Teams are now playing Spring Training Games. Most experts believe that many of the same teams that played in those final series last year leading up to the World Series Championship (won by the Royals) will be back fighting for the top again. After all, some of the most prolific home run hitters are still on those teams.Here is an example of what they did during the playoffs last year.1. Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs hit 2 home runs. One was 440 feet and one was 460 feet.2. Anthony Rizzo, also of the Cubs, hit one 434 feet.3. Edwin Encarnacion of the Blue Jays hit one 436 feet.4. Two Royals, Kendrys Morales had one at 443 feet and teammate Eric Hosmer hit one 453 feet.All of these homers left the park in excess of 100 mph. Who says only pitchers can make the ball go 100 mph?
SWANSEA City have sacked Bob Bradley after only 85 days in charge of the Premier League club.The 4-1 home defeat by West Ham on Boxing Day left Swansea four points adrift of safety in the Premier League.It was their seventh loss in 11 games since Bradley became the first American boss in the top flight after replacing Francesco Guidolin on October 3.He managed USA, Egypt and Stabaek in Norway before leaving Le Havre to succeed January appointment Guidolin.The club tweeted: “Swansea City can confirm that the club has parted company with manager Bob Bradley.”Swansea 1-4 West Ham: Bob Bradley says Swans are in a ‘rut’.At the time of Bradley’s arrival, Swansea were above the relegation zone only on goal difference.
Pedro Alvarez (24) follows through on a run-scoring double off of Texas Rangers’ Yu Darvish in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) by Stephen HawkinsAP Sports WriterARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had no special message for his team and there was no big celebration after what was a special victory for their long-suffering fans.With their 1-0 victory at Texas on Monday night, the Pirates clinched their first winning season since 1992. But victory No. 82 was really just another step toward their goal of getting into the playoffs.“It’s going to touch a lot of people on a lot of different levels. We are aware of it,” Hurdle said. “Everybody’s here for a reason, and that’s to knock down things we haven’t done in a long time.”Before rookie right-hander Gerrit Cole (7-7) threw seven scoreless innings with a career-high nine strikeouts to win a pitcher’s duel against Yu Darvish, the Pirates hadn’t had a winning season in more than two decades — since the last of their three consecutive NL championship series appearances under manager Jim Leyland. Their last postseason before that was the 1979 World Series championship team.“We don’t really understand what the fans have been through. I know it definitely puts a smile on their face when they see that No. 82 up there,” Cole said. “We’re extremely happy to be able to make them feel like we’ve got a winning team out there. But we’ve got a few weeks ahead and those are going to be some real big games.”Pittsburgh had lost a season-high four games in a row since getting their 81st victory last Tuesday at Milwaukee.The Pirates (82-61) didn’t get a runner to second base against Darvish (12-8) until Marlon Byrd’s two-out double in the seventh. He came home when Pedro Alvarez, mired in a 5-for-41 slump over 12 games, followed with a double.They finally have their winning season after taking the opener of a three-game interleague series between wild-card leaders.“It’s a huge deal for me. It certainly thrills me to be a part of that,” said Pirates hitting coach Jay Bell, the shortstop on that 1992 team.“I understand the significance of this game, the 82nd win, more than probably at least most of the players here,” said second baseman Neil Walker, the team’s first-round pick in 2004. “As big as this win is for the city of Pittsburgh and the organization, and as big a deal as the media is going to make out of it, we still have a lot of baseball to play. We’ve got a lot of games we need to win, we’re in a tight race.”The Pirates moved within a game of NL Central-leading St. Louis, which swept Pittsburgh in three games over the weekend.Texas lost for the fourth time in five games, and still needs one more win to clinch its fifth consecutive winning season. The Rangers dropped two games behind idle AL West-leading Oakland.Darvish is 0-3 his last five starts, all Rangers losses. The Japanese right-hander struck out six while allowing one run and four hits over seven innings. He threw a season-low 81 pitches before coming out because of cramping in his right leg.Manager Ron Washington said the move was precautionary.“We needed him to step up and he stepped up tonight, he really threw the ball well, he moved the ball around well, he kept it down in the zone, he did a good job,” Washington said. “He’s in great shape. It’s just something that flared up. If that’s all that’s wrong with him, and the way he pitched out there tonight, I’ll take it.”Cole got out of a self-induced jam in the sixth after consecutive walks to Elvis Andrus and Alex Rios, his only walks in the game. Andrus got his 38th career stolen base — the Rangers pulled off a double steal when Rios reached before Adrian Beltre grounded out.“The sixth inning could have gotten out of hand,” Cole said. “I was just able to get the ball down on them.”Tony Watson pitched a perfect eighth, his 14th consecutive scoreless outing. Mark Melancon worked the ninth for his 12th save in 14th chances to close out Pittsburgh’s 16th shutout of the season.The Rangers said Darvish started feeling the cramps during the seventh. There was a short delay after the Rangers took the field in the eighth before Tanner Scheppers came out of the bullpen.“It’s minor,” Washington said. “No level of concern.”NOTES: It was the 14th 1-0 game ever at Rangers Ballpark, which is in its 20th season. It was the second this season, both Rangers losses. … Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen had a leadoff triple in the ninth. He was thrown out trying to score on Justin Morneau’s chopper to second baseman Ian Kinsler. … Rangers LF Jim Adduci left the game after his at-bat in the fifth inning, when he sustained a right biceps strain while striking out. … Darvish upped his major league-leading strikeout total to 246. … Beltre was 1 for 22 over six games before his two-out single in the ninth.
Submitted by The City of OlympiaJuly is Smart Irrigation Month in Olympia. Because lawns and landscapes are typically overwatered by up to 30%, the City of Olympia’s Water Conservation Program is encouraging water customers to cut their irrigation water waste through a variety of incentives. By watering wisely, maintaining and upgrading automated irrigation systems, consumers can save money and help protect our drinking water resources for future generations.The City’s Water Conservation Program offers residential water customers a $200 rebate on the installation of a “smart” irrigation controller and/or a free rain sensor – both for in-ground irrigation systems. Smart controllers automatically adjust watering times based on weather conditions to provide optimal moisture for healthy plants and landscapes, and conserves water. Rain sensors simply shut off irrigation systems when it is raining, so you don’t water when nature is doing it for you. Customers who water with a hose-end sprinkler can benefit from a free hose watering timer.City of Olympia commercial water customers may be eligible for a rebate of up to $2500 on efficient irrigation system upgrades, including spray nozzle retrofits, smart controller upgrades and drip irrigation conversions.The City’s efficient irrigation consultant says, “Olympia has made it easy for commercial customers and irrigation contractors to get rebates for installing efficient sprinkler nozzles, controllers with conservation features, and other water saving equipment. The rebate process is simple for most items, and the rebate amounts are generous enough that customers can start saving money right away.”Visit our website www.olympiawa.gov/waterwise for Smart Irrigation Month incentives, rebate applications, resources and tips on how you can join your fellow neighbors and get smart about irrigation!Smart Irrigation Month is an initiative of the Irrigation Association, a non-profit industry organization dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation.For more information, contact the City of Olympia Water Conservation Program at 360.753.8271 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook100Tweet0Pin0
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