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The Indians and Reds battled to a 7-7 tie in Goodyear as the Indians plated 3 runs in the top of the 9thinning after home runs from OMIR SANTOS and CARLOS MONCRIEF.
(Cleveland Indians) JUSTIN MASTERSON (4.0IP, 4H, 5R/ER) settled down after yielding a pair of home runs in the first inning, allowing no hits over his final 3.0 frames. DAVID HUFF, MATT CAPPS and BRYAN SHAW (2.0IP) enjoyed scoreless outings and CORD PHELPS (2-4, RS), MATT CARSON (2-4, 2RS) and LUIS HERNANDEZ (2-3, RS) recorded multi-hit games.
The Indians will take on the Milwaukee Brewers tomorrow, Monday, March 18 at 4:05 PM ET/1:05PM PT with RHP UBALDO JIMENEZ getting the ball. The Indians are 13-8-2 on the spring.
Much was made last week of U.S. Senator Rob Portman's public about-face on the issue of gay rights, specifically same-sex marriage, after weighing two years of discussions he'd been having with his college-age gay son.
Critics couldn't believe this bedrock Republican from Cincinnati -- it doesn't get much more bedrock than that in Ohio for the GOP -- turned away from political stand and prior votes on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Supporters called his public coming-out in favor of same-sex marriage a welcome change of heart, if not an outright act of courage. Some are asking the same question running through my mind.
I don't doubt this was a difficult decision for Portman, who opted for the Columbus Dispatch op-ed page to announce his change of heart. Anyone who knows politics must know Portman was fully aware this would open up a storm raised by some of his closest supporters, and those in the true-believer world of today's partisan politics that measures political courage only when it agrees with their views.
But there's a nagging voice in my head that challenges the use of the word "courage" in this case. It comes not because Portman changed his position; we should be adult enough to know by now that life isn't black-and-white and rigid positions on each and every issue lead to the type of debate marking the unworkable Washington today. What bothers me is Portman's guiding reason for changing his mind: that on considering the life his son would have under the rules he's been voting for all this time, it was time for a change.
Essentially, what Rob Portman just said is that the experience of gay sons and lesbian daughters of other American families wasn't worth his deeper thought. That is, until his son came out and raised the issue.
It makes me wonder about the confidence we can have in politicians who decide on the rules the rest of us live by, but when those rules impact their lives or the lives of their loved ones then all bets are off.
It raises the question those of us of a Vietnam-era generation asked in the 60s and 70s: if the old men sending us to war had to send their own sons to war, would that decision come so easily when Presidents asked to deploy troops to harm's way? There's no military draft anymore forcing young men and women to serve but many will argue the elite leadership of our country doesn't share in the same sacrifice of watching their children come home wounded or in flag-draped caskets.
It is a question many citizens ask on learning members of Congress don't have to live under the same health care reforms the rest of the nation does, or when the exemptions granted big companies and unions don't trickle down to the companies or small unions we're not connected with.
I'm not unhappy with Portman's decision. I prefer a Libertarian view; what role the government should play in defining marriage to begin with? The accounts of domestic partners (what a clunky phrase) turned away from caring for their loved ones during hospital or hospice stays, losing their homes or even parental rights to estranged family members, is disturbing and despicable.
I'm one of those dinosaurs who believe marriage is a religious process, but enough of a modernist that choosing one's life partner is personal. Having the government stick it's nose under the bedroom door is inherently offensive. Those who write the laws are smart enough to come up with thousands and thousands of pages , and I'd rather see the lawyers who come up with these systems figure out a better way to extend rights and benefits to those we choose to partner up with -- regardless of sex. Marriage license? We don't use gender as a limit for doctors, accountants, veterinarians, truck drivers or beauty shop workers.
An issue for the courts, the President and Congress to settle. But we deserve to have faith in the men and women charged with making these decisions, faith that they are acting in the best interests of the country and in our best interest. Some will say if it takes a son, daughter or spouse to get politicians to vote their hearts that's good enough. I'd be a lot happier knowing they are doing so from the start with us getting that consideration.
The Indians defeated the San Francisco Giants, 4-3, on a walk-off, 2-run triple by Minor League OF DELVI CID that erased a 3-2 SF lead after the Giants plated 2 runs in the 9th inning.
