NEW YORK — Carlos Beltran felt he was finally emerging from a miserable start to his career with the New York Yankees.One swing the night of June 20th made him certain of it.The slumping slugger launched a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, giving New York a 5-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.“Thank God the past couple of days I would say I’ve been feeling more comfortable at the plate and I’ve been putting good at-bats together,” Beltran said. “I just felt confident that I was going to do something positive.”Beltran signed a $45 million, three-year contract with New York this winter after an All-Star season with the St. Louis Cardinals. But he has struggled with inconsistency and an elbow injury has limited him to the designated hitter role since early June. Beltran began the game batting just .221.But right after Brian McCann lined an RBI single, Beltran hit a drive off Zach Britton (3-1) far over the left-field wall. It was the first time this year that the Yankees won in their final at-bat at home, and it was their fourth straight victory overall.“It’s been somewhat of a struggle then he got hurt. But you can just see him starting to square the balls up,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “That was a tremendous at-bat.”The Yankees kept coming up empty with runners in scoring position until the ninth. Brett Gardner led off the inning with a single, then Derek Jeter struck out looking and Jacoby Ellsbury flied out.Mark Teixeira followed with a walk and McCann singled home a run, setting up Beltran’s first walkoff homer since 2008, for the New York Mets.Britton was already off the field by the time Beltran made it to home plate, where he was mobbed by his teammates and then got doused during a postgame interview.“He just had a couple of sinkers up and they made him pay for it,” Orioles Manager Buck Showlater said of Britton. “I cannot really fault him, all things considered. He let it rip and it did not work for him tonight.”David Huff (1-0) gave up Steve Pearce’s RBI single in the ninth but got the win.Leading 3-1 heading into the ninth, the Orioles missed a chance to pull even with the Yankees for second place in the AL East.“It is frustrating. These are games we want to win right now but you just have to turn the page,” said Britton, who has two blown saves in 11 chances. “You cannot just sit here and mope about it. Go out there and make the adjustment.”Coming off a decisive three-game sweep of the division-leading Toronto Blue Jays, New York jumped out to a quick lead on Teixeira’s RBI double. Then they fizzled, wasting three chances with the bases loaded and failing to capitalize on a career high-tying six walks from Ubaldo Jimenez.“We just couldn’t seem to get the big hit when we needed it,” Girardi said.Center fielder Adam Jones threw a runner out at home plate in the second and hit an RBI single in the sixth, helping the Orioles take a 2-1 lead.Nick Hundley doubled for the Orioles’ first hit off Hiroki Kuroda leading off the sixth and scored on Pearce’s one-out double.Pearce had an RBI single in the ninth three batters after third baseman Yangervis Solarte made a fielding error to open the inning.The Yankees loaded the bases for the first of three times in the second but Beltran, who doubled leading off, tried scoring on Gardner’s fly to medium center field. Jones’ throw reached Hundley on one perfect hop, and the catcher had plenty of time to apply the tag for the double play.Jimenez loaded bases in the fifth with three straight two-out walks. He needed one pitch to get out of the jam: Teixeira grounded to first base on the first pitch he saw, keeping it 1-0.The Yankees loaded the bases again with two outs in the sixth — a single and two walks — but this time Jimenez wasn’t given a chance to quash the rally. T.J. McFarland was brought in to face Gardner.Second baseman Ryan Flaherty got the save, though, ranging deep behind second base to field Gardner’s hard one-hopper and making a swift, backhand flip to shortstop J.J. Hardy covering for the forceout.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
CLEVELAND (AP) — For eight innings, nothing. The Indians did everything in the ninth.Yan Gomes hit a three-run homer with two outs off All-Star closer Greg Holland as Cleveland, down to its last strike several times, rallied for four runs in its last at-bat for Corey Kluber and stunned the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Tuesday night.After Austin Jackson tied it with a two-out bloop RBI single, Gomes connected on the first pitch from Holland (2-3), driving it into the seats in center field to touch off a wild celebration in Progressive Field.Gomes flung his helmet and skipped around the bases as the Indians players danced out of their dugout at the improbable walk-off win.“That was unbelievable, man,” Gomes said. “It was some battle at-bats, too. Austin found the hole out there, but he battled his tail off. That’s the best closer in the NL, and maybe in the major leagues right now. We’ve seen him plenty of times. We all know a little about him. We were just trying to put some good at-bats together and trying to get a win for Corey.”Kluber (10-3) deserved it. The right-hander gave up three hits, struck out 11, threw his second straight complete game and continued his dominance since returning from the disabled list on June 1.But if not for Jackson’s heroics against Holland, the majors’ saves leader, and Gomes’ eighth homer, Kluber would have taken a tough loss. Until the Indians’ late rally, Charlie Blackmon’s homer on Kluber’s second pitch looked like it might stand up as the game’s only run.