Matt Carpenter’s season likely over with left foot fracture

San Jose Mercury - 28 min 50 sec ago

SEATTLE — Matt Carpenter’s remarkable season is likely over. The veteran lefty slugger left Monday night’s game after the first inning with what the team said is a “left foot fracture.”

Carpenter fouled a ball off the top of his left foot in his first inning at-bat. He struck out and was replaced as the designated hitter by Tim Locastro.

Carpenter, 36, has been a big part of the Yankees success since he was signed as a free agent at the end of May. Carpenter was not just hitting .307/.414/.732/ with a 1.147 OPS and 15 home runs, but he was a big veteran presence in the clubhouse.

He had just had a remarkable return to St. Louis, where he received standing ovations in his first at-bat of each of the three games as the fans showed him their appreciation for his 11 years there.

“I had a lot of emotions, spent a lot, a lot of time here, had a lot of great memories and played a lot of games in this ballpark,” Carpenter said. “So definitely a special moment.”

A three-time All-Star and career .263/ .369/.457 hitter who hit 36 homers in 2018, left  St. Louis after two seasons hitting under .200 and with seven homers in 180 games.

He signed a minor league deal with his home state Rangers and played the first month and a half in Triple-A. When he opted out, the Yankees felt they could use his left-handed bat.

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Ryan Mountcastle breaks out of slump, Orioles hit 4 homers in 7-4 win over AL wild-card-leading Blue Jays

San Jose Mercury - 2 hours 24 min ago

If there was ever a time for Orioles first baseman Ryan Mountcastle to break out of a slump that has stretched from early July into August, it was Monday versus the Toronto Blue Jays.

There’s no other team Mountcastle has found more success against, this season or over his career. And despite a .170 batting average and a .435 OPS in his past 26 games entering Monday — a span that didn’t include a home run — the blast off Mountcastle’s bat in the third inning seemed to be almost an inevitability. The ball flew over the new left field wall for his fourth homer against Toronto this season in just five games.

When he got back to the dugout, home run chain placed around his neck, he picked up the large orange ‘O’ at the end of the gold links and examined it. He hadn’t worn it in some time.

Mountcastle’s homer was part of a revitalized offensive display for several Orioles in a 7-4 win at Camden Yards in the first game of what could be a crucial series against a fellow wild-card contender from the American League East.

The Orioles (57-52) have played the Blue Jays (60-49), who hold the top of three wild-card spots, just four times entering Monday. They’ll face Toronto — a team they trail by three games — 14 more times this season.

In his career, Mountcastle has a .356 average and a 1.131 OPS against Toronto. This season alone, he’s driven in nine runs against the Blue Jays. There’s no qualified batter with a better career mark against Toronto in at least 125 plate appearances than Mountcastle.

The late run Mountcastle plated with a single in the eighth inning provided some breathing room for right-hander Félix Bautista, who completed a four-out save after bailing out Dillon Tate and Joey Krehbiel, who combined to allow two runs in a shaky eighth inning that cut the Orioles lead to 6-4.

Bautista allowed the first two Blue Jays in the ninth to reach before he stuck out Teoscar Hernandez and got Bo Bichette to ground into a game-ending double play to earn his fifth save.

Right-hander Jordan Lyles gave up two homers — doubling the number of long balls he’s allowed at Camden Yards this season — but a three-run homer from Ramón Urías in the first and solo homers from Anthony Santander, Austin Hays and Mountcastle were enough to propel Baltimore to its sixth win in its last seven games.

No injured list needed

Before Hays returned to the lineup Monday, the Orioles outfielder had to test whether normal throwing and swinging would exacerbate the oblique tightness that forced him to miss the past four games.

“We were able to test it the last couple days,” Hays said. “It responded well.”

The oblique tightness held Hays out of five of the previous six games, but he wanted to avoid a trip to the 10-day injured list — because he wanted to get back on the field as soon as he was fully healthy.

Hays’ return was notable, as was his swing in the bottom of the sixth. He connected on a four-seam fastball from right-hander Trent Thorton and launched it an estimated 426 feet to deep left field.

Entering the game, Hays held a .542 OPS since the beginning of July, during which he’s battled nagging injuries. Like Mountcastle, Hays’ return to form was welcome.

