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‘Sandy’s Beach’ strengthens Alcántara’s connection with Marlins’ fan base

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‘Sandy’s Beach’ Strengthens Alcántara’s Connection With Marlins’ Fan Base

Section 22 of loanDepot Park was noticeably louder than the rest of the stadium when Sandy Alcántara was announced as the starting pitcher for the Marlins’ matchup Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

With each of his 12 strikeouts, the section erupted as Miami’s ace continued his uber-impressive season, giving him a standing ovation after he closed out his eighth and final inning.

The section, located near the third-base line will be known as “Sandy’s Beach” for each of Alcántara’s starts the rest of the season.

The “beach” is fully equipped with plastic palm trees, lifeguards, beach balls, beach bums, a whole lot of K signs and the more-than-occasional “We love you Sandy,” from an adoring fan.

“It was great tonight,” Alcántara said of the support following the Marlins’ 2-1 loss to the Phillies . “I saw those Ks floating but I didn’t want to look at them, I was so focused today on the game. I feel so good for the fans because they came today to support us, to support me.

“They got to keep coming to the games because they haven’t seen nothing yet, they got to keep coming.”

Alcántara’s season has been one that has especially resounded with the Marlins fan base, giving them a player to root for who’s widely considered among the best in MLB this season.

Going into Friday’s game, he held a 1.73 ERA, best in the National League and ranked top 10 in the majors in wins and quality starts. He also was recently named to the All-Star game for the second time and is considered to be one of the frontrunners for this season’s NL Cy Young Award.

Marty and Emily Minor have been a Marlins fan since the team’s inaugural season in 1993. They drove from West Palm Beach to be among those sitting in “Sandy’s Beach.”

Emily even held up a sign that read ‘Happily Marooned on Sandy’s Beach.’

They admit that Alcántara’s starts give him extra incentive to come out and watch the team play. Marty hasn’t felt this type of excitement surrounding a pitcher since the late Jose Fernandez.

“He’s just so dominant,” Marty said of Alcántara. “And quite frankly, he moves things forward and you see strikeout after strikeout after strikeout, it gets everyone involved in the game.”

“I think we’re all looking for something to be happy about and he’s given us that,” Emily said.

Jacob Stallings has been the catcher for most of Alcántara’s games this year. He’s seen first-hand the work that the 26-year-old has put in to get to his current form.

He believes “Sandy’s Beach” and the adoration he’s earned from the Marlins faithful just goes as further proof that he’s up there with the game’s elite.

Not everyone gets a stadium section dedicated to them after all.

“They did something like that for [Felix Hernandez in Seattle] too, right? So, yeah, pretty cool,” Stallings told the Sun-Sentinel. “He deserves it, I mean he’s been on an incredible stretch here and I think the city and the fan base are taking notice too.”

“Fans in general connect with someone who goes out there and just gives it everything he’s got every time. He’s certainly done that and performed at a high level while doing so.”

As he wraps up his dominant first half of the season with his last start before the All-Star break, Alcántara sees Friday’s demonstration by the fans as a symbol of the bond that he, the organization and the city have formed in their time together.

He hopes that bond lasts beyond the second half of the year and throughout his duration with the organization.

“I’m super happy with the ways that they support us,” Alcántara said. “Super happy with the work that the Marlins do in the community. Super happy with the work that we, the players, are doing in the community. We hope that they see that and that they just keep on coming out for us.”

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Kendall Jenner reacts to Stassie Karanikolaou’s cucumber cut joke

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Kendall Jenner Reacts To Stassie Karanikolaou'S Cucumber Cut Joke

No matter how you slice it, it’s a hilarious video.

Anastasia “Stassie” Karanikolaou took to TikTok over the weekend to share a tutorial on how she and her friends make cucumber and lime martinis, and followers couldn’t help but notice her nod at Kendall Jenner.

At one point in the clip, Stassie cut a cucumber for her cocktail – holding the knife in the same now-viral way Kendall did when she cut a cucumber for a snack in episode 12. May of The Kardashians (don’t try this at home, kids). And yes, the 26-year-old model definitely noticed the reference, joking in the comments, “Taught you good.”

She wasn’t the only one laughing at the, uh, technique. Hailey Bieber did so too – writing “Lmfaooo” – and several fans chuckled as well.

“Lmaooo,” wrote one commenter, “cut cucumber Kenny-style.” Another added: “This is the cucumber cut for me.”

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At least 6 injured after shooting near Memphis hospital, officials say

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At Least 6 Injured After Shooting Near Memphis Hospital, Officials Say

At least six people were injured after a shooting Tuesday morning near a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, officials said.

