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Consider scab resistance in wheat selection

By on December 17, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One problem that eastern Corn Belt wheat growers face frequently is Fusarium Head Blight (Scab). This disease can cause significant yield loss in addition to reduced grain quality and high levels of mycotoxins. Growers have effectively managed head scab with timely fungicide applications.One additional tool available to growers for management of Fusarium Head Blight is gene resistance. The Fhb1 gene is widely recognized as an outstanding source of head scab resistance in wheat. This gene is effective in reducing the DON (Deoxynivalenol) levels in wheat, ultimately resulting in better grain quality. DON levels are a major concern in wheat because they cause animal feed refusal, sickness, and decreased weight gain.For the 2017-2018 sales season, all four of Seed Consultants, Inc. wheat varieties (SC 13S07TM , SC 13S17TM, SC 13S26TM , and SC 13S37TM ) have the Fhb1 gene. The Fhb1 gene provides Type II resistance, which slows down or inhibits the spread of the pathogens from the initial infection site. Studies have found that the Fhb1 gene has constantly reduced infected grains by 27%. Although this gene provides additional protection from head scab, use of fungicides may be needed to maximize scab protection and reduce DON levels.last_img read more

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SEA Games: PH squash team brings in second bronze

By on November 30, 2019

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Aribado also won a bronze medal in the women’s doubles Wednesday together with Yvonne Alyssa Dalida. Host Malaysia finished 1-2 in the podium like in the women’s doubles. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NBA 2K18 promises to release Celtics version of Kyrie Irving cover MOST READ SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Read Next The Philippines earned another bronze medal in the squash tournament of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur Thursday. Robert Andrew Garcia and Jemyca Aribado captured the third place for the Philippines, a finish they shared with Singapore. ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Gold-medal gadgets: Helpful, friendly robots buzzing around Olympics

By on November 29, 2019

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Local companies teamed with South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning to put the country’s best and most innovative technology on display during the Winter Games.There’s a robot cleaner that looks a lot like R2-D2 of the “Star Wars” movie franchise, but this husky gizmo vacuums the carpeted floors and keeps them spic and span _ and without any sarcastic beeps and blips.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJust outside the main dining hall in the Gangneung media village, a friendly and helpful little gadget plays music and approaches projects the weather forecast for the area, along with the daily event schedules for the games.A short snack robot zips around the hallways in the media centers that acts as a mobile vending machine, offering items such as bottled water. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH In this April 10, 2017, photo, an LG Electronics’s cleaning robot moves to clean the floor at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea. APPYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Give these robots a gold medal.While the athletes are wowing fans with their world-class abilities in skiing, skating and snowboarding, the big stars at the media centers around the Olympics are the fancy gadgets buzzing and whirring through the hallways.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Also on display in media center 2 in the Alpensia Resort is a fish tank filled with, you guessed it, robot fish. They swim around and act just like real sea critters – except that they don’t need to be fed and there’s no messy cleanup.Several of the robots had already been tested over the last year at Incheon International Airport, which also has a few multilingual robot guides _ particularly helpful as tourists, fans and journalists from hundreds of countries descend upon the area for the Pyeongchang Games. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Nextcenter_img Whoops! Wardrobe malfunction mars Olympic debut for ice dancers MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Photos: Under Armour Unveiled New HeatGear ArmourVent Uniforms For Maryland, USC, Temple, SIU, NW, Seton Hall, St. John’s

By on October 27, 2019

first_imgA closeup of a Maryland basketball player's sneakersCOLUMBUS, OH – MARCH 22: A general view of Under Armour shoes during a game between the Maryland Terrapins and the West Virginia Mountaineers during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on March 22, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Under Armour released new uniforms for seven of its men’s basketball programs Thursday afternoon. The brand unveiled HeatGear ArmourVent uniforms for Maryland, South Carolina, Temple, Seton Hall, Southern Illinois, Northwestern and St. John’s. Check them out: The all-new HeatGear ArmourVent uniforms. Engineered with the most innovative mesh ever made. http://t.co/ckZHvI3bM3 pic.twitter.com/hcCYqthfgs— Under Armour Hoops (@UAbasketball) January 22, 2015Thoughts on the uniforms, fans of the respective programs? Under Armour seems to be taking its basketball game up a notch.last_img read more

