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Jacob deGrom throws bullpen session, taking next step on road to return

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Jacob Degrom Throws Bullpen Session, Taking Next Step On Road To Return

Jacob deGrom threw a baseball on Sunday.

In fact, he threw many of them. Notoriously private, obsessively weary of the media, deGrom’s bullpen session happened long before anybody else showed up at Citi Field. deGrom was also nowhere to be found in the clubhouse before the game or on the field during warmups.

“Jacob threw a side today,” Buck Showalter confirmed. “I talked to him a little bit. It seemed to go well. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow and then make a decision on where he goes, and when. The plan is for him to make a [rehab] start some time in the coming week.”

Showalter did not watch the session live, could not tell reporters how many pitches deGrom threw, and at the time of his pregame press conference, the manager had not watched video of deGrom either.

“Jake knows the things that should be talked about and the things that are just general soreness from wear and tear. He’s in a good spot.”

Each of the last few times Showalter has spoken about deGrom, he’s been consistent in his messaging that they’ll be touch and go with his physical condition, and if everything is feeling the way it should, deGrom will then start another game in the minor leagues to determine the next step.

“I know what the plan is, but if something happens that makes us deviate from that plan, we will,” Showalter allowed. “I know what the plan is, but I’d rather not put it out there completely until we get to that step.”

Another pitcher, albeit a much less famous or important piece of the team, also made a step forward in his rehab on Sunday. Trevor May, who last pitched for the Mets on May 2, saw some action with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

“Trevor threw an inning today,” Showalter beamed. “It went well, 14 pitches, one inning, one hit, one strikeout. It sounds like he did well and felt well. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow, but he’ll pitch again, obviously, on rehab. We’ll probably try to get him back-to-back days somewhere in here.”

May had a stress reaction in his pitching arm that caused inflammation. He owns an 8.64 ERA in the 8.1 MLB innings he pitched before the injury. Then there’s James McCann, who’s been hanging out at Citi Field but is also making his way back from injury. The catcher had an oblique snafu that’s held him out since July 9.

“He’s moving pretty quickly,” Showalter said of McCann. “They’re very upbeat about it. He hasn’t gotten a concrete assignment date yet. They haven’t given me the sheet that has it mapped out, when and where. But it’s moving toward playing in games in the near future. I wish I could be more specific.”

BEATING THE HEAT

Despite sweltering heat — the temperature was in the 90s for the entirety of Sunday’s pregame activities — a few Mets, including Jeff McNeil, did some hitting on the field. Showalter was asked if he dissuades players from spending unnecessary time in the sun.

“Yes, we’ve been doing that for about a month now,” he said. “In a lot of ways, I think we’ve made the facilities too good inside. I had three or four conversations with players today, and you have to do it inside.”

While the 66-year-old Showalter said the weather would be much less of an issue if he was a 26-year-old player, he’s taken notice of the extreme conditions.

“What’s that old country music song? Old women sit around and talk about old men. Old men sit around and talk about the weather. That’s a great line. I’m not going to get into global warming and is it hotter or not hotter, more humid. It’s just, it’s summer. We’ve been playing in July, August and September for years.”

PRIMETIME VOGEY

Daniel Vogelbach’s first game as a Met was televised for a national audience on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. Batting sixth, playing DH, and wearing No. 32, Vogelbach made his Mets debut. He was with the team at Citi Field on Saturday, but with the Padres starting a lefty, Showalter opted to give Vogelbach a day to get acclimated without having to play any baseball.

“I’m glad he got to do that,” Showalter congratulated himself. “You can tell he’s very familiar and comfortable. Who doesn’t like Daniel? He’s a very magnetic character. You can tell he’s really happy to be here.”

PEREZ TO SYRACUSE

While Vogelbach got his first start on Sunday, the Mets sent their other recent trade pickup to Triple-A. Michael Perez, the catcher that came over from Pittsburgh in exchange for a big pile of cash, is joining the Syracuse Mets to get back into the rhythm of playing in games.

“We’re sending him down to get some at-bats,” Showalter said. “He hasn’t had any at-bats since the 14th [with Pittsburgh].”

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What'S In The Galaxy Z Flip And Fold 4 Box? Not A Lot

New Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Turnaround Z 4 revealed to Samsung’s Unpacked event include many improvements such as bigger batteries, updated processors, better cameras and new software. However, the packaging of the phones does not include much else.

It turns out that buying a $1,000 or $1,800 phone in 2022 means getting little to no extras in the box. Gone are the days of having a pair of wired headphones with your new phone. In the past two years, wall chargers have ceased to be included. And you can forget about getting free cases.

Samsung stopped including wired headphones in the package with the launch of the Galaxy Note 20. Wall chargers started disappearing from Samsung phone boxes with the launch of the Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra.

The absence of so many extras is one of the ways Samsung is trying to reduce its impact on the environment as well as its own costs. In fact, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4 include components made from repurposed fishing nets, which is a first for Samsung foldables. So that’s pretty cool, right?

What’s in the Galaxy Z Fold 4 box?

