Rougned Odor doesn’t regret punching Jose Bautista, braces for suspension

Rougned Odor isn’t going to apologize for his punch to the face of Blue Jays sluggerJose Bautista on Sunday, and theRangers second baseman has already come to terms with the likelihood he’ll be suspended forstarting abenches-clearing brawl.I Dee Gordon Jersey think you saw what happened yesterday, Odor said Monday, via the Fort Worth Star Telegram. For me, I think it was a pretty hard slide, but you saw what happened. I knew he was going to come hard. I can tell when somebody is coming hard to second base, so I was just trying to protect myself.It’s part of the game.SPECTOR: Bautisa-Odor brawl: Two wrongs, one big rightThe bad blood betweenBautista and the Rangers datesto thelast year’sAL Division Seriesmatchupand Bautista’s boastful https://www.marinersedges.com/seattle-mariners/dee-gordon-jersey bat flip. So when Odor sawBautista slide hardinto second base after getting hitby a pitch from the Rangers’ Matt Bush, he knewBautista wanteda confrontation.I saw him standing there after the slide, Odor said.He was looking at me. I was like, ‘What’s up?’ He was close to me. I had to step back a little bit, and that’s what I did.MLB is mulling suspensions for the six players and coaches whowere ejected as a result of the brawl.Odor, Bautista and Blue Jays third basemanJosh Donaldson all were ejected for their roles after the benches cleared.ENGEL: Baseball needs guys like Bautista and OdorRangers coach Steve Buechele,Blue Jays coach DeMarlo Hale andJays pitcherJe se Chavez werelater ejected in the bottom of the eighth after Chavez hitthe Rangers’ Prince Fielder with a pitch.Odor, who admitted he has shied away fromwatching TV orsocial media in the aftermath of the punch, knows he is going to https://www.marinersedges.com/seattle-mariners/ryon-healy-jersey be suspended by Major League Baseballfor at least a couple of games.”I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing,” he said. “That’s not my job (to worry about a penalty),I don’t know anything yet.”

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Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

