Press release: Milestone for £242 million Trans-Pennine road improvements

first_imgThe A57 improvement on the Greater Manchester side – featuring new dual and single carriageways between the M67 and Woolley Bridge – is the centrepiece of the Trans-Pennine Upgrade programme and requires special planning permission. There are also other important improvements along the route with safety and technology improvements either side of Woodhead Pass – and a major overhaul of Westwood roundabout in South Yorkshire where the A616 meets the A61.Highways England unveiled the timetable for the statutory consultation on Monday 29 January. It will run between Monday 12 February 2018 and Sunday 25 March 2018 with a programme of public consultation events and a variety of other ways for people to get involved – including by email, post and online.Highways England’s Trans-Pennine Upgrade project manager Monica Corso Griffiths said: Having announced our preferred options for this important investment last November this is now the opportunity for everyone concerned to help us shape the detail of the individual schemes before we submit firm and final proposals to the planning authorities. We’d urge anyone with an interest in the improvements to let us know their views. This is an important investment in one of the most important east to west routes in the country. The improvements form part of the current £15 billion government investment in motorways and major A roads and are a vital element of Highways England’s support for the Northern Powerhouse – unlocking the potential for new homes and jobs by tackling congestion. Highways England will need to secure a development consent order (DCO) to enable it to build the new stretches of road at Mottram. To help Highways England prepare its DCO to the planning authorities, statutory consultation events are being staged across both sides of the Pennines during the consultation period. As well as the public exhibitions, paper response forms and consultation brochures will be available at locations open to the public from 12 February and can be handed in at these events or sent to the freepost address provided on the form.Further information about the venues for the events, scheme proposals and details of the deposit locations, which include some local post offices and libraries, can be found on the scheme website.Anyone who wants more information or to give their views on the scheme can also email the project team at: [email protected] or call 0300 123 5000, the Highways England’s customer care centre.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. Mottram Moor link road – a new dual carriageway from the M67 junction 4 roundabout to a new junction on the A57 at Mottram Moor and a new single carriageway connecting to the A6018 Roe Cross Road a new single carriageway link from the A57 at Mottram Moor to a new junction on the A57 at Woolley Bridge safety and technology improvements – including safety measures focused on addressing accident hotspots and the provision of electronic message signs A616/A61 Westwood roundabout – improvements to reduce congestion and improve the flow of traffic through the roundabout in Tankersley, Sheffield The proposals included in the public consultation are:last_img read more

Linkenhoker leads the way in Virginia Sprint Series opener

first_imgAnthony Linkenhoker was the winner when the Virginia Sprint Series opened Saturday night at  Natural Bridge Speedway. (Photo by Jim Haines)By Jim HainesNATURAL BRIDGE, Va. (April 14) – Spring finally sprung for the Virginia Sprint Series and An­thony Linkenhoker sped to the IMCA RaceSaver victory Saturday at Natural Bridge Speedway.Mike Keeton challenged throughout in a contest that ran caution-free and ended in second. Daren Bo­lac was third in the series opener, postponed a week because of winter-like weather.Linkenhoker and Keeton paced the field to green with Linkenhoker out first, Keeton close behind and Tony Harris up to third. Bolac got by Harris and went after Keeton lap after lap, but the bot­tom was the place to be and he stayed there.Linkenhoker stayed smooth up front even as he caught the rear of the field and that was all he needed to do as he drove under the waving checkered flag.Next it’s back to Shenandoah Speedway on Saturday, April 21.Feature results – 1. Anthony Linkenhoker; 2. Mike Keeton; 3. Daren Bolac; 4. Tony Harris; 5. Tom Humphries; 6. Jerald Harris; 7. Bill Rice; 8. Jake Karklin; 9. Chris Ware; 10. Neil San­dridge.last_img read more

