Chris McCosky The Detroit News Published 11:34 p.m. UTC Jun 19, 2018 Cincinnati — It’s the essence of baseball, really. It’s a team game, but the outcome is often decided by a series of individual battles. The Tigers beat the White Sox on Sunday, 3-1. Nick Castellanos’ two-run home run off James Shields was the big blow, and some stingy work by four pitchers made it hold up. But the pivotal individual battle came in the third inning, and it was between Tigers starter Blaine Hardy and White Sox slugger Matt Davidson. “That,” Hardy said, “was the most stressful at-bat of the game.” Davidson, in the second inning, had walloped an 0-1 curveball and sent it into the left field seats. Of the 575 curveballs Hardy had thrown in his big-league career to that point, only 171 had been put in play. And of those, that was just the second one that left the yard. Last season, Davidson had hit a home run off Hardy’s change-up. So, when … [Read more...] about Game within the game: How Blaine Hardy punched-out his nemesis in pivotal at-bat
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I don’t break things that cost money for giggles and I’ve never had a situation when I actually needed to punch out a car window, so I can’t tell you if it’s difficult or not. But I can tell you that a Wisconsin dealership salesperson apparently punched a window out of a car being stolen, and it’s impressive. Milwaukee news station TMJ4 reports that a couple was looking at a 2010 GMC Terrain at a local dealership when a minivan pulled up beside it, the passenger hopping out and driving off in the Terrain. But the salesperson showing the couple the SUV, Vicente Hernandez, didn’t just stare in shock as the car was stolen. He punched the window out, bare handed, trying to stop the theft. Here’s the video of the one-sided fist fight, from TMJ4: Hernandez told the station he had to try to stop the theft because he “couldn’t see [himself] walking back into the business saying that someone stole the car” without trying to do anything … [Read more...] about Dealership Salesperson Casually Punches Out The Window Of A Car Being Stolen Off The Lot
When you think of a luxury SUV, a Cadillac Escalade or Land Rover Range Rover might come to mind. But the luxury SUV action right now is in a smaller size class, so Cars.com has staged its first Luxury Compact SUV Challenge, pitting seven models from around the world against one another in more than a week of testing in the city, suburbs and on a drag strip. 2018 Luxury Compact SUV ChallengeHow We Tested | Video We set a price target of $50,000 as equipped, plus or minus $3,000, and requested volume-selling engines. Willing contestants included several new or freshly redesigned models: the 2019 Infiniti QX50 and 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60; the popular 2018 Cadillac XT5 and Lexus NX 300 also participated. All came equipped with optional all-wheel drive. Four judges individually awarded points in 13 categories: interior quality, front-seat comfort, backseat comfort, cargo storage, in-cabin storage, multimedia features, convenience features, handling, … [Read more...] about What’s the Best Luxury Compact SUV for 2018?
TWO fast Fords. Both £40k. Both very orange. But the question is: Which one is better? American muscle or European hot hatch? Let’s find out. On the left, we have the Mustang GT packing a naturally aspirated 5-litre V8. Crude and cool, rear-drive, 450hp, loud, drag-strip mode, line lock for big, smokey burnouts. (Quick fact: Mustang outsold the Porsche 911 last year.) On the right, we have the Focus RS powered by a turbocharged 2.3-litre EcoBoost. Clever tech, all-wheel-drive, 375hp, legendary pops and bangs, drift mode for donuts. Clearly, none of this mischief can ever happen on a public road or you’ll end up playing mummies and daddies with Big Vin at HMP Lincoln. So we headed to Santa Pod, Britain’s drag-racing Mecca in Northants, for a quarter-mile face-off. Actually, we gatecrashed official practice for the FIA European Drag Racing Championship, had a quick duel then drove home again. Key factsFord Mustang GT Price: £43,165 Engine: 5-litre V8 0-62mph: … [Read more...] about Mustang and RS go head to head in fast Ford drag race – but which is best?
