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CEO Learns Marriage Support May Bring Punishment

first_imgCitizenLink 31 March 2014Shortly after the Mozilla Corporation appointed its new CEO last week, employees took to Twitter brashly showcasing their displeasure. Some are calling for Brendan Eich to step down.Mozilla is behind the Firefox web browser. The frenzy over Eich’s new role has to do with his support for marriage. In 2008, he donated $1,000 in support of a California constitutional amendment. It defined the institution as a union between one man and one woman.Focus on the Family Marriage Analyst Jeff Johnston said the reaction to Eich’s beliefs contradict the usual “inclusion and tolerance” message.“It’s the same type of attack that’s been used by gay-identified activists over the past 10 years — but it’s betting more aggressive,” he explained. “You must not only believe what they tell you about homosexuality and marriage, you have to renounce any past support of marriage.”The message activists are sending now, Johnston said, is: “Believe what we believe or we’re going to boycott you.”Eich, who co-founded Mozilla.org in 1998, had served as the chief technology officer since 2005.On Wednesday, he addressed employee concerns on his personal blog. He asked for ongoing support to make Mozilla “a place of equality and welcome for all.”With all that Eich has done for the company, some employees are focusing solely on his personal convictions.“They seem to care more about his personal belief back in 2008 and that he supported marriage back then — not that he started this company or that he created JavaScript, or anything else he has done that has created work for them.”http://www.citizenlink.com/2014/03/31/ceo-learns-marriage-support-may-bring-punishment/last_img read more

Seminole’s Broward Casinos Set to Reopen Friday

first_imgIn addition, some of the table games are being retrofitted with plexiglass shields, and gaming chips will be sprayed with a sanitizing solution.Capacity will be limited to 50 percent for the time being, and guests and workers are also expected to maintain social distancing.The resort adds that all of its properties have been equipped with air purification and disinfecting systems. South Florida’s Seminole casinos are set to reopen this week, after being closed due to the coronavirus.The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, as well as the Seminole Classic Casino and Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, will both reopen at noon Friday.The casino resorts will require all visitors to wear face masks and to have their temperatures checked upon entering.We are excited to announce that we will be reopening on Friday, June 12 at 12pm. As we prepare to welcome you back, we have made essential updates to our operations – including the introduction of our SAFE & SOUND program guidelines. Learn More | https://t.co/AU2vT9iXmd pic.twitter.com/2cv54Kasoa— Seminole Hard Rock (@HardRockHolly) June 10, 2020last_img read more