At this point, it might still happen.As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ A sociation of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote trackerfor the nece sary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote; Jeff Bagwell with 91.1 percent; Ivan Rodriguez with 80.5 percent; Vladimir Guerrero with 74.2 percent; and Trevor Hoffman with 73.2 percent.Voting closed Dec. 31, though some writers have been parsing their ballots out since then for column material or emailing them outright to Thibodaux, who has something of a cottage industry going for this. Full voting results will be announced Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. EST on MLB Network, with Thibodaux estimating that 435 BBWAA members will cast ballots.Analysts like Nathaniel Rakich of Hardball Times have been predicting that Raines, Bagwell, Rodriguez, Guerrero and Hoffman will all get in. What will happen if Rakich and others are right?MORE: The 25 worst Hall of Fame selections, rankedThe first thing to know is that it’s unlikely the BBWAA will vote five players in. It’s only happened once in baseball history, in the inaugural BBWAA vote in 1936 when the writers voted in Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson and Honus Wagner. Since then there havebeen four inductees just three times, with the BBWAA averaging 1.653 inductees per year through 72 elections in all.More than this, Thibodaux’s tracker shows 15 returning candidates on the ballot. Eleven had fewer votes on private ballots than ones publicly released. A new rule next year will require all ballots to be released publicly, but it’s not in effect this year. In other words, the majority of candidates could and more than likely will lose ground between now and the results show on Jan. 18.Raines and https://www.diamondbacksedges.com/arizona-diamondbacks/zack-greinke-jersey Bagwell look locked in for plaques, with Thibodaux noting they need just over 60 percent apiece support on remaining ballots to be voted in. As for Rodriguez, Guerreroand Hoffman, they could go either way. Hoffman rated nearly three percent better with private voters last year, so he could clear the 75 percent hurdle, closely. Rodriguez and Guerrero, meanwhile, are both first-time candidates, so it’s harder to say which way they’ll go.FAGAN: Explaining the ballot from a Yasmany Tomas Jersey first-time voterThe good news for Guerrero is he’s already exceeded expectations, as he should. On Nov. 29, I predicted Hall of Fame voting results, projecting Guerrero with just 24 percent of the vote. I should have taken a longer look at Guerrero’s numbers, such as his .318 lifetime batting average, 449 home runs, and 2,590 hits. According to the Baseball-Reference.com Play Index tool, just five players in baseball history top Guerrero in all three categories: Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Stan Musial and Lou Gehrig. It would have been gro sly unjust for Guerrero to receive just 24 percent of the vote this year. Thankfully, other voters looked longer at his case than I did when I made my predictions.As for Rodriguez, he could be bolstered by Mike Piazza’s induction last year. This has helped similar players before, from John Smoltz getting in a year after teammates Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux to Bruce Sutter and Goose Go sage following Dennis Eckersley into Cooperstown. Still, there’s no hard and fast rule for this.But what happens if they all do get in? Could it lead to a rule change? Maybe.WOMACK: The Hall of Fame is ‘at peace’ with the steroid eraThe Hall of Fame hasn’t seemed to mind terribly as nine players were voted in over the past three BBWAA elections, with Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson saying last year that the museum had two of its best years in 2014 and 2015. The Hall’s financial health correlates a lot with attendance for Induction Weekend in July, with the museum suffering a bleak year in 2013 when the writers voted no one in. So it seems unlikely that the Hall of Fame would want to upset good busine s.But the Hall of Fame would also be in uncharted waters, going from an average of three BBWAA inductions per year to potentiallyfive. Include recent selections by the Today’s Game Committee of Bud Selig and John Schuerholz, and fans would be in for one long induction ceremony next summer. More than this, it could be bad for the exclusivity of induction the Hall of Fame so closely guards that’s vital to its succe s.Busy flurries of inductions in years past have spurred chills, primarily for the Veterans Committee which gained a reputation for acting reckle sly in the 1970s. After the committee made one of its most infamous selections High Pockets Kelly in 1973, who topped out at 1.9 percent of the vote with the BBWAA the veterans for a time couldn’t enshrine any Major League Baseball player who’d drawn le s than 100 votes from the BBWAA. For a couple years in the early 1990s, players who’d retired since 1946 had to have received at least 60 percent of the BBWAA’s vote to be eligible with the veterans.FOSTER: Blank ballots an i sue? Don’t allow itSo chills have mostly applied to the writers, though there’s arguably been one exception. From 1951 to 1956, the BBWAA inducted 15 players, as many as were inducted from 1937 through 1950. Confusion reigned in the Jan. 1956 election, with writers voting for a number of ineligible players. Thus, months later in Jul. 1956, the Hall of Fame instituted a series of rule changes, including that the writers would only vote every other year henceforth. The writers voted in just four players over the next decade before the BBWAA resumed voting annually.It’s unlikely the Hall of Fame would want to revisit this era in Hall of Fame voting, where the Veterans Committee enshrined a number of 19th century greats but fans grumbled as more contemporary stars struggled to get in. But it doesn’t seem likely either the Hall of Fame will want the brisk pace of https://www.diamondbacksedges.com/arizona-diamondbacks/shelby-miller-jersey inductions to continue for too long.

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Felix Hernandez, Mitch Haniger expected to miss up to 4 weeks

The Mariners may be without their best starter and hottesthitter for up to four weeks.Right-hander Felix Hernandez and right fielder Mitch Haniger are expected to mi s 3-4 weeks, according to the Seattle Times. Both players went on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday.Hernandezleft Tuesday’s start against Ian Happ Jersey the Tigers after two innings.Mariners manager Scott Servais said WednesdayHernandez termed the injury a “dead arm.” The technical diagnosis isbursitis in his right shoulder. The 30-year-old Hernandez, a six-time All-Star and former Cy Young Award winner, is off to a rockystart, witha https://www.cubsedge.com/chicago-cubs/kyle-hendricks-jersey 4.73 ERA and 1.57WHIP in five outings.Haniger has beendiagnosed witha Grade 2 strain of his right oblique, which he injured during an at-bat in Tuesday’s game.The rookie has been a pleasant surprise for Seattle, with four Carlos Zambrano Jersey home runs, 16 RBIs and a 1.042 OPS to start the season.

