Yanks Must Wait ‘Til Next Year

first_imgNEW YORK — The quartet leaned against the dugout railing with uniformly glum expressions during the ninth inning, Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances crossing their arms, Brett Gardner dangling his over a railing and Chris Young resting his chin on a hand.The New York Yankees expected better this year than elimination in the AL wild-card game. Many others anticipated worse.“When the season started, no one thought we would be here,” Manager Joe Girardi said after Houston eliminated New York 3-0 on Oct. 6.In the first year after Derek Jeter’s retirement, the Yankees ended their two-year absence from the postseason but did not reach the Division Series. They had a seven-game AL East lead in late July but played .500 ball after and finished six games behind Toronto.Adding closer Andrew Miller, shortstop Didi Gregorius, pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and reliever Justin Wilson helped, but not enough. In the end, the Yankees could not overcome titanic late-season slumps by Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Alex Rodriguez and Brian McCann.“The way this team played here down the stretch isn’t reflective of what this team looked like for most of the season. That’s the frustrating part,” General Manager Brian Cashman said.New York scored 764 runs, second in the major leagues behind Toronto, and the Yankees’ 212 homers were up from 147 last year. But they lacked timely hitting for stretches and a slump-busting ace.David Price, Zack Greinke, Jordan Zimmermann and Johnny Cueto will be available on the free-agent market, but do the Yankees want a long-term contract with another high-priced pitcher who will be in his mid-to-late 30s in the deal’s latter years?They also could use a right-handed bat with power, preferably at second base. The Yankees were especially vulnerable to left-handers when the switch-hitting Mark Teixeira broke a shin in mid-August and Rodriguez slumped.At 30 years, 31 days, the Yankees began the season with the fifth-oldest roster, according to STATS. Rodriguez returned from a season-long drug suspension to hit 33 homers and Teixeira, 35 years old, rebounded from wrist surgery to hit 31 homers and drive in 79 runs before his injury.“Our stated goal is to definitely try to get younger,” Cashman said.With age comes injuries. Will Rodriguez, who turns 41 next summer, stay healthy for a second straight season?“Depth is very important, no doubt. Guys are going to get banged up,” Teixeira said. “Rest helps. Rest is a part of recovery. It’s a part of performance.”All of the Yankees’ primary starting pitchers were hurt at some point: Tanaka (wrist, forearm), CC Sabathia (knee), Michael Pineda (forearm), Ivan Nova (recovery from Tommy John surgery) and Nathan Eovaldi (wrist). Sabathia, 35 and three years removed from his last top season, left the team to check into an alcohol rehabilitation center on Monday.As starters got hurt, the bullpen got taxed. And New York’s offense pretty much collapsed late in the season. From Sept. 1 on, Rodriguez hit .224. Ellsbury .207, Gardner .198 and McCann .174. The club batting average dropped from .274 in June and July to .236 for the remainder of the season, according to STATS.Changes likely will come from free agents and trades. While Luis Severino (21), first baseman Greg Bird (22) and second baseman Rob Refsnyder (24) showed promise during the second half, Cashman cautioned on expecting additional top pitching help from the minors.“I don’t have anybody coming that is of Severino caliber,” he said.Additional stars could be used, too. Average attendance in the post-Jeter era slid from 42,520 last year to 39,922, and the average viewership on the YES Network fell from 288,000 to 259,000.With major changes, the Yankees’ next game that counts may resemble their last. Their opener is April 4 at home — against the Astros.Players left the clubhouse with a modicum of optimism. “I like what we’re going to have next year,” Teixeira said.(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Netflix Went to Space During Recent Hack Day

first_imgCommercial space travel may still be out of reach for most of us, but Netflix is ready whenever we are: Employees of the streaming service recently demonstrated that the service does indeed work in space as part of a project for the most recent edition of company’s semi-annual hack day.To be fair, the team didn’t themselves participate in any expansive space travel. Instead, it used a helium-filled meteorological balloon to send an iPhone with downloaded Netflix content and a GoPro camera to an altitude of 115,000 feet, which apparently is enough to see the curvature of the earth.Netflix regularly does hack days during which dozens employees work 24 hours on a Netflix-themed pet project. Some of these hacks are spectacular exploits involving porting Netflix to telegraphs and old-timey TVs, but more often than not, it’s actually about improving internal workflows at the company.Some of those internal hacks actually end up being used by employees going forward, but hack day creations usually don’t find their way into consumer-facing products. “It’s not about innovation for the product,” Netflix VP of engineering Daniel Jacobson told Variety last year, when the company gave us a behind-the-scenes look at their summer hack day. This time around, some of the other more notable hack day creations included a Netflix homepage design based on the Sci-fi world of the company’s “Altered Carbon” show, as well as an interesting take on watching vertical videos, complete with the ability to pan within the video with a swipe of your finger.That hack may not show up in Netflix’s official apps any time soon either, but the company did recently announce that it is embracing vertical video for mobile previews. Next month, Netflix is bringing 30-second clips to its app that can be used similar to Instagram Stories to discover new content. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Sabertoothed cat fossils provide evidence of canines able to puncture a skull

first_imgDetail of the injury of Smilodon populator specimen MCA 2046. B. Detail showing the canine of another Smilodon specimen inserted through the opened injury. C. Detail of the injury of specimen MRFA-PV-0564. Not to scale. Credit: Comptes Rendus Palevol (2019). DOI: 10.1016/j.crpv.2019.02.006 Explore further More information: Nicolás R. Chimento et al. Evidence of intraspecific agonistic interactions in Smilodon populator (Carnivora, Felidae), Comptes Rendus Palevol (2019). DOI: 10.1016/j.crpv.2019.02.006 A team of researchers with members affiliated with several institutions in Argentina has found evidence that suggests the canine teeth of the saber-toothed cat were strong enough to puncture the skulls of other members of the same species. In their paper published in the journal Comptes Rendus Palevol, the group describes their study of saber-toothed cat fossils and what they learned from them. Saber-toothed kittens may have been born with thicker bones than other contemporary cats The saber-toothed cat was a formidable predator, of that there is little doubt—the species living in South America, Smilodon populator, grew to weigh 220 to 400 kg, was approximately 120 centimeters long, and had canine teeth that grew to be 28 centimeters in length. They lived during the Late Pleistocene Epoch (from 11,000 to 126,000 years ago). Paleontologists have believed that the canines of the big cats were too thin to puncture bone, but now that theory appears to be under fire. The researchers with this new effort report evidence of what appears to be a hole in an S. populator skull that was made by the canine of another S. populator.The researchers report that they have actually found two S. populator skull fossils with holes in them consistent with a canine piercing. Both of the skulls were found in different parts of what is now Argentina, and both had a single hole between the eyes, but a little farther back—very similar to hole punctures in many modern cats (cheetahs, leopards and jaguars)—such cats, especially males, often get into serious fights, sometimes resulting in the death of one of the combatants. The researchers found that an S. populator canine fit perfectly into the hole in the skull. They tried the same test with other long-toothed animals and were not able to find any with teeth that fit into the holes. They even checked to see if the holes could have been made by a kick from a hoofed animal and were not able to find any that matched. The only fit was another saber-toothed cat canine, which suggests that the holes were made as the cats were fighting over territory, food or a potential mating partner. © 2019 Science X Network Citation: Saber-toothed cat fossils provide evidence of canines able to puncture a skull (2019, June 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-saber-toothed-cat-fossils-evidence-canines.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more