Tim Beckham’s 4 Hits Highlight Nighttime As Orioles Pound A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Tim Beckham prefers to not discuss how well he’s going in the plate since leaving Tampa Bay to combine the Baltimore Orioles.

Manager Buck Showalter refuses to jinx this.

“We’re not going to speak about him,” Showalter said. “Timmy enjoys playing out it resembles.”

Beckham struck on a two-run twice in his second plate appearance of the first inning as the Orioles matched their main frame of the year using a and went on to conquer the Oakland Athletics 12-5 on Saturday night.

Dylan Bundy (12-8) matched his career high with 10 strikeouts, equaling the number from his previous outing to win his third straight start and fourth successive decision. The right-hander allowed three runs and seven hits with three walks since the Orioles won for only the second time in five matches.

Adam Jones drove in three runs for Baltimore.

Beckham drew a walk to begin the game then extended his hitting streak to 12 games using the double, the Orioles’ eighth hit of this very first, and one of the four on the night. They ended with a season-high tying 20 hits and eight rebounds — one among the most in franchise history.

“I am seeing it nicely and it’s fun when you’re playing good and your team’s playing baseball,” Beckham said.

A Sean Manaea’s night was rough after only one out. Following the walk of Beckham, Baltimore obtained six direct hits with three of them doubles to leap ahead 4-0. Michael Brady relieved.

The A’s quickly got three runs back on Khris Davis’ two-run homer in the bottom of the initial and Matt Olson’s leadoff drive to start the second — his second homer in as many games — but they also left runners on second and first that inning.

After Joey Rickard got by pitch, Beckham doubled again in the fourth, and Jones hit a two-run only after his RBI double.

Oakland center fielder and leadoff hitter Boog Powell made his A’s debut a day after he had planned and struck out three times following a single and walk. He went into the emergency room Friday night following a late scratch because he had been fighting a cold and had trouble breathing from an asthma attack.

Manaea (8-7) didn’t get out of the fourth inning to get a third straight start — moving 6 2/3 total innings his previous three appearances — and dropped consecutive choices for just the second time all year, running his winless stretch to five starts since defeating Cleveland on July 16. Manager Bob Melvin suggested his pitcher might be tired.

“The past three starts have been awful,” Manaea explained.

BECKHAM’S HOT BAT

Since joining the Orioles in a transaction from Tampa Bay on July 31, Beckham is batting a sizzling .531 (26 for 49) with nine multi-hit games.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: 2B Jonathan Schoop was hit by a pitch from Brady in the first time but remained in the game. … SS J.J. Hardy, on the disabled list since June 19 with a broken right wrist, won’t be triggered immediately when qualified next week. “He’s not likely to make the 18th. We’re hoping not too long after,” Showalter said. “He’s progressing right on schedule. He did his work now, he’s getting a bit better each day. He’s taking a lot of swings and he is not having soreness there. The bone itself has healed, it’s the other material we must get back into playing shape.” … RHP Ubaldo Jimenez is OK after leaving his Friday start in the first time when he required a hard-hit grounder by Chad Pinder on the lower right leg. Showalter expects him to make his second start.

Athletics: A’s CF prospect Dustin Fowler, that could be the starter next year if wholesome, had his right knee brace unlocked Saturday so he can now bend the knee as he rehabs from a frightening accident in his major league debut with the Yankees on June 29. Playing a road game he endured close to the wound and an open rupture of the patellar tendon when it struck a metal box used for Wi-Fi, and was carted off for prompt operation to fix the damage.

Before at least year’s end, Fowler is advised to remain with Oakland in his recovery.

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Orioles: when he pitches Baltimore’s series finale at Oakland RHP Jeremy Hellickson makes his third start. He is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA because the change.

Athletics: RHP Kendall Graveman (2-3, 4.97) looks for his first win in three starts since coming off the DL on Aug. 3.

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MEMPHIS — an unprecedented life was dwelt by him — the boy that shook the star who became a warrior, the planet, the cultural icon not even death could stop.

Forty years following his death on Aug. 16, 1977, at age 42, Elvis Presley’s existence stands as one of the most analyzed in history, and we aren’t close tired with the subject. Four decades on, books continue to be written, films made and songs sung about this singular life, and afterlife.

