2 Different Colorado Breweries Can Water To Help Flood Victims

By Karen Morfitt LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – Coloradans are stepping in to help Texas flood victims. Both Oskar Blues and Miller Coors are sending canned water to aid the Hurricane Harvey recovery effort.
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Marketing director Chad Melis says Oskar Blues canned 88,000 cans of drinking water at their brewery in Longmont. “It’s kind of a no brainer for us to make that effort. People are willing to kind of grab the bull by the horns and put a little extra effort in to get it done and make sure that we can help,” Melis said. The company launched the CAN’d Aid foundation after their own community was hit by flooding in 2013.
Melis says as soon as these cans are ready they will head to Texas to help those reeling from Harvey’s effects. “We’ve been able to react very quickly in times like this, where relief is needed, and rally the troops. Everybody puts in a little extra time, extra effort.” They are not alone in wanting to lend a hand in the recovery effort by switching gears away from beer.
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Miller Coors recently collaborated with the American Red Cross aiding in disaster situations like Harvey. Gloria Schoch is in charge of community affairs and says they will be sending an additional 50,000 cans south. “We periodically shut off our brewing production to produce water to be able to have it right on hand,” Schoch said. On any other day, the craft brewery and the mega beer company might be seen as competitors, but when it comes to helping community they’re on the same team. “In a lot of cases these are our families that are affected, you know family members that are affected that have some connection to the brewery or they may be our distributor families,” Schoch said. Karen Morfitt joined the CBS4 team as a reporter in 2013. She covers a variety of stories in and around the Denver metro area. Connect with her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @karenmorfitt or email her tips.

Jorge Polanco’s 2 HRs Lead Twins Past White Sox, 6-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jorge Polanco homered twice and Ervin Santana struck out seven while pitching into the seventh inning, leading the Minnesota Twins past the Chicago White Sox, 6-4, on Tuesday night.

Eduardo Escobar drove in two runs for the Twins, who started the day with a one-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels in the crowded race for the second AL wild card. Santana (14-7) matched his highest total for wins since he was a 17-game winner 2010 with the Angels.

Jose Abreu went 4-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs for the White Sox, who fell to 4-17 in their last 21 road games.

Boosted by a surge of production from their promising young hitters and buoyed by the steadiness of veteran starters Santana and Bartolo Colon, the Twins are 18-10 this month.

Only six games are left on their schedule against teams on pace for the playoffs. Including the White Sox this week, they’re facing six opponents in the other 26 games with losing records and a combined 70 games under .500 entering play on Tuesday.

Matt Belisle pitched the ninth for his fifth save, completing a successful transition from Santana to the bullpen.

Santana was removed with two outs in the seventh, the 21st time in 27 starts he has completed six frames. He struck out the last batter of the inning three times, including All-Star Avisail Garcia on a 92 mph fastball in the third with two runners in scoring position. Garcia angrily cocked his right arm against his leg after swinging and missing.

James Shields (2-5) has not won for the White Sox in 10 starts. He’s been better this month, thanks in part to an alteration of his arm angle, but this was a mediocre output with five hits and five walks allowed in five innings. He left with a 4-0 deficit.

In the first inning, Shields cost himself defensively. Eddie Rosario’s comebacker could’ve been a double play, but Shields threw high to shortstop Tim Anderson covering second base to disrupt his rhythm and only get one out as a run scored. Rosario moved up on a wild pitch and scored on Byron Buxton’s RBI single.

STUFFING THE SOX

Not only was this Polanco’s first career multihomer game, the 24-year-old shortstop became the fifth player in Twins hitter to go deep from both sides of the plate in the same contest.

In Polanco’s last six games against the White Sox, going back to the beginning of last week, he’s 7 for 21 with 11 RBIs and six of his 13 career home runs. Having hit safely in 22 of 25 games in August, Polanco is batting .387 (36 for 93) with 17 extra-base hits and 22 RBIs.

BE CAREFUL

An overslide by Anderson of second base cost him a double in the fifth inning. When he hit a ball in the seventh to almost the same spot, off the tall wall in right field, Anderson exaggerated his final step and stood with perfect posture directly on the base. He clapped and pointed to the White Sox dugout, where some mock praise was being directed his way.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: RHP Reynaldo Lopez (back strain) threw another trouble-free bullpen session. When he’s fully healthy and his spot comes up, he’ll rejoin the rotation. “We’re not going to push it,” manager Rick Renteria said.

Twins: 3B Miguel Sano’s recovery from a stress reaction in his left shin has not been as smooth as hoped. He’s been limited to cardiovascular work in the pool and on the bike. “I think it’s improving. I just think that it’s a slow process, unfortunately,” manager Paul Molitor said.

UP NEXT

White Sox: LHP Derek Holland (7-13, 6.05 ERA) takes the mound Wednesday. He beat Minnesota in Chicago last week with six innings and one run allowed.

Twins: RHP Jose Berrios (11-6, 4.04 ERA) pitches the middle game of the series. He’s won each of his last six home starts, with a 2.88 ERA over 40 1/3 innings.

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New Dinosaur Discovery Something Museum Curator ‘Has Been Waiting For’

By Jeff Todd

DENVER (CBS4) – Dr. Joe Sertich spent the summer looking for horned dinosaur fossils in North Dakota, but didn’t know his next find would be closer to home.

