BALTIMORE — Nelson Cruz og Baltimore Orioles havde den lykke at undgå Cy Young-prisen vinder Max Scherzer under den regulære sæson.
Eller måske var det anden vej rundt.
I hans 2014 debut mod de hårdtslående Orioles, Scherzer fandt hurtigt, at en dårlig banen kan gå en lang vej – i anden retningen.
Cruz og J.J. Hardy homered, og Baltimore hamrede ud 12 hits i besejre Scherzer og Detroit Tigers 12-3 torsdag i åbneren af deres AL Division Series.
"Jeg netop forladt for mange pladser op," sagde Scherzer. "Dette er en stor hårdtslående ballclub. Du giver dem en chance for at udvide deres våben, de kan virkelig ramte det."
Jonathan Schoops og Alejandro De Aza hvert havde to hits og to RBIs for Orioles, der omdannede en tæt kamp til en flugt med en otte-run ottende inning mod Scherzer og tre ineffektive relievers.
De 12 kører sat en postseason rekord for Baltimore, gør sin anden playoff udseende siden 1997.
Spil 2 i bedst af fem-serien er fredag på Camden Yards. Justin Verlander, er andet af tre lige Cy Young vindere Orioles står over for, sat til at gå mod venstre-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
Verlander skal undgå de fejl lavet af Scherzer, der tillades fem testkørsler og syv hits i 7 1-3 innings. Højresving var 18-5 i løbet af den regulære sæson, men i denne ene han blev brændt af den lange bold og outpitched af Orioles.
"Jeg har fået til at finde en måde at få bolden," sagde Scherzer. "Jeg var ikke helt i stand til at gøre det i aften, og jeg har betalt for det."
Cruz førte de store selskaber med 40 homers under den regulære sæson, en god portion af Baltimore's big league-bedste 211 lange bolde. Hans første-inning køre off Scherzer sætte Orioles op 2-0 før Detroit's Victor Martinez og J.D. Martinez tilsluttet off Chris Tillman i anden for at binde det.
Men Baltimore havde for meget ildkraft for Tigers. Hardy førte ud syvende ved kørsel et dårligt kastet changeup fra Scherzer over center-feltet væggen for en 4-2 føringen.
"Den ene, der svider er at J.J. Hardy home run" sagde Scherzer. "At home run virkelig ændret spillet i mine øjne, gav dem den forsikring køre."
Cruz tilføjet sit tredje RBI med en enkelt under en vild ottende inning indtastet af en Detroit-fejl, der holdt larmende, orange-klædte mængden af 47,842 på sine fødder.
Fem forskellige Orioles færdig med to hits. Klart, vender Scherzer var ikke alt for skræmmende en opgave.
"Det er det samme spil," sagde De Aza. "Ja, det er en god pitcher, men det er det samme spil. Du nødt til at kaste bolden til home plate for en strejke for at få os ud."
Tillman (1-0) tilladt to løber i fem innings før Andrew Miller fik fem outs — tre af gennemstregning. Darren O'Day opgav en ottende inning homer til Miguel Cabrera, men drevet fulgt en dobbelt spil.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter derefter opfordrede tættere Zach Britton, der havde 37 gemmer under den regulære sæson. Britton fik sidst i ottende, og da den niende inning rullede rundt, han var ikke behov for længere.
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Source Hendren Global Group Stock Fraud Watch China ending its purchase of Treasury bills will lead to "probably the final nail in the coffin" for the dollar, said author James Gorrie.
He also warns that rather than an emerging superpower, China looks more like it is on the verge of collapse.
"China is the biggest holder of our foreign debt," Gorrie told Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview.
"When China stops buying Treasury bills, that'll radically impact the bond market," said Gorrie, author of "The China Crisis: How China's Economic Collapse Will Lead to a Global Depression."
"When the U.S. bond market is no more in demand by its largest purchaser — largest foreign purchaser ... then there'll be some real problems. That's why China's involvement in the international economy will bring devastation to that realm as well and not just China." China is "facing a financial collapse that will dwarf what happened in 2008," he said.
"Those aren't my words, but those are the words of the head of China's accounting association just last April. China's economy isn't what it appears to be. It's tremendously wasteful, tremendously corrupt," he said.
"They have a real estate bubble and a financial bubble that just is unsupportable. It's unsustainable."
He also questioned whether China can do anything to stop the spiral into crisis. He made a comparison with the Soviet Union in the 1980s.
"[Mikhail] Gorbachev came to power and tried to do a couple things: glasnost and perestroika – reform and restructure, or restructure and openness," he said.
"Because that economy was based on much the same type of processes in terms of corruption and graft and so forth as the Chinese ... especially the internal economy. That's how the Communist Party runs the country," he said.
"There's been some dire warnings from the outgoing premier who said we have to change this culture of corruption or we're not going to last. The new premier had said the same thing and is trying to do an 'openness and restructuring' type of campaign. It's doubtful whether the economy can actually handle that because so much is based upon that corruption, that model."
Gorrie didn't attach much significance to the issue of currency manipulation.
