Associated Press Television News Major League Baseball had its fullest schedule in nearly a half-century Friday with 20 games set to be played, including five doubleheaders caused by postponements for weather, the coronavirus and protests of racial injustice.The last time 20 games were on the schedule was Aug. 4, 1974, when there were nine doubleheaders, the Elias Sports Bureau said.Detroit and Minnesota got this busy day in empty ballparks started with a twinbill at Target Field. Other seven-inning doubleheaders were scheduled in Baltimore, Boston, Pittsburgh and Atlanta.The stats from Friday and that Sunday afternoon 46 years ago are certain to be different. There were 12 complete games thrown that day, including nine-inning efforts by Catfish Hunter, Luis Tiant and Dave McNally. The pitching star might’ve been someone who got a no-decision — Dan Freisleben threw 13 shutout innings for San Diego against Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench, Tony Perez and the Cincinnati Reds.Only three of those 20 games back then took over 2 hours, 40 minutes. On Friday, the Blue Jays needed 2:42 for Toronto’s 8-7 win in seven innings at Fenway Park.Image credits: AP LIVE TV First Published: 5th September, 2020 06:57 IST Last Updated: 5th September, 2020 06:57 IST Let’s Play … 20! MLB Has Fullest Schedule Since 1974 Major League Baseball had its fullest schedule in nearly a half-century Friday with 20 games set to be played, including five doubleheaders caused by postponements for weather, the coronavirus and protests of racial injustice WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US
“It should be close”. That is the view of seasoned Jamaica Scorpions all-rounder David Bernard Jr, as the team prepares to battle Barbados Pride, in the opening round of the second annual WICB Professional Cricket League. The clash, which bowls off today at Kensington Oval in Barbados, will see the Scorpions, for the first time in years, entering the contest as slight underdogs, despite boasting players, who have represented the West Indies in the past. To be led for the first time by recent Jamaica Under-19 captain, Paul Palmer Jr, the Scorpians has in their squad discarded Barbadian Kirk Edwards, Bernard Jr, spinner Nikita Miller, and wicketkeepers, Carlton Baugh Jr, and Chadwick Walton, who has don the colours of the regional side. However, with Barbados, playing at home, and boasting seven West Indies players, the task for the rebuilding Scorpions, could be a daunting one. Guided by West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite, the Pride has in their squad as West Indies representatives, fast bowlers Kemar Roach and Miguel Cummins, opener Shai Hope, wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican, and off-spinner, Ashley Nurse. “I think Barbados is as weary about us as we are of them as we are good team as they are a good team,” cited Bernard Jr. “However, over the years we have had good battles, and, often times we have got the better of them, so it should be close.” “It’s, therefore, about going out there, and play to the plans that we have set out,” he continued. Jamaica, second-from-bottom place finishers last season, are set to pivot their batting around Edwards, Baugh Jr, and Walton, who is likely to play as a batsman. The quartet, in-form based on the team’s preseason matches, will also be hoping that exciting opener John Campbell, and his new partner Palmer Jr, along with Andre McCarthy, can add in their runs scoring pursuits. Their bowling, the team’s mainstay in their last three failed title campaigns, is again slated to led by the consistent Miller with Jason Dawes and Marquino Mindley likely to provide fast bowling support. As for Barbados, runners-up last season behind Guyana Jaguars, their batting should stem around Brathwaite, Hope and Dowrich, who recently returned from Sri Lanka, and their bowling, Roach and Warrican, who too were on the Asian sub-continent.
On The Go Tours to open Canada officeOn The Go Tours to open Canada officeOn The Go Tours, the award-winning tour operator specialising in locally-led group tours and tailor-made holidays to worldwide destinations, is opening a reservations office in Canada.Set to open August 1st 2019 in Toronto, the new office will be the working base for six reservation consultants headed by Mike Quinto, General Manager of North America. Joining offices in London, Brisbane and Johannesburg, On The Go Tours have chosen Canada to further grow their global presence as a result of increased booking numbers from the region. Over the last 12 months bookings have increased by 20%, indicating an even stronger market than the US, and is estimated to grow a further 40% this year.General Manager of North America, Mike Quinto says “Our tours to Africa, Egypt, Iceland, Vietnam, and Latin America are by far our most popular destinations by the North American Market. “These regions are complimented by high airline capacity and competitive airfares which adds to the appeal” Quinto continued.The Canadian team will work closely with travel agents and established trade partners to drive awareness of the UK-based company in the North American market. Moreover, the move will ensure that On The Go Tours provide top quality service to North American customers, overcoming the challenge of time zones, ensuring that both customers and agents are assisted in real time.About On The Go Tours On The Go Tours is an award-winning travel operator specialising in locally-led group tours and tailor-made holidays to over 60 countries. Established as a small global company with a purposeful local ethos, On The Go Tours operates expertly guided group tours, tailor-made getaways and fun family holidays. From mysterious Inca citadels in Peru to spectacular ancient ruins in Jordan and sacred mountain peaks in Japan, the team of travel experts connects travellers with the finest sights and experiences the world has to offer. Group tours include arrival/departure transfers, heritage properties and quality local desert camps. Specialising in holidays for those who wish to combine authentic cultural experiences with comfortable hotels and transport, On The Go Tours enriches each journey by selecting specialist English-speaking local guides who are passionate about sharing their country with travellers.http://www.onthegotours.com ABTA, ATOL & AITO bondedSource = On The Go Tours