Hader sets two MLB K's records vs. Pirates – MLB.com

PITTSBURGH — It was a record-setting kind of night for Milwaukee reliever Josh Hader in the Brewers’ 8-3 win over the Pirates on Friday night at PNC Park, though it certainly wasn’t out of the ordinary.

Staked to a four-run lead, the left-hander struck out three Pirates hitters, induced a popout and handed the ball over to the next reliever, just like he has all season. But his ability, consistency and durability over 77 innings has combined to make Hader’s 2018 one of the best seasons ever from a left-handed reliever.

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PITTSBURGH — It was a record-setting kind of night for Milwaukee reliever Josh Hader in the Brewers’ 8-3 win over the Pirates on Friday night at PNC Park, though it certainly wasn’t out of the ordinary.

Staked to a four-run lead, the left-hander struck out three Pirates hitters, induced a popout and handed the ball over to the next reliever, just like he has all season. But his ability, consistency and durability over 77 innings has combined to make Hader’s 2018 one of the best seasons ever from a left-handed reliever.

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Over his past five outings, Hader recorded 16 consecutive outs via strikeout, an MLB record in the expansion era. Mitch Stetter set the previous mark of 15 with Milwaukee in 2009. Hader’s streak was snapped on the final out of his 1 1/3 innings, a lazy fly ball caught by center fielder Christian Yelich in the bottom of the seventh. Still, it’s safe to say Hader is on a roll as the Brewers continue the hunt for a postseason spot.

“The superlatives with the way he’s thrown the ball all year, he’s never stopped to amaze us, really,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s in a run right

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If you had to get a gaming-related tattoo, what would it be? – PC Gamer

The PC Gamer US team assembled in New York this week for a long meeting and, allegedly, beers (the UK team, meanwhile, drank slightly cheap wine a day later in response). During this event, it was revealed that three members of the team have gaming-related tattoos, which has led to this edition of the PCG Q&A. The question is: if you had to get a gaming-related tattoo, what would it be?

You’ll find our answers below, but as ever, we’re more interested in reading yours in the comments at the bottom of the page. Let us know which character, symbol or whatever else you’d choose to have live on your skin forever. 

James Davenport: Has a Portal 2 tattoo

Surprise. I have a gaming-related tattoo. At 20, a good friend of mine got dumped and said, ‘Let’s get tattoos.’ I said OK, and off the tail of Portal 2’s release figured I’d capture what a funny well-written game meant to me, an aspiring writer. I was also drunk because it was summer in Missoula and that’s what you do: drink, float the river, and make bad choices. I picked the Aperture logo without text for the design, something simple that doesn’t scream videogames. My pal got something on her foot that wore off in a few weeks. Mine’s still there, still mistaken for an affinity for photography, but it’s fine overall. Glad I wasn’t into comics at the time, I’ll say. Now, when a photography bro shouts ‘Canon or Nikon?’ from across the river, I’ll just shout the first that come to mind back. Play along and forget it’s there, out of sight on my shoulder until my partner reminds me I should get it touched up. 

As for more hypothetical gaming tattoos, I think it’d be easy to pull something

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Khrush's walk-off HR cuts A's magic number to 3 – MLB.com

OAKLAND — Moments after connecting for his second home run of the night, an opposite-field beauty that mirrored the first, Khris Davis downplayed a stream of questions about himself — as the A’s mighty slugger tends to do — and offered this reminder: “We have some work to do.”

“There’s not a better feeling in the world,” Davis would also say, after ending the game with his Major League-leading 45th homer. Yet the man yearns for more, and his team is within grasp of just that.

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OAKLAND — Moments after connecting for his second home run of the night, an opposite-field beauty that mirrored the first, Khris Davis downplayed a stream of questions about himself — as the A’s mighty slugger tends to do — and offered this reminder: “We have some work to do.”

“There’s not a better feeling in the world,” Davis would also say, after ending the game with his Major League-leading 45th homer. Yet the man yearns for more, and his team is within grasp of just that.