Video: Mike Thomas Danced, Did “O-H” On Field As Clock Wound Down In Win Over Michigan

first_imgMike Thomas dances on the field against Michigan.Twitter/@JENNeraly_crazyLocker room dances after big college football wins have become quite ubiquitous. On-field dances while you watch the clock run out on an arch-rival? Now that’s next level. With just six second left in regulation, Ohio State wide receiver Mike Thomas stood on the field and danced, eventually morphing his moves into the beginning of an “O-H-I-O.” We’re sure plenty of Buckeyes at home were ready to finish it, as the door slammed on the Wolverines.Mike Thomas. Lol #GoBucks @Cantguardmike #shhhh pic.twitter.com/Rhd8Y7msS1— Lindsey (@lindzlou01) November 28, 2015LOL This man @Cantguardmike is a FOOL!! #Zone6 https://t.co/J0q9QxzROR— Zach S ith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) November 28, 2015Ohio State has been up-and-down this season, but it picked a perfect spot for its best game of the year. Now, they need to root for Penn State to pull off a big upset.last_img read more

Some Toronto and BC dispensaries remain open on pot legalization day

first_imgTORONTO – As tens of thousand of Ontarians purchased cannabis through a government website on Wednesday, some users in Toronto preferred getting their pot from unlicensed dispensaries that remained open despite the threat of criminal prosecution.It was business as usual at 1Tonamara, an illegal pot shop located in the city’s downtown, hours after recreational cannabis became legal nationwide. The Spadina Avenue shop, along with the Cloud 6ix dispensary up the street, had customers entering every few minutes.“Today business has been good, you know, I guess with a lot of other places shut down it helps,” said 1Tonamara employee Mike Vander Marel.Many of the city’s dispensaries have, however, shut down in the leadup to legalization in response to a promise by the provincial government that illegal pot shop owners who obeyed the law, would be allowed to apply for retail licences.Closing the storefront shops and leaving only online options, with delivery delays and possible shortages, doesn’t make much sense, said Vander Marel.“I think it’s a dumb thing for them to legalize something and then have it so inaccessible…it would be like after prohibition, if they made booze legal but there was no legal booze.”The provincial legislature was expected to pass a bill Wednesday afternoon that will include regulations on where recreational pot can be used. It will also cities to order the interim closure of illegal pot dispensaries through a court order.Meanwhile, the city’s police chief said his officers would not be cracking down on illegal shops Wednesday because of resources issues.“There will not be 100,000 police officers landing in the city of Toronto shutting down every element of a dispensary, but we will be shutting them down,” Chief Mark Saunders told reporters on Tuesday.Vancouver and Victoria have licensed some dispensaries, but others operate without a licence. Some dispensaries remained open, while others shut their doors.Don Briere, owner and operator of Weeds Glass and Gifts in British Columbia, said the company has closed most of its retail outlets in accordance with the law.“We’ve shut down 10 locations and we’ve had to lay off about 85 people and probably more, but we’re doing this in order to become legal,” Briere said.At the same time, four of its Vancouver locations and one shop with a temporary licence in Sechelt remained open. The company is waiting for a court decision on the city of Vancouver’s application for an injunction to shut down dozens of retailers operating without a business licence, including the four Weeds locations, he said.In the meantime, Briere said the company is paying federal, provincial and corporate taxes on its sales, and paying its staff a living wage with extended medical and dental coverage. It’s in the process of applying to the province for a retail licence, he said.“We’re doing what our lawyers are calling, ‘good business practices.’ “Briere also said he has been paying attention to B.C. government’s price points, which begin at $7 per gram. Weeds’ cheapest gram is $4.Vancouver’s police chief said earlier this week that enforcement against the dispensaries would not be a priority on the first day of legalization.Marel said he wasn’t concerned about enforcement yet in Toronto, but isn’t sure what comes next.“At least today I’m not too worried. I don’t know how we will be moving forward at all.”The online-only legal option in Ontario didn’t sit well with some dispensary customers.“I prefer the reliable logistics of a brick-and-mortar outlet,” said Alex, 30, who declined to provide his last name.He said his fear of buying online could fade now that it’s legal, something he hopes to happen with perceptions of pot in general.“There’s still a lot of people around me who have a lot of stigma around cannabis, just in the same way there is a lot of stigma around mental health … my hope is this is going to slowly but surely chip away at the stigma that still surrounds it. So I think the visibility is very good.”A woman exiting one of the Toronto dispensaries who declined to provide her name said she was still buying at storefronts because the laws remain restrictive on some products.“Edibles won’t be available for another year at least, and rumour is they’re going to start cracking down on dispensaries because they still have the edibles, so I’m stocking up on edibles before I can’t get them anymore.”She said that overall the shift is positive.“It’s a great step. I’d much rather be buying this legally and not feeling sketchy about it.”last_img read more