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Video: Iowa Scores 1st Touchdown Of Big Ten Championship On 85-Yard Beathard To Smith Pass

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first_imgIowa football players walk out onto the field.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: The Iowa Hawkeyes take the field in front of their fans against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Iowa won 24-14. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)We have an extremely tight one at Lucas Oil Stadium tonight, but if things hold, Iowa will be conference champs. After the Hawkeyes and Michigan State Spartans traded five field goals through the first three quarters, C.J. Beathard aired it out, connecting with Tevaun Smith on a deep pass for an 85 yard [email protected] just erupted. Why? Because @HawkeyeFootball just took the lead on this *long* TD. https://t.co/AdE6L3P3p2— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 6, 2015Iowa leads 13-9 with 13:51 remaining in the game. You’re up, Connor Cook.last_img read more

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Mitra slams Centres electric vehicles directive urges calibrated rollout

By on October 18, 2019

first_imgKolkata: State Finance minister Amit Mitra on Wednesday reacted sharply to the Centre’s decision to roll-out electric vehicles without adequate preparations and thereby closing down the existing automobile industry in the country.Mitra said that Niti Aayog called various automobile industries and asked them to submit a plan within two weeks on how the vehicles which run along the country’s roads can be phased out. He also raised questions on the Centre’s move to close down the petrol/diesel automobile sector within 2025, as many people will be rendered jobless. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”There has been investment of around Rs 1.7 lakh crore in the automobile sector and 3.7 crore people are directly or indirectly employed. How can the Centre move in a direction which will render a large number of people jobless? This is a huge blow to the automobile industry,” Mitra said. Raising question on the role of Niti Aayog, the Finance minister said: “It is a statutory body, a think tank. It has no financial power. How can the Niti Aayog issue a dictate on the automobile industry when it is booming? Where will the automobile industry go? GST meeting has been called on Thursday and it will be conducted from Delhi, where representatives from various states are likely to be participating in a video conference.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”Charging facilities should be set up across the length and breadth of the country before launching the electrical vehicles. Are there enough charging facilities in the country? Even the batteries are not produced in adequate amounts. The price of all the electrical vehicles will be extremely high. The automobile industry is launching the most advanced vehicles to reduce pollution. What’s the point in closing down the industry when it is trying to check pollution?” he added. It may be mentioned here that the GST meeting will be convened on the single agenda of electrical vehicles. The meeting of the Fitment Committee of officers was also held in a great hurry on this very agenda, alleged the state government. The GST council has also talked about tax exemption for electric vehicles.last_img read more

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Ale analysis Ancient beer brought to life by classicist and Winnipeg brewery

By on October 17, 2019

first_imgWINNIPEG – An idea that began when a classicist went to a brewery to sip beers and ponder the history of hops has brought to life an ancient ale.It took hours of translating, milling and baking, but ale experimenters in Winnipeg have finally sipped a beer created from a fourth-century Egyptian alchemist’s recipe.“If you expect this to taste like a modern beer, you are not going to find that,” said Matt Gibbs, chair of the University of Winnipeg’s Department of Classics.“This beer is very, very sour. It’s good. It’s much better than I thought it was when we first did it, I will say that much, but it’s different.”Gibbs got the idea while sitting at a bar talking about old beers with a pair of brewmasters.The original recipe was found in “The Barbarian’s Beverage: A History of Beer in Ancient Europe” by Max Nelson at the University of Windsor. It was chosen because Gibbs figured he could stay close to the original process and, unlike some of the other recipes, the ingredients were available and legal.Gibbs received permission to translate the recipe out of ancient Greek and then got to work with brewers Tyler Birch and Brian Westcott, co-owners of Barn Hammer Brewing Co. in Winnipeg.First, they made a sourdough bread from water and barley flour milled by hand. It took 18 hours to bake the loaves at a heat low enough that the enzymes essential for beer-making stayed alive.The loaves were then submerged in a fermenter at Barn Hammer.The only major differences from the original recipe were that a stainless steel fermenter was used and the barley wasn’t malted on a roof in the sun.Weeks went by and the experiment slowly turned from a murky mix to a pristine pint.“After tasting the bread they made, I thought we were going to have something really disgusting, but it turned out really well,” Birch said.“I’m actually blown away by how good it is. It’s actually very drinkable.”It’s not what most people would consider a beer and tastes more like a sour cider with hints of raisin or apple. The drink is flat because there was no carbonation more than 1,000 years ago. The brewers figure the alcohol content is about three per cent, similar to modern light beer.The brew is not for sale — yet — but they are open to marketing an ancient batch in the future.The ale is the beginning of research into how it and other beers were consumed by ancient societies. The initial batch has demonstrated how much brews have changed as technology around beer-making developed, Gibbs said.“There were things we learned in terms of taste and technology and in processing, but I think the most important one was taste,” he said.“The simple taste of that makes it quite clear how much the palate has changed over 2,000 years.”last_img read more

