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Orioles place starting pitcher Tyler Wells on 15-day injured list with lower left side discomfort

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Orioles Place Starting Pitcher Tyler Wells On 15-Day Injured List With Lower Left Side Discomfort

What has been a consistent campaign for right-hander Tyler Wells hit a speedbump Thursday with the Orioles placing him on the 15-day injured list with lower left side discomfort.

Wells left the mound with one out in the fifth inning Wednesday after throwing his 69th pitch, an 87-mph slider. He grimaced after that delivery and bent double, grabbing at his side before departing with head athletic trainer Brian Ebel. Following the game, Wells said there was a “pretty good chance” he would need to head to the injured list.

“I was out there, and it happened, and I was like, ‘Oh, that doesn’t feel great,’” Wells said after the 6-4 10-inning loss. “And then I didn’t want to continue to try and test it because you see it so many times with other people, one extra one and it just re-irritates it, and I wanted to make sure that I stayed on top of it and didn’t really get to a point of where I made it any worse.”

Wells has been the steadiest presence in a rotation without left-hander John Means (Tommy John surgery) or right-hander Kyle Bradish (right shoulder inflammation). He transitioned from the closer role last season to become a starter this year, and while manager Brandon Hyde has closely monitored his innings, the results of that switch have been impressive.

The 27-year-old has thrown 94 2/3 innings — the second most on the team — with a 3.90 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Before his injury, Wells allowed four runs Wednesday. Between his two most recent starts, he’s given up a combined nine runs with four homers.

But before those two appearances, Wells had compiled 17 straight starts with three runs or fewer allowed. Those performances prompted Hyde to loosen the reins on Wells slightly, with his pitch counts rising to as high as 95 after not eclipsing 79 pitches through his first nine starts.

Wells’ turn in the rotation is due up Monday against the Texas Rangers, leaving Baltimore with a decision over how it will fill his absence.

Bradish, who has thrown three rehab starts since his mid-June injury, could be a candidate. His most recent start came Sunday for Triple-A Norfolk, going 4 2/3 innings while allowing two runs on four hits. Right-hander Matt Harvey is scheduled to pitch Thursday for Triple-A Norfolk, so a Monday appearance would be on short rest. Another option could be a bullpen day, although the bullpen has been taxed lately behind several short starts.

Araúz’s setback

Shortstop Jonathan Araúz expects to avoid surgery on his fractured right middle finger but will be out for about four weeks while he waits for the ligament to reconnect to the bone, he said through team interpreter Brandon Quinones.

Araúz received a start for the first time in two weeks Monday, and he blasted a hit off the right field wall. As he hustled into second, he jammed his finger on the base, and on top of being out on the field, he’ll be out for a considerable portion of time as he rests the finger.

“It’s very difficult and it’s unfortunate,” Araúz said. “It’s part of the game, so things like that happen. It could happen to anyone at any time. But unfortunately, I had gone almost two weeks without playing and the game I did get in, it happened. I didn’t know it was that bad until after the game when the doctors told me what happened, but just have to stay positive going forward.”

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Twins wear out Royals pitching in 9-0 victory

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Twins Wear Out Royals Pitching In 9-0 Victory

The Twins are slowly finding their way back to the top of the American League Central.

Sonny Gray pitched six-plus shutout innings, and seven Twins each drove in a run as Minnesota beat the Kansas City Royals, 9-0, in front of an announced crowd of 23,093 at Target Field on Tuesday.

“We just come here to play baseball,” said infielder Luis Arraez, who went 4 for 5 to raise his major league-leading batting average to .336. “That’s the thing, I know we can do a lot of good things. We can come here and do a lot of things in the game like today.”

The victory, coupled with Cleveland’s 7-5 loss to Detroit, pulled the Twins within one game of the Central-leading Guardians. They started this homestand on Monday trailing by 2½ games.

“We are a good team,” Gray said. “That’s it. … We’re a good team.”

In two victories this week, the Twins have knocked 27 hits against the last-place Royals, 23 of them singles. On Tuesday, the Twins had 16 hits, and only Gliberto Celestino’s solo home run and Nick Gordon’s RBI double went for extra bases.

“It’s clearly having a plan, clearly going in there and using the whole field, knowing what to look for, knowing what to focus your attention on,” Baldelli said of his offense. “Trying to take the tough pitches to get to the ones that you want.”

Gio Urshela and Gordon each drove in two runs, and Arraez, Celestino, Jose Miranda, Max Kepler and Sandy Leon each drove in one. The nine runs were the most the Twins had scored since an 11-1 victory at Cleveland on June 27.

