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Kyle Schwarber knows what could await Willson Contreras and Ian Happ without extensions from Chicago Cubs: ‘It’s not the end of the world’

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Kyle Schwarber Knows What Could Await Willson Contreras And Ian Happ Without Extensions From Chicago Cubs: ‘It’s Not The End Of The World’

For two days this week in Los Angeles, Kyle Schwarber reunited with friends.

The All-Star Game on Tuesday brought together Schwarber and former Chicago Cubs teammates Willson Contreras and Ian Happ, but by Aug. 2, Contreras and Happ could find themselves in the same spot as the Philadelphia Phillies slugger — as former Cubs.

Contreras remains all but gone without a contract extension ahead of free agency a mere months away, while trading Happ, a free agent after the 2023 season, would capitalize on his maximized trade value.

“I just remember when I was with the Cubs and people would come in and say, you know, it’s not better on the other side,” Schwarber told the Tribune. “For me, don’t get me wrong, it’s an unbelievable orientation. I love all the people that were there, but there’s still a lot of really good baseball organizations out there that do things right and care about the players just like the Cubs do.

“It’s not the end of the world if they don’t get an extension. There’s still good things out there on the other side.”

The Cubs scored five runs in the 10th inning Saturday for a 6-2 win, their second straight against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

As the trade deadline looms, manager David Ross learned from last year’s sell-off how to keep the team locked in after significant roster changes. He learned the importance of staying true to the day-to-day preparation and identifying who might be a piece for next season or those who might have important development ahead of them.

Ross doesn’t want to know too much about the ongoing trade talks from the front office. He prefers staying focused on trying to win games and not let potential trade knowledge affect his personality or relationships with players. So, President Jed Hoyer and the front office “pretty much keep me out of the loop.”

“We may have conversations every once awhile, but judging from last year the conversation on any particular player can change four or five different times,” Ross said. “I don’t put a whole lot of stock in it. I know how rumors fly.”

Ross always tries to be an optimist. He knows where the Cubs sit in the standings but sees reasons to feel positive about the future. Nico Hoerner is trending to star status. Christopher Morel appears to be a dynamic, versatile player. Right-hander Keegan Thompson and left-hander Justin Steele are looking like the real deal. And since right fielder Seiya Suzuki has returned from the injured list, he’s showing why so many teams pursued him in the offseason.

The Cubs will have the financial resources to make a splash in free agency in the offseason. It would accelerate any timeline for them to contend, something that should be a priority, especially with the young talent coming through their minor-league system.

While the path the Cubs have taken ultimately might prove to be the right move, it is still jarring how quickly the organization tore down a roster than reached the postseason five times in six years.

“I mean, I would be lying if I said no, I’m not shocked,” said Schwarber, who entered Saturday leading the National League with 30 home runs. “I’ll never know the business side of the game, the financial aspects or anything like that. I’m just a player and it’s a big-market team. It’s the Chicago Cubs and they won a World Series not too long ago, so I guess it is shocking.”

Under the Theo Epstein and now Hoyer regime, the Cubs have signed only one player they drafted to a contract extension: infielder David Bote.

“I wasn’t expecting anything from them in terms of … I’m the type of guy that I never would think that I would get an extension or something,” Schwarber said. “I just wanted to wait to see if it would ever come. But seeing a guy like (Anthony Rizzo) who’s been there for how many years and was a staple there with all of the off-the-field things he did for the city of Chicago, that’s a big loss for the city.”

Schwarber went on to praise what Kris Bryant and Javier Báez did in a Cubs uniform.

“If I’m the fan Schwarber we’re talking about, yeah, I’m shocked that they didn’t keep anyone there,” Schwarber said. “But the baseball player Schwarber also gets it that there’s things that aren’t in our control, and all we can do is go out there and play … to the best of our abilities and try to win and whatever happens, happens.”

The Cubs have an avenue that is worth exploring. The Washington Nationals are entertaining trade offers for 23-year-old superstar outfielder Juan Soto after he turned down a reported 15-year, $440 million contract extension. The Cubs can be in play for the generational talent and give their rebuild a big boost. Regardless, landing an dynamic player in the offseason is a must.

“When you’re building a team, there’s a process to that and big-picture view,” Ross said. “It’s not my money, but I don’t think there’s $500 million contracts just ready to be thrown around by every owner or GM.

“Acquiring talent, young talent, that’s something that’s definitely been on our radar for a long time. I leave all that stuff to the front office, but the more good players we can get, I’m all for it.”

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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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Shipyaari, a Mumbai-based software company that offers shipping logistics to major consumer brands, has exposed the personal data of thousands of its customers due to a months-long leak of its internal shipping information.

Exposed data discovered by security researcher Ashutosh Barot, including the names, addresses, telephone numbers, order invoice amounts and delivery status of Shipyaari customers. According to Barot, Shipyaari’s customer tracking page was not password protected and could be viewed by anyone with the web address.

“The exposed information could then be used to perform targeted social engineering attacks and financial fraud,” Barot told TechCrunch.

The researcher originally contacted Shipyaari about the exposure in October 2021, and the company promised a fix in December. Some changes were made, but did not correct the exposure. It was finally patched in late July after TechCrunch became aware of the security incident.

“I appreciate Shipyaari for resolving the issue and implementing the recommendations,” Barot said.

Shipyaari remedied the exposure by stripping customers’ personally identifiable information (PII) from the tracking page and restricting access to it with a one-time PIN (OTP) system. He then updated the system to prevent bad actors from launching automated attacks.

“Data privacy is of the utmost importance to us, and we will ensure that such cases do not happen again in the future,” said Vishal Totla, founder of Shipyaari, in an email response to TechCrunch.

Totla said customer PII data will no longer display on the page when loading.

Shipyaari claims to handle over 5,000 shipments per day. The company also has over 6,000 active sellers across the country.

Barot pointed out that India needs strong data privacy laws to help limit the growing cases of data exposure and leaks.

Earlier this month, the Indian government withdrew the long-awaited Personal Data Protection Bill which was promoted to bring in strict rules to help protect the privacy of its citizens. The legislation has alarmed tech giants and raised concerns about how they might handle sensitive user information.

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