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As Jarred Kelenic slowly but surely finds his swing for the Mariners’ Triple-A team, trying to climb his way back after an early-season demotion, one of the men for whom he was traded is having a season for the ages.

Several elements of the Mets’ season have felt unprecedented, from spending huge money on free agents that have actually paid off to a first half that’s only been topped by the 1986 champions. But at the end of games, the Mets have someone who could not only make club history, but also MLB history.

After his four-out, four-strikeout save on Tuesday night, Edwin Diaz is striking out 17.9 batters per nine innings. If he keeps up this pace, Diaz will break Aroldis Chapman’s record for strikeouts per nine innings. Among pitchers to throw at least 50 innings in a season, Chapman’s 17.7 K/9 from 2014 stands alone.

Two members of the Mets played with Diaz when they were coming up together in Seattle. To them, this stuff is old hat.

“He was that dominant in Seattle,” said Daniel Vogelbach, who was Diaz’s teammate from 2016 to 2018. “I don’t think anything’s really changed.”

Taijuan Walker remembers seeing Diaz make his MLB debut for the Mariners in 2016 and immediately thinking the skinny kid from Puerto Rico was destined for greatness.

“Literally his first outing, I remember all the players on the top step watching him,” Walker recalled. “Every pitch he threw, we were like, ‘Wow, this dude is nasty.’ He was pumping 102, 103 easy.”

Diaz has only hit 102 miles per hour twice this year, both on June 25 in Miami, but he’s found a new way to wow people. This is now his seventh year in The Show, and he’s throwing his slider more than the fastball for the first time in his career. A staggering 55% of the closer’s total pitches have been a slider this year, and the numbers don’t lie. It’s a damn good pitch.

Opponents are hitting .146 and slugging .175 against it. The slider has been the finishing move on 62 of his 81 strikeouts and is the main reason for his 51.6% strikeout percentage. Chapman’s 52.5% from 2014 is also the record for a pitcher that threw at least 50 innings. If not for Arizona’s Daulton Varsho, who took Diaz deep in his seventh outing of the year, there would be no extra base hits off the slider in 2022.

“I feel like this year, instead of a thrower he’s a pitcher now,” Walker summarized. “He knows what he needs to do. His slider is really good and he throws his fastball when he needs to.”

But what does the man himself think about the season he’s having, which has probably made a few hitters consider a career change.

“I’m prepared to face anyone,” Diaz said after vanquishing the Yankees on Tuesday. “I’m thinking I’m the best on the mound.”

It took a while for Diaz to reach his final form. Even as Vogelbach, Walker and others watched him take the bull by the horns as a flamethrowing rookie, improvements needed to be made. Like many young relievers, Diaz dealt with bouts of home run- and walk-itis in his early days with the M’s before reaching his third year and turning in one of the best seasons a reliever has ever had.

Then came the trade to the Mets, and his first year with his new team was a tragedy wrapped in a fiasco. His seven blown saves in 2019 were tied for third-most in the league, and a 5.59 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 15 home runs in 58 innings had many fans calling for his head. Three years later, he’s been arguably the most important pitcher on the team.

“I don’t think he’s gotta show us anything,” Buck Showalter said on Tuesday. “Edwin’s been a rock for us. I don’t know if there’s a better guy at the end of games this year than him. It’s been an honor to watch him pitch this year.”

Showalter is correct. By Wins Above Replacement, Diaz is in fact the best reliever in the game. Diaz has also recorded 68 strikeouts in the ninth inning; the next closest person is Josh Hader at 56.

“When he’s coming in, you feel pretty good about it,” said Adam Ottavino, who’s been Diaz’s primary setup man this year. “It feels pretty automatic. I’ve played with a lot of great relief pitchers, but the run he’s on right now, it’s different. He’s striking everybody out, making it look really easy. We all know it’s not easy. So, to watch it like that is fun to see.”

The dominance hasn’t been limited to just the ninth inning, though. Diaz has come into a game five times in the eighth inning as Showalter plays the matchup rather than the inning. Rigid bullpen usage can often be a death sentence for managers. Just ask Showalter, who lost the 2016 AL Wild Card Game and his job after keeping Zack Britton in the bullpen during a tie game on the road. If the Mets find themselves in a similar situation this postseason, expect Diaz and his trumpets to be playing whenever he’s needed.

“Whatever they ask me to do,” Diaz said after notching his 22nd save on Tuesday. “They asked me for four outs tonight, I came and did my job.”

