Pruitt, Rays Bullpen Combine to top Keuchel, Astros 3-0

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) — Rookie Austin Pruitt knew he had a couple hundred friends and family at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday night to watch him pitch for the Tampa Bay Rays in the city where he grew up.But the right-hander refused to even look for them before his work was done.Then after he completed the bulk of what would be a combined five-hitter in a 3-0 win over the Houston Astros, the stoic Pruitt cracked a smiled and fixed his eyes on where his personal cheering section was assembled.“Whenever I got pulled I tried to look at everybody and kind of show everybody a little bit of love,” he said.It was the first loss of the season for Houston ace Dallas Keuchel, who was still trying to regain his form in his second start after missing almost two months with a pinched nerve in his neck.“He wasn’t locating his pitches. He wasn’t sharp,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “From start to start, you look back at how much time he missed and then the rehab starts and this being his second start, this was a step in the right direction, but his command wasn’t sharp.”Logan Morrison hit a two-run homer. He also connected Tuesday night, snapping his season-long 12-game homerless streak.The AL West-leading Astros, whose powerful offense has taken a hit with All-Stars Carlos Correa and George Springer on the disabled list, went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position and were shut out for the second time in a week.Pruitt (6-2), who grew up in suburban Houston and attended the University of Houston, allowed five hits in a career-high 6 1/3 innings.“Austin Pruitt was awesome … I knew he was excited to pitch here and all the talk about it, but to go out and perform like that had to be pretty special for him,” manager Kevin Cash said.Steve Cishek walked one in 1 1/3 innings and Dan Jennings got the last out of the eighth before Alex Colome walked one in the ninth in getting his 32nd save.Keuchel (9-1) gave up Trevor Plouffe’s one-out single in the first and Morrison launched his 28th home run with two outs.Keuchel allowed seven hits and three runs in five innings.The lefty ace was better than he was in his previous start, when he lasted just three innings and gave up three runs at Detroit. But he was far from the dominant pitcher he was before his second trip to the disabled list, when he was 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA in 11 starts.Keuchel had a lot of traffic on the bases early. Consecutive singles by Mallex Smith and Corey Dickerson loaded the bases with two outs in the second inning.TRAINER’S ROOMRays: OF Steven Souza Jr. was a late scratch from the lineup for the second straight game because of a bruised left foot. Souza was injured on Monday night when he fouled a ball off his foot. Cash said he was undergoing more tests to determine if the injury was worse than they initially thought.Astros: Springer (left quadriceps strain) ran sprints and took batting practice before Wednesday’s game, but the team doesn’t have a timetable for his return. Springer hasn’t played since July 24 because of the injury.JOINING INAfter warming up in the outfield before the game, Smith joined a local Baptist church children’s choir on the field to help perform the national anthem. The kids looked surprised when they noticed Smith was standing right behind them crooning along as they sang with a huge smile on his face.Smith said it was an impromptu decision to join the group.“I’d been playing catch and I needed to stand next to somebody so I wouldn’t be lonely,” he said. “So I thought let me just join this national anthem and represent with the kids out there today.”Smith wouldn’t call himself a singer, but that didn’t stop him from having a little fun.“I don’t know if I’d get a recording contract, but I like to sing still,” he said.THEY SAID ITKeuchel on his progress since returning from the disabled list: “I feel better, so that’s all that really matters. Command wise is a little iffy, so that needs to get a lot better.”UP NEXTRays: Blake Snell (0-6, 4.87 ERA) will start for Tampa Bay in the series finale on Thursday night. Snell looks to snap a 14-start winless streak and get his first win since Sept. 22. He allowed six hits and three runs in 5 1/3 innings in a 5-4 loss to the Yankees in his last start.Astros: Collin McHugh (0-0, 4.22) is scheduled to make his third start of the season for Houston on Thursday. McHugh allowed four hits and one run in six innings of a 5-3 loss to the Tigers in his last start.By KRISTIE RIEKENTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

OnePlus 7 Pro is on sale today: Here’s all you need to know before you buy this killer flagship

