Yu Darvish to rehab with RoughRiders Sunday

FRISCO, TEXAS (April 27, 2016) – The Texas Rangers have announced that Yu Darvish will begin a Major League rehabilitation assignment with the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Rangers, and make a start on Sunday, May 1 at 4:05 p.m. when the RoughRiders host the Corpus Christi Hooks at Dr Pepper Ballpark. He is scheduled to throw 2.0 innings or 30 pitches.

Darvish, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery last March and spent the entire 2015 season on the disabled list. His most recent start was on August 9, 2014 against the Houston Astros.

The three-time American League All-Star is entering his fifth Major League season after signing with Texas as a free agent on January 18, 2012. He has a lifetime 39-25 record with a 3.27 ERA and 680 strikeouts in 83 MLB games.

Darvish finished third in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting in 2012. The right-handed pitcher also placed second in the AL Cy Young Award vote in 2013, as he led the Majors with 277 strikeouts. On April 6, 2014, Darvish reached the 500 strikeout mark in fewer innings pitched than any starting pitcher in MLB history.

The 10-year professional baseball veteran spent the first seven years of his career pitching for Nippon-Ham of Nippon Professional Baseball’s Pacific League. During his career in Japan, Darvish had a 93-38 record with a 1.99 ERA and 1,250 strikeouts. He was a five-time NPB All-Star and won the Pacific League MVP twice, in 2007 and 2009.

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Tickets for all games during the current homestand and the rest of the season are available now online at RidersBaseball.com, via email at info@ridersbaseball.com, over the phone at (972) 731-9200, or in-person at the RoughRiders box office. The RoughRiders host 70 games through Labor Day, September 5.

About the RoughRiders

The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their games at beautiful Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. The team was founded in 2003 and has finished first among all Double-A franchises in attendance in each of the last 11 seasons (2005-2015). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg and Scott Sonju. The new ownership group, together with the city of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise improvements over the past two seasons, investing over $7 million in wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including the new state-of-the-art HD video board, sound system, Bull Moose Saloon, InTouch Grille, Riders Outpost Team Store, and the newest and biggest creation, the 174-foot Choctaw Lazy River. The improvements made prior to the 2015 season earned the Riders and the City of Frisco “Best Ballpark Renovation” of 2015 by Ballpark Digest. More than 130 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including All-Stars Chris Davis, Elvis Andrus, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz, and C.J. Wilson as well as current Rangers stars Derek Holland, Rougned Odor, and Mitch Moreland. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact Nathan Barnett at (972) 334-1976 or via e-mail at Nathan@RidersBaseball.com.


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An Analysis of the Musical Complexity Found in the Steely Dan Song ‘Deacon Blues’

An Analysis of the Musical Complexity Found in the Steely Dan Song ‘Deacon Blues’

In his first foray into music analysis, the Nerdwriter delves deep into the beautifully complex classic Steely Dan song “Deacon Blues” in order to show the incredibly rich layers that make up its entirety.

…”Deacon Blues”, I think contains a hidden earnestness. In the lead into the first chorus the narrator says he’s ready to cross that fine line the line between his existence and the one he wants to have. The song suggests that he’s tried before and failed, but the music plays these lines like he’s taking a running head start, barreling towards a chorus that explodes into the fantasy fully realized. I think you can look at Deacon blues kind of literature. Story seems to be the central component here with each element music filling out the nuances in the main characters fantasy to the point where it’s unclear on the last verse whether the narrator has actually done it was just been caught up in the dream.


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A Two-Hour and 40-Minute Real-Time Animation of the Sinking of the Titanic


A Two-Hour and 40-Minute Real-Time Animation of the Sinking of the Titanic

Titanic: Honor and Glory has created a two-hour and 40-minute animation that captures the sinking of the Titanic in real time. The animation includes detailed recreations of the key moments in the sinking from when the crew first spots the iceberg to when the boat was fully submerged.

The animation includes text frequently appearing with what is happening on board the ship. This also includes visuals of various interior rooms flooding, lifeboats launching, rockets firing, and the Californian on the horizon.

The creators of the video are working on a video game set during the sinking of the Titanic.

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Rangers lose Shin-Soo Choo, Robinson Chirinos to lengthy absences

Lady Injury Luck is frowning upon the Texas Rangers once again in 2016.

According to a statement by Rangers Executive Vice President of Communications John Blake on Sunday, right fielder Shin-Soo Choo is out for four to six weeks with a grade 2 right calf strain. Meanwhile, catcher Robinson Chirinos is facing an even longer absence with a fractured right forearm that is expected to sideline him for 10 to 12 weeks.