Gray (7-3) allowed only three hits, didn’t walk a batter and tied a season high with 10 strikeouts in six innings. He faced two batters in the seventh, surrendering singles to Salvador Perez and Vinnie Pasquantino before manager Rocco Baldelli replaced him with left-hander Caleb Thielbar.

Pitching into the seventh, Gray said, “felt great.”
“I told Rocco, I said, ‘Thank you for the opportunity. I will be better in that situation next time,’ ” he added.

As he did in Monday’s 4-2 victory over the Royals, Thielbar got the Twins out of a two-on, none-out jam. The first batter he faced, Michael Massey, grounded into a fielder’s choice, forcing Pasquantino, 3-6. He then struck out Michael Taylor and Nick Prato to end the inning and retain Minnesota’s 3-0 lead.

“That’s two days in a row for Caleb to come in in huge spots and to absolutely maneuver his way, dominate his way through some hitters,” Gray said. “He did it last night, he did it again tonight. That’s huge, what he’s done.”

Veteran right-hander Zack Greinke (4-8) allowed three runs, one earned, on nine hits and struck out five over six innings. Leon drove in the Twins’ first run, scoring Urshela with a sacrifice but in the second inning. Arraez then singled home Celestino – who had reached on an error – before being thrown out at second.

Celestino hit a hanging breaking ball from Greinke off the ribbon board in left field for the Twins’ third run.

Minnesota scored three two-out runs in the seventh, one on a fielder’s choice grounder by Kepler and two on two-out RBI singles by Urshela and Gordon. Miranda, Urshela and Gordon added run-scoring singles in the eighth to make it 9-0.

It was the Twins’ second straight win since returning from a 1-4 trip through Southern California against the Dodgers and Angels, which dropped them 2½ games behind Cleveland in the Central, their biggest Central Division deficit since they were three out on April 17. Afterward, Arraez said, the team gathered for a meeting.

“We just talked,” he said. “Sonny talked. (Carlos Correa) talked. Those guys are amazing. We just come the next day and we just play baseball and enjoy it. I just want to give a lot of energy to my teammates, like we did today. We just played baseball and enjoyed the game.”

The AL Central rivals finish their three-game series with a matinee on Wednesday.

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UC Davis is developing technology using current air conditioning systems to combat the effects of climate change and power grid issues

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Uc Davis Is Developing Technology Using Current Air Conditioning Systems To Combat The Effects Of Climate Change And Power Grid Issues

DAVIS, Calif. (KGO) — The Western Cooling Efficiency Center at UC Davis is trying to develop new air technology that solves grid problems and the challenges of climate change using our current AC systems.

This research would address the issue of peak energy consumption on hot days.

VIDEO: Report says smoke from Northern California wildfires will reach ‘unbearable’ levels due to climate change

“The network is stressed in the late afternoon and what happens is that there is too much demand for electricity. One way to remedy this is to use a battery. This new technology at the instead of using a battery uses a liquid that absorbs moisture and by using this liquid that absorbs moisture it acts like a battery but costs a lot less than a battery to do the same thing,” said Mark Modera , the former director of the Cooling Efficiency Center.

And it’s much more environmentally friendly. And if you think you have a smart thermostat now, wait to see what they develop.

CLIMATE WATCH: How to prepare for wildfires, heat waves, drought and power outages

There is a chamber in the laboratory which simulates the ventilation of a small building. They are working on integrating the Air Quality Index and weather forecast with your thermostat and air purifier to pre-cool and pre-ventilate your home before the smoke arrives.

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Struggling Yankees lose to Rays, consider calling up Estevan Florial to help jumpstart offense

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Struggling Yankees Lose To Rays, Consider Calling Up Estevan Florial To Help Jumpstart Offense

After more of the same struggling, it’s time for a change. After a 3-1 loss to the Rays, their third straight defeat, the Yankees were in serious discussions about calling up prospect Estevan Florial and putting struggling closer Clay Holmes on the injured list.

“We haven’t decided anything for certain yet. We’ll talk through some things. So there could be some things we decided to do but nothing is final yet,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said after the Bombers’ latest loss.

Since the All-Star break, the Bombers have gone 8-17. The Rays (62-53) handed the Yankees their fifth straight series loss and cut the Yankees’ lead in the American League East to nine games. It’s just the second time since June 15 that the Bombers lead in the division has been under 10 games.

“It’s a little different, but it’s still stressful and you never want to lose. No one in here is happy about it, but having a little bit of a cushion helps but that cushion can dwindle quick,” Aaron Judge said. “So we got to stay on top of it. Guys are putting the work in, guys are showing up, they’re doing their thing. So it’s just about going out there on the field and performing.”

They tried sitting struggling center fielder Aaron Hicks Monday night and they did snap a 22-inning scoreless streak, but they got the same ultimate result.

