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Prospect Oscar Colás ready to represent the Chicago White Sox at the All-Star Futures Game: ‘It means a lot’

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Prospect Oscar Colás Ready To Represent The Chicago White Sox At The All-Star Futures Game: ‘It Means A Lot’

Oscar Colás was in shock when he learned he would be representing the Chicago White Sox at the All-Star Futures Game.

“I was like ‘What?’ I honestly couldn’t believe it,” Colás said through an interpreter Wednesday afternoon during a Zoom interview. “It was a nice moment.”

The outfielder will participate in the event, which highlights some of the top prospects in baseball, Saturday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Major League Baseball — in conjunction with MLB Pipeline, Baseball America and the 30 major-league teams — selected the players.

“It means a lot,” Colás said. “It’s a big step for my career. Just being (recently) promoted from (Class A) Winston-Salem to (Double-A) Birmingham, it’s a good opportunity.”

Colás has had success in his first season in the organization.

The Sox and Colás came to terms on a $2.7 million deal announced in January during the international signing period. He was ranked the No. 5 international prospect for 2021 and is the No. 2 prospect in the Sox organization, according to MLB.com.

The 23-year old from Cuba summed up his first few months by saying he was “surprised because all the results have been very good. I wasn’t expecting them to be as good as fast as it has been because I knew this was a process. But I’m definitely happy with the results and the adjustments I’ve made, and I plan to keep moving forward and get the results and development I’m hoping for.”

Colás slashed .311/.369/.475 with seven home runs and 42 RBIs in 59 games with Winston-Salem. He was promoted to Birmingham on Tuesday and went 4-for-9 with two doubles in his first two games.

His previous experience included playing in the Serie Nacional, Cuba’s top league, from 2016-20; the Japan Western League from 2017-19; and the Japan Pacific League in 2019.

“The biggest adjustment for me is how I was able to feel comfortable with a little bit of mechanics,” Colás said. “I used to have a leg kick when I was swinging and then by the end of spring training, we made adjustments just to not do that and just keep my foot on the ground, just to be able to reduce the strikeouts and have more contact with the ball.

“And it was a fairly easy adjustment, and the results were there right away. I was surprised because I was doing that since I was in Cuba and in Japan. I got good results but now not doing that I see I have better results and I’m able to see the ball better and that’s a surprise because I never thought that would be something I would feel comfortable with.”

Asked why the transition from Cuba has been smooth, he said adjusting overall “hasn’t been that easy, especially off the field. But on the field, the key has been just being myself. I’m the kind of guy that I don’t try to be anybody else. I just try to be myself and do what I know that I can do on the field.

“I have a lot of confidence in myself. I know what I can do. I don’t try to do more than what I can do. … It’s just trusting myself and believing in the things I can do.”

That has put him in position to go to Los Angeles for the Futures Game. He’s looking forward to sharing as much of experience as he can with his family.

“(I’ll) probably just to go there and call my family in Cuba and show them everything about the All-Star Game and everything around the festivities there,” Colás said. “When I was in Cuba, I wasn’t really thinking about it. I never thought about being an All-Star and being in an All-Star Game or anything like that because we didn’t have that information.

“Now that I’m going to be there and I’m going to be surrounded by some of the best players and prospects in the league, it’s something that, wow, I want to share with my family. … Hopefully just share that moment with them. It won’t be in person but I’m going to do all that I can just to show them how that is.”

Eloy Jiménez (right leg) could play this weekend

Sox left fielder Eloy Jiménez was not in the starting lineup Thursday for the series opener against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field after leaving Wednesday’s road game against the Cleveland Guardians with tightness in his right leg.

But manager Tony La Russa said, “The scan went reasonable.”

Jiménez hobbled after making a running catch in left-center for the final out of the sixth inning at Progressive Field. La Russa didn’t rule out Jiménez playing at some point this weekend.

“See what it feels like in the next couple days, be careful with him,” La Russa said. “And (there is a) chance he might play this weekend. The scan didn’t show anything drastic happening.”

Jiménez was on the injured list from April 24 to July 6 after suffering a torn hamstring tendon behind his right knee running to first against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. His rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte hit a brief pause for what the team called “normal leg soreness.”

“He actually felt something like this during his rehab in Charlotte,” La Russa said. “Rested a little bit and came back OK. That’s what we’re counting on.”

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CW Network Admits It’s ‘Not Profitable’, Now Lowest-Rated Broadcast Network

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Cw Network Admits It'S 'Not Profitable', Now Lowest-Rated Broadcast Network

The CW network is known for its woke scripted programs, but with its recent sale, executives admit its lowest-rated status is because its average viewers simply aren’t interested in its shows.

