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The Twins head into the all-star break having lost three of four at home to American League Central rival Chicago, the last an unsightly 11- loss Sunday afternoon at Target Field.

Still, it beats last year at this time, when the Twins were more than halfway to a last-place finish. Despite losing seven of their past 10 games, the Twins enter the break in first place, two games ahead of second-place Cleveland and three ahead of the White Sox.

“When you win games, it feels way better,” manager Rocco Baldelli said before the game.

Andrew Vaughn and Josh Harrison each drove in three runs, and right-hander Dylan Cease — an all-star snub despite one the best records in baseball — limited the Twins to one and two walks hit over seven innings. Cease, who struck out seven, improved to 9-4 and lowered his earned-run average to 2.15.

Chicago broke open a 4-0 game with a six-run, 10-better seventh inning, mostly off right-hander Joe Smith, who gave up five hits and a walk in one-third of an inning. Three of those hits were home runs by Yoan Moncada, Andrew Vaughn and Josh Harrison, the last a solo shot that made it 10-0.

Adam Engel doubled in a run in the ninth off reliever Emilio Pagán.

Making his first start since being placed on the disabled list with hip tightness on July 5, Chris Archer cruised through four innings before being touched for four two-out runs in the fifth inning. The right-hander gave up a two-run double to Tim Anderson and left with runners at second and third. Right-hander Tyler Duffey relieved and gave up a two-run double to Moncada.

Archer (2-4) missed all of 2020 and most of last season because of injuries and has averaged 4.1 innings in 16 starts this season.

The White Sox, who started the season with injuries to key players such as pitchers Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito and Joe Kelly, plus position players Moncada, Eloy Jimênez and AJ Pollock, have won 11 of their past 18 games and shaved two games off their division deficit with the series.

The Twins (50-44) entered last year’s break on a four-game winning streak, a sweep of the Detroit Tigers capped by a walk-off victory, but were 39-50 and 15 games behind first-place Chicago. They finished 73-89 and 20 games out of first.

“The guys grinded it out last year,” Baldelli said. “We made some improvements and good adjustments in the second half, which I was really proud of. But overall, it was a tough season, it was a tough year in a lot of ways. And it’s a different energy when you’re winning.”

The Twins have five days off before their next game, the opener of a two-game Saturday at Detroit’s Comerica Park.

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Los Angeles County coroner rules Anne Heche’s death an accident

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Actress Anne Heche poses for a portrait in 2015.

Heche, seen here in 1990 with Russell Todd, won a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance on the soap opera “Another World.” She played twins Vicky Hudson and Marley Love.

Heche, right, appears with Catherine Keener in the 1996 film ‘Walking and Talking’.

Heche, left, holds hands with comedian Ellen DeGeneres at the world premiere of the film “Face/Off” in 1997. The two dated for several years.

Heche stars with Tommy Lee Jones in the 1997 film “Volcano.”

Heche and Johnny Depp in a scene from 1997’s ‘Donnie Brasco’.

Heche appeared with Robert De Niro in “Wag the Dog” in 1998.

Heche and Vince Vaughn in “Psycho” in 1998.

Heche stars with Harrison Ford in the 1998 film “Six Days, Seven Nights.”

Heche signs a fan hat at the premiere of “Get Real” in 1999.

Heche, right, directs Sharon Stone in a segment of the 2000 film ‘If These Walls Could Talk 2’. DeGeneres, center, was also in the film.

From left, Stone, Michelle Williams and Heche hold the Lucy Awards which were presented in 2000 to the creators and cast of ‘If These Walls Could Talk’ and ‘If These Walls Could Talk 2’.

Heche married Coley Laffoon in 2001. They had a son together, Homer, before divorcing in 2009.

Heche and Laffoon take a walk with their son in 2002.

Heche attends the Los Angeles premiere of “American Splendor” in 2003.

Heche and her boyfriend James Tupper arrive at an Emmy Awards reception in 2010. They have a son together, Atlas.

Heche and actress Conchata Ferrell perform at a theater in Santa Monica, California during a cancer benefit in 2010.

Heche, center, appears in an episode of “Save Me” in 2013.

Heche and Juliette Goglia work with Michael J. Fox on a 2013 episode of “The Michael J. Fox Show.”

Heche in a 2015 episode of “Quantico.”

Heche takes a photo with her son Homer in 2017.

Heche bows with other actors during an encore for the reading of the ‘Twentieth Century’ benefit concert in 2019. Earlier in her career, Heche appeared in the Broadway play and was nominated for a Tony Award .