(Cleveland Indians) CARLOS CARRASCO (5.0IP, 2H, 1R/ER, 0BB, 5K) was impressive over his 3rd spring start as the Indians took a 2-1 lead into the 9th inning after a 1st inning HR by ASDRUBAL CABRERA & a 5th inning HR from JASON GIAMBI.
The Indians will take on the Cincinnati Reds in Goodyear on Sunday at 4:05PM ET/1:05PM PT with Opening Day starter RHP JUSTIN MASTERSON on the hill vs. RHP MAT LATOS.
There was no doublt in the second half as the University of Akron men's basketball team erased a close first half to cruise past the Ohio University Bobcats 65-46 at Quicken Loans Arena to snag their third MAC Championship and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Let the March Madness begin.
Demetrius Treadwell and Chauncey Gilliam both led the Akron offense with 13 points each; Nick Harney had 11 and Zeke Marshall scored 10 as four Akron players poured in double digits.
Ohio's Reggie Keely paced the Bobcats with 19 but he was the only OU player in double digits.
Akron To Rally Sunday For NCAA Selection Party
(University of Akron) The University of Akron will hold an NCAA Tournament Selection Show Watch Party for its Mid-American Conference champion men's basketball team on Sunday, March 17, starting at 5 p.m. ET at James A. Rhodes Arena. The top-seeded Zips defeated second-seeded Ohio on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland to earn the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
To end the regular season, Kent State's Golden Flashes handed the University of Akron Zips a rare 2012-13 season loss. Last night at Quicken Loans Arena, the Zips returned the favor but this time it ended KSU's dreams of postseason play.
The congressman who's district stretches from Youngstown to Akron is declining a bid for the Ohio Democratic nomination for Governor in 2014.
Tim Ryan's decision comes on the heels of Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald's decision to set up an exploratory committee that allows him to start fundraising and setting up a campaign organization before making any run official. Fitzgerald, Ryan and federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau czar Richard Cordray had been mentioned as the strongest candidates Ohio Democrats could field for the right to challenge Republican Governor John Kasich next year.
In a statement released by his office, Ryan said he would continue to lead in efforts to grow opportunity in Ohio. He specifically mentioned Akron's Austen BioInnovation Institute as well as efforts to build Tech Belt linking businesses and Universities crossing not only local congressional districts but also into Pennsylvania.
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(Congressman Tim Ryan) "This is the most exciting time in the history of Northeast Ohio and it has become increasingly clear to me that I will be able to do more for the region, state, and country by continuing to serve in the House of Representatives rather than running for governor. For decades, our young people have yearned for more opportunities, and now those opportunities are growing everyday. By continuing to lead that effort from my current position in Congress, together we can continue to build upon those accomplishments.
We have already accomplished much in our region, from the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron, to the Kent Central Gateway project, to the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute and a new billion dollar steel pipe factory in Youngstown. We have made great progress because of regional cooperation including Tech Belt, a vibrant 21st century mega-region that stretches from Cleveland and Akron over to Youngstown and Pittsburgh. Our region's success has been recognized as a model by national and international publications, as well as the President of the United States in his State of the Union.
Although the region has seen a tremendous turnaround, we are still at the early stages of our revitalization with too many people who have yet to share in that recent success. I recognize that I am in a unique position to help create opportunities for these people. I also wish to continue the work I am doing with our active duty troops and veterans, especially those who carry so much of the trauma of war and suffer from post-traumatic stress.
It has been an honor to serve in Congress for the great people of Northeast Ohio. I am and forever will be grateful for the support I've received over the years. I want to thank all of my dear friends, family and staff members for their views and support while I was considering this decision. I am blessed to have so many smart and caring leaders in my life from so many of the great communities around Ohio. I look forward to continuing this important work as we help Ohio reach its full potential."
Before you get your underwear all tied into a knot -- they'll still be lighting up, it's just Lewis Black making a return visit to Akron with tonight's gig at E.J. Thomas on the University of Akron campus.
The comedian best know for his rants on topical issues, including some legendary riffs on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." He comes by his erudite observations honestly with multiple college degrees and plenty of high-brow thinking behind what is, at times, low-brow humor that leaves fans in the aisles laughing.
In one of those rants Black even gave the Akron Aeros the ultimate on-screen credit, going after reports Taco Bell didn't have meat in it's tacos.
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"Madness" is a word Black uses often when describing his acerbic commentary on political issues. It's a great show you shouldn't miss.
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