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Column: Dominant Dylan Cease picks up where he left off in the Chicago White Sox’s 6-3 win over Cleveland

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Dylan Cease probably will never know the reason why he wasn’t selected this season to the American League All-Star squad.

Maybe the Chicago White Sox starter doesn’t even want to know at this point.

“Statistically, the first half I put up kind of speaks for itself,” Cease said Sunday after earning his tenth victory in a 6-3 win over the Cleveland Guardians. “Unfortunately all the other stuff is out of my hands. I think I should have at least been highly, highly considered.”

Cease finished the first half ranked first in the majors in strikeouts per nine innings (12.90) and third in the AL in ERA (2.15) while going 9-4. Even after AL starter Justin Verlander pulled out of the game, the league chose closer Liam Hendriks for a roster spot instead of Cease, who deserved the nod more than his teammate.

It never made much sense, but credit Cease for declining to complain about the injustice. All he can do now is prove they were wrong, and he continued on that trek Sunday with six shutout innings.

“The only time that bulletin board stuff works is if your butt’s dragging and maybe you’re distracted,” manager Tony La Russa said of the snub. “He wanted to go. You can’t doubt his credentials. But that process is there. Every year, somebody misses.

“But he handled it. He just kept pitching. He’s happy, he pitches. Disappointed, he pitches. He’s an old pro at a young age.”

Cease, 26, admitted he didn’t watch the Midsummer Classic, which turned out to be the least-watched All-Star Game in decades. And he doesn’t mind getting to use the snub as motivation, whether he needs it or not.

“Just trying to win is enough motivation for me,” he said. “But I’ll take any chip on my shoulder I can get.”

The Sox should have a chip on their collective shoulders after being labeled the league’s biggest flop of the first half. But it was well deserved, and splitting with the Guardians this weekend didn’t help matters much.

They slogged back to the .500 mark (48-48) for the fourth time since May 31, finishing their 19-game stretch against AL Central opponents with a 10-9 record, gaining only a half-game on the division-leading Minnesota Twins. The Sox will look to finally have a winning record Tuesday in Coors Field, where the Sox begin a two-game series with the Colorado Rockies.

We’ve heard this before, of course, but the upcoming stretch is one in which the Sox can make their move. They play 19 games against sub-.500 teams before a four-game showdown with the Houston Astros on Aug. 15-18 at Sox Park.

“Obviously there’s more ground to make up, but we’re staying in it,” Cease said. “And we’re definitely coming.”

A five-run second inning off Guardians ace Shane Bieber, fueled by home runs from Leury García and AJ Pollock, gave Cease all the run support he needed. He scattered seven hits while striking out four to grab the major-league lead in strikeouts with 154. He lowered his ERA to 2.03 and has allowed one or no earned runs in each of his last 11 starts, compiling an 0.42 ERA over that stretch.

With the Aug. 2 trade deadline approaching, La Russa and general manager Rick Hahn have been in constant touch discussing the Sox’s pressing needs.

While Cubs manager David Ross said team President Jed Hoyer and the front office “pretty much keep me out of the loop” regarding trade talks, as Ross prefers, La Russa has always taken the opposite approach.

“I think the attitude here is always to communicate with the guys in uniform about where we are, what we need,” La Russa said. “That’s just the way it is throughout the organization. I never have understood how some teams don’t communicate with their guys down there.”

Hahn said Friday his focus would be improving the bullpen, and that was before twin implosions against the Guardians during Saturday’s doubleheader. Kendall Graveman served up a two-run home run Sunday to Franmil Reyes in the eighth, and Hendriks, who gave up three runs in Saturday’s loss, allowed a home run to light-hitting Steven Kwan in the ninth.

But with Cease and Johnny Cueto leading the rotation, the Sox need more consistency out of their other three starters. Lucas Giolito struggled in a three-inning outing Friday. Michael Kopech has yet to prove he can throw six or more innings on a regular basis. Lance Lynn turned in a dominant performance Saturday but needs to follow up with a few more before we know he’s back to the old Lance Lynn.