Exclusive Neil Adams is doing valuable work for Norwich City as the Canaries' loans manager. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images ©Focus Images Limited www.focus-images.co.uk +447814 482222 Loans manager Neil Adams is orchestrating a quiet revolution at Norwich City – and his work is bearing real fruit. There was scepticism around Adams’ return to work following the end of his difficult spell as manager back at the start of 2015, alongside questions over how his new role would manifest itself once it begun. But the answers are now there for all to see, after 12 months that included a string of successful loans for City’s next generation – and some genuine excitement over what they could bring to the party when the players return for pre-season at the end of June. “You try to be the best at whatever you do – make me a window cleaner and I’ll try to be the best window cleaner there is,” smiled Adams. “Something I’ve … [Read more...] about ‘Let’s go and make it the best we can’ – Adams out to make City a loan-market leader
The Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante packs a naturally-aspirated 6.0-litre V12 that sings an oh-so-sweet chorus from those quad exhaust pipes and from the factory it packs 592 hp (441 kW) and 630 Nm of torque. Wheelsandmore did exactly what their name suggests and slapped on a set of new wheels and added more power. Thanks to a remapping of the ECU and specially developed catalyst replacement tubes and flap exhaust, the V12 now pushes out 621 hp (470 kW) and 720 Nm of torque. Related Posts 340 km/h Aston Martin Rapide AMR Coming This Year Apr 24, 2018 Manual Aston Martin Vantage Only Arriving Next Year Apr 23, 2018 To give the open-top GT more road presence, they installed a set of lowering springs and finally fitted it with a set of 6Sporz² rims, measuring 9.5×21-inch at the front and 12×21-inch at the rear. The Vanquish S Volante is truly one of the best looking Aston’s out there and these touches by Wheelsandmore give it that … [Read more...] about Wheelsandmore Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Packs More Punch
The coffee maker in the Mustang Department’s breakroom has been working overtime in recent months, just like the engineers. They’ve been cooking up a special package for the 2018 Ford Mustang.Dubbed Performance Package Level 2, it’s best to think of this as the car those who work on the Mustang picture when you ask them to describe their perfect pony car. It’s meant to bridge the gap between the basic Level 1 package and the outright track-focus of the GT350 and GT350R. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below “This was more of our team’s dream Mustang GT, we didn’t have external benchmarks,” explained Carl Widmann, Mustang chief program engineer. Extensive time in the wind tunnel with former NASA aerodynamics specialists brings a new, aggressive splitter. Starting with the coffee table of a splitter from the old, beloved Boss 302 Laguna Seca, the team developed a new one that will provide approximately 24 pounds of downforce at 80 mph, … [Read more...] about The 2018 Ford Mustang GT’s Newest Performance Pack Is for People Who Aren’t Ready for a GT350
After it won just about everything it could win in car shows and concours around the world, the Mullin Automotive Museum’s 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic was named The Peninsula Classics “Best of the Best” collector car during a private dinner in Paris Feb. 8.It is one of just three Atlantics ever built. Each is or was distinct, and all three were derived from the Bugatti Aerolithe Electron Coupe prototype (long-lost, but painstakingly replicated) shown at the 1935 Paris auto salon. Because Bugatti himself couldn’t figure out a way to weld the car’s magnesium body without setting the entire shop en flambe, he created those magnificent flanges to join the fenders together as well as the right and left halves of the main body shell -- with rivets.This particular car is only one of the two "Aéro Coupé" versions left -- according to the Mullin, that means it's as similar mechanically to the Aerolithe as it gets. The car was delivered new in 1936 to … [Read more...] about The Mullin Museum’s Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic is crowned ‘Best of the Best’
The moving assembly line, the $5 workday, a steadfast belief in mobility for the masses. These were the foundation of Henry Ford's epoch-making success as an automaker.But not the whole story.Ford Motor Co.'s true cornerstone — little-remembered and perhaps lost to history — is made of cut glass.Years before the first Model T rolled out of Ford's Piquette Avenue plant in Detroit, the formation of the nation's second-largest automaker hinged on a turn-of-the-century punch bowl etched in a classic strawberry, diamond and fan pattern.It's been missing since 1951. Buoyed by the good fortune of suddenly finding Steve McQueen's 1968 Mustang Bullitt, on display at the Detroit auto show, the Ford family would like America to check its attics and basements one more time."It really is a very important piece of the family's history," Edsel Ford II, who's holding on to the slim hope someone can still find it, told Automotive News last week.A young — and poor — Henry Ford … [Read more...] about Have you seen this punch bowl? Ford family still searching for this long-lost trophy
Driven mainly by small petrol engines paired to an electric motor, hybrids provide drivers the instant torque of an electric motor but without the range anxiety that comes with EV ownership. And with more choices available than ever we pick out the top ten best hybrid hatchbacks currently on sale. 1. Volkswagen Golf GTEThe Golf GTE may have a sporty look mirroring that of its GTI and GTD siblings and it packs decent punch to live up to that bloodline, with 201bhp on offer.And while it's not as enthralling to drive as the GTI, the best thing about the GTE is that it’s based on a Golf – and as hatchbacks go there isn’t a better basis to start from. 2. BMW i3 Range ExtenderThe distinctive looking BMW i3 has been designed with premium buyers in mind, but those who want to ease their range anxiety fears by installing a two-stroke petrol engine.It has a suave looking interior and a peppy performance, with the sporty i3S … [Read more...] about Top 10 best hybrid hatchbacks 2018