NEW YORK -- A flock of newcomers quickly swoops into Yankee Stadium and suddenly a team that wobbled all season turns into a playoff contender.So exactly whos gotten the New York Yankees flying so high? A rookie slugger, a fresh set of pitchers?Sure, theyve helped. But maybe its something more.Pigeon power , outfielder Aaron Judge said. Theyre fueling us.OK, go ahead and laugh. Then look at the Yankees record lately -- against the Blue Jays and Orioles, no less -- ever since dozens and dozens of pigeons began descending for picnics at the park.Besides, if the Royals can have a Rally Mantis, the Angels a Rally Monkey and the Cardinals a Rally Squirrel, why not a good-luck flock of pigeons?Sometimes, these birds arrive early, searching for new seeds that keep the grass so green and fresh. More than 85 of them recently roamed the yard before batting practice.Often, they stick around for the game, hardly ruffled by the balls that go whizzing past them.In the sixth inning last weekend against Tampa Bay, six gray pigeons lounged in medium left-center field, a half-dozen hung out in shallow center and seven others strolled in right-center. No surprise, moments later the Yankees hit back-to-back home runs to break open a scoreless game.Theyre fearless, longtime head groundskeeper Dan Cunningham said.Speedy, too.I dont worry about them too much because theyre pretty fast, star center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury said. They can take care of themselves.No birds have been hit yet. Certainly nothing like that spring training episode many years ago when a fastball by Randy Johnson struck a dove in mid-flight. And they arent pesky, like the seagulls that hover around AT&T Park late during San Francisco Giants games.Scorned and shooed away all around town, these pigeons relax at The House That Ruth Built. Oh, and they seem to prefer day games.When line drives get too close, they simply flap away and settle somewhere else, perhaps on the warning track in deep center or near the foul lines. Or they take off toward the scoreboard and stay there for a while, with a birds-eye view.Weve been watching them fly overhead, more and more of them, reliever Tommy Layne said. You just hope they dont unload on you.Cunningham said the birds come for the seeds that maintain the combination blue and rye grass. The stadium hosts the Yankees and the New York City FC team in Major League Soccer, making for a lot of reseeding late this summer.Plus, players who spit sunflower seeds provide tasty snacks.Overall, thats brought more and more feathered fans in the last month. Not that Cunningham minds.Im not a pigeon hater, he said. Its New York, theyre part of the scene here.A month ago, Judge homered in his first major league at-bat. He fits into the Yankees wave of the future, along with Gary Sanchez, Tyler Austin and the fittingly named Greg Bird.Judge has grown accustomed to sharing his surroundings with the other birds in right field.Actually started noticing them maybe about a week ago. Kind of started showing up in little bunches, he said. Started out with five or 10, now its 20, 30, 40. Just a big bunch of them out there now.I go for a ball in the gap, they start flying everywhere. Could cause a little bit of havoc, he said.Then again, pigeons have always had a place in this city.I dont mind them, Judge said. A little company in the outfield. Jason Williams Jersey . 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Theyre traditionally stronger A-League finishers but midfielder Josh Brillante vows Sydney FC will come out with all guns blazing to make a statement against fast-starting Melbourne City.City enter Friday nights one-versus-two clash at ANZ Stadium having scored a league-high eight goals in the first 45 minutes of games this season.Table-toppers Sydney, meanwhile, have backed up coach Graham Arnolds claims they are the fittest team in the competition by scoring eight of their 20 goals in the last 20 minutes of play.Part of the Sky Blues FFA Cup final undoing last week were the hostile opening exchanges, which turned the match into a frenetic, physical battle that stopped them playing the style thats brought so much success this campaign.Weve just got to concentrate on the playing side of things and not get worked up too much on all that kind of stuff, said Brillante, who was named on Thursday as Novembers nominee for young footballer of the year.Were just as aggressive (as City), if not more aggressive.Well definitely come out firing and ready to go.Revenge for last weeks tough loss isnt the only thing on the cards for Sydney.Theres also an undefeeated record at stake and a nine-point lead at the summit up for grabs.ddddddddddddor Brillante it presented a vital moment to make a statement ahead of a busy Christmas period.If we can get the result - and I think everyone knows we can get the result - that will help to push us a little bit further ahead and put us in a really good position going into the middle of the season, he said.Brillantes nomination rewards the 23-year-olds influence in the middle of the park since joining Sydney in the off-season, including a cracking maiden goal against Brisbane three weeks ago.He credited regular midfield partner and October young footballer of the year nominee Brandon ONeill for helping him rediscover the rich vein of form that also earned him a nomination in February 2014 while at Newcastle.Regardless, Arnold will have a tough selection decision to make after Milos Dimitrijevic, whos spent most of the season on the bench, pressed his case for a second-straight start after a sparkling display against the Jets last Sunday. 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