Interbike 2010: Maxxis’ New DJ, Mountain Bike Tires and Their First Prototype Road Tubulars

first_imgNot shown, the Ardent and Crossmark are now available in UST versions for 29er. Weights are approximately 900g and 800g.These prototype tubular tires are the first tubulars for Maxxis. Our man there, Rob, wanted us to point out that they’ll be made in their own factory in Taiwan, not outsourced like “some other companies.”Forza is the training/everyday tire with a bit of tread (click to enlarge for detail). It has their Silkworm puncture protecting polymer fabric, a dual compound rubber and a 130psi max. The Campione is the racing tire and has a higher 145psi max and their K2 Kevlar Komposite puncture protection layer, and it bumps up to a triple compound rubber. No current production timeline, still in development. Maxxis had a few new pieces of rubber for both road and dirt on hand, including prototypes of their first-ever tubular tires.Starting at the left, the DTH BMX tire is now available in a 26″ size for urban and dirt jump use. It’ll come in 2.15 and 2.3 sizes with various 60tpi versions and one lighter 525g 120tpi eXception model.In the center is the Ikon, a new 26″ and 29er XC tire. Both sizes will be available with or without their EXO sidewall protection. All Icon tires are part of the eXception series with 120tpi casing and these are Maxxis’ first triple compound XC tires. They have a hard 70a base compound with a dual 62a center/60a side tread compound. 480g to 535g for 26″ and 520g to 575g for 29er.On the right is the Beaver, a new mud specific 29er that uses small ramped knobs with wide spacing. It has a dual compound with harder base layer and softer 50a tread layer for good grip on wet rocks. 120tpi casing, 2.0 x29 only for now, weight is about 520g. $51.00.More news on MTB tires, a bigger picture of these three and those forthcoming road tubulars after the break…last_img read more

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Fending Off Math Anxiety

first_imgThe New York Times:My mother was what we would now call math anxious, if not phobic. My daughter, on the other hand, was a math major, which always left me feeling like the transitional generation, capable of mastering standardized-test math problems and surviving college calculus (it’s one of the pre-med requirements) but never really connecting to the beauty or power of the subject.…“Math anxiety is prevalent all around the world,” said Julianne Herts, a study author and a doctoral student at the University of Chicago who works in cognitive psychology. “If you look within Japan, students in Japan who are math anxious aren’t scoring as well at math,” she said. “If you look between countries, countries where more students experience math anxiety tend to underperform.”Read the whole story: The New York Timeslast_img read more

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Effects of maternal smoking on brain cells continue long after birth

first_imgPinterest Email LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on Facebookcenter_img Share Early exposure to nicotine can trigger widespread genetic changes that affect formation of connections between brain cells long after birth, a new Yale-led study has found. The finding helps explains why maternal smoking has been linked to behavioral changes such as attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, addiction and conduct disorder.Nicotine does this by affecting a master regulator of DNA packaging, which in turn influences activity of genes crucial to the formation and stabilization of synapses between brain cells, according to the study published online May 30 in the journal Nature Neuroscience.“When this regulator is induced in mice, they pay attention to a stimulus they should ignore,” said Marina Picciotto, the Charles B.G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry, professor in the Child Study Center and the Departments of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, and senior author of the paper. An inability to focus is the hallmark of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other behavioral disorders, which have been linked to maternal smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke. However, scientists did not understand how early environmental exposure to smoking could create behavioral problems years later.Picciotto’s lab found that mice exposed to nicotine during early development did indeed develop behavioral problems that mimic symptoms of attention deficit disorder in humans. They then did extensive genomic screening of mice exposed to nicotine and found higher levels of activity in a key regulator of histone methylation — a process that controls gene expression by changing the DNA wrapping around chromosomes. The researchers found that genes essential to the creation of brain synapses were heavily effected.Furthermore, the scientists found that these genetic changes were maintained even in adult mice. However, when researchers inhibited the master regulator of histone methylation, these adult mice were calmer and no longer reacted to a stimulus they should ignore. In a final test, they triggered expression of this regulator in mice never exposed to nicotine, and the mice exhibited behavior that mimicked attention deficit disorder.“It is exciting to find a signal that could explain the long-lasting effects of nicotine on brain cell structure and behavior,” Picciotto said. “It was even more intriguing to find a regulator of gene expression that responds to a stimulus like nicotine and may change synapse and brain activity during development.”last_img read more

