The New York Yankees' dominant bullpen trio of Dellin Betances, lefty Andrew Miller and flamethrowing closer Aroldis Chapman now has a nickname.
It's "No Runs DMC" with each letter of DMC referencing the relievers in the order that they take the mound. Pretty clever, though it requried a licensing agreement with the groundbreaking hip-hop group Run -- D.M.C., the members of which are silhouetted in the shirts the Yanks are selling for a cool $39.99.
"Forty bucks -- we need a cut off of that" Betances joked.
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Have to pay for that licensing fee somehow when Yankee Stadium isn't selling out the way it used to.
Get through the sixth inning with a lead and No Runs DMC will handle the rest. That's the idea. But a mediocre starting rotation and a lackluster offense that ranks near the bottom of the AL in runs scored has put a strain on the plan.
Still the AL East remains a wide open contest with only 8.5 games separating the Orioles (first) and Rays (fifth). The Yankees just need some more production out of its lineup of mostly 30-plus year-olds.