One dead and three injured in raid on christian radio

first_img KenyaAfrica Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders expressed shock and dismay after a brutal raid on a Christian radio station in Nairobi, Radio Hope, left one person dead and three injured overnight on 12 May 2006.The editorial management of the Pentacostal Church-owned radio blamed the raid on Muslim extremists. It immediately followed a Swahili-language broadcast entitled “Jesus is the way”, advocating conversion of Muslims to Christianity.Witnesses, cited by Agence France-Presse (AFP) said the attack on Radio Hope was carried out by a gang of about nine. Two of them opened fire on a night guard, killing him instantly and injuring another member of the security staff and a presenter before setting fire to the studios by throwing petrol bombs and taking the station off air.A passer-by was also injured as the band of attackers fled after the raid.Reporters Without Borders said it feared the media was suffering from still smouldering inter-community tensions and called on the government to be vigilant. “The episode of the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed provoked inter-community clashes last February,” it said. “The attack on Radio Hope demonstrates that the tensions are far from calmed down and that the media can be as much the target as the instrument of religious proselytism.”“We offer our support to the editorial staff of Radio Hope and we urge the Kenyan government to redouble its vigilance in the face of a climate that could turn explosive again at any moment,” the press freedom organisation said.Police sealed off the neighbourhood around the station in southern Nairobi for the night but so far no-one has been arrested.Kenya, with a population of around 30 million, is about 70 per cent Christian and six per cent Muslim. In February thousands of Muslims marched in Nairobi in protest at the publication of the Mohammed cartoons in European newspapers, burning Danish and American flags. There were also inter-community clashes in 2001. to go further Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent May 13, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 One dead and three injured in raid on christian radio RSF_en November 27, 2020 Find out more KenyaAfrica April 6, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africacenter_img News Follow the news on Kenya News Organisation Kenyan media group trolled by pro-ruling party activists Receive email alerts Reports News June 13, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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War Memorial is a symbol of inclusiveness and enlightenment

