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Dustin McGowan allowed five hits over 6 1/3 innings to earn his first win since 2008, and the Toronto Blue Jays used two unearned runs to beat Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 Friday night.Making his first start since September 2011, the oft-injured McGowan (1-1) walked one, hit two batters and struck out two. He had faced the Orioles 13 times previously, going 0-3 with a 6.99 earned-run average and allowing 50 hits in 37 1/3 innings.The right-hander spent time on the disabled list in each of the last six seasons. He had shoulder surgery in 2008 and 2010 and missed the entire 2012 season. In his debut this year, McGowan didn't make it out of the third inning in a loss to the New York Yankees.Against Baltimore, however, he allowed only one runner past second base.Brett Cecil got five straight outs and Sergio Santos worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save.Tillman (1-1) allowed three hits over eight innings, lowering his ERA to 0.84. But the right-hander received no offensive support from his teammates, who were coming off a three-game series against the Yankees in which they collected 40 hits.Two throwing errors by third baseman Jonathan Schoop provided Toronto with a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Jose Bautista reached on Schoop's first errant toss and came around to score on the rookie's second misfire. Dioner Navarro followed with a potential double-play grounder, but the relay to first base from shortstop Ryan Flaherty skipped past Tillman, allowing another run to score.In the fifth, Baltimore hit three straight two-out singles to load the bases for cleanup hitter Adam Jones, who flied out to centre.
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Canada's Kevin Koe had to settle for fourth place at the world men's curling championship after falling 7-5 to Switzerland in Sunday's bronze-medal match.Koe's Calgary rink came into the 10th end down by three, but couldn't muster the comeback, scoring just a single point in the final end against the Swiss team.Switzerland stole single points in the first two ends, and padded their lead with deuces in the sixth and ninth ends en route to the victory."We definitely didn't want to lose that game," said lead Nolan Thiessen. "But after yesterday, it was tough to get fired up. But no excuses. They played better than us."Canada had two chances on Saturday to reach Sunday's gold-medal game, but fell short to Norway's Thomas Ulsrud in the 1-2 Page playoff game, and then to Sweden's Oskar Eriksson in the semifinal. Norway will play Sweden for the gold medal later Sunday."I thought we played well in the one-two game and the semi," sad Koe. "We were very close. But in games like that where the other teams are playing well, you have to make the last shot of the end sometimes and we let our chances slip away."Despite failing to medal at the world championships, Canadian coach Rick Lang says there's no reason to push any panic buttons, considering Canada has finished in the top six at every international curling event this season."Twenty-four hours ago, we were within a shot or two of being in the final here," said Lang. "And then we have a bad 24 hours and that chat starts. But we had a great team here. They didn't play like themselves the last couple days, but they were worthy Brier champions."We sent a great team here. They just didn't have a good day, and that can happen to anybody. The level of competition here is strong and getting stronger. We just have to answer the bell, that's all."Koe said he was proud of the way the team performed in Beijing."That's the way we've always done things," he said. "Some people might not like our style or our game, but we fight. It's not always the prettiest, but we get things done."I'm proud of the guys. We had a great run. World championship, two Brier titles, a Brier final — obviously this was very disappointing, but it's been a great team."
Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos looked to downplay reports Friday that several Toronto players discussed deferring portions of their salary to help land free agent pitcher Ervin Santana.Santana elected to sign with the injury-plagued Atlanta Braves last month for the same one-year $14-million US deal offered by the Jays.Anthopoulos, who is also Toronto's senior vice-president of baseball operations, declined to comment specifically on the Fox Sports report, which was confirmed by other outlets.The suggestion left by the stories is that Toronto's purse-strings may be being held tightly. But Anthopoulos offered a different view of the Santana negotiations."The takeaway for me is we felt that we had an agreement in place," the GM told reporters prior to Friday night's home opener against the New York Yankees. "He was prepared to come here. We had the dollars. How we choose to structure those dollars, those are things that we keep in house."But I believe if (Braves pitcher) Kris Medlen had not been hurt, Ervin Santana would be here today."Several Toronto players made a public plea last month to sign the 31-year-old former all-star. But Santana, a Dominican who counts several Jays as friends, elected instead to sign with the Braves after Medlen went down with a season-ending injury.Money not an issueAnthopoulos insisted money was not an issue in the negotiations.And asked about the money behind the Jays, Anthopoulos said: "Our payroll's very strong. I don't think anybody's complaining about that at all. Ownership has given us more than enough."Asked again about whether any of his players had offered to defer salary, Anthopoulos said those were "private things."Had the Santana deal been done and had there been any kind of deferred payments, it would have been made public, he added.Santana spent his entire career in the American League, with eight seasons as a Los Angeles Angel before being traded to the Kansas City Royals in 2013. His career record is 105-90 with a 4.19 ERA.A one-year contract in the NL East, home to the .sub-500 Miami Marlins, New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies last season, might seem more hospitable than the thorny AL East."He had a lot more interest going into the NL, which is his right," said Anthopoulos.Anthopoulos' comment that the Jays had an agreement in place with Santana was more than he had said during spring training last month. He said Friday he was comfortable being more open on the issue given that Santana himself had since said that he was set to go to Toronto at one point.The Jays were quiet in the off-season compared to the spending spree prior to the 2013 campaign. Starting pitching has been a question-mark for months in Toronto, with Santana one of the leading free-agents available.Anthopoulos said he was comfortable with his starting rotation "right now.""The question is am I comfortable with the health and I'll tell you that as the time goes along. I'm certainly comfortable with the talent ... we need to stay healthy."Asked about the Fox report, Toronto manager John Gibbons said: "To be honest, that's not my department."
