June 26, 2013 |
Is Hanley Ramirez hitting the baseball even harder than Yasiel Puig? “The machine says he does,” Manager Don Mattingly said. “It comes off harder.” Ramirez's home run on Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants was batted at 115.1 mph, according to ESPN Home Run Tracker. The ball traveled from Ramirez's bat to the left-field foul pole in 2.97 seconds. No home run in the majors this season has left the field of play as quickly. The blast wasn't even Ramirez's hardest-hit home run of the season.
June 22, 2013 |
Shadows covered most of the infield at Angel Stadium when Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole took his place on the mound and brought the heat back to a cooling Friday evening. Pitching quickly and efficiently in only his third major league start, the Orange Lutheran High graduate and three-year UCLA product handcuffed an Angels lineup that had recently found its collective batting stroke. As Cole threw two- and four-seam fastballs that topped 100-mph a half-dozen times and stayed in the 90s into the seventh inning, he generated a strong sense that something big was happening and a promising career was being launched.
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June 14, 2013 |
When Walt Arfons first strapped a jet engine onto a hot rod, experts thought the car would melt, explode or spin wildly out of control. They were wrong. Working in his family's old feed mill and hardware store on Pickle Road in Akron, Ohio, Arfons in the late 1950s created the world's first jet dragster. In 1963, he built the Wingfoot Express, a sleek jet-powered race car that hit an average speed of 413.2 mph and became the fastest vehicle on Earth - for three days. That's when Art Arfons, Walt's half-brother and longtime bitter rival, hauled his own jet-powered race car onto Utah's desolate Bonneville Salt Flats and, whipping along at 434.03 mph, snagged the record.
June 5, 2013 |
A fastball that touches 96 mph combined with pinpoint control could lead to right-hander Phil Bickford of Westlake Village Oaks Christian becoming a top-10 selection when the first 73 picks of Major League Baseball's amateur draft are made Thursday in Secaucus, N.J. Rounds 3 through 10 will take place Friday, followed by Rounds 11 through 40 on Saturday. The draft begins at 4 p.m. PDT. The Houston Astros have the No. 1 pick, followed by the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers have the 18th pick; the Angels' first choice comes at No. 59. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Bickford has momentum entering the draft after striking out 18 batters, including 11 in a row, Saturday night when Oaks Christian won the Southern Section Division 4 championship with a 4-0 victory over Pico Rivera El Rancho.
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May 30, 2013 |
An Irvine teenager who lost control of his car and crashed into a tree in Newport Beach, killing himself and four passengers, may have been going as fast as 100 mph, a Newport Beach city official said. While the investigation into the Monday evening collision continues, Newport Beach police have said speed was definitely a factor in the fiery wreck. Adulrahman M. Alyahyan, 17, was driving his 2008 Infiniti down Jamboree Road toward Newport Harbor at a high rate of speed about 5:20 p.m., police said.
May 21, 2013 |
The National Weather Service upgraded the power of the tornado that cut through Oklahoma on Monday, saying it had carried wind stronger than 200 miles an hour in some areas. The agency said on its website Tuesday that its damage survey teams had looked at the path of the tornado and had given it a preliminary rating of EF-5, the top designation. The agency originally gave the storm, which has claimed at least 24 lives, a preliminary rating of EF-4 as measured on the Enhanced Fujita scale.
May 19, 2013 |
About 30,000 commuters in Connecticut and New York braced for a sluggish trek to work on Monday -- and for the rest of the week -- as officials continued to investigate why two trains slammed into each other in Bridgeport, Conn., on Friday evening. An eastbound Metro-North commuter train derailed and struck a westbound train, injuring at least 76 people. National Transportation Safety Board officials said Sunday the trains appeared to have been traveling 70 mph right before the collisions, which is in compliance with the speed limit in that area. One victim remained in critical condition Sunday, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said at a news conference.
May 17, 2013 |
Several drivers neared the 230-mph mark Friday on the eve of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500. E.J. Viso, a Venezuelan driving for the Andretti Autosport team, ran the fastest lap of 229.537 mph at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway before afternoon rain shortened the practice session. Next fastest were his teammates Marco Andretti at 228.754 mph and rookie Carlos Munoz at 228.520 mph. Australian Will Power, Californian J.R. Hildebrand and five other drivers each topped 227 mph. Qualifying to determine the pole-sitter for the May 26 race, along with the next 23 spots in the 33-car field, is scheduled Saturday.
May 16, 2013 |
Now in their sixth day of practice, drivers preparing for the Indianapolis 500 are turning laps in excess of 220 mph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Memorial Day weekend classic is May 26, and qualifying to set the 33-car field is this weekend. J.R. Hildebrand of Sausalito topped the speed charts early in Thursday's practice with a lap of 224.075 mph around the 2.5-mile speedway. Hildebrand nearly won the Indy 500 in 2011 but crashed on the final lap. He was followed Thursday by reigning Izod IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay at 223.899 mph and A.J. Allmendinger at 223.378 mph. Conor Daly, a 21-year-old rookie driving for A.J. Foyt's team, crashed during the session but was unhurt.
May 10, 2013 |
Swing, batter, batter! In less time than it takes to say that phrase, Major League Baseball sluggers have their bat across the plate, and the best of them are golfing the shot over the outfield wall. How does the brain "know" when to swing? Researchers at UC Berkeley believe they've found the internal architecture that lets a batter get ahead of the fastball, and allows the rest of us to pour a beer and find our seat in the stands. They pinpointed a region of the brain's middle temporal complex that can "predict" spatial position ahead of its actual location in the real world.