first_imgAfter many weeks of leaks and wild rumours, the OnePlus 7 Pro is out in the market. This is the first time OnePlus has done an ultra-premium flagship smartphone and in our review, we found that it sits right along with some of the best smartphones you can buy in the market right now. It has got monstrous specs, a great pair of cameras and a stylish design – all starting at a price of Rs 48,999. And if you have already made up your mind, then get ready as the first sale of the OnePlus 7 Pro will go live on Amazon.The OnePlus 7 Pro goes on sale for the first time via Amazon from today at 12 noon. The 2019 OnePlus flagship will be available for purchase from today for Amazon Prime members as early access before it goes on sale for everyone via other networks. OnePlus will be putting two variants up for sale, excluding the top-end one with a mammoth 12GB RAM. However, the Nebula Blue colour variant will only be available from May 28. Therefore, the only colour that will be available right now is Mirror Gray.If you have already made up your mind, you can go ahead and we assume you will be happy with it. If you are still struggling with the decision, here’s a brief collection of the stuff you need to know about the OnePlus 7 Pro.What you need to know about OnePlus 7 Pro before buying–The OnePlus 7 Pro is one of the most beautiful smartphones OnePlus has ever built. With a gorgeous glass body sporting gradient colours, the OnePlus 7 Pro looks good in all colours. Our personal favourite is the Nebula Blue variant but Almond and Mirror Gray variants look really good too.advertisement–While the Snapdragon 855 chipset is a major reason the OnePlus 7 Pro is crazy fast, the fluid performance can also be attributed to the fast UFS 3.0 storage that aids faster app load times and quicker copy/paste operations. Combines with Oxygen OS based on Android 9 Pie, it is easily one of the fastest phones you can buy today.–The display is also one of the major reasons the OnePlus 7 Pro feels fluid. With a refresh rate of 90Hz, animations are smoother and it feels effortless to play higher games. The quad HD+ resolution also makes it a hoot to consume content and the curved edges literally make the OnePlus 7 Pro feel bezel-less.–The triple rear cameras may not have been performing on par with other flagships but OnePlus is set to roll out an update that will justify the DxOmark score of 111. Even without the update, the triple rear camera will never bog down in all lighting conditions. The 16-megapixel pop-up selfie camera is also cool to look at and can perform decently.–With a big 4000mAh battery and Warp Charge 30, the OnePlus 7 Pro can last an entire day, even with the power-sipping 90Hz display.ALSO READ | OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro launched: India price, different variants, when on sale and everything you must knowALSO READ | OnePlus 7 Pro review: The OnePlus phone that is near perfectALSO READ | OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro launched: New cameras, new processor, new tech inside, price starts from Rs 32,999last_img read more

Berniers new party rakes in 300k in one weekend party officials say

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s newest national political party is laughing all the way to the bank.On Friday morning the People’s Party of Canada became officially registered with Elections Canada, allowing it to start issuing tax receipts for donations.In the hours since the party has raked in more than $300,000.Party spokesman Martin Masse says that brings the party’s fundraising to nearly $1 million since Maxime Bernier announced he was leaving the Conservatives to start his own party at the end of August.Masse says that puts to rest the accusations that the People’s Party is a vehicle for one person with very little actual support.“We got in three days what we raised in the last three months,” said Masse.Masse said there were definitely people waiting to donate until they could get tax receipts for doing so.In 2019, the maximum donation to a political party is $1,600, which yields a $650 tax credit.Bernier’s party has to start reporting its donations to Elections Canada only now that it is registered but can use the funds it raised before. Bernier has said he would like to raise $3.5 million before the general election this fall.In the first three quarters of 2018, the Conservatives raised $17 million, according to Elections Canada. The Liberals raised $10.3 million and the New Democrats $3.2 million.Bernier split with the Conservatives in a very public battle with leader Andrew Scheer over policy issues including supply management and government subsidies to businesses. Bernier finished just behind Scheer in the Conservative leadership race in 2017.The People’s Party of Canada will run its first three candidates in upcoming byelections in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.It has two candidates officially nominated but the third, in the Montreal riding of Outremont, is still awaiting confirmation from his current workplace that he can take a leave of absence.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Dummett positive ahead of United clash

first_imgNewcastle United left-back Paul Dummett was gutted to concede a late goal at Watford in their 1-1 draw but says he’s optimistic of facing United in the next game.Newcastle United were well on their way to their third away victory in the Premier League this season after Rondon Salomon gave them the lead in the 29th minute.But eight minutes from time, substitute Abdoulaye Doucouré scored to salvage a point for Watford.The Magpies face Manchester United next on Wednesday, and Dummett fancies their chances against the Red Devils as they look to put the disappointment of the Watford game behind them.“After leading for so much of the game, working hard as a team and defending well, for them to score in the 82nd minute is really disappointing,” Dummett told“The manager said before that every game is a cup final – we wanted three points, but every point we take is another point on the board.“They had a lot of the ball in the first half before we scored our goal. They had a lot of possession in the second half, as well, but they didn’t really cause us much of a threat until their man got free in the box and they scored.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“It’s disappointing not to hold out and pick up the three points, but we have to be positive and move on to the next game.“Last season, we beat Manchester United and went on a bit of a run after that, and hopefully we can achieve the same as that this season.“They’ve got a new manager and they’ve won a few games, so their confidence will be high coming to play against us.“But, I think Manchester United have always found it hard playing at St. James’ Park against us.“We’ll be doing our best to try and take points off them – hopefully three – and hopefully kick on the same as we did last season.”last_img read more

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