Red terror strikes

first_imgRed terror struck Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district just 36 hours prior to the first phase of Lok Sabha election with five killed in a roadside bomb – an Improvised Explosive Device planted by suspected Maoist rebels. Amongst the casualties was Bhima Mandvi, BJP MLA, who was heading to a locality in the Maoist hinterland despite being advised against following an intelligence input regarding a possible Maoist attack. Bhima’s convoy was ambushed as the bomb reduced his car to scrap. A group of 20-25 Maoists opened fire on the convoy with security forces accompanying Bhima in another vehicle engaged in crossfire for at least half an hour before the Maoists retreated. The incident generated panic in the Bastar region as Maoists had outlined their call for boycotting the upcoming polls a few days ago, threatening people with adverse consequences if they exercise voting. The incident, an ambush in the Red zone against the establishment, stirred memories of a similar instance back in May 2013 where 27 people were killed including former Union Minister VC Shukla and Senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma by the Maoists in Bastar ahead of the state assembly polls. The Maoist attack on Tuesday, however, does not come as a surprise following similar Red terror strikes that have shaken up the state terrorising the locals. Maoists, historically, have struck security forces in big numbers during polling months. Be it the single biggest attack against security forces in Tadmetla, Dantewada, back in April 2010, where 76 CRPF soldiers were killed in an ambush laid by nearly 1000 Naxals on hilltops or Darbha valley, again Dantewada, May 2013, where 28 people including top Congress leadership taken down, the Ultra-Left cadre has left the establishment distraught with their recurring efforts to seize power in the region. Bhima Mandvi’s convoy ambush is the 39th Maoist insurgency incident in the country this year coming days after suspected Maoist rebels – perpetrators of a decades-long war against the expropriation of their resources – executed five paramilitary personnel in two separate attacks in the state. These rebels have asked the locals to boycott the upcoming polls, not just in Chhattisgarh but the entire Red corridor. In an unexpected incidence, these Ultra-Left rebels extended support to Kashmiri separatists and militants who have a similar – struggle against the state – cause, calling a boycott of the Lok Sabha election. CPI(Maoist) circulated a 2-page press release on WhatsApp, urging villagers to boycott the polls and support them in establishing a People’s Council and spreading their aim to create a state within a state in the “liberated zone” entirely controlled by Maoists. The Maoist menace with their anti-establishment stance has, however, failed to influence the polling schedule. The Bastar constituency, where Dantiwada is located, will vote today in the first phase of the LS polls as planned. Also Read – A compounding difficultyWith Maoist insurgency rendering an ugly situation in the Red Corridor over the years irrespective of UPA or NDA terms, the situation has ceased to improve. The contentious issue of insurgency in the Red Corridor prima facie appears to be a prolonged internal conflict between the establishment and the insurgents. However, BJP and Congress quarrelling over each other’s alleged collusion with the insurgents gives the internal conflict an ever bitter taste. Expectedly, a blame game ignited between the ruling Congress and BJP over Mandvi’s death with the BJP leaders alleging a conspiracy by Congress. Congress retaliated how Maoist control has proliferated from three to 13 districts in the state over the last 15 years owing to faulty BJP policies under ex-CM Raman Singh. A divided establishment only fuels the ambitions of the insurgents which is why years of counter-insurgency operations have only produced grievous outcomes. Civilians, security personnel, and insurgents, all have perished due to this uncontained Red Terror which often registers a spike during polling periods. It is certain that the election period is a most-ripe time for the Maoist rebels to highlight their objective and capability both through their violent engagements. The state and the Central governments have so far failed to appropriately tackle this internal crisis and one cannot help but notice the pattern forming of Maoist attacks coinciding with polling seasons. Mandvi’s death and the general insurgency by Maoists draws a sharp contrast to India’s recent achievement in strengthening national security with the BJP reiterating how India will bow down to no one when it comes to its integrity and national security. The national security narrative that BJP offers to everyone may be reduced to empty rhetoric in the face of Red terror which has plagued the country for a long time now. If the Modi dispensation strengthened India’s defence then the prevailing misery of insurgency returns an ironical slap on the nation’s stance over its integrity. We cannot boast of subduing threats and showcasing defence and space prowess when we have failed to combat insurgency for decades. The only way to remedy this is by establishing a comprehensive plan to eradicate Red Terror from the roots.last_img read more

