The New York Mets added more depth to their bullpen Tuesday night with the acquisition of left-handed pitcher Eric O’Flaherty from the Oakland Athletics.
The team’s official Twitter page noted “the Mets have acquired LHP Eric O’Flaherty and cash from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for a player to be named later,” while Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com pointed out that New York designated Alex Torres for assignment in the corresponding roster move.
O’Flaherty boasts a 5.91 overall ERA on the season, but his numbers are much more impressive against left-handed hitters. In fact, O’Flaherty has only allowed eight hits in 43 chances against lefties this year (.186 batting average against) and will likely be used as a left-handed specialist at the back end of the bullpen.
Anthony DiComo of MLB.com provided some insight on the Mets’ thought process:
New York sits atop the National League East standings as of Tuesday night (thanks largely to a recent sweep of the Washington Nationals), and this move was clearly made with an eye toward a pennant chase. Torres has struggled in July with a 4.82 ERA, and lefty Jerry Blevins fractured his forearm earlier in the season and is yet to return.
Rubin provided even more encouraging news for Mets fans in the aftermath of the trade:
New York also made sure to do its homework before acquiring the lefty and even talked to pitcher Tyler Clippard (who was O’Flaherty’s teammate in Oakland earlier in the year), per Rubin:
One of baseball’s biggest cliches is that a team can never have too much pitching, but it is absolutely true heading down the stretch of the season.
The pitching staff has been the strength of New York’s team for most of 2015 (third in the National League in ERA) and is now even better with a lefty specialist set to join the bullpen before critical games with the National League East title on the line.
It is not difficult to envision a September scenario where critical positioning is at stake in the division and the Mets need an out against a formidable lefty such as Bryce Harper of the division rival Nationals. New York now has an additional piece in the bullpen in O’Flaherty who will help it do just that.
A live action short based on the acclaimed graphic novel
The new live action short ‘Legend of the Mantamaji’ was released today and it is based off of the critically acclaimed graphic novel series “Legend of the Mantamji.” The story is centered around a masked gang known as the New World Knights who gather illegal weapons in order to enact their master plan of attacking New York City. However, the only person who can stop them is a mystical warrior known as a Mantamaji. His powers are put to the test as he tries to survive and save the day.
Express services run off track at same river crossing in Madhya Pradesh state, with heavy rains and flooding apparently contributing to accident
Multiple deaths have been reported after two trains derailed within minutes of each other while crossing a river bridge in central India.
One of the trains was on its way to Mumbai when the accident happened in Madhya Pradesh state, while the other was travelling in the opposite direction, the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency reported.
Incandescent bulbs, LEDs, and CFLs may soon have to budge up because a new lighting technology is in town – white lasers. Using nanotechnology to create a bespoke semiconducting material, a team of scientists at Arizona State University has developed a laser that can produce white light that is brighter and more efficient than LEDs.
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LINDEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A smoky, fiery inferno erupted on the New Jersey Turnpike in Linden Tuesday morning, after authorities said a dump truck struck beneath an underpass and ended up on its side – leaving the truck driver dead.
As CBS2’s Scott Rapoport reported, the crash happened on the southbound side of the turnpike around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. The truck somehow overturned, catching fire underneath the Wood Avenue overpass between exits 12 and 13.
New Jersey State Police confirmed that the driver was killed in the accident. The body was discovered after police got into the dump truck.
Smoke from the fire could be seen from miles away.
New Jersey State Police, initially concerned about the stability of the overpass, closed down seven lanes of traffic in both directions. Northbound lanes later reopened, and late Tuesday, state police said they hoped to reopen all lanes by midnight.
Overpass Reopens After Structural Concern Following NJ Turnpike Crash
“Support beams, which we don’t know if they were compromised by the heat or the fire,” said Linden Police captain James Sarnicki.
But after about four hours, engineers gave the all-clear allowing traffic to flow over the top of the deadly wreck and reconnecting an industrial complex where the overpass is the only way in or out, WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported.
Workers and trucks were lined up down the block for hours. DOT spokesman Steve Shapiro said power lines dangling from the bridge had to be cleared first.
Interview: Turnpike Authority Spokesman Offers Update On Truck Fire
“It was really bad, especially around 12,” said motorist William Lopez. “It was completely stopped; nobody was moving, and I noticed that the cars were trying to cut around the other streets where they’re not supposed to go, so that made it even worse.”
“I’ve been sitting in traffic for an hour and a half,” said motorist Jeanne Carroll. “It should probably take me about like 20 minutes.”
