One bad inning overshadows Aaron Sanchez’s dominance in Blue Jays loss

TORONTO – One time through the order, Aaron Sanchez looked every bit as dominant as he can be, dotting his four-seamer up and his two-seamer down, sprinkling in some changes, and ripping off some of the nastiest curveballs he’s thrown all year.

The Toronto Blue Jays weren’t simply getting innings-eating – their base need in this period of tumult – they got mastery. Then came the fateful fourth inning when everything suddenly unravelled. Five straight hits, two of them home runs, all on relatively middle-middle pitches.

Two of the hits came off the two-seamer, then one each against his other offerings. And a one-run lead turned quickly into a four-run deficit that stood up in a 5-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox, who arrived in Toronto having lost six of eight but took two of three over the weekend.

Sanchez worked through two more innings – with none of the drama from Saturday when Marcus Stroman reacted angrily to a mid-inning removal – to get through six frames, a gift for a beleaguered staff. His 11 strikeouts, one short of his career-high June 7, 2016 at Detroit, hinted his dominance.

Still, the right-hander’s incongruent pitching line is emblematic of a Blue Jays team that’s been off-kilter for a couple of weeks now.

Matt Shoemaker’s loss has been an ongoing drag on the pitching staff, a pillar of stability and premium performance they simply can’t replace. And hits remain remarkably hard-to-come-by for the offence, with the energy from Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s promotion dissipating as he endures normal growing pains for a 20-year-old transitioning to the majors.

Guerrero, batting second for the third-straight day, appears poised for a breakthrough, building upon his two-hit, two-walk Saturday with a laser-beam double in the first to help set up the game’s first …read more


Bicycle, e-scooter rentals coming to Provo

FILE – Scooters are ridden on Main Street in Salt Lake City on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. The Daily Herald reported Thursday that Provo has selected the company to be its vendor for scooter and bike shares.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

PROVO — Provo officials say they hope to have rentable bicycles and electric scooters available in the city this summer.

The Daily Herald reported Thursday that the city has selected the company Zagster as its vendor for scooter and bike shares, with an estmated 400 scooters and 100 bicycles.

City parking and sustainability coordinator Austin Taylor says the …read more

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Obama and Bush’s former Defense Secretary says he doesn’t know if Biden would make an effective president, says a president in their 70s is ‘problematic’

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Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in an interview that aired Sunday that he didn’t know if his former colleague, Joe Biden, could make an effective president.
Gates, who served in both the Obama and Bush administrations, has previously said Biden has “been wrong on nearly every foreign policy and national security issue for the past four decades.”
Gates also said it was “problematic” to have a president in their 70s. Biden is 75, Sen. Bernie Sanders is 77, and President Donald Trump is 72.
He added that a president in their 70s doesn’t have the “intellectual acuity” they may have had in their 60s.
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Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates levied a number of criticisms against his former Obama Administration colleague, Joe Biden, in an interview that aired Sunday, even saying he didn’t know if Biden could be an effective president.

CBS News’ Margaret Brennan asked Gates in the interview about previous comments Gates had made of Biden in his 2014 memoir.

“Joe Biden is impossible not to like,” Gates’ memoir said. “He’s a man of integrity, incapable of hiding what he really thinks, and one of those rare people you know you can turn to for help in a personal crisis. Still, I think he’s been wrong on nearly every foreign policy and national security issue for the past four decades.”

When asked by Brennan whether Biden would make an effective president, Gates simply replied, “I don’t know.”

Gates and @JoeBiden served together under @BarackObama. As for how the former VP would do as commander in chief, Gates says it would “depend on the personalities at the time” as Biden “had some issues with the military.”

— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) May 12, 2019

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Attack on Catholic church kills six people in Burkina Faso

A church in Ouahigouya, in northern Bukina Faso.

This was the third such attack to hit northern Burkina Faso in recent weeks.

An attack on a Catholic church in Burkina Faso, potentially linked to extreme Islamist violence in the country, has killed six people.

Al Jazeera reports that a group of between 20 and 30 armed attackers killed a priest and five worshippers on Sunday, in the northeastern town of Dablo. The assailants also burned down the church itself as well as several local buildings, including a medical facility. According to a government spokesman, they also destroyed businesses that served alcohol.

This marks the third such attack in recent weeks. In April, religious centers in Dori and Silgadji, two other northern towns, were targeted. Four people were killed in Dori, according to a Catholic bishop there, who said armed men also destroyed parts of the town. That attack was followed by the one in Silgadji, where armed forces on motorcycles killed six people at a Protestant church.

No group has taken responsibility for the attacks in Dori and Silgadji, and no one has taken responsibility for the latest attack in Dablo. Recent attacks in the country have been blamed on groups allied with both the Islamic State and al Qaeda, and attacks on religious leaders —both Christian and Muslim — have increased in recent years, as have armed attacks in general; according to the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, while there were only 29 attacks by extremist groups in 2017, there were 137 in 2018.

The attack in Dablo comes just two days after a French special forces mission rescued four hostages — two French, one South Korean, and one American — in northern Burkina Faso. Two French soldiers were killed in the raid, along with four kidnappers. Like the recent attacks, those kidnappings are believed to …read more

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