The reigning AL West champions have opened up the 2016 campaign with a record of 3-3. But now without two of their biggest bats, Texas will be facing an uphill climb to maintain their perch atop a rapidly improving division.

The Rangers’ catching depth behind Chirinos is virtually non-existent meaning they could pursue an out-of-house option. Meanwhile, talented but unproven outfielder Nomar Mazara, a 20-year-old rookie, will likely fill in for Choo as the team’s everyday right fielder.

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Sebastian Maniscalco: Whats Wrong With People?

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Jay Wright after blowout: I feel bad for Oklahoma

Jay Wright’s Villanova Wildcats blew the doors of Oklahoma in one of the most impressive Final Four victories in history, but the coach still had empathy for his opponent.

“That was just one of those nights,” Wright said of his team’s hot shooting in an interview with TBS’ Tracy Wolfson after the game. “I feel bad for Oklahoma; we’ve all had those nights. They’ve had a great season, they’re a great team.”

Wright also referenced his team’s 78-55 December loss to the Sooners.

“We knew they could beat us bad, so we had a lot of fear coming into this game.”

Wright’s Wildcats posted the largest margin of victory in Final Four history at 44 points. Their 71 percent shooting was also the highest percentage in a Final Four semifinal game. 95-51. What more can you say?

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Garry Shandling (1949-2016), Comedy Icon and Creator of The Larry Sanders Show


Garry Shandling

Garry Shandling, the comedy icon, writer, producer, and director has died at the age of 66 from a heart attack.

Shandling began his career as a writer for the shows Sanford and Son and Welcome Back, Kotter. He was an occasional guest host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, which prepared him for his most memorable role as fictional talk show host Larry Sanders on The Larry Sanders Show.

He also helped launch the careers of many of comedians, giving early breaks to new talent on his projects or simply by inspiring his fellow artists through his remarkable work.

“You may now flip.”

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Report: Cowboys unlikely to draft Joey Bosa

Joey Bosa has been a popular pick for the Dallas Cowboys in mock drafts, but he’s reportedly not going there.

According to NFL Media’s Lance Zierlein, the Cowboys aren’t really enthusiastic about the Ohio State defensive end and are unlikely to draft him.

“I don’t believe the Dallas Cowboys will draft Joey Bosa,” Zierlein said on hisThe Pick Is In podcast. “I’ve heard that they’re not in love with Joey Bosa. I don’t think Joey Bosa is going to be a Cowboy.”

Zierlein believes that linebacker Myles Jack and tackle Ronnie Stanley could make sense for Dallas, as well as Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner and Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey, if he were to fall to the fourth pick. His current mock draft has the Cowboys selecting running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Why wouldn’t the Cowboys want Bosa? I have no idea. He’s highly rated by virtually every scout. Perhaps they didn’t like his NFL Combine answers or something.

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Report: Jamie Dixon considering coaching offer from TCU

Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon is reportedly considering a move to TCU.

Dixon, who has coached Pitt for the last 13 seasons, is willing to take a long look at TCU after being assured that the Horned Frogs would ensure that he’s not taking a pay cut, according to Gary Parrish of CBS Sports.

Why would Dixon, who has had some success at Pittsburgh and is coaching in the ACC, leave to take over one of the dregs of the Big Twelve? For one, TCU is his alma mater, and he played there from 1984-1987. The administrators who originally hired Dixon at Pitt are no longer there, the job has become more difficult than it was when he took it, and perhaps most notably he feels underappreciated by Pitt faithful despite 11 tournament appearances in 13 years.

TCU has never won more than four games in the Big 12 since their move to the conference in 2012, going winless in the league in 2013-14. They have only made the NCAA Tournament seven times in their history and only twice since 1971, the last coming in 1998. Dixon would have one heck of a job on his hands if he decided to coach his alma mater.

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We made it through another winter

Howdy ya’ll. As you are probably aware of, I’ve been pretty quite this past winter. I’ve been busy with a lot of personal things and haven’t really had the time or inclination to blog much. But as always happens, I get things semi-organized and I get to thinking about writing again. I am at a stage in my life where I am continuously amazed by life itself. I can study things for hours it seems and draw all kinds of perspectives. Is it because I’m older? I don’t know, but I can say that I appreciate things more than I ever have. I’m now able to let bygones be bygones much easier than before.

School is going good, work is going good, and I’m at a place that is like the center of a hurricane. Calm at least. I’m back in the saddle again. Stay tuned for more. And one piece of advice for you. Life is short. Don’t hold so many grudges.

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