New York Yankees Recap: Tigers walk-off against the Yankees in the 10th

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Tonight the New York Yankees met up with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park for the first game of a 3 game set away. The Yankees’ ace Gerrit Cole was pitted against the Tigers’ Casey Mize. Going into tonight’s game, the Yankees were 2 games out of first place in the AL East, and the Tigers were at the bottom of the American League, winning only 19 of 50 games.

Casey Mize, to start the first inning, faced DJ LeMahieu who went down looking Giancarlo Stanton back in the lineup after missing 13 games struck out. Aaron Judge singled. Gio Urschela flew out to right to end the half. For the Tigers it was Robbie Grossman leading off against Gerrit Cole and he struck out. Castro ground out. Candelario doubled. Cabrera walked on a questionable call. Jonathan Schoop ground ot to end the scoreless inning.

At the second Gleyber Torres led off against Mize and Gleyber Torres flew out to right. Rougie Odor ground out. Clint Frazier flew out to right to end the half. The bottom was led off by Kyle Higashioka who stuck out The half ended out scoreless. At the bottom Mazara ground out to Cole. Eric Haase ground out to short. Nick Goodrum went down on strikes to end the inning scoreless.

At the top of the third Kyle Higashioka flew out to far right. Brett Gardner flew out to left field. watching the game Mize looked remarkable like Gerrit Cole including the busy crop behind the cap. LeMahieu struck out as Mize put down seven Yankees in a row. At the bottom Jake Rogers flew out to Aaron Judge. Robbie Grossman singled up the middle for a single. Harold Castro singled moving Grossman to third. Candelario singled driving in Grossman for the first run of the game. Miguel Carbrera hit into a double play play to end the inning but the Tiger;s scored the first run of the game. Tigers  1 the Yankees 0.

At the fourth Giancarlo Stanton led off the fourth by striking out. Aaron Judge followed with a double. Gio Urshela grounded to short Torres grounded to short to end the half. At the bottomof the fourth. Jonathan Schoop faced Cole  and struck out. The inning ended with the score the same the Tigers 1 and the Yankees 0. The score remained the same through the fifth inning until Rougie Odor got a a homer in the fifth inning tying up the game. New York Yankees 1 and the Detroit Tigers 1.

The score remained the same until the top of the tenth inning when the New York Yankees ghost runner Aaron Judge scored on a passed ball. But in the bottom of the 10th Robbie Grossman got a two run walk off win against Justin Wilson for the Tigers win of game one of the series. Both Cole and Mize pitched well in the game, both allowing only one run.

The final score was the Detroit Tigers 3 and the New York Yankees 2. The winning pitcher was Bryan Garcia and the loser was Justin Wilson. The question for the Yankees will be why after only 14 pitches in the ninth, why Aaron Boone chose Justin Wilson who has not pitched well for the Yankees to take the 10th inning instead of Aroldis Chapman.

Knicks’ Randle continues to struggle as Hawks soar to 2-1 lead

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The New York Knicks could not recapture their magical Game 2 run despite Tom Thibodeau finally pulling the plug on Elfrid Payton.

Derrick Rose was in full bloom in his first start in the series but Julius Randle continued to struggle in a 105-94 loss to the Hawks Friday night at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

Trae Young led seven Hawks in double figures as they grabbed a 2-1 series lead.

After the Knicks bottled up Young in the second half of Game 2, the Hawks’ star exited The Garden yelling, “See you in the A, see you in the A!” Young walked the talk as he spearheaded the Hawks’ relentless attack.

The 22-year old Young dropped 14 points and 10 assists in the first half. With Young in total control, the Hawks went on a 22-5 run to end the second quarter that broke the game wide open.

Atlanta led 58-44 at the break. Unlike in Game 2, New York did not have an answer in the second half.

Randle missed 13 of his 15 attempts that epitomized the Knicks’ offensive woes. They were a woeful 35.8 percent from the floor. RJ Barrett hit rock-bottom in the series clunking seven of his nine attempts.

Randle is now shooting an ugly 13-of-54 (24.1%) in the series — the worst field goal percentage by any player in his first 3 playoff games in the shot clock era, per ESPN Stats & Info — after averaging 37.3 points on 55 percent clip in their regular-season sweep of the Hawks.