The Latest: PSG declared French soccer league champion

first_imgFans were allowed to attend the game for free but fewer than 100 were in the stands at the stadium in Minsk.Belarus is the only country in Europe playing professional soccer during the pandemic. The men’s league started last month and the women’s league had been scheduled to start on April 16 but was delayed by two weeks because of suspicions that players had contact with people who had the virus.Belarus national soccer federation spokesman Alexander Aleinik tells The Associated Press that “tests did not confirm the virus for any of the players.”___British boxing’s governing body says it hopes fights can be staged from July. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Paris Saint-Germain has been declared French league champion after the soccer season ended early because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___Paris Saint-Germain says there is “nothing official” but didn’t deny that it was about to be declared French league champion.The French season ended early because of the coronavirus pandemic and sports daily L’Équipe says on its website that a decision on the league standings was expected to be ratified by the LFP’s board of directors.The French government called off soccer and rugby leagues in the country on Tuesday and ended plans to resume.The top two divisions in French soccer had 10 rounds of matches left to play. PSG led second-place Marseille by 12 points and played one game less. Marseille stands to qualify directly for the Champions League while third-place Rennes would enter the qualifying rounds. ___The Diamond League track meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, won’t happen as scheduled on Aug. 20.Organizers of the Athletissima say they are now looking at “alternative options and formats that could still be considered in order to offer athletes the possibility to compete.”Switzerland’s government has prohibited gatherings of more than 1,000 people until the end of August.Athletissima organizers say “it is currently impossible to allow a high number of people to gather in a confined area.” April 30, 2020 Spadafora adds that if the protocol can’t be agreed on “the government will declare the end of the season.”___The French soccer league has launched a lottery to help raise funds for hospitals and medical staff dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.Fans have a chance to win a signed jersey in exchange for an online donation of 5 euros ($5.40) to the “Tous Unis contre le Virus” (All United against the Virus) campaign.French champion Paris Saint-Germain’s jersey is co-signed by Kylian Mbappé and Edinson Cavani. Dimitri Payet was one of France’s best players when the team reached the 2016 European Championship final and he has signed the Marseille jersey. Houssem Aouar signed Lyon’s jersey.The French league says 2 million euros ($2.2 million) has already been raised through previous fundraising in French soccer.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___Germany is beginning to roll out coronavirus testing at soccer clubs in the top two men’s leagues in the hope of resuming the season next month.The German league tells news agency DPA the tests will start immediately.The Bundesliga’s plan to resume in May rests on regular testing for players. That is likely to be before they resume full-team training and before each game.Thousands of tests will be needed to complete the season. That has fueled criticism that the plan wastes resources. The vice president of Germany’s public health institute said last week testing should be focused on people who have symptoms or were linked to an outbreak. The move follows the French government’s decision to call off the soccer and rugby leagues in the country because of the virus.The top two divisions in French soccer had 10 rounds of matches left to play. PSG led second-place Marseille by 12 points and played one game less.___A new women’s soccer season has started in Belarus after it was initially delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The season started with a game between Dynamo-BGUFK and the Belarus national under-19 team. The under-19 team competes in the league alongside club squads. The first eight track meets on the Diamond League circuit have been postponed. Lausanne was the fifth in order of the seven left on the calendar.___The Italian sports minister says the government will create an economic safety net if it orders the Serie A soccer season to be shut down.Vincenzo Spadafora says if the season isn’t allowed to resume “we will assume responsibility so that soccer … has the least damage possible. Because it’s worth remembering that soccer is a big industry in our country.”But Spadafora is still leaving open the possibility that teams can resume training if sports and government officials agree on a proper health protocol. He says resuming training “will have a positive effect on the possible resumption of the season.” The Latest: PSG declared French soccer league champion Associated Press The British Boxing Board of Control says events would likely be held without fans initially and with an emphasis on “minimal numbers” of officials and broadcast personnel.Anyone at the events will have to have been in pre-fight quarantine and had tests for COVID-19. There will initially be a maximum of five contests in a show.The BBBofC says it continues to follow advice from government and medical authorities.The biggest fight that could take place in Britain in July is Anthony Joshua’s defense of his world heavyweight belts against Kubrat Pulev in London.The fight was initially scheduled for June 20 but was postponed. It could now be held on July 25.last_img read more