Heche dances with Keo Motsepe at the “Dancing With the Stars” TV competition in 2020.

Heche appears in an episode of “All Rise” in 2021.

Heche attends the Directors Guild of America Awards in March.

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Dodge Teases Muscle Car Fans About Electric Vehicles As It Considers Retiring Challenger And Charger Models

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Dodge Teases Muscle Car Fans About Electric Vehicles As It Considers Retiring Challenger And Charger Models

Dodge has built a loyal following of muscle car enthusiasts with models such as the Challenger and Charger, whose loud and powerful engines have long been the main draw.

Now, he’s betting those shoppers will embrace a new kind of muscle: one that runs exclusively on battery power.

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Cause of Anne Heche’s death revealed by Los Angeles County coroner

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Cause Of Anne Heche'S Death Revealed By Los Angeles County Coroner

LOS ANGELES– Anne Heche’s death has been ruled an accident, caused primarily by smoke inhalation and fire after she was involved in a fiery car accident on August 5, the Los Angeles County coroner has determined. .

The county released Heche’s official cause of death on Wednesday, classifying it as “inhalation and thermal injuries,” while noting that she suffered a fractured sternum from blunt force trauma.

Heche’s date of death was August 11, when she was considered brain dead. His body was kept on life support until August 14, after a recipient for organ donation was found.

Heche’s Mini Cooper was traveling at high speed in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles on August 5 when it apparently lost control, crashing into a house. The car slammed into the walls of the house, narrowly missing a resident inside and her pets, then burst into flames.

She was initially hospitalized in critical condition with a severe brain injury and fell into a coma after the accident.

The Los Angeles Police Department later said Heche had narcotics in his system at the time of the crash.

The woman living in Mar Vista’s house was not injured, but neighbors say she lost everything to the fire and accident. A GoFundMe page has been created to help.

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Caretaker of at-risk adult in Denver faces grievous bodily negligence charge

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Caretaker Of At-Risk Adult In Denver Faces Grievous Bodily Negligence Charge

A Denver man is facing a criminal charge of negligence causing grievous bodily harm for allegedly failing to provide for an intellectually and developmentally disabled man who was in his host’s home care.

Michael Hill, 40, faces the felony charge in an investigation that began in December 2019, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office.

The criminal investigation unfolded when Colorado Adult Protective Services contacted Denver police about the victim’s concerns, the statement said. A detective came to the house for a ‘wellness check’ and ‘found the victim naked and covered in feces’.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where staff found him severely malnourished and dehydrated, the statement said. Investigators suspect he did not receive prescribed medication properly while in Hill’s custody.

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MLB Umpires Association, adamant that crews are just following the rule, addresses home plate collision rule in statement

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Mlb Umpires Association, Adamant That Crews Are Just Following The Rule, Addresses Home Plate Collision Rule In Statement

CHICAGO — The Major League Baseball Umpires Association released a concise statement on Wednesday regarding the criticism umpires are receiving as a result of the home plate collision rule.

The rule has been a topic around the game after several video reviews recently resulted in overturned calls to home plate, including during Tuesday’s game between the Cleveland Guardians and the Detroit Tigers.

The statement, obtained by ESPN on Wednesday, reads, “It is the catcher’s responsibility not to position themselves in such a way as to block home plate without the ball.

“This rule change was enacted after Buster Posey was involved in a collision at home plate and suffered a serious leg injury. The Players Association and Owners have decided to protect their major assets (players) and have adopted the home plate collision rule that players are now complaining about.”

The umpires argue they’re just following the rule that’s on the books, the one the league sent a memo to teams on earlier this month. The memo was accompanied by illustrations and reminders of how and where a receiver can and cannot set up when receiving the ball from a defender.

“It’s simple: don’t block home plate without possession of the baseball or change the rule,” the umpire’s statement read.

The latest on-court controversy came early in the first inning Tuesday at Cleveland. Guardians receiver Austin Hedges caught a pitch from shortstop Tyler Freeman as Javier Baez slid home. Baez was called but the video review canceled the call, saying “the catcher didn’t give the runner a lane.” The Tigers scored three runs in the inning, beating the first-place Guardians, 4-3.

“First of all it cost the game,” Hedges said after the loss. “It’s a game that’s been called a few times recently and never really been called before. … There are home games that beat the runners and for 150 years you’re out. And now we let’s call a type of rule that’s really tricky to define.”