first_imgNewsCommunityWar Memorial is a symbol of inclusiveness and enlightenmentBy Staff Reporter – August 11, 2017 2374 World Wars memorial on Pery Square. Picture: Cian ReinhardtLimerick War Memorial on Pery Square. Picture: Cian ReinhardtIt has been bombed, boycotted and condemned as a symbol of British imperialism, yet the Limerick War Memorial in Pery Square is a potent reminder that the legacy of loss from the First World War transcends religious, political and social divisions. Dr Tadhg Moloney tells the story of how the memorial survived revisionism, ignorance and prejudice.Eleven years after the end of the First World War, in which at least 3,000 officers and men from Limerick City and County died, a memorial in their honour and a place where the ex-servicemen and people of Limerick could come to pay homage was unveiled.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The conditions created by the War of Independence and Civil War meant it was only in 1924 that Roman Catholic ex-servicemen could hold a service of remembrance at St. Joseph’s Church. They continued to use this church until 1927 when the ceremony was transferred to St. John’s Cathedral.By the time Remembrance Day came in 1922, a memorial had been unveiled in St. Mary’s Cathedral to the ‘Men of Thomond who fell in the war 1914-1918’. However, because this was a Protestant church, the attendance of Roman Catholic ex-servicemen was precluded. Six years later another memorial was unveiled, this time in the Presbyterian Church, Lower Mallow Street.Personal memorials had been erected by families to their sons who died in the war, most notably in St Mary’s Cathedral. One of those is in memory of Captain Gordon Thompson Shaw killed in action on August 28, 1918, serving with the Royal Munster Fusiliers. He was the son of Alexander William Shaw, a leading bacon merchant in Limerick City.The only memorial to a Limerick Roman Catholic soldier killed in the First World War is to be found in St. Munchin’s Roman Catholic Church.  This memorial is in the form of a baptistery and was donated by Sir Vincent and Lady Nash to the memory of their son, Lieutenant James Haran Nash, who was killed serving with the Irish Guards on March 27, 1918.Limerick still lacked a suitable monument where people irrespective of religious persuasion could commemorate their war dead.However, on June 6, 1928 a deputation consisting of two members of the Limerick Branch of the Legion of ex-Servicemen, Captains David Tidmarsh and Eric R. Shaw, who was also a Borough Councillor, appeared before the Corporation Improvement Committee to support their application for the erection of a suitable memorial. The following day a letter was read to a full meeting of the Corporation from the Chairman of the Limerick Branch of the British Legion, which included a scale drawing of Pery Square and the location of where they would like the memorial to be erected covering an area of four square yards.Permission was granted to erect the memorial in the Square by twenty-two votes to four, with Councillor C Gilligan abstaining, giving his reason for doing so on the basis that he was ‘opposed to the memorial on national grounds’. Those who voted against the proposal wanted the memorial situated in the People’s Park. There may also have been an underlying motive in having it located in the People’s Park and that was ‘out of sight, out of mind’. Councillor P O’Callaghan threatened to have it pulled down when it was erected.Another indication that a public war memorial was going to be erected in Limerick was made at an Armistice dinner in the British Legion Hall, Lower Hartstonge Street on November 14, 1928 when Irish Legion Chairman A.P Connolly declared that ‘they were at last to have their war memorial in Limerick, a fact that reflected honour on the generous people of that city and county.  Such a memorial would keep the grand ideal for which the men had fallen before them, and be an inspiration to them in the future’.A list of subscribers published on November 9, 1929 showed that £357.10s.0d. had been contributed towards the required amount of £550.  The willingness of people to subscribe is shown by a further list, published a month later, showing that the amount contributed had risen to £469.1s.0d, leaving an outstanding debt of £80.19s.0d.Many of the 157 subscribers had relatives killed in the war or had served during the conflict. The individual amounts were not disclosed, signifying that the subscribers paid whether small or large were of equal importance.The site for the memorial, a 20-foot version of the Cross of Sacrifice on an octagonal base with a bronze sword on its shaft, was donated by the City Council in the middle of the square directly opposite the Carnegie Library.  Designed by Sir Reginald Bloomfield and constructed by Messrs CW Harrison and Sons, it was built of finely chiselled white Irish granite, of which one of the parts is mica, a material that sparkles in the sun or artificial light and bore the following inscription:To the glory of God, and to the memory of 3,000 officers, NCOs and men of Limerick City and County who fell in the Great War, 1914-18. They died in every quarter of the earth and on its seas, and their names have with reverence and love been inscribed on our rolls of honour. Most of them lie buried in the lands of our Allies, who have set aside their resting place in honour for ever.On November 10, 1929, both Catholic and Protestant ex-servicemen held separate services after which they marched to the memorial. The Protestant service was held in St. Mary’s Cathedral where ‘the sacred edifice had been filled