La Russa was optimistic Sunday about the chances of Luis Robert returning next weekend against the Oakland A’s, after the center fielder was placed on the injured list Friday with blurred vision. Josh Harrison sat out Sunday with a sore right hamstring, and Andrew Vaughn was rested.

Eloy Jiménez homered for the second straight game, and La Russa brought up the 2019 season when Jiménez looked like a budding superstar.

“You saw him in ‘19,” La Russa said. “I’ve seen him enough. I’ve seen him on TV. I’ve seen him enough in person. He’s a special producer. He’s going to drive in runs with base hits, and he’s always liable to hit the seats.”

When he’s hot, Jiménez can carry a lineup by himself. Right, Eloy?

“Uh, well, I guess,” he said.

No?

“Yeah, I guess,” he repeated.

Jiménez was inserted at DH Sunday after the Guardians challenged the left fielder on the basepaths on two occasions Saturday. Asked if that was expected given Jiménez’s recovery from hamstring surgery, La Russa said: “I was impressed with his home run. He ran fast. That’s going to be something we’ve just got to track.”

Jiménez was nonchalant about the Guardians trying to run on him.

“It’s OK,” he said. “I will be there for that. They can eat right now. I’m going to eat later.”

The Sox should be tired by now of watching the Twins and Guardians eat all season. The record does not compute with the talent level in the clubhouse.

“Obviously it hasn’t been our year so far,” Lynn said Saturday. “But there’s still some games left, there’s still some things we’re capable of doing.”

With 19 games against teams they should beat, it’s time for the Sox to get to the table and start chowing down.

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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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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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The UK has approved omicron-specific booster shots. They’re coming to the US soon: NPR

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The UK has become the first country to approve vaccine boosters designed to target the omicron variant of COVID-19, paving the way for Britons to receive their shots in early autumn.

The Moderna vaccine approved in the UK is “bivalent”, meaning it is a mixture of two versions of the vaccine: half is for the original strain of COVID-19, and the other half is a new formulation designed to combat the original omicron variant, also known as BA.1.

“What this bivalent vaccine gives us is a sharp tool in our arsenal to help protect us against this disease as the virus continues to evolve,” said Dr June Raine, head of the UK Food Regulatory Agency. medicines and health products, in a press release. .

UK researchers have found that the omicron booster made by Moderna “triggers a strong immune response” against the original 2020 strain of the coronavirus and the original omicron variant, which emerged late last year.

What has been approved in the UK is a different vaccine than the specific omicron booster that US officials hope to release this fall.

Here in the US, the FDA has asked vaccine developers to target the omicron subvariants known as BA.4 and BA.5 – the two strains that currently make up the vast majority of cases here – rather than focus on the original omicron variant, which swept the country last winter.

Moderna’s shot approved on Monday in the UK was less effective against BA.5 – although it “still generates[d] a good immune response” against this strain, the researchers said.

UK regulators also found that the bivalent vaccine’s side effects were similar to those of the original Moderna vaccine – “generally mild and self-resolving” – and that there were no serious safety concerns.

Why does the United States want different omicron boosters?

Moderna’s bivalent booster — along with another similar one made by Pfizer and BioNTech — is more effective against new variants of the virus than the original vaccines.

But these bivalent shots were designed around the original omicron variant and as a result they are less effective against BA.4 and BA.5.

The original omicron variant emerged in late 2021 and contributed to the massive wave of infections during the holiday season last year. It has since mutated into a handful of different sub-variants which, one by one, have come to dominate the workload. Today, the BA.5 subvariant is dominant in the United States, accounting for nearly 90% of all cases.

This rapid change in the composition of the virus has been “a moving target” for health officials trying to guide vaccine policy, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States’ top infectious disease official. United.

In late June, the FDA, aware of the likelihood of another winter flare, decided to ask vaccine makers to create a bivalent vaccine targeting BA.4 and BA.5, rather than the original omicron strain.

“Hopefully it will be close enough to the variant that will evolve as we approach fall and winter,” Fauci said in an interview with NPR late last month.

When will omicron boosters be available in the United States?

Officials have reported that omicron-specific boosters will be available to Americans this fall.

The United States has purchased over 170 million total doses of omicron boosters from Pfizer and Moderna. (That’s not enough for the 330 million Americans. But only about two-thirds of Americans have completed their initial course of the vaccine, and less than half have received boosters.)