The video review has overturned eight home calls this season, the most since 2014 freshman teams could contest the call. The most recent have prompted teams to seek clarification from the league, which it has provided.

“Recently, we have seen seekers take advantage of runners they expect to slide while moving down the running lane without possession of the ball, in violation of Rule 6.01(i)(2),” reads the league memo. “Such conduct only invites runners to collide with receivers, causing potential injury to players in a way the rule was designed to prevent. Receivers cannot block runners’ path unless they are in possession of the ball or playing the ball.”

Referees say they feel caught in the middle, saying it’s not their job to call the blocking rule live, but to leave the video review to New York – which is handled by the current referees – s take care of it.

Their statement then extended beyond the home plate collision rule.

“It is also inaccurate to say that umpires in Major League Baseball are not held accountable. It is often said of our profession that ‘umpires are supposed to be perfect from the start and improve from there.’

“Like players, our mistakes are subject to intense public scrutiny and we are also held accountable by our employer in performance reviews. Although we don’t always know in real time if our calls are correct, we scrutinize them closely after the game and try to learn from all the mistakes.”

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Andrew Warren, fired by Governor DeSantis for refusing to prosecute abortion-related crimes, pursues reinstatement

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A Florida prosecutor has sued Governor Ron DeSantis (R) seeking reinstatement after he was removed from office for pledging not to pursue cases stemming from the 15-week abortion ban in Florida and potential bans on gender-affirming care.

Hillsborough County State’s Attorney Andrew Warren (D) argued his Aug. 4 suspension was unlawful on First Amendment grounds and called his removal a “retaliation” by DeSantis against a critic and political rival, according to a federal complaint filed Wednesday in the Northern District of Florida.

DeSantis suspends elected Democratic prosecutor who signed pledge on abortion cases

In a video message, Warren said that in addition to violating his free speech rights, DeSantis broke Florida law.

“He violated the Constitution of Florida by removing me from office without any legal justification, rejecting the results of a fair and free election,” Warren said.

DeSantis’ office dismissed Warren’s federal complaint as “without merit.”

“It’s no surprise that Warren, who was suspended for refusing to follow the law, is filing a lawsuit without legal basis to challenge his suspension. We look forward to responding in court,” a DeSantis spokesperson said in a statement.

Warren has been in office since 2016 and won re-election in 2020 with over 53% of the vote.

DeSantis suspending Warren and replacing him with someone he chooses sets an ominous tone for democracy in Florida, Louis Virelli, a law professor at Stetson University College of Law, told The Washington Post.

“One small step from here is if, as governor, I don’t think a state attorney is tough enough for a particular crime, I’m going to replace you with someone I prefer,” Virelli said. “That takes precedence over voter choice.”

Virelli said the complaint is one of the few options available to Warren if he wants to keep his job.

Part of Warren’s argument in the complaint is that the Florida Constitution limits dismissal to genuine incompetence or inability to do the job and breach of legal duty.

“Warren is being punished for what he said and not for what he did,” Virelli said.

Shortly after Warren was suspended, her office’s communications manager was told she had to resign and be paid throughout the month – or be fired on the spot.

Melanie Snow-Waxler, who began her role with the state’s attorney’s office in May, was fired Aug. 12.

“This unlawful termination is part of a troubling pattern of retaliation,” his attorney, Ryan Barack, said in a statement this week.

DeSantis and Warren are ideological opposites who have publicly argued over topics including abortion, covid restrictions, criminal justice and transgender rights.

In June, the day the Dobbs vs. Jackson decision was made, effectively ending the federal right to abortion access, Warren joined dozens of prosecutors across the country in signing a pledge that they “would refrain from using resources limitations of the criminal justice system to criminalize personal medical decisions”.

In 2021, Warren signed a similar joint statement with other elected prosecutors saying health care decisions should be a matter of “private discretion” and said they would not use their office to “promote the criminalization of gender-affirming or transgender health care”.

The DeSantis administration pursued aggressive policies to increasingly restrict medical treatments like puberty blockers and hormone therapy; just last week, the state banned people from using Medicare coverage to help pay for gender-affirming care.

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Since Warren’s suspension, he and DeSantis have been at odds over the nature of the suspension. While Warren called his suspension “temporary” in his filing, DeSantis’ office said Warren was no longer the Hillsborough County 13th Judicial Circuit prosecutor after the governor nominated Susan Lopez, a Republican judge who supported Warren’s opponent in 2016.

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