

And now for tonight's error-free picks.

As I've gone over ad nauseam in this letter, Oakland is one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in baseball, and the effect is only enhanced after dark. In recent years, the only park more pitcher-friendly at night has been Tropicana Field in Tampa, and that's good news for tonight's starting pitchers

Both Oakland's James Kaprielian and New York's Jameson Taillon are fly ball pitchers with average strikeout rates. At Yankee Stadium, this would be a big problem. In Oakland? That's a lot of fly outs and foul outs. I'm only more encouraged when considering that both starters will be backed by two of the better bullpens in the game.

Even though the Yankees have won 11 straight games thanks to their hot offense, I'm confident on the under here. Long story short, the game starts late, but it should end quickly.

Key Trend: The under is 7-1-1 in the last nine meetings.

Here's what SportsLine is saying about the game: SportsLine's Micah Roberts is up 8.15 units on his last 119 MLB picks, and he's got a moneyline play for tonight's meeting ready for you.

Now, the good news for Boston is that Chris Sale is back and starting again tonight. He's been phenomenal in his first two starts, allowing only two runs in 10 innings with 13 strikeouts. The problem is he hasn't lasted longer than five innings in either start, and I don't expect him to go much further than that tonight. So we're going to rely on a terrible Boston pen to cover roughly four innings. 

As for Minnesota, John Gant starts, but he's not likely to stick around long, either. Minnesota's bullpen has been pretty horrific itself, but if this game becomes a battle of the bullpens, Boston's isn't strong enough to justify the Twins being this large of a dog.

Key Trend: The Red Sox bullpen has an ERA of 5.86 in August. 

The other reason is Carlos Carrasco.

Carrasco didn't make his season debut until the end of July, and his five starts since have not been encouraging. He's only made it through five innings once -- though it was his latest start -- and he's allowed 16 runs in 16 innings. He's also allowed five home runs already, which isn't great news for him considering the Giants rank second in baseball in home run rate against righties this season, trailing only Toronto.

Key Trend: Of the Mets' last 22 losses, 15 have come by at least two runs. 

🔒 SportsLine Pick of the Day: The Advanced Computer Model's favorite MLB play of the day is on one side of the spread in tonight's clash between the Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals.

This is a three-leg parlay for Friday afternoon's soccer action. It pays +172.

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The Athletic 27 August, 2021 - 08:05am

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