The southbound lanes were still closed late Tuesday. The northbound outer roadway had reopened late Tuesday afternoon, but the inner roadway remained shut down.
Southbound traffic was directed off at Interchange 14 while northbound car lane traffic was diverted at Interchange 11.
CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported traffic was diverted on to nearby Routes 1 and 9, which was backed up crawling in both directions and bumper to bumper for miles. She got onto the expressway in Mobile 2 near Route 495 and began heading south, and traffic backups were seen for miles afterward.
“It’s been stop and go. It’s really been more stop than go,” said Ron Molcho, who was just trying to make it home to the Jersey Shore from Staten Island. “I’ve been in the car now for about an hour and a half for what should normally be a 40 minute ride, and I still have probably a good couple of hours before I get home.”
Turnpike Authority spokesman Tom Feeney told 1010 WINS that there are not massive repairs to be done to the overpass, and the authority hopes everything will be back to normal in the morning.
To accommodate drivers on the Turnpike, a planned closure of the Bayonne Bridge has been canceled, officials said.
Meanwhile, once off the turnpike, things didn’t get very much better.
CBS2 found another accident on Atlantic Street and Clifton Street off of exit 13. One of the drivers involved told Rapoport it was a case of too many cars and trucks flooding ill-equipped secondary roads.
“Too much traffic here — way too much. Everything’s cluttered up,” said Thomas Cappucio of Elizabeth. “People can see — all the tractor-trailers are coming through. They’re normally not over here.”
Back at the accident site, there were a myriad of concerns.
Police cordoned off access to the Wood Avenue overpass for a time, worried about the stability of the structure after the dump truck hit. Inspectors were expected on scene to assess its condition.
The overpass has been reopened.
Police also said they were concerned over loose power lines and a potential gas main issue. A caravan of utility trucks were lined up at the site — at the ready in an abundance of caution.
“The truck fire damaged PSE&G’s underground electric facilities and there is heavy damage to electric cables,” PSE&G said in a statement. “Approximately 75 customers are without power. PSE&G crews are on the scene making it safe and will begin work to restore customers as soon as possible.”
Safety was a concern as well as power.
“We don’t want to see anybody get hurt,” said Linden police Capt. James Sarnicki.
And there was the traffic — the seemingly endless slow-roll or even no-roll conditions that had drivers at their wits’ end.
“Two, three hours already, man. It’s incredible. It’s incredible,” said Jeremy Urrutia. “I can’t believe this traffic.”
When traffic came to the long standstills, many got out of their cars and stretched their legs – and some even pulled out chairs and began sunbathing.
Kennedy Brown, 15, of Bellmawr, was passing time stuck in traffic by sitting on the sunroof of her mom’s car.
“There are hundreds of cars lined up,” she told WCBS 880 by phone. “All lanes are backed up. There’s people out of their cars walking around the street trying to get a better view. Everyone is just sitting here.”
Northbound outer roadway at the scene of the Turnpike crash just opened! Relief is in sight.
Apple’s Beats 1 radio station was recently updated to give users access to full replays of radio segments, with a new Beats 1: Replay feature. As highlighted by MacStories, Replay covers several Beats 1 shows, including those by Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga, and Ebro Darden, letting users re-listen to a missed segment.
Since Apple Music’s debut, there’s been an option on Beats 1 radio to listen to playlists of songs by each DJ after a show ends, but there was often no way to listen to a full show with guests and commentary unless you caught it on the second playthrough, 12 hours after it first aired.
With the change implemented in the last few days, Beats 1 users can access both a full replay that’s the same as listening to a show live and a playlist of songs from each program.
Though a feature that’s likely going to be welcome by many Beats 1 listeners, Replay is somewhat hidden. Re-recordings of shows can be accessed by tapping on the Beats 1 logo in Apple Music to open the list of featured shows, tapping on a DJ, and going to the “Connect” page. Alternatively, it’s also possible to search for an individual DJ to access their Connect section, or to search directly with a term like “Julie Adenuga Replay.”
Tapping on the “Beats 1: Replay” option will play the entire show in one long block, with no option to see the songs that are playing as is possible when Beats 1 radio is playing live. As MacStories points out, it’s akin to listening to one long podcast. Replaying a show eliminates the ability to heart songs and add them to playlists to enhance the Apple Music listening experience, but it does give users a way to listen to one-of-a-kind content and commentary that would have previously been missed.
Since Apple Music launched, Beats 1 radio has featured a near-endless stream of exclusive content, worldwide song debuts, and artist interviews, all designed to draw in listeners. The service’s most recent exclusive was MTV’s announcement of the 2015 Video Music Award nominees.