Thursday, June 13, 2013


Put the Arizona Diamondbacks in Dodger Stadium, throw in extra innings, and they're tough to beat.
Martin Prado had two RBIs, including a run-scoring double during a four-run 12th inning, to help the D-backs win 8-6 on Wednesday night.
The first-place D-backs improved to 8-2 in extra innings—6-1 on the road—this season, and are 17-7 at Dodger Stadium since 2011, the best record among NL West opponents. They clinched their fourth consecutive series win over the Dodgers.
"It means a lot because they tied it up and we just kept plugging along," said reliever Heath Bell, who gave up a leadoff home run to Ramon Hernandez in the bottom of the 12th.
There was no repeat of the brawl that
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin, of South Korea, throws to the plate during the first inning of their baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. ((AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) )
occurred in the seventh inning of the Dodgers' 5-3 victory a night earlier, when six players and coaches were ejected. No batters were hit by pitches this time.
Before the game, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talked with D-backs manager Kirk Gibson, who got tossed after the two former stars were among those clashing in the melee.
"We had a good conversation," Gibson said. "We all know that was very intense last night and a little bit ugly."
Eight of the nine games between the teams this season have been decided by three runs or fewer. The Diamondbacks had 20 hits while improving to 7-2 against the Dodgers. Seven of their hits were singles, tying for the most in franchise history.
Prado put the Diamondbacks ahead 5-4 with a ground-rule double to left field off Ronald Belisario (3-5), who was charged with four runs and three hits in two-thirds of an inning. He walked two and didn't retire any of the four batters he faced in the 12th.
Arizona made it 6-4 on Cliff Pennington's bases-loaded RBI single off Brandon League, the Dodgers' seventh pitcher. League gave up four runs over two-thirds of an inning in Los Angeles' 5-1 loss in the series opener Monday.
Gerardo Parra added a two-run single
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, second from left, and Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson shake hands as umpires watch prior to their baseball game, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. ((AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) )
to center.
"Most of the time they're hitting my fastball," League said. "For me, it's always been that if my fastball is not right, you can't expect anything else to be right. That's kind of where I'm at right now."
Josh Collmenter (3-0) got the win with two innings of relief. He gave up one hit and struck out two.
Arizona's Cody Ross and Miguel Montero each tied their career highs with four hits.
In the bottom of the 12th, Yasiel Puig scored on a groundout by Mark Ellis. With two runners on, Bell retired pinch-hitter Tim Federowicz on a grounder to end it.
Arizona tied the game 4-all on Montero's RBI single in the seventh.
Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin had a 3-0 cushion when he gave up five consecutive hits with two outs in the fifth, allowing the Dodgers to take a 4-3 lead.
"I just couldn't get that third out in the fifth," he said. "It was just one of those things where any pitch I threw got hit."
Hernandez had an RBI groundout that scored Juan Uribe, who led off with a double.
Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu tripled to deep right field—the first of his career—and Parra misplayed the ball as it skipped past his outstretched glove. That drove in Alex Castellanos, who reached on a ground-rule double and went to third on Montero's passed ball.
The Dodgers tied the game and went ahead on RBI singles by Nick Punto and Adrian Gonzalez.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Boston Bombing Suspects

In a day-long search throughout Eastern Massachusetts, the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston bombing remained at large Friday after his brother was killed in a shoot out with police in the early hours of the morning. Clearly disappointed in their efforts to locate the fugitive, law enforcement officials lifted the lockdown on the entire Boston area and told residents to remain vigil.

“We do not have an apprehension of our suspect,” Timothy Alben, superintendent of Mass. State Police, said in a press conference Friday evening. ”We cannot continue to lock down an entire city or an entire state.”

A mere 18 hours after police had the suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in their sights during the fire fight on the streets of Watertown, Mass., he managed to slip away. Although the FBI, which is leading the investigation, pledged unlimited resources, the Watertown police chief said his forces had not had enough manpower to set up a perimeter.

Alben and other officials seemed to know little about where Tsarnaev headed after he fled the scene on foot. Authorities “followed a number of leads that took us various places in Eastern Massachusetts and none of these have been fruitful,” he said. However, Alben says he believes that the suspect remains in the state.

Millions of nervous residents spent the day indoors as police officers combed through neighborhoods door-by-door in a massive manhunt for Tsarnaev, who is wanted in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings. Three people died and over a 170 were wounded in the twin bombings Monday.

Boston Police searched the house in Cambridge where the brothers lived, and covered 20 streets in the Watertown area. Police will remain on the streets, but Albin said “we’re going to draw back our tactical teams.”

Ruslan Tsarni, a man who identified himself at the suspects’ uncle, said he was ashamed of his nephews. Asked by reporters outside his home what could have motivated the suspects, Tsarni said he did not believe they were affiliated with any political or religious group. He described them as “losers” who were unable to fit in.

The uncle said the family is Muslim and has roots in Chechnya. “Of course we are ashamed,” he said. “I love this country.”

Tsarni said he had not spoken with his brother, the father of the two suspects. He urged his nephew to turn himself in. He confirmed that the family moved to the United States and settled in Cambridge in 2003.

The violent, night-long chase began shortly after the two suspects went to a convenience store around 10 p.m. and then allegedly shot and killed an MIT police officer. They later allegedly hijacked a Mercedes SUV and drove toward the Boston suburb of Watertown. The suspects let the owner of the car go unharmed at a gas station after they stole his debit card and tried to withdraw funds from at least three ATMs. Only the second withdrawal was successful, for $800, before they exceeded the man’s daily withdrawal limit. The car owner said the two suspects told him they had shot and killed a campus policeman and that they were the marathon bombers, NBC News’ Pete Williams reports.

Then a chase ensued with police. The brothers threw explosive devices out of the car and then engaged in a gun battle with police on the street of a heavily populated neighborhood early Friday morning, said witnesses. A transit officer was wounded in the exchange of fire.

At some point the older brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed. A resident said he saw Tsarnaev, who had been seen in FBI photos wearing a black baseball cap the day of the bombing, run towards authorities and fall on the street. He had an explosive device strapped to his chest. His 19-year-old brother escaped in a car, which he later abandoned and fled on foot.

Richard Wolfe, the chief of emergency medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, said Tsarnaev died of multiple wounds—a combination of blast injuries and several gunshot wounds. “He arrived here in cardiac arrest,” he said.

The brothers are residents of Cambridge—home to Harvard, Boston University, MIT and Emerson University—but were not students. Tamerlain Tsarnaev became a legal permanent resident in 2007, authorities tell NBC News. The fugitive was born in Kyrgyzstan, authorities tell NBC News. His arrived with his family in the United States in 2003, his uncle said.

“My son is a true angel,” said Anzor Tsarnaev, the father of the two bombers, of his younger son. He spoke to the Associated Press in a phone interview from Russia. “He is such an intelligent boy. We expected him to come on holidays here.”

The FBI released photos Thursday of the brothers, who are suspected of carrying out the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon Monday which left three dead and more than 170 injured. Within hours of the photos becoming public, the brothers were recognized on a surveillance video at the convenience store.

A bomb squad was assessing and removing any potentially explosive devices that may remain on the residential street in Watertown.

Watertown resident Andrew Kitzenberg described a raging battle that took place outside his house early morning Friday between the brothers and police. The gunmen used “bombs that looked like grenades,” Kitzenberg told NBC News.