MIAMI — Whiffing on a lusty swing for strike three, Bartolo Colon sent his helmet flying. He sheepishly retrieved it and tugged the bill low over his eyes while walking to the dugout, as if he hoped not to be recognized.So it goes for New York Mets pitchers at the plate.Colon and the rest of the Mets staff remained hitless this year, and their teammates didn’t fare much better against Henderson Alvarez, who pitched a six-hitter to help the Miami Marlins win 3-0 on May 6.Colon (2-5) allowed three runs in seven innings. He also went 0 for 2, striking out both times, leaving Mets pitchers at 0 for 56 this season with 30 strikeouts.Colon, a longtime American Leaguer, is 0-for-11 with eight strikeouts. “I know that I’m not a good hitter,” he said through a translator. “This is all new for me.”Other Mets pitchers don’t have that excuse, but with six walks this year, their on-base-plus-slugging percentage is .097. Last year Mets pitchers batted .115 to rank third-worst in NL, and tied for the major league lead at their position with 140 strikeouts.“We stress from the first day of spring training that pitchers have to be a little more athletic, they’ve got to handle the bat a little bit better,” Manager Terry Collins said. “We hit every day, like everybody does. We bunt, we run the bases, we do all the things that everybody else does. We just have to put the ball in play. We’ve just got to change up some things when we get home, and see if we can get them out on the field a little bit more, and see if that will help.”Miami improved to a major league-best 16-5 at Marlins Park, and is 7-1 on its current homestand with one game left. The Marlins clinched the series and have won seven of their eight home series — they are 2-10 on the road.“We’re playing with a lot of confidence right now,” manager Mike Redmond said. “Hopefully we can finish it off and go on the road and start winning some games out of our suitcase. That’s big right now in our development process.”Alvarez (2-2) completed the victory by striking out Curtis Granderson on three pitches with a runner on third. He retired the side in order only three times but was helped by two double plays and a fine play by third baseman Casey McGehee, who threw out a batter from foul territory.“He was moving the ball both sides of the plate,” said Daniel Murphy, who doubled twice. “He threw the sinker. Once you thought you had that measured, in the last third of the game he started shoving us to the other side of the plate. He threw the ball well, he doesn’t walk guys, and he got big double plays when he needed to. Tough at-bats.”The Mets, who went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position, were shut out for the third time. They lost for the fifth time in the past six games.“You’ve got to get the big hit, as they got,” Collins said. “We didn’t get any.”Alvarez allowed a leadoff double in the fourth but retired the next three batters, including David Wright and Granderson on lineouts. Wright grounded out to end the sixth with runners at second and third.“When Alvarez has his ‘A’ stuff like tonight, and you have a good at-bat and hit a ball hard, it’s pretty frustrating,” Wright said, “because you know there’s not going to be too many opportunities when he’s throwing the ball like he is.”The Marlins won with seven hits. NL home run leader Giancarlo Stanton missed one by inches when he hit an RBI double that caromed off the wall near the 418-foot sign in center field in the first inning. He scored on a single by McGehee.The Marlins put together three consecutive two-out singles in the fifth, the last by McGehee to make it 3-0. “These guys are red hot here,” Collins said. “We’re going to get hot, too.(STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
With Infosys’ Q3 earnings beating the Street’s estimates, the focus now turns to Wipro results, which will be released on 18 January.While it is widely expected that Wipro — India’s third largest IT firm — will not be able to spring any surprise in its revenue growth for the December quarter, investors may look for impact of Chennai floods on its income.India’s third largest IT firm Wipro also gave a similar warning about its Q3 earnings following floods in Chennai. The company had said that increase in costs due to deployment of business continuity plans would impact revenues and operating margins for the quarter ended December 2015.The Bengaluru-based IT giant is expected to post a 0.5% growth in dollar revenue for the October-December quarter on a sequential basis, according to an analysts’ poll conducted by CNBC-TV18.Wipro’s dollar revenue stood at $1,831.9 million in the second quarter of the current fiscal year.In constant currency terms, dollar revenue is likely to come at around 1-1.2% against guidance of 0.5-2.5% ($1841-1878 million), due to Chennai floods’ impact witnessed in December last year.Wipro has a headcount of about 22,000 people in its facilities in Chennai.”Revenues from our IT Services business are expected to be in the previously communicated range of $1,841 million to $1,878 million; However, we expect revenues to be in the lower half of the guidance range,” the company had said in the statement.Analysts expect the acquisition of Designit to slightly contribute to Wipro’s revenues in the third quarter. Wipro had acquired Designit, a Denmark-based global strategic design firm, in July last year to improve its income from the emerging digital vertical.In rupee terms, Wipro’s Q3 revenue is expected to increase by 2.7% to Rs 12,371 crore compared to Rs 12,042.8 crore in the September quarter.However, a depreciation in rupee during the quarter is expected to partly offset the impact of Chennai floods on its margins.
Bangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said the convicted people should not contest the upcoming national election on moral grounds, reports UNB.”It’s better for the convicted persons to stay away from the election on moral grounds. Awami League doesn’t support it morally,” he said while addressing a press briefing at party chief’s Dhanmondi political office.The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday stayed a High Court order that had allowed a convicted person to take part in the national election, blocking the way for those sentenced to over two years’ imprisonment to join the upcoming parliamentary elections billed for 30 December.Following the apex court’s verdict, many BNP leaders, including its chairperson Khaleda Zia, cannot participate in the election as they were convicted in various cases.Describing Jatiya Oikya Front’s ‘failure’ to announce its prime minister candidate before the election as its primary defeat, Quader said, “Although there’re many leaders in the platform, there’s no one who can take the responsibility of the prime minister.”He said BNP’s announcement to launch a movement just before 25 days of the election is nothing but a nightmare. “People are now in an election mood, they’re not in a movement mood,” he said, alleging that BNP is trying in many ways to destabilise the situation.The ruling party leader also claimed that Awami League depends on people’s strength while BNP on rumour. “As BNP has less confidence in people, they depend on rumour.””The difference between a communal party and non-communal one is now clearer than in the past. The people of Bangladesh will choose the right one for their betterment. We don’t believe that people will vote for the party which patronises communalism and militancy in the name of politics,” he said.Quader also warned that those will remain in the election race going against the party decision will be expelled from the party for life.