Mets, Phillies To Close Out Five-Game Series Sunday Night On ESPN’s ‘SNB’

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ESPN has a National League East divisional matchup on tap in this week’s edition of its weekly Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell broadcast.

The Philadelphia Phillies (68-54) will host the New York Mets (52-69) in the closer of the teams’ five-game series.  The series started Thursday with a one and one double-header between the NL East foes.  The Mets routed the Phillies in the first game 24-6 while the Phillies won game two 9-6.

Philadelphia took control of the series on Friday, defeating the Mets 4-2.  The Mets came back Saturday and evened things back up at two games each with a 3-1 win over the Phillies.  That means Sunday night’s game will be the rubber match between the teams.

Nick Pivetta (7-9) is expected to get the start on the mound for the Phillies Sunday night. He was last on the mound August 14 against the Boston Red Sox.  The Bosox won that game 2-1 with Philadelphia’ Tommy Hunter taking the loss.

Pivetta was strong in that game, pitching six innings, allowing only one run on three hits, one walk and one earned run while striking out six and allowing only one home run in that time.  So he will be looking to get the Phils back in the “W” column in this series’ finale against the Mets, whose playoff hopes at this point are nil.

Jason Vargas (2-8) is expected to get the start for the Mets Sunday night.  The 35-year-old has had a rough season so far, pitching a total of 53.1 innings in 13 games with an ERA of 8.10.  His last time on the mound was August 14 against Baltimore.

The Orioles took the win over the Mets in that game, 6-3.  Vargas’ struggles continued in that game as he allowed two runs on five hits, two earned runs while walking three batters and striking out only one over six innings.  He also allowed one home run in that time.

Just by the pitchers’ numbers, one would think Sunday night’s game is in the Phillies’ favor, but New York has been a surprise this weekend against Philadelphia.  That could be because the Mets know they have nothing to lose and don’t want to finish in the bottom of the league, causing them to play harder.

With the two losses to the Phillies this weekend, the Mets ended their two-game losing ski and back back into the “W” column, though win or lose it won’t be enough to help the team’s playoff hopes.  Philadelphia is 41-20 at home and 27-34 on the road so far this season. Saturday’s loss to the Mets drops the Phillies to 68-55 on the season, still keeping the team in the post season hunt.  The Mets will still be playing with a ire in their bellies because they have at least something to prove since they won’t be in the playoffs, so Sunday night’s game could go either way.

Matt Vasgersian will have the call for Sunday’s game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Alex Rodriguez and Jessica Mendoza for additional commentary.  Reporter Buster Olney will have all of the game’s latest news and interviews.

Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will cover the game on ESPN Radio.  The NL East matchup will also be simulcast on ESPN Deportes and on the ESPN app.

Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will be preceded by Baseball TonightSunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet at 7 p.m. ET.with Karl Ravech at the helm.  Ravech will be joined by analysts Mark Teixeira, David Ross and Tim Kurkjian for additional commentary.

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Bosox, ‘Stros Go Under The Lights Live Sept. 9 On ESPN

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As Major League Baseball’s race to the post season heats up, ESPN has announced what is certainly its own hot addition to the network’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell schedule.

The MLB-leading Boston Red Sox will play live under the lights against theAmerican League West-leading Houston Astros Sept. 9 on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.  As of August 18, the Red Sox lead Major League Baseball’s standings at 87-36, the only team in the league so far this season to reach and even surpass the 80-win mark.  That puts the Red Sox both at the top of the league and the top of the American League East.

The Astros currently lead the American League West at 74-49, tying them with the Oakland Athletics for the division’s top spot.  The teams are now tied for third in the American League, too.

Since the game is still so far out, no rotations or pitchers have been announced for the key showdown.Matt Vasgersian will anchor the broadcast.  he will be joined by analysts Alex Rodriguez and Jessica Mendoza for additional commentary while rpoerter Buster Olney will have all of the game’s latest news and interviews.

Jon Sciambi will anchor the game’s broadcast on ESPN Radio.  He will be joined by analyst Chris Singleton for additional commentary.

ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell is preceded each week by Baseball TonightSunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet at 7 p.m. ET.  Karl Ravech anchors with additional commentary from analysts Mark Teixeira, David Ross and Tim Kurkjian.

ESPN Deportes will broadcast the teams’ showdown in Spanish for the game’s Spanish-speaking audiences.  Audiences who won’t be near a television on Sept. 9 can still catch the game online via the ESPN app.

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Yanks Look To Sweep Jays Sunday In Weekend Series Finale Live On TBS

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The New York Yankees continue their post season hunt Sunday afternoon on TBS as they close out a three-game weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The “Bronx Bombers” just wrapped the second win of the series earlier today, taking Game Two 11-6 against Toronto.  Luis Severino (15-6) was credited with the win for New York while Sean Reid-Foley (0-2) took the loss for the Jays.

