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Valdez tries to impress

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first_imgDespite committing an error during his six innings in the field, he also had five assists and two putouts, started one double play and turned the pivot on another. But his best moment came in the eighth inning, when he raced into shallow center field in pursuit of a high pop fly by Braves catcher Corky Miller. The ball landed just out of Valdez’s reach and died on the grass. But without even looking to see if Yunel Escobar had held up at first, Valdez picked up the ball and fired it into second base, where Tony Abreu tagged Escobar sliding in. The play robbed Miller of what should have been a clean, bloop single. “Wilson is probably one of the most heads-up shortstops I have ever seen play,” said Ken Howell, the pitching coach for the Dodgers’ Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate, where Valdez had the best season of his professional career last summer. Valdez went to camp last spring with Kansas City, signing as a minor-league free agent because he says Royals officials told him he would make the club. “But they lied to me,” he said. “So when I got traded to the Dodgers (on March 31), I was just excited for the opportunity to play every day, even if it was in the minor leagues.” The Braves roughed up Randy Wolf, Chad Billingsley, Travis Smith and Chin-Hui Tsao for 14 hits through the first seven innings. “We obviously gave up more hits than you want to give up,” pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said. “We struggled to put people away, and that will come when our guys have better command of their secondary pitches.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KISSIMMEE, Fla. – On an otherwise forgettable afternoon for the Dodgers, Wilson Valdez made sure people would remember him. Not just the people wearing baseball uniforms, but also the ones wearing khakis, golf shirts and Panama hats behind home plate. For Valdez, who is a long shot to make the Dodgers’ opening-day roster, but is out of minor-league options, this spring training is as much about impressing scouts from other clubs as it is about impressing Ned Colletti and Grady Little. And if Valdez continues to perform the way he did in Thursday’s Grapefruit League opener – a 7-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves before 5,442 at the Ballpark – the Dodgers’ brass probably will face a clear choice: keep him or lose him. center_img After all, guys like this rarely make it through waivers. Valdez replaced Rafael Furcal at shortstop in the third inning and had a double in two plate appearances. last_img read more

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Warriors: Game 5 is critical beyond finishing off Clippers

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first_imgOAKLAND – By taking a plunge into the Pacific Ocean, Klay Thompson did not just feel more refreshed. He also inspired the Warriors and presumably their fans on ensuring that they live their best life.“With it being … WATCH: Steph, Klay and coach Kerr discuss upcoming Game 5.Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!last_img

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HTC launches standalone Vive VR headset in China

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first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#China#Chinajoy#HTC#Qualcomm#Snapdragon 835#Steam VR#virtual reality#Vive VR#Viveport#VR HTC announced a standalone Vive VR headset on Thursday at the ChinaJoy entertainment conference in Shanghai, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 mobile processor.The headset is one of the first to remove the connected device, allowing gamers to play without needing a high-end smartphone or PC. Oculus is reportedly working on a similar headset.See Also: VR/AR headset sales to reach 100 million by 2021, says IDCThe standalone Vive VR will launch in China, utilizing the company’s own Viveport app platform.“China is the leading mobile market in the world today, and has the momentum to lead the global VR market as well,” said Alvin W. Graylin, China regional president of Vive. “Partnering with Qualcomm to deliver an easy to use and more affordable Vive VR system will enable us to make premium standalone VR widely accessible to the masses in China.”HTC did not say if it will launch the standalone Vive VR in the U.S. or Europe in the future. It also did not confirm the price of the unit in the press release.Choosing Viveport as the default platform may be seen as a way to squeeze Steam VR out of the Vive. Steam is not banned in China, and its library is far larger than Viveport. HTC has argued in the past that its own content platform caters to more than video games, which is why it has made it the default.Working with QualcommQualcomm has built the Snapdragon 835 to provide VR experiences, but this is the first time it will be used as the base for an entire VR headset. It should be powerful enough, considering the Pixel XL uses a Snapdragon 821 to power the Daydream VR headset, and Samsung has supported devices with even lower power on its Gear VR.“Snapdragon 835 is designed to deliver superior VR experiences without the need for wires or a separate PC,” said Hugo Swart, senior director of product management at Qualcomm. “We are thrilled to work with HTC’s Vive team as they utilize our rich feature set to create exciting, new VR experiences in the first truly mobile VR headset of the Vive ecosystem.”We will update once we have information on Western launch dates and price. David Curry Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Pucklast_img read more

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Singur farmers hold rally to demand return of land

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first_imgThousands of people on Wednesday took out a rally in Hooghly district’s Singur, demanding the return of their farmland with the slogan: “Tata go back from Singur”. The rally started at the Sahanapara locality and concluded at the main gate of the Tata Motors’ aborted Nano factory site in Singur. Around 7,000 villagers, mostly ‘unwilling’ farmers and their family members, participated in the rally that was spearheaded by Trinamool MLA from Haripal and Singur anti-farmland acquisition committee’s convener Becharam Manna.”We participated in the rally because we want our farmland back. The state government has already taken possession of the acquired land which had been handed over to the Nano factory,” Mahadeb Das, an ‘unwilling’ farmer of Singur, said during the rally.The ‘unwilling’ farmers marched across many villages in and around Singur with placards reading “Tata go back and vacate our farmland”. They also welcomed the state government’s “historic decision” to reclaim the land.”We are very happy. We will now get back our land from the factory,” Das said. According to the records available, over 3,000 ‘unwilling’ farmers never accepted the compensation against their acquired land.Meanwhile, a section of the Singur villagers entered the Nano factory site as the private security guards were withdrawn from the premises on Wednesday morning. They ransacked the abandoned car manufacturing unit and allegedly took away some electric poles, asbestos sheets and iron rods from the Tata Motors unit.”Around 50 villagers, not part of the rally, managed to sneak into the factory and made off with some material,” a Singur villager said.advertisementVisiting Singur on Wednesday, social activist Medha Patkar welcomed the new state government’s move to return the land to the ‘unwilling’ farmers. “Now we can say the farmers of Singur fought bravely and got their due,” Patkar, who also undertook a rally in the area, said.She appealed to the state government to keep in mind the interests of sharecroppers and landless labourers while returning the acquired land.The Forward Bloc, which is among the Left Front constituents, on Wednesday squarely blamed the Tatas for acquiring the “fertile Singur land” for setting up industry. “We all know the land was fertile and the Tata Motors had forcibly acquired the land. The people are watching everything and they will not like this attitude of the Tatas,” party state secretary Ashok Ghosh said.For more News, click here.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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