Rose was the only Knick who shot above 50 percent with the 32-year old guard scoring a season-high 30 points. He went 13-for-21 while adding six rebounds and five assists but didn’t have any help.

The rest of the team was a dreadful 16-of-60 from the field.

With their engine in trouble, the Knicks were a trainwreck. The Hawks, on the other hand, were on target all night hitting 16-of-27 3s and shot 52 percent overall from the floor.

Young continued his impressive play in his playoff debut with 21 points and 14 assists. The Hawks’ star is now averaging 27.7 points and 10.3 assists in the series. He is now the 5th player to average 25 points and 10 assists through his first 3 career playoff games. Young joined Kevin Johnson, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, and Oscar Robertson in that exclusive club.

Unlike Rose, Young had help coming from everywhere.

Bogdan Bogdanovic regained his shooting touch, making half of his 12 attempts for 15 points.

Former Knick Danilo Gallinari had his breakout game in the series with 12 points, all from beyond the arc. Gallinari, Kevin Huerter, and Lou Williams combined for 31 points off the bench.

With Rose and Taj Gibson elevated to the starting lineup, the Knicks’ bench struggled for 28 points. It was the first time Atlanta outscored New York’s bench.

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Yankees are finally getting All-Star slugger back

This week, the New York Yankees lost one slugger to injury, but gained one, too. First baseman Luke Voit will miss at least a few weeks with a Grade 2 right oblique strain, but designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton, who was nursing a left quad strain, is ready to return to the team.

In fact, the Yankees announced his reinstatement from the 10-day injured list, after he hit this week at Yankee Stadium.

The lineup hasn’t been published yet, but Stanton will be available for Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone for tonight’s game against the Detroit Tigers.

A rough time for the Yankees

It has been a rough week for the Yankees from an injury perspective. Not only they lost center fielder Aaron Hicks, presumably for the year, but they will also be without starting pitcher Corey Kluber for at least two months, as he will recover from a shoulder strain. He won’t be able to throw for four weeks.

Gio Urshela has been battling on-and-off knee soreness, while Clint Frazier was also banged up recently. That’s why, for the Yankees, getting Stanton back is extremely important, as they try to catch the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox in the standings.

Before hitting the injured list, Stanton was having a very good season. He was able to leave behind a sluggish start that made some fans in Yankee stadium feel the need to boo him, and was hitting .282 with nine home runs, 16 runs, 24 RBI, and a .881 OPS.

The left quad strain ended up taking about two weeks of Stanton’s season. The slugger worked on his conditioning, among other things, during the offseason with the objective of avoiding the injured list as much as possible.

The Yankees hope he can pick things right where he left them before hitting the injured list and be a constant middle-of-the-order threat they know he can be.

Chicago Bears roster bubble candidate: WR Riley Ridley

Heading into the 2021 NFL season, the Chicago Bears will have a number of roster decisions to make, with the future of wide receiver Riley Ridley being one of them. Once viewed as a promising mid-round pick with potential, Ridley has yet to make any sort of significant impact for the Bears, now putting his future into question.

Having played just ten games over the last two seasons, with just one start, Ridley has 10 receptions, 108 receiving yards, and zero touchdowns. Playing behind Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller, Darnell Mooney, and Javon Wims has done Ridley no favors but it’s clear he hasn’t performed enough to warrant getting any gameday opportunities.

With Ridley going into year three, why is he on the roster bubble? Let’s find out.

The case for keeping Ridley

As mentioned above, Ridley’s lack of gameday experience is due to the presence of Robinson, Miller, and Mooney. Simply put, Miller hasn’t gotten enough reps with the first team in practice to warrant seeing enough snaps on offense during actual games. An excellent route runner with solid hands, and a knack for 50-50 balls, Ridley’s got the skillset that most wide receivers need to be successful in the NFL.

For a player who can play outside or in the slot, Ridley has a lot to prove if he’s going to make the Bears roster. He needs to show up in training camp and preseason games but will likely end up as WR5 or WR6, depending on how many WR’s the Bears decide to carry on the final roster.