No. 1 can be a curse instead of a blessing

first_imgMaybe Three Dog Night was on to something with its 1969 hit song “One.”The song presents a contrast to the value that being No. 1, regardless of how it is achieved, is of the utmost importance.With lines like “One is the loneliest number” and “it’s the saddest experience you’ll ever know,” I can’t say I envy Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks when they come to town next week.Sure, the 41-year-old lyrics were the basis of a song about broken hearts and the emptiness of falling out of love, but even for a team this university has no lost love for, I can’t help but feel a momentary smidge of sympathy. After all, it was not long ago that the Trojans stood atop the national polls, only to be knocked off by a lesser foe.Not to discount the impressive season Kelly and his Pac-10-leading Ducks are having, but his team sits in the unenviable position of being the top dog at the least opportune time.These words might be printed 10 days ahead of the Trojans’ clash with the Ducks, and they aren’t likely to stop you from jumping down from the walls of the student section should the unthinkable become a reality.Nonetheless, as the lingering bye week forces all of us to continue to rest on the comfortable laurels of USC’s most impressive win this season, avoid defining the Trojans’ upcoming, Nike-clad conference foe by the scarlet number it has been forced to wear.One glance at the numbers will tell you that Eugene, Ore., is a more desirable place to be if you prefer football prowess to a well-rounded education.But beneath the one-sided stats, the eyebrow-scrunching numbers and the array of mathematical subplots, do not be enamored by the ranking.Rankings at this point in the season are about as useful as citing Wikipedia in the bibliography of your essay.No offense to the “reputable sources” that make up the committees that put out the weekly human polls, but in college football — a sport where fickleness and transiency are about as common as an undefeated team getting screwed out of the national championship game — labeling teams with artificial evaluations does nobody a favor.Unless Oregon loses to UCLA this weekend  — which would mark the first such defeat for the Ducks at Autzen Stadium to an unranked foe since 2007 — it will be the third team in four weeks to hold the top spot when it comes to Los Angeles for a Pac-10 version of the Monster Mash.If that isn’t enough to convince you stat-craving fanatics that the No. 1 ranking this time of year doesn’t mean much, then maybe a quick trip down memory lane will do the trick.Going into Halloween weekend last year, No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Texas boasted the top spots in the rankings. Neither team won the national championship.Texas and Alabama led the 2008 polls at the end of October. But come January, it was the Gators and Sooners who took their unified talents to South Beach for the Orange Bowl.In 2007, the Buckeyes laid claim to the No. 1 spot at this point in time, but it was the LSU Tigers who ultimately held the crystal ball when the confetti came pouring down in New Orleans.In fact, since 2002 there has been only one team who stood atop the AP and Coaches Poll at this point in the season (not counting USC’s now-erased 2004 campaign), and went on to win the national championship.So to the idiot savants of the sports world, the lesson here is that rankings are trivial.It’s the reason you couldn’t tell me who was No. 1 after the first 13 miles of the 2008 Boston Marathon or who was the last undefeated team in NCAA men’s basketball in 1997.History is defined by these moments, big and small. Yet the numbers that summarize their significance are jammed into our almanacs, encyclopedias and, sadly, our tainted psyches.We have come to grips with the fact that the majority of our statistical consumption is defined by this callous collection of data, but unfortunately this is the overwhelming problem.Rankings tell a story; they speak to the immediate success of a team or individual, but in no way do they give us the whole picture.In fact, at the end of the day, what do you remember most about a season?Is it the number of weeks your team topped the standings or who raised the championship trophy that second Monday in January?What shouldn’t get lost in my attempt to tear down the very fabric of college football is that Oregon, regardless of a numerical identifier, is a powerhouse program with a cavalcade of stars.Quarterback Darron Thomas’ eye-opening season — 14 passing touchdowns while also leading Oregon to a nation-best 54.3 points per game and 567 yards per game — should be viewed with similar reverence as those of Heisman hopefuls and fellow duel-threat quarterbacks Terrelle Pryor and Denard Robinson. Accompanying Thomas in the Ducks’ backfield is the nation’s fifth-leading rusher in LaMichael James.Combine those two gut-punching factors with a defense that led the conference in interceptions, sacks and the least amount of points surrendered up until their bye week this weekend, and the impending threat is apparent.So to those of you looking to make your way to Los Angeles’ grandest athletic cathedral come Halloween Eve, should the Trojans somehow pull off their own Coliseum miracle, by all means jump with pride.But do so knowing that a victory against the Ducks should be preserved for the sheer fact that it will mark a significant triumph over a high-caliber opponent, and not for how that opponent has been victimized by a system that chooses to aimlessly qualify Oregon with a meaningless badge of merit.“For The Love Of The Game” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Dave at dulberg@usc.edu.Correction: 10/19/10: The print version of this story misspelled Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s name. The online version has been corrected to reflect the changelast_img read more

