The weekly geography quiz
GEOQUIZ: Beirut is at roughly the same latitude as which capital city in the southeast United States?Answer: Atlanta. Both cities are at about 33 degrees North latitude.———©2020 Chicago Tribune
'Feeling great,' Miguel Cabrera spreads his love of the game in Tigers' workouts
DETROIT — One of the staples of spring training is pitchers fielding practice, where they work on taking ground balls hit back to the mound, and run to cover base and receive the ball when a ball is hit to the first baseman.It’s something of a menial task, but it’s beneficial for the young pitchers to learn to play their position. It’s not necessarily something that the future Hall of Fame first basemen need to do.In the searing heat on the July 4 holiday, there was Miguel Cabrera, taking grounders during the drill.He flashed his trademark smile, helping guide pitchers through the requisite wo...
The Detroit News
As museums begin to reopen, they're rebooting the visitor experience
When museums open again, it won’t be the same.Picture this: Timed tickets. Touch-free doors. Ikea-like signs to direct foot traffic. No more docent-led group tours. And loads of hand sanitizer, of course.“We are working on creating as much of a touchless journey as possible,” said Eric Bruce, head of visitor experience for the Minneapolis Institute of Art, or Mia.Bruce and his counterparts are strategizing ways to welcome the public following Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s order allowing museums, along with other recreational or seated entertainment venues, to reopen at 25% of capacity, with a limi...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Going to the Bahamas for a weekend getaway? Here's what you need to know
The Bahamas officially reopened to the public last week — with a handful of new coronavirus guidelines.When you pack your sunscreen and bathing suit, make sure you have your mask ready as well.Phase 2 allows for international travel. Earlier this month, the country allowed international boaters, yachters and private aviation as part of Phase 1.Bring your COVID-19 test: If you plan on visiting the Bahamas, you must present a negative COVID-19 swab test upon arrival. For those visiting by Tuesday, the test results must be no more than 10 days old. For those arriving after Tuesday, the results mu...
2 Chicago White Sox players test positive for COVID-19
CHICAGO — The reality of the challenges for the upcoming season hit home Sunday for the Chicago White Sox, who announced two players tested positive for COVID-19.The Sox did not disclose the names and said in a news release that the players requested privacy at this time.Both players are asymptomatic and have been isolated in Chicago, the team said.“I just wish for both of those guys a good and fast recovery,” first baseman Jose Abreu said through an interpreter during a conference call. “We’re going to be here waiting for them. We support them.”The Sox medical staff is monitoring the players,...
Phillies pitcher Zack Wheeler said his status for the season is uncertain as he awaits birth of child
PHILADELPHIA — Zack Wheeler arrived last week to Philadelphia, days before he was scheduled to report to Citizens Bank Park for the start of summer camp. He spent the majority of baseball’s three-month shutdown in Georgia, throwing five times a week and facing hitters to make sure his right arm — the one in which the Phillies invested $118 million last offseason — was ready for whenever the season started.The season, even one shortened to just 60 games, brings great expectations upon a player signed to the richest free-agent contract for a pitcher in franchise history. But now, less than three...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Despite coronavirus fears, Austin's 'bat attitude' prevails
AUSTIN, Texas — As the sun sets over Lady Bird lake on a warm summer night, a stream of shadows begins to emerge from beneath the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. The shadows dart and dance across the orange sky like insects silhouetted by a flame.Tiffany Toronto, visiting family from her home in Maine, watched the display with her children Tuesday. “It’s really a cool thing to watch them all fly out. You look at it and you think, ‘Where are they?’ And then they fly out all at once.”This scene plays out nightly during the summer in Austin. Millions of bats depart their daytime roosts withi...
Masked men standing behind home plate? Not a problem for Rangers' Corey Kluber.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Corey Kluber has earned the nickname “Klubot” thanks to the robotic way he goes about the business of being an elite MLB pitcher.The legend is that nothing, no matter how peculiar, diverts his attention from the task at hand, whether it be in the weight room or in a bullpen session between starts.But what transpired Saturday might rate among the more peculiar things Kluber has encountered.The two-time American League Cy Young winner threw 85 pitches over five innings in a simulated game against some of his Texas Rangers teammates at an empty Globe Life Field. The opposing pi...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Padres' Tommy Pham tests positive for COVID-19
SAN DIEGO — The Padres were without one of their star players for the first full-squad workout of preseason summer camp Friday at Petco Park.Outfielder Tommy Pham tested positive for COVID-19. He is asymptomatic, and will need to test negative twice in a 24-hour period before he can take the field.Pham won’t be the last player to miss at least a day.“I think what we’re going to learn is this is going to be a very fluid process,” Padres general manager A.J. Preller said. “You might have a full camp one day and not the next, because there is so much testing going on. … It is literally going to b...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Aaron Nola, two other Phillies players placed on COVID-19 injured list
PHILADELPHIA — Aaron Nola’s status for the start of the season is in question as the Phillies’ No. 1 starter was placed this week on the COVID-19 Injured List, according to a source.Joe Girardi said Saturday that Nola, center fielder Adam Haseley, and catcher Christian Bethancourt had yet to report to summer camp but declined to explain why. All three, a source said, have been placed on the COVID-19 list.Nola, Bethancourt, and Haseley join Scott Kingery, Tommy Hunter, Hector Neris, and Ranger Suarez on the list, which is for players who test positive for coronavirus, show symptoms, or come in ...
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