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The AL East Wont Be About The YankeesRed Sox Rivalry This Year

By on September 28, 2019

4New York Yankees8281788481.3 2Toronto Blue Jays8186838583.8 Based on projected wins or over/under win totals. Data gathered on March 27, 2017.Sources: Baseball Prospectus, Fangraphs, Clay Davenport, Las Vegas Review-Journal In honor of the 2017 Major League Baseball season, which starts April 2, FiveThirtyEight is assembling some of our favorite baseball writers to chat about what’s ahead. Today, we focus on the American League East with Sports Illustrated senior baseball editor Emma Span and ESPN.com baseball writer Dan Szymborski. The transcript below has been edited. RANKTEAMPECOTAFANGRAPHSDAVENPORTWESTGATEAVERAGE How forecasters view the AL East 3Tampa Bay Rays8583807981.8 neil: Hey folks! Welcome to the chat.emmaspan: Who’s ready to be wrong about some baseball? I know I am!neil: Let’s be wrong in order of the table above, starting with the Red Sox …dszymborski: TABLES DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DOemmaspan: Well, I’m guessing this is one we all agree on. The Red Sox have to be everyone’s clear favorite, right?dszymborski: I’d like to be contrary, but I don’t see the “in” here. The Red Sox have the best roster in the division.neil: Yep, they were a team that finally unleashed their potential with 93 wins in 2016. And they might be even better in 2017, considering:They undershot their Pythagorean expectation by 5 wins.They also had bad cluster luck.They went out and added Chris Sale.dszymborski: It’s hard to quibble. Sale’s terrific, even though I’m constantly annoyed by his ability to eat 6,000 calories a day and retain his Gumby physique.emmaspan: David Price’s elbow is maybe the only obvious concern, because when you hear about a pitcher and elbow pain, it’s almost never better than you think it will be. But I think that even if he did get injured, they’d still be the best team in the East.neil: Yeah, what do we make of Price’s 2016 anyway? He had his worst ERA since 2009, but his peripherals were mostly OK. If he stays healthy, does that HR rate regress?emmaspan: Yeah, I’m a David Price fan, and I think he wasn’t as bad last year as people thought. Not as good as anyone was hoping for, obviously, but it’s not like he collapsed completely. But again, any time the words “elbow” and “Dr. James Andrews” come up about any pitcher …neil: Not good.dszymborski: Typhoid Jimmy.emmaspan: The Angel of UCL Death.neil: If there’s one area where Boston might regress, do you think it’s that starters Rick Porcello and Steven Wright might be due for a correction? (Both had career years in 2016.) Or am I looking for weaknesses where there are none?dszymborski: Porcello is funny. My projection system, ZiPS, thought his contract extension was bang-on and I doubted it, so my PC locked me out of all my programs.neil: And then taunted you like Newman in Jurassic Park.dszymborski: The thing about Porcello is, even though he’s obviously not a baseline Cy Young winner, his peripherals in Detroit were excellent through most of his time there. 2016 was closer to his real level of ability when he doesn’t have the Tigers infield behind him.emmaspan: I don’t think Porcello will be a Cy Young contender again, but they don’t need him to be the ace now that Sale is there. They just need him to be solid.neil: OK, so then we have to talk about that world-beating offense from last year, which scored 12 percent more runs per game than any other AL team. They’re losing Big Papi, but is that enough reason to think they won’t go crazy again?dszymborski: Losing Ortiz’s 2016 production is a pretty big deal. Now, they’d likely have lost a lot of that even if he returned, but you can’t lose 600 PAs of an OPS over 1.000, bring in Mitch Moreland and expect there to be no consequences.Top prospect Andrew Benintendi helps, but there aren’t a lot of players on the offense you expect to do better than they did in 2016. They’ll still be an excellent offense, of course — I just don’t see them with a 100-run lead on the rest of the league.emmaspan: Agree that they’ll feel the loss — Ortiz had the best final season