Headingfriendly adviceTitleHey TV.com, Should I Watch Mike Judge's Silicon Valley?By Tim SurettestaffAn hour ago5 Comments1
0You can't watch everything on television, and no one in their right mind expects you to. But you also can't just sit back and let cool things fly under your radar, because you have a cool status that requires you to be up-to-date on all the things the kids like these days. That's where we come in: to help you determine whether a show is cool enough for you. Today we're looking at HBO's new comedy Silicon Valley, which debuts this weekend. I've seen the first episode, and I'm hear to tell you if it's worthy of your time, Mr./Mrs. Cool Person, in another edition Is This Show Cool Enough For Me?Silicon Valley, so this is a show about breast implants?That's Silicone Valley, you baboon! Silicon Valley is a sitcom set in the world of high-tech startups and cash grabs to build the next Google or Birds With Arms (but mostly the first one). It centers on a group of young programmers who start a potentially HUGE business when one of them, a sheepish dude named Richard, accidentally stumbles upon a game-changing compression algorithm that could be worth billions. The series satirizes the industry by setting it in a hyper-real world of hoodie-wearing millionaires and turtleneck-wearing billionaires, highlighting the ridiculous amount of money that's being thrown around.Whose show is this, and who's in it?This is Mike Judge's grand return to television after 2009's not-that-good The Goode Family, and he serves as creator and showrunner on Silicon Valley. Judge is bit of a legend, of course, with Office Space, Beavis and Butt-head, and King of the Hill under his belt, and Silicon Valley was inspired in part by Judge's experience working in Northern California in the '80s. And the people in front of the camera are just as much of a draw: Canadian actor Thomas Middleditch (several failed pilots, including Office spin-off The Farm), T.J. Miller (The Goodwin Games), Zach Woods (The Office), Kumail Nanjiani (Franklin & Bash but many other better things, including lots of great Portlandia sketches), and Martin Starr (Freaks and Geeks, Party Down) play the nerds trying to start the business. And if you have your head up the tech industry's butt, you might notice some familiar exec-types dropping by for cameos.When does Silicon Valley boot up on our TV sets?Silicon Valley premieres on Sunday, April 6 (you know, National Game of Thrones Day) at 10pm on HBO. It will precede Veep to create one of HBO's most solid comedy blocks.Who's going to like Silicon Valley?Not gonna lie, if you're connected to the tech industry in any way, it helps. And because the tech industry employs like 200 percent of the work force, that's most of us, right? But anyone who understands that Silicon Valley is totally off its rocker will also appreciate the series' on-the-nose satire. Fans of Judge's previous work will also notice his trademark humor and eye for detail all over the place.What's good about Silicon Valley?It's about damn time someone took a sledgehammer to the tech industry and did it the correct way, and Silicon Valley nails it by exposing the dotbiz for its extraneous spending, evangelical-guru nonsense, and flash-in-the-pan rises to riches. It's also a spiritual successor to Office Space in the way it dismantles the corporate lifestyle, even though no copiers were harmed in the filming of the pilot. The show is brimming with great performances, starting with Middleditch, who accurately wears the face of a guy on the verge of both stardom and a nervous breakdown, neither of which he's particularly eager to experience. But the highlights of Silicon Valley are its sendups of its subject matter, which include fake TED talks and a Kid Rock concert held before an audience of a dozen bored, recently-acquired-by-Google startup employees.What should be upgraded about Silicon Valley?There are a few dud jokes here and there, but that's the case with every comedy. And some of the jokes are specifically written for those who are close to the startup world, so they might not land for everyone. But I'm reaching to say something negative about the show, which isn't easy. Oh, wait: There's no strong female presence. Seriously, I don't think there's one female character who's more than a minor player, though I suppose that could be a reflection of the industry itself.So, should I watch it?Yes! I loved it, and it's one of the best new comedies to premiere in some time. Silicon Valley could become a fixture on HBO.Let's take a look at a trailer!You got it:Silicon Valley premieres Sunday, April 6 at 10pm on HBO.