Mets, Dodgers not having “active discussions” about Jon Niese trade

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It was reported over the weekend that the Dodgers and Cubs were among the teams with interest in a trade for Mets left-hander Jon Niese. While the southpaw is a logical target for both teams, a match with the Dodgers isn’t considered imminent:

Nothing too surprising here, as teams are likely still in the early stages of evaluating the starting pitcher market. Cole Hamels, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir are among the big names that could be dealt, so Niese falls into the secondary category with the likes of Mike Leake, Matt Garza, Kyle Lohse, Mat Latos, and Dan Haren. With questions in the back-end of their rotation, the Dodgers will be active.

Niese has posted a 4.12 ERA…

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How to become a “real-life” #Hero

By Matt Lewis
Editor & Publisher

It takes work, that’s for sure. But the truth is, we can never become like the ‘Superheroes’ we see in the movies. I know many young people dream of it. Sure, I did too. We didn’t know that ideal wasn’t real.

For those with a ‘Summer-time’ sadness, just remember it will get better. Featured Image -- 3360
Here is what a “real-life” #Hero looks like.

This was found by Matt Lewis.

This was found by Matt Lewis.

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Here’s what the comics portray.

Robinson Cano exits Saturday’s game after he was hit in the head with an errant warmup throw

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Update (9:31 PM EST): Cano does not have a concussion, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. He’s day-to-day with a contusion on his forehead.

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Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was hit in the head with an errant warmup throw from an Angels infielder before the start of the bottom of the seventh inning of Saturday’s road game against the Angels. He was standing against the railing in the dugout at the time. With a big knot on his forehead, Cano was lifted from the game and replaced at second base by Willie Bloomquist.

On Twitter, Shannon Drayer of 710 AM KIRO said that Cano looked “very shaky” as he was being examined by the team trainer in the dugout. Cano is undergoing concussion protocol, Drayer notes, and the Mariners will proceed from there.

Cano was 0-for-3 on the evening before departing. He has yet to gather any momentum…

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Sergio Rodriguez is mulling a return to the NBA

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Sergio Rodriguez played four seasons in the NBA, but has been out of the league since the end of the 2010 season.

He was at times a capable reserve here in the states, but has emerged into much more than that while playing overseas.

The recent success Rodriguez has experienced has him considering a return to NBA action.

From Jason Quick of the Oregonian:

Former Trail Blazers point guard Sergio Rodriguez on Saturday said he is mulling a return to the NBA this summer and will wait “to see how the market is” after the free agent period opens July 1.

Since leaving the NBA in 2010, Rodriguez has become one of the best players in Europe. Rodriguez led Real Madrid to the 2015 Euroleague championship and was the 2014 Euroleague MVP. He says he has three years left on his contract, but said his contract has a reasonable…

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Andrew McCutchen to give elbow armor a try

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Pirates fans collectively held their breath when All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen was hit on the left elbow with a Julio Teheran offering in the first inning of Saturday’s game. X-rays came back negative, allowing for a giant, collective sigh of relief.

Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that McCutchen will start utilizing elbow protection. “Looks like I got to now,” he said.

McCutchen among seven players in baseball who have been hit by at least eight pitches this year. The Pirates as a unit lead the major leagues with 40 HBP’s. “I’m not the only the one ticked off,” McCutchen said, per Sawchik. “We’re all ticked off.”

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Wil Myers two weeks ahead of schedule, could resume baseball activities in 4-6 weeks

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Padres outfielder Wil Myers could resume baseball activities in four to six weeks, a couple of weeks sooner than the original timetable of six to eight weeks suggested, per Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Myers had surgery on his left wrist to remove a bone spur earlier this month. He had his cast removed on Saturday.

Myers, 24, had missed a month between late April and late May due to issues with his left wrist. He appeared in only three games before going back on the disabled list, then underwent surgery. Myers is batting .277/.327/.459 with five home runs and 19 RBI in 159 plate appearances this season.

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Blazers GM denies report LaMarcus Aldridge told team he would leave in free agency

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Of all the marquee free agents out there — a group that technically includes LeBron James, Kevin Love and Marc Gasol — LaMarcus Aldridge is the one most have their eyes on as a guy who could potentially change teams.

A recent report claimed that Aldridge has already informed the Blazers that he won’t be back, but Portland’s GM strongly denied it, while claiming that a decision on Aldridge’s future has yet to be made.

From Mike Tokito of the Oregonian:

After all the recent reports that LaMarcus Aldridge was not going to return to the Trail Blazers, general manager Neil Olshey – in one of his regular telephone conversations with the All-Star power forward – asked Aldridge about it.