J.A. Happ (13-6) is expected to get the start Sunday afternoon for the Yankees. His last time on the mound was August 14 against Tampa Bay.  Happ was credited with the win in the Yanks’ 4-1 victory over the Rays in that game, allowing only 1 hit and 4 walks over 7 innings while striking out 4 batters.

Ryan Borucki (2-2) is expected to get the start for Toronto.  His last time on the mound was also August 14 when Toronto took on the Royals.  Jake Petricka (2-1) was credited with the win for Toronto while Borucki struggled slightly over the course of just four innings.  Borucki only struck out one batter while allowing four runs on six hits, four earned runs and four walks, so he’ll be looking to improve Sunday afternoon when the Blue Jays close out this weekend’s series against the Yankees in the teams’ American League East matchup.

While the Yankees (76-46) — currently second in the American League —  have taken two of three already this weekend from the Blue Jays, it won’t make too much difference in the race against long-time rivals the Boston Red Sox.  However, one more win is still critical for the “Pinstripers” because New York is just ahead of Houston (74-48) and Oakland (73-49) in the American League standings, so Sunday’s game will still have its own importance for New York as it tries to maintain its place in the race to the post season.

The Blue Jays also have nothing to lose as they sit below the cutoff line in the American League standings for the post season at 55-67 with little chance at a playoff spot. This weekend’s losses have Toronto in the midst of a two-game losing streak and have dropped the team to 4-6 in its last 10 games.  The losses drop Toronto’s road record now to 26-35 so far on the season versus a 29-32 home record, so by the numbers, the odds are in New York’s favor to sweep this weekend’s series against Toronto.

Brian Anderson will anchor Sunday’s broadcast live from New York.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Ron Darling for additional commentary.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. live on TBS.  More information on Sunday’s game and all of the network’s Major League Baseball coverage is available online now at:

 

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Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators Debuts Second Single From Forthcoming Album, ‘Living The Dream’

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Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators is giving audiences another preview of its upcoming album Living The Dream.

The band debuted the album’s second single ‘Mind Your Manners’ on Friday.  The song is streaming online at Spotify and Apple Music, and available as an instant grat track at other outlets.  Each outlet can be accessed here.

Slash discussed ‘Mind Your Manners’ in a recent interview, saying that the song’s genesis happened somewhat spontaneously.

“I wrote this song on the spot to help the band get up and running once we got back in the studio this past January,” Slash said.  “It’s just a go-for-it type of song.  Pretty straightforward rock and fun to play.”

Kennedy expanded on Slash’s thoughts, explaining the song’s lyrical content.

“‘Mind Your Manners’ was something I didn’t hear until the guys had started jamming together,” Kennedy said.  “It’s a cool up-tempo sort of thing and I knew immediately it would have its own place on this record.  Lyrically, it’s about how when things are going well, there always tends to be someone who tries to rain on your parade and knock you down.  You have to keep people like that in check and not let them get to you.”

The debut of ‘Mind Your Manners’ comes only weeks after the group debuted the forthcoming album’s lead single ‘Driving Rain‘ late last month.  Pre-orders for the album, which is due out October 21 via Snakepit/Roadrunner Records, are open now.  The album’s track listing is noted below.

Following is the tracklisting for LIVING THE DREAM:
1. The Call of the Wild
2. Serve You Right
3. My Antidote
4. Mind Your Manners
5. Lost Inside the Girl
6. Read Between the Lines
7. Slow Grind
8. The One You Loved Is Gone
9. Driving Rain
10. Sugar Cane
11. The Great Pretender
12. Boulevard of Broken Hearts

A tour in support of Living The Dream is scheduled to launch September 13  in Los Angeles, California. It is currently scheduled to run through October 18, bringing the band full circle back to Los Angeles with stops in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Louisville, KY; Silver Spring Maryland and other cities along the way.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

Following are SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS tour dates:

More information on ‘Mind Your Manners,’ Living The Dream and all of the latest news and more from Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators is available online now at:

 

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Everlast Debuts New LP’s Second Single, ‘Don’t Complain’

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Veteran rapper Everlast has released another single from his upcoming album.

Everlast premiered the single ‘Don’t Complain‘ on Thursday.  The song, which comes from the veteran rapper’s forthcoming album Whitey Ford’s House of Pain, hints at influences from his 1998 album Whitey Ford Sings The Blues in regards to its musical arrangement.  Everlast (whose real name is Erik Schrody) said of the song’s lyrical content that it is “about some Hollywood cats I find humorously douchey.”

