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Yankee Pitcher Caught With “Pine Tar”

Every professional baseball pitcher wants to throw the ball so the batter can’t hit it.

There are lots of ways to do that.

One way is for the pitcher to throw the ball so that, after it leaves his hand, it “dips down.” That’s known as a curve ball.

Curve balls are tricky to throw. One reason is that it’s hard to grip the smooth, slippery ball.

Last week, a pitcher from the Yankees baseball team was caught using sticky pine tar so he could grip the ball better.

DeMar-DeRozan. Image: US Mission Canada
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Raptors Headed To Playoffs

Canada’s only basketball team in the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Toronto Raptors, are generating some excitement.

For the first time in six long years they have made the playoffs.

Of the 30 teams in the NBA, only 16 make it to the playoffs. There will be eight teams from the Eastern Conference and eight teams from the Western Conference. The Raptors play in the East.

In the playoffs, each team competes in a best-of-seven series. The first team to win four games moves on to the next round. A team has to win three rounds to make it to the finals. Then, the lone surviving team from the East plays the lone surviving team from the West.