Dodgers plan to experiment with their relievers, including their closer

first_imgCasey Sadler was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday to accommodate the return of pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu. Sadler was outstanding in his nine appearances, allowing only one run while permitting fewer than one baserunner per inning. But the right-hander had one option year remaining in his contract, and Roberts said “we wanted to get a look at some other guys.”Count it as one of many luxuries for a team that holds an 18-game lead in its division.“The optimal perfect matchup isn’t always possible, and it doesn’t always lead to success anyway,” Roberts said, “but I still think with the guys we have, we can put them in optimal spots.”RAISE THE NETSThe process of extending the netting at Dodger Stadium is underway.The multi-phase process began with heightening the existing nets – behind home plate, connecting the two dugouts – by an additional eight feet. Team president Stan Kasten expects this phase to be completed this week, during the team’s road trip to Miami and Atlanta.In the second phase, nets will be extended down the first- and third-base lines to the point where each wall angles toward the outfield corners. Kasten said that phase will be completed during the Dodgers’ trip to San Diego and Arizona at the end of the month.By the time the team returns home Sept. 2, the adjustments should be done “for now, until we see how it works,” Kasten said.Several major league teams have extended the protective netting at their home parks in the past year. Linda Goldbloom, a fan sitting in the loge section behind home plate at Dodger Stadium, died as a result of the injury she sustained when she was struck by a foul ball last August. Studies of the baseballs used in MLB this year have shown them to be even more aerodynamic than the balls used in the 2018 season.“We looked at all foul balls hit this year – speed, height, all those factors – until we felt good about what we’re doing,” Kasten said.ALSOAfter playing on consecutive days for Triple-A Oklahoma City, rehabbing infielder Jedd Gyorko got a day off Sunday. Roberts said Gyorko is “a week or so” away from his Dodgers debut, barring any setbacks. Gyorko was recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his wrist when he was acquired from the Cardinals at the trade deadline. … Ross Stripling began playing catch, but Roberts said there is no timetable for the right-hander to resume throwing off a mound. … Rich Hill (forearm) will play catch from 105 feet Monday. … Alex Verdugo (oblique) has yet to resume baseball activities, Roberts said. … Kiké Hernandez (left hand sprain) and Chris Taylor (left forearm fracture) will begin rehab assignments in the coming week, Roberts said.UP NEXTThe Dodgers have an off-day Monday.Tuesday: Dodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw) vs. Marlins (TBA), 4 p.m., SportsNet LA, 570-AM Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Roberts said he might break with convention more often as the season winds down, at least as it pertains to his bullpen usage. Saturday, he wanted to give Jansen a fresh start after blowing a save opportunity the night before.“We had a great conversation (Saturday) night, actually,” Roberts said of Jansen. “The most important thing is to get him consistent work which … will allow for more consistency on the field performance-wise. There are certain save opportunities that might be compromised. But it’s still a benefit for the ball club and him to get consistent work.“You also have two guys in Joe Kelly and Pedro Baez throwing the baseball well also. Kenley’s on board with that.”Jansen is 26 for 31 in save opportunities this season. His 3.74 earned-run average is on pace for a career high in his 10th major league season.The Dodgers’ unorthodox bullpen decisions will affect more than just the ninth inning.center_img LOS ANGELES – Dodgers Kenley Jansen was healthy, present and accounted for, but he wasn’t available to pitch Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.Jansen allowed the game-tying home run Friday and threw a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation Saturday. It was the first time since June that Jansen had pitched on consecutive days, and Manager Dave Roberts didn’t want to work his closer to appear in a third consecutive game.The unusual pattern defied baseball orthodoxy.Jansen is on the verge of 300 career saves. Using him in a non-save situation one day, and ruling him out of a potential save situation the next day, was a decision rare enough to warrant protection by the Endangered Species Act.last_img read more

Former Giants owner Peter Magowan dies at 76

first_img MLB hot stove: Giants sign Drew Pomeranz to 1-year deal Magowan served as the team’s managing partner until 2008. During that time, he signed star outfielder Barry Bonds and helped the franchise build a new stadium — which opened as Pacific Bell Park and is now known as Oracle Park. “The Giants family, the entire Bay Area and the game of baseball lost a man whose passion and loyalty to his favorite team and beloved community made it possible for all of us and future generations to experience the magic of Giants baseball in San Francisco forever,” said Larry Baer, the Giants’ current president and CEO, in a statement. “Peter was my mentor and dear friend, and I will forever be grateful for his guidance, support and love.“His legacy will be carried on by all those he inspired, including community leaders, our players (and) the front office.” Related News “With groundbreaking vision, (Magowan) guided the effort that resulted in a ballpark that became a landmark for the city,” MLB commissioner Robert D. Manfred said in a statement. “In his 16 seasons of leadership, Peter oversaw a winning, civic-minded ballclub that represented the spirit of San Francisco.“The foundation created under his direction helped make the Giants the model club they remain today. All of us in baseball will be forever grateful to Peter for his pivotal part in preserving a first-class franchise in one of America’s most vibrant cities.” Former Giants owner Peter Magowan died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, the team announced. He was 76 years old.Magowan, along with other investors, was instrumental in keeping the Giants in San Francisco when they purchased the team in 1993. Previous owner Bob Lurie had originally planned to sell the franchise to a group based in Tampa.last_img read more