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Study: Facebook users tend to be more narcissistic — but happier — than non-users

first_imgPinterest Share Share on Twitter PsyPost interviewed the study’s corresponding author, Julia Brailovskaia of Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Read her explanation of the research below:PsyPost: Why were you interested in this topic?Brailovskaia: In the last ten years, social networking sites (SNS) have become part of the everyday life of many people. With over 1.5 billion users, Facebook is one of the most popular SNSs. Worldwide, users spend a lot of time interacting on Facebook with other users and presenting themselves. Some people, however, avoid the use of this SNS consciously. While earlier studies showed that online behavior on Facebook is associated with some personality traits such as narcissism or extraversion, only few studies investigated its relationship with mental health. These studies partly showed inconsistent results. Furthermore, only little attention was spent on the differences between Facebook users and non-users.We therefore decided to shed some light on this topic with our exploratory study. As part of the ongoing BOOM (Bochum Optimism and Mental Health) project, our study compared Facebook users and non-users regarding personality traits, positive and negative mental health variables.What should the average person take away from your study?Our results reveal significant differences between Facebook users and people who do not use this SNS. Facebook users have higher values of the personality traits narcissism, extraversion and self-esteem than Facebook non-users. Furthermore, they show higher values of life satisfaction, social support and subjective happiness. And there seems to be a stronger association between personality traits on the one hand and depression, anxiety and stress symptoms on the other hand in the group of Facebook users. In remains unclear, however, whether the use of Facebook actually increases positive variables of mental health as well as various personality traits. To answer this question, we are now working on longitudinal and experimental studies.Are there any major caveats? What questions still need to be addressed?Earlier studies showed significant relationships between online interaction and self-presentation on the one hand and various personality traits on the other hand. In our study, we did not investigate online behavior. We only compared users and non-users of Facebook. In future studies, in would be advisable to focus on the association between activities on Facebook, e.g., social interaction, and life satisfaction or depression and anxiety symptoms.Furthermore, to improve the generalizability of our present results, future studies should investigate their replicability in older samples with broader age ranges.Is there anything else you would like to add?Our results cannot answer the following question: Does Facebook use help to improve mental health making its users more resistant against e.g., depression? If this was the case, it would be beneficial to integrate the use of Facebook into prevention programs for mental health. Considering the large potential of Facebook in providing social support and satisfying the need to belong, the use of this platform could be especially meaningful to people without offline social support. Unlike to face-to-face interaction, in online interactions users can take time to think through their course of action and practice managing stressful situations to develop appropriate, resilient behavior.However, such assumptions would also suggest that traits such as narcissism increase with Facebook use. Some authors of earlier studies have already expressed this concern emphasizing that especially younger users of platforms like Facebook show increased narcissism value.The study, “Comparing Facebook Users and Facebook Non-Users: Relationship between Personality Traits and Mental Health Variables – An Exploratory Study“, was also co-authored by Jürgen Margraf. Emailcenter_img New research published in PLOS One has found differences between Facebook users and Facebook non-users regarding personality traits and mental health variables.The study of 790 Facebook users and 155 non-users found that those who participated in the social networking site tended to score higher on measures of narcissism, self-esteem and extraversion. Facebook users also tended to have higher levels of subjective happiness, life satisfaction and social support compared to non-users.But there were no significant differences found between Facebook users and non-users when it came to the personality traits of conscientiousness, agreeableness, neuroticism and openness to experience. Share on Facebook LinkedInlast_img read more

