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How to Hit and Run in Baseball

Hit and Run in BaseballThe hit and run is one of the most basic offensive plays in the game.  With a runner on first base, the strategy calls for the runner to break towards second base with the pitch and for the batter to swing at the pitch, no matter where it is, in order to put the ball in play.The hit and run is often used in situations when the offense is trying to generate a spark of momentum. With the hit and run, it’s especially important to have a smart runner on the bases and a batter who can handle the bat.

The strategy has a number of objectives:

  • The runner’s break for second base, as on a stolen base attempt, means that one of the infielders has to cover the bag. This opens a hole on either the right or left side of the infield, increasing the gap for a ground ball to break through to the outfield.
  • If the batter hits a ground ball at a fielder, the chance of turning a double play is much reduced because the runner will already be part way to second base when the ball is hit.
  • If the ball is hit safely, the runner will likely advance an extra base because he is already running.

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Here are a few situations where it might make sense to hit and run:

  • To stay out of a double play: If there’s a good contact hitter at the plate, the hit and run is a good way to avoid a ground ball double play.
  • To get a jump on the base paths: You want to start the runner early, but you don’t trust him to steal a base. The hit and run is a good way to “protect” a runner who doesn’t have exceptional speed, since there likely won’t be a play at second base.
  • To advance the runner: Instead of squaring around and bunting to move the runner up, you send the runner early and try to hit the ball on the ground.

The hit-and-run is a very old strategy, dating back at least to the 1890’s. A variant of the hit-and-run is the “run-and-hit” in which the runner breaks as if for a stolen base and the batter has the option to swing or not, depending on the runner’s jump and the quality of the pitch (any time there are 3 balls, the play is correctly referred to as a “run-and-hit” as the batter can take without need to protect the runner). The “run-and-hit requires a good base-stealer and a disciplined hitter to execute properly and is not really any more advantageous than a straight stolen base attempt.

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New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays

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This has become one of the most exciting AL East pennant races in years. For both the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays, this may be the most highly anticipated series and the most important series of the season. The Yankees are use to having control of this division, while the Blue Jays have not had the lead this late in the season since 1993.

All three games of this series against the New York Yankees are sold out, and the Blue Jays can establish a franchise record with their 12th straight victory when they send David Price to the mound in Friday night’s matchup with first place in the AL East on the line.

ROGERS CENTRE

Tonight, 7:07 p.m.
LH David Price (11-4, 2.36) vs. RH Ivan Nova (4-4, 3.52)

Tomorrow, 1:07 p.m.
RH Marco Estrada (10-6, 3.21) vs. RH Masahiro Tanaka (8-5, 3.79)

Sunday, 1:07 p.m.
RH Drew Hutchison (11-2, 5.26) vs. RH Luis Severino (0-1, 2.45)

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Toronto (64-52) leads New York by one-half game after becoming the first team since the 1954 Cleveland Indians to post two win streaks of at least 11 games. Baseball’s highest scoring team averages 5.3 runs, with the Yankees second at 4.8.

The Yankees (62-51) have already been victimized by them during this streak, getting outscored 10-1 last weekend in a three-game sweep in the Bronx. New York failed to score in the final 26 innings of that series and dropped to 2-7 versus Toronto.

For the Yankees, the batters to watch are Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner. These two have really been feeling the dog days of August.

For the Blue Jays, the batter to watch is surprisingly Justin Smoak. In his last five games, he has four hits, two home runs, and an astonishing eight RBI.

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Football Glossary: A

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NFL preseason is here, and we bet you love it like we do! You want to know more and more, with that in mind, here are some of the more common football terms that are used in the game:

A

AFL:
An acronym for either the Arena Football League or the American Football League.
Also Known As: Arena Football League, American Football League

AF2:
An acronym for the Arena Football 2 league.

Assistant Coach:
T
he coaches that specialize in specific areas of the team and are directly under the supervision of the head coach.
Also Known As: coordinator

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Artificial Turf:
A synthetic surface used in place of grass on some football fields.
Also Known As: Astroturf

Astroturf:
An artificial surface used instead of grass on some football fields.
Also Known As: artificial turf

Audible:
Changing a play at the line of scrimmage by calling out predetermined set of signals.
Also Known As: check off, automatic

Automatic:
Changing a play at the line of scrimmage by calling out predetermined set of signals.
Also Known As: audible, check off

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Miami Dolphins at Chicago Bears

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Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET, the Chicago Bears will be back at Soldier Field to take on the Miami Dolphins in their first preseason game of the year. The Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins have struggled in recent years, both failing to make the playoffs in each of the last four years.

The Bears, of course, are coming off a disastrous 5-11 campaign in 2014, a season where they had playoff expectations behind what was supposed to be a top-notch offense and a rebuilt defense. Instead, they tanked amid poor play and internal friction.

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The Dolphins, meanwhile, are coming off an 8-8 season in which they finished third in the AFC East, 11th in points scored and 20th in points allowed. That campaign includes an easy 27-13 victory over the Bears in Chicago, a game where the Bears gave up 24 first downs, almost 400 yards of total offense and failed to force a turnover, while the offense was shutout in the first half and netted just 224 yards and three turnovers during the game.