That job is not an easy one, but if anyone can make closing games look like a walk in the park, it’s 2022 Edwin Diaz.

“He’s just a strikeout machine,” said Vogelbach, who has never faced Diaz in a real game. “I’ve been lucky.”

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Chicago White Sox starter Johnny Cueto has pitched for winning teams throughout his career, including 2015 World Series champion Kansas City Royals.

After another night of missed chances in an 8-3 loss Wednesday to the Royals at Kauffman Stadium, the Sox had to think about what it would take to show the consistency so many have been waiting for all year.

“I think we need to be more aggressive and show more swagger,” Cueto said through an interpreter. “We have to go out there and play and play hard and show what we can do.

“We have to fight. We have to show the fight, we have to show the fire that we have – if we have it.

The Sox broke through offensively with three runs in the top of the sixth to take a two-point lead. The Royals tied the game in the bottom of the sixth and took the lead in the seventh on MJ Melendez’s solo home run against Jake Diekman. They walked away with four in the eighth.

“I see it as having a two-point lead and that’s part of the game,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “Sometimes we had rallies that started with a ball hitting a sack or a blooper. It happened for them.”

The Sox were trailing 1-0 when they charged with one out in the sixth.

Gavin Sheets, who flew to the left in a similar situation in the second, hit a ground second with an exit speed of 106.1 mph. Michael Massey was unable to field the hard hit ball cleanly and two runs were scored on the play, which was originally ruled a hit before it was changed to an error.

The Sox tacked on a third run on a two-out RBI single from Josh Harrison.

The Royals responded with two goals late in the sixth.

Bobby Witt Jr. hit a field single, beating the third pitch after a slight double clutch from Yoán Moncada. Witt scored first on Salvador Perez’s double.

Perez advanced to third on a throwing error from Moncada, who made a good field play on Hunter Dozier’s field but dismissed first baseman José Abreu. Perez scored on a two-out single from Massey.

“I fought,” Cueto said. “Just two balls on the floor that unfortunately Moncada couldn’t finish those games. But I kept fighting. I did what I could.”

Cueto allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits with four strikeouts and one walk in six innings.

“Part of baseball,” La Russa said. “And he almost got away with it. It’s a tough way to get the guys down to the basics. A tough way to give up racing from Johnny’s perspective.

Diekman has been effective since the Sox acquired him in a trade from the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 1, striking out 10 of 12 batters in the face of six strikeouts in his first four outings.

He gave up the home run to Melendez on a 1-2 pitch.

The Royals added the insurance runs in the eighth against Jimmy Lambert, who had allowed no runs in his last 12 outings.

“Diekman made a mistake and (Melendez) knocked him out of the park,” La Russa said. “And then it got away from us in round eight. It wasn’t the way Lambert pitched. He is still very good. As soon as he rests, he’ll be back there.

The Sox haven’t produced anything offensively outside of the sixth. While Royals starter Kris Bubic didn’t factor in the decision, he lowered his career ERA against the Sox to 2.72 in seven outings (six starts) after allowing one earned run on seven hits in 5⅔ sleeves.

“You look at life, this guy was tough on us,” La Russa said. “We had all three, I was proud of that. Even the first time Sheets hit the ball in left field, he couldn’t score. And he touched the ball (in the sixth). (They ) pitched well against us, but we had a chance to win this game just got away from us.

The Sox fell to one game over .500 at 56-55. They are third in American League Central, 2½ games out of first place.

“Not yet,” La Russa said of enduring success, “doesn’t mean you can’t and won’t.”

He thinks that always happens for the Sox.

“Because I know what’s in it,” he says. “If we didn’t have that, we would have been buried long ago. The fact that we are still hanging on and fighting tells you that we can do something good that is consistent.

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Eicher Motors shares rise 3% to 52-week high on strong first-quarter numbers

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Operating income reached Rs 3,397 crore during the April-June period.

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Shares of Eicher Motors jumped more than 3% to a 52-week high in morning trade on Thursday after the company posted strong profits for the quarter ended June 30.

On BSE, the stock opened strongly at Rs 3,249 and gained ground to touch its 52-week high of Rs 3,260.85, registering a rise of 3.36% from its price. previous closing.

On the NSE, the stock opened at Rs 3,256.00 and then climbed to Rs 3,219.00, up 2.04% from its last close.

Eicher Motors on Wednesday announced a doubling of its consolidated net profit to Rs 611 crore for the first quarter ended June 30, thanks to robust sales in international markets.

The company had posted a net profit of Rs 237 crore in the June quarter last financial year.