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MLB playoffs: Jose Altuve ‘couldn’t believe it’ when Astros acquired Justin Verlander

The Astros are one step away from reaching their first World Series since losing to the White Sox in 2005 as a National League team.Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is ready to help Houston beat the Yankees after enjoyinga banner year. Dallas Keuchel will start Game 1 of the ALCS Friday night, and Altuve couldn’t Trevor Rosenthal Jersey have been more pleased.”I woke up this morning and I was like, ‘Oh, Dallas pitching tonight, this is great,’” Altuve said Friday in a pre s conference.”And I love when he pitches. He goes out there and he plays a hundred percent every time. He’s very profe sional and he likes to pitch and we like to play behind him.”Altuve has reason for excitement. Keuchel enters Friday’s game with a sterling1.24 career ERA against the Yankees, which is best among active pitchers with at least fivestarts against them.The Astros will send Justin Verlander to the mound in Game 2. the six-time All-Star has been near-perfect since joining Houston from the Tigers moments before the Aug.31 waiver-trade deadline. Altuve couldn’t believe it when the Astros acquired the ace.”I remember I was at home that day and my brother told me, ‘Hey, we got him’, and I was like, ‘No, we didn’t’. And then he was, ‘Yes, we did.’I remember I saw my phone and MLB At Bat said, ‘OK, Astros acquire Justin Verlander.’ And I couldn’t believe it,” Altuve said. “I remember we had a day off the next day and I was like, ‘I don’t want to have a day off, I want to go play now, I want to see Justin with the Lance Lynn Jersey Astros uniform.’”So I think that was my feeling, but I know that the other 24 guys in the team felt the same way about getting Justin Verlander. I was so excited and I was like, ‘OK, here we go.’ It’s not a secret that we had a good team before him, before trading for him, but after we did that it’s like, ‘OK, now we go, now we got everything we need.’ And I was really happy we got him.”Houston is rich in young talent, especially in their lineup, but Altuve thinks the veteran leadership of a guy like Carlos Beltran could help the Astros reach their full potential.”Carlos has been in the league for 20 years and he knows a lot,” Altuve said.”He goes beyond just hitting and defense, he gives youlittle details that really help you to keep getting better and develop into the game.”Altuve will bat third Friday https://www.cardinalsedge.com/st-louis-cardinals/mark-mcgwire-jersey night against the Yankees.

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Amy’s raw blueberry ganache cake – recipe

Impress your guests with this decadent treat, let us know how it turns out by commenting below!

Amy’s raw blueberry ganache cake recipe (loosely based on pg. 188 of the Rawlicious book).
 
For the base:
 

-  2 C almonds – soaked for at least 2 hours

- 1 T honey

- 1 C coconut oil

- Seeds of 1 vanilla pod

-1/4 t Himalayan salt

- 2 t lemon juice

- 3 T cacao powder

Process all ingredients into a food processor and process until finely chopped.  Not too much.  Press into the base of a springform cake tin. Place in the fridge or freezer while making the filling.

For the filling:

- 3 C cashew nuts

- 1 C coconut oil

-  ¼ C agave

- ¼ C honey

- ½ C lemon juice

- 1 ½ C of fresh or frozen blueberries

- Seeds of 2 vanilla pods

Blend all in a high-speed blender, preferably Vita-mix or Blendtec. Pour filling over the base and place back in the fridge to set.  The freezer works too if you can’t wait to eat it!

For the ganache topping:

- 1 ½ C cashew nuts

- ½ C cacao

- ¼ C agave

-  ¼ C honey

- 30 ml distilled water

Blend all in a high-speed blender, and using a spatula carefully lather the filling (once set) with this yummy chocolate spread.  Top with your favourite fruits – here are strawberries and diced kumquat.

Enjoy!

