Former MLB players Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo killed in car crash in Venezuela

first_imgThe car then overturned, and the thieves robbed the four occupants. They were later apprehended.A third member or the Cardenales de Lara, former Diamondbacks player Carlos Rivera, and the driver of the vehicle survived the crash.Valbuena spent 11 years in the majors, with the Mariners, Indians, Cubs, Astros and Angels, while Castillo played in the majors from 2004 to 2008 with the Pirates, Giants and Astros. A car crash caused by a highway robbery Thursday in Venezuela claimed the lives of former MLB players and current teammates Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo.Valbuena was 33, and Castillo was 37. Cardenales de Lara, the team Castillo and Valbuena played for, confirmed the news on Twitter.Estamos viviendo una horrible tragedia en Cardenales de Lara. Perdimos a nuestros jugadores Luis Valbuena y José Castillo en un accidente de tránsito. pic.twitter.com/HPf3LRuxp1— Cardenales de Lara (@CardenalesDice) December 7, 2018The vehicle Valbuena and Castillo were traveling in reportedly collided with a rock pushed into the road by highway bandits, according to El Nuevo Herald.last_img read more

Dodgers place Kenta Maeda, Chase Utley on DL and promote Dennis Santana from Triple-A

first_imgSantana was scheduled to start Tuesday for the OKC Dodgers but the game was rained out. Shortly after, he got the call that he was wanted in the big leagues. He hasn’t slept since, he said.“It was very emotional. It was beautiful,” Santana said through an interpreter. “It was something that only happens once in a lifetime.“I always say God has a plan and if that game was rained out it was because God had a different plan for me. Thank God, I’m here now.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Santana will be available to pitch out of the bullpen in an “emergency” over the next two days but Santana could make his first big-league start this weekend in Colorado. With Rich Hill still on the DL and Brock Stewart returned to Triple-A after starting Monday, the Dodgers will need a starter to fill in during the three-game series against the Rockies.“One hundred percent,” Santana said when asked how ready he was to face big-league hitters. “You always have to be ready and have confidence in yourself no matter who’s in front of you.” Related Articles Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury center_img LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers’ disabled list got a little more crowded Wednesday – but the door to the big leagues opened for one of their top pitching prospects.After leaving his start in the second inning Tuesday, right-hander Kenta Maeda underwent an MRI on Wednesday that confirmed the diagnosis of a strained muscle in his right hip.The Dodgers placed Maeda on the DL, giving them four members of their season-opening starting rotation on the DL (Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to come off the DL and start Thursday). Second baseman Chase Utley also went on the DL on Wednesday with a left thumb injury – the 13th different player placed on the list by the Dodgers this season. That created an opening for reliever Pat Venditte, much-needed reinforcement for a bullpen that had to cover 12-1/3 innings over the previous two days.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.In Maeda’s place, the Dodgers promoted right-hander Dennis Santana. Santana, 22, had made only two starts at Triple-A Oklahoma City after starting the season in Double-A. Between the two stops, he was 1-3 with a 2.54 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 10 starts with 65 strikeouts in 49-2/3 innings. Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Maeda won’t be facing major-league hitters any time soon, but he said his understanding is that the hip strain is “pretty mild,” making him optimistic about a quick recovery.“It’s a strain which he said he had in Japan and he only missed a week or two,” Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said. “We hope it’s in that range.”Maeda said the injury is more of a muscle issue than any problem in the hip joint itself and improves with rest. He hopes to miss only one or two starts. The Dodgers have three off days in an 11-day stretch starting Monday which could help to mitigate Maeda’s absence from the rotation.“That is my hope, that I recover as quickly as possible,” Maeda said. “But at the same time, I want to make sure it is completely healed so it doesn’t affect the rest of my season.“It is disappointing considering I was doing well and I was feeling well. My focus now is that I recover and be able to pitch well again.”ALSOAfter starting 22 of the first 40 games when both Logan Forsythe and Justin Turner were on the DL, Utley has played less frequently since their return – and slumped badly. Before going on the DL on Wednesday, he was hitless in his last 14 at-bats with a .137 average (7 for 51) in May. …Hill threw three innings in a simulated-game setting with Kike’ Hernandez and Austin Barnes serving as hitters. Hill continues to keep the blister on his middle finger covered whenever he throws.UP NEXTPhillies (RHP Aaron Nola, 6-2, 2.27 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 1-4, 2.86 ERA), Thursday, 4:35 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), MLB Network (out of market only)last_img read more

PlayStation 2 emulation is finally happening on PS4

first_imgAccording to Wikipedia, there are a total of 3,874 games released for the PlayStation 2. That’s a huge amount of content, and content you currently can’t play without owning the original machine or an early PS3 (before Sony removed backwards compatibility). So it’s good to hear that Sony is finally bringing PS2 game emulation to the PS4, and with it a number of enhancements to the visuals.Sony decided not to make a big deal about PS2 emulation, instead they quietly released four titles that utilize the emulator as part of the PS4 Star Wars bundle. The PS2 games included are Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, Star Wars: Racer Revenge, and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter.Digital Foundry released a video showing off the games running on PS4 using the emulator. Notice how good they look:Sony has confirmed since these games were made available that PS2 emulation is currently being worked on, but they won’t say what we can expect. Will we be able to put PS2 discs in a PS4 and have them run in an enhanced state? Or will Sony expect us to buy PS2, and by default PSOne games through PSN in order to play them.I suspect PS2 discs will be made to work. The reason? Microsoft’s Backwards Compatibility feature on Xbox One. To not allow original PS2 discs to run on PS4 would be pounced upon by Microsoft’s PR team. They would note that Xbox One is capable of playing Xbox 360 games using original discs, but Sony can’t even get that to work for PS2 games. You can see how that would be a bit of a PR disaster for Sony.For now you can enjoy those four Star Wars games running at a native resolution of 1292×896 upscaled to 1080p and a bit of texture filtering. Let’s hope hundreds, if not thousands of other PS2 games get unlocked to use the same emulator soon.last_img read more