The established starters on both sides will see limited playing time on the field, and quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Ryan Tannehill shouldn’t play for more than a series or two. Chicago and Miami used their first-round selections on wide receivers, but neither will make their NFL debuts on Thursday.

Playing a solid team like Miami should be a good way for the Bears to test the new schemes and evaluate backups and the starting competitions on defense without the squad getting embarrassed.

 

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PGA Championship

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The 97th PGA Championship returns to Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis., for the third time in 11 years, and for the third major championship in a row, competitors will be faced with a links-style test after Chambers Bay in the U.S. Open and the Old Course at St. Andrews in the Open Championship.

The PGA Championship got a huge boost last weekend when world No. 1 Rory McIlroy showed up to practice. A week before that, Rory seemed like a longshot to make his return to the game in time for the season’s final major. But he’s back for one last 2015 chance to add to his career tally of 4 major titles.

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Rory’s return, and the PGA of America’s decision to pair him up with Jordan Spieth for the opening round, amplified the hype. It’s also on a fantastically scenic and world class venue in Whistling Straits.

Spieth is listed at 6-1 at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. He is the only golfer with single-digit odds and is attracting action. With a strong performance, Spieth has a chance to overtake Rory McIlroy and become the No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Ranking.

McIlroy missed The Open and has not played a competitive round since the U.S. Open in late June.

Along with McIlroy, Bubba Watsonand Jason Day are also 12-1. Dustin Johnson is 15-1, and Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler are 20-1.

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Rogers Cup 2015

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The Rogers Cup continued Tuesday, with the women’s tournament in full swing after a rainy Monday in Toronto and the men battling it out in Montreal.

World No1 Novak Djokovic kicked off his bid for a fourth Canadian crown with a 6-3, 7-6 (6-4) second round win over a stubborn Thomaz Bellucci at the Rogers Cup on Tuesday.

Bellucci, with just one win in five visits to Canada and coming off a first-round loss at Washington, appeared to be the perfect opponent for Djokovic to launch his buildup to the US Open but provided a stiff test for the Serb.

Djokovic is the clear favorite at the tournament. Djokovic won the tournament in 2007 and 2012.

Outside of Djokovic, the biggest story on the men’s side was the upset of No. 12 Kevin Anderson, who bowed out against Lukas Rosol 7-6, 7-6 in a hotly contested match.

Tomorrow’s matches will feature more big names, with No. 3 Stan Wawrinka, No. 5 Tomas Berdych, No. 6 Marin Cilic, No. 7 Rafael Nadal and No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga all in action.

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Men’s Results

Round Winner Score Loser
1st Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 7-5 Nicolas Mahut
1st Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-3 Yen-Hsun Lu
1st Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 6-7, 6-1 Dominic Thiem
1st Lukas Rosol 7-6, 7-6 (12) Kevin Anderson
1st Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 6-4 Janko Tipsarevic
1st (16) John Isner 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 Benjamin Becker
1st Pablo Andujar 6-2, 6-4 Frank Dancevic
1st (14) Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 7-5 Alexandr Dolgopolov
1st (13) David Goffin 6-2, 6-2 Steve Johnson
1st Jack Sock 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 Adrian Mannarino
1st Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 Fernando Verdasco
2nd (1) Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-6 Thomaz Bellucci
Rogers Cup Tuesday Scores

Source: CoupeRogers.com

 

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Floyd Mayweather and MMA

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Floyd Mayweather seems to have a hard time keeping his name out of the mixed martial arts landscape.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. spoke to the media following the press conference of his final bout, and he was asked about Mixed Martial Arts, and whether he would fight a top star like Ronda Rousey

His immediate response to the reporter: ‘You’re a comedian!’

When asked about fighting MMA fighters in general, he responded:

“I’m in the $100 million business, not the $100,000 business,” Floyd states. “I shouldn’t even be stooping to certain levels, because it doesn’t make any sense.”

“People that’s in MMA, I wish them nothing but the best. I don’t have anything negative to say about them. The hand I was dealt in life, I was dealt a royal flush and I just have to be thankful and appreciative of the hand I was dealt,” he continues. “I don’t have anything negative to say about anyone. I wish everyone of them nothing but the best.”

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WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. has no idea why the critics are all over him for selecting Andre Berto as the opponent for his September 12th Showtime Pay-Per-View card from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The bigger issue with the Berto fight is that fact Mayweather claims it’s going to be the final bout of his pro career. Many in the industry don’t believe him, but if that’s the case than most would have rather seen him face Amir Khan or Keith Thurman.

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Rogers Cup 2015

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One of the final stops on the road to the 2015 U.S. Open got underway north of the border with first-round play at the Rogers Cup in Montreal and Toronto.

Back in action the World No. 1 Novak Djokovic returns to a testing draw at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal, in the Quebec Province of Canada. Every time Novak Djokovic steps onto the court, he is the strong favorite to win no matter what. This perhaps again holds true as he gets ready for his charge at a 2nd US Open title in a month’s time.

