FEDEX on board with CPL

first_imgTHE Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is delighted to announce that FedEx Express has returned as the Official Courier and Express Delivery service of its cricket tournament. For the second consecutive year, the world’s largest express transportation company is working with Hero CPL to ensure the movement of the tournament equipment during these trying times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.Jamie Stewart, Hero CPL’s Commercial Director, said: “We’ve been faced with many challenges in staging the tournament this year, not the least logistical ones. We’d like to thank FedEx Express for being with us every step of the way and helping to make Hero CPL 2020 a reality.”“At FedEx Express safety is our priority, and we support this tournament which has gone to extraordinary lengths to make this event safe for the topflight players and teams representing the West Indies,” said Rakesh Shalia, VP of Marketing and Communications for FedEx Express Latin America and Caribbean.“We are very proud to sponsor the Hero CPL, which will deliver welcome entertainment to the millions of cricket fans in our region and around the world.”last_img read more

Dodgers take their time extending latest win streak to four with 6-2 defeat of Twins

first_img“That was, um, different,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I guess a learning experience for all of us.”Starting pitchers Kenta Maeda and Jose Berrios combined to throw 108 pitches in the first three innings, putting the game on a four-hour pace from which it hardly veered.But it was the sixth inning when things came to a crashing halt.The Dodgers were leading, 4-2, with one out and Joc Pederson at second base when Twins manager Paul Molitor came out to make a double-switch, pulling reliever Trevor Hildenberger in favor of Ryan Pressly while sending Adrianza out to play shortstop.An innocuous move on its face, Roberts emerged from the Dodgers dugout, lineup card in hand to challenge it. “It was just one of those things where there was some confusion over where the pitcher’s spot was after the double switch,” Roberts said. “So once the player that should be out of the game was still in the game, I just wanted to get clarity that the right players were out of the game and the right players were on the field playing defense. That wasn’t the case.”Clarity was an elusive target and still eluded Roberts after the game. He repeatedly referred to Twins third baseman Eduardo Escobar when he meant left fielder Eddie Rosario.Roberts said home plate umpire Lance Barrett indicated Pressly was entering the game in the fifth spot in the Twins’ order — Rosario’s spot. But Rosario was still in left field. Roberts clearly saw an advantage in getting Rosario (who had a home run and two doubles in Monday’s game) out of the game instead of Jorge Polanco.A series of meetings ensued. Roberts met with the umpires. The umpires huddled around their lineup card. They met with Molitor. They went to the headset to consult with MLB headquarters in New York on a rules review.And so on.The excitement of watching people go over paper work quickly wore off and fans were left with one thing to be thankful for — the dispute delayed the cutoff of beer sales at the top of the seventh inning.When play resumed after what was officially an 18-minute delay (but seemed oh so much longer), the umpires had decided it was a correctable error. Adrianza was in left field, replacing Rosario, and Jorge Polanco was back at shortstop after sitting out one pitch to Yasiel Puig.“I don’t even know what was going on,” Puig said through an interpreter. “I came down here (to the clubhouse) to grab some coffee. I really don’t like to wait.”The lineup-card snafu was an odd twist to a familiar winning strategy by the Dodgers — Maeda went five innings, Chris Taylor had another multi-hit game, Puig joined him and the bullpen shut things down over the final four innings.The Dodgers took the lead with a four-run burst in the fourth inning against Berrios. Pederson drove in one of the runs with a double. Puig did the same with one of his three singles and Taylor capped it with a two-run double.Running away with the honor of being the most pleasant surprise of the Dodgers’ season, Taylor added another double (and another RBI) in the interminable sixth inning. In July, he is 34 for 76 (.447) with eight doubles, three triples, three home runs, 14 RBI, 14 runs scored and 12 multi-hit games.“We talked about it the other night — we don’t know what this young man’s ceiling is,” Roberts said. “I think the beautiful thing is he just goes out there and tries to compete and perform. He keeps getting big hits and he’s also making great defensive plays out there, saving runs, driving in runs, scoring runs. He’s a winning player.”Perhaps lulled into a stupor by the game’s torpor, the Twins didn’t have a hit after the fifth inning. Josh Ravin pitched three scoreless innings and threw the last of the game’s 277 pitches to close it out. LOS ANGELES >> Never have so many waited so long to watch Ehire Adrianza play baseball.With no heroics necessary — but a deep supply of patience required — the Dodgers extended their latest winning streak to four games with a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night in a game that did nothing to dissuade anyone from believing baseball has a problem with (to use Commissioner Rob Manfred’s phrase) pace and action.Over their past 50 games, the Dodgers have been on a pretty good pace, winning 39 times — a summer surge at least in the same neighborhood as their historic 42-8 stretch in 2013.When fans think back to this run, though, Tuesday night’s game will not be the one they remember fondly.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more