CLEVELAND — Allowing nine runs in the last two innings wasn’t the worst thing that happened to the New York Yankees on Thursday night.New York’s 9-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians was overshadowed by the news that rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow.General manager Brian Cashman said in a conference call during the game thatTanaka could return in six weeks, but didn’t rule out the possibility of Tommy John surgery if the right-hander doesn’t respond to a rehab program.“Certainly disappointed for our player, for our organization,” Cashman said. “He’s been an important piece. We have a tremendously gifted and tough player. We’ll see how he responds.”“It is what it is,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We’re not going to have him for at least six weeks and that’s the tough part, but I’m optimistic that we’ll have him back.”Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday and had an MRI in New York, one day after his worst major league outing. He flew to Seattle on Thursday.Cashman said Tanaka saw three doctors, including Yankees head physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad, and all three agreed that a six-week rehab program was the best option at this time.“If we knew today that the best course of action was Tommy John surgery, despite the name and the amount of the investment, we would be doing Tommy John surgery,” Cashman said.Girardi, looking for any positive sign, said, “Guys have had success doing this and we’ll keep our fingers crossed. That gives you reason for optimism that he’s going to pitch again for us this year.”Tanaka, who is tied for the major league lead with 12 wins, allowed five runs and 10 hits — both career highs — over 6 2-3 innings Tuesday night in a 5-3 loss to the Indians.The All-Star is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts, but has lost three of his past four outings.The injury is a huge blow to a battered Yankees rotation already was missing CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda to injuries. Tanaka had been a stabilizing ace in his first season since arriving from Japan.“We’ve lost 80 percent of it,” Girardi said. “There’s really not a whole lot that you can go back and redo. You’ve just got to go out and find a way.”Mets ace Matt Harvey initially tried to rehab a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament last year before ultimately opting for Tommy John surgery.Harvey has been sidelined all season, but his rehabilitation appears to be going well.“When it comes time to trying to work through it, it’s a personal decision. Going down and having Tommy John surgery is a personal decision in itself. Everybody is different. No one is saying that he can’t rehab and be completely fine and never have an issue again. For me, personally, it was a mental thing. It was something I didn’t want to continue thinking about,” Harvey said Thursday night in New York.“I would tell him to just go with what you feel. I didn’t listen to anybody. I went off of my personal feelings. It’s your body that you want to throw with again. If you want to go out and try not to have it, and your mind is set to that and you’re 100 percent committed to that, then more power to you. If it’s the other way around, then go get it done.”Derek Jeter, playing his final regular-season game in Cleveland, went 2 for 4 in the 1,000th multihit game of his career.“You can’t sit around and feel sorry for yourselves,” he said. “It’s unfortunate, it’s not what we planned coming out of spring training, but it gives some other guys some opportunities to step up and fill some voids. It’s unfortunate but what can you do? You have to move on.”Jeter was hit on the wrist by Michael Brantley’s groundball RBI single in the eighth, but said he was fine.Prior to the game, the Yankees placed Carlos Beltran on the seven-day concussion list. Beltran was hit in the face with a ball that caromed off the batting cage Wednesday and broke his nose.The game did nothing to lift the Yankees’ spirits. New York took a 3-0 lead into the seventh, but the Indians scored four times to go ahead and blew it open with a five-run eighth.Carlos Carrasco (2-3) pitched a scoreless inning to help the Indians gain a four-game split.Ichiro Suzuki had a pinch-hit single in the eighth for his 2,800th major league hit. Zelous Wheeler hit a two-run homer in the fourth for New York.Yankees starter David Phelps took a shutout into the seventh before Chris Dickerson and Roberto Perez singled. Jason Kipnis singled off the glove of reliever Matt Thornton (0-3) to load the bases.Girardi initially thought the groundball could have been a double play if it hadn’t deflected off Thornton’s glove.“It happens, it’s a reaction,” he said. “You want your pitchers to try to field balls, but that happened to be one that is the double play ball that we’re looking for.”Yangervis Solarte, recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace Beltran, had an RBI single in the fifth.STEVE HERRICK, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
The quality and reliability of water supply to over 200,000 residents in the Corporate Area should be significantly improved, as the Mona and Hope water treatment plants have been rehabilitated at a cost of $1.6 billion. The two facilities have a combined output of more than 40 per cent of the National Water Commission’s (NWC) water production capacity in Kingston and St. Andrew. Speaking at the official commissioning ceremony at the Mona Reservoir complex on June 27, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, noted that the newly rehabilitated plants will provide savings for the NWC in terms of operating efficiencies and will also benefit customers in terms of service quality. He pointed out thatin a world that is increasingly being impacted by climate change, it is important that the island’s infrastructure be built and maintained to withstand increasing and unpredictable