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No-No! A’s Fiers Throws 2nd Career No-Hitter, Beats Reds (Vid)

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — A light malfunction almost stopped Mike Fiers’ night from getting started. A high pitch count nearly prevented him from finishing it.Good thing Fiers was allowed to take the mound and stay there all game because he made history doing it.Fiers overcame the early delay and managed the high workload to pitch his second no-hitter of his career, getting help from two spectacular defensive plays from his Oakland Athletics teammates to shut down the Cincinnati Reds 2-0 Tuesday night.“Amazing. That’s really all I can really say,” Fiers said. “Things like this just happen.”This one almost didn’t.A bank of lights in left field was only partially lit before the scheduled start of the game, leading to a delay of more than 90 minutes before the teams and umpires determined there was enough light to play a full game.The pitch where Fiers completes the no-no. This is what baseball is all about. ?(via @Athletics)pic.twitter.com/Wx0tkV1cKG— Bleacher Report MLB (@BR_MLB) May 8, 2019Then after getting through seven innings with 109 pitches, Fiers was told by manager Bob Melvin that one more baserunner would end his night even if he still hadn’t allowed a hit. He then breezed through the final two innings, following up his 2015 gem for Houston against the Dodgers with a 131-pitch masterpiece to become the 35th pitcher with multiple no-hitters in his career.“I’m just really thankful for him leaving me in and trusting me,” Fiers said. “I told him I felt great. I felt like everything was working. It wasn’t a matter of being tired. I had adrenaline at that point.”He walked two, struck out six and ended the 300th no-hitter ever in the majors by fanning Eugenio Suarez with a big curveball.The A’s poured out of the dugout to mob Fiers in celebration after the final out in front of a few thousand fans remaining after the lengthy delay. Fiers tipped his hat to the crowd and raised his arms in triumph as he walked off.“It was a great night obviously for him, for our fans, everyone wants to see a no-hitter,” Melvin said. “It was no fun for me once he got past 120 pitches, I promise you that. But he deserved it.The 33-year-old Fiers (3-3) raised his lifetime record to 57-58. The right-hander began the night with a 6.81 ERA this season, and has been a journeyman for much of his career.Oakland Athletics’ Mike Fiers, center, celebrates with Matt Olson (28) Chad Pinder (18) and Matt Chapman (26) after pitching a no hitter against the Cincinnati Reds at the end of a baseball game Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)A journeyman with a special place in the record book, that is.“It’s pretty cool,” Fiers said. “I saw a little bit of the list. I’m just grateful to be here and get the opportunity to play. I remember when I was getting drafted I wasn’t too high on the charts. I was a guy throwing 88 to 90 (mph) down in South Florida. I’m one in a million down there. … I’m just blessed to be here.”The first no-hitter of the 2019 season didn’t come without tense moments as Fiers was bailed out by back-to-back great defensive plays in the sixth inning. Second baseman Jurickson Profar ran a long way to making a diving catch on Kyle Farmer’s popup into short right field for the second out, prompting Fiers to throw up his arms in celebration.Joey Votto followed that with a deep drive, but flashy center fielder Ramon Laureano reached above the fence to pull the ball back and rob the Reds star of a home run.“Ramon’s catch he’s done that once or twice. That’s a normal play for him,” Fiers said. “Profar, another amazing play.”This was the 13th no-hitter in the history of the Athletics franchise, which started in Philadelphia, moved to Kansas City and shifted to Oakland. Sean Manaea pitched the previous no-hitter for the A’s on April 21, 2018, at home against Boston.Manaea, fittingly, gave Fiers an ice bath on the field when this one ended.“It was way more nerve-wracking then I was doing it,” Manaea said. “I was shaking on the bench. I don’t know, it was crazy seeing him do it. It was awesome.”The Reds were no-hit for the 10th time, most recently by Jake Arrieta of the Cubs in 2016.Fiers became the seventh pitcher to throw no-hitters for multiple teams — Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson and Cy Young are among the others. Ryan pitched a record seven no-hitters overall.Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Homer Bailey and Arrieta are the other active big leaguers with two no-hitters. Fiers clearly was aware of what was at stake in the later innings.“I knew. I don’t like when guys are like they don’t know,” Fiers said.The no-hitter came almost exactly a year after the past one in the majors, by James Paxton for Seattle at Toronto last May 8.Fiers issued his only two walks in the seventh, but also got Jesse Winker to hit into a double play. Fiers needed only nine pitches to get through the eighth and zipped through the ninth, retiring rookie Josh VanMeter on a popup, getting Votto on a routine grounder and striking out Suarez.A’s catcher Josh Phegley neatly blocked the last pitch and tagged Suarez to make it official.“I felt like he was hitting with all his pitches where he wanted it and when he wanted it,” Phegley said.Fiers’ other no-hitter came on Aug. 21, 2015, in Houston, three weeks after being traded from Milwaukee to the Astros. He threw a career-high 134 pitches in that game.The only other Reds batter to reach was Winker, who got aboard on an error by Gold Glove third baseman Matt Chapman in the fourth. Chapman was near second base on a defensive shift and the grounder hit off his glove and landed in the outfield.The game started after a 98-minute delay because of a lighting problem at the Coliseum. A bank of lights above the upper deck in left field had been only partially lit, causing the delay. Those lights began to flicker on as the game started.Fiers, however, turned them out on the Reds.“It was impressive to watch but tough to watch for us,” manager David Bell said. “It’s one game but you have to give him a lot of credit. You don’t see this very often, especially anymore. To do it against our lineup is very impressive.”It was the second straight day the Reds have had a game delayed at the start because of unusual circumstances. Their game against the San Francisco Giants on Monday in Cincinnati was briefly halted due to a swarm of bees.The A’s scored in the second against Tyler Mahle (1-6) when Stephen Piscotty raced home on Profar’s double into the right field corner. Profar added a solo homer in the seventh.TRAINERS ROOMReds: LHP Alex Wood will not throw for two weeks after getting a second opinion on his back injury.Athletics: 1B Matt Olson went 0 for 3 in his first game back since undergoing surgery on his right hand. . DH Khris Davis was a late scratch because of a left hip contusion. The slugger bruised his hip when he ran into the railing near left field at Pittsburgh on Sunday. . Manaea threw all fastballs during a 20-pitch bullpen session, his first since shoulder surgery last September.UP NEXTRHP Sonny Gray (0-4, 3.89 ERA) starts for the Reds on Wednesday in his first appearance at the Coliseum for the first time since 2017. The former A’s ace won 44 games during 4 ½ seasons in the majors with Oakland before being traded to the New York Yankees. Gray allowed five runs in five innings in his only appearance against the A’s on May 11, 2018. Oakland counters with LHP Brett Anderson (4-2, 3.89).By: Josh Dubow, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Rice U expert Humanism is an empty buzzword for AI developers