The gunfire erupted near North Methodist Hospital around 12:45 a.m., according to a Memphis Police Department dispatcher.

A hospital spokesperson confirmed the incident, saying at least six patients were treated and taken to multiple hospitals. The official did not provide information on the nature of the injuries, but added that no hospital employees were injured in the incident.

The spokesperson said workers guided patients away from an emergency room waiting room so the hospital’s security team and police officers could respond to the incident.

They said the hospital was working with local law enforcement to investigate the shooting.

Police said they could not provide any further information about the incident, including details of a suspect or any potential motives.

CBS affiliate WREG reported that the hospital was closed early Tuesday while treating multiple victims. Asked to confirm this, the hospital spokesman said the facility was not closed Tuesday morning.

The news station also reported that a sedan was left riddled with bullets outside the hospital, with police recording a scene at a petrol station several miles away. A semi-automatic rifle could be seen on the ground next to one of the pumps, according to WREG. NBC News could not immediately confirm the station’s reports.

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.

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Orioles minor league report: Kyle Stowers keeps pushing for another call-up; new pitchers get promotions

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Orioles Minor League Report: Kyle Stowers Keeps Pushing For Another Call-Up; New Pitchers Get Promotions

Over the weekend against Tampa Bay, the Orioles gave left-hander DL Hall a taste of the majors, hoping he would learn from his one start and apply those lessons as he prepares to serve in a relief role down the stretch.

With Triple-A Norfolk, he’ll have a good example of how to handle such circumstances. The Orioles are now in Toronto, where they deployed a similar tactic in June with outfielder Kyle Stowers, called up for a series as a substitute player. Stowers received only eight plate appearances during that stint, going 1-for-7 with four strikeouts, but since rejoining Triple-A Norfolk, he’s hit .288/.371/.531 — good for a .902 OPS — with 22 of his 46 hits going for extra bases.

Stowers, Baltimore’s No. 11 prospect according to Baseball America, leads the International League in RBIs and ranks second in extra-base hits. He paces Orioles full-season minor leaguers in those categories and home runs, trailing only top overall prospect Gunnar Henderson in slugging percentage and OPS.

“When guys can get a taste and see what it’s like up here, I think that’s always a positive,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “They go back down, they know what they’re working toward, what it felt like up here. You never know until you’re here, honestly, and playing in these environments and facing the pitching that you’re facing and the hitters that DL was gonna face. Now, you have something to work on and something to work towards, and hopefully, that’s what DL is going to do, and I think Kyle’s done a good job of that this year.”

Stowers continued to do so this past series. Each week, The Baltimore Sun will break down five of the top performers in the Orioles’ prospect ranks and hand out some superlatives for those who didn’t make that cut.

1. Triple-A Norfolk outfielder Kyle Stowers

Stowers’ performance continues to produce wonders of why it’s coming in Triple-A rather than the majors. In a series against Rochester, he slashed .304/.429/.522, doubling twice with a home run. Although he also drew five walks, he did strike out nine times, all in a three-game span; if there’s one clear weakness in his game, it’s swing and miss, though his strikeout and swinging strike rates are down from 2021. But it’s possible that will be a tradeoff for the power he provides. Notably, he’s actually performed better in left-on-left matchups, with a .996 OPS compared to an .865 mark when he has the platoon advantage.

2. High-A Aberdeen left-hander Cade Povich

Executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias labeled Povich as the key piece of the four minor league pitchers Baltimore received from the Minnesota Twins for All-Star closer Jorge López, saying the 22-year-old left-hander has front-of-the-rotation potential. He showed it in what proved to be his lone two starts with Aberdeen, pitching six shutout innings in both before getting promoted to Double-A Bowie. Chayce McDermott, acquired from the Houston Astros as half of the return for first baseman Trey Mancini, also moved up after striking out seven over four innings last week for the IronBirds.

3. Triple-A Norfolk infielder Jordan Westburg

Early in his stint with Norfolk, Westburg seemed on the fast track to a potential promotion, ending June with a 1.077 OPS before his bat slowed exceptionally. In a five-series stretch from early July to early August, the Orioles’ No. 6 prospect hit .183 with a .517 OPS. He finally began to shake that off last week against Rochester, posting a 1.100 OPS thanks to a pair each of home runs and doubles. He also walked six times opposite six strikeouts, a significant progression after striking out three times as much as he walked during the previous slump.