Here’s what’s included:

  • A Galaxy Fold 4
  • A USB-C cable
  • A printed installation guide and instructions
  • A SIM card tool

What’s in the Galaxy Z Flip 4 box?

Here’s what’s included:

  • A Galaxy Flip 4
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Fbi Says Gunman Tried To Break Into Cincinnati Field Office

A gunman wearing a body armor attempted to break into the Federal Bureau of Investigation field office in Cincinnati on Thursday, authorities said, and a standoff continued into the early afternoon after he fled to a highway.

The man attempted to enter the visitor screening facility at 9:15 a.m., the FBI said in a statement, but an alarm went off and officers responded as he fled to the north on Interstate 71. FBI, Ohio State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement arrived near Wilmington, Ohio, where gunfire was exchanged, according to the United States Emergency Management Agency. Clinton County.

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Longtime Bayport mayor not seeking re-election

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Undated Courtesy Photo, Circa Oct. 2018, Of Susan St. Ores, Candidate For Re-Election As Mayor Of Bayport In The Nov. 2018 Election. (Courtesy Of The Candidate)

After 12 years on the job, Bayport Mayor Susan St. Ores is calling it quits.

Undated courtesy photo, circa Oct. 2018, of Susan St. Ores, candidate for re-election as mayor of Bayport in the Nov. 2018 election. (Courtesy of the candidate)

St. Ores said Thursday that she has decided not to run for re-election; filings for the position close at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

St. Ores was elected mayor in November 2010 and ran — and won — five more times after that.

“I absolutely love our hometown community, and it has been a wonderful experience to serve the citizens of Bayport,” St. Ores said in a statement.

During her tenure, she said, Bayport has built strong partnerships with its neighbors and “made important investments in our infrastructure, parks, equipment and staff.”

The mayoral seat and two council seats are up grabs on Nov. 8.

St. Ores said she hopes more residents will get involved in local government “as new and more perspectives result in better representation.”

She also said she hopes that the city’s priorities will continue to be “preserving our strong financial position, strengthening public safety, enhancing the small-town culture, and ensuring transparency and good faith communication in all government decisions, all while holding the line on taxes.”

“Those have been my priorities … and my hope is that future city councils will reflect these same values in their actions,” she said.

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Washington pilot dies in plane crash in Jefferson County

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A pilot died Wednesday after his plane crashed near Blyn, Jefferson County.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, a witness reported seeing a low-flying plane with a possible sputtering engine and hearing a crash around 3:10 p.m.

There was significant fog in the area at the time. The sheriff’s office searched the area by car and drone for wreckage and also contacted US Navy Whidbey Island Search and Rescue for assistance, KING5 reported.

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A Washington pilot died in a solo accident on Wednesday.

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Jerry Kill’s game day speaking engagement dunked after criticism

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The idea of Jerry Kill speaking to a Twin Cities group on the morning of the Gophers football team’s season opener has been dunked on.

Shortly after it became known that leaders of Twin Cities Dunkers had invited Kill to be its speaker on Sept. 1 — the day his new team, New Mexico State, plays his old one at Huntington Bank Stadium — the engagement was canceled.

“Some people thought it was maybe inappropriate or causing discomfort, one way or the other. That was never the intent,” said Dave Mona, a member of the Dunkers group that comprises nearly 350 business leaders and regularly invites sports newsmakers for breakfast chats.

Mona, a retired public relations executive, had the idea of inviting the ex-Gophers coach and while former Gophers athletics director Joel Maturi made the call to Kill roughly three weeks ago. His appearance hadn’t yet been made official.

On Monday, KFXN-FM and Gophers sideline reporter Justin Gaard tweeted news of Kill’s invite, putting it in the “only in Minnesota” category. The replies weren’t Minnesota nice.

On Tuesday, Dunkers spiked the plan.

“We decided, let’s pull the plug on it.” Mona said. “(Kill) was fine with it. He wanted to say hello to people that morning and see them again, maybe one last time.”

But, Mona added, “No harm, no foul.”

Before the speech was given the kibosh, former U men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino, now at New Mexico, tweeted: “So you’re saying my dream of being invited back to speak to the Twin Cities Dunkers isn’t dead??”

When first contacted, Kill expressed doubts to the idea of him speaking to Gophers fans. The response was that Kill had “a lot of friends” in Minnesota.

Mona, a former reporter and host on WCCO-AM, said he would have emceed the event and planned to talk about Kill’s return to head coaching at New Mexico State — a challenging place to win as an FBS independent in small Las Cruces — as well as the new challenges in college football, primarily name, image and likeness (NIL) and the NCAA transfer portal.

Mona said he did not plan to ask about Kill’s critical comments of current Gophers coach P.J. Fleck. “I was hoping we could keep it in other things,” he said.

But it was Kill’s comments about Fleck that drove backlash.

Fleck coached under Kill at Northern Illinois in 2008-09. In a radio interview in 2019, Kill said Fleck had “changed a lot” and “I just think sometimes ego gets carried away.” Kill even mentioned Fleck’s first wife in the criticisms.