“Dinosaurs in Denver are super exciting, so as soon as I realized it was a dinosaur; part of a skull, part of a body and there’s potential for a lot more, it’s pretty rare and exciting,” said Sertich, the Curator of Dinosaurs at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

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A construction crew working to build a new public safety facility for the City of Thornton near 132nd and Quebec found some discolored dirt a few days ago. Sertich raced to the find first thing Monday morning and realized it was a triceratops.

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“It just takes a sharp eye from one worker that there’s something unusual,” Sertich said. “We want to come in, collect fast, and we don’t want to delay the project.”

This is only the fourth triceratops found around Denver to anyone’s knowledge at the DMNS.

“In Denver we have the last window into the time of dinosaurs, we have triceratops, we have T-Rex, we have duckbilled dinosaurs all along the Front Range. But, in Denver we’ve paved over most of those historic localities,” Sertich said.

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Scientists will work over the next few days to dig up as many bones as possible. Right now, a skull and a few other bones have been found but are still in the ground.

“There’s a really good chance we’re going to see other parts of the front of the skull or parts of the frill and there might be more parts of the body,” Dr. Sertich said. “It looks like these bones might extend 10 or 15 feet so there could be a lot more of the skeleton at the site.”

Workers at the museum will then cast the bones in plaster and burlap, then transport them to a lab inside the DMNS where it will take a few months to fully clean and preserve the bones.

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“To finally hit one of these dinosaurs on a construction site it basically what I’ve been waiting for for the past six years,” Sertich said.

Jeff Todd joined the CBS4 team in 2011 covering the Western Slope in the Mountain Newsroom. Since 2015 he’s been working across the Front Range in the Denver Headquarters. Follow him on Twitter @CBS4Jeff.

Jake Arrieta Continues Strong 2nd Half As Cubs Beat Pirates, 4-1

CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta continued his dominant second half with six innings of two-hit ball, Ben Zobrist homered and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-1, on Tuesday night.

Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 with an RBI, Alex Avila had an RBI single and Jason Heyward added a sacrifice fly for NL Central-leading Chicago.

Arrieta (14-8) struck out four and retired the last seven batters he faced, leaving after 97 pitches with a 3-0 lead. He hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his nine starts since the All-Star break, going 6-1 with a 1.59 ERA during that span.

Before Tuesday, Arrieta had been 0-4 with a 7.29 ERA in his last six starts against the Pirates.

John Jaso went 2-for-2 with a homer and reached in all four plate appearances for Pittsburgh.

Wade Davis got the final three outs for his 27th save in 27 chances to establish a new Cubs record for consecutive saves opportunities converted. Ryan Dempster saved 26 in a row from 2005-06.

Chad Kuhl (6-10) matched Arrieta through five innings but ran into trouble immediately in the sixth. His first pitch was a 95-mph fastball down the middle that Zobrist hit into the bleachers in right center.

Kyle Schwarber followed with a walk and Rizzo doubled one out later. After Tommy LaStella was intentionally walked to load the bases, Avila singled to score Schwarber.

Heyward stretched the lead to 3-0 with a sacrifice fly against reliever A.J. Schugel.

Jaso’s solo homer in the seventh off Koji Uehara made it 3-1.

Rizzo gave the Cubs an insurance run in the eighth with his 200th career double.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Joaquin Benoit (inflamed left knee) and LHP Wade LeBlanc (strained left quadriceps) each pitched a simulated game in the bullpen on Tuesday. “It was a good effort by both guys out there,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “Physically, they seemed to be pretty on spot.”

Cubs: LHP Jon Lester (left lat tightness and shoulder fatigue) will throw a side session on Wednesday after tossing 47 pitches in a simulated game on Monday. No determination has been made when or if he’ll make a minor league rehab start . SS Addison Russell (right foot strain) will continue his rehab stint with Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday after a planned day off on Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Both Cubs lefty Jose Quintana (4-3, 4.50 ERA) and Pirates righty Ivan Nova (11-11, 3.97) will be looking to bounce back from rough outings in the series finale Wednesday night. Quintana allowed six runs in five innings Sunday against Philadelphia, while Nova allowed seven runs (five earned) in five innings Sunday against Cincinnati.

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Katrina Survivor: Harvey ‘Definitely Brings Back The Memories’

(CBS) – As Hurricane Harvey punishes Houston, those displaced by Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago share their memories with CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar.

Quin Kirchner is an accomplished musician now living in Chicago. A dozen years ago, he was building a career in the New Orleans music scene — the same time Katrina hit and displaced thousands.

“You are really faced with having to start over,” says Kirchner, whose home was ruined. “We were lucky to have a support system, family and friends here in Chicago that we could fall back on.”

Now, he’s reliving the images a dozen years later.

“It definitely brings back the memories. I mean, here we are on the exact date,” he says.

Brandy Smart and her family just moved to Chicago from Houston days before Harvey. She also lived in Louisiana during Katrina.

Friends sent her a picture of the off-ramp near her now-flooded Houston home.

“I was supposed to stay through August, and I just had intuition that I should go,” she says.

With friends left behind, Smart says she wishes she could do more.

“I kind of feel guilty in a way,” she says. “I wish I could have brought people with me.”