Operating revenue rose to Rs 3,397 crore in the April-June period from Rs 1,974 crore a year ago, Eicher Motors said in a regulatory filing.

“Our international volumes continued to show steady growth with an increase of more than 60% over the previous year. We achieved the highest quarterly revenue and EBITDA ever thanks to record international sales volumes,” noted Eicher Managing Director Siddhartha Lal.

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Hardin County Man Appeals Kidnapping And Rape Conviction

Charles Castle was sentenced to 10 years to life plus 35 years in prison on July 26.

KENTON, Ohio — The man convicted of the abduction, rape and attempted murder of a 7-year-old girl last year in Hardin County has appealed his sentence.

According to Hardin County court records, Charles Castle, 57, filed the claim on August 5.

Castle was sentenced to 10 years to life plus 35 years in prison on July 26, a week after he was found guilty of 16 counts against him.

If he was ever released from prison, he would be required to register as a Level III sex offender.

During the trial, the prosecution said the girl suffered from brain damage and persistent mobility issues after Castle took her from her home on November 11, 2021.

Castle, a longtime friend of the family, drove her to his RV which was a few blocks away.

Her parents testified that her father went to Castle’s RV and asked if he had seen her. Testimony revealed that the girl was tied up and trapped in a closet in the motorhome.

Castle then moved the girl to the basement of an abandoned house on County Road 180. 10TV was there when jurors were driven home on the first day of trial.

The prosecution said it was there that she was sexually assaulted, choked unconscious and left for dead.

In a video deposition, the victim described having a lamp cord wrapped around his neck to the point of passing out and then waking up in the basement.

She would remain in this freezing, dark basement, without food or water, until she was found late at night on November 12. Castle was arrested and charged the same day.

After a seven-day trial, a jury found Castle guilty of seven counts of kidnapping, one count of rape, one count of attempted murder, one count of felony assault and seven other counts of murder. ‘charge.

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‘We need to show the fire that we have — if we have any’: Chicago White Sox make costly mistakes in a loss to the Kansas City Royals

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‘We Need To Show The Fire That We Have — If We Have Any’: Chicago White Sox Make Costly Mistakes In A Loss To The Kansas City Royals

Chicago White Sox starter Johnny Cueto has pitched for winning teams throughout his career, including the 2015 World Series champion Kansas City Royals.

After another night of missed opportunities in an 8-3 loss Wednesday against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium, the Sox were left to ponder what it would take to show the consistency so many had expected all year.

“I think we need to be more aggressive and we need to show more swagger,” Cueto said through an interpreter. “We need to go out there and play and play hard and show what we can do.

“We need to fight. We need to show the fight, we need to show the fire that we have — if we have any.”

The Sox broke through offensively with three runs in the top of the sixth to take a two-run lead. The Royals tied the game in the bottom of the sixth and went ahead in the seventh on MJ Melendez’s solo home run off Jake Diekman. They pulled away with four in the eighth.

“I look at it like we had a two-run lead and it’s part of the game,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “Sometimes we’ve had rallies that started with a ball hitting a bag or a blooper. It happened for them.”

The Sox trailed 1-0 when they loaded the bases with one out in the sixth.

Gavin Sheets, who flied out to left in a similar situation in the second, smacked a grounder to second with an exit velocity of 106.1 mph. Michael Massey couldn’t cleanly field the hard-hit ball, and two runs scored on the play, which was originally ruled a hit before being changed to an error.

The Sox tacked on a third run on a two-out RBI single by Josh Harrison.

The Royals responded with two in the bottom of the sixth.

Bobby Witt Jr. reached on an infield single, beating the throw from third after a slight double clutch by Yoán Moncada. Witt scored from first on Salvador Perez’s double.

Perez advanced to third on a throwing error by Moncada, who made a nice fielding play on Hunter Dozier’s grounder but threw wide of first baseman José Abreu. Perez scored on a two-out single by Massey.

“I battled,” Cueto said. “Just two ground balls that unfortunately Moncada couldn’t finish those plays. But I kept battling. I did what I could.”

Cueto allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits with four strikeouts and one walk in six innings.

“Part of baseball,” La Russa said. “And he almost pitched out of it. It’s a tough way to get guys on base. A tough way to give up runs from Johnny’s perspective.”

Diekman has been effective since the Sox acquired him in a trade from the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 1, retiring 10 of 12 batters faced with six strikeouts in his first four outings.

He gave up the homer to Melendez on a 1-2 pitch.

