Craig Calcaterra

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John Oliver’s first Legends Suites interlopers are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Yesterday we learned that HBO’s John Oliver was going to stick it to The Man by selling two tickets to each of the Yankees first three home games for a quarter. Specifically, Legends Suites tickets, with the Legends Suites being that part of the stadium Yankees COO Lonn Trost believes should not host people paying significantly less than face value and/or . . . undesirable types. However he defined that.

The first two ticket purchasers have been spotted. You’ll recognize them as the fans who aren’t too wimpy to sit out in the cold and chose not to retreat to the indoor part of the Legends Suites, which proves that they’re not the well-heeled regulars of that part of Yankee Stadium. Oh, they’re also wearing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costumes:

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I was hoping for something a little more, I dunno, trashy or over-the-top. Maybe something a bit more Rocky Horror than Saturday morning cartoon. But it’s cold in New York today so it’s a fine choice. I suppose we’ll have to get Oliver to buy more Legends Suites tickets for the summer months so we can see the real, wonderful and beautiful sleaze.

Yankees pitcher Bryan Mitchell sidelined at least 4 months

New York Yankees relief pitcher Bryan Mitchell (55) works against the Boston Red Sox in the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game, Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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NEW YORK (AP) Yankees pitcher Bryan Mitchell will be sidelined at least four months following surgery to repair a broken bone in his left big toe.

The 24-year-old right-hander fractured the sesamoid bone while covering first base Wednesday during an exhibition game against Atlanta. He was scheduled to be examined Monday by Dr. Robert Anderson.

“He had surgery yesterday,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Tuesday’s opener. “He will be out at least four months. We’re waiting for an exact timetable. … We’ve got to find out exactly what that four months means.”

Mitchell had a 6.37 ERA in two starts and 18 relief appearances last year, and the Yankees had planned for him to fill the long relief and spot starter role that had been held by Adam Warren, who was traded to the Chicago Cubs in the deal for second baseman Starlin Castro.

Sonny Gray to pitch Wednesday

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Athletics starter Sonny Gray was scratched from Monday’s Opening Day start against the White Sox due to food poisoning. It was announced last night that he will make the start in Wednesday’s game, however.

There was some hope that he would be ready to go today, but he’ll get another day to recuperate and hydrate and do the sorts of things you have to do when you get food poisoning. Chris Bassitt will move up to start Tuesday against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.

Bassitt had better be on his game. Effin’ Quintana. That creep can roll, dude.