4. High-A Aberdeen utilityman Billy Cook

Baltimore’s 10th-round pick in the 2021 draft, Cook has been fairly streaky in his first full professional season. He managed four extra-base hits among the IronBirds’ previous four series, then delivered five alone — three doubles and two home runs — last week against Hudson Valley, adding two steals. He’s played all three outfield spots and both first and second for the IronBirds, hitting .202 with a .684 OPS overall.

5. Double-A right-hander Garrett Stallings

That Stallings was recognized as the Orioles’ minor league pitcher of the month for July speaks to how far he’s come from a disastrous June. He’s kept it going in August. Since allowing 10 earned runs while recording 10 outs to leave his June ERA at 28.50, Stallings, who turned 25 last week, has a 1.73 ERA over his past seven outings, walking only three of the 138 batters he’s faced in that span. Last week against Akron, he allowed one run on three hits over six innings, striking out five while walking none.

The top prospect not featured so far

As baseball’s top prospect, Henderson automatically qualifies for this spot with anything other than a standout week. The 21-year-old infielder was solid for Norfolk, hitting .269 with a .790 OPS, but struck out an atypical 13 times. He’s struck out in 16 of his past 34 plate appearances, a trend that will hamper any internal consideration of adding him to the major league roster for a playoff push.

International acquisition of the week

César Prieto’s bat hasn’t quite thrived the way it did with Aberdeen since he moved up to Bowie, but perhaps this past week can be a turning point. The 23-year-old recorded nine hits, a double and home run among them, and posted a .942 OPS. Known for his bat-to-ball skills, Prieto struck out only three times, though he also walked just once. Baltimore’s No. 16 prospect has hit .285 with a .711 OPS while playing all around the infield for the Baysox.

The best former top-30 prospect of the week

A backend top 30 prospect in 2019, Bowie right-hander Brenan Hanifee got little chance to build on that status, losing the 2020 season as all minor leaguers did before undergoing Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery in May 2021. He had a couple of rough outings in Bowie’s rotation in July but had his best start since returning with 4 2/3 innings Thursday in which the only run he allowed was unearned. Baltimore’s fourth-round draftee in 2016, Hanifee is only 24 years old and could soon reestablish himself as a top 30 talent.

Time to give some shine to …

Having joined Delmarva as an 18-year-old, right-hander Yaqui Rivera had his struggles early, but that certainly wasn’t the case Friday. Now 19, he pitched five perfect innings of relief on only 50 pitches, striking out six as he combined with Juan De Los Santos on a one-hitter. Rivera was one of the prospects the Orioles got from the Miami Marlins in exchange for relievers Tanner Scott and Cole Sulser.

Short-season snippets

In his first week in the Florida Complex League, 2022 first overall pick Jackson Holliday went 2-for-6 with a walk and a stolen base. In what proved to be his last week in the FCL, 67th overall pick Jud Fabian went 5-for-8 and drew six walks before a promotion to Delmarva. Jose Ramirez, a 19-year-old left-hander signed out of Venezuela in 2019, struck out 11 over five innings in a Dominican Summer League start.

Minors moves

Fabian and nine other draftees joined the Shorebirds from the FCL, with Dylan Beavers (competitive balance A round), Max Wagner (second), Silas Ardoin (fourth), Cameron Weston (eighth), Adam Crampton (ninth), Bradley Brehmer (12th), Jared Beck (13th), Adam Retzbach (14th) and Reese Sharp (20th) also promoted. Keagan Gillies, Baltimore’s 15th-round choice last year, and Juan Nunez, acquired along with Povich and two others for López, will head to Delmarva, as well.

To create space at Bowie for Povich and McDermott, the Orioles promoted left-hander Drew Rom, their No. 18 prospect, and right-hander Ryan Watson, among the system’s top breakout players, to Norfolk. Infielder Luis Valdez, who leads all Baltimore minor leaguers with 59 steals, jumped from Delmarva to Aberdeen.

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How To Pay Off Your Credit Card Debt As Interest Rates Rise

Sometimes a life raft looks a lot like a credit card.

In an economy that has produced the highest rate of inflation since the early 1980s, Americans are struggling to meet day-to-day expenses and are increasingly relying on credit cards to stay afloat.

Amid a dramatic rise in the cost of living, credit card balances jumped 13% in the second quarter of 2022, posting the biggest year-over-year increase in more than 20 years, according to a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Total credit card debt fell to $890 billion, just below the 2019 record.

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“Many have to rely on credit cards to pay for basic necessities, especially with inflation pushing prices so high,” said Allen Amadin, president and CEO of American Consumer Credit Counseling.