first_imgShareDavid [email protected] [email protected] U. expert: ‘Humanism’ is an empty buzzword for AI developersKirsten Ostherr available to discuss her Washington Post op-edHOUSTON — (June 22, 2018) — As a growing number of tech companies tout their progress in the development of “humanistic” artificial intelligence, Rice University media scholar Kirsten Ostherr warns that such rhetoric is often unclear and frequently meaningless. “Unless these companies reconsider their underlying approach,” Ostherr wrote in an op-ed this week for the Washington Post, “their words will remain empty.”Ostherr, the Gladys Louise Fox Professor of English at Rice, is available to discuss the issue with media.“Apple describes Siri as ‘humanistic AI — artificial intelligence designed to meet human needs by collaborating [with] and augmenting people,’” Ostherr wrote. “Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella has said, ‘Human-centered AI can help create a better world.’ Google’s Fei-Fei Li has called human-centered AI ‘AI for Good and AI for All.’ Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg believes the company can build ‘long-term social infrastructure to bring humanity together.’”But what does any of this mean?Ostherr points to a long list of AI’s current failings, including an “egregious case of Google’s image-labeling algorithm that classified black people as gorillas.” And even as it was promoting the idea of human-centered AI, Google was actively pursuing Project Maven, “a major Department of Defense contract to develop artificial intelligence for use in drones,” Ostherr wrote.“Photographic images from cameras mounted on drones are widely used to gather visual evidence and provide forensic truth value for military decision-makers,” wrote Ostherr. “But those images are not transparently legible, and it takes a huge amount of human labor to interpret the data, especially in the categories of age, sex and race. Numerous examples of misinterpreted drone footage identifying the wrong target already exist.”After strong backlash from the public and within its own ranks, Google recently announced it would end the Project Maven military contract in 2019. “And yet even as technology lags behind human capability when it comes to contextual sensitivity,” wrote Ostherr, “we still hope to entrust it with life or death decisions.”Achieving true human-centered AI would require programmers to collaborate with scholars and authorities in other fields, including the humanities. “But simply adding humanistic researchers to examine the social impact of AI after it is deployed, without also changing the development process, probably won’t get us very far,” wrote Ostherr. “Calling AI humanistic without truly integrating experts in the humanities who can bring diverse perspectives to the ethical reasoning behind these initiatives will lead only to continued cases of bias and further erosion of public trust.”To read Ostherr’s full op-ed, go here (subscription is required).For more information or to schedule an interview with Ostherr, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at [email protected] or 713-348-6327.-30-Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.Image for download:https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG824.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

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