Shaky Hernandez vows to return to Mariners’ rotation soon

first_img Share: Share: He said the team didn’t tell him anything specific that they need to see from him for him to get his starting job back, but he knows that he’ll have to improve his fastball command to turn things around.“The problem is my location of the fastball,” he said. “If I locate my fastball, I’ll be good because I’ve got many weapons to go out there and have good games so I have to locate my fastball.”Hernandez said he believes the problem is mechanical and said he’s trying several different things to try and get back on track.When facing reporters following his recent tough starts, including his last one against Texas in which he allowed a career-high 11 runs — seven of them earned — he seemed discouraged and a bit down. Published: August 11, 2018, 4:15pm Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez said he will be back in his starting role before the end of the season. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong) HOUSTON — Felix Hernandez vowed Saturday that his first-ever stint in Seattle’s bullpen won’t last long.“I’ll be a starter before the end of the year,” Hernandez said. “No question about it.”The struggling Mariners ace has made 398 career starts in 14 seasons, never once pitching in relief. He was bumped from the rotation on Thursday night, the latest setback in a tough year in which he has a career-high 5.73 ERA and is 0-4 in his last five starts.For the longtime face of this franchise, it was difficult to digest the team’s decision to have him pitch in relief and he said it took him a couple of days to come to terms with it. Conversations with family and friends and encouragement from his wife Sandra, who he has been with since he was 14, helped. It was a different Hernandez who spoke on Saturday. It wasn’t quite the King Felix who threw a perfect game in 2012 and led the AL in ERA in both 2010 and 2014. But there were unmistakable notes of the swagger and bravado that were hallmarks of the presence he had on the mound when he was one of the game’s most dominant pitchers.He smiled easily and cracked jokes, his glossy ringlets bouncing around as he laughed. He said instead of getting mad about the move or letting it hurt his feelings, he’s using it as motivation.“All it does is encourage me to get back,” he said before flashing one last smile. Follow The Columbian on Instagram Hernandez, who has the fourth-most starts in MLB history without a relief appearance, has spent two games in the bullpen, but has yet to appear in a game. He shared his first impressions of the experience.“It’s boring. I’m telling you,” he said with a laugh.Both nights he’s trotted with closer Edwin Diaz to the bullpen in left-center field at Minute Maid Park, where the Mariners are playing the AL West-leading Astros. Hernandez said he’s picked his brain about relieving, but he’s far from the only one he’s reached out to for advice on the move.“I’ve been talking with everyone in the bullpen him, Alex Colome, everybody,” he said. “(They said) just go out there and have fun.”Hernandez pointed out that he’s appeared in the All-Star Game several times out of the bullpen, but admitted that he “might need some time” to get warmed up to enter a game.center_img By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. By KRISTIE RIEKEN, Associated Press “My wife is here. She flew here,” Hernandez said. “We had a good conversation. And she told me: ‘Just go out there and be the leader that you’ve been all these years. Be you. Be you.’ ”And that, Hernandez said, is exactly what he plans to do. Though the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner sees this only as a temporary setback, he’s prepared to embrace his new role for the good of a team that’s in contention to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2001.“I’m just part of the team and I’m going to do whatever’s possible to help the team,” he said.The 32-year-old Hernandez is 8-10 with a 5.73 ERA in 23 starts for a Mariners team chasing a playoff spot. Shaky Hernandez vows to return to Mariners’ rotation soon Support from family, friends has helped pitcher GO Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Followlast_img read more

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E. Washington beats Montana St. 34-17

first_imgE. Washington beats Montana St. 34-17 Camas grad Alcobendas sets EWU career record for points by a kicker Published: September 29, 2018, 4:43pm By Associated Press The Bobcats’ Isaiah Ifanse had just 31-yards rushing after back-to-back 100-yard outings, however, Troy Andersen had 145 yards passing and 94 rushing, including two TDs, for Montana State.Sam McPherson ran for 74 yards and two scores for the Eagles, who came into the game ranked fifth in the nation. Share: Share:center_img BOZEMAN, Mont. — Gage Gubrud threw for 311 yards and ran for a touchdown to lead Eastern Washington to a 34-17 win over Montana State on Saturday.The Eagles (4-1, 2-0 Big Sky) scored on their first two possessions and their defense held the error-plagued Bobcats (3-2, 1-1) to 287 yards.EWU sixth-year senior Roldan Alcobendas, a Camas High grad, kicked a pair of field goals and had four extra points to give him 244 points in his EWU career to establish a new school record for kick scoring points.MSU lost 14 yards inside the 15 on a bad pitch, lost cornerback Tyrel Thomas to a targeting call and had a receiver pass for a touchdown called back on a penalty among its miscues on the day. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: GO By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

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Martinrea plunges after revealing more problems lower guidance

