Shohei Ohtani’s elbow injury will force Angels to scramble at two positions

first_imgJesus Castillo, a 22-year-old right-hander, is 4-4 with a 5.06 ERA at Double-A Mobile. Miguel Almonte is on the disabled list at Triple-A Salt Lake and has not pitched this season. Right-hander Parker Bridwell has an 8.68 ERA in six starts at Triple-A.Lefty John Lamb, who has a 3.72 ERA in 12 starts at Triple-A Salt Lake, is the only other pitcher in the organization with a major league start to his credit.“We’re going to look, just like we did with Shohei in there, week-to-week and see how things are going,” Scioscia said. “We’ll continue to do that.”Albert Pujols was the Angels’ designated hitter on Friday against the Minnesota Twins. Jose Fernandez was added to the roster and made his major league debut at first base against right-hander Lance Lynn. Luis Valbuena and Jefry Marte have also seen time at first base this season.“We’ve got a number of guys who can play first base,” Scioscia said. “The DH will be rotated around and we’ll hopefully get our lineup doing what we hope to on the offensive side.”An off-season physical reportedly revealed Ohtani had a Grade 1 sprain in his right UCL long before he made his Angels debut. Yet both Scioscia and Maldonado never saw evidence of an elbow injury – either in Ohtani’s performance or his words – before he mentioned feeling stiff after Wednesday’s game against the Kansas City Royals.To Maldonado, the news was just as surprising as it was devastating.“We’re going to be here to support him,” Maldonado said of Ohtani. “We are a family. We are a team. We’re hoping for the best. It’s tough for a pitcher, for a position player for anybody. We want him to be the best, be healthy for us.”MORE INJURIESOhtani and infielder Kaleb Cowart were both placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday.Scioscia said Cowart sprained his ankle stepping off the team bus Thursday in Minnesota. The manager called it a “freak injury” – not unlike shortstop Andrelton Simmons spraining his ankle Tuesday when he tripped down the dugout steps.“You know you’re under a rain cloud when guys are getting hurt and it’s not baseball activities,” Scioscia said.Losing Cowart, a switch-hitter, and Ohtani, a left-handed hitter, left the Angels’ lineup even more right-handed than usual. Left-handed hitting outfielder Kole Calhoun is already on the disabled list with a strained oblique.A pair of left-handed hitters got the call from Salt Lake: Fernandez and infielder Nolan Fontana.Calhoun has resumed baseball activities in Arizona, Scioscia said, but he and Simmons have no timetable for returning to the Angels.‘AN HONOR BEING HERE’For Fernandez, 30, the call-up culminated a long journey that began in Cuba and included 146 minor league games with the Dodgers and Angels before his debut Friday.How does he feel?Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 MINNEAPOLIS — For some, losing three of your teammates to elbow injuries in one season might make each dose of bad news easier to swallow than the last.Not Martin Maldonado. The veteran catcher didn’t sugarcoat his reaction to the news that Shohei Ohtani would miss at least the next three weeks after being diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.“It’s sad, you know,” he said. “It was like that with JC (Ramirez), Keynan (Middleton), all those guys. Those guys are part of our team. Being a catcher, I think I’m more close to them than anybody else. When you hear the news for any pitcher … it’s devastating.”Ohtani’s diagnosis is not a death sentence. It isn’t even a guaranteed date with Tommy John surgery. Manager Mike Scioscia’s response was more optimistic than Maldonado’s, noting that alternative treatments for Grade 2 sprains could allow Ohtani to beat the typical Tommy John timetable of 12 to 18 months.center_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros “Very motivated,” Fernandez said in Spanish.“This is my first day in the major leagues,” he continued. “It is an honor being here. What I will try to do in my work, I will do it well and try to help the team whenever necessary.”Fernandez said he spoke to his family in Cuba immediately after getting the news yesterday. After defecting from the island nation in December 2015, he signed a $200,000 contract with the Dodgers but he did not advance beyond the Triple-A level. He was released in Nov. 2017 and signed with the Angels.This season, Fernandez hit .345 with 10 home runs and 39 RBIs in 53 games for Salt Lake.The Angels began the day with 39 players on their 40-man roster, so they did not have to make a corresponding move to add Fernandez. His contract allows him to be optioned back to the minor leagues. “Hopefully,” Scioscia said, “it’s something that can be managed.”Of course, hope cannot fill in as a pitcher or a designated hitter. The Angels must replace Ohtani at both positions after living off his Ruthian excellence for two months.With no less than six days’ rest between his first nine starts, Ohtani is 4-1 with a 3.10 earned-run average. As a DH, he is batting .289 with a .372 on-base percentage and .535 slugging percentage. He has six home runs and 20 RBIs in 34 games.The Angels will move back to a traditional five-man starting rotation for “some stretches,” Scioscia said. Rookie right-hander Jaime Barría, who is 5-1 with a 2.48 ERA, will be back from Triple-A soon.The Angels’ rotation has thrived within a flexible six-man format. Keeping it intact could be a challenge without Ohtani. Beyond Barría, the Angels’ 40-man roster is not rife with internal options.last_img read more