The Royals added the insurance runs in the eighth against Jimmy Lambert, who had not allowed a run over his last 12 outings.

“Diekman made one mistake and (Melendez) hit it out of the park,” La Russa said. “And then it got away from us in the eighth inning. This was not the way Lambert’s been pitching. He’s still very good. Soon as he rests, he’ll be back out there again.”

The Sox didn’t produce anything offensively outside of the sixth. While Royals starter Kris Bubic didn’t factor in the decision, he lowered his career ERA against the Sox to 2.72 in seven outings (six starts) after allowing one earned run on seven hits in 5⅔ innings.

“You look at lifetime, this guy has been tough on us,” La Russa said. “We got the three, I was proud of that. Even the first time that Sheets hit the ball to left field, couldn’t score. And he hit the bullet (in the sixth). (They) pitched good against us but we had a chance to win that game. Just got away from us.”

The Sox fell back to a game above .500 at 56-55. They’re in third in the American League Central, 2½ games out of first place.

“Not yet,” La Russa said about sustaining success, “doesn’t mean you can’t and won’t.”

He believes it’s still coming for the Sox.

“Because I know what’s in here,” he said. “If we didn’t have that, we would have been buried a long time ago. The fact that we’re still clawing and fighting tells you that we can make something good happen that’s consistent.”

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By CNBCTV18.com August 11, 2022 at 10:39 a.m. IST (Released)

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Exchange platform Zerodha’s Kite mobile app was not working on several devices while prices were not updating on many others, users complained on Twitter on Thursday morning.

Exchange platform Zerodha’s Kite mobile app was not working on several devices while prices were not updating on many others, users complained on Twitter on Thursday morning.

#zerodhadown trended on Twitter within minutes as users took to the microblogging site to post screenshots of the issues they were facing.

However, Zerodha shared an update on their website at 9:21 a.m. to say that the issue with Kite has been resolved.
“Some of our users may not be able to view live streams on the Kite mobile app. We are reviewing this and will fix it shortly. Please use Kite Web in the meantime. Order placement is not affected “said the brokerage.

While a few Twitter users said that if the Zerodha issue hadn’t happened, they wouldn’t have incurred any losses while others appreciated the platform for resolving the issue within minutes.

However, several users said they turn to other platforms like Angel One or Finvasia to trade.

Also earlier in November 2021, users encountered difficulties in trading due to a technical issue on Zerodha’s trading platform. The brokerage faced anger from customers as they complained about prices and trading freezes on its platform during trading hours.

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Trump Became Deeply Suspicious Of Being Watched And That His Loved Ones Could Bear Sons: Report

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  • According to a new Rolling Stone report, Trump has become paranoid about being bugged.

  • Sources close to Trump told Rolling Stone he asked if the phones were being tapped “by Biden.”

  • Trump was also wary of Republicans visiting him at his clubs and if they were carrying sons.

Even before the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago on Monday, former President Donald Trump was becoming paranoid about the possibility that he was being watched by authorities or that his loved ones were carrying sons, according to a new Rolling Stone Report.

Rolling Stone spoke to four sources familiar with Trump’s behavior. The sources say the former president asked his close associates if they thought he might be under surveillance by the authorities.

“He asked me and others, ‘Do you think our phones are tapped?’” a source told Rolling Stone. “Given the sheer volume of ongoing investigations into the (former) president, I don’t think he’s presuming anything outside the realm of possibility.”

According to the source, Trump brought up the idea of ​​being bugged as a serious consideration, but also joked that those close to him should “be careful” about what they say on the phone.

Two sources close to Trump also told Rolling Stone that the former president had also grown suspicious of Republican figures visiting him at his clubs, wondering if they might “wear a thread”. These sources also told Rolling Stone that Trump and his advisers are looking for a “mole” or “rat” who could be working with law enforcement against Trump.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, another Trump adviser said members of the MAGA flank tried to reach out to Trump and warned him against trusting certain people close to him: those they do not like.”

For his part, Trump spoke out against the search, pointing out how officers “broke” into his safe.

The FBI did not give a reason for the raid. But multiple outlets, as well as Eric Trump in a Fox News interview, suggested it was material the former president brought to Mar-a-Lago after leaving the White House.

In February, the National Archives recovered 15 boxes of documents from Mar-a-Lago. He also asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Trump broke the law by bringing official documents to his residence in Florida. The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek also reported this week that an informant close to Trump may have tipped off investigators and indicated where they might find documents the Archives did not obtain in February.

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