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Montreal hosts this year’s men’s tournament, while the top stars in women’s tennis headed to Toronto.

Rogers Cup—Monday Results

2015 Rogers Cup Results—Aug. 10

Women’s Singles Winner Loser Score
First Round Sabine Lisicki Venus Williams (14) 6-0, 6-3
First Round Flavia Pennetta Gabriela Dabrowski 6-4, 6-1
Men’s Singles
First Round Gilles Simon (9) Andreas Seppi 6-2, 6-4
First Round Gael Monfils (15) Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-1
First Round Thomaz Bellucci Pablo Cuevas 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(4)
First Round Ivo Karlovic Jerzy Janowicz 6-4, 7-6(6)
First Round Leonardo Mayer Hyeon Chung 6-3, 6-4
First Round Gilles Muller Philip Bester 6-2, 6-3
First Round Sam Querrey Martin Klizan 6-3, 6-3
First Round Tommy Robredo Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
First Round Sergiy Stakhovsky Filip Peliwo 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
First Round Bernard Tomic Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-3
First Round Donald Young Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-4

Sources: RogersCup.com and CoupeRogers.com

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Bunting Important Technical Skill In Baseball

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Whether you hit for power, hit for average, or have trouble hitting, you can always help your team in critical situations by laying down a successful bunt. Bunting can be used not only to advance base runners but also to surprise an opponent or to get runners on base against an extremely tough pitcher. Proper instruction in bunting is important because this skill, should be executed with little individual deviation in technique.

If you want to be a complete hitter that can help his team in any situation, you need to spend the time necessary to become a good bunter. Good technique and practice is all that’s required to become a quality bunter.

Bunting Situations

Runner on First: Late in a game a sacrifice bunt is used to move the runner into scoring position.

Runner on Second: A good way to get a runner home from second without the benefit of a base hit is to have the runner at second steal third on a bunt.

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Here some tips to bunting

Set your bat angle: Get in your regular batting stance The motion for the bunt is simply to spin on your back leg like a normal baseball swing.

The bat angle is for the barrel to be higher than your hands.  If you do it the other way around, you’ll probably pop the baseball up in the air.

Hand Position: Your top hand is a little higher than normal, about where the label is.  The bottom hand stays down by the knob.  If you bring your hands closer together, like some people like to do, then you won’t have as much control over the bat.

Head Position: You want your head behind the barrel so that you can see both the baseball bat and the baseball in your line of vision.

Start High, use your legs to get lower: Start with the bat at the top of the strike zone.  If the throw is lower, than you will use your legs to adjust.  Keep your head and hands in the proper position and use your legs to drop your body as needed.  If the ball is above your bat, then you know it is outside of the strike zone.

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Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers

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Washington Nationals (57-53) at Los Angeles Dodgers (62-50)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 10, 2015 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)

G Gonzalez (8-4) (3.75) vs. Br Anderson (6-6) (3.13)

The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -146 / Washington Nationals +136

 

In the first of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers (62-49) and the Washington Nationals (57-53) at Dodger Stadium, Brett Anderson (6-6, 3.06 ERA) and Gio Gonzalez (8-4, 3.75 ERA) get the ball. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 10 and will air on MASN and SNLA.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers return home following getting swept over the weekend in Pittsburgh but still leading the National League West. The Dodgers are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 37-18 at home, and they have a three game lead over the Giants in the NL West. As a team the Dodgers are hitting .255 with Justin Turner hitting .323, Adrian Gonzalez hitting .298, and Howie Kendrick hitting .296. The Dodgers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.43 with the starters at 3.20 and the bullpen at 3.93. For game one against the Nationals the Dodgers start Brett Anderson who has allowed 125 hits and 42 earned runs while striking out 86 over 123.2 innings for a 6-6 record and a 3.06 ERA.
The Washington Nationals are slumping at the wrong time as they are currently on the outside looking in at the post-season. The Nationals are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 26-30 on the road, and they are 1.5 games behind the Mets in the NL East. As a team the Nationals are hitting .249 with Bryce Harper hitting .355, Yunel Escobar hitting .307, and Danny Espinosa hitting .246. The Nationals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.65 with the starters at 3.69 and the bullpen at 3.56. For game one against the Dodgers the Nationals start Gio Gonzalez who has allowed 123 hits and 48earned runs while striking out 105 over 115.1 innings for an 8-4 record and a 3.75 ERA.

Los Angeles is a -133 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Dodgers are 55-43 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -941. The Dodgers rank fifth in the majors in home runs with 136. As for the pitching staff, the Dodgers are second in the NL in hits allowed with just 8.1 per game. An area where the Dodgers are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average an NL-best 8.6 K’s per game.

In their previous three games this season, the Dodgers have a 2-1 record. The Dodgers will take on a left-hander (Gonzalez) in this game and have an 8-11 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The left-handed Anderson will take the mound against the Nationals, who have a 14-10 record against lefty starters this season.

 

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