The regulatory process that helps show that vaccines are safe and effective is still ongoing. Officials said they hope to clear the boosters by mid-September.

Can I just get another original booster now?

Americans 50 or older, as well as some immunocompromised people, can already get a second booster shot, according to CDC guidelines.

For others, some experts say the new BA.4 and BA.5 specific boosters are due soon enough to make the wait worthwhile.

Most people under 50 who have no underlying conditions already have some protection. Even though the effectiveness of the original vaccine and the booster has diminished, they still help, especially in preventing serious infections and hospitalizations. Additionally, some estimates indicate that up to 80% of Americans have caught COVID-19, adding natural immunity to the mix.

Also, vaccines may be less effective when taken too close together. Overall, if you’re young and healthy, it might be best to wait for the new booster this fall, said Dr. Carlos del Rio, an infectious disease specialist at Emory University.

“If you’re getting a vaccine right now, the problem is you won’t respond as well when you get another vaccine so close to this one. You need to have some time between vaccine doses,” del Rio said. in an interview with NPR. earlier this month. “In other words, there are more risks than benefits to getting another recall right now.”

Additional reporting by NPR’s Rob Stein.

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Woman’s feet severed after boat backed into raft in Lake Michigan ‘park’ area – NBC Chicago

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An afternoon for a group enjoying a float on Lake Michigan this weekend turned dangerous after a boat backed into their raft in the lake’s “Playpen” area, seriously injuring two women, 28 and 34 years, in the process.

According to authorities, one was injured in the hand and another had both feet severed due to the collision.

“It was weird to see someone backing off,” said Ted Widen, an AMP Boat rep who was on the lake. “You just don’t back up through the ‘park’. You know people are swimming everywhere, it’s dangerous and you know nothing good will come of it.

At approximately 5 p.m. Saturday, the Chicago Fire Department was called to an area known as “The Playpen,” north of Navy Pier, to an incident involving a ship called La Aquavida and a vessel of 33 feet parked in the anchorage area.

Authorities said a licensed captain tried to anchor the rental boat he operated and the anchoring device malfunctioned. After that, the boat started to drift.

New cellphone video shows the harrowing moment a boat backed into a group of people floating in the “Playpen” on Lake Michigan, seriously injuring two women in the process. NBC 5’s Natalie Martinez has the story.

As the captain maneuvered the drifting boat, he ran onto a floating raft with two women on it, according to Illinois Conservation Police.

Cellphone video, shot by NBC 5 viewer Justin Jachimiec, shows the boat backing into a floating raft, where eight people were enjoying a day on the water.

“He just kept going until he crashed into that lily pad and that boat,” Widen said. “I thought they were friends, and I thought they were just backing off to draw back-to-back. It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen in Lake Michigan.

According to Art Pashnik of the Chicago Police Department’s Marnie Unit, “There were six to eight people on the flotation raft. While they were on this raft, another boat rolled over on top of them, sucking them in just below the boat. »

Both victims were taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is investigating the incident and it is not known at this time if any charges will be brought.

The Coast Guard said it was particularly interested in speaking to passengers who were on board La Aquavida at the time, or anyone who may have videos of the incident.

Witnesses can make anonymous reports through the Coast Guard Investigation Service Tips website.

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Tonight’s Dylan Cease-Justin Verlander game takes us back to a time when starting aces ruled baseball – The Denver Post

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Dylan Cease admitted on Monday that he sometimes thinks about his chances of winning the American League’s Cy Young Award during his breakout season.

Chalk to the joy of youth?

“Old people think about it too,” Justin Verlander said with a laugh. “It’s very natural.”

Cease, the 26-year-old Chicago White Sox ace, takes on Verlander, the 39-year-old Cy Young favorite, on Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field in Game 2 of a key series between the Sox and Houston Astros.

Monday’s 4-2 Sox win was an appetizer for the main course, and both starters looked set for the showdown.

“Two guys are having good years, and it’s going to be fun,” Verlander said. “I don’t think you get a lot of moments where you get two guys that have great years like this game. Things have to line up, so it’s very exciting.