Two children dead many homes damaged as storms pummel USA

first_imgDallas: Powerful storms that rolled across the South on Saturday spawned at least two suspected tornadoes, damaged homes and killed two children in Texas, authorities said. The Angelina County Sheriff’s Office said an 8-year-old and a 3-year-old died when strong winds toppled a tree onto the back of their family’s car in Lufkin while it was in motion. Capt. Alton Lenderman said the parents, who were in the front seats, were not injured. Lufkin is about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northeast of Houston. Additional information was not immediately available. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn Central Texas, Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak told The Associated Press a tornado hit the small city of Franklin, overturning mobile homes and damaging other residences. Franklin is located about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of Dallas. The National Weather Service said preliminary information showed an EF-3 tornado touched down with winds of 140 mph (225.3 kph). Crews will continue to survey the damage over the next few days. Two people were hospitalized for injuries not thought to be life-threatening, while others were treated at the scene for minor injuries, Yezak said. Some people had to be extricated from their homes. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsWeather service meteorologist Monique Sellers said they’ve received reports of downed trees, as well as damage to buildings and a transmission tower. The storms are part of a large system moving through the southern United States, knocking out power to thousands and causing some flash flooding. The weather service said the system is expected to shift to the Ohio Valley and the Southeast on Sunday. More than 140,000 customers remained without power in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas late Saturday. Meteorologist John Moore said a possible twister touched down Saturday in the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area. No injuries have been reported, but officials said several businesses and vehicles were damaged. Trees were down throughout the hilly city on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi. Heavy rains and storms continued to rake the Magnolia State into the night, with Mississippi State University’s 21,000 students huddling in basements and hallways as a tornado came near the school’s campus in Starkville. University spokesman Sid Salter said some debris, possibly carried by the tornado, was found on campus, but no injuries were reported and no buildings were damaged. Trees were down and at least some minor structural damage was reported in residential areas east of the campus. Winds of up to 60 mph (96.56 kph) were reported in Cherokee County, Texas, damaging two homes in Alto but not injuring anyone. Alto is situated about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of Houston.last_img read more