“I actually asked him how would you like me to address it,” Olshey said. “He said, ‘Just say it’s not true. You and I know where we’re at right now.'”…

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Jaime Garcia skips bullpen, may miss his next start

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Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia did not throw a bullpen session scheduled for Saturday due to a sore groin, Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. He won’t make his start scheduled for Tuesday, but could start on Wednesday. There’s also a possibility he could simply miss this turn through the rotation.

Miklasz adds that manager Mike Matheny isn’t concerned; the Cardinals are simply being cautious with Garcia. The lefty dealt with a cramp near his groin during Wednesday’s start against the Cardinals.

Garcia, 28, made his season debut on May 28. He missed most of the first two months of the season due to shoulder issues. He currently owns a stellar 1.69 ERA with a 32/7 K/BB ratio in 48 innings over seven starts.

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‘Wish I Was Here’ Movie Review

By Matt Lewis
Editor

The movie stars Zach Braff, Zoey King, Pierce Gagnon, Kate Hudson and a slew of other great actors, mostly whom are there for cameo purposes. Photo Courtesy of:  http://bit.ly/1rsAU95

The movie stars Zach Braff, Zoey King, Pierce Gagnon, Kate Hudson and a slew of other great actors, mostly whom are there for cameo purposes.                                                                                                      Photo Courtesy of:
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Visit http://bit.ly/1vwOrjy for the trailer of this movie and visit http://bit.ly/1mT5XXz for one of the movie’s best scenes.

Here is what Jackie Bensley, of Phoenix said about it:

“My favorite scene is when they are on the camping trip. It is there that the father begins to actually connect with his children. He shares some part of himself with them and they feel that connection and in turn begin to open up to him. They all have a better appreciation of we each other. Also the scene where Sarah is talking to Gabe in his hospital bed… As she explains to him what she thinks his sons need from him. A very powerful moment. My favorite character would have to be the family unit as a whole. They were so perfectly imperfect. They were each trying so hard to do what was right. The only problem they each had a different idea of what is right for them. As most normal families do especially in today’s world when everyone is in their own little world. But then they come together when it really matters. Family. I liked the film because it was so thoughtful. While watching you really had a connection to it. I always know whrn I come out of a film if b I had a connection with it… If it made me feel something good… And this one did jist that. The casting was great. I don’t think I have ever seen Kate Hudson in an indie film before. I was a little curious about this when I first saw the trailer. But she pulled it off with flying colors. Impressive. If you mean effects by the interspersed kind of flashbacks with the father being in some video game they played as kids, I understand what he was trying to do, but I think it was unnecessary and kind of detracted from the film. The film would have been just as good if not better without them. We really didn’t need to know that both brothers escaped their childhood through video games. And were still escaping reality through acting and role playing at comi-con conventions. We didn’t really need that. And as for the music. I don’t really think it added to the film… Or took away from it, it was just there as if it needed to be there because that is what you have in a film. It was a minor character in the scheme of things.”

How to ‘Train’ Your Summer Concert Palette

By Matt Lewis
Editor & Publisher

     I can’t seem to get enough of Train‘s new album, “Bulletproof Picasso.” What’s my favorite song, you ask? I haven’t even listened to the whole thing yet; but seeing their “Picasso At The Wheel Summer Tour 2015” in-person was pretty darn amazing!

Personally, I “fell in-love” with Train‘s music when I bought their album “California 37” back in 2012. I happened to be visiting the Golden State” with an girlfriend. It was the perfect California road-trip soundtrack, and while we never drove on California State Route 37, it didn’t matter. We were about 400 miles (or six hours by car) South in Los Angeles.

The concert, was a pretty standard concert, except for one thing each band seemed to be debuting at least one song for us that night. Who was there? The comical music stylings of Matt Nathanson, The Fray, and of course Train was the headliner.

The Gilbert Gumption‘s  Editor & Publisher, Matthew Aaron Lewis (@matt20hew) talked to Holly Hensley of Gilbert, Ariz. She attended the concert with her roommate and friend, Karissa Shipp. In full disclosure, Mr. Lewis attended Basha High School with both Women. He knew of them, but did not run around in the same circles.

Train Interview

 

Holly Hensley, 27, Gilbert

The ‘Train’ “Picasso at the Wheel” concert tickets were a birthday present to Ms. Hensley from her Mother. Her birthday was two days before the concert.

She got two tickets; and took Karissa Kay Shipp, who is also her roommate and friend from school.

Her reason for going: (Paraphrase) I’m really into ‘The Fray;’ or at least more so than ‘Train.’