Around the horn

>> Infielder Jonathan Araúz said he expects to be out another two weeks after fracturing his finger on July 25, and he figured he would return to Triple-A Norfolk for a few games on rehab. Araúz fractured his right middle finger on a slide into second base on a rare start last month and has been on the 10-day injured list since. “I hope I can swing this week, a couple throws,” he said, adding that he didn’t require surgery on the finger.

>> Right-hander Louis Head was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday to give Baltimore a fresh arm out of the bullpen. Right-hander Beau Sulser was optioned after throwing 2 1/3 innings Sunday.

>> Rylan Bannon was claimed off outright waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers, who traded the infielder to Baltimore in 2018 as part of the trade for third baseman Manny Machado in 2018. Without Bannon, there’s an opening on the Orioles’ 40-man roster.

>> For the first time in the last two seasons, outfielder Cedric Mullins earned a start while not batting in the leadoff spot. With left-hander Yusei Kikuchi on the mound, manager Brandon Hyde put outfielder Ryan McKenna in the leadoff spot for the fifth time starting in his career, hoping to stack right-handed hitters. Mullins batted eighth and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

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Rivals in primary still battling for second spot in WA’s secretary of state race

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Against Juan Soto-led Padres, SF Giants hope to show off their own new-look roster

San Jose Mercury - 3 hours 25 min ago

SAN DIEGO — Facing the division-rival Padres for the first time since they acquired the brightest and shiniest possible addition at the trade deadline to the middle of their lineup, the Giants on Monday were sporting a new look of their own — one they hope can make an equal impact for their fast-fading playoff hopes.

A clean bill of health.

With third baseman Evan Longoria (hamstring) activated from the injured list before Monday’s series opener, the only Giants from the projected opening day roster who remain sidelined are starter Anthony DeSclafani and two bullpen pieces. They are the healthiest they have been all season, and it couldn’t come soon enough for a team that entered play Monday 6.5 games out of playoff position and even further behind the division (22 games).

The question, beyond whether the National League’s oldest position player group can maintain its health: will it be enough?

“We can’t wait any longer,” said Longoria, who was also sporting a slightly new look, with his mohawk now bleached blond. “The goal now is to stay healthy the rest of the season and try to put together a run. It started in Oakland. Obviously we know we have to go through these guys (the Padres) and the Dodgers again, and there’s a lot of games left with them. So being at full strength will be a big deal.”

Beginning Monday, nine of the Giants’ final 54 games will come against the Juan Soto-led Padres. Six more come against the superteam in Los Angeles. Is now a good time to remind you San Francisco entered Monday night having dropped its past 11 games against National League West opponents?

Manager Gabe Kapler sees the standings.

“We have a lot of work to do in that area,” Kapler said.

How the Giants fare in their three games here should offer a litmus test for the rest of the season. After all, a sweep here would pull them within 3.5 games of San Diego and possibly a playoff spot (they also trail Atlanta, Philadelphia and Milwaukee for the three wild card slots).

How might Soto (and San Diego’s other additions of Brandon Drury, Josh Bell and Josh Hader) affect their remaining matchups?

“The guy’s obviously a great player, but I think everybody in here is focused on controlling what they can control,” Longoria said. “Ultimately I think good pitching will beat good hitting, and I think we have good pitching.”

Since the All-Star break, the Giants have gone 5-12. Every win has come against teams at least 20 games under .500; in eight games against teams with winning record (OK, they’re all the Dodgers), they’re 0-8. During that span, they have also spent significant chunks of time without their starting shortstop (Brandon Crawford, knee), starting third baseman (Longoria), best thumper (Joc Pederson, concussion) and their most important utility player (Thairo Estrada, concussion).

It would be fair to say president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has never gotten a true look at the roster he put together. Although Longoria returned Monday — as a designated hitter, still not at 100 percent — first baseman Brandon Belt received a day off against San Diego’s lefty starter, Blake Snell, meaning the Giants’ projected starting infield (Belt, Longoria, Tommy La Stella, Brandon Crawford) has occupied the same lineup in three of their 109 games this season.

“It’s definitely notable,” Kapler said. “What we sense when everybody comes back, we’re just a deeper group. The bench is more dynamic. We just have better mix-and-match options late.”