Jeremy Lin is an NBA champion and Twitter wants to talk about Melo

first_imgThe sight of Lin on the championship podium was amusing to those who reside on Twitter, many of whom made the observation that Lin now leads former Knicks teammate/adversary Carmelo Anthony — and a host of other NBA luninaries — 1-0 in Finals.Jeremy Lin really won a ring before Melo did.😭— Nasamba (@lowkeyWaste) June 14, 2019I always knew Lin would get a championship before Melo— Andrew (@Gucci_Gotch) June 14, 2019Some said he’d never win a title and that he was washed up. But he kept grindingNBA Champion Jeremy Lin— Bruh Report (@BruhhReport) June 14, 2019At last. Jeremy Lin is now an NBA Champion.#NBAFinals #NBA— Adriel Martir (@aliboyBawangs) June 14, 2019Jeremy Lin got a ring before Melo LMFAOOOO— JR WIT DA SOUP (@JRwitdasoup) June 14, 2019#JeremyLin is an #NBA Champion before Carmelo. Wow.— HefferBrew (@thehefferbrew) June 14, 2019Jeremy Lin winning the NBA title is the best thing that’s happened to the Knicks in over a decade.— Micah Adams (@MicahAdams13) June 14, 2019NBA Championships 🏀Jeremy Lin – 1Allen Iverson – 0John Stockton – 0Karl Malone – 0Elgin Baylor – 0Charles Barkley – 0Patrick Ewing – 0Reggie Miller – 0Chris Paul – 0Dominique Wilkins – 0Steve Nash – 0George Gervin – 0Chris Webber – 0Alex English – 0— Shane (@flexbrook0) June 14, 2019Lin and Anthony were teammates in New York for part of the 2011-12 season, aka the period of Linsanity. Melo reportedly was not happy (see here, here and here) that Lin became a sensation (and the Knicks won games) while Anthony was injured, and wanted the Knicks not to keep him.Lin signed a three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet with the Rockets as a restricted free agent in 2012. The Knicks declined to match the backloaded offer. Jeremy Lin played 27 minutes total in this year’s NBA playoffs, but he’s a champion just the same as a member of the Raptors.The longtime point guard — the first Asian-American player to be on a title-winning team — celebrated with his teammates at Oracle Arena, Lin’s first NBA home court while a member of the Warriors. His career came full circle Thursday night.Former Warrior and Palo Alto High School star Jeremy Lin becomes first Asian-American to win NBA championship— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) June 14, 2019God is perfectly the same through the highs and the lows. Anyone who knows me knows Ive believed this through all the down times, and Hes just as good at the mountaintop rn! 🏆🏆🙌🏼🙏🏼 #ALLglorytoGod #NBAchamps— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) June 14, 2019MORE: NBA players react on Twitter to Raptors’ first championshiplast_img read more

The best World Divers again in Mostar!