World Haemophilia Day Drive on disorder treatment

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) is all set to organise an awareness campaign on the treatment of haemophilia on Wednesday.April 17 is observed as World Haemophilia Day to increase awareness of haemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. The treatment of haemophilia is available at two state-run hospitals in the city — Calcutta Medical College and Hospital and NRS Medical College and Hospital. To extend the health services, two specialist doctors were recently sent to Bankura Medical College and Hospital. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Though, there is no separate hematology unit in the hospital but the newly appointed hematologists will create awareness among the patients about the disorder. Hemophilia is a genetic disorder in which the patient’s body lacks factors that help clotting of the blood. Lack of awareness about the genetic disorder leads to complications in such patients. The major challenge to treat these patients is the cost treatment which is not affordable for persons from impoverished background. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Bengal government is striving continuously to provide safe and high factor treatment to the patients suffering from haemophilia. The government has plans to set up more haemophilia treatment centres with proper infrastructure in various districts as well. City doctors feel continuous availability of haemophilia factors to the patients can be one step to ensure the best care to the patients. The state government is making various efforts for the availability of replacement therapy of factors (VIII or IX) to patients. When the factor VIII in the blood goes down a certain level, the patient is affected with haemophilia A or when factor IX dips, it causes hemophilia B. According to Prof Dr Siddhartha Sankar Roy of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, in normal cases the factors remain between 50-150 percent in a patient. When the factor level goes below 1 per cent the condition is termed severe hemophilia. When a patient is diagnosed with a factor level 1-5 percent, it is called moderate condition and 5-50 percent can be termed as mild. When factor level goes down 1 per cent the patient starts bleeding from various parts of his body. There is also a possibility of brain and any other internal injuries. “There are currently 750-800 registered haemophilia patients in the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital. Hemophilia A is more common than hemophilia B. There are around 550 patients with hemophilia A in the hospital. Spreading awareness is the most important to fight the disease,” Prof Dr Roy said.last_img read more

Cong its allies have given up their fight in this LS poll

first_imgFatehabad (Har): In his first rally in Haryana during this election season, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday alluded to alleged land scams under investigation and said the Congress has been reaping a crop of corruption in the state. Targeting the previous state governments, he said, They have done ‘Brashtachar ki kheti’ on farmers’ land and the proof is in Haryana. Modi stopped short of naming former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who faces an investigation. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra reacted sharply on Twitter to Modi’s comments, though he too was not mentioned by name. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework How the game to snatch farmers’ land at throwaway prices was played whenever the Congress was in power in Haryana and Delhi, you know this, he said. With your blessings, this `chowkidar’ took those who looted the farmers to court, he said. They are running around for bail, going to ED (Enforcement Directorate) offices. They thought they were emperors and nobody could touch them, but and now they are feeling the heat,” he added. I have taken them to the jail’s door, he said, asking for the people’s blessings again so that he can now put them behind bars within the next five years . Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The prime minister also targeted Congress over national security, corruption and the anti-Sikh riots in 1984. He claimed that after five phases of Lok Sabha elections phases the opposition now has given up the fight. “Now the situation is quite clear. With the blessings of the countrymen, when the results are out by May 23 evening, it will be ‘Phir ek baar… (Modi government again), he said. “Be it Congress or their ‘mahamilavati’ allies they have given up the fight, and their intention to form a ‘khichdi aur majboor sarkar’ in Delhi has fallen flat, Modi said. Your Chowkidar is working day and night to make India a global power, he said. Can any country become a world power if its defence policy is not strong? Will the world listen to a nation which is unable to defend itself? he said. He said Pakistan used to indulge in barbarism towards our jawans and terrorist attacks took place frequently before 2014. But a weak Congress government at the Centre responded only with statements, he claimed. Modi said his government gave a free hand to the armed forces and they are now striking deep inside Pakistan to kill terrorists, who are now running for cover. He credited his government for the efforts which led to Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar being designated a global terrorist by the United Nations. He also hit out at Congress for its poll promise to review the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and scrapping the anti-sedition law. This means the Congress is publicly talking about giving a free run to the supporters of terrorism and stone pelters. The Congress, which raised objection to saying Bharat Mata ki Jai, is now promising to scrap the sedition law, he said. The Congress wants that the ‘tukde tukde’ gang, those who abuse the country, insult our national flag and are supporters of Naxalism, be given a free run, he charged. Speaking in a constituency that has sizeable Punjabi population, Modi attacked the Congress over the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, alleging that thousands of Sikhs were killed on the directions of the Congress parivar and their courtiers . He said justice was delivered to the victim’s families during the present NDA government. Without naming Kamal Nath, Modi said A person, about whom questions were raised in connection with the anti-Sikh riots, was made the MP CM and by doing so the Congress made it clear that it does not care about your feelings . He slammed Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy over an alleged remark on soldiers. He said youths who do not get two square meals join the armed forces to fill their bellies, Modi claimed, in apparent reference to a video which surfaced recently. Do the brave soldiers of Haryana, Punjab and Himachal join the forces because they do not get two square meals? This is an insult to our jawans. Can there be a bigger insult? he said. He criticised the Congress over the one rank, one pension scheme, saying it failed to implement it for ex-servicemen despite promises. He said that Congress does not care for the soldiers and its governments had failed to set up any memorial to the martyrs. They set up memorials in the name of their family members in every nook and corner and crores of rupees from the exchequer were spent on them, he said. Polling for 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana will be held in the sixth phase on May 12.last_img