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The Beatles Came To My Town And Made Musical Background

And there they were.

The Fab Four.

The Mop Tops. The rock band there ever was.

And they had been at the park behind my college.

It was February of 1967, and rumors were swirling about our college a city about 25 miles southeast of London. A Mini Coopers had been seen by many boys with windows heading into Knole Park, the site of one of Britain’s most magnificent stately homes. And those Minis were said to include the Beatles.

It was lunchtime, so we walked into the park entrance, which conducted down through the college grounds to the park. And came on the outside film set where the group was making a promo film for their soon-to-be released Penny Lane /  Strawberry Fields Forever single and upcoming Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, which premiered in the United States 50 years ago Friday.

You may have noticed the footage. There is a section where the quartet ride horses, three of these white and one brown, through a stone archway. There’s a part where they surround an old piano and put paint over it. And there is a scene in which John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr are sitting at an elaborately set table being served dolls and other items by liveried footmen. The four then get up from the table along with John and Paul overturn it.

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On the desk was an empty Champagne jar that one of my schoolmates grabbed as a souvenir. He got George John and Paul to sign the label. Somehow Ringo didn’t make the cut.

After a time, our lunch break was over. “Hadn’t we better go?” Boys started asking one another. It overlook the expertise of our young lives — or remain — and was that , and risk the wrath.

I chose to stay. After all, in front of us was The Greatest Band There Ever Was. In the peak of their fame. And there was no safety. OK , so when they filmed, supporters herded us out of their way, but through breaks we can go here and there, hanging out with the band members that were bemused.

During the periods, they went back to relax close to their automobiles. While Paul needed one of those fancy cars of their day, a Humber Super Snipe, George, John and Ringo had the Minis. John pretty much kept to himself, so I moved over to where Ringo and George were hanging out. “Can I look inside the vehicle?” I asked. “Sure,” one of them said. And so another few boys and I peeked inside. “You can get in if you prefer,” explained George or Ringo. So we did.

And George decided he would take us. It was a circle that is small, but there it was — we had ridden in a Beatles automobile.

Afterwards, I asked George for his signature, which he composed in my school notebook. For some reason, like my schoolmate, I did not get Ringo’s.

It turned out the Beatles was at the park a few days before, staying undiscovered by us pesky pupils. They had taken in a few of the attractions at the picturesque town, including a trip to an antique store along with afternoon tea at one of its restaurants. And it was from this poster that lots of the words of this song Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! , a tune on Sgt. Pepper, were taken.

The filming concluded and the group got in their cars. I rushed upward, since Paul was driven away and an autograph was signed by him . Like all of the group, he was smiling and friendly.

And so we trudged back to school. The next morning were advised to report to their educators. Our punishment? Six “solaces” of 250 words each, where we needed to replicate prose or poetry.

And rather than laboriously replicate, I wrote down lyrics to songs I’d memorized.

They had been Bob Dylan tunes. I wasn’t much of a Beatles fan.

And those autographs? A couple of years after, my sister had a laptop. And she discovered one, inside with just a few words. I had set it rather than have the ribbons sit amidst my schoolwork.

Wanting to start with clean pages, she erased them.

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Tim Beckham’s 4 Hits Highlight Night As Orioles Pound A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Tim Beckham prefers not to discuss how well he’s going in the plate since leaving Tampa Bay to combine with the Baltimore Orioles.

Manager Buck Showalter refuses to jinx it, either.

“We’re not going to speak about him,” Showalter said. “Timmy likes playing outside it looks like.”

Beckham hit on a two-run twice in his next plate appearance of the first inning as the Orioles matched their main frame of the year with a seven-run first and proceeded to conquer the Oakland Athletics 12-5 on Saturday night.

Dylan Bundy (12-8) matched his career high with 10 strikeouts, equaling the number out of his previous outing to win his third straight start and fourth consecutive decision. The right-hander allowed three runs and seven hits with three walks as the Orioles won for the second time in five matches.

Adam Jones drove in three runs for Baltimore.