first_imgRed Bull Cliff Diving World Championships is coming to BiH this year as well.On September 24 the best world divers will again perform amazing dives that delighted the spectators in BiH last summer. However, a special surprise awaits us this year: the best world female divers are also coming to Mostar, who will show that they do not lag behind their male colleagues at all.After a spectacular competition last year, Mostar and the Stari Most are again on the calendar of the most prestigious world competition in high diving – the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Championship 2016. Elite world divers will again demonstrate their stunning skills, diving from the height of 27 meters. Moreover, a competition in female category will also be held this year. The best world female divers will perform their acrobatics from 20 meters of height.Among the competitors will be the undisputed five-time champion Gary Hunt (UK), then the favorite of domestic audience – the legendary Orlando Duque (Colombia), and the last year’s winner, the young Jonathan Paredes (Mexico). Among the female competitors, emphasis is on the double champion Rachelle Simpson (USA), the German Anna Bader and an amazing veteran Ginger Leigh Huber (USA).The legendary Mostar diver Emir Balić commented on Red Bull Cliff Diving World Championships coming to Mostar: “This means a lot, not only for Mostar but for the entire BiH. It is not necessary to mention how many people in the world will watch the diving. The Stari Most is one of the most beautiful diving spots in the world. I believe that this will most probably be the event number one in 2016 for Mostar and for BiH”.Mostar is the seventh out of nine stations of the championships. The good news is that the competition on the Stari Most is scheduled for the second half of September, thus the unbearable heat that marked last year’s competition in BiH will be avoided.This championships, the eight in a row, is the largest so far: it will have nine competitions for men, seven for women, and two completely new locations (Japan and the United Arab Emirates). It is to begin on June 4 in the USA, and then it goes to Denmark, Portugal, France, Italy, Wales, and then it comes to BiH in September. Following Mostar are Japan and the UAE.Calendar of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Championships 2016:June 4 – Texas, USA (women, men)June 18 – Copenhagen, DEN (men)July 9 – S. Miguel, Azori, POR (women, men)July 23 – La Rochelle, FRA (men)August 28 – Polignano a Mare, ITA (women, men)September 11 – Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK (women, men)September 24 – Mostar, BIH (women, men)October 16 – Shirahama, JPN (women, men)October 28 – Dubai, UAE (women, men)For all information and updates, visit and read more

Full story: Wellington finishes World Series run as Diamond Bracket runner-up

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls softball team got a nice roll going at the 16U Softball World Series in Florida, winning three games and getting to the finals of the consolation bracket, known as the Diamond Bracket.But the hits didn’t come at the right time in the finals though, and Wellington fell 5-3 to Fern Creek (Kentucky) Wednesday.Both Wellington and Fern Creek started the tournament 0-3 in pool play, and went to the consolation bracket.On Wednesday morning Wellington beat Plymouth 7-4 to get to the final game. The team had two wins on Tuesday. The following are synopsis of the two games today: Fern Creek 5, Wellington 3Wellington left the based loaded in the first inning and didn’t score. They did get two in the second and one in the fourth to lead 3-1. Fern Creek got two in the fourth and two more in the fifth.Wellington had its chances with runners on base in the fifth and sixth innings, but didn’t get the key hit.Wellington had no errors in the game, which had been a problem earlier in the tournament.Baylee DeJarnett had a double and a single with 2RBIs. Erin Goodrum had a double and a single with an RBI.Taylor Zimmerman and Emily Templeton had hits for Wellington.Fern Creek had no extra base hits, but Kristen Smith was 3-for-3 at the plate.Wellington left nine runners on base.Erin Goodrum pitched for Wellington. She struck out one and walked three.Wellington 7, Plymouth 4Wellington got five runs in the second inning, and held on for the win. Plymouth got three in the bottom of the fifth, but got no closer as Wellington added two insurance runs in the sixth.Wellington had 10 hits but was credited with three errors.Baylee DeJarnett tripled and singled, and she drove in a run on an out. She had two RBIs.Erin Goodrum had a double and a single and two RBIs with her double.Taylor Zimmerman and Madison Lewellen each had two hits. Jenna Rausch and Annika DeJarnett each had hits.Madison Lewellen pitched for Wellington, striking out eight and walking four.last_img read more

Pakistan toil in Trelawny

first_imgFLORENCE HALL, CMC – Shimron Hetmyer led a triumvirate of left-handed batsmen that collected half-centuries, as the WICB President’s XI made Pakistan toil in the field all day in their first-class tour match yesterday. Hetmyer led the way with a typically enterprising 97 (11×4, 2×6), fellow Guyana Jaguars batsman Vishaul Singh was unbeaten on 81 and resurgent Kieran Powell made 58, as the President’s XI reached 311 for five in their first innings at the close, after deciding to bat on a windy, but clear first day of the three-day contest at the Trelawny Multiplex. Hetmyer dominated the first half of the day and shared 148 for the second wicket with Powell to give a solid platform for the rest of the home team’s batting to flourish which Singh did to anchor two half-century stands with Jahmar Hamilton and left-handed Jaguars teammate Raymon Reifer to advance claims for higher duty. The day started bitterly for the President’s XI, when Kyle Hope, one of the contenders to open the batting with Kraigg Brathwaite in the forthcoming three-Test series against the Pakistanis, was caught at forward short leg for two from a sharply rising, second ball of the match from left-arm fast bowler Muhammad Amir.last_img read more