The case for cutting Ridley

Chicago added a number of wide receivers this offseason, with the goal of getting faster on offense. Speed has never been a strong suit for Ridley, who struggles to create separation at times. This means that Ridley needs to win matchups by being more physical against defensive backs.

With Chicago wanting to emphasize speed on the offensive side of the ball, it’s very tough to see Ridley carving out a true role unless he makes significant strides or the Bears decide to keep him around on special teams. As mentioned above, Ridley’s lack of impact in games is also a question. Has he just not been able to adjust to the NFL level or not gotten enough opportunities to showcase what he can do?

Conclusion

Ridley’s case is a tough one to solve. The skillset he brings makes him an asset to an NFL offense but his lack of speed and inability to see the field consistently lead to questions about how good he really can be. With a loaded wide receiver room, Ridley will likely make it to the final week of August but could be one of 37 players that Chicago decides to cut if he doesn’t have a strong offseason.

New York Yankee Legends: He won 7 World Series, Joe McCarthy

The New York Yankee’s Joe McCarthy was a smaller fellow who dreamed of being a baseball player in his rough and tumble neighborhood, ruined a knee, and would never reach the major leagues as a player.  Yet, he would become one of the winningest baseball managers in the history of all of baseball. Recently I published my top 10 Yankee managers.  It was torture determining my top three.  I placed Casey Stengel as number one and Joe McCarthy as number three as Stengel accomplished his seven Yankee Championships in 500 fewer games. But looking at his entire career managing three teams, he was number one.

Joe McCarthy was born in Philadelphia on April 21, 1887. It was not in the high-end Germantown section of today but the working-class nineteenth-century neighborhood.  When he was only 3 years old, his father was killed in a cave-in while working as a contractor. McCarthy’s impoverished upbringing forced him to do everything from carrying ice to shoveling dirt. Still, his prowess playing baseball in the Germantown section of Philadelphia soon earned him attention. He was a member of his grammar-school team as well as a local team in Germantown.

In a book by Alan H. Levy, “Architect of the Yankee Dynasty,” Levy describes young Joe McCarthy’s childhood.

“McCarthy’s boyhood was not a mere light mixture of school and baseball. Joe worked like most boys in his station. Joe did not finish high school as he had to work, he carried ice and he dug holes for a fence builder.  He described it as backbraking under the hot sun.  This was all while attending grammar school.  When he left highschool he became a bobbin boy at a yarn mill.”

Joe worked very hard to bring money home to his widowed mother, who worked as a child care nurse for a wealthy Philadelphia family.  But through all of this, McCarthy continued his love of baseball, playing in the local sandlots.

In a stroke of bad luck, McCarthy broke his kneecap while playing ball one day.  The injury left Joe with loose Cartlidge that dramatically cut down his speed on the bases.  Although he would have a relatively successful minor league run, his lack of speed would ultimately prevent him from ever reaching the major leagues.  He was one of the very few baseball managers to never play in the majors.

When Bill Clymer left his job as Wilkes-Barre’s manager after the 1912 season, McCarthy received his first managerial job at the age of 25. He did quite well as the youngest manager in professional baseball, leading his team to a second-place finish only 1½ games behind Binghamton.  This would be the beginning of a managerial career that would last 24 years, his most successful with the New York Yankees.

McCarthy would manager Louisville. The Colonels defeated the Baltimore Orioles in the Little World Series, five games to three. He managed the Colonels for four more seasons, leading the team to a second pennant in 1925. After the 1925 season, William Wrigley, Jr., the Chicago Cubs’ owner, offered the Cubs managerial position to McCarthy. The Cubs were coming off a horrible season in which they came in 8th in the National League, 20 games below .500 while employing three different managers.  Wrigley hoped that McCarthy could turn the team around.

This is taken directly from McMurray’s SABR biography:

“Before McCarthy began with the Cubs, writer Irving Vaughn noted: “For several years in the American Association, they have regarded [McCarthy] as sort of a miracle worker, but the new graduate into the big leagues can’t explain his success. He has no pet theories about managing a team. He says he merely studies each individual player under him and then studies the opposition.”