Ms. Hensley said her favorite ‘Train’ songs are “Marry Me” or “Drops of Jupiter” with “Drops of Jupiter possibly having a slight edge.

During the concert, however, Ms. Hensley said her favorite performances by ‘Train’ were either their song “Free” or “Marry Me.” She said she was really hoping that ‘Train’ was going to play “Marry Me,” and she wasn’t disappointed. ‘Train’ did however wait until the later part of their set to play the song. They started with a few new songs then went back to their older works. They played a mix of Radio hits and some of the lesser known songs from their albums.

As for ‘The Fray’ she said it is too hard to choose. She said if she had to choose, her favorite song from them would probably be “Heartbeat.”

She said she was originally introduced to ‘The Fray’s’ music by a T.V. show; some doctor drama, she recalls – either “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Scrubs.” The song – “How to Save a Life.”

She said ‘Train’s’ new albums – and specifically the lyrics – have evolved into “weirdness.”

Her seats were on the lawn at Ak-Chin Pavillion; and she was just fine with that, in fact, she preferred to sit in the grass.

“I didn’t need to know every song (to have a good time),” Ms. Hensley said. “They’re (‘Train’) just awesome to listen to.”

After attending the concert, Ms. Hensley’s interest in ‘Train’s’ latest album “Bulletproof Picasso” was piqued and she says she’s been seeking out their new stuff on Pandora and other streaming music sites such as YouTube. She says she may even buy a few songs from iTunes.

She had heard some songs of “Bulletproof Picasso” on Pandora before the concert and said she wasn’t really paying attention to the lyrics, but really listened to what was being sung about during the concert and got hooked.

When Mrs. Kay Shipp and Ms. Hensley arrived at Ak-Chin Pavillion’s parking lot, they could already hear Matt Nathanson performing.

They rushed in and got their seats. They were a little bummed to find that the only available seats were directly behind a view-obstructing pillar.

During an intermission, thought, they moved and got a better view of the stage.

Ms. Hensley described the lawn seats as a “sweat spot,” that wasn’t too close, or too far away from the stage.

Ms. Hensley said that Mrs. Kay Shipp was also a big fan of ‘The Fray,’ and like her, wasn’t as big a fan of ‘Train.’

She said neither of them were really all that aware of Matt Nathanson’s music.

When asked to sum up the concert in a word or phrase, Ms. Hensley said, “Best. Concert. EVER!” She made sure that I record the proper punctuation and capitalization.

TRANSCRIPT of Interview: ” Coming soon. …”

Below is some multimedia from the concert. Please enjoy!

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Here are my final musings on the concert, written during the concert: “This concert was ‘my’ concert. It was ‘their’ concert. They enjoyed playing for us. We had a good time. Let the Endless Summer* of 2015 begin in the Phoenix-metro area.”

Maggi Pizzas Have Pig Harmful Chemicals Deadly Side Effects

Consider the source and let us know if you agree or think this is just a scare-tactic.

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Now Maggi is in the News for its ingredients contain Lead and other chemicals harmful to Health.
It has been taken off the shelf from UP,Delhi, Kerala and tamil Nadu is about to ban it.
Maggi noodles.jpg Maggi noodles We had earlier the issue of Johnson and Johnson for similar offences. Oreo cookies,which was banned in the US as early as in the Thirties! I have been writing on this issue , Coke,Maggi,Pepsi and other Health Drinks. No body sees to bother . Excepion is my Five year Grandson who refuses all these saying that his Boss Thatha(that's me!) told him they are harmful) I am providing soe information received from my friend below and right after it information from a reliable sites. As they say in Tamil, I have blown the Whisle(Saangu, Conch) Upto You. Life bouy is neither bath soap nor toilet soap ! But it's a Cabolic soap used…

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NBA Finals: Warriors take overtime Game 1 win over Cavaliers

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LeBron James was fantastic to open the NBA Finals, and Stephen Curry hit shots worthy of his MVP recognition.

But in the end, free throws in overtime decided the first game of the championship round more than anything else, and Golden State came way with the 108-100 victory to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

James did all he could for his Cavaliers, finishing with 44 points, eight rebounds and six assists. But Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 47 points, and Andre Iguodala was huge off the bench with 15 points on eight shots, and the Warriors pulled away for the win in the overtime session.

This was a critical opportunity for Cleveland to steal home court advantage, but the Cavaliers ultimately couldn’t take control. Kyrie Irving’s knee was a concern heading into the series, but he largely played as though it wasn’t an issue, until he…

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