The debut this week of ‘Don’t Complain’ comes almost a week after the August 10 debut of the video for White Ford’s House of Pain‘s lead single ‘The Culling.’  The song itself was debuted July 19.

Whitey Ford’s House of Pain is Everlast’s first album of new material in seven years and his seventh full-length solo album.  Pre-orders for the 15-song record, which is due out September 7 via Martyr-Inc. are open now.  It features guest appearances from Aloe Blacc and Atmosphere rapper Slug.

The record’s track listing is noted below.

Track listing for WHITEY FORD’S HOUSE OF PAIN:
“One Of Us”
“The Culling”
“It Ain’t Easy”
“The Climb (Interlude)”
“The Climb”
“Slow Your Roll featuring Aloe Blacc”
“Smokin’ & Drinkin'”
“Oooohh (I Don’t Need You) featuring Slug”
“Summer Rain (Interlude)”
“Summer Rain”
“Don’t Complain”
“Break It Down”
“Break It Down (Interlude)”
“HeartBeat”
“Dream State”

Two live dates have already been announced in support of Whitey Ford’s House of Pain.  The first is scheduled for August 24 in Las Vegas, Nevada and the second October 14 in Sacramento, California.  All of the details are noted below.

Catch EVERLAST live:
Date               City                             Venue
8/24                Las Vegas, NV         Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (EllisMania XV)
10/14              Sacramento, CA       Aftershock Festival

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Mushroomhead’s ‘Volume III’ DVD Falls Short Of Expectations

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The wait for Mushroomhead’s new DVD Volume III is finally over.  The band’s third full-length DVD was released August 17 via Megaforce Records, and while it is an entertaining presentation, it honestly has to be said that it could have been a much better presentation.  That is not to say that the DVD is a complete loss.  It does have some positives, but it also has cons that cannot be ignored, either.  The most notable of those cons is the general lack of actual live material.  This will be discussed later.  To the positive, audiences get in this latest DVD, a full collection of the band’s most recent videos taken from singles from the band’s 2014 album The Righteous and the Butterfly in one place.  The bonus content is just as notable as the videos.  When said content is considered along with the videos and the “live” material, the end result is a presentation that while entertaining, could have been better.

Mushroomhead’s latest full-length DVD – the simply titled Volume III – is a work that has been hyped quite a bit ahead of its release on August 17.  Sadly though, for all of the hype, the DVD proves ultimately be a presentation that while entertaining, could have been much better.  Again, that is not to say that the DVD is a total loss. It does have some positives, the most notable being the music videos culled for its presentation.  The videos presented are the companions to the singles from the band’s 2014 album The Righteous and the Butterfly – ‘Qwerty,’ ‘We Are The Truth,’ ‘Devils Be Damned’ and ‘Graveyard Du Jour.’  The videos for ‘We Are The Truth’ and ‘Devils Be Damned’ were just recently debuted as part of the promotional push for the DVD.  As an added bonus (which will be discussed later), audiences get some interesting commentary on at least two of said videos and even an alternate take on another.  Again, this will be discussed later along with the rest of the DVD’s bonus content.  The videos are, in essence, the center of the DVD’s presentation.  That is because the DVD’s actual live material is very limited here.  That is the DVD’s one major negative point.

In regards to its live material, audiences get in this material, two actual live performances at the most.  The rest of the “live” material is just one big montage of the band performing live at various venues with a bunch of dizzying, fast-paced shots throughout.  On the surface, this might not seem all that important, since technically audiences are getting at least a glimpse of the band’s live show.  The problem here is that because the actual live material is limited so directly, audiences are getting more of a preview of the band’s live show than an actual representation thereof.  Considering that live shows are where musical acts of any genre get the majority of their income, getting this limited preview of the band’s live show does more of a disservice to the band (and its new DVD) than a service.  That is especially the case considering how much of the DVD’s nearly two-hour total run time is taken up with the nonstop footage of the band performing and making its way across the country.  That time would have been much better served giving a much fuller presentation of the band’s live show and keeping the behind-the-scenes tour footage limited to a minimum as bonus material.  Speaking of the bonus material, the DVD’s bonus material is its other positive.