To condense McCarthy’s time managing the Chicago Cubs, he indeed turned the club around.  After having a 68-86 season, in his first season, he brought the team to 10 games above .500.  He never had a losing season in his five years managing the team.  In 1929 he would win the National League pennant, although he lost the World Series to his childhood heroes Philadelphia Phillies.  However, his pennant win was the first for the Cubs in eleven years.

In his time with the Cubs, he was cited for having excellent managerial decisions.  However, in his 1930 season, he dropped 12 games from his 1929 pennant performance and was released by the Cubs. His baseball grasp did not escape the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox.  Both teams sought his baseball prowess.  McCarthy was not enamored with the Red Sox offer, which led him to talks with the New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert.  Ruppert offered McCarthy a two-year contract, and Joe accepted.

Even before the McCarthy hiring was publically announced, a Hall of Fame clipping read:

“The coming of McCarthy to the Yankees is regarded in New York as a ten-strike for the Yankees and the American League, as well it should be. After all, here is a man who built up a winning team in Chicago and managed it intelligently – so well did he manage the torn and battered Cubs this year that he came within an ace of winning the pennant again. What he will do with the Yankees is, of course, problematical, but the chances that he will be as successful in New York as he was in Chicago are tremendously in his favor. Managerial ability isn’t a matter of geography and a manager who does well in one town should do well in another, provided he isn’t hampered by his new surroundings.” Yet there were initial jitters: after McCarthy flubbed Colonel Ruppert’s name during an early meeting with the press, Ruppert replied: “Maybe McCarthy will stay around long enough to learn my name.”

Well, McCarthy not only learned how to pronounce Ruppet’s name, but he hung around for sixteen seasons while winning seven World Championships for the New York Yankees.  And it didn’t take him long to show what he could do with a good team. After four years of not winning a World Series, in his second season with the Yankees, he would take them to the World Series in which the Yankees would shut out 4 games to none against his former Chicago Cubs.  When asked about what was the most exciting event in his career, he would say:

“the most exciting is my 1932 World Championship, not only because is was my first World Series win but it was against the Chicago Cubs.”

McCarthy got along well with his players, even Babe Ruth, who hoped to be offered the manager job.  McCarthy was a players manager who always protected his players and had their respect.  Upon his hiring, he wrote a piece for the Philadelphia Record:

“I have no illusions about the task ahead of me with the Yankees. The pitching staff showed signs of crumbling under Miller Huggins (who last managed in 1929).” He cited the arrival of Joe Sewell, which he felt could help form “an efficient infield combination.” McCarthy also placed a lot of stock in rookie players, saying, “This ought to be a pretty good year for the rookie, as I am an American League rookie myself and stand willing to be convinced.”

McCarthy would win six more World Series Championships for a tie at seven with Casey Stengel.  He would have six seasons with over 100 wins.  In his sixteen seasons as New York Yankee Manager, he would win 1,460 games to his 867 losses.  His performance with the Yankees would get him inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1957.

After the Yankees, Joe would manage the Boston Red Sox for three successful years but would never bring them to the World Series.  It was his success with the Yankees that put him in the history books. McCarthy’s career winning percentages in both the regular season (. 615) and postseason (. 698, all in the World Series) are the highest in major league history.

When it comes to Casey Stengel or Joe McCarthy, you could write a book on their lives filled with rich baseball lore.  I hope this summary of Joe’s life has added to your enjoyment of Yankee history.

EmpireSportsMedia.com’s Columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research.  Follow me on Twitter @parleewilliam.

 

Knicks want vaccinated crowd only for 2nd round if they advance

Get vaccinated or you can’t watch the second round of the NBA playoffs at The Garden.

That’s the clear message of the New York Knicks to their fans on Friday after Game 5 tickets were again sold out.

Tickets to the Knicks’ first playoffs in eight years have surged dramatically since New York allowed large crowd to attend indoor games.

The team’s final 22 regular-season home games were capped at 1,980 before it was increased to 15,000 for Game 1 of the playoffs.

The Knicks have split their first two home games, which drew the largest indoor crowds in New York since the pandemic.