Shares of auto parts maker Martinrea International Inc. (TSX:MRE) tumbled 20 per cent as market players reacted to the company’s warning that it will likely fall short of its financial guidance.“We believe that Martinrea will be valued at a discount to the other Canadian auto parts companies,” BMO Capital Markets analyst Peter Sklar wrote in a note to clients.Sklar downgraded Martinrea’s stock to “underperform” from “market perform” and cut his price target on the stock to $9 from $12.50.The stock was down 20 per cent or $1.92 at $7.50 late Thursday afternoon, with more than five million shares traded, making Martinrea the most active issue on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Last month, the company said it expected to earn a profit in the range of 23 cents to 28 cents per share. Martinrea did not say what it now expects to earn for the quarter but said it will likely be lower than that.The company said Wednesday after markets closed that problems at its Hopkinsville factory in Kentucky, including equipment failures, have meant increased costs and could result in a write down of assets at the plant.In addition, the company warned that one of its Canadian factories has been overstating its financial results for several years. The company said a review was ongoing, but estimated its earnings may have been overstated by a total of $10 million to $18 million during 2005 to 2012.Martinrea also said some of the legal costs related to a lawsuit filed against the company by Nat Rea, a former executive and major shareholder in the company, are not covered by insurance and were not included in the guidance.Rea filed a lawsuit in September accused directors and senior executives at the company of breaching their fiduciary duties to in connection with a series of related party transactions involving certain suppliers and customers. The allegations have not been proven in court.Martinrea, which said the claims are without merit, said a special committee of independent directors Scott Balfour and Fred Olson has been assigned to oversee the case. The special committee is authorized to supervise the investigation of the allegations and make recommendations to the board as to any required steps.Rea parted ways with the company earlier this year when he stepped down as vice-chairman and a director of the company. As part of a separation agreement, he was paid $5.2 million.Martinrea said Rea first raised concerns with the company in 2011 while he was still an executive and director. The company said the issues were reviewed by the head of the audit committee, who presented his findings to the board.At the time, Martinrea said Rea “indicated in writing that all his concerns had been addressed” and the board determined no further action was required.“After consecutive record quarters from a financial and performance perspective, we are dealing with some legal and operational issues,” Martinrea executive chairman Rob Wildeboer said in a statement.“We have faced many challenges over the years as we grew this company from scratch, and have always met every challenge head on with conviction and a desire to do the right thing for all our stakeholders.”Sklar noted the problems at Hopkinsville follow problems at Martinrea’s operations in Shelbyville, Ky., last year.“Our concern is that there may be a pattern of operational issues and equipment failures out of the norm,” he wrote in a note to clients.Sklar also raised concerns that the costs related to the Rea lawsuit are likely to continue for some time.“As we have indicated previously, in respect of the litigation initiated by Nat Rea, we are unable to assess the relative merits of each party’s assertions; and, we believe there may be a considerable period of time until these allegations are resolved,” he wrote.“In the interim, we believe the uncertainty will weigh on Martinrea’s valuation, and we note that the public release of legal documents pertaining to the case can result in a significant amount of volatility in the stock price.” read more

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Energy issues push TSX higher NY markets soar on strong earnings news

TORONTO – Better than expected corporate earnings reports in the U.S. and positive economic news from China helped North American markets close higher Monday as they rebounded from Friday’s sell-off.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 52.05 points to 15,412.60, while the Canadian dollar was 0.01 of a U.S. cent lower at 81.77 cents.In the U.S., the Dow industrials surged 208.63 points to 18,034.93, while the Nasdaq jumped 62.79 points to 4,994.60 and the S&P 500 index added 19.22 points to 2,100.40.The gains come after some hefty losses, with the Dow plunging nearly 300 points on Friday.“U.S. stocks are bouncing today given the fact that we had a pretty oversold situation over the weekend, plus you had monetary policy, even more doveish, out of China,” said Brian Belski, chief investment strategist at BMO Capital Markets.“It was just one of those classic bargain shopping sprees . . . in America, where people decided to jump back in.”The stock market gains follow a weekend decision by China’s central bank to cut the required reserve ratio for banks by one percentage point. The move is expected to free up roughly $200 billion for lending to stimulate the Chinese economy.China is a major consumer of oil and metals, both heavily weighted sectors on the TSX.It’s a big week for earnings in the United States with close to one-third of the companies on the S&P 500 reporting first-quarter results. Most analysts have predicted that overall earnings will be lower in the quarter, the first time that has happened since 2009.But several big companies, including toy maker Hasbro, banker Morgan Stanley and oil services firm Halliburton all reported earnings Monday that beat estimates.“Corporate America continues to under promise and over deliver,” said Belski, adding that the sharp decline in energy prices is weighing on U.S. earnings.“If you would have taken out energy from the fourth-quarter earnings, earnings would have been up 10 per cent in America. If you take out energy in the first quarter, earnings would have been up five per cent. So I think a lot of what’s going on here is energy. I’m not going to blame energy in totality. But at the end of the day this correction in commodities is really shocking a lot of people.”North of the border, Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B) reported after markets closed that first-quarter net income fell 17 per cent, with adjusted earnings of 53 cents per share falling 10 cents short of analyst estimates.Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR), also reporting after markets closed, increased its net profits by 13 per cent to $704 million or 86 cents per share in the first quarter, beating estimates by a penny per share.On the commodity markets, the May crude contract up 64 cents at US$56.38 a barrel, while the June gold contract was down $9.40 at US$1,193.70 an ounce. May copper was off four cents at US$2.73 a pound. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 20, 2015 5:28 am MDT Energy issues push TSX higher; N.Y. markets soar on strong earnings news AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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