This, as they say, Just in. Howard Bryant, who is a Boston area native and has been covering the Yankees for the Bergen Record, will be joining the Boston Herald as a Senior Sports writer. Bryant, who earlier this year published the book “Shut Out – A story of race and baseball in Boston” is returning home after 16 years. He previously covered the Oakland A’s for the San Jose Mercury News and was an editorial writer and technology columnist for the Oakland Tribune.