Game 1 saw a sold-out 15,000 crowd rocking The Garden, and the Knicks decided to increase the vaccinated sections in Game 2 that attracted 16,254 fans. They are leaning towards filling up The Garden with its total capacity of 19,040 for the second-round home games should they advance past the Atlanta Hawks in their ongoing first-round series.

Games 3 and 4 will be played Friday and Sunday in Atlanta.

“The energy our Knicks fans have brought to the playoffs has been incredible — proving there’s nothing more exciting than Knicks basketball at The Garden. It’s moments like this that shows us what’s possible if everyone gets vaccinated — we’ll all be able to get back to doing what we love — and that definitely includes being together to cheer on the Knicks at Madison Square Garden,” said David Hopkinson, EVP, MSG Sports and President, Team Business Operations, said in a statement.

Fully vaccinated fans comprised 90 percent of the crowd that attended the first two games. Meanwhile, the remaining 10 percent were the socially distanced fans in the unvaccinated section where masks and negative antigen or PCR COVID-19 test were also required.

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FOCO Releasing New York Mets Cookie Club Series 2 Bobbleheads

As promised, FOCO is back with another fantastic set of bobbleheads for New York Mets fans. The bobbleheads are part of their New York Mets Cookie Club Series, which dropped last week. This second round of bobbleheads features club members Jeff McNeil, Dominic Smith, and J.D. Davis.

The set of 221 bobbleheads are priced at $50 each; all show the uniqueness of each player. Davis and McNeil have their trademarked finishes on their swings while Alonso is in his relaxed batting stance at the plate. If you have not purchased the first series yet, make sure to get those as well. Both series are hot commodities, so make sure you can pre-order them before they run out!

New York Yankees: Preview of the Detroit Tigers series at Comerica Park

After losing their first series in recent weeks, the New York Yankees travel to Detroit, Michigan, for a 3 game set with the Detroit Tigers. It’s their second series with the Tigers; the first was at Yankees Stadium when Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, and Corey Kluber sweep the Tigers. This time the Yankees won’t have Corey Kluber, who is expected to miss the next eight weeks.

The weather for the series should not be an issue for the weekend, but scattered light showers could impact tonight’s game. It will also be quite cool for tonight’s game, with temperatures expected in the upper 40’s. Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the YES Network and Bally Sports. Both weekend games will be on Bally Sports and in the New York area on WPIX and its affiliates.

The Detroit Tigers are at the bottom of the AL Central, losing 31 of 50 games. They are coming off a series loss to the Cleveland Indians, losing 3 of the 4 games. The Yankees are two games out of first place in the AL East.

Tonight, May 28, 7:10 pm:

Tonight is game one of the 3 game set in Detroit. The game will be started by the New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole. Cole is 6-2 with an ERA of 1.81 with an incredible 92 strikeouts. It’s the most strikeouts over the first 10 games of a season, surpassing Al Downings 86 in 1963. It is also second only to Shane Bieber of the Indians this season. Cole is coming off a shutout of the Chicago White Sox when he allowed just four hits.

Cole will face the Tiger’s Casey Mize, 3-3, with an ERA of 3.32 with 40 strikeouts. Mize has never faced the Yankees in his career. He has been pitching well in May and is coming off a one-run game last weekend against the Kansas City Royals.

Saturday, May 29, 4:10 pm:

Saturday’s early evening game will pit Deivi Garcia against the Tigers’ Spencer Turnbull. Corey Kluber’s trip to the IL has caused a Yankee pitching shortage, necessitating the call-up of Deivi Garcia from Scranton.  Garcia last appeared for the Yankees at the end of April. He gave up two runs in four innings of work and was sent down to the Rail Riders. He made his major league debut last season, pitching in six games.

Garcia will face one of the Tiger’s more dependable pitchers, Spencer Turnbull. Turnbull is 3-2 with an ERA of 3.12 and 34 strikeouts. Turnbull had one of this season’s no-hitters. On May 18, he no-hit the Seattle Mariners. His last start was a no-decision against the Cleveland Indians.