to overflowing by a congregation representing all Protestant denominations in the city and county’ many of whom were ex-Servicemen, wearing their medals and decorations. A wreath on behalf of the Limerick Branch of the British Legion was laid at the Thomond War Memorial by Major-General Sir George Franks. The memorial Mass was held in St John’s Cathedral after which least six hundred ex-Servicemen, preceded by the Sarsfield Fife and Drum Band marched from John’s Square to Pery Square where a large crowd had gathered, including many women wearing their deceased husband’s, father’s or brother’s medals and decorations.President of the British Legion in the Irish Free State Major-General Sir William Hickie, who had commanded the 16th Irish Division in France during the First World War and was therefore well known to and respected by the general body of the Ex-Servicemen present, unveiled the Cross which had been covered with a purple drape, symbolising the sacrifice of the men that the memorial commemorated.In his address, he stressed that the sacrifice of the men to whom the memorial was erected was made for the highest motives and he made particular mention of the defence of Belgium. He also insisted that the basic motivation of the Allies in going to war had been honourable and made a plea for tolerance and understanding of differing points of view which he noted were absent in contemporary Ireland but which the occasion showed existed, as they always had, in Limerick:“It is most fitting that this ancient city should have within its boundaries a monument which will not only stand to the glorious memory of those of her gallant sons who gave their lives in the cause of freedom and justice in the Great War, but will also serve to remind everyone of the great number of men from the County of Limerick, and from this its capital city, who took a distinguished part in the campaign of the Great War, and of the exemplary and gallant manner in which they carried out their self imposed duties. What we want most in Ireland to-day is that brotherly spirit which will recognise that we are all Irishmen of one great family, who are striving according to our lights, to do our best for the country which we love. Opinions and methods may differ, but nothing is to be gained by unkind criticism, by harsh words, or by wilful misunderstanding. Limerick has always set an example of that broad-mindedness and of that kindly spirit which are also, so noticeably absent at times from our public life. The cross now takes its place with the three crosses of Irish granite which stand respectively at Wytschaete in Flanders, at Guillemont and on the Somme in France and on the Serbian heights above Lake Doiran, as lasting memorials to those fifty thousand of our comrades who went out and who did not come back.” While no wreath was laid on behalf of the Catholic Church quite a number of clergy were present at the ceremony, some of whom were ex-Chaplains to the army during the war. There was no official representation by the City Council at the ceremony. Although they had received an invitation, the Mayor decided that the vote to officially attend was unsuccessful ‘when four members voted for not accepting the invitation and seven for accepting.The only member of the Council who attend in a private capacity was Alderman P O’Flynn.The attendance of the Mayor and Council in an official capacity at the unveiling ceremony was obviously a step too far.It wasn’t until 1991, sixty-two years after the unveiling before Mayor Jim Kemmy attended and laid a wreath on behalf of the city council, thereby establishing a precedent that has continued to this day.The ex-Servicemen now had a place to go to pay homage to their fallen comrades. Every year, with the exception of the years 1939-45, they assembled at the Cross on the nearest Sunday to the eleventh day of November, the date of the end of the war.After the Second World War, a plaque was added to the war memorial to commemorate the Limerick men from Limerick who were killed in action serving with the Allies during that conflict.Not everyone agreed with what the war memorial symbolised or the sentiments expressed on it and during the early hours of  August 7, 1957 it was destroyed by an explosion. The Secretary of the Limerick Branch of the British Legion, Mr John Ring, declared that the war memorial ‘had no political significance and was merely there to commemorate our Limerick men who were killed in the First World War and also in the Second World War.  That was the only purpose of it’.The day after the explosion, the Limerick Chronicle published a disclaimer from ‘the local Secretary of a Proscribed organisation stating that the organisation was not responsible for the blowing up of the War Memorial and that no member of the Republican Movement was involved in the incident’.No group or individuals ever took responsibility for this action and nobody was apprehended for it, though its occurrence during the IRA border campaign pointed to the most likely source. The death of Limerick man Seán Sabhat the previous January may also have been a relevant factor.However, like the phoenix rising from the ashes, a new war memorial was built on the base of the old Cross of Sacrifice to symbolise a new era of inclusion and enlightenment.Read similar articles in the Limerick Post Community section. Print Previous articleUL Eagles basketball aim to soar back to top tierNext articleEVA International Director reacts to funding criticism Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Linkedincenter_img Email Twitter Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