World Boxing: Amit Panghal, Manish, Sanjeet, Kavinder enter quarters

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT WATCH US LIVE READ | Amit Panghal sails into pre-quarters at World Boxing Championships“My next bout is against the boxer from Philippines and I have played against him before as well. We will have a look at his game and will make my game plan according to his strengths and weaknesses,” he added.Rohtak pugilist Sanjeet (91kg) made it a memorable outing in his first-ever appearance at the World Championships when he outpunched the second seed Sanjar Tursunov of Uzbekistan 4-1 to advance to the last-eight. This was his second win over the Uzbek, having earlier beaten him at the India Open in 2018. Sanjeet will now face the seventh seed and 2019 Pan American Games silver medallist Julio Cesar Torres Castillo of Ecuador. Kavinder Singh Bisht, seeded fifth in 57kg, was the last Indian to enter the ring. Enduring some stiff resistance from Finland’s Arslan Khataev, Kavinder used his attack to pull off a tough 3-2 win on his way to the quarter-finals for the second consecutive edition.READ | World Boxing Championship: Brijesh Yadav beats Polish opponentREAD | Negi continues India’s winning streak at the World Boxing Championship “My opponent was an experienced boxer and playing him was a good experience for me,” said Amit Panghal, who dedicated his win to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday.  LIVE TV WE RECOMMEND 11 months ago World Boxing Championship: Brijesh Yadav beats Polish opponent Written By Commonwealth Games silver medallist Manish Kaushik (63kg) emerged as the standout performer as four Indian boxers entered the quarter-finals and are now one win away from a medal at the World Boxing Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia on Tuesday. Joining Kaushik in the last-eight stage were Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal (52kg), Asian Championships silver medallist Kavinder Singh Bisht (57kg) and Sanjeet Kumar (91kg) for India.The former India Open champion Kaushik showed strong resolve in a very tricky pre-quarter-final bout against Baatarsukh Chinzorig of Mongolia, a No. 4 seed and 2018 Asian Games silver medallist. Using his pace and power perfectly, Manish landed some strong punches on his accomplished opponent to secure a unanimous 5-0 win. Up next for Kaushik in his quest for a maiden medal from the world event is Brazil’s Wanderson de Oliveira.READ | Kavinder Bisht storms into pre quarters at World Boxing ChampionshipFor the second edition in a row, Asian Championships gold medallist Amit Panghal reached the quarter-finals of the World Championships. As the second seed, he was the favourite against Turkey’s Batuhan Citfci in 52kg and he lived up to the expectations when he soared to a comprehensive 5-0 victory. It set up a quarter-final showdown with Carlo Paalam of the Philippines, whom he had defeated at the Asian Games in 2018.  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen 11 months ago Negi continues India’s winning streak at the World Boxing Championshiplast_img read more

EPL Trio Target Possible Loan Move for Coutinho

first_imgThe 27-year-old had been determined to make the move a success but has battled to win over supporters.He wanted to stay and fight for his place but with Barcelona looking to accommodate new signing Antoine Griezmann, Coutinho and his representatives have started to explore alternatives. Coutinho is currently in Miami with the Barcelona squad as they prepare for the new season.The Spanish champions will allow him to leave on an initial loan with view to making a deal permanent.They have been looking for a loan fee of around £12million while the player earns £210,000 a week but Tottenham would be looking for those figures to be subsidised.Barcelona hope a return to England can provide him with the platform to restore his reputation and crucially increase his value.The Brazil international has no shortage of suitors but has spoken previously of his bond with former club Liverpool where he has strong emotional ties and good friends.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino worked with Coutinho previously at Espanyol while the midfielder was on loan from Inter Milan in 2012 and could prove the perfect catalyst to kickstart the 27-year-old’s career.Jurgen Klopp has expressed reservations about accommodating Coutinho into a system that has worked effectively since the midfielder’s departure but he recognises fresh impetus could be utilised with his squad stretched by the demands of last season’s finish and a tough pre-season.Arsenal would seem an ideal fit for Coutinho while Manchester United and Tottenham have been looking for that extra creativity. Conjecture over Christian Eriksen’s future with the Dane in the last months of his contract will have a bearing on their pitch.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Philippe Coutinho is poised to make a return to the Premier League before Thursday’s deadline after Barcelona agreed that he can leave on loan.Tottenham have made an approach as a possible replacement for Christian Eriksen – wanted by Manchester United – and initial talks have begun following Coutinho’s difficult spell in La Liga.Former club Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United have all also registered an interest in the mercurial Brazilian who has struggled to recapture his form since moving from Anfield for £142million in January 2018.last_img read more

Sweden win European U21 Championship on penalties

first_imgGoalkeeper Patrik Carlgren was the hero as Sweden beat Portugal on penalties 4-3 to claim the European U21 Championship.Portugal were the most impressive of the two sides in the first half, and went closest to an opening goal. Sergio Oliveira lifted a free-kick over the wall from 25 yards, but it crashed against the crossbar.Just after kick-off, Raphael Guerreiro sent a shot from outside the box just wide of the left-hand post.But Sweden also had chances, with Oscar Lewicki hitting the target with a long-range shot and Isaac Thelin heading straight at Jose Sa at the back post.In the second half, Portugal grew increasingly strong, but the first chance came to John Guidetti who volleyed just over the bar.Portugal’s Iuri Medeiros then curled a shot just wide of the post and Toze’s fiercely struck shot brought a good save from Carlgren. However, neither team could make a breakthrough and the game went to extra-time. Abdul Khalili had the two best chances, curling shots wide of the top corner before the game went to penalties, where Carvalho’s spot-kick gifted Sweden victory.–last_img read more

