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Yankees vs. Nationals score: Gerrit Cole wins debut in rain-shortened 2020 MLB opener



Yankees vs. Nationals score: Gerrit Cole wins debut in rain-shortened 2020 MLB opener

An MLB season unlike any other opened Thursday night at Nationals Park. The defending World Series champion Washington Nationals hosted the New York Yankees in Game 1 of this abbreviated 60-game season. 

The Yankees wasted no time giving Gerrit Cole, their new ace, some run support. The offense put consistent pressure on Max Scherzer and New York was holding a 4-1 lead when the umpires called for the tarp with one out in the top of the sixth inning. The rain never subsided and the game was called after a two-hour rain delay. The Yankees are 1-0 (box score).

Here are three takeaways from Opening Day as the Yankees beat the Nationals in a rain-shortened affair.

Cole dominates in Yankees debut

Adam Eaton, the second batter Cole faced as a Yankee, hit a 406-foot home run to right field. Not a great start! Cole quickly settled down though. The $324 million man retired 14 of the 16 batters he faced after the Eaton homer, and the two baserunners were a hit by pitch and a walk. Five of the 16 struck out.

Cole missed up with his fastball consistently the first two innings, a classic indication the pitcher is overthrowing, which suggests he was a little amped up in his first start as a Yankee. He soon settled down though and was dominant through five innings, limiting the Nationals to an 89 mph average exit velocity on 11 balls in play. Weak contact all night.

Cole is the seventh pitcher to make his Yankees debut as the Opening Day starter, joining Jack Chesbro (1903), Sad Sam Jones (1922), Jimmy Key (1993), Roger Clemens (1999), Randy Johnson (2005), and CC Sabathia (2009). He’s only the second Yankee to allow no more than one hit on Opening Day. Luis Severino did it in 2018.

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Big games for Judge and Stanton

Last season injuries limited Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton to 120 games, including only 18 by Stanton. Had the 2020 season started on time, Judge and Stanton both would have been on the injured list on Opening Day. Judge was dealing with a fracture rib that dated back to last September and Stanton hurt his calf in March.

The shutdown gave both players time to heal and allowed them to be in the Opening Day lineup on Thursday. Judge recorded the season’s first hit with a solid single to left field in the first inning. Two batters later, Stanton took Max Scherzer deep for the season’s first home run and gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead

The first homer of the new season was not a cheapie. Statcast says it traveled 459 feet and left Stanton’s bat at 112 mph. Judge’s single wasn’t too far behind at 108 mph. They made very loud contact in the first inning.

Their contributions did not stop there. Judge ripped a double to left field in the third inning, scoring the speedy Tyler Wade all the way from first base. Two innings after that Stanton poked a run-scoring single to right with the bases loaded to stretch New York’s lead to 4-1.

Judge and Stanton went a combined 4 for 6 with a double and a homer prior to the rain delay Thursday. The rest of the Yankees went 2 for 16 and one of the two hits was a bunt single.

Scherzer has worst Opening Day start

Five days ago Scherzer was hit hard by the Phillies in an exhibition game but said afterward he wasn’t concerned. “I got beat around a little bit, but that’s good,” he said. I wasn’t concerned either. A veteran pitcher like Scherzer knows what he has to do to prepare for the season.

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On Thursday night, Scherzer had a very hit or miss outing against the Yankees. The good: 11 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings, including five strikeouts in the span of six batters at one point. The bad: four earned runs, or the same number he’d allowed in his previous four Opening Day starts combined (four earned runs in 28 1/3 innings). 

Scherzer faced 26 batters before the rain delay and 10 reached base. He allowed double-digit baserunners in only four of his 27 starts last season. The four walks tied his season high from last season, which he did only once.

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Lucas Chazarreta becomes the Portuguese market leader Japan Tobacco International – Marketing Specialist



Lucas Chazarreta becomes the Portuguese market leader Japan Tobacco International - Marketing Specialist

Lucas Chazarreta has become the new CEO of Japan Tobacco International (JTI) for the Portuguese market. The professional replaced Yannick Giraud as the head of a team of 46 professionals at the Japanese multinational corporation that produces the tobacco brands Winston and Camel.