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A reappraisal of the concept of metabolic cold adaptation in polar marine invertebrates

first_imgThe concept of ‘metabolic cold adaptation’, namely that polar marine ectotherms are adapted in having an elevated basal metabolic rate, has been examined in the light of recent biochemical, physiological and ecological data for Antarctic marine organisms. It is now clear that marine invertebrates from Antarctic waters are characterized by slow growth rates, low basal metabolism and reduced annual reproductive effort, and there is thus no clear evidence of the traditional view of an elevated metabolic rate. By analogy with fish, protein synthesis rates are probably also low. This suggests that the major feature of cold adaptation is a reduction in the individual total annual energy intake in comparison with ecologically similar organisms from warm water. This allows a high standing crop of suspension feeders to develop, and low temperature is thus a significant factor in the successful widespread adoption of typical K-strategies in Antarctic marine invertebrates.last_img read more

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97 ‘illegal’ structures in Masamart demolished

first_imgPhoto by iFM Bacolod 943 BACOLOD City – Ninety-seven illegalstructures constructed on Masamart along Bonifacio Street were demolishedyesterday. The vendors must vacate the placeafter the approval of the repealed City Ordinance (CO) 183, series of 1980, totransfer all the sidewalk vendors at the Central Public Market and Masamart inBonifacio Street to Bacolod Vendors’ Plaza in Reclamation Area. Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said thecity has realigned the budget worth P5 million from the building fund tomarket.center_img The City Legal Office’s EnforcementUnit removed vending stalls, makeshift houses, among others.Executive Assistant Ernie Pineda, cluster head on Markets, said the 5-day graceperiod given to the vendors to vacate their kiosks had already lapsed onTuesday. The budget will be utilized for therehabilitation of the Bacolod Vendors’s Plaza to accommodate more vendorsdisplaced by the road clearing operation./PNlast_img read more

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Badgers run out of luck in Horseshoe

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoCOLUMBUS, Ohio — For nearly three quarters, Wisconsin hung with the No. 1 team in the nation.For four minutes, it held the upper hand.For the final fifteen minutes, it was completely outmatched.The fourth quarter was the difference Saturday, as Wisconsin (7-3, 3-3) fell to Ohio State (10-0, 6-0) 38-17 in fabled Ohio Stadium.Trailing for the first time in the game after a Wisconsin touchdown gave the Badgers a 17-10 lead, Ohio State responded with a long 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive.With the ball at the UW 31-yard line and just under three minutes remaining in the third quarter, Ohio State tailback Chris Wells took a handoff off the left tackle. Catching the Badgers in a blitz, Wells broke through the line and bounced the run to the sideline, beating safety Shane Carter in a race to the goal line for the tying touchdown.“[Wells] has been very good since he got here,” Ohio State offensive tackle Steve Rehring said. “He got into a zone and you could see it in his face. He just needs one run to get him going.”Wells did just that.After Wisconsin went three-and-out on the ensuing possession, Ohio State took over on offense again in great field position at the UW 49-yard line.After an 11-yard Wells run and a seven-yard scramble by quarterback Todd Boeckman, the Buckeyes had a first-and-10 on the 30-yard line and the stage was set for another Wells burst.On a run designed to go right, Wells saw a hole on the left side of the line and cut back across the grain and into the Wisconsin secondary.Wells shook the only defender in his way — strong safety Aubrey Pleasant — and covered 30 yards untouched for the eventual game-winning touchdown.“I should have made that play,” Pleasant said afterward. “It wasn’t my responsibility, but I still should have made the play.“In football, whether it’s your responsibility or not, plays are going to come.”Wells’ back-to-back touchdowns gave Ohio State a 24-17 advantage over Wisconsin.“Down the stretch there we missed some key tackles,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said. “I thought we had two guys standing in the hole that honestly could have made a stop for us, but you know, they executed and were able to do some things. They made a couple cutbacks there towards the end that really hurt us.”From that point on it was all Ohio State and all Wells.The sophomore dominated the second half, rushing for 143 yards and three touchdowns on 15 attempts.“He’s a strong runner and the whole first half we’d been waiting for him to run the ball and he couldn’t on us,” UW defensive tackle Nick Hayden said. “He’s a good back and wants to get to the outside all the time. We just couldn’t get him contained.”Ohio State would go on to score two more touchdowns: the first on an eight-yard reception by wide receiver Brian Robiskie following a botched fake-punt attempt by Ken DeBauche that was the result of an audible not getting properly communicated, the second on a Wells 23-yard run after Donovan fumbled while getting sacked.For as wide open as the second half was — Ohio State outscored Wisconsin 28-14 — the first half was a tight back-and-forth affair.Ohio State scored on its opening possession of the game, a methodical seven-play, 75-yard drive. Boeckman found Robiskie on a short slant, and the receiver slipped past cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu and raced to the end zone for an Ohio State touchdown.Wisconsin responded on its next drive thanks to some trickery.Facing a fourth-and-12 from near midfield, Bielema sent the UW punt team onto the field. DeBauche took the snap and instead of kicking it, rolled right, stopped and heaved a rainbow pass down the left sideline to reserve punter Paul Standring.The pass was on target and Standring made a nice over-the-shoulder catch between two OSU defenders for a 31-yard pickup.“On film we saw it was going to be there, but “last_img read more