Naidu meets Rahul Opposition conclave in Delhi on May 21

first_imgNew Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu Wednesday met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and discussed plans to hold a meeting of Opposition parties on May 21, two days ahead of Lok Sabha results to chalk out a post-poll alliance.Naidu met Gandhi before heading out to West Bengal to attend public rallies in support of the ruling Trinamool Congress in the state, sources said. In a brief meeting, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief is believed to have discussed the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) issue, the voting percentage in the recently held five-phase polling besides the Andhra Assembly election developments, the sources said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe sources said Naidu and Gandhi also discussed the post-poll scenario and more or less agreed to call a meeting of Opposition parties on May 21. Naidu will be meeting West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee apart from attending her rallies on Wednesday and Thursday. According to Naidu, there were only three possible scenarios. One- a Congress-led government, two- a government of regional leaders where Congress would support from outside, or a government where both Congress and regional parties would join. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenThe Andhra Pradesh CM was in Delhi to attend the Supreme Court hearing on a petition filed by the Opposition parties to review its judgment rejecting 50 per cent random physical verification of EVMs using VVPATs. The apex court dismissed the petition following which the parties again met the Election Commission to press their demand. With two more rounds of elections to go, opposition parties are planning to meet the President after the elections are over, to impress upon him not to call the single largest party to form the government in case of a split verdict, sources said.last_img read more

