Johnny Cueto vs. Blue Jays: Stats, Highlights, Reaction from Debut with Royals

Johnny Cueto wasn’t electrifying in his Kansas City Royals debut Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays, but he laid the groundwork for what should be a strong second half of the season. 

Cueto‘s night ended after six innings. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits, while striking out seven batters and walking two. Blue Jays hitters did a great job of working the count, forcing the ace to throw 111 pitches.

By the time Cueto exited, the Royals were ahead, however, 6-3. Kansas City fan Brent Richard was heartened by what he saw from the right-hander:

The Cincinnati Reds traded Cueto to the Royals last week. Starting pitching has been an issue for Kansas City all year, so the team went out and added one of the best pitchers on the market.

“(Royals general manager) Dayton Moore targeted Johnny Cueto really early on in the process,” said Royals manager Ned Yost, per C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “That was someone Dayton kept focusing on, somebody he would like to get when we got closer to the trade deadline.”

Cueto couldn’t have envisaged a better start to the game. He needed six pitches to get Troy Tulowitzki, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista to ground out in order in the bottom of the first. He set the Blue Jays down in order in the bottom of the second, also striking out Justin Smoak and Russell Martin.

One thing Cueto did very well, which the Kansas City Star‘s Andy McCullough highlighted, was slightly adjusting his windup to throw off Toronto’s hitters:

MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan believed the 29-year-old was emulating a former great:

Cueto and the Royals ran into trouble in the bottom of the third after Kevin Pillar and Ryan Goins picked up back-to-back singles to start the inning. They came home on a double by Donaldson caromed off the left-field wall and eluded Royals left fielder Ben Zobrist.

Toronto added a third run in the the bottom of the fourth after Pillar singled home Edwin Encarnacion.

Cueto settled down at that point. After a stress-free fifth inning, he danced out of trouble in the sixth after an Encarnacion double and a walk to Russell Martin. Ezequiel Carrera grounded into a double play, which killed the Blue Jays’ rally. Pillar popped out to end the inning.

Despite leaving with the lead, Cueto earned a no-decision after Ryan Madson allowed three runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Still, Cueto did his job. As Fox Sports’ Rob Neyer noted, giving Kansas City six strong innings has been enough to essentially guarantee a win this year with the Royals’ loaded bullpen:

While he was a bit off his best, a little transition period will be natural for Cueto. He’ll need some time to build a strong rapport with battery mate Salvador Perez. When that happens, Kansas City should have the anchor of the staff it so sorely craves.

The success or failure of the Cueto trade won’t hinge on Friday night’s performance. To a certain extent, it won’t even hinge so much on his regular-season performance as a whole. Even if Cueto struggles between now and early October, the Royals should be good enough to win the American League Central.

Cueto will be judged on how he pitches in the postseason and whether the Royals can match or even surpass last year’s success.

Considering how his last postseason appearance turned out, Cueto will have playoff demons of his own to exorcise as well.

Police Rescue Good Samaritan Who Went Into East River After Teens

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A police officer jumped into the East River Friday evening to rescue a man who in turn had gone in to help three teens.

The teens entered the water at Gantry Plaza State Park, at 45-40 Center Blvd. in Long Island City, Queens, around 7:30 p.m., officials told CBS2.

The man then jumped into the water to help rescue them, officials said. But the three teens made it out on their own, and the good Samaritan was unable to get out of the water, officials said.

A police officer then jumped into the water and rescued the man, officials said.

The FDNY rushed four people to NewYork Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center with minor injuries.

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Good News! Joe Jackson Is Out Of Intensive Care!

Joe Jackson is out of the woods!

After Joe suffered a stroke on his 87th birthday while vacationing in Brazil, he was confined to intensive care at Albert Einstein Sao Paulo hospital. Sources say Jackson has been moved to a regular room and that he’s slowly regaining his motor skills.

Janet Jackson, who postponed production on her Unbreakable tour, has stood vigil by her father’s beside since the incident. When the patriarch is well enough to fly, he’ll travel with Janet to Los Angeles where he’ll recover for the long term.

