Friday, August 22, 2014

Short Takes

National Guard leaving Ferguson.

Three Hamas military leaders were killed by Israeli attacks.

Mudslides and debris close roads in Washington state.

Two American ebola victims have recovered and been released from the hospital.

American auto industry has hit its highest level of production in 12 years.

Tropical Update: Invest 96L is out there and heading west.

The Tigers lost 1-0 to the Rays.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Short Takes

Ferguson: The curfew has been lifted and a grand jury will hear testimony in the shooting of Michael Brown.

Iraqi dam re-taken by Iraqi and Kurdish forces from ISIS.

No deal yet on Israel-Gaza peace talks.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry gets mugged.

R.I.P. Former Sen. James Jeffords of Vermont; Radio and TV announcer Don Pardo, 96; voice of S.N.L. and countless shows.

The Tigers had the night off.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Short Takes

The Justice Department will conduct a second autopsy in Ferguson case.

Kurdish forces retake part of Iraq’s biggest dam.

Palestinian divisions emerge in Gaza peace talks.

New U.S. strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers.

Rick Perry defends veto that led to indictment.

The Tigers lost to Seattle 8-1.  They’re in second place and lost the lead in the wildcard race.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Nineteen Innings Twice

Two games yesterday went to nineteen innings.  This has got to be some sort of record.

First, the Tigers vs. the Blue Jays:

For the second consecutive day, the Tigers lost a one-run lead in the ninth and the game in extra innings. This time, the extras were longer — much, much longer.

By the time Jose Bautista’s walk-off single in the 19th inning sent the Tigers to a 6-5 defeat at Rogers Centre, the lights were on for a game that began at 1:07 p.m. ET, the bullpen and benches were both expended, and Rick Porcello was in his third inning of relief. The game had crossed the six-hour mark for the second-longest Tigers game in duration since 1914, according to, and tied for the fourth-longest game innings-wise in team history.

The only Tigers game longer in minutes, according to baseball-reference, was a 22-inning, seven-hour marathon against the Yankees at Tiger Stadium on June 24, 1962.

Yet as long as 19 innings of baseball reads, like how the numbers don’t line up right in a box score or the space runs short in a scorebook, it’s the look on the faces in a clubhouse that says plenty. They all get longer in a loss.

“Nineteen innings, on turf,” said Torii Hunter, one of five Tigers position players who were on the field for all 19. “It wears your muscles out, not really your joints. This is more your muscles, your calves, your hamstrings, shoulders, everything.”

That was on manager Brad Ausmus’ mind as he reflected on a game they led, 5-0, with two outs in the sixth and David Price on the mound, and an American League Central race now down to a half-game lead over the surging Royals, who started an hour later but won their seventh straight game hours earlier.

“Right now, these guys are exhausted,” Ausmus said. “They’re obviously disappointed they lost, but they’re also exhausted.”

Then it was the Red Sox and the Angels.

Brandon Workman has struggled in his first inning of work for much of the season. Apparently, that still applies when his first inning came in the 19th.

Workman yielded a homer to Albert Pujols, the first batter he faced as the ninth Red Sox pitcher of the night, giving the Los Angeles Angels a marathon 5-4 victory.

The game was the longest for the Red Sox since a 19-inning game on July 9, 2006 against the Chicago White Sox. The time of game was six hours and 31 minutes.

Workman entered the game after Heath Hembree had turned in four heroic innings in his Red Sox debut.

The Angels had loaded the bases in the 17th with one out, but Heath Hembree, finishing his third inning in his Red Sox debut, got C.J. Cron to fly to shallow left and got Chris Iannetta to hit into a force out.

The game was the longest of the season for the Red Sox, eclipsing a 14-inning win on April 16 against the White Sox in Chicago and the longest game between the two teams in 42 years.

I love baseball, but that’s… wow.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Short Takes

72-hour ceasefire announced in Gaza.

G.O.P. craters border bill.

What a shock: C.I.A. finds that they did break into Senate computers.

Emergency efforts in Africa to combat ebola.

Stocks fall on weak economic data.

Tropical Update: We now have Tropical Storm Bertha in the North Atlantic.

The Tigers lost to the White Sox 7-4, but landed pitcher David Price from Tampa Bay.

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Short Takes

Ukraine: Two military jets were shot down in the same vicinity as the Malaysian airline.

Israel faces economic and political challenges; the FAA lifts the ban on flights to Tel Aviv.

Robert McDonald appears to have a lock on being confirmed as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

It took almost two hours for Arizona to execute a condemned man.

Tropical Update:  TD Two has fizzled out.

The Tigers beat the Diamondbacks 11-5.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Short Takes

Russia tries to sound both tough and nice on response to jet attack.

Death toll continues to rise on both sides in Israel/Gaza conflict.

U.N. says Iran has turned much of its nuclear material to harmless use.

Perry sends Texas troops to border.

Wildfires continue to expand in Pacific Northwest.

Tropical Update: TD Two is east of the Lesser Antilles.

The Tigers beat the Diamondbacks 4-3.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014