of all time. But they should still be good. That outfield is so talented and so young, it’s nuts.dszymborski: I hope their choreographed dances become more and more complex.neil: It seems likely that Boston will become the East’s first repeat winner since 2012. But how do they stop what happened against Cleveland in the playoffs from thwarting them again? (For what it’s worth, they’re still behind the Indians in terms of AL pennant odds, according to both Vegas and FanGraphs.)dszymborski: Boring answer: Just win the games.emmaspan: They’re set up as well as anyone to beat the Indians, but I don’t know that there’s anything you can do to have better luck in a seven-game series. Just make sure you get there and hope for the best.neil: OK. Now let’s shift focus to the Blue Jays, who seem like a team in a weird place. They had the oldest team in MLB in 2016, and they lost the ALCS in back-to-back seasons — do they have a chance to finally get over the hump this year, or is this window closing fast?dszymborski: Window’s closing, but I don’t think this is the year it shuts. Departed DH Edwin Encarnacion was good, but just how good he was can be overstated a bit.neil: But he was better than, say, Kendrys Morales, right?dszymborski: Sure. But it’s not like they’re losing Josh Donaldson. It’s maybe two wins.emmaspan: It’s taking me a while to adjust to this new reality where 40 HRs aren’t as valuable as I’m used to thinking they are.dszymborski: Watch the ball suddenly be dead this year.emmaspan: I still think the Jays have an edge on the non-Boston AL East teams, but last year I thought they were World Series contenders and I’m not sure I see it this year. That said, their pitching was even better than I expected it to be.dszymborski: They got nothing from the bench last year, and Troy Tulowitzki has some upside left. And there are reasons for optimism in their pitching. Not that they’re likely to win the AL East, but 85 to 88 wins or so is a real contender for a playoff spot.neil: Let’s talk about that rotation … It still looks deep on paper, though they’ve also relied on the second-most innings pitched from starters of any team over the past 2 seasons.emmaspan: I worry a little bit about Marcus Stroman’s jump to 200 innings last year.dszymborski: I think expecting fewer innings from Stroman can be balanced somewhat by him pitching a bit better. And I’m cautiously optimistic about Francisco Liriano. He really dropped that walk rate going back to the AL last year, and that kind of thing tends to stabilize very quickly.emmaspan: And Aaron Sanchez was legit in his first season as a full-time starter. Killer sinker, still just 24 years old.neil: Toronto might need all of your collective optimism on the pitching front, because the offense doesn’t seem as high-octane as we might expect from the names on the lineup card. They finished 8th in the AL in OPS+ last year, and that was with Donaldson continuing to play at near-MVP levels.emmaspan: I think Jose Bautista will be better this year, assuming he stays healthy. His injury last year cost him a TON of money.neil: Bautista seems kind of emblematic of this whole lineup: “Gosh, I really hope this over-30 hitter can post huge numbers! Otherwise we might be in trouble.”dszymborski: At least the idea isn’t that deluded. Bautista has a reasonable shot to hit better than he did last year. If that doesn’t happen, Toronto’s window could slam shut surprisingly quickly.emmaspan: Thirty-year-old Donaldson was as good as ever last year, too. But I agree they’re not as deep as the Red Sox, plus they’re older, so there’s less room for error. And I don’t know what Tulo has left. But if he were to put up a vintage season, they’re a whole different team.dszymborski: Yeah, if Joey Bats, Morales, Tulo, etc., don’t bounce back, the ceiling on this team comes down hard. Yet that same group is a source of upside that could make them surprise us and be a 94-win team or something.neil: Let’s move on to the Rays, who are a surprising third in the projections. There’s probably reason for more optimism than last year’s 68-win record would suggest: They deserved 77 wins according to Pythagoras, and they had bad cluster