Forget Starting Pitchers Its Bullpen Season

Bullpenning might be an even more powerful force in the National League playoffs. Wild-card rosters can be manipulated to carry more position players. By pinch-hitting for the pitcher spot regularly in a game, an NL-bullpenning team can add a de facto designated hitter to its lineup.The Brewers’ bullpen enters the postseason on a tear. After winning a tiebreaker game Monday against the Cubs to avoid the NL wild-card game, Milwaukee will likely rely heavily on its bullpen in the NL Division Series round. The Brewers employed a “bullpen day” recently and have the NL’s most valuable reliever per WAR in Josh Hader (2.9), who entered Monday second to the Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman in the majors in strikeouts per nine innings with 15.9.Nearly every team in the postseason has placed a premium on bullpen help with an eye on regular and postseason play. Never have teams more valued relief pitchers — the position group was one of the few player demographics unaffected by last offseason’s ice cold free agent market. The Rockies committed $106 million to free agent relievers last winter — and that was before Adam Ottavino became one of the best relievers in baseball this season, remaking himself in a vacant Manhattan storefront. The Indians gave up their best prospect, Francisco Mejia, in a deadline deal with San Diego to acquire relievers Brad Hand and Adam Cimber. The defending champion Astros trail only the Yankees and San Diego Padres in relief WAR (8.2) and posted the lowest bullpen ERA (3.03) in baseball this season. Yankees GM Brian Cashman built a super bullpen before the 2017 trade deadline and added Baltimore relief ace Zach Britton prior to this deadline.Relievers could throw as many or more innings as starters in the postseason this fall. While there are still 27 outs necessary to record a win, the way to optimize run prevention has been turned upside down.Check out our latest MLB predictions. With the game turning more to bullpens, no situation calls for consideration of a bullpen-style approach more than the urgency-filled wild-card games this week. The New York Yankees and Oakland A’s are built to pitch largely from their bullpens when they begin the American League playoffs Wednesday, as the teams respectively rank first and fifth in the majors in relief wins above replacement. The Yankees set an MLB record for strikeout rate by a bullpen last season and shattered their own mark this season, becoming the first relief corps to strike out more than 11 batters per nine innings for a season. Their 9.7 WAR total is also an MLB record. The Yankees and A’s are each considering “bullpenning” the game, a strategy in which a traditional starting pitcher does not go deep into a game, or even start the game, and the majority of innings are absorbed by relievers or starters in brief appearances.While the Yankees have an ace in Luis Severino, another penalty for not winning a division is that teams are often faced with expending their best starting pitcher in the wild-card game. But allowing a No. 1 starter to work the majority of a wild-card game limits his total impact in the following series, should the team advance. Bullpenning the wild-card game allows for a team to rest its best starting pitcher or use him in limited fashion.Nearly a year to the day after former Yankee manager Joe Girardi said he was uncomfortable with bullpenning a playoff game (Severino’s struggles prompted an early call to the bullpen anyway), first-year Yankee manager Aaron Boone said last week that he will “absolutely” consider a bullpen-heavy approach.“We’ll be rested and lined up,” Boone said on 98.7 ESPN NY, “so I can see getting two, three, four or five innings from (the starter) and then roll it out.”The A’s almost have to get the majority of their innings from their bullpen Wednesday. Oakland has the thinnest starting staff of any team in the postseason, a group decimated by injuries. Ace Sean Manaea is on the disabled list, as are starting pitchers Jharel Cotton, Daniel Gossett and Kendall Graveman. Oakland’s best remaining starters are Trevor Cahill, Mike Fiers and Edwin Jackson. But the A’s do have one of the most dominant relievers in the game in Blake Treinen, who has a 0.78 ERA, and they strengthened their bullpen at the trade deadline with the acquisitions of Jeurys Familia and Fernando Rodney. Only the Tampa Bay Rays, who routinely started games with relievers — or “openers” — saw their starters average fewer pitches per start (63) than Oakland (81) this season.“We’ve basically built the whole season back to front, so I don’t know why we would change now,” A’s general manager David Forst said of the team’s wild card pitching plans. “The year that Blake has had makes him probably the most important guy on that pitching staff. … We will start our planning with him and then similarly Familia, Rodney and [Lou] Trivino have been so good. We’ll probably figure it out that way.”Teams are less and less likely to allow their starting pitchers to make a third trip through an opponent’s batting order. MLB starting pitchers faced 26,022 opponents for a third time or more through a batting this season compared with 35,545 such plate appearances in 2008 and 41,211 in 1998. Data shows that pitchers generally lose effectiveness each time they work through a batting order. While an elite ace might be a club’s best option for a third or fourth time through, more often a bullpen arm is the better way to go. The Dodgers demonstrated that last season, during their run to the World Series, when they at times limited their starters’ exposure to opposing lineups — though pitchers like Rich Hill were not always pleased with the quick hookOf the AL playoff teams, the relievers of the Astros, Yankees, Red Sox and A’s — all but the Indians — limited opponents to a lower on-base percentage plus slugging in their first plate appearance in a game than starters did to opponents in their second plate appearance. In the NL, the Brewers and Cubs also might want to think about going to their bullpen before some of their starting pitchers face an opposing lineup a second time. This Major League Baseball postseason, and in particular this wild-card round, might represent a tipping point in pitching strategy.Relievers accounted for a record 17,415⅓ innings this season, topping the record set last year of 16,469⅔ innings. Major league relievers accounted for 40.1 percent of total innings thrown this season, a record share of workload. And bullpens have taken on an even greater share of work in recent postseasons. Relievers threw a then-record 38.1 percent of regular-season innings last season, but in the postseason, that share of work jumped to 46.5 percent of innings. For comparison, bullpens in 2010 accounted for 32.9 of regular-season innings and 32.3 percent of postseason innings. The end game — the bullpen, the relief corps — is increasingly front-and-center in baseball, particularly in the postseason. read more