“First couple hitters of the game, home run, single and then nothing,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of Kluber’s latest gem. “It’s fun to watch. It’d be nice to score some runs so he could really enjoy it. He spent two and a half hours being grumpy, then you win.”Holland walked Edwin Encarnacion with one out and struck out Carlos Santana before getting ahead of Jackson. In a two-strike hole, Jackson barely nicked a pitch before fouling off two more and dropping his game-tying RBI single into right-center, the flair just eluding a diving Blackmon.“They all suck anytime you lose especially when it’s your fault,” Holland said. “Walking the tying run and the winning run was the key to the inning. Edwin had a good at-bat. The walk to Zimmer was more on me. I don’t think he ever swung. Jackson had a good at-bat. I thought it was a fly ball off the bat. He just hit it in a perfect spot.”The Rockies honored late manager Don Baylor by hanging his No. 25 jersey in their dugout. Baylor, who died Monday at 68 after a long battle with cancer, led Colorado to the playoffs in 1995 — the expansion franchise’s third season.Indians All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley sprained his right ankle in the fifth, going down after taking a few steps toward a fly ball. Brantley, who played in just 11 games last season following right shoulder surgery, started running after a fly to center when he pulled up. The 30-year-old dropped to the grass and had a concerned look on his face while being checked by a trainer.Brantley, who was on the disabled list in June with a sprain to the same ankle, limped slowly off the field to an ovation and was helped down the dugout steps.Francona said Brantley will undergo an MRI and the team should know more on Wednesday.KLUBER WITH A CAPITAL KKluber is just the third pitcher to strike out at least eight in 13 consecutive starts, joining Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat. Johnson did it three times, and Martinez twice.LEADOFF, LIFT0FFBlackmon’s homer was the 100th of his career — and 27th leading off a game. He’s the 12th player in team history to reach the century plateau. He’s hit a major league-leading 21 leadoff homers since the start of 2015.TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: OF Ian Desmond (strained right calf) took batting practice on the field before Tuesday’s game. There’s no timetable for his return. He’s been on the 10-day disabled list since July 16.Indians: Francona said All-Star LHP Andrew Miller may need a few days beyond his stint on the 10-day disabled list to recover from right knee tendinitis. Miller was placed on the DL last week and is eligible to be activated on Aug. 12. Asked when the indispensable Miller will pitch once he’s activated, Francona quipped: “Five minutes after he’s off the disabled list.”UP NEXTTrevor Bauer, who held the Yankees to one run in seven innings last week, starts the series finale for the Indians. Bauer lasted just 3 1/3 innings against Colorado earlier this season. Rookie Antonio Senzatela starts for the Rockies. He gave up two homers in a start against Cleveland in June but got the win.By TOM WITHERSTweetPinShare0 Shares
UPDATE (Nov. 29, 3:52 p.m.): The interactive tables above have been updated to include the results of Thursday’s match-ups, and those games has been removed (the text of the article has not been updated).Turkey and football is an annual tradition. Turkey and meaningful football is a treat. So be thankful this year: When ranked by total playoff “swing” — a measure of how much each game affects the playoff picture1As measured by the cumulative amount of playoff probability at stake — three of the top four Week 13 games will take place on Thanksgiving.When the Chicago Bears visit the Detroit Lions in the first Thanksgiving Day game, the stakes are straightforward. The Bears are largely out of playoff contention, so all affected teams do better with a Lions loss — excluding the Lions, of course.You don’t need a complicated statistical model to tell you that the next game, between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys, will have huge implications for the NFC East title race. Going into the game, the Eagles have a slight edge on the Cowboys, with a 55 percent chance to win the division. A win in Dallas would increase its division title chances to 82 percent; a loss would drop it to 36 percent. Outside of the NFC East, the Green Bay Packers would prefer an Eagles victory, and the 49ers would prefer a Cowboys victory.2The Packers own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Eagles, and the 49ers own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Cowboys.Thursday night’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers will have significant playoff implications, but probably not in the way envisioned when the schedule was drawn up. The NFC West title isn’t at stake; the Arizona Cardinals have crashed the divisional party this year. Arizona holds a two-game lead over both Seattle and San Francisco. The Lions, Cowboys and Eagles will all be rooting for a San Francisco loss. And though Arizona’s playoff chances are better with a 49ers loss, its division title chances are better with a Seattle loss.We’ll let the charts do the talking for the rest of Week 13’s games. The most meaningful non-Turkey Day game is between the New Orleans Saints and the Pittsburgh Steelers, with more than 90 percentage points of playoff probability