Joy Sports Invitational: Team Process & Plant Automation

first_imgWe are just two days away from the biggest outdoor sporting event in the country. The Joy Sports Invitational tournament comes off this Saturday at the University of Ghana, Athletics Oval. Come and contribute to the colourful atmosphere of conspicuous corporate colours, non- stop cheering, rock tough competitions and the celebration of winners. Ahead of the Joy Sports Invitational Tournament, we profile one of the teams aiming to clinch the ultimate crown.Process & Plant Automation LimitedProcess and Plant Automation Ghana Limited is an electrical engineering solutions provider founded in 2003.The company specializes in industrial and building automation and delivers services across the West African sub-region and beyond. Watch them prepare for their debut appearance.   Team Process & Plant Automation Limited #JoySportsInvitational pic.twitter.com/3qDNmT9nVb— #JoySports 99.7FM (@JoySportsGH) October 26, 2017last_img read more

Angels end losing streak behind strong outing from Shohei Ohtani

first_imgOhtani retired 12 hitters in a row before a hiccup in the seventh, when he gave up two hits and two fly balls to the warning track. He still escaped the inning, but with 99 pitches. The Angels had two relievers warming, lefty José Álvarez and righty Justin Anderson. Still, Ohtani took the mound to start the eighth. Although he gave up a run, he got two outs before coming out of the game.“I got in a little trouble in the seventh inning and I was able to get out of it, so I think that’s why he trusted me to go back out in the eighth,” Ohtani said. “I think I can build from this outing to my next outing, build more trust and I can pitch longer.”Maldonado said that Ohtani actually made some mistakes early in the game, but got better. He was also particularly impressed with how he cranked it up when there were runners on base.“When people get on second base, he’s a different animal,” Maldonado said. “The fastball is different, the split finger is different, the slider is different. That’s what impressed me. As soon as somebody got on second base, he had a switch, an extra gear. You don’t see 92-94. You see 97-plus every time.”Zack Cozart said Ohtani is starting to have that feeling of a “stopper,” a pitcher “that if you’re scuffling for a few games, and this guy is on the mound, you feel 100 percent you’re going to win. He’s going to shut them down.”Cozart said all their starters have pitched well lately, but the hitters haven’t done their part to support them. The Angels had scored 10 runs in the five-game losing streak, and on this day they didn’t swing the bats that well, but they made it count. They turned four hits into five runs, with four scoring on outs before Maldonado’s homer in the eighth. They walked eight times.“On a day when you only end up with four hits, you still manage to get five runs, that says a lot about the way you can manufacture runs,” Scioscia said. “We need that to be part of our game for sure.”While the Angels offense has been slumping, there is at least one bit of good news. After Monday’s off day, they’ll be able to add another hitter to the lineup on Tuesday in Toronto: Shohei Ohtani. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousTampa Bay Rays’ Johnny Field is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, throws to the plate during the third inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Sergio Romo throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsTampa Bay Rays’ Johnny Field, left, runs to first base after hitting a solo home run while Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, watches during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Sergio Romo throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Tampa Bay Rays’ Joey Wendle, left, grounds out as Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, watches during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, gestures as he gets out of the top of the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, scores on a sacrifice fly hit by Zack Cozart as Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos waits for the ball during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, celebrates with Luis Valbuena after scoring on a sacrifice fly hit by Zack Cozart during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout scores on a sacrifice fly hit by Zack Cozart during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Tampa Bay Rays’ Johnny Field is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, throws to the plate during the third inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 11Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, throws to the plate during the third inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandANAHEIM — In case you had forgotten just how crazy all of this Shohei Ohtani stuff is, consider this:Not long after Ohtani had thrown 110 pitches in 7-2/3 innings in his longest outing yet as a major leaguer, pitching the Angels to a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, he was asked a question about being in the All-Star Game home run derby.“It’s an honor to be mentioned in that conversation,” Ohtani said through his interpreter, “but I still feel like I’m not at that level yet, so I need to keep showing up every day and putting up good results and we’ll see from there.”The home run derby discussion began after batting practice on Friday, when Ohtani hit a ball off the scoreboard in right field at Angel Stadium, a drive estimated at 513 feet.center_img That’s pretty good for anyone, and pretty ridiculous for someone who is also capable of pitching the kind of game the Angels badly needed to end their five-game losing streak.The Angels are now 6-1 in the seven games that Ohtani has started, on his way to compiling a 3.35 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 40-1/3 innings.Manager Mike Scioscia and catcher Martín Maldonado each picked out different parts of Ohtani’s evolving game that they appreciated most from his latest performance.Ohtani’s stamina is impressing Scioscia, enough to leave him out on the mound an inning, or even two, longer than he might have a month ago.“As he’s gotten into game and started to get stretched out, he’s maintained his stuff,” Scioscia said. “That’s going to make him more effective for us. The longer he can go and maintain his stuff, that will take pressure off our ‘pen.”last_img read more