luck, too. But they also have a history of underperforming these kinds of projections. Do we trust that last year was a fluky down year, or is Tampa Bay overrated by the numbers?dszymborski: ZiPS is positive. They do have considerable upside on their team and some ready young pitching. PECOTA wasn’t wrong in liking the Rays last year — maybe just a year or two ahead of things.emmaspan: For me, the rest of this division is pretty much a clump of mediocrity. I wouldn’t be surprised at any order of finish between the Rays, Yankees and O’s.dszymborski: There’s no actual bad team in this division.emmaspan: The Rays’ pitching should be good, but it would probably help to have more than two good hitters.neil: Yeah, in that lineup they’ve got Kevin Kiermaier, Evan Longoria and … what else, exactly? Brad Miller? A bounce-back year from Matt Duffy?dszymborski: They have real offensive problems at the traditional offense-heavy spots. That’s going to put a limit on just how many runs they can score. And to really hit their upside as a team, they’re going to have to at least have a good offense, because the pitching is unlikely to be able to carry the team that high singlehandedly.emmaspan: That was a very nice way of saying “Logan Morrison is their first baseman,” Dan.dszymborski: Morrison, Steven Souza, Corey Dickerson and Colby Rasmus are just an uninspiring group to have on the offensive side of the defensive spectrum.neil: Maybe the bigger thing for the Rays is that the hallmarks of the Andrew Friedman/Joe Maddon era are eroding. They used to have MLB’s best defense; now it’s just average. And 2016 saw their fewest homegrown WAR since 2006. That’s tough when you also have the lowest payroll in MLB.emmaspan: The scout Sports Illustrated talked to for its preview issue was extreeeeeemely down on Tampa: “The Rays are like a mini-Baltimore, but without the closer and their bullpen is dreadful.” “They’re going to have to pitch their brains out.” “Let’s put it this way — they’re counting on Colby Rasmus.”I’m not as down on them as he was, but it’s tough for me to see them challenging Boston or Toronto.neil: Is time running out for Chris Archer to deliver on his superstar potential? He was supposed to break out last year, but just ended up being average.dszymborski: I think Archer has delivered in the past, even if he didn’t become a Cy Young candidate. Short of an arm issue or something, I’m optimistic on him.emmaspan: Archer lost 19 games last year, but it’s like the old saying goes: You have to be a pretty good pitcher to lose 20 games.dszymborski: Mike Maroth’s going to love this chat.neil: So let’s talk about the Yankees next. It still feels odd to have them fourth in the pecking order, even though that’s where they finished last year. In fact, their 84 wins last year meant that 2016 was tied for the worst Yankees season since 1992 — and that was with 5 wins of Pythagorean luck tacked on.dszymborski: They have more young players on offense than the Blue Jays, but there’s still that reliance on older players bouncing back from off years.neil: And they’ve lost a number of veteran hitters from a team that already had the second-worst OPS+ in the AL. (On the other hand, hot-hitting young catcher Gary Sanchez will be in the lineup for a full season.)dszymborski: I think the offense will be better than that, but they’re likely getting declines from outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner, and anything they get from Matt Holliday should be gravy.emmaspan: I’ll say this: The Yankees were a younger, better, more interesting team by the end of last year than they were at the start of it. I think they’ll have some growing pains with some of these young players (I probably have them in a virtual tie for third with the Orioles), but they should be a lot more fun to watch than they have been in a while.dszymborski: In the end, they’ll score a decent number of runs. The big downside is that rotation, which could come apart very easily.emmaspan: CC Sabathia gave them 180 decent innings last year. Without him, I think it would have fallen apart.neil: Yeah, the rotation held up reasonably well last season, but you can see the danger lurking.Is