The game has changed so much over the years, with starters getting up even after six or seven hitless innings and front-office executives planning pitching moves with the manager hours before the first pitch.

Whether that’s better or worse for the game is in the eye of the beholder. For some of us dinosaurs, handing the game over to anonymous relievers is never as much fun as watching two dominant pitchers try to battle it out for nine innings, even if their stuff isn’t as good as the first time around. in order. .

But that’s no longer relevant now. Baseball will never go back to the days when a beginner who pitched well wouldn’t give up the ball unless it was snatched from his hand. Analytics have turned managers into drones. “Five and dive” has been replaced by “five and survive”.

All we can do is appreciate the rare occasion when two dominant starters go head-to-head in a regular-season game — and hope the managers see it as entertainment. Many fans want to see which pitcher wins, not which gives their team a chance to win with 85 pitches.

Tony La Russa and Dusty Baker are the kind of old-school managers you’d think would give their starters a bit more leeway in a marquee game such as Verlander-Cease. We will see.

They’re also new-school thinkers when it comes to making sure their aces are still healthy and sustainable come October, so don’t expect a throwback to the days when pitch counts were thrown by the window.

Still, Baker knows that’s something the game needs.

“I was thinking about it today,” he said. “It’s like when I was a kid – (Sandy) Koufax and Juan Marichal, or Don Drysdale and Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins and Bob Gibson. They’re classics, classics (matchups). I remember when Don Sutton of our team (the Los Angeles Dodgers) was up against Nolan Ryan.

“I’m going to have to be really careful and make sure I’m not a spectator and manage. ‘Cause if I was home I’d treat myself to a bowl of popcorn and beer and the only time I’d leave would be if there was a commercial or it was in between the sleeves because it’s is a classic (match up).

Baker said the reason there aren’t more classic matchups is because there were fewer teams at the time, and four-man rotations made it more likely that two No. 1s could s to face.

While that’s true, there’s also a lack of star power when it comes to starting pitchers. There are plenty of well-paid starters but few go-to pitchers like Verlander, Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw.

Cease may be on his way – as evidenced by his record streak of 14 straight starts allowing one or no earned runs – but he will need to prove himself for a few more years to reach that status.

Can he imagine launching at the age of Verlander?

“I didn’t even think about it,” he said. “It’s hard to understand, but I guess him and Scherzer are showing that if you take care of yourself, there’s no reason your (speed) or anything should go down. Guys like that make it easier the picture for sure.

Cease was revealed on Monday to be the Sox’s poet laureate. He unveiled a poem he wrote on his slider titled “O Slider Slide” and asked the team to hand out T-shirts with the verses on the back. A direct debit:

“O slider slide o’ slider slide.

“In the strike zone, indeed, a win is implied.”

Well, Dylan Thomas had to start somewhere, and he probably couldn’t even throw a cursor. You have to give Cease credit for coming forward.

The game aside, it’s been a huge streak for the Sox, who were taken down by those same Astros in October in the AL Division Series and have yet to recover.

Baker pointed to the Sox’s injuries, saying, “It’s not the uniform, it’s the person in the uniform.”

“If I play my first team against your second team, in the long run I’m going to win most of the time and you’re going to lose most of the time,” he said.

The Sox hosted the Astros by playing “Bang the Drum All Day” as the Houston roster was introduced, a shot at their sign-stealing past. The Astros responded by hitting Sox starter Johnny Cueto hard on a two-run first inning, helped by an error from Josh Harrison.

Cueto calmed down and didn’t give up another run through the eighth, allowing the Sox to rally with four runs late in the eighth.

Maybe the guys on the scoreboard should have played “Golden Slumbers” for the Sox, who slept behind the wheel much of the season. The Astros, meanwhile, had no problem getting up for games, even with a sizable lead in the AL West.

“We expect guys to be their best version of themselves, and we all hold ourselves accountable,” Verlander said.

Baker said don’t count the Sox.

“They’re in a good division to be where they are,” he said. “I remember when Tony La Russa won 83 games and won the World Series (with the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals).”

La Russa too.

“I know he does,” Baker said. “You just want to join the dance. Our job is to keep them out of the dance.

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