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Daily horoscope for January 27, 2022

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Daily horoscope for January 27, 2022

Moon Alert: After 1 a.m. today, there are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions today. The Moon is in Sagittarius.

Happy Birthday for Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022:

You have an amazing ability to learn something quickly. You are adventurous and ever optimistic. You admire your loved ones. You are freedom-loving and you know how to inspire others. This year is a year of learning and teaching for you. Welcome time alone to be introspective and soul-searching.


The stars show the kind of day you’ll have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult

ARIES

(March 21-April 19)

★★★★

Today you want to do something different. Obviously, travel would be perfect. (“I’m outta here!”) Certainly, your ambition is aroused, which is why you will make something happen. Note: Bosses and authority figures favor you. Tonight: Explore your options.

TAURUS

(April 20-May 20)

★★★

You continue to make a strong impression on others because the Sun is at the top of your chart casting you in a flattering spotlight. You might make a great impression on a boss or parent you haven’t seen in a while. Today you can’t ignore issues about shared property. Tonight: Check your finances.

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20)

★★

Today you have to cooperate with others because the Moon is opposite your sign. You’ll have no trouble doing this, because you are quick to adapt to changing situations. Meanwhile, keep your pockets open, because gifts, goodies and favors will come your way. Tonight: Cooperate with others.

CANCER

(June 21-July 22)

★★★

You might have to work on behalf of someone else today or perform a service for them. Fortunately, you might attract someone helpful to you. Having said that, you also might attract someone who will test your patience. (You win some, you lose some.) Tonight: Get organized.

LEO

(July 23-Aug. 22)

★★★★

This is a playful, fun-loving day! Even if you’re working hard, others will be supportive to you. You might attract someone to you today who is chatty and will make demands on your time. (This is not surprising, because you often attract people to you.) Tonight: Socialize!

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

★★★

Today you’re happy to relax at home among familiar surroundings. You feel like you need a break. This doesn’t mean you’re not still working hard and giving it all you’ve got, because you are. Yes, you can handle it all right now. Tonight: Relax.

LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

★★★★

It’s easy for you to be in touch with your creative talents now. Others might use this same influence to enjoy sports events and playful activities with children. Basically, you want to enjoy life, and ideally you would love to slip away on a vacation. Who knows? Tonight: Study and learn.

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

★★★

Your ability to persuade others is strong now. Oh yes, you’re a smooth talker! Today you might focus on financial matters and cash flow. Perhaps you want to sell something. Perhaps you want to buy something. (You’ll get what you want.) Tonight: Banking and finances.

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

★★★★

Because the Moon is in your sign today, your luck will be slightly better than all the other signs. Why not test this and ask the universe for a favor? See what happens. Meanwhile, guard against transportation delays. Pay attention to everything you say and do. Tonight: You have the upper hand.

CAPRICORN

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

★★★

Today it’s a mixed bag. With Mars and Venus in your sign, you feel charming and keen to associate with others. However, the Moon is hiding in your chart, which is the opposite influence. This makes you want to retire and hide behind the scenes. It’s your choice. Tonight: Be low-key.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

★★★★

This continues to be a strong time for you because the Sun is in your sign. Nevertheless, ex-partners and old friends from your past seem to be back on the scene. Today an important conversation with a female friend or a member of a group might occur. Tonight: Set goals.

PISCES

(Feb. 19-March 20)

★★★

You’re high-viz today! People notice you. In fact, they seem to know personal details about your private life. (Like, what’s with that?) Be aware of this in case there are details you have to take care of. (We all have our little secrets.) Tonight: Look good.

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Twins power way to series victory in Oakland with 14-4 rout in finale

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Twins power way to series victory in Oakland with 14-4 rout in finale

OAKLAND, Calif. — Before Sonny Gray threw his first pitch on Wednesday, the veteran starter was sitting on a three-run lead. It was that kind of day for the Twins, who put on a show on offense and rode a quality start from Gray to a 14-4 victory and a series win over the Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum.

The Twins opened up the game in the first inning, using four hits and a walk to produce their three runs. Gary Sánchez, who has started to heat up as of late, dropped a broken-bat single into left field to give the Twins a two-run lead. Gio Urshela followed with an RBI single of his own.

