NEW YORK -- As bad as Alex Rodriguez has been this April, the New York Yankees feel like they need him in the lineup.
A-Rod didn't make it to the end of the Yankees' 8-1 loss Sunday to the Tampa Bay Rays, leaving early because of an oblique issue that required him to get an MRI exam. He was still a big focus on a team not getting many hits, even though he hasn't been contributing himself.
At least the Yanks still believe A-Rod can hit, which is more than you can say for a lot of the Yankees Masahiro Tanaka Jersey, particularly when the opposing pitcher throws with his left hand.
The Yankees were limited to one run again Sunday, and while Rays starter Drew Smyly is an impressive lefty, he really didn't do anything out of the ordinary to stifle the Yankees.
The Yankees have scored two runs or fewer in eight of the first 17 games this season. Going into Sunday, only the San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies had been worse, with nine such games apiece Luis Severino Jersey. And in 12 of the first 17 games, the Yankees have been held to no more than three runs. Only the weak-hitting Rays and rebuilding Phillies have struggled more, each with 13 three-runs-or-fewer games.
Sunday's game felt just about over when Michael Pineda allowed two home runs and five runs total in the first inning. Pineda was his usual puzzling self, becoming the first Yankee pitcher ever with nine strikeouts and four homers allowed in the same game.
The bigger immediate issue, however, is the lineup, especially against lefties. The Yankees could face two more left-handers in the three games in Texas, although they'll avoid Cole Hamels, who was scratched from Monday's scheduled start because of a groin problem.
A lineup already struggling against lefties has now been without Aaron Hicks, who missed the past two games with a sore shoulder and whose return remains unknown. Then, two innings after Rodriguez drove in Sunday's only Yankee run with a double off Smyly, he left the game with what the team described as left oblique stiffness.
The double was Rodriguez's second hit in his past 19 at-bats https://www.nyystore.com/chasen-shreve-jersey-c-10.html, and just his eighth hit in 55 at-bats this season (a .145 average). But it was also a reminder of what he can still do -- at times.
"The last thing I saw was him hitting a missile off the wall," Chase Headley said. "We need him. He's a big threat in the middle of the lineup."
Manager Joe Girardi said similar things, expressing hope, if not belief, that A-Rod's oblique problem won't force him to the disabled list. The Yankees aren't loaded with possible replacements in Triple-A, although they did recently sign Nick Swisher to a minor league deal.
The Yankees need to figure out something, because it seems unlikely that their two- or three-run-a-day offense will be enough in Texas, Boston or Baltimore, the three stops on their trip that begins Monday.
They scored just 24 runs total in the just-finished nine-game homestand, and six of those came in Friday night's win over the Rays. They took two of three from the Rays after losing five of six to the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics, and left home in last place in the American League East.
"We're not swinging the bats like we're capable of https://www.nyystore.com/kirby-yates-jersey-c-12.html, but we'll get this turned around," catcher Brian McCann said.
Perhaps they will, but it says a lot that they left the park hoping they haven't lost a guy who's hitting .145.
HOUSTON Pat Light will join the Boston Red Sox here in Houston today. He has been recalled from Pawtucket for his first major league stint.
Lefty Roenis Elias and righty Noe Ramirez have been optioned to Pawtucket. The Red Sox also activated Henry Owens who will make today's start.
The Boston Red Sox selected Pat Light 37th overall in the 2012 draft with the compensation pick they received for the Philadelphia Phillies signing closer Jonathan Papelbon.
After Light struggled as a starter Xander Bogaerts Jersey, the Sox converted him to a reliever in 2015. He hit 102 mph in Double-A Portland and 100 mph in Triple-A Pawtucket last year.
"Honestly, I think my best pitch is my splitter," Light said during spring training. "My fastball's already good. It (the splitter) is nice to have when you're coming out of the bullpen. It's something a lot of times guys haven't seen yet and it's tough to get timing down for that quickly. But the splitter has been my out-pitch since I started in the bullpen and it's been really helpful for me."
He has experienced some control issues as a reliever.
"His biggest thing is command and controlling his effort level," PawSox manager Kevin Boles told the Providence Journal this morning. "If he can get ahead with his fastball, it's amazing how much different the at-bat is."
OTHER RELIEVER OPTIONS AT PAWTUCKET
Just 17 games into the 2016 schedule, the Red Sox have used 10 different relievers. Four of those relievers have an ERA over 4.90 two of whom only have made one appearance each (William Cuevas, Elias).