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Building buys a pint …

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

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The Friday Flyer – November 15th 2013

first_imgIt is not known whether MOL Caledon was carrying any containerised project cargo, but the potential of the port for boxes filled with such cargoes looks good.The USD2.4 billion facility, some 32 km down the River Thames from Central London, is aiming to handle 3.5 million containers a year, which leads to a natural question. Unless the total volume of containers into, out of, or transhipped through the UK grows by some 3.5 million containers annually, which port is going to have to give up its box traffic?Given the very long lead time in the planning and completion of ports, it is clear that the plans for this port were set in motion before the 2008 crisis. Let’s hope that its opening might help the ailing UK economy on its road to recovery.This week’s Friday Flyer is sponsored by Broekman Project Services, located in the Port of Rotterdam, which offers a total solution for handling and assembly of project cargoes – www.broekman-group.com/bps                In the corporate world A survey of key players in the international shipping industry has revealed that vessel operating costs are set to rise by 3 percent in 2013 and 3.2 percent in 2014, with crew wages and P&I insurance set to increase most significantly as the global economic environment shows signs of recovery.Toll Group has negotiated its second issuance of US Private Placement (USPP) notes for the equivalent of USD250 million, anticipated to be drawn down in December 2014 while LOC Group has secured a minority external investment from Bridgepoint Development Capital (BDC).In the upcoming Christmas and New Year period, curfews are being implemented in Queensland and Western Australia, limiting oversized vehicles on state roads.Terex Cranes is tracking recent reports of counterfeit Terex crawler models originating from China, with the CC 2500-1 lattice boom crawler crane (pictured top right) the model of choice for copycat manufacturers. “If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is,” the company warns.XPO Logistics has rebranded its international freight forwarding division, Concert Group Logistics (CGL), to XPO Global Logistics.Tiong Woon Corporation has released strong results for the quarter ended September 2013 (Q1 2014), with turnover rising 3 percent year-on-year over Q1 2013 to USD35.9 million and gross profit jumping 30 percent to USD11.91 million over the same period. Turnover from the group’s Heavy Lift and Haulage division rose by 6 percent year-on-year to USD36 million.Reduced volumes of high and heavy cargo and seasonally lower demand for maritime services negatively affected Wilh Wilhelmsen Holding ASA’s (WWH) total income and result for Q3 2013 as operating profit stood at USD96 million, down from USD260 million 12 months previously. Revenue for Q3 2013 fell by 18.7 percent year-on-year to USD873 million.        Capacity developments ASCO has invested GBP2.6 million (USD4.16 million) in two new Sennebogen 6130 mobile harbour cranes (MHC) at its offshore supply base in Peterhead, UK while Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has received an order for a Terex Gottwald G HMK 5506 mobile harbour crane and three Terex CS 45 KS reach stackers from Hans Lehmann KG.        Notable shipmentsVolga-Dnepr Airlines is helping to keep the lights on in Jamaica after transporting a 28-tonne turbine rotor from Houston, USA to Montego Bay, Jamaica for air charter broker Chapman Freeborn to supply power to homes, hospitals and government facilities in the northern part of the country. The airline also used one of its IL-76TD-90VD aircraft to deliver an aircraft engine cowling from Germany to Switzerland.The Freight Company was on track when it transported five rail track laying machines (pictured top right) from the Saphli railway station in Chumphon, southern Thailand, to the port of Laem Chabang.Wasa Logistics recently completed a complex multimodal project shipment, successfully delivering three over-dimensional gas tanks (pictured second right) from Decin in the Czech Republic to Kokkola, Finland.Almajdouie Logistics transported an oil quench tower, a water quench tower and a C3 splitter (pictured bottom right) from Jubail Industrial Port to the Sadara project site in Saudi Arabia.        Network News AT Logistics has become the latest member of Pacific Power Logistics (PPL) Networks.It’s a hat trick for the Project Cargo Network (PCN) as it appoints BNM Freight Forwarders Co Ltd as its third and final representative in Tanzania.Brisbane headquartered International Project Logistics has become the newest member of the Global Project Logistics Network (GPLN), representing Australia.In the November 1, edition of the Friday Flyer, HLPFI published a picture of the Heavy Lift Group (HLG) executive committe in error. The picture should have shown the six new members that were appointed at its 53rd conference.        People and places John Reinhart (picture top right) has been named the new executive director and chief executive officer of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA) after stepping down from Maersk Line.Nikola Hagleitner (picture second right) has been confirmed as the head of DHL Industrial Projects, as previously reported by HLPFI.Air Charter Service (ACS) has promoted Justin Bowman to vice chairman of the group. Bowman has worked with ACS since its inception in 1990.Thorco Shipping has opened a new office in Santiago, Chile, trading as Thorco Shipping Chile.All about EvieTwo elements of the opening of the DP World’s London Gateway struck Evie this week. There was no escape from the mainstream media about the event. The BBC sent adventurous reporters all over the port. Brave souls climbed the gantry cranes to observe the goings-on at the new Essex gateway. Evie did wonder at the purpose in sending a radio reporter up a gantry higher than the London Eye to interview the operator. Without a view to look at, this was as entertaining as watching a ballet on the radio. The second point had to be that the inaugural cargo included wine from South Africa. Frankly, if that is all the cargo that moves across the port, she’d be a happy gal!last_img read more