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Not even a bullpen meltdown could mute these resilient A’s, who inched that much closer to a postseason berth with a late push at the Coliseum. It was Mark Canha who belted a pinch-hit, two-run homer that tied the game in the sixth, and Davis who delivered the final blow, a walk-off solo shot for a 7-6 series-opening win over the Twins on Friday night.

“M-V-P!” chants were heard ’round the Coliseum as Davis rounded third base, removed his helmet and sent off his signature jump shot before landing on home plate, his giddy teammates pouncing on him.

Video: [email protected]: Davis crushes walk-off HR in the 10th

There is no shortage of boppers on this team, but Davis,

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Harmful Alcohol Use Kills More Than 3 Million A Year Globally, New WHO Report Says – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

The harmful use of alcohol killed more than 3 million people in 2016, representing 1-in-20 deaths worldwide, a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

The Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2018, published on September 21 by the Geneva-based UN organization, also said that drinking rates in countries such as Russia, Moldova, and Belarus show signs of decline over the past decade.

The report said that globally, more than three-fourths of the deaths from alcohol use were among men.

“Far too many people, their families, and communities suffer the consequences of the harmful use of alcohol through violence, injuries, mental health problems, and diseases like cancer and stroke,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director-general.

Of the deaths, 28 percent were due to injuries, such as traffic accidents; 21 percent were from digestive disorders; 19 percent from cardiovascular diseases; and the rest from infectious diseases, cancers, mental disorders, and other health conditions, it said.

“Globally, an estimated 237 million men and 46 million women suffer from alcohol-use disorders, with the highest prevalence among men and women in the European region,” it said, adding that alcohol-use disorders are more common in high-income countries.

The report estimated that 2.3 billion people drink alcohol, with more than half of the population in three regions — the Americas, Europe and the Western Pacific — consuming alcohol.

In individual countries, the WHO said the sharpest decreases in consumption over the past decade were found in the formerly highest-consuming nations such as Russian (from 18.7 liters in 2005 to 11.7 liters in 2016), Moldova (from 21.6 liters in 2005 to 15.1 liters in 2016), and Belarus (from 15.3 liters in 2005 to 11.2 liters in 2016).

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MLB scores, highlights, live team updates, news: Astros clinch postseason spot, Braves on verge of NL East title – CBSSports.com

The penultimate weekend of the regular season of course brought a ton of MLB action. The Boston Red Sox faced the Cleveland Indians in a potential playoff preview as several other teams close in on their postseason celebrations. Here is everything you need to know from Friday’s games right here.

Friday’s scores White Sox 10, Cubs 4 (box score) Brewers 8, Pirates 3 (box score) Mets 4, Nationals 2 (box score) Yankees 10, Orioles 8 (box score) Rays 11, Blue Jays 3 (box score) Marlins 1, Reds 0 (box score) Royals 4, Tigers 3 (box score) Red Sox 7, Indians 5 (box score) Braves 6, Phillies 5 (box score) Rangers 8, Mariners 3 in 7 innings (box score) completed early due to rain Astros 11, Angels 3 (box score) Cardinals 5, Giants 3 (box score) Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 2 (box score) Athletics 7, Twins 6 in 10 innings (box score) Padres 5, Dodgers 3 (box score) Astros clinch postseason spot

What had been a formality for months is now official: The defending World Series champion Astros are returning to the postseason. The Astros blew out the Angels on Friday night to clinch a spot. They will be, at worst, the second AL wild-card team.

Houston’s offensive attack was led by first baseman Yuli Gurriel, who swatted two home runs and drove in seven runs on the night. That includes a first-inning grand slam that gave the ‘Stros a nice comfortable early lead.

Prized offseason pickup Gerrit Cole allowed three runs in seven innings and struck out 12. It was his eighth double-digit strikeout game of the season but only his third in his last 24 starts.

Anyway, the ultimate goal for the Astros is of course winning another World Series. Clinching a postseason spot was step one in the process. The next step? Winning the AL West. They are four games up on the Athletics, who are playing later Friday, in the loss column with nine games to play. Houston’s magic number for the division title is six.

Braves on cusp of division title

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