With Owens and Light added today, the Red Sox already have used every pitcher from 40-man roster on their major league roster except Brian Johnson and Williams Jerez, who is at Double-A Portland.
Who are some relievers not on the 40-man roster at https://www.bosoxstore.com/dustin-pedroia-jersey-c-17.html Pawtucket who potentially could help out if added?
Anthony Varvaro is an option.
The 31-year-old Varvaro has experienced success in the major leagues with a 3.23 ERA in 166 outings (183 2/3 innings). He posted a 2.82 ERA in 73 1/3 innings during 2013 and a 2.63 ERA in 54 2/3 innings in 2014.
He settled for a minor league deal with the Red Sox after surgery for a tear in his right flexor tendon kept him out most of the 2015 season.
He has a 3.52 ERA (3 ER, 7.2 IP), 1.04 WHIP and nine strikeouts compared to two walks so far for the PawSox.
The righthander has been known as a reverse-split pitcher. Left-handed batters slashed just .149/.198/.284/.481 against him in 2014 and .207/.267/.281/.548 against him in 2013.
Jorge Marban is another option. The 27-year-old has a 0.96 ERA (1 R, 9.1 IP), 1.18 WHIP and .107 batting average against https://www.bosoxstore.com/hanley-ramirez-jersey-c-18.html. The problem is command. He has eight walks compared to six strikeouts.
Marban signed with Boston two offseasons ago after spending time pitching in Australia.
The PawSox also have 26-year-old Robby Scott. He has a 2.79 ERA (3 R, 9.2 IP), 1.03 WHIP, .167 batting average against and nine strikeouts compared to four walks.
The Red Sox also signed Wesley Wright to a minor league deal. The 31-year-old lefty has a 4.16 ERA in 371 career outings, four starts. He has a 1.35 ERA (1 R, 6.2 IP) so far.
Every motorcycle owner can and probably will at some time be faced with an unwanted situation like this what to do with a bike that is wrecked or just wont run anymore? This may happen to you, without your own fault or any bad intentions. Or maybe its just damaged, still running, but you don't have money or will to repair it. It may seem like a heap of bad luck, but you should be smart and take the best of the situation. Damaged motorcycle may seem like a junk to an untrained eye but you may still get good money from it. If you have a damaged bike but you're not willing to invest in it anymore and you're eager to make a quick and easy buck read on and find out how!
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Before actually selling the bike or even attempting to do it, there is one crucial thing to be done you have to clearly establish that the bike is actually yours. Find all the documents and papers, even the ones you long forgot about. Open all the drawers and see whats in them. Once you do this, the paperwork part is pretty much done.
If you're not in a hurry for a quick buck, then this option might suit you best. It is always nice to give something you're not using to someone who may be in need of it. Not only will you get a nice, warm feeling of happiness and generosity but you can claim a tax deduction. Just be sure to first check if the organization you're donating to is a qualified one. You can easily do that online.
Sell it as it is
While you might be done with you ride someone else out there may still find use of it. Your bike may be a rare model, interesting to someone for some weird and specific reason or it may simply become someones restoration project. There are people out there who'll want to buy your damaged motorcycle and get it running again, be assured. The best way to find people like this is to search for them online. Motorcycle forums, bidding sites, you name it... Keep in mind that someone who wants to buy your damaged bike plans to bring it back to working condition, which means that they definitely know a thing or two about the matter, so you'll have to be honest with them, since they'll easily assess the worth of your machine. A good thing to do in this situation is to have an exact estimate so you don't get persuaded into selling your bike for less than it actually worth's.
OK, maybe you have been too optimistic and now you finally see that your bike is in worse condition than you previously thought. You have tried selling it as it is yet found no one willing to purchase it. Don't despair; there are still some good options to be considered! Recycling is definitely one of them. Every bike is at least worth its own weight. Local junkyard is interested in metal parts and will pay for it pound by pound therefore, the heavier bike, the better! This will pour some cash in your pocket and you'll decrease you imprint on mother earth. Hey, a double win situation again! Have in mind however that you'll have to transport it on your own since junkyard will not pay or organize someone to tow it away. This may cost more than what you'd earn from recycling, so do your calculations. This may be a better option if you have a wrecked car.
Used and junk motorcycle buyers
This next one is possibly the best option for you, so I left it as a treat for the end. Hear me there are services out there that will tow away your motorcycle for free, no matter where its located and give you cash for it! You end up with a junkless front yard and some cash in your hands, completely easy and effortlessly. Apart from the fact that they will tow it away free of charge, the process is fast and simple you call them, they send an expert who assesses the value of your bike, he gives you an offer and if you accept it they tow it away! These companies will in most cases send someone over the same day and he or she will offer you more than a reasonable price for your damaged bike. Therefore, if you'd like to avoid all the hustle related to negotiating and transporting this is definitely the best option for you!