CW is known for many series aimed at young adults such as Riverdale, Charmand all americanas well as shows based on DC comic book characters, including Arrow, super girland the flash.

Almost every series CW has produced over the past decade has been full of “representation” of the radical LGBTQ and transgender agenda, attacks on Republicans and Donald Trump, and general support for the political agenda of ‘leftmost.

super girl, for example, added a transgender character as a lead in 2018 and featured anti-conservative and anti-Trump content. But super girl was far from the only series to push woke subjects. Her series of teenage witches, Charmstrongly pushed lesbianism and consistently featured anti-male sentiment, and each of its superhero shows had gay characters, often as the protagonists.

Regardless of where the network’s shows go, one thing is certain: it’s a big money loser that consistently sits at the bottom of the ratings. “It’s no secret that The CW is not profitable,” said chief financial officer Lee Ann Gliha. The network has operated at a loss since its debut in 2006 and has remained one of the least watched on television.

Now, it looks like the network’s new owners have finally admitted that teen-centric woke programming just doesn’t appeal to its core audience, which is mostly made up of people in their mid-to-late 50s.

According to Deadline, new owner-managers Nexstar Media Group are set to make major changes. Nexstar President and COO Tom Carter noted that the scripted series will continue but the demographic focus will change.

Per Deadline: “The CW’s demographic focus will also change over time, Carter said. Historically, shows like Riverdale, All American, Arrow and Supernatural have focused on viewers in their teens through 30s. The Reality , however, is that the average CW viewer is 58, and Carter said the schism explains why The CW is the lowest-rated broadcast network.

The admission that the CW is airing youth-oriented programming that no one is watching has become an instant target of ridicule on social media.

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Over-the-counter hearing aids are expected this fall in the US after the FDA finalizes a long-awaited rule to cut red tape

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Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids Are Expected This Fall In The Us After The Fda Finalizes A Long-Awaited Rule To Cut Red Tape

Millions of Americans will be able to buy hearing aids without a prescription later this fall, under a long-awaited rule finalized on Tuesday.

The Food and Drug Administration said the new regulations cut red tape by creating a new class of hearing aids that don’t require medical exams, prescriptions and other specialist evaluations. The devices will be sold online or over the counter at pharmacies and other retail stores.

The devices are intended for adults with mild to moderate hearing problems. The FDA estimates that nearly 30 million adults could potentially benefit from hearing aids, but only about one-fifth of people with hearing problems currently use them.

“Today’s action by the FDA represents an important step in making hearing aids more cost-effective and more accessible,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra told reporters on Tuesday.

The FDA first proposed the rule last year and it will go into effect in mid-October. The move follows years of pressure from medical experts and consumer advocates to make the devices cheaper and easier to obtain.

Cost is a big hurdle now. Americans can pay upwards of $5,000 for a hearing aid, between the device itself and fitting services. Insurance coverage is limited and Medicare does not pay for hearing aids, only diagnostic tests.

“The requirement to consult a specialist was not only a burden and an annoyance for many consumers, but it actually created a competitive barrier to entry,” said Brian Deese, White House economic adviser.

Deese cited government estimates that Americans could potentially save up to $2,800 per pair. But FDA officials cautioned against predicting how big or how quickly the savings could come, noting that it will all depend on when manufacturers launch the products and how they price them.

“It’s very difficult to predict exactly what we’ll see and when,” said Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, chief medical device officer for the FDA.

Shuren said officials expect to see increased competition from new manufacturers as well as new products from existing hearing aid manufacturers.

The new over-the-counter status will not apply to devices for more severe hearing loss, which will remain prescription-only.

For years consumer electronics companies have been producing cheap “personal sound amplification” devices, but they are not subject to FDA review and US regulations prevent them from being marketed. as hearing aids. The new rule clarifies that these devices are not alternatives to FDA-approved hearing aids.

The FDA said it changed several parts of its original proposal in response to public comments, including clarifying the rule’s impact on state regulations.

Tuesday’s announcement follows prompting from medical committees and Congress, which in 2017 asked the agency to introduce a plan for over-the-counter hearing aids.

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AJ Pollock is making an impact in the leadoff spot for the Chicago White Sox with Tim Anderson sidelined

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Aj Pollock Is Making An Impact In The Leadoff Spot For The Chicago White Sox With Tim Anderson Sidelined

AJ Pollock hit a chopper to third with two outs in the eighth inning Monday against the Houston Astros.

Alex Bregman charged but couldn’t come up with the ball, and Pollock reached on an infield hit.