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First of a Kind funding awarded for 25 rail innovation projects

first_imgBCRRE Vortex IoT  Optimised railway operations Cogitare Esoterix Systems Ltd Illuminated and heated low-energy concrete slabs for station platforms, which automatically switch on in freezing conditions to help prevent passengers from slipping on ice. A footbridge made entirely from fibre reinforced polymer, which is designed to be significantly easier to install than an equivalent steel bridge to help reduce network disruption and local environmental damage. Unipart Rail  £400 000 grant to support final production design and testing  by the University of Birmingham and Porterbrook of a hydrogen power pack intended to minimise the loss of passenger saloon space. CoCatalyst Seatfrog Ops Train Swap Improving resilience through a surface water flooding decision support system Innovative and efficient system for processing toilet waste, reducing cost and maintenance requirements. Enabling passengers to quickly and remotely update their seat reservation to a different service. Integrated optical fibre sensing (OptRail-PRO)  £400 000 to support Porterbook, Eminox, Bosch Rexroth and DG8 in retrofitting a Bombardier Class 170 Turbostar DMUs leased to East Midlands Railway with with Eminox SCRT technology to evaluate whether this can reduce CO, particulate, hydrocarbon and NOx emissions to make mid-life diesel engines more environmentally sustainable. Hydrogen-based steam turbine system to provide zero emission power for existing freight locomotives. Track-to-train communications to Transport for Wales Using sensors and pattern-recognition technologies to identify cracks in axles, helping to reduce returns to depot. JBA Consulting Next generation composite poles for a 5G enabled railway Low environmental impact composite  footbridge High speed cryogenic blasting for rail cleaning to alleviate low adhesion LoCe: less oil, cleaner exhaust Rail Innovations Ingram Networks  Cleartrak on-train testing  High speed cryogenic cleaning system for tracks to prevent low adhesion and slow running of trains. Steamology Motion Installation of lightweight composite poles along railways to improve wi-fi speed, consistency and connectivity. iProov Prototype zero emissions Trac Rail Transposer (TRT-e) Railway optical detection & obstructions – tunnel & station monitoring A direct connection between renewable energy generation and overhead electrifcation systems. IRIS: information system for railway station staff Span wire clamping system to enable rapid, low-cost overhead line equipment headspan renewals with minimum network disruption. LAMINAR Data gathering to ensure the maintenance of optimum rail alignment. Train axle crack monitoring Using thermal radiometry camera technology to measure temperatures of mechanical systems on moving trains, sending automatic alarms in the event of over heating. Dynamic capacity management Minimising disruption of overhead line renewals via novel headspan assemblies Sensors and data analysis tools to detect and identify intrusion and obstructions on the track, and send real-time situational alerts to the rail control centre to prompt further investigation.  Riding Sunbeams InnoTamp Porterbrook Leasing Zero emission rail freight power rcm2 Spraying a small amount of water from the train when slippery rails are detected to improve traction and braking, and prevent subsequent services from being affected. Thermal radiometry for the remote condition monitoring of railway vehicles Integrating multiple sources of real-time data for use by rail workers to help them improve services and respond to incidents. Resi-Glaze Illumin heated concrete platform coper slabs Fugro BCRRE and Porterbrook have been awarded funding to support the design and testing of a hydrogen fuel cell power pack as part of the HydroFlex project.UK: The Department for Transport and Innovate UK have announced the 25 projects which are to share £9·4m of funding under the 2020 round of the First of a Kind rail industry innovation programme.‘These high quality projects illustrate the appetite of UK organisations to develop new and exciting innovations for rail transport that improve customers’ user experience, that optimise railway efficiency, and are environmentally sustainable’, said Ian Campbell, Executive Chair of Innovate UK. TAMON – Perpetuum Sheffield Hallam University Optimised and cost-effective maintenance Associated Utility Supplies This project seeks to develop a first of a kind surface water flood forecasting and early warning system for Network Rail using technology and data to map the surface water flood likelihood in real time, ahead of the event and forecast rainfall intensity. Far-UK A zero-emissions machine which removes and replaces rails. Trainserv software user trial and preparation for commercialisation Optic fibre sensors to monitor the condition of switches and crossings. Customer experience Lab-based study into cost-effective 10 Gbps+ trackside to train communications infrastructure, to be tested on an 8 km heritage railway in Leicestershire, . Garrandale  HydroFLEX raft production An information system for frontline station staff to enhance communication and enable them to help passengers in making travel decisions and planning more effectively. Daybreak Environmental sustainability Ticketing that adjusts to travel patterns and rewards particular choices, using a monthly subscription that will help customers to save money on a large upfront fee. Resilient glazing to ensure passenger safety on trains and a potential CO2 emissions saving. Associated Utility Supplies  Liverpool John Moores University University of Sheffield  ProjectLead organisationDescription Improved railway operations through train-mounted water addition Hive Composites  iProov, WorldReach Software and eurostar are to establish a walk-through ’facial biometric corridor’ at London St Pancras International to allow passengers to complete ticket checks and border exit processes without needing to come into contact with people or hardware.last_img read more