Edwin Encarnacion trade grades: Yankees pile on power; Mariners add long-term asset

first_imgThen is listed by Baseball-reference and Baseball America at 6-1 and 155 pounds, so there’s a lot of physical development ahead to go with his baseball development.Overall: BAt its core, this is a typical veteran-for-prospect trade. Encarnacion will make the Yankees’ lineup deeper but may not make a big contribution if the Bombers return to full health. Then could become a rotation fixture in a few years. Then again, Dipoto could move the youngster again if Seattle becomes good in a year or so and needs to acquire its own reinforcements. You never know with Dipoto.This article has been updated with both teams announcing cash considerations were included in the trade. Dipoto found a taker Saturday in the Yankees, who are sending Juan Then, a 19-year-old minor league right-hander, back to Seattle in exchange. “Back” is accurate because the Mariners signed Then out of the Dominican Republic in 2016, only to trade him to New York in November 2017 for right-hander Nick Rumbelow. Both teams announced they included cash considerations in the trade.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN The deal, on what used to be the trade deadline date, is surprising for a few reasons. Sporting News goes through those reasons as it grades the trade:Yankees: B-The first question that comes to mind: How many DHs do the Yankees need? Giancarlo Stanton is nearing a return from the injured list and Aaron Judge may be back shortly after Stanton is activated. Those guys figure to need a lot of at-bats in the role as manager Aaron Boone tries to keep his top four outfielders healthy and sharp. That doesn’t even include DH days for catcher Gary Sanchez.Encarnacion, 36, started 45 games at first base for the M’s, his most at the position since 2016, but Luke Voit is entrenched there and DJ LeMahieu has played it in his role as a super utilityman. There would seem to be little need for Encarnacion to spell Voit when LeMahieu, a better fielder who is also carrying an .804 OPS, is already available one or two days a week. One other issue: Encarnacion bats right-handed. The Yanks, on paper at least, could use a left-handed stick for the corner infield spots. Only Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Didi Gregorius and Mike Tauchman swing from the left side (and Tauchman is a candidate to be removed from the roster to make room for Encarnacion). Kendrys Morales was a lefty first base/DH option, but he failed to hit before going on the injured list this week with a calf strain. There’s a lot of time to address that area, but right now the lineup leans far to the right. Encarnacion won’t come cheaply, either, even if the Mariners kick in half of the $15 million or so in guaranteed money still owed to Encarnacion, as The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported. Much of the Mariners’ contribution might, in fact, come from the Rays, who reportedly still owe the M’s $2.5 million of the $5 million they agreed to take on as part of the aforementioned three-team trade.And, as Baseball Twitter gently pointed out Saturday night, Encarnacion doesn’t pitch. The Yankees need pitching. That’s another move, involving other players, for another day.The Yankees probably aren’t worrying about any of those things right now because they just rented a player who was leading the American League with 21 home runs and had a .241/.356/.531 slash line entering Saturday’s games. Mariners: B+Seattle continued its spring-and-summer sale with the Encarnacion move (Encarnacion joined Jay Bruce in leaving town), and it brought back a prospect it knows reasonably well. Then has yet to pitch for a full-season minor league team in his three pro seasons, but his numbers have been solid: a 2.67 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP and 7.92 K/9 in 111 1/3 innings at the rookie league level. He has worked exclusively as a starter.  Edwin Encarnacion wasn’t supposed to be a Mariner for this long. Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto was reportedly trying to offload Encarnacion as soon as he acquired the slugger from the Indians in a three-team trade that also included the Rays last December.The timeline changed when Seattle got off to a hot start, but now that the M’s are accumulating Ls, Dipoto has finally cashed in.last_img read more