Kill also said he “took it personal” that Fleck said he had to change the culture of the U program when he was hired in 2017. Kill stepped down due to health reasons midway through the 2015 season and his longtime assistant, Tracy Claeys, was promoted. After the 2016 season, Claeys was fired, in part, due to his response to a group of players being implicated in a sexual assault.

Four of those players were expelled after a university investigation.

After Kill’s comments in 2019, Fleck responded on KTLK-AM: “I’ve got a lot of respect for Jerry Kill; I always will. … I’m not sure where that came from.”

Fleck spoke for a sixth time at Dunkers in June. Other recent speakers include Twins front-office leaders Derek Falvey and Thad Levine in April, and Vikings general manager Kwesi Adolfo-Mensah and head coach Kevin O’Connell in May. MLS Commissioner Don Garber met with Dunkers ahead of the MLS All-Star Game in St. Paul on Wednesday.

The Gophers are a whopping 37.5-point betting favorite against New Mexico State. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Sept. 1.

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Francisco Lindor is once again one of the best players in the league – The Denver Post

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While many continue to worry about Francisco Lindor’s batting average — which is also trending up — the tireless Mets shortstop has been showing up at the ballpark every day and resuming his place among the baseball’s best all-around players.

Lindor finally gets a break on Thursday, because a day off from the Mets is the only thing that can keep him off the field. Playing with virtually no rest, which manager Buck Showalter is very fond of reminding people of, Lindor posted the fourth most wins over substitution of any position player in the league.

With 32% more offensive production than the average player, mechanical defense at the diamond’s most important position and a good sneaky base run, Lindor ranks behind the Cardinals’ cornering duo of Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt. for the League’s Most Valuable Player crown. It certainly won’t lead to the Most Valuable Player award, but Lindor deserves a lot more MVP buzz than he’s currently getting.

That’s fine with Lindor, who called breaking Jose Reyes’ single-season club record for RBI by shortstop “a blessing” and “cool” before turning into a reminder that the ultimate goal is to win the World Series. Despite having the third highest WAR since his freshman season in 2015 (behind Mike Trout and Mookie Betts), Lindor has yet to finish above fifth place in MVP voting. He’s never had a bad year, per se, but last year was one he’d definitely take a mulligan for.

Due to his typical excellent defensive work, Lindor’s .230/.322/.412 slash line in 2021 hasn’t totally sunk his overall season, but as the Mets disintegrated in the second half and he has suffered a right oblique injury, the whole mood was not what anyone wanted. Now in his second year of starring in the New York market spotlight, Lindor was asked on Wednesday if simply having more experience with the Big Apple has helped bolster his numbers.

“It’s something to do with it,” he conceded. “But it’s [also] learn from the guys and the coaching staff. Feeding off the energy that the crowd brings also helps.

These things, of course, go hand in hand. The crowd brings much better energy when the Mets win more than two-thirds of their home games, which they have done so far in 2022. It also helps not to actively alienate them with ill-thought-out gestures and weird stories. about a fight in the tunnel actually being an argument about rats and raccoons.

With the Mets where they currently find themselves challenging for king-of-the-hill status not just in the National League, but in all of Major League Baseball, these self-inflicted headaches from last year feel like ‘they happened on a completely different planet. Showalter has been a much-needed adult in the room, the kind of parent who lets the kids have fun as long as they do their chores, but the new additions in lineup and launch staff have also transformed the culture.

It’s hard to imagine a team with Max Scherzer doing the childish hijinks the Mets did last season. Starling Marte and Mark Canha raised the collective floor of the batting order, as did Chris Bassitt for the starting rotation. In recent weeks, there’s also Citi Field’s undisputed champion, the designated hitter who allegedly told Scherzer he hits cluster homers, just like he gets his donuts.

Daniel Vogelbach has been a perfect fit, both mid-line and at the clubhouse. Tyler Naquin is also acclimating quickly, collecting more extra hits (seven) than singles (four) in his first 10 games with the team.

“I’m glad they’re here,” Lindor said of the players GM Billy Eppler picked up at the trade deadline. “The front office has done an incredible job bringing together the right group of guys who will fit in.”

The team, at least on the positional player side, is going through Lindor though. Pete Alonso has been outstanding, and the jump Brandon Nimmo has made this season might make a kangaroo jealous. But as the infield captain, entrenched in third place in the roster, earning the most money of any hitter on the team, Lindor is the man. He credited internal communication within the team as one of the reasons his batting average jumped 40 points from last year to this one, as well as his own habit of meticulous note taking and to crush the films of the opposing launchers.

“I learned that early in my career,” Lindor said after beating the Reds on Wednesday. “I saw Andrew Miller take notes and watch the batters he was going to face and had faced in previous times. I asked him why he was doing this, and he said he needed to study and prepare to be the best he could be, not just roll the dice every time he went out there. I took this to heart.

These Mets are a veteran team, devoid of any player who needs to be pampered or placed under the wing of an older player. Of the nine positional players who have made the most plate appearances, 27-year-old Alonso (born Dec. 7, 1994) is the youngest. For this reason, Lindor doesn’t need to take on that Miller role and explain how to be professional. But, if the Mets are still flying high in October, they’ll certainly be praising the shortstop who’s steered them all the way.

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