Fordham Prep Grad Starting 3rd Straight Game for Yankees

Andrew Velazquez will be in the starting lineup for a third consecutive day at shortstop when the Yankees play the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City this afternoon at 2 p.m. on the YES Network.

The Fordham Prep graduate doubled and scored a run for the Yankees in Tuesday’s 8-4 loss to the Royals. The double was his first hit as a Yankee.

The 27 year old was 0 for 4 with a run scored during the 8-6 win in 11 innings for the Yankees on Monday night.

The Yankees signed Velazquez to a Major League contract on Monday when infielder Gleyber Torres was placed on the 10-day injured list.

Velazquez was hitting .283 with seven home runs and 43 RBI this season for the Yankees Class AAA affiliate in Scranton. He signed with the Yankees in December with hopes coaches in the organization could help him after hitting just .156 in three seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles.

The Bronx native, who attended St. Francis Xavier School in the Bronx, met the media before Tuesday’s game, and said he will add speed and defense to the Yankees roster and hopes he can bring his success at the plate from Scranton to New York.

The Yankees will play the Chicago White Sox in Iowa on Thursday night (Field of Dreams game) and in Chicago on Saturday and Sunday before opening a two-game series Tuesday with the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

Torres is eligible to come off the injured list next Thursday when the Yankees open a four-game series with the Minnesota Twins in the Bronx.

Fordham Prep Grad Joins Yankees

Fordham Prep graduate and infielder Andrew Velazquez was signed to a Major League contract by the New York Yankees and joined the team in Kansas City on Monday night.

Velazquez, 27, was 0 for 4 with a run scored, starting at shortstop, for the Yankees during an 8-6 win in 11 innings over the Royals.

The Bronx native replaced infielder Gleyber Torres on the roster. Torres was placed on the 10-day injured list before the game due to an injured left thumb.

Velazquez was hitting .283 with seven home runs and 43 RBI this season for the Yankees Class AAA affiliate in Scranton. He was signed by the Yankees in December after hitting .156 (15 for 96) with 17 runs scored, four doubles, one triple, three RBI, 12 walks and six stolen bases in 68 games over three seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays (2018-2019), Cleveland Indians (2019) and Baltimore Orioles (2020).

Velazquez, who also attended St. Francis Xavier School in the Bronx, earned a spot on the 2020 Orioles opening day roster and hit .159 with 11 runs scored, 10 walks, four stolen bases and three RBI in 40 games.

NYSPHSAA Holding State Tournaments

Robert Zayas, executive director for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, announced at the recent committee meeting that plans are in place for the NYSPHSAA to host state championship tournaments during the 2021-2022 school year.

State tournaments were cancelled for the spring 2020 and the 2020-2021 school year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our Lady of Lourdes, Albertus Magnus, John S. Burke Catholic and Ursuline are Catholic schools in the archdiocese that compete in the NYSPHSAA.

Here are the dates and locations for the 2021 fall state championships:

Girls tennis, Sportime, Schenectady, Oct. 28-30B

Cheer, Arlington High School, LaGrange, Oct. 30

Girls team tennis, USTA National Tennis Center, Queens, Nov. 5

Cross country, Chenango, Valley State Park, Binghamton area, Nov. 13

Boys soccer, Middletown High School, Middletown, Nov. 13-14

Girls soccer, SUNY Cortland, Cortland, Nov. 13-14

Field hockey, Centereach High School, Long Island, Nov. 13-14

Girls swimming and diving, Ithaca College, Ithaca, Nov. 19-20

Boys volleyball, Capital Center, Albany, Nov. 20

GIrls volleyball, Cool Insuring Arena, Glens Falls, Nov. 20-21

Football, Carrier Dome, Syracuse, Dec. 3-4

Walker to Knicks?

Kemba Walker, a product of Rice High School in Harlem, is planning to sign with the New York Knicks once he clears waivers after agreeing to a buyout with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to reports.

The four-time NBA All-Star was acquired by the Thunder in June from the Boston Celtics with two years and $74 million remaining on his contract.

The 31 year old would join Derrick Rose, who was just re-signed by the Knicks for three years, at the point guard position with the Knicks. The two played a high school game against one another at Madison Square Garden.

Walker led the University of Connecticut to the 2011 NCAA Division I championship and was drafted a few months later in the first round by the Charlotte Bobcats. He’s averaged 19.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.3 steals over 10 NBA seasons, the first eight with Charlotte and last two with the Celtics.

Walker averaged 19.3 points, 4.9 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game with the Celtics in 2020-2021.

Lakers Add Griffin to Summer Roster

Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate Alan Griffin will be playing for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2021 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas this month.

The Lakers open Sunday at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN2 against the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers will meet the Knicks on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 10 p.m. The league concludes with the championship game on Aug. 17.

Griffin played two seasons at the University of Illinois before transferring to Syracuse University. He declared himself eligible for the 2021 NBA Draft and was not selected, making him a free agent. At Syracuse, he averaged 13.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He shot 43.1 percent from the floor.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY