Twins Steamroll Yanks, 7-2

first_imgNEW YORK — David Robertson was booed off the mound after blowing a save at Yankee Stadium. New York’s slumping lineup didn’t muster much to cheer about, either.Phil Hughes pitched eight poised innings in his return to the Bronx and wound up a winner when the Minnesota Twins rallied past the Yankees 7-2 Sunday behind big hits from Josh Willingham and Brian Dozier in a six-run ninth.“These are the guys we have and they’ve got to find a way to get it done,” New York Manager Joe Girardi said. “We’ve got to be able to score more runs.”With the Yankees missing injured sluggers Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran, their last 18 batters went down in order. New York managed only six runs while losing two of three in the series and has dropped nine of its last 13 home games.“Can’t make excuses,” Girardi said. “We need to get some guys going.”Willingham belted a tying homer on the first pitch from Robertson, denying rookie Chase Whitley his first major league victory. Robertson (0-2) then walked two batters and gave up Dozier’s two-out double, putting the Twins on top 3-2.Eduardo Nunez, also let go by the Yankees, lined a two-run double on Matt Daley’s first pitch. Oswaldo Arcia added a two-run single off Matt Thornton to make it 7-2.Hughes (6-1) held his former team to three hits — all in a row to begin the fourth — and retired his final 15 batters during his sixth straight win.“It was a little bit strange,” said Hughes, who tipped his cap to Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild while walking onto the field.“But once I got on the mound, it just kind of cleared away and I was just able to focus on how I was going to pitch. After the first inning, I was just hoping I wouldn’t start walking toward their dugout.”Hughes never quite lived up to lofty expectations in New York, though he did make his mark during seven seasons in pinstripes. He was a key member of the bullpen in 2009, helping the Yankees to a World Series championship, and made the All-Star team while winning 18 games the following year.But he faded to 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA last season, struggling with the homer-friendly dimensions at Yankee Stadium. With the second-highest flyball ratio among major league starters, he went 1-10 with a 6.32 ERA at home.“He didn’t need too much real estate here today,” Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire said.Minnesota, which plays at pitcher-friendly Target Field, signed Hughes to a $24 million, three-year contract in December, and he’s off to a terrific start with his new team. He acknowledged there would be “some weird at-bats” when he faced his former teammates.“We all know how big this is for him,” Gardenhire said before the game.There wasn’t much reaction when Hughes’ name was announced during pregame introductions. A small smattering of boos, maybe. Mostly, collective apathy from a crowd still filing in.Then the right-hander went out and showed New York fans he’s no longer the floundering pitcher they last saw.Looking all grown up on the mound with a well-manicured beard, Hughes came right after the Yankees with 91-94 mph fastballs and cutters. He faced the minimum through three innings and only had trouble in the fourth.Brett Gardner tripled off the auxiliary scoreboard in right-center and Derek Jeter singled. After a single by Jacoby Ellsbury and a rare walk to Brian McCann, Hughes did not permit another baserunner.“He stayed away from long counts,” Girardi said. “His cutter seems to be more consistent this year.”Ichiro Suzuki’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead. It stayed that way until the ninth, when Robertson was charged with five runs in two-thirds of an inning.He was booed lustily after his second blown save in 14 chances since taking over as closer for Mariano Rivera.“I just made some big mistakes and it cost us the game,” Robertson said. “I just couldn’t make any quality pitches. I stunk today, what can I say? I’m itching to get out there to prove I can still do this.”Trevor Plouffe had a two-out RBI single for the Twins in the third.Hughes struck out six and walked two, throwing 72 of 100 pitches for strikes. He went 178 straight batters without issuing a walk before McCann drew a free pass on a full count leading off the second.“We didn’t square up too many balls off him,” Ellsbury said. “I don’t know what it was today. Give him a lot of credit. He was pounding the zone, making pitches when he needed to. “I think it’s just a matter of time before the offense really breaks out. It’ll be nice when everything clicks.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

9 months agoLiverpool winger Woodburn a target for Rangers boss Gerrard

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool winger Woodburn a target for Rangers boss Gerrardby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool winger Ben Woodburn is a target for Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.The Scottish Sun says Gerrard attempted to land the attacker, 19, in the summer before his loan switch to Sheffield United.But Gerrard’s been alerted to his availability again after his old club cut short Woodburn’s season-long stay at Bramall Lane due to a lack of game time.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is keen for the Wales international to go back out on loan.However, Rangers face stiff competition with Blackburn, Brentford, Hull, West Brom and Wigan all interested. last_img

10 days agoEverton defender Keane says they should buy in January

first_imgEverton defender Keane says they should buy in Januaryby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton defender Michael Keane says they should buy in January.A new addition would place Keane’s starting role under threat at Goodison Park but the former Burnley centre-back believes a new signing would only improve his performances.”I think competition is always healthy and it pushes you on no-matter what position you are on the pitch,” Keane told the Liverpool Echo.”It just keeps you on your toes. We’ve got competition here but the more the merrier, really.”It keeps things fresh, makes you work that bit harder and you have to prove yourself every single game and you can’t let it slip or you will lose your place in the team.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Iron Ore and Coal Push Essar Ports Volumes Up

first_imgzoom India’s port and terminal operator Essar Ports Limited (EPL) saw an 11% surge in overall cargo volumes in Q3 FY18.EPL handled 9.16 million tons (MT) across its Hazira, Vishakapatnam, Salaya and Paradip port terminals for the quarter ended December 31, 2017, up from 8.26 MT recorded in the corresponding period a year ago.As explained, higher iron ore and coal transportation was the main contributor to cargo growth.For the nine months ended December 31, 2017, the company registered a 16% growth overall cargo at 26.5 MT versus the same period of FY2017.“We expect to continually improve our operational performance with faster turnaround times at our terminals through our sustained investment in … technology,” Rajiv Agarwal, CEO of EPL, said.The company recently commissioned a 20 MT bulk terminal in Salaya and will soon complete expansion of Vizag Terminal, taking its annual handling capacity to 24 MT.The Salaya terminal has been designed to berth Capesize vessels with a vessel turnaround time of fewer than two days.The Essar Vizag Terminal Limited (EVTL) recently commissioned an 8,000 tons per hour (TPH) ship loader, which has increased its cargo handling rate from 70,000 to 120,000 tons per day (TPD). Following the commissioning of the expansion project, the facility will also be able to berth vessels up to 200,000 dwt, with a depth of 18 meters, on the outer harbor of Vizag Port.ESL said it is set to achieve the cumulative cargo handling capacity of 90 MT by the end of FY18.last_img read more

JU eyes Central grant of Rs 125 cr for highend research centre

first_imgKolkata: The Jadavpur University is one of the eight educational institutes short-listed by Union Human Resource Development Ministry for a grant of Rs 125 crore, which will be provided to only four institutions, for setting up a centre for Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facilities (SAIF).The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, a premier engineering institution in the state, is also in the race. “We had already made a presentation in the end of April in Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDelhi showcasing we have the necessary infrastructure for the centre for Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facilities. The centre will have high and sophisticated instruments facilitating high-end research. The centre will function in 365 days in a year and if we figure among the beneficiaries it will surely be a big boom for research in the Jadavpur University,” said Chiranjib Bhattacharjee, dean of engineering at the Jadavpur University. Pravas Chandra Chakrabarti, professor of metallurgical and material engineering has been chosen as the SAIF coordinator. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe recurring cost and maintenance of the centre will depend on earnings from the service fees that will be charged for using the facilities of the centre. If Jadavpur University gets the grant approval, the tests carried out by the researchers in the university will be chargeable. If other educational institutions avail the JU SAIF facilities, they will have to pay twice the amount paid by Jadavpur University researchers or professors and if industries use the SAIF facilities at JU, they will be charged ten times. Sources in JU said a number of leading industries in Bengal such as Haldia Petochemicals and Tata Steel have shown interest in availing the facilities of SAIF. The names of the four institutions, which will get the Central funds, are expected to be announced by the end of this month after the elections are over. A senior professor in the varsity said a space in the Technology Bhavan on the main campus of the varsity has been earmarked for setting up the Centre. A three-member team from the HRD ministry had visited the JU campus in April to assess whether the university has the infrastructure for setting up the centre. The team had also visited the site that has been selected by the varsity for SAIF.last_img read more

France ready to fight terrorists who killed 2 journalists in Mali

first_imgBordeaux – A crisis meeting was held in the Presidential Palace this morning and an investigation into the journalists’ death is to be launched.French President Hollande held a crisis meeting on Sunday morning at the Elysee in the aftermath of the murder of two journalists from Radio France Internationale, Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont, who were kidnapped and killed in northern Mali yesterday.The Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Justice, Laurent Fabius and Christiane Taubira attended the meeting. The hour long meeting consisted in looking at the judicial follow-up to these killings and assessing the strength of the “Serval”operation in Mali. After the meeting, Laurent Fabius confirmed the journalists were shot dead. “The murderers are the ones we are fighting, terrorist groups who reject democracy and refuse elections,” said the Foreign Minister.According to RFI, our colleagues’ driver was held at gunpoint by a turbaned man speaking a Tuareg dialect. Meanwhile, the attackers tied up the journalists and took them into their vehicle. The kidnappers then fled, and the bodies of the journalists were found less than two hours later, a dozen kilometers away.The circumstances of their death, however, are still unclear. The Tuaregs are not the only suspects since Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is still present in the region, despite the presence of French troops. “Kidal is the only region where the sovereignty of the state is not effective,” declared Soumeilou Boubeye Maiga, Mali’s Minister of Defense on Sunday. “The situation is so complicated that everything is possible,” he added.Paris’ prosecutor opened an investigation regarding kidnapping followed by murder in connection with a terrorist enterprise.Francois Hollande and his Malian counterpart Ibrahim Boubacar Keita talked on Saturday, and both “expressed their willingness to relentlessly pursue the fight against terrorist groups that are present in northern Mali, “stated the Elysee. “The heinous murders in Kidal can only strengthen the determination of both countries to continue and win this common fight against terrorism,” the leaders stated.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Real Madrid dont need Harry Kane…they have Karim Benzema

first_imgEngland’s captain Harry Kane has been linked with a move to Real after his goal took England to the semi-final but it seems Fernando Morientes does not want Tottenham Hotspur striker, Kane to switch to the Bernabeu.One of best Madrid strikers, Cristiano Ronaldo, just departed Real to Juve and left a space that can only be filled by a skilful striker. However, Morientes believes that Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane does not fit into the shoes but went further to acknowledge the greatness in Kane.“Normally, in Real Madrid, all the Galacticos can arrive to the Bernabeu,” he told talkSPORT.“But now it’s very difficult because Cristiano Ronaldo go out [Karim] Benzema stays up front as a number nine.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“And if Harry Kane comes to Madrid, maybe he’s not the same as Cristiano Ronaldo – we need something special.”“All the people say that the more important player now for Real Madrid is maybe Neymar, [Kylian] Mbappe if Benzema does what people thinks and stay for one more year.“We need another type of player, not a striker, because we have Benzema“And if Harry Kane came, two number nines in one big team is very difficult.”last_img read more