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Cat and Way’s Healthy Cheesecake

A delicious raw cheescake recipe submitted by Catherine Louise Naude, one of our Facebook fans – thanks for the share!

BASE:

- 1 cup Walnuts

- 1 cup Pecan Nuts: soaked for 2 Hrs then drained and rinsed well {OR 2 cups Almonds soaked for 2 Hrs}

- 1 Tsp Coconut Oil

- 1 Tsp Honey

- Seeds from one Vanilla Pod

- ¼ tsp Himalayan Salt

- 2 tsp fresh Lemon Juice

- 3 Tsp Cacao Powder

Blend all of the above ingredients in a food processor until finely chopped. Press out the mixture into the base of a spring form cake tin. Gently puncture holes into the base with a fork and put the cake tin into the fridge while you make the filling.

FILLING:

- 2 cups fresh Pineapple

- 2 cups fresh or frozen Blueberries

- 1 ½ cups melted Coconut Oil

- 1 cup Cashew Nuts

- 2 Tsp fresh Lemon Juice

- 2 Tsp Honey

- Seeds of 1 Vanilla Pod

- Pinch of Himalayan Salt

Blend all the above ingredients until smooth in a blender, on high speed, working with the tamper. Pour the filling over the base and decorate with fresh Raspberries and fresh/frozen Blueberries and 85% or 100% Chocolate shavings (optional) Refrigerate for 6 Hours before serving. Enjoy!

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Flu-Busting Berries (part 3)

DOWNLOAD MORE DATA WITH GOJI BERRIES

This cherished superfood is both a fruit and a herb – and rated number one in Chinese medicine. They typically contain two to four times the amount of antioxidants found in blueberries.

Applying the doctrine of signatures: Because of the goji berry’s incredible nutrient profile, the Greeks called it Lyceum barbarum, translated as ‘School of Learning’ – the Chinese believed that this little berry contained so much wisdom, that if someone were to eat it every day, they would download the entire Chinese medicine system.

Goji berries:

- Are high in immune-enhancing nutrients: vitamin C, B1, B2, B6, antioxidants, carotenoids and trace minerals (said to contain more than 21 trace minerals!)

- Contain beta-sistosteral and betaine which can help prevent colds and flu

- Are anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory.

Goji Berry Healing Tea: warm up & fight off the flu by adding and soaking 10-15 goji berries in a tea pot. Use a base of peppermint, wild berry or strong rooibos tea. Goji’s will release polysaccharides into your tea.

Gojis are also:

- A precursor for HGH (Human Growth Hormone)

- Are great demulcents – they release substances which soothe the epithelial lining of the colon (much like aloe)

- A complete protein – builds blood and stabilises blood sugar levels. Contains 19 different amino acids and all eight essential amino acids

- Contain ‘healing sugars’ called polysaccharides – excellent replacement for honey in tea when you have cancer or fungal infections.

- The Chinese add goji berries to almost every dish and cup of tea – they release the healing sugars – and are naturally one of the BEST DIGESTIVE ENZYMES.

- Great for eyesight – many people have combined goji’s with Omega three, astaxanthin, zeaxanthin, lutein and eye exercises, in order to improve their eyesight and diminish the use of glasses.

These small, power-packed “Blues and Flu-Busting Berries” offer fun and exciting ways to improve your health and allow you to effortlessly sail through the cold winter months.

Wishing you a berry nice, healthy winter

Team Rawlicious

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Flu-Busting Berries (part 2)

RECOVER  WITH MULBERRIES

This naturally sweet, free radical- fighting berry is truly a delicacy that can be eaten just as it is.

Applying the doctrine of signatures:  Mulberries are said to be one of the fastest organisms on the planet. When the white mulberry releases the stored energy in its stamen, its spores can travel at velocities of half the speed of sound. We would definitely want a weapon like this to help us recover with speed from any winter flu!