It was the beginning of a big rally for the Chicago White Sox.

Pollock advanced to third on Andrew Vaughn’s double to right and scored on Eloy Jiménez’s game-tying two-run double to left. The Sox pulled ahead later in the inning on Yoán Moncada’s two-run single to center.

Pollock had two hits in the 4-2 win. It was his third straight two-hit game as he fills in at the top of the order for injured shortstop Tim Anderson.

Pollock had three hits, an RBI and a run Aug. 7 against the Texas Rangers in his first game in the leadoff spot with Anderson out, first with a two-game suspension and then the hand injury. And Pollock has continued to hit.

He led off Saturday with a single and scored on a sacrifice fly, and he added a solo home run in the eighth in a 6-4 win against the Detroit Tigers.

He homered Sunday leading off the third, then doubled in the fifth and scored the tying run in a 5-3 victory against the Tigers.

Pollock went 11-for-28 with four doubles, two home runs, four RBIs and six runs in his first seven games with Anderson out. He slashed .393/.438/.750 during the stretch.

“Honestly it’s weird when you look at the numbers,” Pollock said before Monday’s game. “For me, they are pretty skewed, but I don’t know if that’s a freak thing or what.”

Pollock entered Tuesday’s must-see pitching matchup between Dylan Cease and Astros veteran Justin Verlander slashing .397/.435/.641 in 18 games this season in the No. 1 slot.

“It really shouldn’t matter,” Pollock said of the spot in the lineup. “As a hitter you prepare the same way. Maybe get things going a little bit quicker when you are in the leadoff spot. But other than that, nothing really changes.”

He was 31-for-78 with seven doubles, four home runs, 12 RBIs and 14 runs in those 18 games.

“You look at his credentials,” La Russa said Sunday. “He’s a quality big-league hitter and big-league defender. He saw the need when Tim was missing. If he had to hit second, third or fourth, he’d do that too.”

Overall, Pollock is slashing .246/.295/.378 with 20 doubles, seven home runs, 39 RBIs and 40 runs in 95 games.

He was back in the top spot and playing center field Tuesday. It was his 12th start in center this season, with 60 in left and 10 in right.

Starting center fielder Luis Robert continues to recover from a sprained left wrist suffered Friday against the Tigers while attempting to steal second base.

La Russa said before Tuesday’s game the key is Robert making improvement with his swing.

“Everything else is ready to play,” La Russa said. “He was not near enough to 100% to play this game (Tuesday), but he’s doing treatment and we’re anxious to see the swings he takes.”

La Russa does not see a need for Robert to go on the injured list.

“He may play as early as (Wednesday) or sometime in the next couple of days,” La Russa said. “He’s feeling better, he’s just got to take swings.”

As for Anderson, the Sox shortstop is sidelined for six weeks after tearing the sagittal band on his left middle finger Aug. 6 against the Rangers.

“He’s a quick healer,” La Russa said. “He’s always been ‘sooner rather than later,’ but he still has a cast on his finger. (It) doesn’t come off until Thursday. I think once he starts getting functional, it’ll happen pretty fast. Not real fast, just faster than normal.”

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Serena Williams vs Emma Raducanu – Western & Southern Open: Live score and updates

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Serena Williams collapses in Cincinnati after Britain’s Emma Raducanu lost 6-4, 6-0 in just over an hour, leaving 23-time Grand Slam champion with just the US Open before retiring

Serena Williams knew defeat was a possibility against Emma Raducanu at the Cincinnatti Open. But even she wouldn’t have expected it to be as brutal as this.

The 19-year-old US Open champion swept retired Williams in just over an hour, winning 6-4 6-0 in a ruthless, composed display. It was one of the best performances she had since winning the US Open last year.

There were no goodbye words or tears on the court afterwards, unlike in Toronto last week when Williams lost to Belinda Bencic. She quickly gathered her things and left the field waving to the crowd who were still cheering her on as if she had won.

“I think we all have to honor Serena and her amazing career,” Raducanu said afterwards. “I am so grateful for the experience of having played her and for our careers to cross paths. It was an honor to share the court with her.

“The vibe tonight was amazing. Even when you were cheering for it, I was all for it!

“I was nervous from the first point to the last, she can come back from anything and I was glad I was able to keep my composure.”

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Did Tony La Russa hear a fan’s suggestion? The Chicago White Sox manager explains his 8th-inning pinch-running decision.

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Did Tony La Russa Hear A Fan’s Suggestion? The Chicago White Sox Manager Explains His 8Th-Inning Pinch-Running Decision.