this a year where the Yankees are close enough to contending that they can’t afford to experiment, or is it a bridge to the future (with that great farm system), where you just say, “Why not try things and see what happens?”emmaspan: A lot has to go wrong in Boston for the Yankees to have a prayer at the division, but that second wild card makes it really hard to punt on even a mediocre season.I think when the Yankees became sellers last year, though, it was an acknowledgment that they need to hit the reset button. (I mean, as much as the Yankees ever can.)neil: It was telling that 2016 was the first time that the average age of the Yankees’ roster was under 30 since 1993 — and they’ll be even younger in 2017.dszymborski: ZiPS and me have tended to be a few wins above the other analysts on the Orioles, but ZiPS is a little under most other projections on Baltimore this year, and I tend to agree with it. That pitching rotation can fall apart even quicker than the Yankees’. (This wasn’t the best offseason for the team to desperately need to add a starter.) And let’s not forget that the Orioles were only seventh in the AL in runs scored and it took 253 homers to get them there. Plus, there’s not really any help on the farm and their sources of upside are limited after Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy.neil: Wow, Dan. You seem very keen to move on to the O’s!dszymborski: I’m from Baltimore!neil: Well, suffice to say that there’s a reason they’re projected in last place here. But doesn’t it always seem like they beat their projections?dszymborski: Call me cautiously pessimistic this time around. I think the team is reaching the end of the run.emmaspan: I seriously underestimated the O’s last year and I feel like I often have. So I want to pull a Costanza and say they’ll beat their projections. (En route to maybe a third-place finish, but still.)neil: They feel like a tough team to figure out (as always). They weren’t bad last season, but they were kinda average in each phase of the game last year, aside from that lights-out bullpen.dszymborski: These O’s feel a lot like the 1985-1986 teams did. If everything hangs together and they have no nasty surprises at the top of the rotation, they’ll survive. But they are extremely limited in their ability to address problems. They’re literally the one team in the division who can’t realistically add an elite player at the trade deadline.Say the Giants have a down year and it looks like Johnny Cueto is opting out. How would the O’s outbid anyone for him?neil: Yep, in terms of prospects to trade, they have the fourth-worst farm system, according to Baseball America.dszymborski: If you can’t fix problems with a trade, and you can’t fix problems from within, and you can’t fix problems with a signing, how do you deal with the problems that can crop up? That gives them a significant downside.emmaspan: Did Ubaldo Jimenez really have a good stretch last year, or did I just hallucinate that?dszymborski: He was so good that he made Buck Showalter forget that Zach Britton existed …emmaspan: Jimenez’s second-half ERA was 2.82. I’m not putting money on him being able to repeat that, but if he’s even decent, that rotation looks a lot better.dszymborski: But think about how bad someone has to be in the first half if a 2.82 ERA in the second half only brings their full-season ERA down to 5.44!emmaspan: Last year’s inexplicable non-use of Britton aside (admittedly a big aside), at least Showalter is a smart manager whose skill with the bullpen and matchups regularly gets them a few extra wins a year.dszymborski: They can win, but there’s a lot that can go wrong and not a lot that can go really right. The depressing thing is that I’m an O’s fan. This is the lowest I’ve been on the O’s in some years.emmaspan: Save your depression for this chat two years from now, after Manny Machado has signed with the Yankees.dszymborski: Can I do a different division that year?CORRECTION (March 27, 10:30 p.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Aaron Sanchez throws a killer slider. 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OSU baseball looking for good fortune in trip to Las Vegas vs

