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The Atlanta Braves have been participating in Grapefruit League action for a while but http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-max-muncy-jersey , on Wednesday afternoon, the team took the field against the New York Yankees and the contest marked the first..."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Talking Chop User’s GuideAnalysis PrimerBraves fall to Yankees despite lights-out showing from Kyle WrightNew,99commentsESTShareTweetShareShareBraves fall to Yankees despite lights-out showing from Kyle WrightOrlando Ramirez-USA TODAY SportsThe Atlanta Braves have been participating in Grapefruit League action for a while but, on Wednesday afternoon, the team took the field against the New York Yankees and the contest marked the first that was broadcast on local television in the Atlanta market. As such, more people were able to watch this particular game than any before it and, in the end, they were treated to an entertaining loss by a final score of 5-1. The day (one that did not include Ronald Acuna, Freddie Freeman or Nick Markakis) began in breezy fashion in the first inning, with the trio of Ender Inciarte, Dansby Swanson (making his Spring debut) and Ozzie Albies went down in order. In the bottom half, youngster Kyle Wright did allow a single (and issued a wild pitch) but he struck out two, including Aaron Judge.Offensively, things remained quiet in the second but Wright managed to navigate a scoreless frame with the help of a big-time play from Albies and a pretty outfield assist. The third inning was also void of fireworks, but Wright managed to navigate his third (and final) inning in spotless fashion. In fact, he struck out Troy Tulowitzki to close things out and strike two made the veteran look bad. With one out in the top of the fourth, Swanson garnered his first hit of Spring Training and that is cause for celebration. From there, Tyler Flowers was hit by a pitch and Atlanta took the lead when Swanson scored on a two-out RBI single from Johan Camargo. The Braves nearly added to their lead later in the frame on an Alex Jackson single Enrique Hernandez Jersey , but Flowers was thrown out at the plate to end the threat and leave Atlanta with a 1-0 lead. With that said, the fifth inning wasn’t as kind, with Atlanta going scoreless in the top half and Chad Sobotka encountering all kinds of trouble in the bottom half. The 25-year-old right-hander opened his outing with a four-pitch walk, then allowed a single and another walk to load the bases. Following a mound visit, Sobotka looked to be settling when he induced a sacrifice fly but, seconds later, Judge blasted a three-run home run and, suddenly, the Braves were in a 4-1 hole. Things improved in the sixth when, despite quiet bats in the top half, stud prospect Ian Anderson flourished. The young right-hander retired a trio of Major League players (Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres and DJ LeMahieu) in order and he received a bit of help from fellow standout Cristian Pache, who made a fantastic grab for the third out. Anderson did allow a run, albeit unearned in the eighth inning, when a passed ball was paired with a wild pitch to allow a runner to advance twice. Still, it was a quality outing for the 20-year-old and that is worth keeping in mind. As always, the final result on the scoreboard isn’t what matters in Spring Training and it was an encouraging afternoon in many respects. Wright was fantastic, Anderson looked good Walker Buehler Jersey , Pache did a Pache thing, Camargo had the biggest knock of the game and Swanson emerged clean from his debut. The Braves will return to action on Wednesday (possibly with Josh Donaldson involved) with a split-squad effort against the Marlins and Tigers. Stay tuned. We’ve reached the dog days of Spring Training"Whit Merrifield gets some ink in this Associated Press story about the grind of Spring Training:Royals also make another AP story. Dave Skretta talks about the team speed.At MLB.com, Jeffrey Flanagan attempts to predict the Royals 25-man roster after Ned tells him it won’t be official until the last day:Sam Mellinger caught up with Alex Gordon, who wants this year to be more fun and less expletive:Fellow Tommy John surgery recipient (victim? sufferer? what’s the right word here?) Lance McCullers Jr tweets well-wishes at Salvy:The traffic has subsided from Fansided. There’s only one story over the last couple of days as Bradley Potter asks “Can Cam Gallagher and Meibrys Viloria fill the void?”Only one listicle, too.Katherine Acquavella at CBS Sports gives MLB Offseason Grades.Actually, the Royals appear on another list. Craig Edwards at Fangraphs lists players who count as the most dead money in 2019. The top spot belongs to a Royal!We at Best of Royals Review were torn