Celtics get back at Pistons

first_imgAl Horford had 18 points, Jaylen Brown scored 12, reserve Marcus Smart also had 12 points and smooth-shooting rookie Jayson Tatum scored 11 for the Celtics. Tatum made a 3-pointer late to help hold off a potential comeback by the Pistons, putting Boston ahead by eight points with 1:55 left.Boston shut down the Pistons’ offense after giving up a season-high 118 points on 52 percent shooting in the loss to them. On Sunday, the Celtics held Detroit to a season low in points and forced it to miss two-thirds of its shots.Baynes kept a hand, arm or shoulder on Drummond while defending him, keeping him out of the lane as much as possible.“They never took a body off him, and we could never take advantage of it,” Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said. “He got shots for other guys, but we didn’t make any of them.”The Pistons have lost six straight for the first time since late in the 2014-15 season.ADVERTISEMENT When Detroit beat the Celtics last month, Drummond scored 26 points and Jackson had 20. In the rematch, Drummond didn’t make a shot until late in the game and finished with just six points on 1-of-5 shooting while Jackson was 0 for 9 with two points.“We were locked in,” said Boston center Aron Baynes said. “Our offense wasn’t as crisp as we wanted it to be, but defensively we had a game plan and we stuck with it. We were trying to pack the paint and make them make plays from the outside. Last time, they really had whatever they wanted inside the paint.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseThe Eastern Conference-leading Celtics bounced back from a loss Friday night at San Antonio, extending their feat of losing consecutive games only once this season.“We responded not only to that loss at home (to Detroit), but also to the tough Spurs loss,” said Boston’s Kyrie Irving, who scored 16 points. “We want to continue to build character and identity for our team and be responsive with a quick turnaround.” Boston Celtics forward Al Horford, center, goes to the basket against Detroit Pistons forwards Stanley Johnson (7) and Tobias Harris, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)DETROIT — The Boston Celtics prevented Andre Drummond from scoring in the paint and quieted Reggie Jackson on the perimeter.That helped Boston get revenge from a rare loss in a 91-81 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “We’ve lost some confidence and we need to get it back,” Van Gundy said. “We knew we were going to play a month unlike anyone else in the NBA, and we started it well, but now it has gotten bad.”TIP-INSCeltics: Marcus Morris, who was acquired in last summer’s trade with Detroit for Bradley, didn’t play and is expected to sit out the next game before having his left knee evaluated in Boston. … Horford left the game briefly in the first half, favoring his right leg as he limped off the court.“I just banged knees,” Horford said.Pistons: Tobias Harris scored 19, reserve Anthony Tolliver had 15 points and Avery Bradley scored 12 against his former team. Ish Smith added 11 points off the bench, taking advantage of an opportunity to play in place of the cold-shooting Jackson.“We had a lot of open shots, but I think someone put a lid on the basket,” Jackson said. “I couldn’t get anything to go down.”HE SAID IT“My job is to be a truth teller for these guys,” Van Gundy said. “When they were 10-3, they weren’t as good as everyone was saying. And now that they have lost six straight, they aren’t as bad as everyone is saying.”UP NEXTCeltics: Wrap up a three-game road trip Monday night at Chicago. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Pistons: End a three-game homestand Tuesday night against Denver.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

LRA to Observe Taxpayers Appreciation Day July 1

first_img– Advertisement – 31 taxpayers to received Highest Contributors and Most Compliant Taxpayers AwardsThe Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) will observe Saturday, July 1, as Taxpayers Appreciation Day at the Monrovia City Hall, according to a press release yesterday.July 1, henceforth, known as LRA Day, commemorates the date on which the LRA officially began operations in 2014.The Taxpayer Appreciation is held in collaboration with USAID RG3 Project and the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP).The theme of the day is “Creating a culture of voluntary tax compliance,” and recognizes taxpayers for their level of tax compliance and contribution to national development by paying their taxes regularly and on time.The program further seeks to recognize and appreciate taxpayers based on two underlining considerations: tax contribution and tax compliance.Thirty one (31) taxpayers are expected to receive awards under the LRA’s two core business areas of Domestic Tax and Customs, covering the period FY 2015-2016.Under Domestic Tax Category, honorees will be awarded the Highest Contributors Award and Most Compliant Taxpayers awards. Those in the Customs Category will receive Highest Value Importers awards, Most Compliant Importers awards and Most Compliant Customs Broker awards.The LRA Commissioner General, Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, said the collection of lawful revenue provides the Government of Liberia the advantage to undertake and implement developmental projects.“We are publicly recognizing taxpayers for their contribution to domestic resource mobilization and to encourage others to become compliant in fulfilling their tax obligations, while the LRA strives to become more compliant to providing good services to the nation and its people,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stanleytown women get $4.6M fish processing facility