The number of people with credit cards and personal loans also hit record highs in the second quarter, according to TransUnion’s latest credit industry report.

Credit card interest rates near record highs

Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve is taking aggressive action to control inflation, including raising interest rates, which raises the cost of borrowing to slow spending, but that means maintaining a balance of month to month will soon cost even more than it does today. .

Since most credit cards have a variable rate, there is a direct link to the Fed’s benchmark index. As the federal funds rate rises, the prime rate also rises, and credit card rates follow. Cardholders typically see the impact within a billing cycle or two.

Average credit card rates are currently just over 17%, significantly higher than almost all other consumer loans, and could reach 19% by the end of the year, which would be an all-time high. .

Now more than ever, surviving the day-to-day cost of living is essential for Americans.

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Reducing balances is ‘crucial for financial health’

“Reducing credit card debt is always crucial for financial health,” Amadin said. “However, now more than ever, it is critical that Americans survive the day-to-day cost of living and still be able to put money aside to save.”

Here are his top three tips for paying off credit card debt, once and for all.

  1. Create a budget: To get started, using a spreadsheet or online tool can help you see where you’re spending money and how best to allocate those funds. It will also help you identify regular expenses that could divert money from your long-term goals.
  2. Decrease spending : When trying to reduce your debt, be sure to temporarily cut out any unnecessary expenses, such as streaming subscriptions, dining out, or impulse purchases. Reducing these expenses will help you stay on budget, stop building up your revolving balance, and pay off more debt.
  3. Pay more than the minimum: Paying your credit cards on time will save you late fees and penalties. But don’t just pay the required minimum – it won’t do much to avoid high interest charges on the balance. Only paying more than the minimum will reduce the amount of interest you have to pay each month and help you reach your goal.

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Motorcyclist, 45, Dies In Crash In St. Paul

A 45-year-old man died in a motorcycle crash on a St. Paul highway on Monday night.

The motorcyclist was driving south on Minnesota 280 when he lost control on the curve to eastbound Interstate 94 and ended up in a grass median at 11:17 p.m., according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The man died before he was taken to a hospital.

The State Patrol plans to release the man’s identity later Tuesday. He was a St. Paul resident.

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In the murder of a Dalit child in Rajasthan, a new crisis for Ashok Gehlot: 10 facts

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In The Murder Of A Dalit Child In Rajasthan, A New Crisis For Ashok Gehlot: 10 Facts

Indra, nine years old, had suffered eye and ear injuries. He died on August 13.

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The death of a Dalit boy in Rajasthan after his teacher allegedly assaulted him for drinking water from a pot intended for ‘upper castes’ threatens to turn into a political crisis for the ruling Congress.

Here are the 10 latest developments in this story:

  1. Apart from attacks from the opposition BJP, the Ashok Gehlot government is also facing heat from within its ranks.

  2. Panachand Meghwal, Congressman for Baran-Atru, has sent his resignation to the Chief Minister, saying he is deeply hurt by the death of the 9-year-old student. Pointing to caste-related crimes in the state, he accused the police of not acting quickly enough.

  3. Congress leader Sachin Pilot, whose rebellion two years ago threatened to overthrow Mr Gehlot’s government, is on his way to Jalore district to meet the boy’s family.

  4. “We need to stop incidents like Jalore. We need to assure members of Dalit society that we are on their side,” Mr Pilot said. “The government is taking appropriate action and will also do so in the future. We should not politicize an issue like this,” he added.

  5. Determined not to let Mr Pilot take political action given their uneasy truce, the chief minister has now rushed senior cabinet ministers and state congress leader Govind Singh Dotasra to Jalore.

  6. Nine-year-old Indra had suffered eye and ear injuries after his teacher allegedly beat him for drinking water from a pot used by the so-called upper castes. Following the July 20 incident at a private school, he was taken to a hospital in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. There he died last week.

  7. Police arrested the teacher and charged him with murder and under the strict law that protects India’s scheduled castes and tribes.

  8. The FIR recorded in the case says Indra was “naive and did not know that the pot had been reserved for the upper caste teacher”. “Professor Chail Singh said to the boy, ‘You are from a lower caste. How dare you drink water from my pot!’ He then beat him,” FIR said.

  9. Speaking to the media, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said he had instructed officials to ensure a speedy investigation into the matter. “Justice will be rendered to the victim’s family at the earliest,” he said, announcing aid of Rs 5 lakh.

  10. Targeting the state government, the BJP had said the child’s death was shameful. “When will Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra suggest Mr. Gehlot to ensure justice for the Dalits of Rajasthan,” the BJP had tweeted.

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