demands. “In other words, water supply systems have to be able to reasonably cope with drought one moment, flooding and turbidity the next and the attendant howling winds and pelting rains of a hurricane the next,” the Minister said. Mr. Pickersgill further noted that the rehabilitation project represents recognition by the NWC of the importance of building a culture of maintenance, so that the country’s existing infrastructure can serve better, longer and be far more efficient. “This is very important if we, as a country, are to get the very best out of our existing infrastructure and to contain the costs that would otherwise be involved if we were to be constantly constructing new facilities,” he said. The Mona Water treatment plant is the second largest such facility in Jamaica and is connected to the country’s largest raw water storage reservoir. The rehabilitation effort has restored the facility to its original designed capacity of 16 million gallons per day, up from the previous average daily production of 13.5 million gallons per day. The work involved the repair of the rapid gravity filters, and the replacement of filter media; installation of automation and regulation controls and equipment, meters and valves; rehabilitation of chemical dosing equipment, including new chlorination facilities; repairs to existing buildings, walkways and other structures; replacement of backwash pumps; upgrading of the storm water drainage system protecting the plant during flood rains, storms and hurricanes, and rehabilitation of the raw water pumping station located at Mona, which serves the Hope filter plant. In the meantime, the Hope Water Treatment Plant was rehabilitated to restore it to its earlier design capacity of 6.5 million gallons per day. Mr. Pickersgill outlined that the works included the rehabilitation of intake structure on the Hope River; rehabilitation of more than two miles of raw water channel, aqueduct, gravel and silt traps; replacement of chemical dosing equipment; repairs to buildings and other structures; repairs and modifications to the settlement tank; and repairs and improvements to slow sand filters, including re-sanding. The Minister pointed out that the project was completed within budget and on time.Contact: Andrea Braham
A huge number of stars are to celebrate the music of Tom Petty as part of Petty Fest on April 3.Petty FestAmong the stars set to perform are Flea, Albert Hammond Jr., The Walking Papers, Brendan Benson, Nikki Lane, Dhani Harrison, Jason Lee, Butch Walker, Ruby Amanfu, Eric Pulido of Midlake, James Valentine of Maroon 5, Pete Yorn, Matt Sorum & Ace Harper, Lukas Nelson, Chase Cohl, Zane Carney, Danny Masterson, Adam Busch, Dakota Johnson & Ruby Stewart, Cory Chisel, Adriel Denae, Emily Armstrong of Dead Sara, Danny Clinch, Jordan Beckett of Bootstraps and Many More Big Surprises!100% of ticket sale proceeds will benefit the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Founded in 1993 by singer-songwriter Victoria Williams, the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.The event takes place on April 3 at the El Rey Theatre in LA.Find out more here.
Tia Norfleet, the first African American female licensed by NASCAR, made her debut at the Motor Mile Speedway in Fairlawn, Virginia, August 4, 2012. In its 67-year history, she is the first and only African American woman to compete in NASCAR.“It gives us great pleasure to officially announce Tia Norfleet’s historical accomplishment to the world. It has been a long time coming and we are extremely elated and expect nothing but the best from her,” said Guernica Williams of the The Platinum Marketing and Public Relations Group, which is representing Norfleet.“While this has been an enduring journey for the entire Norfleet team, it has taught us patience and perseverance in all things,” said Norfleet. “Today is the result of persevering. I am truly honored and truly blessed to be able to experience this moment with my family and to race with some of the best drivers in the sport.”Tia Norfleet, the multi-talented Suffolk, VA native, is the daughter of 20-year veteran NASCAR driver, Bobby Norfleet. Tia started racing, under her father’s tutelage, at the age of 9 and has a true passion for the sport.“Getting here has taking much hard work and dedication, there are so many people who have helped to make this happen and we are very thankful for their devotion and support. At Bobby Norfleet Racing, Inc., it is a family affair and we all stand strong and firm behind Tia. We are extremely proud of her and the hard work that she has put into this program,” stated Allen L. Ellison, President of Bobby Norfleet Racing, Inc.Read more: Target Market News
Internazionale Milan beat Lazio 3-0 this Monday night in the Italian Lega Serie A and the team is now in the second position in the standingsInternazionale Milan had a great match against Lazio tonight, getting a 3-0 win that pushed them to the second position in the Italian Lega Serie A standings.And for Inter’s coach Luciano Spalletti, they had a good performance.“The performance is the fundamental thing. We have the possibility to control games the way we did in the first half, whereas in the second we gave the ball away too much, allowed Lazio to cause us problems and in those situations, I see a lot of what we shouldn’t do,” Spalletti told Football Italia.Report: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“This is why I say we’re not the anti-Juve because if we wander into those errors, we are anti-nobody. We had one decent half, that’s it. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.”“Anyone who wants to leave things the way they are had better get out of the way. The President has spoken clearly,” he added.“These are the ambitions of Inter, to have this attitude and control the game at the Stadio Olimpico against a very impressive Lazio.”“The results might not always be like this, but the approach has to be for Inter,” he commented.