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OSU junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson (4) takes a swing during a game against Coastal Carolina on Feb. 27 in Conway, South Carolina. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State baseball team (6-4-1) is heading to Las Vegas to test its odds against the UNLV Rebels (5-6) for a four-game series that will stretch from Friday to Tuesday. Predicting the outcome of the Buckeyes baseball season thus far has been a gamble. The Scarlet and Gray have cooled off since their undefeated 3-0-1 start to the season, going 3-4 over the last two weekends. To get back on a hot streak, OSU coach Greg Beals said the team will be focused on the task at hand, which is taking on UNLV.“We’ve just gotta go take care of business, and our guys need to understand they’re going to Sin City, but it’s a business trip for us,” Beals said. “Las Vegas is going to be there for a long time, (but) their window of opportunity representing Ohio State is here right now, and they need to make sure they take care of that.” Scouting UNLVLady Luck hasn’t been on the Rebels side so far this season, as the team’s batting average has been a lackluster .223. However, the Buckeye pitchers will have to be careful when throwing to sophomore left fielder Payton Squier. The Phoenix native powers the club with his .429 batting average. The UNLV pitching staff is led by junior starting pitcher D.J. Myers. The 6-foot-5 righty from Henderson, Nevada, leads the team with 20 strikeouts in just 16 innings of work. Beals said UNLV has faced some tough competition versus Texas, West Virginia and San Diego State to open the season, justifying UNLV’s record. OSU’s sixth-year coach said he sees UNLV’s talent despite the losses, but he wants his team to focus on what they can control: themselves.“The biggest thing for me is that I’m focused on Ohio State, and we need to take care of ourselves and focus on what we do,” Beals said. “The talent on our baseball team is good enough to play with everybody. We need to play up to that expectation level.”Cleaning up the errorsOSU fell in a close game to Illinois State last weekend 5-4 due to an untimely error by senior infielder Nick Sergakis. Sergakis has been an offensive catalyst for the team, batting a team-high .378 on the year. But OSU’s co-captain has also been the biggest liability on the defensive side, committing a team-leading nine fielding errors in 10 games. In total, OSU has 22 fielding errors, something Beals said needs cleaned up if his team wants to be ready for conference play, which opens two weeks from Friday against Northwestern.“When we play good defense, we’re winning baseball games,” Beals said. “When we play a cleaner game we’re winning those games. We’ve got to shore up the defense. The defense should be there on a daily basis.”Pitching inconsistencies hurting BuckeyesThroughout the course of the season, OSU’s pitching staff has had an up-and-down start. Other than junior starter Tanner Tully (2-0, 2.70 ERA), redshirt sophomore Yianni Pavlopoulos (1-0, two saves) and redshirt sophomore Austin Woodby (2-0), the Buckeye pitching staff as a collective unit hasn’t lived up to its own expectations. Beals said looking at the stats doesn’t show the whole picture, though,and he likes the way his pitchers have played to this point; but the key for improvement is going to have to come from a consistently solid defense behind the pitchers. One pitcher who is looking to step up for the Buckeyes is redshirt senior reliever Michael Horejsei. He said the pitching staff will face a great test from UNLV during the four-game series, and each guy has to be ready when his number is called upon. “We have to come in and do our job and our job is, like we reiterate every day, to attack the bottom of the zone and go after hitters,” he said. “Don’t shy away from them and try to get in on them. Force them to swing and let your defense play behind you if they put a good swing on the ball.”  OSU battling the injury bugBeals said the Buckeyes’ power hitter, redshirt junior Jacob Bosiokovic, is dealing with a hamstring injury that has the right fielder listed as doubtful for the series against UNLV. With one of its biggest bats out of the lineup, OSU will look to senior outfielder Daulton Mosbarger to take Bosiokovic’s spot in the lineup. But the senior transfer from Akron said he knows it’s a near-impossible request to come in and match Bosiokovic’s production thus far.“Obviously, Bosi is going to be Bosi, I can’t be Bosi,” Mosbarger said. “I’ve gotta just be me. I can go out there, I’m not going to hit the ball 500 feet like he is, but I can get on base, I can produce for the team, and I can just do anything it takes to win.” The Buckeyes appear to be focused and will be looking to cash in with a good team performance against the Rebels. “It’s a business trip, though, it’s not a vacation,” Horejsei said. “It might be spring break for us with school, but we’re heading there for a four-game series against a very tough opponent. They came here last year and they competed against us and gave us everything they had and took two of three from us. So this year, our goal is now to go in and win the series against them. It’s our turn to go to their home turf and take it to them, as we always try to do.”The first pitch on Friday is scheduled to be thrown at 9:05 p.m.After the four-game series in Las Vegas, the Buckeyes are slated to play their first game at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus in a three-game weekend against Hofstra from March 18 to 20. read more

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