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Orioles rookie right-hander Dylan Bundy takes the mound Sunday a week away from completing his first full regular season in the major leagues, one that despite his evolving role has always had the goal of being a healthy one above all else.
To that end, Bundy, on his own free will, decided that the cut fastball hed been throwing for most of his life was causing some of the elbow, forearm and shoulder problemsthat limited him over the past three years, and took it out of his arsenal.
He has a 9-6record and a 4.13 ERA on the season, and a 4.73 ERA since joining the rotation at the All-Star break.But he has often thought about what his arsenal and his season would look like if he had his effective cutter back.
Absolutely, yeah, it does need to be [one of my offerings], Bundy said. But I think my health and getting a full year up here, and the amount of stress this first year is, getting that out of the way before adding that pitch. Really, I could get away without it if I was able to throw a little better two-seamer, I wouldnt need that cutter/slider thing. But I definitely need it. Id just rather get a full year healthy than risk it right now.
Currently, Bundy is working with a four-seam fastball, a changeupand a curveball. All of them have four-seam spin, and he does an adequate job replicating his arm speedon the secondary pitches to keep hitters deceived.But the 23-year-oldwas at his best in the minors with the cutter coming in a few miles per hour slower than his fastball and disrupting hitters timing.
With his current repertoire, a fastball with different spin than his four-seamer would make his above-average four-seam fastball play up even more.
A sinking two-seam fastball would go a long way toward making the cutter obsolete, but Bundy says he has yet to find one that works. As such, he really only throws it in 2-0 or 3-0 counts because he knows itll be in the zone, if not entirely effective.
Ive been experimenting with a two-seamer for 23 years, he said with a smile. I just dont know if its the arm slot or the way I finish or what, it just doesnt get a consistent movement on it. So when I throw it, its just to get a different spin for them to look at. Sometimes it moves, sometimes it doesnt.
In an ideal world, hed be able to complement his current arsenal with a two-seam fastball and a cutter.
Thatd make it a lot easier, wouldnt it? he said. I like the four-seam look Ive got going, the four-seam change, the four-seam curveball, fastball, and then the cutter/slider thing has similar four-seam spin to it.
If he ultimately decides to add the cutter back this offseason, hell do it slowly.
You never know, he said. Thats what kind of my plan was, to maybe start throwing it in the offseason a little bit--December, January, some time between there I might start playing around with it and starting playing catch with it, but not throw on the mound with it until spring. That was kind of my plan.
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Chances are, you or someone you know is a coffee drinker. Admittedly, I love coffee and my relationship with it is one of slight dependency. Thus I am fully invested in exploring the research into its health effects.
Coffee is the most consumed beverage in the world, second only to water. It has been known to man for thousands of years, with the roasting process beginning in the 13th century. It has become an increasingly popular beverage unlike any other one that not only tastes good but offers a pick-me-up.
Many coffee drinkers will attest to its stimulant properties and effectiveness in increasing concentration and alertness. In fact, research supports this with evidence that drinking coffee improves driving ability. On the other hand, drinking coffee while driving is a distraction, so enjoy it before you get in the car.
Additional research shows coffee intake is associated with a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes, Parkinsons disease, Alzheimers disease, stroke, heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure, heart disease and depression. A daily intake of two to three cups of coffee appears to be safe as well as potentially beneficial for these health outcomes.
Coffee may also be protective against cancer. A 2015 study found coffee intake of four or more cups daily inversely associated with skin cancer after 10 years. Coffee has also been associated with lower risk of colon and liver cancers.
For exercisers, coffee has been of interest as a performance enhancer. Some research shows drinking a cup of coffee 30 minutes before exercise increases endurance and performance. The downside is the stimulant and dehydrating effects in those who do not regularly consume coffee, so test it during training.
Earlier this month, researchers announced findings that coffee appears to decrease liver damage caused by alcohol, obesity, diabetes and other diseases. After analyzing nine large studies, they found risk for liver damage decreased with one cup of coffee daily and continued to decrease with each additional cup up to four cups daily.
Lastly, a large study by the National Institutes of Health found coffee drinkers between the ages of 50 and 71 had a lower risk of death over a 12-year period, with risk decreasing as coffee consumption increased. Compared to non-coffee drinkers, those who drank three or more cups had a 10 percent lower risk of death from heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes and infections.
What does all this research mean to you? First, most data on coffees health effects are observational, meaning there is an association but not a proven causation. Second, it is unclear in many studies which characteristics of coffee are most beneficial. Coffee is complex, containing hundreds of biologically active compounds, and the type of coffee bean, roasting process and brewing method may all affect the chemical makeup of the beverage.
While we know coffee contains antioxidants, potassium, magnesium, vitamin E and niacin, non-coffee drinkers can certainly get these nutrients from other foods. Finally, the possible benefits of routine coffee consumption have to be weighed against potential risks including stomach upset, reflux, insomnia, tremors and increased heart rate.
Melissa Wdowik, PhD, RDN, is an assistant professor at Colorado State University in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, and director of the Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center.
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The Obama administration is stepping up its involvement in the worsening water crisis in Flint, Mich., with the deployment of a team of public health officers to the city this week.
A total of 16 members of the public health commissioned corps are now tasked with working with children who have suffered from lead poisoning because of the citys drinking water.
The water crisis in Flint is a public health crisis and demands a public health response, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wrote in a statement on Wednesday.
The trained health officers will help lead an on-the-ground response in Flint amid an ongoing scramble between the city and the state's elected officials. Both Flint and its state leadership have faced mounting criticism for their lagging response.
The corps, which operates under the Department of Health and Human Services, has most recently been deployed during the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Officers were also key to the nations response to natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.
Between 6,000 and 12,000 children have been exposed to lead over the last year, according to the nonprofit group, United Way of Genesee County.
Health officials have encouraged Flint residents to be tested for exposure to lead, and city officials have given out free testing kits.
While lead poisoning can be treated, certain therapies can require hospitalization. If a childs lead poisoning is not treated it can cause long-term effects to brain function.
The House held its first hearing on the Flint water crisis on Wednesday, during which the federal government heaped blame on Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for failing to keep water safe.
Joel Beauvais,an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official, said the state has the primaryresponsibility to enforce drinking water laws.
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In order to get the most out of your fitness routine, do exercises that require stabilization muscles earliest in your routine. This would include exercises such as push-dumbbells and ups. This will work out your smaller, support muscles. As you progress throughout your workout and get more tired, then switch to weight machines that stabilize for you.