on the line. But, to close out this column, we thought we’d highlight some of the more interesting (or infuriating, depending upon your perspective) playoff scenarios that emerged from the 50,000 simulations that form the basis for this weekly feature. You can try your own hand at this with ESPN’s excellent Playoff Machine tool. But the scenarios below at least have a veneer of statistical plausibility.In last week’s column, we mentioned there were five simulations in which a five-win team won the NFC South. With losses from both the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans last week, there are now 107 simulations in which a five-win team wins the NFC South, amounting to an 0.2 percent probability.3Of those 107 simulations, 89 resulted in a Carolina Panthers division title, and 18 resulted in a title for Atlanta.There were 2,029 instances (4 percent probability) in which an 11-win team did not make the playoffs. The Cowboys and the Eagles are the two teams most likely to suffer that fate.There were seven simulations in which a five-win team made the playoffs and an 11-win team did not.There were two simulations in which all four AFC North teams finished with 11 wins.A five-win division winner hosting a 12-win wild card team? That happened nine times in our simulations.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 2, 2016 – Jamaicans are being warned about the dangers of third-hand smoke, which is an emerging concern in public health regarding tobacco use. Third-hand smoke is defined as residual tobacco smoke contamination that remains after the cigarette has been extinguished.In an interview with JIS News, Senior Medical Officer (SMO) at the National Chest Hospital, Dr. Terry Baker, said that third-hand smoke presents risks that were not previously identified in medical research. “Information about third-hand smoke is relatively new and many people are unaware of it,” she noted.According to Dr. Baker, third-hand smoke is the tobacco residue that is left behind in rooms, hair and vehicles and on drapery, curtains, bedding, clothing and other surfaces. “This is residue from cigarettes, cigars and any tobacco product, and the concern is that this residue mixes with normal indoor substances and pollutants, and forms very toxic chemicals,” she explained.“It is now not just a matter of inhaling these chemicals, but the chemicals having been deposited on surfaces stick around for a very long time. You can enter a room or a house that has been vacant for a very long time and you can tell that people who smoke used to live in there, because smoke seemingly has permeated every corner and crevice of the room,” Dr. Baker said. She added that the residue that has been deposited becomes very sticky, which is the nature of nicotine.Dr. Baker, who is also a pulmonologist and internist, said it is dangerous for children to embrace parents and caregivers who smoke, as they can also inadvertently ingest the chemical.Children will be touching contaminated furniture and putting their hands in their mouths, or crawl on the floor with these substances that cannot be easily seen, she noted.“Third-hand smoke is quite toxic, and studies have shown that while a lot is still not known, it is linked to early onset of asthma, particularly in children. This is because of the carcinogenic substances that are formed by the reaction of the tobacco residue with other indoor pollutants that stick around for months. The potential is now there for toxins that can cause cancer to be ingested or inhaled,” she warned.The SMO said even if windows are opened, that will not get rid of third-hand smoke, as the residue and toxins that are formed are not airborne, but actually adhere to surfaces. This is believed to last up to six months.Dr. Baker points out that much work is left to be done. “We have seen many studies on first-hand and second-hand smoke, but research on third-hand smoke lags behind. So far, at least 11 potential carcinogens have been identified in third-hand smoke in one study,” she noted. Related Items:
Posted: July 27, 2018 July 27, 2018 Major effort underway to save most endangered ocean creature Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Dan Plante 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) —Hoping to protect the most endangered species in the ocean, an international trade court judge ordered the Trump administration Thursday to ban all seafood harvested with gill nets in Mexico’s northern Gulf of California — a bold move with significant political and economic consequences.The order to save the Vaquita porpoise, nicknamed “panda of the sea” for its chubby frame and black-ringed eyes, comes despite arguments from the U.S. government that a ban could negatively impact ongoing negotiations with Mexico.Earlier this week, the U.S Attorney General’s office tried to get the court to delay its decision for 30 days.The ban, which impacts an estimated $16-million worth of fish and shrimp, was a victory for conservationists who brought this issue to court in March after a decade of rescue efforts failed to prevent Vaquita from getting fatally entangled in gill nets in Mexico’s waters.Scientists say the Vaquita population has dwindled from 567 in 1997 to fewer than 20 today. Its population drops about half each year. The species’ range is about 1,500 square miles — the smallest of any marine mammal. Its territory overlaps with commercial fisheries that catch shrimp, curvina, chano and sierra, as well as illegal fishing operations that target the endangered totoaba. Dan Plante,