Almost certainly,  Holmes will head to the injured list. The closer, who has not pitched since he blew the game Friday night, admitted that he has been dealing with a back issue.

“Kind of locked up on me a few days ago and tried to go again today and it kind of tightened back up, so we just felt it was the smartest thing, the best way to go about it was just try to maybe give it a break,” Holmes said. “We’ll see and play smart and not try to push it through something that maybe it could be a lot worse than what it is.”

In his first 38 games, Holmes pitched to a 0.46 ERA, walking six in 39.1 innings pitched. Over his last 11 appearances, he has allowed 11 earned runs and walked 10 in 9.2 innings pitched.

Still, Holmes has not pitched in four games and the rest of the Yankees pitching has been solid. Tuesday night, Nestor Cortes threw seven solid innings, allowing a three-run homer in the first and not issuing a walk, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Yankees’ impotent offense.

They did score their first run since the ninth inning of Saturday night’s game.

Andrew Benintendi tripled off the right-center field wall with one out in the fifth. He came around and scored when Yandy Diaz bobbled Miguel Andujar’s ground ball. It was the first time the Yankees had scored a run since the ninth inning of Saturday night’s game.

But the offense that was once rolling over teams has been struggling. The Yankees have scored nine runs over their last 61 innings, spanning seven games.

“We’re all frustrated. But you can’t let the frustration get in your way of preparing and getting ready to go every night. We got a few guys that are in a rut. We gotta  prepare and get ready and find our way out of it,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “It’s part of it. And it’s no fun when you’re going through it but that’s where we are right now.”

And desperate for a spark, they could be bringing up Florial, the 24-year old former top prospect who has power and speed. In Triple-A, he is hitting .286/.368/.490  with an .858 OPS, 32 stolen bases and 14 homers in 89 games. Florial, who has had issues with pitch recognition in the past, has struck out 124 times in 353 at-bats and drawn 45 walks.

A scout who saw him this season said he thought Florial has improved “significantly”  this year and that his at-bats are more competitive than in past years.

“I got a chance to play with him in spring training. He’s the guy that always wants to learn. He’s a hard worker who does the  little things to help his team. So if that’s true that he’s coming up here, I don’t know, I haven’t heard that. But if it’s true, it will definitely help us out,” Aaron Judge said.

It’s unfair to ask Florial, who has hit .206/.325/.353 with a .678 OPS, a home run and two stolen bases in 40 major league plate appearances, to turn this slide around, but at this point the Yankees have to change something.

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Wyoming Democrats voice support for Liz Cheney at the polls

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Wyoming Democrats Voice Support For Liz Cheney At The Polls

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming may not win her Republican primary on Tuesday, but her efforts to convince Democrats and independents to back her candidacy appear to have paid off in Wyoming’s bluest county, Teton, where Mrs. Cheney lives.

Interviews at county polling places on Monday, the last day of early voting, and Tuesday revealed a stream of voters re-registering as Republicans in order to enter the party’s primary and vote for Ms. Cheney.

“I think she knows someone’s unfit when she sees it and she’s not going to kiss the ring and I respect her for that,” said Brad Hoyt, an architect in Wilson, Wyo., A Small Community just west of Jackson where Ms. Cheney lives. Mr Hoyt, who wanted to register his support for Ms Cheney’s opposition to former President Donald J. Trump, said he was “in between” major parties and would change his registration at Wilson’s Old Schoolhouse, the village polling station.

Not far behind Mr. Hoyt was Andy Calders, a musician who called himself a Democrat but registered as a Republican in Wyoming so he could enter nominating contests for the state’s dominant party.

“She only did one thing that I liked, but I liked it so much I voted for her,” Mr. Calders said of Ms. Cheney’s efforts to hold Mr. Trump “accountable.” which he obviously did” in attempting to overturn the 2020 election.

Mr. Trump backed Harriet Hageman in the primary against Ms. Cheney, who sits on a congressional panel investigating Mr. Trump’s involvement in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Anti-Trump voters turned out in similar numbers in Jackson, where the wait to vote reached 45 minutes at one point Monday.

Maggie Shipley, who works for a local nonprofit, said she was changing her registration to Republican so she could vote for Ms Cheney in the primary.

“Election lies are terrifying to me and the preservation of democracy is really important and at least she has that,” Ms Shipley explained.

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Billionaire philanthropist MacKenize Scott benefits Junior Achievement, including $1.9M in Twin Cities

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Billionaire Philanthropist Mackenize Scott Benefits Junior Achievement, Including $1.9M In Twin Cities

Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has showered another Twin Cities nonprofit with her largesse.