Wellington Fire/EMS assists in Mulvane flood Friday night

first_imgSumner Newscow report — Wellington Fire and EMS assisted with water rescue in Mulvane on Friday evening after the community received around 5 inches of rain. Wellington Fire/EMS sent two personnel and a boat to assist individuals trapped in a house and a camper. With assistance from two different fire departments staff rescued nine people and one pet. Staff also assessed flood areas for other victims.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

BYC Celebrates 2015 Coca Cola Cup

first_imgThe champions of the 2015 Coca Cola Big 8 Tournament, BYC I, has finally and officially celebrated their “title victory” in an awesome style yesterday at the Mamba Point Hotel in Central Monrovia.Attended by more than 50 people, including representatives from the Liberia Football Association (LFA), the 2015 BYC Coca Cola Award Ceremony was organized by BYC Football in collaboration with the Robert A. Sirleaf Foundation (RASF).The head coach of BYC I, Robert Larteh, dubbed Coach Pella and the team’s 3rd Captain Francis Jallabah presented the medals and souvenir disc which contained photos of the team during the tournament, to the players, technical and support staff as well as the management of the BYC Blue Field.A logical pictorial which showcased the players during the 10-day Coca Cola Tournament at the Blue Field Award Ceremony was shown.The tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) wonderful striker Van Dave-Harmon was awarded a “Sculpture with angels holding a football,” by BYC, but the Secretary General of the LFA, B. Alphonso Armah, in his remarks appealed to the BYC management for the “Sculpture” to be presented at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) during BYC games.Mr. Armah urged the players to be disciplined and work harder.The BYC captain during the Coca Cola Tournament, Francis Jallabah, alias Stopper and midfield defensive maestro, Gideon William, dubbed D-Jon or Bad Boy were selected as the co-MVPs. Both players are 22 years.Defender Jallabah has been with BYC Football since 2003, while Gideon joined the ‘Blue Family’ on loan from Watanga FC in 2014 and has finally signed with the team.BYC President Sekou Konneh and Mr. Sirleaf, on behalf of BYC Football and RASF, presented the duo ‘plastic plagues and bag of football materials,’ including iPhones.The BYC CEO, Mr. Sirleaf said BYC despite their “though moments” is the best playing team in the country and confident the team would reclaim future titles.For his part, Mr. Konneh said the ‘spirit of togetherness’ has caused the team to clinch the maiden edition of the Coca Cola Tournament.He said the upholding of the team’s morale and spirit lies in the hands of everybody and therefore urged the players and technical staff to remain focus.The Coca Cola Cup is the eighth trophy of BYC I. The team has won three Super Cups, two Championships and two Liberian Cups (Knockout).It may be recalled that on Sunday, May 10, during the grand final of the Coca Cola tournament between BYC I and Nimba United, Van Dave Harmon’s hat trick was enough for his side BYC in their 3-1 triumph over Nimba United to lift the trophy.Elijah Golo scored Nimba United’s consolation goal from the penalty spot after a defender of BYC was booked for committing a foul against opponent Titus Cooper of Nimba United in the penalty box. BYC, dubbed ‘the Go Blue Boys’ moved to the finals after a 1-0 win over IE, converted from the spot-kick by attacking midfielder Gideon Williams.In the preliminary rounds, the Go Blue boys topped Group A with nine points, winning all her games without conceding a goal. Coach Robert Larteh’s boys whipped Nimba United 1-0; Mighty Barrolle 2-0 and LISCR FC 1-0.Sunday’s defeat over Nimba United has shown that Coach Sam Chebli needs an overhaul in the middle and front to withstand the shots.Nimba United narrowly crossed over to meet BYC through a lottery shoot against NPA Anchors, 4-0, after the 90 minutes ended in one-all.Earlier, though the Mountainous suffered her first defeat to BYC 1-0, but drew with LISCR 2-2 and pinned Mighty Barrolle 2-1.The eight participating teams were awarded certificates of participation while Nimba United received a cheque for US$1,000 as runner and BYC got US$2,000 and trophy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more