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Credit union performs above expectations

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share LocalNews Credit union performs above expectations by: – April 28, 2014center_img Share 13 Views   no discussions President of the Dominica Cooperative Societies League, Dexter Ducreay (file photo)Notwithstanding challenges that credit unions have faced from the loss of investment from British American, CLICO investments and the difficult macro-economic environment, the movement has performed above all expectations, the president of the Dominica Cooperative Societies League (DCSL), Dexter Ducreay has revealed.Speaking at the League’s 58th annual general meeting at the Garraway Hotel on April 25, Ducreay said the financial statements of the credit unions show that the movement’s performance for 2013 has improved when compared to 2012.“Total assets increased by 7% and member’s equity increased by 15% as compared to 2012. During the year 2013, credit unions encouraged their members to increase their shareholdings”.“As a result, member’s share capital increased by 18% as compared to 2012. This is a clear demonstration that the credit union business model is solid,” he said.He appealed to the credit unions to continue to strengthen their balance sheets “so that we as a movement can withstand future internal and external financial shocks that may be on the horizon”.Moreover, Ducreay urged members to take advantage of the opportunities created from the movement of the OECS economic space.“It is imperative that the movement entertains a discussion which should be held among credit unions or within credit unions as to how it is going to survive within that space or take advantage of the opportunities that may be derived from such a single economic space”.He added that members must not be complacent as competitors in the financial sectors are continuously exploring way and means to increase their market shares.“It is critical that we continue to design products that improve the living standards of our members by focusing on the three magic words ‘members matters most,” Mr Ducreay noted.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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MPA Receives Accolade at World Ports Sustainability Awards