[ Related: Janet Postpones Production Of HerUnbreakable Tour To Be By Father Joe's Bedside ]

Now that the 87-year-old is starting to walk again, we don’t doubt he’ll make a full recovery. Get better, Joe!

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Xcar tosses the Lotus Evora 400 around in the rain

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Pacific Rim free trade talks unlikely to end in deal: sources

US Trade Rep. Michael Fromam heads a meeting at the TPP in Lahaina, HawaiiBy Ami Miyazaki and Krista Hughes LAHAINA, Hawaii (Reuters) – Talks on a Pacific Rim free-trade pact are unlikely to end in a final deal, sources involved in the negotiations said on Friday, with a dispute between Japan and the United States over autos, New Zealand digging in over trade in dairy products and no agreement on monopoly periods for next-generation drugs. Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would stretch from Japan to Chile and cover 40 percent of the world economy, delayed until 4 p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET) a news conference originally scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb said the problem lay with the "big four" economies of the United States, Canada, Japan and Mexico.


Patriots Reveal Email Exchange with NFL over Deflategate Inaccuracies

The contentious relationship between the New England Patriots and National Football League has taken a turn. The defending Super Bowl champions have posted emails highlighting what they claim is misinformation over certain media reports stemming from Deflategate.

Patriots general counsel Robyn Glaser and NFL general counsel Jeff Pash had a long email exchange covering the days of February 18 and 19, which has been posted on WellsReportContext.com.

Key points in the email discussion include an exchange stating that reporting done by the media would “irreparably damage our brand and reputation.”

Specifically, Glaser highlighted a February report by Outside the LinesKelly Naqi claiming locker-room attendant Jim McNally “tried to introduce an unapproved special teams football” into the AFC Championship Game against Indianapolis.

Glaser also singled out a report by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, which claimed the NFL found 11 of the 12 footballs used by New England against the Colts were significantly underinflated.

“The investigation found the footballs were inflated 2 pounds per square inch below what’s required by NFL regulations during the Pats’ 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, according to sources,” Mortensen wrote.

One email written by Patriots vice president of media relations Stacey James to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello states the NFL “holds data that could very well exonerate us from any wrongdoing and completely dismiss the rampant reports and allegations of nefarious actions, but the league refuses to provide the data.”

James also cited “the scientific evidence that has been provided to us [the Patriots] by multiple independent scientists” as a way to prove the footballs were within range of the league-mandated psi, which are to be between 12.5 and 13.5.

Glaser added in her email to Pash, in which she forwarded James’ email to Aiello, that the ESPN piece is “the latest in league leaks” because the only other people familiar with the information were in the Patriots organization and they “were not talking to ESPN or anyone else.”

Pash responded by saying he had no reason to assume the leak came from the NFL and doesn’t condone leaks, later adding he would do what he could to prevent media leaks.

Glaser said the Patriots fully cooperated with Ted Wells’ independent investigation but “are now seriously starting to question” if they should as their image continues to be “tarnished by the league.”

The situation has led to the Patriots being fined $1 million and losing two draft picks, including a 2016 first-rounder. Quarterback Tom Brady has been suspended for the first four games of 2015, but he’s taking an appeal to federal court.

This situation has been drawn out for more than six months with no clear end in sight. The Patriots are standing their ground, even as owner Robert Kraft said he would accept the team’s punishment, while the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell are not backing down.

With the Patriots taking steps to show what they believe is a failure of the league to dispel misinformation, the ball is in the league’s court to offer a response. Considering the 2015 season starts in just over one month, with New England hosting Pittsburgh on September 10, some kind of resolution to this whole thing soon would be ideal for everyone involved.

De-Mystifying the Dark Corners of Windows: The Registry, DLLs, and More Explained

If your Windows chops extend in any capacity beyond novice, you’ve no doubt encountered the ever-cryptic Windows Registry, DLL files, User Account Control, and other tools with seemingly dark and mysterious powers. Here, we’ll explain some of Windows’ most confusing features, so you know exactly what’s happening when you go to edit them.

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