160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The truce, declared in February 2005, greatly reduced Palestinian-Israeli violence that claimed more than 3,000 lives in the four years before. But Hamas called it off after a June 9 explosion on a Gaza beach that killed eight Palestinian civilians. Israel was shelling Gaza around that time, but insisted it was not responsible for the explosion. Hamas sent its own rocket squads to fire at Israel alongside Islamic Jihad and other militants. Dozens of rockets pelted Israel, many exploding in the town of Sderot, just outside the Gaza fence, badly wounding one Israeli. The barrages have tapered off somewhat in the last day, an indication that Hamas was sidelining its militants. Islamic Jihad fired five rockets Thursday. GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – The Hamas-led Palestinian government offered Thursday to restore a cease-fire with Israel, nearly a week after calling off the truce to protest a deadly explosion on a Gaza beach. Israel responded favorably, signaling that both sides are prepared to step back from fighting that threatened to escalate into a broader conflict. However, violence flared again late Thursday when three Palestinian militants were killed in an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza-Israel border. The military said the three were from the small militant group Islamic Jihad and added they were trying to plant bombs. Palestinian hospital officials said only two bodies were recovered. A Hamas official said the group was in touch with other Gaza militants to try to halt daily rocket barrages against Israel, which set off punishing Israeli air and artillery retaliation.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe lack of velocity, combined with the more advanced California League hitting and Lancaster’s ultra-friendly hitting environment, have combined to produce mediocre numbers. Raab, a 24-year-old whom Baseball America ranked 28th among the JetHawks parent Arizona Diamondbacks organizational prospects, is in his third year of pro ball. He is 8-8 with a 6.96 ERA. “I’m working on my slider and my change-up this year instead of letting it go when I go out there,” Raab said. “It’s been a tough year for me, but I’ve learned a lot more this year than any other year.” Raab cites fatigue as a contributing factor in his velocity drop. He pitched 150 innings last season at South Bend, more than double his workload in any previous year. He downplayed the significance of an inflamed disc that has caused him some discomfort this season. Raab has pitched much better of late, going 5-0 in his past six starts. He was especially effective in a brief stint out of the bullpen, yielding one hit and no runs in 2 2/3 innings. LANCASTER – JetHawks pitcher Kellen Raab is having the worst year of his career from a statistical standpoint. From a developmental standpoint, however, it might be his most important year. Raab, an imposing 6-foot-6 left-hander who in the past has been overpowering, has had to adjust his approach this year because the velocity he once had is no longer there. Raab is topping out in the 87-88 mph range after lighting up radar guns with a 94 mph fastball last season at Single-A South Bend (Ind.). Raab believes his future with the Diamondbacks could be as a reliever, a role that would allow him to pitch more aggressively and wear less on his arm. JetHawks manager Brett Butler said Raab’s versatility has been impressive. He said it’s too early to project, but noted that a situational role might be a nice fit for Raab. “He’s kind of got that quirky delivery,” Butler said. “He might be more suited for the bullpen.” Promoted: Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, a 20-year-old considered among baseball’s most exciting prospects, was assigned to Double-A Tennessee on Tuesday after batting .300 (121 for 403) with 21 homers and 94 RBIs in 104 games in Lancaster. Replacing Gonzalez on the JetHawks roster is Cyle Hankerd. Hankerd, selected by Arizona in the third round of this year’s draft out of USC, led the short-season Northwest League with a .384 batting average in his professional debut at Yakima, Wash. Hitter of the week: JetHawks utilityman Javier Brito was named the California League’s batter of the week for Aug. 7-13. Brito batted .600 (12 for 20) with six extra-base hits including two homers and five RBIs over a stretch that included two four-hit games. Hall of fame: The JetHawks inducted community activist Larry Lake and former Lancaster Stealth shortstop Jack Wilson into the team’s hall of fame. Lake has been involved in supporting youth baseball in the Antelope Valley for decades. Wilson, who played for the Stealth in the 1999 California Fall League, was a Pittsburgh Pirates all-star shortstop in 2004. Both were honored before Saturday’s game against Inland Empire. Title watch: The first-place JetHawks (58-62, 26-24 second half) remain one game ahead of Lake Elsinore (25-25) after Tuesday’s 4-3 victory over the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!