"It's not as crucial or a unique event to China as much as other things that they're doing like polluting their crops, polluting their land and their rivers and using up their arable land and doing all kinds of horrible things in terms of pollution and smog and fraud in terms of Chinese companies [regarding] stock market and bank fraud and so forth," he said.
"[Currency manipulation is] probably a second-tier issue from my perspective in terms of what China is actually doing to themselves."
"I don't like the idea of China purchasing real assets, although they have to do it," he said.
"They have to do it because their own food and water and farmland [are] toxifying. If China was so good at doing what they're doing, growing their economy and creating it and developing, then most of their money should be going back into China, but now they're buying farmland and they're buying forests because they're using it up at an enormously horrible rate," he said.
"China takes 10 times the inputs to create something as it does in the U.S. — so grossly inefficient. The Chinese themselves are very, very concerned about the food toxicity. Farmers don't even eat their own produce."
Gorrie said China is a manufacturing economy and not a knowledge-based economy, and that such systems must evolve in order to keep growing, "otherwise they're just people putting widgets together."
"They're trying to hobble the U.S. any way they can, which includes cyber-attacks on Wall Street, on our defense apparatus and infrastructure [to] get as much knowledge as they can, technological knowledge," he said.
"We've lost millions of jobs to China since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, probably around 3 million jobs and those were manufacturing jobs. The fallout is more tension and as China becomes weaker, their acts become bolder."
Advanced Global Trading, a Dubai-based company selling voluntary carbon credits to retail investors, has been accused of being either a boiler room scam or Ponzi scheme by a website which writes about emissions and deforestation.
The article is written by Chris Lang founder of the website Redd-Monitor.org, which provides “news, views and analysis about reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation”.
Carbon credits, of which there are two types – voluntary emission reductions and certified emission reductions, are certificates which represent a company's right to emit one tone of carbon dioxide and can be traded for money legitimately.
However, there has been a history of them being traded illegitimately. In the UK, the Financial Conduct Authority (or Financial Services Authority as it was at the time) has previously warned investors to be wary of unsolicited approaches to purchase the investments.
In a statement, which is still available on the old FSA website alongside further information about the scam, it said: “Carbon credits can be sold and traded legitimately and there are many reputable firms operating in the sector.
“However, we are concerned that an increasing number of firms are using dubious, high-pressure sales tactics and targeting vulnerable consumers.”
In the article, published last month on Redd-Monitor.org, Lang suggests that AGT is artificially inflating the price of the carbon credits it trades by selling them to new customers, much like a traditional Ponzi scheme.
The company makes its money by taking a commission on each transaction so will continue to make money as long as new investors continue to buy carbon credits from existing investors.
Tuesday, latest details emerged from U.S. officials and family members concerning how the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects may have been persuaded by an agitator, anti-American strain of Islam. They had been radicalized by sources on the web, not through direct contact with terror groups said A U.S. senator.
Younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19-year-old university student's condition was improved to fair from serious as investigators continued building their case against him. After being charged Monday, he possibly will face the death penalty with working in partner with his brother in setting off the shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bombs that killed three people. Older brother previously reported dead.
Over 260 people were injured by the bomb blasts last week while about 50 were still hospitalized. There is “no question” that older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev was “the dominant force” behind the attacks, and that the brothers had apparently been radicalized by material on the internet rather than by contact with militant groups overseas Republican Sen. Richard Burr stated after the Senate Intelligence Committee was briefed by federal law enforcement officials in Washington.
Brothers, both Russian-born ethnic Chechens, have no links to terror groups based on what the authorities believed in. On the other hand, two U.S. officials said Tuesday that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26 — who died last week in a gunbattle — frequently looked at extremist websites, including Inspire magazine, an English-language online publication produced by al-Qaida's Yemen affiliate. The said magazine has endorsed lone-wolf terror attacks.
Because both officials were not authorized to discuss the investigation they spoke on condition of anonymity. Tamerlan was steered toward a strict strain of Islam under the influence of a Muslim convert known to the Tsarnaev family only as Misha, according to family members reached in the U.S. and abroad by The Associated Press.
According to family members, who said he turned to websites and literature claiming that the CIA was behind the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, after befriending Misha, Tamerlan gave up boxing, stopped studying music and began opposing the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“Somehow, he just took his brain,” said Tamerlan's uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Maryland, who recalled conversations with Tamerlan's worried father about Misha's influence.
“You could always hear his younger brother and sisters say, `Tamerlan said this,' and `Tamerlan said that.' Dzhokhar loved him. He would do whatever Tamerlan would say,” recalled Elmirza Khozhugov, the ex-husband of Tamerlan's sister. He spoke by telephone from his home in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Khozhugov said, the brothers, who came to the U.S. from Russia a decade ago, were raised in a home that followed Sunni Islam, the religion's largest sect, but were not regulars at the mosque and rarely discussed religion.
Then Tamerlan met Misha, a heavyset bald man with a reddish beard around 2008 or 2009. Khozhugov is not quite sure where they met but held as true that they attended a Boston-area mosque together.