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

Ministry dithers on exemption sex abuser hygienist fights for licence

first_imgTORONTO — An exemption to a law that automatically branded a dental hygienist as a sexual abuser for cleaning his wife’s teeth remains under government review more than four years after regulators proposed the change.While Alex Tanase said he was hoping for a “miracle” and was trying to raise money for legal bills, a spokesman for Ontario’s Ministry of Health offered no explanation why the process has taken so long.“The ministry is aware that the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario has submitted a proposed regulation which would allow its members to treat their spouses,” said David Jensen. “The proposal is currently under review and will be brought forward for the minister’s consideration at the earliest available opportunity.”In the interim, however, Alex Tanase, 39, of Cambridge, Ont., has lost his licence for at least five years for treating his wife.While working at a clinic in Guelph, Ont., a colleague told Tanase that hygienists were allowed to treat spouses. In fact, the college approved a spousal exemption in 2015 but the legislature has never adopted the rule — as it did for dentists in 2014. Another colleague saw a Facebook post from Tanase’s grateful wife, Sandi Mullins, and complained.“I have cleaned my wife’s teeth and I was charged with sexual abuse by the College of Dental Hygienists,” Tanase said in a public appeal for help. “After a three-year battle in courts and no more insurance coverage, my licence was revoked for five years, leaving my wife and I at the edge of failure and desperation.”Both the college’s disciplinary committee and Divisional Court expressed regret at the “harsh” punishment. Both bodies, however, said their hands were tied by the blanket ban on health professionals having sexual contact with patients that labels any such contact — even if consensual —sexual abuse.“There is no other case of any dental hygienist anywhere in Canada who has been found guilty of sexual abuse for treating his wife,” the court said in its recent ruling. “It is indeed unfortunate that the (discipline committee) elected to proceed with the complaint.”The college did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday but in an interview, Tanase said he simply couldn’t accept the punishment meted out to him.“I fall under a category based on the law, but this is slander and discrimination,” Tanase said. “I can’t accept this as a person — not as a dental hygienist.”Tanase is hoping Ontario’s top court will hear his case and side with him, but said he had run out of money to fund an appeal. He has launched a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of raising $35,000 to cover his estimated legal fees. Any excess, he said would go to a charity that fights sexual abuse.As of Thursday, the six-day campaign had collected about $4,300.One $50 donor, identified online as Dana Moraru, called the situation “outrageous.” The law, Moraru said, discriminates against spouses of hygienists in that they can’t choose who takes care of their teeth.“To declare a man a sexual predator because he cleaned his wife’s teeth is just plain stupid!” Moraru said. “Where is any common sense in those who apply that law?”The health minister, Christine Elliott, referred questions on the case to the ministry.It remains unclear what impact an exemption would have on Tanase’s situation and Jensen offered no time-table for potential passage of one.“Each regulation submission is subject to prior review by the minister of health and approval of the lieutenant governor in council,” Jensen said.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2019.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more