Lucas Chazarreta, 42, born in Argentina, has been with JTI since 2004. He holds a business administration degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and a degree in marketing from Martin College in Australia, and attended the Swiss School of Rio de Janeiro in January.

Lucas Chanzarreta has over 15 years of experience at JTI, having come to Portugal from Mexico. Previously, he has served as General Manager of the JTI Americas Cluster (Argentina, Bolivia and Peru) and Director of Marketing and Trade Marketing for Brazil, Peru and Argentina.

“My mission is to drive sustainable growth in the organization’s profitability and market share, and to provide professional growth opportunities for my team members. JTI has a very successful track record in Portugal, being the fastest growing company in the sector for several consecutive years. This growth is based on a portfolio of world famous brands and a very well trained and professional team of employees,” Lucas Chazarret said in a statement.

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Portimonense beat Pacos de Ferreira to become Portuguese champion



This Monday, Portimonense took their first win of the season at Portuguese Championship when visiting Pacos de Ferreira. The guests came out victorious, defeating the hosts with a score of 3:0.

Pacos de Ferreira takes on Estoril in the next round. The match will take place next Friday at 16:15 (Brazil time). With the defeat, the hosts continue without points and occupy the 15th position.

Portimonense finishes the second round of the Portuguese Championship in seventh position with three points. The team’s next match will be against Vitoria de Guimarães on Sunday at 16:30 at the Municipal Stadium of Portimão.

The first goal of the match was scored in the 31st minute. Iago Cariello shot on goal and fired into the right corner. Guests only increased their advantage in the final segment of the match, when in the 35th minute of the second half, Lukinha received at the entrance to the penalty area and hit hard.

The third and final goal of the game was scored four minutes later, in the 39th minute: Everton got a free kick in the penalty area and hit the net.

Check out the results of this Monday in the championship of Portugal:

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Aroca 1 x 0 Gil Vicente

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Is there an exam in Brazilian Portuguese?



if you are studying Brazilian Portuguese more likely than European Portuguese, you might be wondering which exam you can work on. Most people are familiar with the Portuguese CAPLE system, which corresponds to the A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 format of the European CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) standard.

Although there are many crossovers between European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese and they are essentially the same language, many people choose to focus on Brazilian Portuguese rather than European Portuguese. In most cases, if you’re planning to live in Portugal, you should probably focus on European Portuguese, as that’s what you’ll be in the most contact with. However, there are several reasons why you might decide that Brazilian Portuguese is the right choice for you.

The first and main reason if you are planning to move to Brazil is mainly for work or study. CELPE-Bras is the only language proficiency test recognized by the Brazilian Ministry of Education that may be required for a position or vacancy at a Brazilian university. Another reason could be that you don’t spend much time in Portugal and speak more Brazilians than Portuguese.

CELPE-Bras exam levels: Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, Advanced and Upper Advanced. They roughly correspond to B1, B2, C1 and C2. Once you have decided which level you want to test at (eg B2), the next step is to find a course that will take you to that level. Portuguese Pod101 e Portuguese semantics both offer content at this level, for example.

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It is recommended to sign up for the test in advance or at least set a date for the test. You should also read about what the test includes, which is a 20 minute oral component and a 3 hour written component based on the texts you read and the video and audio you listen to.

Some people are tempted by Brazilian Portuguese as it seems to be easier than European Portuguese, but that is not a good reason to learn it instead of Portuguese Portuguese. In addition, if you plan to apply for citizenship in Portugal – for example, if you qualify after five years of residence in Portugal – you will need to submit Portuguese level A2, which is actually a level below the easiest level you can get through in CELPE-Bras: Intermediate.

If you are interested in Brazilian Portuguese but want to learn Portuguese as a world language, there is a book dedicated to this: Meeting point: Portuguese as a world language. You can also find Brazilian and Portuguese teachers on websites like Italki which can help you practice your conversation and correct it when you confuse the two. However, in general, most courses focus on one or the other, so you need to figure out how to learn and support both.

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