between two different options for this week’s entry so one will run this week and one will run next week. As our last entry in February was about the Zack Grienke trade, today we’ll revisit the James Shields trade: Royals and Rays OVER THE Brink.So, there’s not a lot in the thread as Clark was just updating the story with news as it came in. However, the comments, all 1200+ were, um, frustrating, mourning, frustrating, cathartic, frustrating, ...enlightening? I dunno. We hesitate to even re-open this wound of a thread but it was one of the most significant moments in Royals history. It was like a support group for Royals fans going through the stages of grief.Or at least it /was/ until a couple of Rays fans felt it was a perfect time to come over and threadcrap in celebration.One of them went full concern troll and then went back to DRaysBay and was bragging about how badly he got RR. Nice guys.Here is the story stream for the trade.Also, the title of Craig’s more measured analysis of the trade was brilliant and prescient: Dayton Moore Closes Phase One Of The Process.This might be a bit too dark for Friday’s Rumblings http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-max-muncy-jersey , but I ran across a couple of heavier, older stories for this week.First, Vox’s Sean Illing talked with the founder of a Buddhist hospice center and looked at: “What the living can learn from the dying”:This story was featured on ESPN’s front page for quite a while last summer.It’s about a soccer ball that survived the Challenger explosion and then went back into space.This ESPN story is about a professional loser, so to speak. The gimmick for wrestler Curt Hawkins is (was?) that he always lost, losing at least 200 straight matches. Odd side note: it seems like ESPN and CBS have both increased their coverage of rasslin’ the last couple of years.Speaking of heel turns, is this the most elaborate in history?Mike Axisa at CBS Sports picks apart Jeter’s press conference.Or, if you don’t like any of those because life is too short and miserable, try Arbys.Today we’re going to talk about the 22nd best selling game of all time. It sold more copies than Super Mario Bros 3, any Pokemon generation except the first two (RBY and GS), and any Grand Theft Auto game except V (which is multi-platform and just passed this game very recently).To put too fine of a point on it: it has outsold any game that has ever appeared on any Sony or Microsoft console except for the aforementioned GTA V and the X360 pack-in game Kinect Adventures. That means no Call of Duty, no Halo, no other GTAs, no Final Fantasies, no EA sports games,nothing. What is this game? The innocent little “educational” Nintendo DS tile Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day.A couple of weeks ago we talked about Reggie’s retirement and one of his major talking points in the mid 00s was Nintendo’s “blue ocean” strategy.The Cliffs Notes version is that “red ocean” is competing with exiting companies over the same customers while “blue ocean” is opening up your product to other markets.With the Nintendo DS and then the Wii, Nintendo tried to market games to some traditionally non-gamer demographics and was decried for doing so in some circles.However, It was a smashing success.This started with pet simulator Nintendogs, which had a “marketing campaign that targeted non-traditional game advertising outlets http://www.dodgersfanproshop.com/authentic-max-muncy-jersey , including young female magazines such as Teen People and Seventeen.”Nintendogs would go on to be the 14th best-selling game of all time.Next would be Brain Age.Dr. Ryuta Kawashima is a Japanese neuroscientist who did studies on the brain and authored a book Train Your Brain: 60 Days to a Better Brain, because he “found that by performing simple mathematical calculations and reading books aloud, one could retain mental clarity and stave off the mental effects of aging”.This would become the basis for Brain Age, a simple “educational” game that calculated your “Brain Age” and then had exercises to improve it.There were simple math puzzles, word puzzles. reading aloud, Stroop tests, Sudoku, and more.The” game” caught fire in Japan and would eventually sell 4 million copies there. This runaway success pushed Nintendo to release it in the US and Europe.US sales exceeded Japanese sales while European sales doubled them!It has sold more than 20 million copies to date.Nintendo’s success with the Blue Ocean strategy would continue into the next decade as the 1st (Wii Sports), 5th (Wii Sports Resort), 12th (Wii Play), 17th (Wii Fit), 18th (Wii Fit Plus), and 40th (Brain Age 2) best selling games of all time followed (alongside the aforementioned 14th and 22nd).Below is a video featuring the music and gameplay from Brain Age:

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