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While becoming whole again, though, the Giants downgraded in their biggest area of deficiency: defense.

To make room on the roster for Longoria, the club optioned speedy center fielder Bryce Johnson back to Triple-A.

Kapler, aware of his team’s standing as the worst defensive group in the majors, said Johnson’s demotion didn’t necessarily indicate that they’re moving away from a renewed emphasis on that side of the ball.

“We may be a little more conservative when it comes to pinch-hitting when the best defensive team is on the field,” Kapler said. “We may be a little more aggressive in pinch-hitting when it gets the best defensive team on the field.”

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Ezra Miller charged with felony burglary in Vermont

San Jose Mercury - 3 hours 31 min ago

By Jake Coyle | Associated Press

Actor Ezra Miller has been charged with felony burglary in Stamford, Vermont, the latest in a string of incidents involving the embattled star of “The Flash.”

In a report Monday, Vermont State Police said they responded to a burglary complaint in Stamford on May 1 and found several bottles of alcohol were taken from a residence while the homeowners weren’t present. Miller was charged after police consulted surveillance footage and interviewed witnesses.

The police report said Miller was located shortly before midnight Sunday and was issued a citation to appear for arraignment in Vermont Superior Court on Sept. 26.

The felony charge adds to Miller’s mounting legal woes and reports of erratic behavior. The 29-year-old actor was arrested twice earlier this year in Hawaii, including for disorderly conduct and harassment at a karaoke bar. The second incident was for second-degree assault.

The parents of 18-year-old Tokata Iron Eyes, a Native American activist, also earlier this year filed a protection order against Miller, accusing the actor of grooming their child and other inappropriate behavior with her as a minor from the age of 12. Tokata Iron Eyes recently told Insider that those allegations were false.

Attorneys for Miller didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on the Vermont felony charge or the protection order related to Tokata Iron Eyes.

After appearing in several films for Warner Bros. and D.C. Films as the Flash, Miller stars in the upcoming standalone film “The Flash,” due out in June 2023. Though Warner Bros. last week axed the nearly completed “Batgirl” film, the studio has suggested it remains committed to releasing “The Flash.”

In an earnings report last week, David Zaslav, chief executive of Warner Bros. Discovery referenced “The Flash.” “We have seen ‘The Flash,’ ‘Black Adam’ and ‘Shazam 2. We are very excited about them,” said Zaslav. “We think they are terrific, and we think we can make them even better.”

Representatives for Warner Bros. didn’t respond to messages Monday.

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Bay Area man who was part of drug trafficking family gets 5 years in federal prison

San Jose Mercury - 3 hours 34 min ago

SAN JOSE — A 30-year-old San Jose man who prosecutors say acted as a drug courier for his father’s drug trafficking organization received a five-year federal prison sentence, court records show.

Anthony Macias was sentenced in late June after pleading guilty to a federal methamphetamine distribution charge. He was indicted in January 2021 along with his father, Raudel Macias, and his brothers, Benito Macias, Oscar Macias, and Oscar Macias’ then-partner, Fawn Larance.

The five-year term is the mandatory minimum under federal sentencing laws, and it’s also below the guideline recommendation for Anthony Macias. His attorneys wrote in a heavily redacted sentencing memo that he had been abused and frequently gone hungry as a child, and witnessed his neighbor being murdered in his East Palo Alto home at age 11.

Prosecutors alleged at the time that Raudel Macias was the “central” figure in a drug distribution ring that sold methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl and that his focus was selling to “street level customers and resellers” in the Bay Area. The group was arrested after a wiretap investigation targeting several drug rings throughout Northern California.

Anthony Macias is the second person to be sentenced. Last October, Larance was given no jail time and a three-year supervised release term after federal prosecutors wrote in court records that she was “in a controlling and abusive relationship with Oscar Macias and was herself abusing drugs” during the time of the crimes.

In May 2019, Macias and one of his brothers allegedly sold a quarter-pound of methamphetamine to an undercover agent, according to prosecutors. In February 2020, agents followed Raudel Macias from a stash house in Hayward to an address in Fremont, where he allegedly sold a woman 150 grams of heroin.