The bonus material included in Volume III proves to be a positive because of what it adds to the DVD’s overall viewing experience.  The noted behind-the-scenes tour footage is just one of those items that makes the bonus material notable.  Audiences get to see the band offstage and on, preparing for its shows and making the most of its time on the road in various ways.  It should be noted though, that some viewer discretion is advised in regards to the bonus content.  That is because there are a number of shots included in that bonus footage of women showing their breasts for the cameras.  While brief, the shots are long enough that they cannot be ignored.  So to that end, some discretion should be used.  Getting back on the topic at hand, that footage is not the only bonus footage included in the DVD’s presentation.  Audiences also get a full alternate take of the band’s video for ‘We Are The Truth’ that is completely unlike the final product that was recently debuted.  Instead of that Evil Dead themed work, the alternate take presents the band in front of the house used in that video, performing the song together with guest/touring vocalist Jackie Laponza in tow.  Along with that, audiences get some brief looks behind the cameras of the band’s other videos and even some entertaining commentary from an unexpected source (which won’t be revealed here for those who haven’t yet seen the DVD) for some of the videos, too.  All of that bonus material, when considered alongside the DVD’s feature music videos, gives audiences reason to watch this presentation at least once.  The lack of any real live material though, detracts from the DVD’s presentation is a fashion that cannot be ignored.  Keeping all of this in mind, Volume III proves to be an interesting new offering from Mushroomhead, but it is also one that could have been better.

Mushroomhead’s new DVD Volume III is an interesting new offering from the veteran Cleveland, Ohio-based metal outfit.  At the same time though, it is also a presentation that could have been better.  The music videos that obviously are the center of the DVD’s presentation, couple with the DVD’s  bonus material to give viewers at least some reason to watch.  The use of a conglomerate of live shots in place of any real live material (save for two songs) is a disservice to the DVD and the band that cannot be ignored.  The negative effect that it has on the DVD’s presentation does not go unnoticed.  Keeping all of this in mind, Volume III proves to be a far cry from what Mushroomhead has offered previously and a work that while interesting, just could have been so much better.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Volume III is available online now along with all of Mushroomhead’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Michael Schenker Fest Debuts ‘Take Me To The Church’ Video

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Michael Schenker has debuted the video for the latest single from his new Michael Schenker Fest record.

The band debuted the video for the song ‘Take Me To The Church‘ today.  Mixing footage of the band’s recent performance in St. Petersburg, Russia with footage of Schenker and his vocalists — Doogie White, Graham Bonnett and Robin McAuley — inside a church in the city, the video is the third to come from the album.  It comes a little more than seven months after the debut of the lyric video for the album’s opener, ‘Heart and Soul.’  The album’s lead single ‘Warrior‘ saw its video debut on Dec. 1, 2017.

Schenker commented on the video, saying it was a positive experience.

“The process was an interesting experience!,” Schenker said.  “The fans in Russian were great for the video, too.”

MSF singer Doogie White expanded on Schenker’s thoughts, explaining the fan response to the song was what led to it becoming the album’s next single and video.

“‘Take Me To The Church’ was the obvious choice, given the terrific response in the live arena and from fans and reviewers alike, so we decided to bite the bullet and shoot a video,” White said.  “This was the first of three songs Michael and I wrote for the Resurrection album, continuing the partnership we started with ‘Temple of Rock.’ It is always fascinating to see how others interpret lyrics and bring them to life visually.  We also knew that fans would want to see live footage of the line-up. We added that, too.  So once you have watched the video and learned your lines, you can sing along when we come to a town or city near you. Alright.”

Along with the video’s debut, the group debuted the finished video’s behind-the-scenes making of companion video August 14.  The video clocks in at just one minute, 44 seconds, but offers its own entertainment value.  It is streaming here.

Michael Schenker Fest will be touring Japan later this month and next month.  After taking some time off following that run, the band will launch the European leg of its tour in support of Resurrection.  All of those tour dates are noted below.

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST LIVE 2018
featuring 3 original M.S.G. singers Gary BardenGraham Bonnet and Robin McAuley plus Doogie White (ex-RAINBOWMichael Schenker’s TEMPLE OF ROCK)

29.08. JP Osaka – Zepp Namba
30.08. JP Nagoya – Zepp
31.08. JP Tokyo – Pit
02.09. JP Sapporo – Zepp
04.09. JP Sendai – Pit
05.09. JP Tokyo – International Forum

Presented by:
Rock Hard, guitar, Rock It!, musix, Nuclear Blast, a.s.s. concerts, Dragon Productions
w/ ABSOLVA
27.10. ES Málaga – Paris 15
28.10. ES Madrid – Sala Riviera
30.10. IT Milan – Live Club
31.10. CH Pratteln – Z7
01.11. DE Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
02.11. DE Karlsruhe – Festhalle Durlach
03.11. NL Amsterdam – Melkweg

w/ EDEN’S CURSE
05.11. UK Glasgow – O2 ABC
06.11. UK Birmingham – O2 Institute
08.11. UK Gwynedd – Hard Rock Hell *SOLD OUT*
09.11. UK Newcastle – O2 Academy
10.11. UK London – O2 Forum Kentish Town
11.11. UK Manchester – Academy

13.11. PL Lodz – Klub Wytwórnia
14.11. CZ Prague – Kongresový Sál

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