Sunday, May 30, 1:10 pm:

It’s odd, but the New York Yankees have not announced a pitcher for the Sunday matinee. However, it will most likely be Jameson Taillon or Michael King.

The Yankees will face the Tiger’s Tarik Skubal, who is 1-7 with an ERA of 4.53. On May 19th, he got his first win of the season against the Mariners. Skubal gives up home runs, lots of them. He averaged just under 2 per game. He faced the Yankees on April 30th when he gave up 3 home runs in a game the Yankees won 10-0 at the Stadium.

 

Houston the front-runner to host UFC 265 per Dana White

It looks like the UFC will be heading back to Texas in August. At least, that’s how it’s looking right now. This week, Dana White sat down with Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole and they talked about all the happenings with the promotion.

Of course, one of the topics that came up was the UFC heavyweight division. Currently, the promotion is trying to finalize the first title defense for the new heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou (16-3).

Ngannou knocked out Stipe Miocic (20-4) at UFC 260 to capture the heavyweight title. Prior to that night, it was understood that the winner would fight Jon Jones (26-1, 1 NC) is a super-fight over the summer.

However, financial negotiations never got off to a hot start between Jones and the UFC. Now, it doesn’t appear that Jones is going to be fighting anytime soon. With that, the promotion moved to the top contender, Derrick Lewis (25-7, 1 NC).

Lewis is one of the more popular fighters in the UFC and he holds a decision win over the current champion. He’s won four fights in a row and he definitely deserves the next crack at the heavyweight title. Because Lewis is next, the promotion is honing in on Houston, Texas hosting UFC 265.

UFC 265 – Home Field Advantage

Now, the UFC hasn’t finalized the rematch between Ngannou and Lewis. However, the word is that the fight is getting pretty close to the goal line. The promotion is planning on the heavyweight title fight headlining UFC 265.

Currently, Amanda Nunes (21-4) – Julianna Pena (10-4) is the lone title fight on the August PPV. However, it appears that the promotion is going to have the heavyweight title on the line in the main event.

Derrick Lewis is a native of Houston and he got a massive pop when shown on screen at UFC 262 earlier this month. It looks like Lewis is going to get a little home field advantage for his second crack at UFC gold.

Of course, this situation is still fluid at the moment. For one, the promotion hasn’t finalized the fight and two, UFC 265 hasn’t been announced for Houston. However, the promotion is looking to lock up the location soon and my guess is the fight will be finalized just before.

Yankees’ Zack Britton set to begin rehab assignment; will maintain cool tradition

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The New York Yankees have one of the league’s strongest and deepest bullpens, and injury reports from the team suggest that it’s about to get even better soon. Left-hander Zack Britton, one of the anchors of the unit in recent seasons, is close to a return.

To be more specific, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reported that everything is ready for Britton to begin a Minor League rehab assignment with the Double-A Somerset Patriots on Saturday. The southpaw is expected to make five appearances before making his return to the big league roster.

Britton has been out of action the whole season to this point after needing surgery to remove a bone spur in his pitching elbow back in March.

The current estimated time for arrival (ETA) for his return to the Yankees’ bullpen, where he will join lefties Lucas Luetge and Justin Wilson, is early June.

The Yankees’ reliever will take care of Double-A squad

For years, rehabbing MLB players have treated minor leaguers with their company, cool stuff, dinners, presents, tales and anecdotes. It’s part of an old tradition in professional baseball, and the Yankees are no exception.

According to Britton’s comments on Thursday, players at Somerset will be part of this tradition, as well.

“I’m going to be in Somerset for quite a bit, so they’ll probably get tired of me down there,” Britton said. “I’ll make sure I take care of those guys. I know when I was in the Minors and a Major League player came down, you always appreciated those guys, even if it was just lunch or dinner or something like that.”

The Yankees reliever told a story about how rehabbing Orioles hurler Koji Uehara did something similar back in 2010, when Britton was in the minors. The veteran Japanese bought the squad a lavish dinner.

“I thought that was pretty cool. I remember playing with him after that and I told him that I really appreciated the gesture. That went a long way with the guys that were down there, and he didn’t think anything of it. It’s a cool tradition, understanding where you’ve come from,” Britton explained.