The charges against Raudel, Benito and Oscar Macias are still pending. A trial date has not yet been set.

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Yankees hope Anthony Rizzo can return to lineup for Tuesday

San Jose Mercury - 3 hours 49 min ago

SEATTLE —  Anthony Rizzo was on the field at T-Mobile Park Monday night, but that was hours before the Yankees faced off against the Mariners. The first baseman missed his fourth straight game with the lower-back tightness that had him out of the entire series in St. Louis.

But the Yankees are hopeful he can be back on Tuesday.

“He’s hoping to kind of go through a full day and hopefully be able to tolerate everything and be in position to play tomorrow,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said, “but we’ll see as the day unfolds, but doing a lot better.”

Rizzo, who turned 33 on Monday, stretched on the field and did some throwing. He was set to hit in the cage as well. It was the second time the lower back went out on Rizzo this season. He missed four games as well in early July with what he said were back spasms that he has dealt with over the last few years of his career. At the time, Rizzo said that it was usually just an annual issue, but he did not indicate he was more concerned because it had popped up twice in a month.

“He wouldn’t have been able to do much but I think at the back end of yesterday, he started to feel like ‘I feel like I can swing the bat.’ So today, he’s in a position to go through everything so he gets through that,” Boone said. “Hopefully we’ll be in a position tomorrow to get him in there.”

The Yankees could use his bat.

Rizzo had been on a hot streak. He homered in four straight games July 29-Aug. 2, but went 0-for-4 in Wednesday’s loss to the Mariners. Overall, the 33-year-old is hitting .227/.347/.511 with an .858 OPS. He’s crushed 27 homers and driven in 66 RBI.

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After five straight losses, going 6-9 in their last 15 and 14-18 since July 1, Boone felt the need to get the team together and talk. It was the first time he had the team all together after the trade deadline with Frankie Montas joining them Saturday night in St. Louis.

“This is our group now and we have everything we need in that room,” Boone said he told the players. “We will obviously be getting some guys back in the mix coming off the (injured list) and things like that as we go, but just remind them that we got everything in that room to get through this and realize their goal of being a champion.

“And that’s where the focus lies and is and I feel like they’re in a good place knowing we’re playing some good teams right now and they’re playing for a lot and we get their best shot a lot,” Boone added. “We have to go out and match that.”

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Giancarlo Stanton, on the IL with left Achilles tendinitis since July 24, is back on the field rehabbing in New York.

“He was ramping up baseball activities today,” Boone said. “Yesterday was a off day from baseball activities. So I haven’t got the report yet today but expect to be more ramping up the running you know, throwing and hitting everything like that.”

Stanton could be back as soon as this weekend in Boston, but Boone refuses to put a timeline on it.

Luis Severino continued to throw on flat ground. The right-hander who is on the 60-day injured list with a strained lat muscle cannot come off the IL until mid-September, so his rehab is slow and methodical.

Zack Britton, who has been on the IL since the start of the season after having October elbow reconstruction, is scheduled to throw to live hitters in batting practice early this week. It will be the second time he will face hitters since the surgery.

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Chicago Cubs are set to release Jason Heyward after the season: ‘We’re going to move in a different direction’

San Jose Mercury - 4 hours 47 min ago

The situation between the Chicago Cubs and veteran outfielder Jason Heyward felt untenable.

A rebuilding Cubs organization wanting to look at other players did not fit with Heyward and his declining all-around production. What seemed inevitable became reality Monday when president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer announced the Cubs and Heyward will part ways after the season.

Hoyer had an open dialogue with Heyward about the Cubs’ plans, in which a continued union between the sides did not make sense. The Cubs also want to give Heyward the full offseason to find a new team.

“Given where we are as a group and where we’re going to likely be in the corner outfield next year, with Seiya (Suzuki) and Ian (Happ), we’re going to move in a different direction,” Hoyer said. “He struggled last year obviously, and we wanted to see how he bounced back from that and he had an excellent 2020 season. … Obviously he didn’t bounce back well from (2021).”

Heyward, 32, is owed $22 million in 2023, the final season of the eight-year, $184 million contract he signed with the Cubs on Dec. 15, 2015. The Cubs also must pay his $20 million signing bonus over four installments on April 1, 2024-27.