Mulberries are:

- Rich in carotenes, thiamene, riboflavin, vitamin C, tannin and stearic acid (an essential saturated fatty acid)

- Are rich in polyphenols (antioxidants which prevent degenerative diseases such as arthritis), flavanoids, anthocyanins & alkaloids

- Rich in iron, calcium (much more than dairy milk!) and fibre.

Winter Mulberry Milk: add some dried mulberries to a cup of your favourite nut/seed milk. Blend it all up and sweeten with raw honey if necessary. Warm it up, remembering not to exceed 47 degrees Celsius!

Mulberries are also:

- High in resveratrol (a polyphenol found in dark fruits and wine), which slows the aging-process and boosts cardio-health.

- Can be used to treat dizziness, tinnitus, insomnia and premature greying of hair (some cultures apply mulberry juice to their scalps for this purpose!)

- Contain linoleic acid (a fatty acid which can decrease abdominal fat by increasing metabolic rate)

- Strengthen eyesight (great study-snack or for those who work in front of their pc’s)

- Good for constipation – they increase gastric juice secretion and improve digestion and assimilation of nutrients

- Are helpful in reducing levels of blood sugar, making it a great naturally sweet snack for diabetics.

Next up – goji berries…

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Flu-Busting Berries (part 1)

At Rawlicious, we choose to see food through the eyes of excited and curious children.  We take extra careful notice of the colour, shape, taste and texture. Because we believe wholeheartedly that Nature is on our side, we always ask the fundamental question:

“How can this food help us be the healthiest and happiest that we can be?”

The doctrine of signatures is an interesting belief in ancient Greek herbalism, reintroduced by pioneers such as the raw food expert David Wolfe. According to this doctrine, what a food looks like; its texture, shape and smell, all help to identify and guide us as to which part of the human body it is good for.

When applying this ‘fun-logic’ to berries, its easy to see that their intense colour pigments and concentrated taste provide great armour to create and sustain abundant health. Eating berries on a regular basis, especially when our immune-systems are being challenged by the pressure of seasonal change, will give us a necessary boost.

Read our 3 part series on super-berries!

RE-WILD YOUR CELLS WITH  CAMU CAMU BERRY

Camu camu is the highest vitamin-C containing botanical in the world.

Applying the doctrine of signatures: Camu camu originates in the wildest parts of the Amazonian rainforest. They have faced and conquered all natural obstacles (climate, pests, disease), and are genetically positioned  to  give us the benefit of their immense strength and power .The camu camu berry has a similar appearance to that of a human cell, and research has shown that they promote health at a cellular level.

Camu camu:

- Provides 50 times more vitamin C than an orange.

- Has high concentrations of phytochemicals (the term “phytochemical” refers to a wide variety of compounds found in plants that affect human health.

- Is rich in anti-oxidants.

- Contains mood-enhancing properties – great for those who suffer from depression and regular mood-swings. The vitamin C content can increase the happy hormone serotonin –perfect for those darker, grey  winter rainy days.

Camu-Camu Flu-Shot: juice 1 carrot, 1/3 pineapple, a slice of ginger, a slice of fresh turmeric. Shake this combination with 1 heaped teaspoon of camu camu berry powder.

Camu Camu is also great for :

- Tendon and ligament health – when used in conjunction with MSM, it can boost collagen production

- Lowering bad cholesterol (LDL)

- When taken on its own, or with medicinal mushrooms such as reishi, it can radically reduce Candida and other fungal conditions

- It is also great for gum-health (mix it with a natural toothpaste for more health benefits), skin (reduces appearance of acne, scars and sun spots when taken internally and applied topically)

- Is excellent for eye-health – it contains colour pigments which in turn make us see colour more intensely!

Next up – mulberries…

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Beetroot and carrot salad

Beetroot and carrot salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serves 3 – 4

4 beetroots, peeled

4 carrots, peeled

1 T Braggs liquid aminos or tamari sauce

Dash of olive oil

1 large handful small black currants or raisins

1 large handful pinenuts and/or hemp seeds

Himalayan rock salt to taste
1 handful of goji berries, soaked (optional)

Grate the beetroots and carrots into a salad bowl. Add the other ingredients and toss.

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