Tanaka Tagged, Cubs Stop Yanks

first_imgCHICAGO — Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka had his unbeaten regular-season winning streak ended at 42 starts, allowing a career-high four runs in six innings, as the Chicago Cubs beat New York Yankees 6-1 on May 20.The Cubs honored the retiring Derek Jeter before the game, then handed Tanaka his first loss in nine major league starts.It was a surprising turn, considering Chicago came in with the majors’ worst record and the right-hander from Japan had been sensational.Tanaka (6-1) had been 34-0 in Japan and North America the last two seasons. He did drop Game 6 of the Japan Series last year before earning the save in Game 7. But postseason aside, he hadn’t lost since the Seibu Lions beat the Rakuten Golden Eagles on Aug. 19, 2012. And yes, he was definitely proud of that streak.“I think I was able to get the streak going because I had support from my teammates,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “I’m a little bit disappointed because I think a lot of the fans were looking for me to keep on winning. Next time out, I’ll try to get a win again and get it going again.”Luis Valbuena had three hits with two doubles and scored two runs for Chicago. John Baker had two hits, scored a run and drove in one.Mike Olt drove in three. Jason Hammel (5-2) pitched solid ball into the sixth and Hector Rondon retired Jeter on a grounder with the bases loaded in the ninth, preserving the win on a hot and rainy night with thunder and lightning.Tanaka had his worst outing, allowing eight hits to match a career high. He struck out seven and walked one but didn’t really have his usual command.Manager Joe Girardi noticed some splitters up in the zone. Tanaka said there were issues with all his pitches, and Chicago’s Starlin Castro thought there was a dip in velocity from last month’s meeting in New York, when he threw eight scoreless innings.Some Cubs players thought familiarity this time around helped, although Girardi dismissed that idea.“If he has his good splitter tonight I think he gives a much better performance,” he said. “Since it’s the first time that he saw a team twice and they scored four runs, people are probably going to make a big deal out of it, but I think he’s given up four runs before in a start. So I wouldn’t make too much of it.”Coming off his first major-league shutout against the Mets last week, Tanaka gave up RBI singles to Emilio Bonifacio in the third and to Olt in the fourth to make it 2-0. The Cubs added to their lead with two in the sixth on back-to-back sacrifice flies by Olt and Baker after Mark Teixeira singled in a run in the top half for New York.That was enough for Hammel, who allowed one run and four hits in 5 2-3 innings while striking out six and walking one.(ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

INX Media scam Chidambaram sent to 4 more days for CBIs custodial

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram will be subjected to further custodial interrogation for four days by the CBI in the INX Media case as a Delhi Court Monday sent him to the agency’s custody till August 30. Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar accepted the CBI demand CBI that Chidambaram’s custodial interrogation was required. He was produced in the court on expiry of his four-day CBI custody which was granted to the agency on August 22.last_img

Swimming event shows changing perception of the oncefilthy Halifax harbour

first_imgHALIFAX – Ten years ago, the thought of going for a swim in Halifax harbour would have made some Nova Scotians cringe — but after a successful public swimming event was held Sunday afternoon, an oceans advocate says it seems there’s an appetite for a swimming spot on the waterfront.Anika Riopel launched the Jump In campaign last year, an initiative looking to change the city’s perception of the harbour, which was once the go-to spot for dumping raw sewage.Before three wastewater treatment plants started operating in 2008, the harbour was fouled by 180 million litres of sewage every day. That’s enough to fill 72 Olympic-size swimming pools, topped with an icky assortment of brown “floatables,” condoms and tampon applicators.But Riopel, a former environmental sustainability student at Dalhousie University, said efforts to clean up the harbour in the decade since have been successful, and water quality testing shows the harbour is now just as safe to swim in as other popular swimming spots in Halifax.“A lot of this project is changing those perceptions that were accurate from 10 years ago, and looking at what the actual water quality is now,” she said.While Halifax is home to several beaches and swimming spots, most are located far away from the downtown core.If the city makes a permanent summertime swimming spot on the Halifax waterfront — complete with a diving platform, raft, and lifeguards — Riopel said it could help fill a gap in the city’s recreational facilities.“The idea is not just changing the perceptions, but making it into something fun to do and enjoy,” said Riopel.“People who live in Nova Scotia like swimming, the beaches are always packed, and so this is one more place to come and cool off on those really hot days … it’s a huge opportunity, and it’s right at our doorstep.”Deborah Page, director of marketing and communications with Develop Nova Scotia, said she’s been working with Riopel to help make her vision into a reality.But she said the agency must first work with the city to figure out how to implement the project without interfering with the city’s busy port, which can see dozens of boats on a busy day.“On a regular basis, it’s not very safe to swim in the harbour because we have a working waterfront, so there’s a lot of boating traffic, a lot of stuff going on, so trying to navigate that with swimmers is actually quite dangerous,” she said.But she said she was encouraged by the positive feedback from Sunday afternoon swimmers, noting that the boardwalk’s prominent location could be a big draw for people.“Folks have to travel to get to a beach or a lake, so there may be lots of interest from an urban perspective,” she said.Halifax MP Andy Fillmore was one of the people who took a dip in the harbour Sunday, which saw temperatures climb into the mid-20s.A longtime supporter of the project, Fillmore said it appears that Halifax is looking for more recreation on the waterfront.“I think the concerns about the cleanliness of the harbour do tend to belong to a previous generation, perhaps. But you can tell, there are young people here, there are kids, my own daughter and her friends were here swimming today, they can see and feel how clean the water is, and they don’t pay attention to those stories now because they’ve had a swim in the water,” he said.“I think this says that people are ready to have fun on the water and in the water on the Halifax waterfront.”At 12.3 square kilometres, Halifax harbour is one of the deepest and largest natural harbours in the world, and its high environmental standards have won it special designation as a so-call blue flag marina, the first such designation in Atlantic Canada.last_img read more