Beckham drew a walk to begin the game then stretched his hitting streak to 12 games with the double, the Orioles’ eighth struck of the very first, and one of the four on the night. They finished with a season-high tying 20 hits and eight rebounds — just one shy of those most in franchise history.

“I am seeing it well and it is fun when you are playing great along with your team’s playing winning baseball,” Beckham said.

A’s starter Sean Manaea’s night was rough after one out. After the walk of Beckham, Baltimore got six straight hits with three of these doubles to jump. Michael Brady relieved.

The A’s immediately got three runs back on Khris Davis’ two-run homer in the bottom of the initial and Matt Olson’s leadoff drive to begin the second — his second homer in as many games — but in addition they left runners on second and first that inning.

Beckham climbed again in the fourth after Joey Rickard got aboard on a hit by pitch, and Jones hit a two-run single after his previous RBI double.

Oakland center fielder and leadoff hitter Boog Powell struck out three times following single and a walk and made his A’s debut after he had intended. He had difficulty breathing in a asthma attack and went into the emergency room Friday night following a late scratch because he battled a cold.

Manaea (8-7) didn’t get from the fourth inning for a third consecutive start — going 6 2/3 complete innings his past three appearances — and dropped consecutive decisions for only the second time all year, running his winless stretch to five starts since defeating Cleveland on July 16. Manager Bob Melvin suggested his pitcher might be tired.

“The previous few starts have been dreadful,” Manaea said.

BECKHAM’S HOT BAT

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TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: although Jonathan Schoop was hit by a pitch out of Brady in the sixth but stayed in the game. … SS J.J. Hardy, on the disabled list since June 19 with a broken right wrist, won’t be triggered immediately when eligible following week. “He’s not likely to create the 18th. We are expecting not too long after,” Showalter said. “He is progressing right on schedule. Now, he did his job, he is getting a bit better each day. He’s taking a lot of dry swings and he’s not having soreness there. The bone itself has cured, it is the other stuff we have to get back into playing shape.” … RHP Ubaldo Jimenez is OK after departing his Friday start at the sixth when he required a hard-hit grounder by Chad Pinder on the lower right leg. Showalter expects him to make his next start.

Athletics: A’s CF prospect Dustin Fowler, who could be the starter next year if healthy, had his knee brace unlocked Saturday so he can now flex the knee as he rehabs from a frightening injury in his major league debut with the Yankees on June 29. Playing a road game at the White Sox he suffered an open rupture of the patellar tendon when it hit a metal box used for Wi-Fi, and was carted off for immediate surgery to repair the damage and shut to the wound.

Before at least season’s end Fowler is scheduled to remain with Oakland in his recovery.

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Look out kid, it’s something you did.

Perhaps this: “generated new poetic expressions within the American song heritage.” That is how Stockholm’s Nobel Academy sums up the accomplishment of Bob Dylan, who was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

It’s a stunning announcement. Not only due to Dylan’s worldwide popularity, but at a time when even the very best antiques are famous to readers of journals that are vague, but also because it sets a precedent.

Dylan is the first musician.

Since his poetry happens to be sung though suggested in the past, he was normally considered out of the running. Academy secretary Sara Danius begged to differ. “Bob Dylan writes poetry for the ear,” she explained. “But it is perfectly fine to read his functions.”

“It makes great sense, it is overdue if something,” states David Wills of Woodcliff Lake, who as “Ghosty” hosts the Vintage Rock & Pop Shop  show at 11 a.m. Sundays, and Retro Radio at 6 a.m. Tuesdays on WFDU 89.1-FM. “If you were to look in his lyrics, as if they were the sonnets of Byron, that are considered literature, or anyone who has written poetry, perform the lyrics divorced from the songs rack up? They obviously do. In reality, the music takes a back seat”

There’s another way that Dylan is an candidate for this prize.

The history of Alfred Nobel and his awards is well-known. In a nutshell — or perhaps bombshell — Alfred Bernhard Nobel was the 19th century Swedish chemist who invented dynamite, also became among the world’s great arms producers.

In 1888, a French newspaper published his obituary by error (it was actually his brother that died). The lead of this story read: “Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became wealthy by discovering ways to kill more people quicker than previously, expired yesterday.” Horrified, such as Ebenezer Scrooge, with this glimpse of how posterity would see him he changed his ways — somewhat.