first_imgThe West Demerara Proactive Women Producers Cooperative Society, in Stanleytown, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), dedicated its $4.6 million salt fish processing facility on Tuesday.The West Demerara Proactive Women Producers Cooperative Society fish salt fish processing facility, located at Stanleytown, Region ThreeThe project, which was funded under the Sustainable Livelihood and Entrepreneurship Development (SLED) programme, saw the completion of the building, procurement of a dryer and other equipment. The women also benefited from training and other support from the Cooperatives Department and the Region Three’s regional administration.At the dedication ceremony, Chairperson of the West Demerara Proactive Women Producers Cooperatives Society, Loraine Hooper, explained that the group began with four members. However, other women soon indicated their interest to join. Once fully operational, she anticipates that at least 40 women within the Stanleytown community will be actively involved in the project.Regional Executive Officer (REO), Denis Jaikran commended the women for bringing the project to realisation and encouraged them to make full use of the facility. “What is important is how we use this building hereafter; to make that decision of what training is going to take place here… so that we can train other persons. So, I want to commend all the persons of the group,” Jaikran stated.The West Demerara Proactive Women Producers Cooperative Society was formed in 2017, following a training exercise through the Office of the First Lady. They were tasked with creating a project that will see them utilising their skills gained while creating employment for the women in the community.The facility will be officially launched within a month.last_img read more

Police investigate shooting of boy, 12

first_imgWhat is his little brother like?He is a funny kid, said the man.He said no suspect was arrested Tuesday, and police are still investigating leads.Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Montebello Police Department at (323) 698-0955, Ext. 3026165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – A 12-year-old boy was in good condition Tuesday morning after being shot in the abdomen, police said.The boy was the unintended victim of a drive-by shooting, said police.Shots were fired from inside a vehicle at the victims front yard in the 500 block of Walnut Avenue at about 10:20 p.m. Monday, said police.The victim was taking out the trash when he was shot. The shooters were aiming for the victims older brother, according to a statement issued by Montebello police. Both were standing outside their residence when the shooting occurred.At this point, the shooting appears to be gang-related, the statement reads.The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he was in stable condition after surgery Monday, police said. His condition was upgraded to good on Tuesday.A man who said he is the victims brother was at the home Tuesday morning. He did not want to talk about the circumstances of the shooting, but said his brother was doing well.This morning he said good morning to all the people there (at the hospital), to my family, the man said.last_img read more

Judge rules airline fee hikes at LAX unfair

first_imgThe managers of Los Angeles International Airport disregarded both fairness and the law when they sharply increased the fees they charge airlines, a judge ruled Tuesday in a decision that could lower some ticket prices. The ruling will serve as a preliminary recommendation for the federal Department of Transportation, which has the final word in the ongoing dispute between LAX and dozens of airlines. But the judge who wrote it minced no words, heaping blame on airport directors for a behind-the-scenes feud that has started to cost travelers. Administrative Law Judge Richard Goodwin called out glaring errors in the airport’s financial records and apparent misstatements by some of its top officials. He questioned whether the higher fees were meant to drive flights away from LAX and toward smaller, suburban airports – a goal, he added, that may violate federal policy. The higher fees at the center of this dispute prompted several airlines in recent weeks to raise the price of a ticket out of LAX by up to $10. Airlines reached Tuesday said they would wait for the final ruling, due next month, before deciding whether to roll back those fare increases. “That’s certainly something that we’ll have to consider,” said Caroline Boren, a spokeswoman for Alaska Airlines. LAX officials also chose to wait for the final ruling before commenting in any detail. “We are disappointed by the recommended decision,” the city agency that runs LAX said in a prepared statement. “Naturally, we had hoped for a different outcome.” The airlines that operate out of LAX pay a base rent, as well as extra fees for keeping up the common areas and to cover other shared costs. Airport commissioners changed the leasing policy late last year – doubling and, in some cases, tripling some of those rents and fees. Airport managers have argued all along that the higher charges better reflect the spiraling costs of running and improving the airport. Dozens of airlines challenged the fee hikes as unfair, unjustified and unevenly applied. (310) 543-6649 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more