first_imgIn addition, more than 50% of the total fill materials for reclamation in phases 1 and 2 are recycled, such as using materials from the dredging of fairways and basins within the project site. Reusing these materials, which would otherwise be disposed, generates savings of more than S$2 billion in fill material costs. Prior and during reclamation works, MPA conducted environmental impact assessments and adhered to strict environmental quality objectives to protect Singapore’s marine biodiversity. Cooperating with volunteers and non-governmental organisations, MPA also implemented a S$6 million programme in 2013 to relocate corals affected by the development of Tuas Port. The accolade recognises the efforts of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in ‘aligning and integrating port and community objectives for the betterment of both’. These efforts include developing community engagement programmes and managing the externalities of port expansion in urban environments. Author: Baibhav Mishra When fully completed by the 2040s, Tuas Port will be the world’s largest container port at one single location, capable of handling up to 65 million twenty-foot equivalent units per annum. Consolidating all existing container-handling facilities at Tuas will significantly reduce inter-terminal haulage operations and, hence, greenhouse gas emissions. Image used for representational purposes only (Image Courtesy: MPA Singapore) Singapore’s next-generation Tuas Port has won the award in the category ‘Community Outreach & Port City Dialogue: Port Development and License to Operate’ at the International Association of Ports and Harbors’ World Ports Sustainability Awards. Sea News, June 25 Er Tham Wai Wah, MPA’s Chief Engineer and Senior Director (Engineering and Project Management), said, “Tuas Port represents a bold vision for Singapore. As a responsible hub port, this award affirms our commitment to balance environmental protection with port development. It is our ambition for Tuas Port to become a beacon for sustainability, safety and efficiency.”last_img read more

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Could Boston Be a Possible Trade Partner with the Indians for Carrasco or Salazar?

first_img Matt Loede Related TopicsCarlos CarrascoDanny SalazarIndiansRed Sox Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.center_img If the Indians have an area of strength right now on their roster that they could potentially deal from, it would be that of their starting pitchers.In less than a month the MLB Winter Meetings will be taking place in Nashville, Tennessee, and that could be the place the Tribe looks to wheel and deal at a time when things are frantic and just about everyone important in baseball is in one place.One team the Indians will likely get interest from is Terry Francona’s old club – the Boston Red Sox. The Sox could have interest in one of two Indians starting pitchers – Carlos Carrasco or Danny Salazar.Scott Lauber wrote today in the Boston Herald that the Red Sox, who are coming off a bad season by their standards at 78-84, are going to be in the market for a starting pitcher, and while David Price will be teams’ number one target, it might be easier for the Sox to deal with the Indians instead.Carrasco, who inked a 4-year deal with options last season with the team, was 14-12 last season with a 3.63 ERA. In his Indians six-year career he’s 33-38 with a 4.08 ERA.He’s become the starter many in the Indians organization have thought he would be the last two seasons, going 22-19 the last two seasons.As for Salazar, he is just 25 years old, and last season didn’t start the year with the club, but ended the season going 14-10 with a 3.85 ERA.In parts of three seasons with the Tribe Salazar is 22-21 with a 3.66 ERA. Salazar also put up 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings in the 2015 campaign.If the Red Sox and Indians were to deal, oddly enough the Indians would be dealing with a former rival, as the Red Sox hired former Detroit Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski, who is the teams new VP of Baseball Operations.The big question is who or what would a team like Boston be able to return back to the Indians if they were willing to deal a pitcher like Carrasco or Salazar.The Indians could use a right-handed bat, and it seems like the team seems determined to make their roster better for 2016. They also may have to deal with the recent surgery for outfielder Michael Brantley, and if they are going to need to address that.If Carrasco and Salazar are truly up for grabs it will be interesting to see how far the Red Sox or any other team would be willing to go to grab them.last_img read more

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