You see, you do have different options and now that you know their advantages and disadvantages choose the one that suits you best. Hope that this article helped you!
Owning a car has a lot of responsibilities that come with it, and in order to drive safely, and to be able to control your car without any trouble, you will need the right tires. However, you should not neglect the differences in type and size, because either can greatly influence how your car will behave on the road.
Winter tire characteristics
Using only summer tires
Universal tires for all season
Selecting the right tire for your car
Proper tire care and maintenance
Which one to choose in the end?
In my last blog I mentioned the trials and tribulations of a drag racer in the world of commercial truck drivers. I am not an expert on laws regarding transportation. I am just a drag racer who wants to be legal and I am writing this to show a real world experience of what it is like behind the wheel of a big rig. I have a huge amount of respect for commercial drivers, but it was never my goal to be one. I am not sure why I didnt become one as I really enjoy driving cross country and seeing new things and meeting people. But nowadays, if you are a professional drag racer, and drive a rig bigger than a pickup and an open trailer, you have to become a commercial driver. The Department of Transportation (DOT) officers have taken a good, hard look at us and decided we need to become classified as professional truck drivers. They feel that we need to pay our fair share. They have suffered budget cutbacks and they have large pensions to pay, so they need new ways to bring funds into their departments. So they passed a few laws that incorporate us drag racers into their programs, and once you are in their program, you pay and pay.
Remember, I am writing this blog as a racer driving on the road. I am the guy pulling into the weigh stations because if I drive by I could get pulled over. I know a lot of guys just drive by the scales and inspection stations, and I used to also. But now I have a huge Currie Enterprises logo with pictures of race cars on the side of the trailer, and it is kind of hard to say I am not a pro driver. Now I get to interact with the DOT officers and when I get pulled in the first thing they want to see is my Commercial license (CDL) and my DOT and IFTA paperwork. Then they want to see my log book and maybe my medical card.
Last month, while driving through New Mexico, one of the DOT officers decided to put me through a safety inspection. She weighed the truck, checked all the lights, windshield wipers, lug nuts, brakes, steering and everything under the hood. She wrote me a fix-it ticket for my window washer being out of fluid. Then she gave me a lecture on my log book being too sloppy. Sure, the info was correct and filled out, but she didnt like the way I did it and insisted that I buy a ruler so I could fill it out in a more orderly manner. I asked her if it was incorrect, and she answered, No, I just dont like the way it looks. You can see that a lot of the rules depend on how that officer feels that day.
Stay tuned for my next blog as I will tell you a story that has racers shaking their heads in dis-belief. I will share just how crazy the DOT officers can get, and how the power has gone to their heads. Look out, racers; they want your money and they dont care how they get it.
Racecar tow rigs:
A hot topic these days is the laws regarding tow rigs and Drag racers. Many race teams have stepped up to a larger truck and trailer and that has put them on the radar as commercial drivers. But many sportsman racers have just a truck and a trailer and the local law enforcement agencies have looked at them as a possible revenue source. The reason this is so difficult is that the laws are so poorly written and enforcement can be interpreted in many ways by whomever it is that pulls you over. If you are on the highway, you are a potential source of income for the local law enforcement, and they need money. Budget cutbacks have many agencies looking for new ways to generate funds.
I decided that since I drive a toter home and a stacker trailer with sponsor logos on the side, I better jump thru all the hoops required of me. I wanted to make sure that I could pull into any inspection station and be completely compliant. However, I quickly learned that it is not easy due to the many different interpretations of the laws. I got my CDL (Commercial Drivers License) and my medical card. I signed up for my DOT (Department of Transportation) number. And I signed up for my IFTA (Fuel Tax) program. When you go thru a inspection station, or weigh station, they want to see all this paperwork. You also need to display IFTA stickers and DOT numbers on the side of your truck. Of course, you also are required to fill out a log book, and be ready to show your log book at any time. The log book shows how many miles you have driven and how many hours per day. You must take a half hour break in the middle of the day, and only drive 10.5 hours per day.
I recently spent a month drag racing in Kentucky and drove the rig from California to Kentucky and back. I learned a lot on the trip and found that some states are easy going while others are much more difficult. My next blog will tell more about the trip behind the wheel of a drag racer in a commercial vehicle.