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Yankees rookie Mike Ford doesn’t let sour ending dampen MLB debut

Mike Ford, a non-drafted free agent from Princeton University and Belle Mead, N.J., made his major league debut Thursday night when he was the designated hitter for the Yankees. Outside of offering a smart “no comment’’ when asked about getting called out on strikes for the final out of the Yankees’ 6-1 loss to the...

Aaron Judge set to face pitcher who forced him to miss 45 games

Aaron Judge was aware who the Royals’ starting pitcher is Friday night, but it had nothing to do with him looking to get revenge. “[Jakob] Junis,’’ Judge said of the Royals’ right-hander who hit him in his right wrist last July 26, causing a chip fracture that cost the outfielder 45 games and the Yankees...

Joy makes return to Warriors’ lineup

LOS ANGELES — Remember joy?

The Warriors’ long-lost friend returned to the team Thursday night.

Maybe it was those big “31” tattoos that all the Warriors got to remind them forever of the Game 2 meltdown when they blew a 31-point lead and lost to the Clippers

If they didn’t really get any such tattoos, they should have. One way or another, that Game 2 collapse is burned into their skin.

Something got the Warriors back in their old joyful groove, and if they can sustain it, the Clippers and future opponents are in trouble.

It was a ferocious joy. When Klay Thompson drove to the hoop and threw down a dunk late in the second quarter, he landed snarling, then swinging his fist, as L.A. head coach Doc Rivers called for a timeout that would not stop the bleeding.

Two minutes later, Kevin Durant took a pass from Andre Iguodala and slashed to the hoop for a finger-roll layup. Durant was fouled, and Iguodala met him at the free-throw line. They glared at one another and slapped palms so hard it sounded like a gunshot from my seat 20 feet behind the baseline, even over the artificial din.

When Iguodala buried one of his two 3-pointers in that first half, he glided back downcourt, bending low, his wings extended. Symbolic, because the Warriors had cleared themselves for takeoff.

Joy suits this crew well. It’s what has carried the Warriors to three NBA championships in four seasons, but it’s something that has been missing much of this season, even as the Warriors were playing their way to the top seed in the Western Conference.

In the previous couple of days, the Warriors had talked about how they played well in the first game of this series, and for the first half of the game they blew. OK, but they were not dominant in Game 1, and they didn’t play Games 1 or 2...

Mets must find way to get through danger zone this time

ST. LOUIS — A year ago it began to all fall apart for the Mets after their shocking 11-1 start. Following a 9-4 start this season, the Mets have lost four of the last five. Despite a different look and a new front office, they have already entered the danger zone. Sure, this team is...

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