“He doesn’t like it but certainly understands where we are,” Hoyer said. “I think it’s been a frustrating last year and a half, with a lot of the guys that were a big part of why he signed here have been traded away. And so it kind of made sense for both of us and we’ve talked through it and we’re in a good place.”

Heyward was slashing .204/.278/.277 with a 57 OPS+ in 48 games before injuring his right knee in June. He finishes his Cubs career with 744 games played, a .245 batting average, .323 on-base percentage and .700 OPS.

Most memorably, Heyward delivered a speech during the rain delay in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, giving the Cubs a spark in extra innings to win the franchise’s first title in 108 years.

Heyward is not expected to return before the end of the season because of right knee inflammation. The Cubs’ 40-man roster is not full, so procedurally they can’t put Heyward, who has been out since June 27, on the 60-day injured list.

However, the time Heyward would need to build back up to be game-ready, combined with the Cubs’ outfield depth, has Hoyer and the organization wanting to reallocate at-bats to other players.

Hoyer described Heyward as a great professional and leader whom the Cubs wanted to have around the team this year. There were initial conversations about Heyward potentially having a role in the organization once his playing career is over.

Heyward’s investment in the Chicago community will outlast his time in a Cubs uniform. Among his local contributions, Heyward is helping build a baseball academy in the North Austin neighborhood.

“He certainly had his good moments here, but he had a lot of struggles as well,” Hoyer said, “and when he had those struggles, he never blamed anyone, never stopped working. He was always the guy that showed up in the best shape coming into every season. He was always a guy that was in the cages trying to get better.

“That’s probably how I’ll remember him is that he, from my perspective, never stopped working. He never stopped trying to earn his contract, never stopped trying to be better, and that says a lot.”

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In a Summer of Feints, Russia and Ukraine Try to Predict Enemy’s Next Move

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Photos purport to show notes Trump tried to flush

San Jose Mercury - 5 hours 6 min ago

By Shania Shelton | CNN

Newly revealed photographs reveal two occasions on which former President Donald Trump apparently flushed documents down the toilet.

Maggie Haberman, a New York Times reporter and CNN contributor, is publishing the new images in her forthcoming book, “Confidence Man,” and the images were earlier posted by Axios. CNN has previously reported how Trump flouted presidential record-keeping laws and would often tear up documents, drafts and memos after reading them.

NEW IN AXIOS: Trump denied flushing documents as president, as I learned during reporting last year for CONFIDENCE MAN. A Trump White House source recently provided PHOTOS of paper with Trump’s handwriting in two different toilets via @mikeallen https://t.co/wv6rrupO1n

— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 8, 2022

He periodically flushed papers down the toilet in the White House residence — only to be discovered later on when repairmen were summoned to fix the clogged toilets. Trump has denied the allegations, and in a statement given to Axios on Monday, a spokesman claimed that reporting about the practice was fabricated.

In the images revealed on Monday, it’s unclear what the documents are in reference to — and who authored them — but they appear to be written in Trump’s handwriting in black marker. Haberman said one image is from a White House toilet and the other one is from an overseas trip that was provided to her by a Trump White House source.

“Who knows what this paper was? Only he would know and presumably whoever was dealing with it, but the important point is about the records,” Haberman told CNN’s John Berman and Brianna Keilar on “New Day” Monday morning.

Trump had a pattern of disregarding normal record preservation procedures. In one occasion, Trump asked if anyone wanted to put a copy of a speech he just delivered up for auction on eBay, during a mid-flight visit to the press cabin Air Force One.

In other instances, Trump would task aides with carrying boxes of unread memos, articles and tweet drafts aboard the presidential aircraft for him to review and then tear to shreds.

A former senior Trump administration official said a deputy from the Office of Staff Secretary would usually come in to pull things out of the trash and take them off Trump’s desk after he left a room.

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A former White House official recalled that while document preservation was a key responsibility of the staff secretary, the rest of Trump’s senior staffers lacked the sense of their obligation to maintain records of papers that moved through the West Wing.

Trump’s haphazard record-keeping was the subject of a drawn-out fight earlier this year between him and the National Archives, and the Justice Department has been investigating the matter.

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