On Tuesday, Junior Achievement USA announced that Scott had donated $38.8 million to the job readiness organization and 26 of its 102 community chapters, including in the Twin Cities.

Junior Achievement North said that it would be receiving $1.9 million from the overall donation, the largest single gift in the organization’s 103-year history.

In a statement on its Facebook page, JA North said “we are grateful for philanthropist MacKenzie Scott’s generosity … These funds will be used to equitably serve student and accelerate impact in our region.”

Junior Achievement says it is “the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.”

Visit www.ja.org for more information.

In May, Scott gave $6 million to Big Brother Big Sisters Twin Cities — the largest donation in the nonprofit organization’s 102-year history.

Scott contributed more than $48 million to six local nonprofits in March, including Planned Parenthood North Central States, which received an unexpected donation of $20 million, and St. Paul-based Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, which received $13.5 million.

Last year, St. Paul’s Penumbra Theatre and Minneapolis’s Arts Midwest received major grants from Scott.

And a series of Twin Cities nonprofits such as the YWCA of St. Paul and Casa de Esperanza also received unsolicited grants in December 2020.

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Pomelo exits stealth mode with $20 million seed to rethink international money transfer – TechCrunch

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Pomelo Exits Stealth Mode With $20 Million Seed To Rethink International Money Transfer – Techcrunch

Eric Velasquez Frenkiel had a seemingly simple thought while visiting his family in the Philippines, impressed by the cashless economy that had formed. Instead of sending his family money once a year – an expensive and cumbersome affair – why can’t he just leave his credit card there?

As with many things in fintech, it wasn’t that simple. But the seed of the idea prompted the company’s former chief executive to turn his career into a bet on one of fintech’s most elusive problems.

Pomelo, Frenkiel’s new startup stealthily launching today, wants to make it easier to send remittances and international money transfers, with a touch of credit.

To realize this vision, Pomelo raised a $20 million funding round led by Keith Rabois at Founders Fund and Kevin Hartz at A*Capital, with participation from Afore Capital, Xfund, Josh Buckley and The Chainsmokers. The round also included a $50 million warehouse, which will allow Pomelo to give cash to people who want to make transfers.

Venture capitalists aren’t the only cohort taking an interest; more than 120,000 people joined Pomelo’s waiting list in six months, according to Frenkiel. (It’s important not to confuse this Pomelo with another Pomelo, a fintech-as-a-service platform for Latin America that raised $9 million in funding.) Oh, fintech.

Here’s how the startup works: If someone wants to send money abroad, they create a Pomelo account, which includes up to four credit cards. The account creator — let’s just assume they’re the one sending the money — can set limits, suspend cards, and see spending patterns.

Pomelo’s key setting is credit. Senders can give money, in the form of credit, to family members – which the startup says will facilitate instant access to funds, protection against fraud and chargebacks and, for potential immigrants who could use it to send money home, a way to boost their credit score with more transaction history.

Challenges still await any fintech, whether traditional or offbeat, that bets its business on supporting potentially at-risk individuals. For example, Pomelo doesn’t want to rely on credit scores to decide whether or not to trust a sender, as the metric historically excludes those without access to financial literacy or spending.

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“If you have a credit score and you have enough credit history, you’ll get up to $1,000 a month,” Frenkiel said. “But if you don’t have credit or want to improve your credit, we give you a credit builder.” Customers are asked to provide a secure deposit, so there is a way to prove creditworthiness down the road, and Pomelo is able “to really balance the need to extend credit but also to ensure that we’re in business for the long term.”

International money transfer continues to be a costly affair for senders. Unsurprisingly, this pain point has led to a plethora of startups. Startups offer a sliding scale proposition, meaning it costs more to send more money, or a flat rate value proposition, with a $5 fee for all transfers, regardless of size . According to the World Bank, approximately 6% of a total check is removed via fees and exchange rate markups.

Rethinking remittances therefore sounds like common discourse. Frenkiel says Pomelo’s closest competitors are Xoom and Remitly, though he thinks they differ in two main ways: a focus on credit and a “fundamentally new revenue model.”

Pomelo does not make money from senders via transfer fees, but instead relies on interchange fees paid by merchants. “You shouldn’t have to pay to send money,” adds Frenkiel.

While interchange fees have their own set of problems as a business model, let’s end with some assurance: Visa and Mastercard were both interested in partnering with the startup, but the latter won the deal.

“Mastercard allows us to work in over 100 countries,” Frenkiel said. “Obviously we start with a few, but the idea is that there are far more end points to taking Mastercard or Visa than having a bank as a pre-requisite to send money…we hope that we will eventually be able to deliver a product wherever MasterCard is accepted around the world.”

The startup serves the Philippines, but soon plans to expand into Mexico and India as well as other geographies.

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