A video of a fan calling for Tony La Russa to pinch-run Adam Engel for Eloy Jiménez from a few rows away — and the Chicago White Sox manager making the move in the eighth inning of Monday’s game — went viral, even appearing on MLB Network.

When asked about it before Tuesday’s game against the Houston Astros, La Russa said it was the first he had heard about the fan, but he added with a smile: “Well, make his day. Tell him I heard him.”

Jiménez tied the game with a two-run double with two outs in the eighth. José Abreu was batting when La Russa took a couple of steps on the field to call time and have Engel run for Jiménez.

Engel made it to third when Abreu and Yasmani Grandal walked (Abreu intentionally). Engel and Abreu scored on a single by Yoán Moncada, and the Sox went on to win 4-2.

La Russa explained the process before Tuesday’s game.

“I spent a lot of time talking with (coaches) Jerry (Narron) and Miguel (Cairo),” La Russa said. “It was a really tough call. I can tell you why. We went back and forth with it. It’s the eighth inning, the score is tied. So if it’s tied again in the ninth, in the 10th, and Jiménez’s spot is coming up — he’s third place in the inning — do you want to take his bat out?

“His defense (in left field) has been good enough. I worried more about if it’s a close play (at the plate) and he’s going to try to run it, he might hurt himself. That was a difficult choice. Ninth inning, sure. Eighth inning, in a tie game, I said I’d rather not. I’d regret getting him hurt.

“And secondly, we’ll have real good defense out there (with Engel, who came in at center while AJ Pollock shifted to left) and if he gets up can do something too. That was the hesitation. It was a very tough call.”

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Polio has been circulating locally in the New York metropolitan area for months after an individual introduced the virus from abroad, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An unvaccinated young adult from Rockland County, a New York suburb, caught polio in June and was paralyzed. The individual had not traveled abroad during the period he was exposed to polio, and the strain he caught is linked to a weakened form of the virus used in the oral vaccine, according to an investigation by the CDC released Tuesday.

The United States stopped using the oral polio vaccine in 2000, meaning the chain of transmission is from someone who received the oral vaccine outside the country, according to the CDC. Genetic analysis linked the vaccine-derived strain circulating in the New York metropolitan area to sewage samples detected in Israel and the United Kingdom.

The agency said it has found three other people it suspects of having polio, but who have tested negative so far. They were classified as “persons under investigation”.

The oral polio vaccine uses a live virus strain that can still replicate, which means unvaccinated people can catch the virus from recently immunized individuals. The United States now uses a vaccine, given by injection, in which the virus is inactivated so that it cannot spread.

After infection was confirmed in the young adult, sewage monitoring found 21 sewage samples that tested positive for polio, 13 in Rockland County and eight in neighboring Orange County. Twenty of these samples, collected from May to July, are genetically linked to the strain captured by the young adult. The sewage samples were originally collected as part of New York State’s Covid monitoring system.

Polio has also been detected in sewage samples from New York City, state health officials confirmed Friday. The Rockland County adult’s case is only the second case of community transmission of polio in the United States since 1979.

The unvaccinated Rockland County resident who caught polio attended a large rally eight days before developing symptoms. It can take 7 to 21 days from initial exposure to the polio virus for a person to develop paralysis. The individual did not travel internationally during the exposure period, according to the CDC.

The Rockland County adult was hospitalized and then referred to a physical rehabilitation center.

Although related to the oral vaccine strain, the virus the individual caught had 10 changes in one region of the pathogen. This indicates that the virus may have been circulating for up to a year, although where transmission began is unknown, according to the CDC.

No additional cases of paralytic polio have been confirmed, although CDC officials have warned that detection of the virus in sewage samples collected over more than two months in Rockland and Orange indicates community transmission of the virus. which puts unvaccinated people at risk of paralysis. .

“Low immunization coverage in the patient’s county of residence indicates that the community is at risk for additional cases of paralytic polio,” CDC officials wrote in the report. “Even a single case of paralytic poliomyelitis represents a public health emergency in the United States.”

About one in 1,900 infections with the vaccine-derived strain results in paralysis in unvaccinated people.

Polio immunization coverage for children under two years of age in Rockland County has increased from 67% in 2020 to approximately 60% in 2022. In parts of the county, immunization coverage in this age group was as low as lower than 37%, according to the CDC.

The CDC said disruptions caused by the Covid pandemic have led to a drop in polio vaccine administration, leaving communities at risk of outbreaks.

No cases of wild poliovirus, the most common form, have appeared in the United States since 1979 after a successful vaccination campaign that began in the 1950s, according to the CDC. However, travelers have occasionally brought polio to the United States

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