The Twins tacked on runs throughout the game, including a five-run sixth inning in which they broke the game wide open.

Carlos Correa, activated off the injured list earlier in the day, finished with two hits and a walk. He drove in a run on a double to center in the fourth, part of a two-run inning that included a Luis Arraez RBI double. Arraez finished the day with a team-leading three hits.

That was more than enough support for Gray, who threw six innings in his longest start of the season. While he ran into some trouble in the earlier innings, he seemed to settle in later, retiring the final 10 batters he faced.

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What’s behind Gleyber Torres’ early season resurgence?

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What’s behind Gleyber Torres’ early season resurgence?

Gleyber Torres, at just 25 years old, has already lived several lives in pinstripes.

He was the anointed one, the heir apparent to Alfonso Soriano, a two-time All-Star and a playoff hero, all before his 23rd birthday.

Then the pitfalls that many people face in their early-to-mid-20s began to rear their ugly heads. The pandemic certainly didn’t help, but even in 2021 as things returned to normalcy, Torres was dreadful at his job. The former top prospect who looked like a pillar of the Yankees’ next great team instead lost his starting shortstop gig. When he was in the starting lineup, he was often buried in the seventh spot.

When Torres was officially moved off of shortstop at the end of last season, his manager said of his defensive issues at the high-pressure position, “I feel like it’s been a weight on him.” Trade talks swirled, as the combination of poor play and the impending free agency of Carlos Correa, Corey Seager and others made Torres seem like the odd man out.

Instead, the Yankees stood pat on free agent shortstops, kept Torres, and traded for a defensive maestro in Isiah Kiner-Falefa. With the stability of knowing that he’d still be a Yankee, plus not having to worry about playing shortstop anymore, Torres has started 2022 with a bang.

As of Wednesday morning, Torres has a 117 wRC+ and .741 OPS, both his highest since 2019, the last time he consistently punished the baseball. After five straight hitless games in mid-April, Torres turned things around with a pinch-hit single in Detroit. Though his eighth-inning knock ended up being mostly meaningless — he was stranded on the bases and the Yankees lost 3-0 — that plate appearance did something to get him back on track.

Starting with that game, Torres has slashed .301/.342/.521. Seven of his 22 hits in that span have gone for extra bases, including four home runs. As a result, his numbers on the young season show a completely different player than the one who sulked through two straight soul crumbling campaigns.

“Last year was a very [hard] struggle for me,” Torres said after driving in five runs in a win over Toronto on May 11. “All the work I put in the offseason, I can show that every time I go to home plate. I mean I can still learn the game.”

Glancing at his numbers, the things that Torres has seemed to learn this year are fairly simple, and also a very common school of thought across Major League Baseball right now. He’s mashing fastballs, putting the ball in the air more often, and as a result, he’s making a lot more hard contact.

In 2021, as Torres’ overall slugging percentage sagged to a career-low .366, fastballs were one of the main culprits. He slugged a not-ideal .352 on heaters, and with two strikes, fastballs resulted in a strikeout 19.6% of the time. This year, though things could still change as he gets more at-bats, Torres is slugging .536 on fastballs. They’re only putting him away 12.9% of the time he gets in a two-strike hole.

Hunting fastballs is an effective strategy for most hitters, but on an even more simplistic level, so is hitting pitches that are meant to be hit. First-year hitting coach Dillon Lawson showed up to his new job with the catchphrase “Hit strikes hard”. Torres appears to have taken that to heart. According to Baseball-Savant, in three key areas of the strike zone — middle-up, middle-down and up-and-in — Torres is hitting the ball hard at a significantly higher rate than he was last year.

Hard contact is particularly damaging when it’s in the air. Every stadium can hold a well-struck grounder, very few will contain an airborne missile. For the last two seasons — the ones Torres would like to forget — he ran a ground ball rate north of 40%. This year, it’s down to 35.2% so far, with fly balls getting above 40% for the first time since 2019. As Rangers’ salty manager Chris Woodward can attest to, sometimes getting the ball in the air at Yankee Stadium leads to “Little League home runs.” Whether they go 320 or 420 feet, a home run is a home run, and Torres is already more than halfway to his home run total from last year.