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2019 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, Brewers’ Christian Yelich lead the way

first_img Noah Syndergaard injury update: Mets place pitcher (hamstring) on IL The top three vote-getters at each position — top nine in the outfield — advance to the next round of voting for next month’s All-Star Game. According to Monday’s update, the Astros, Braves and Cubs are in position to send seven players through to the Starters Election, which will take place over a 28-hour period starting at noon ET June 26 and ending at 4 p.m. ET on June 27. Related News Craig Kimbrel on track to join Cubs by end of June The update is the last before the Primary Round polls close at 4 p.m. ET Friday under this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters.center_img Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger’s smoking-hot start to the 2019 season is paying off at the ballot box as he is the leading 2019 All-Star Game vote-getter with 2,184,251 votes in an update announced Monday by MLB (via MLB.com).Bellinger, slashing at .355/.451/.702 with 23 home runs and 58 RBIs in only 69 games for the NL West leaders, is followed closely by fellow National League MVP candidate Christian Yelich of the Brewers with 2,065,382 votes. Starters for the 2019 Midsummer Classic will be unveiled at 7 p.m. ET June 27 on ESPN. The pitchers and reserves will be announced at 5:30 p.m. ET June 30.The All-Star game is scheduled for July 9 in Cleveland.2019 MLB All-Star voting updateAL CATCHERS1) Gary Sanchez, Yankees1,357,3402) James McCann, White Sox580,3943) Robinson Chirinos, Astros487,8684) Jason Castro, Twins444,5335) Christian Vazquez, Red Sox302,6866) Jonathan Lucroy, Angels268,7107) Roberto Perez, Indians176,9768) Josh Phegley, Athletics151,6799) Mike Zunino, Rays128,34510) Martin Maldonado, Royals113,525NL CATCHERS1) Willson Contreras, Cubs1,555,4902) Brian McCann, Braves725,4843) Yasmani Grandal, Brewers513,4124) J.T. Realmuto, Phillies438,3905) Yadier Molina, Cardinals375,6906) Austin Barnes, Dodgers344,7457) Tony Wolters, Rockies204,6418) Wilson Ramos, Mets167,8799) Buster Posey, Giants146,90510) Yan Gomes, Nationals101,584AL FIRST BASE1) Luke Voit, Yankees696,1642) C.J. Cron, Twins586,3033) Carlos Santana, Indians560,8364) Jose Abreu, White Sox517,4735) Yuli Gurriel, Astros433,6926) Albert Pujols, Angels384,3227) Miguel Cabrera, Tigers362,6598) Edwin Encarnacion, Mariners205,0409) Mitch Moreland, Red Sox193,60910) Ji-Man Choi, Rays168,723NL FIRST BASE1) Josh Bell, Pirates1,106,1862) Freddie Freeman, Braves1,022,5353) Anthony Rizzo, Cubs948,0474) Max Muncy, Dodgers446,7045) Pete Alonso, Mets319,2566) Rhys Hoskins, Phillies249,3417) Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals234,1768) Jesus Aguilar, Brewers188,3329) Eric Hosmer, Padres149,74910) Daniel Murphy, Rockies112,317AL SECOND BASE1) Tommy La Stella, Angels1,020,9122) Jose Altuve, Astros923,1173) DJ LeMahieu, Yankees739,0744) Jonathan Schoop, Twins362,5045) Whit Merrifield, Royals247,9036) Brandon Lowe, Rays237,2777) Michael Chavis, Red Sox236,5268) Jason Kipnis, Indians137,7249) Dee Gordon, Mariners119,79910) Yolmer Sanchez, White Sox110,786NL SECOND BASE1) Ozzie Albies, Braves1,011,1322) Mike Moustakas, Brewers966,3913) Ketel Marte, Diamondbacks554,5244) Enrique Hernandez, Dodgers455,7045) Cesar Hernandez, Phillies424,3796) Daniel