He didn’t give up fabricating dynamite. However he did establish the Nobel Peace Prize, that gave some of his arms-gotten profits to people who’ve “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies…” As Gore Vidal remarked years later, “one should never underestimate the Swedish sense of humor.”

Nobel Literature, and established four other awards: in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine. These things need to do with world peace might be more vague. But obviously, Nobel had noble things in your mind: that the literary award, established in 1901, was to be supplied to the author who produced “in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction.” Whether “ideal” — “idealisk” in Swedish — meant “idealistic” in the sense of dedicated to a worthy purpose, or “perfect” as in artistically ideal, has been a topic of debate ever since. Suffice it to say, over the years such worthy authors as Chekhov, Tolstoy, Ibsen, Henry James and James Joyce were denied the prize for being insufficiently “idealistic.”

Which brings us.

Here is a writer who is overwhelmingly perfect. By bringing poetry he also changed the direction of pop songs. Without him The Beatles would have spent his career singing “yeah yeah yeah.” Jimi Hendrix could have been a blues guitarist. Without him, there would have been no Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Velvet Underground, Donovan, Counting Crows, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, P.J. Harvey, Leonard Cohen, hip-hop musicians like Common or Talib Kweli or just about anyone who made audio after 1965.

In terms of “idealism” — in the sense which Nobel might have supposed it — Dylan’s effect is equally devastating.

What artist said more, and said it bitingly, about the field of peace and war? What artist had more of an effect — in terms of his music changing the management of public sentiment, even federal coverage?

How many 1960s peace rallies mobilized’ in the Wind? Many children that are idealistic played with The Times They Are A-Changin’ to baffled parents who couldn’t know what all this stuff that is counterculture was around? Vietnam vets believed they heard their story told in the Gon t Fall of a tough Rain for the first time?

“Dylan painted with words and music, I’d almost say, past almost anyone else from the era, an idealistic picture of what the entire world could be,” said musician and NJPAC executive producer David Rodriguez of Englewood,N.J.

How many poets will claim to have named a radical underground protest team (The Weathermen was motivated by a line in Subterranean Homesick Blues: “You don’t need a weatherman to know how the wind blows.”) ? How many would claim to have shifted pubic sentiment on a important legal case: the of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer accused of murder (though some folks, particularly in the crime scene of Paterson, N.J., would happen with Dylan’s Hurricane)?

Finally, what artist stuck it to the Alfred Nobels of this world?

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While many of the rock peers invest their late-era professions embarking on excursions that are lucrative and recording cover albums, Neil Young, 71, is fiery and as successful as ever. And given the increased political climate where he releases his latest   studio album Trail  (** and a half out of **** out Fri.), there’s no lack of social ills for its mythical  singer-songwriter to condemn, his trademark   reedy voice just slightly shakier with age.

However, in 2016, demonstration music looks, and soundsdifferent than the guitar-strumming screeds Young has spent his career recording. While this stage, he’s recorded a half-century of injustice in tune, from ancient favorites such as Southern Man and Ohio to more recent crusades against Monsanto and large agribusiness. And from the sounds of Peace Path, the weight of the world is still currently sitting deep on Young’s shoulders. His new tunes heartbeat with immediacy, moving down a record of 2016’s most outstanding topicsthe Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

More than pow-wow drums and acoustic guitars, highlights Indian Givers and the record’s title track paint a dramatic picture of the battle in Standing Rock, the songs’ heroes fighting for the  fundamental right to their land. “There’s a battle ragin’ about the holy land / Our brothers and sisters had to take a stand,” he sings on Indian Givers.   Meanwhile, the  John Oaks tells a story of police brutality from a different perspective, focusing on a farmer fighting to protect his employees, killed in his truck by an officer’s gun.

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MEMPHIS — He dwelt an unprecedented lifestyle — the poor boy that shook the planet, the celebrity who became a warrior, the cultural icon not even death could stop.

Forty years following his death on Aug. 16, 1977, at age 42, Elvis Presley’s existence stands among the most analyzed in history, and we aren’t close tired with the topic. Four years on, books are being written, films created and songs sung about this magnificent life, and afterlife.

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