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Carlos Quentin could start the season on the disabled list

HardballTalk

Padres manager Bud Black says outfielder Carlos Quentin could begin the season on the disabled list, Dennis Lin of U-T San Diego reports. Quentin had surgery to remove loose bodies from his right knee last September, but it is his other knee that is bothering him now. The outfielder recently said he has been suffering from soreness in his left knee.

That Quentin is less than 100 percent shouldn’t be much of a surprise, as he played in just 86 games in 2012 and 82 games last season. Even dating back to 2009, a five-year span, he has averaged only 103 games per season. When he has been healthy, he has been a productive hitter for the Padres, posting an .866 OPS in his two seasons with them.

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Man falls at Olympic Stadium game, in critical condition

HardballTalk

The Montreal Gazette is reporting that an unidentified fan fell from the Olympic Stadium stands during Friday night’s game between the Mets and Blue Jays in Montreal and is in critical condition.

A release stated that the man fell while walking to his seat, dropping 30-45 feet to the ground below. No further information was provided, except to say that the police does “fear for his life at this time.”

Friday’s game at Olympic Stadium was the first between major league teams in the 10 years since the Expos left for Washington D.C. It featured a ceremony honoring the late Hall of Famer Gary Carter, whose widow was in attendance. The announced attendance was 46,121, a larger crowd than the Expos drew in any of their home games in their final four years in existence. In 2004, the team averaged less than 10,000 people per home game.

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Kimono Beauties – Seijinshiki 2014

Tokyobling's Blog

Every now and then I knocked to the floor of just how fantastic Japan is. There are so many little things that make up the whole, even if you can’t see the forest for all the trees, you can find any amount of cool stuff, great people or heart warming customs to enjoy. One of the first things that floored me where the beauty of the national dress, the kimono. Even after decades in Japan I still stop and stare like a tourist every time I see a kimono on the streets of Tokyo. I guess it is a good thing that I still look like a complete tourist most of the time, map, note books and camera in hand! This weekend is the peak of the graduation ceremony season here in Japan and a great opportunity to see people that are just stunning in their style and grace, or…

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Explaining the Latest Numbers on Home Births

Health & Family

Despite the noise from midwives and hospitals, the latest data on the number of home births in the U.S. show that very few women are giving birth outside of hospitals.

But new CDC data do show that home births are on the rise, albeit slowly. The rate of out-of-hospital births in the U.S. has increased from 1.26% in 2011 to 1.36% in 2012. The uptick in home births began in 2004, and, so far, the majority of these have been among non-Hispanic white women.

Percentage of births occurring out-of-hospital: United States, 1990–2012

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Percentage of births occurring out-of-hospital: United States, 1990–2012

The new numbers also show that in 2012, the risk for out-of-hospital births was lower than for hospital births, with fewer births to teen mothers, and fewer preterm, low birthweight, and multiple births.

Change in risk profile for births occurring out-of-hospital: United States, 2004 and 2012

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Percentage of births occurring in- and out-of-hospital, by selected…

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