Descalso, Cubs410,1227) Robinson Cano, Mets179,7508) Kolten Wong, Cardinals163,2379) Brian Dozier, Nationals156,12910) Ryan McMahon, Rockies109,692AL THIRD BASE1) Alex Bregman, Astros1,322,9352) Gio Urshela, Yankees502,6143) Hunter Dozier, Royals424,0284) Rafael Devers, Red Sox335,6355) Marwin Gonzalez, Twins290,2646) Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays269,4927) Matt Chapman, Athletics267,5908) Yoan Moncada, White Sox262,4169) David Fletcher, Angels192,71210) Jose Ramirez, Indians136,766NL THIRD BASE1) Nolan Arenado, Rockies1,475,8252) Kris Bryant, Cubs850,7583) Josh Donaldson, Braves550,9474) Justin Turner, Dodgers512,2375) Anthony Rendon, Nationals378,7616) Manny Machado, Padres207,3547) Eduardo Escobar, Diamondbacks185,5618) Travis Shaw, Brewers148,3229) Maikel Franco, Phillies138,94810) Matt Carpenter, Cardinals132,248AL SHORTSTOP1) Jorge Polanco, Twins818,0822) Carlos Correa, Astros656,9953) Gleyber Torres, Yankees565,7284) Tim Anderson, White Sox510,3375) Francisco Lindor, Indians460,9526) Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox410,1347) Andrelton Simmons, Angels274,1818) Elvis Andrus, Rangers166,2759) Adalberto Mondesi, Royals148,84310) Willy Adames, Rays126,583NL SHORTSTOP1) Javier Baez, Cubs1,672,0622) Dansby Swanson, Braves764,6633) Corey Seager, Dodgers494,5464) Trevor Story, Rockies457,1595) Jean Segura, Phillies286,2876) Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres246,3747) Orlando Arcia, Brewers233,9538) Paul DeJong, Cardinals195,3579) Trea Turner, Nationals150,39210) Jose Iglesias, Reds134,143AL OUTFIELD1) Mike Trout, Angels1,904,2732) George Springer, Astros1,495,8173) Michael Brantley, Astros924,1734) Austin Meadows, Rays887,9465) Mookie Betts, Red Sox777,6426) Eddie Rosario, Twins687,5157) Aaron Judge, Yankees577,6408) Joey Gallo, Rangers537,9349) Josh Reddick, Astros511,90310) Max Kepler, Twins435,78911) Byron Buxton, Twins418,28712) Brett Gardner, Yankees259,17913) Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox258,47614) Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox234,30215) Tommy Pham, Rays223,25016) Aaron Hicks, Yankees221,57817) Trey Mancini, Orioles206,62018) Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers194,32819) Kole Calhoun, Angels168,97120) Kevin Kiermaier, Rays158,609NL OUTFIELD1) Cody Bellinger, Dodgers2,184,2512) Christian Yelich, Brewers2,065,3823) Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves1,229,2004) Albert Almora Jr., Cubs645,2915) Jason Heyward, Cubs614,8236) Nick Markakis, Braves614,3587) Joc Pederson, Dodgers598,9098) Kyle Schwarber, Cubs585,9979) Charlie Blackmon, Rockies530,34210) Bryce Harper, Phillies498,10011) Alex Verdugo, Dodgers437,11512) Ender Inciarte, Braves332,13413) Juan Soto, Nationals302,37514) Lorenzo Cain, Brewers282,06915) Marcell Ozuna, Cardinals275,59016) Melky Cabrera, Pirates252,38417) Scott Kingery, Phillies233,13118) Andrew McCutchen, Phillies224,87119) Ryan Braun, Brewers221,17220) Jeff McNeil, Mets205,542DESIGNATED HITTER1) J.D. Martinez, Red Sox893,6892) Hunter Pence, Rangers602,7663) Nelson Cruz, Twins506,2114) Shohei Ohtani, Angels362,9475) Aledmys Diaz, Astros353,0156) Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees295,3267) Avisail Garcia, Rays282,1708) Khris Davis, Athletics251,1919) Daniel Vogelbach, Mariners237,23810) Yonder Alonso, White Sox147,177last_img read more

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