The other adjustment Torres has made in the season’s first month is swinging more often. His swing percentage has shot up to 76.2%, nearly identical to the 76.3% he had when swatting 38 homers in 2019. This could be a sign that Torres isn’t overthinking things at the plate, a welcome sign for someone who has spoken openly about the mental strife he’s endured.

“First of all, I feel really good,” Torres told reporters last week. “I mean, my swing has gotten better and better. And I’m working hard every day to be the way I want to be. But so far, so good. I think confidence is back and that is the most important thing for me.”

That renewed confidence could also wind up being one of the most important things for the Yankees, a team that, at 27-9, has absolutely been the way they want to be.

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Vikings’ Kevin O’Connell wants to be more than ‘just an offensive coach’

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Vikings’ Kevin O’Connell wants to be more than ‘just an offensive coach’

Kevin O’Connell was an NFL quarterback and an offensive assistant in the league for seven years before being named head coach of the Vikings. But he doesn’t want to be pigeonholed.

“( want to) be visible to the defense, let them know that I’m learning their side of the ball just as much as they are,” the first-year head coach said Wednesday during the first week of organized team activities. ”I can complement them on detailed things they can do within our coverages, within a pressure, how we stop the run, and they can look at me as not just an offensive head coach.”

O’Connell replaced Mike Zimmer, who came from the defensive side of the ball and in eight seasons gave his offensive coordinator lots of leeway. O’Connell, who turns 37 next Wednesday, said it’s “really important” to him for defensive players and those on special teams to know he’s also invested in those aspects of the game.

With that in mind, Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks was asked if he thinks of O’Connell as more than just an offensive coach.

“He definitely knows what’s going on, but I don’t think he can fairly say that,” Kendricks said with a laugh. “He’s definitely an offensive coach. He definitely wants to light us up on defense, but that’s only going to get us better on defense.”

Kendricks said O’Connell can be valuable working with the defense.

“I notice from him watching film and him going over film on the defensive side of things, he kind of goes over what the offense’s mindset or mind frame is as he’s talking about the defense,” Kendricks said.

DIVERSITY SUMMIT

From Wednesday through Friday, the Vikings are hosting a diversity coaching summit at the TCO Performance Center. It is being attended by 12 young coaches, 11 from colleges, with the intention being to groom them for possible future NFL jobs.

“It’s really a chance for us to get exposed to them from the standpoint of how do they carry themselves?” said Vikings assistant head coach Mike Pettine, who is heading the summit. “We’re going to do mock interviews, film everything and give them feedback on it. They get a chance to be in our meetings. We’ll talk to them as well (about) the NFL culture and expectations.”

Pettine wanted to have such a summit when he Green Bay’s defensive coordinator from 2019-2020 but the coronavirus pandemic hit and then he was fired from his job.

Among the 12 invitees is one woman, Roseanna Smith, director of football operations/running backs coach at Division III Oberlin (Ohio) College.

BRIEFLY

— The Vikings’ top three draft picks all could end up starting but O’Connell is not rushing anything. First-round selection Lewis Cine has been working behind Camryn Bynum at safety, second-round pick Andrew Booth Jr. has been sidelined as the cornerback recovers from groin surgery and second-rounder Ed Ingram is getting reserve snaps at guard. O’Connell said the Vikings have a “teaching progression” for rookies but they “can earn” spots for sure.

— O’Connell has been impressed with how second-quarterback Kellen Mond has looked during offseason drills. “Kellen’s having a good spring so far, working hard, digesting the system,” O’Connell said. During Tuesday’s second session of OTAs,  O’Connell said Mond “made a couple of checks at the line of scrimmage that he wasn’t prepared play-by-play for” but that he “instinctively” adjusted.

— Tight end Irv Smith Jr., who missed all of last season with a knee injury, did some work on the field Tuesday but O’Connell said the Vikings will continue to bring him back slowly. “He’s going to be a major part of what we do,” O’Connell said. “It’s just making sure that we’re doing it in a really responsible way.”

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