Nike Vaporfly shoes are not banned but Eliud Kipchoge’s are

first_imgNike’s controversial Vaporfly range will not be banned but there will be tighter regulations around high-tech running shoes, World Athletics says.Any new shoe technology developed after 30 April will have to be available on the open market for four months before an athlete can use it in competition.World Athletics has also introduced an immediate indefinite ban on any shoes that have a sole thicker than 40mm.The body will also investigate any shoes that “may not be compliant”.An immediate indefinite ban has also been introduced on any shoe that contains more than one “rigid embedded plate or blade”.For shoes with spikes, an additional plate or blade is allowed for the purpose of attaching the spikes, but the sole must be no thicker than 30mm. The ‘Alphafly’ prototype shoes worn by Eliud Kipchoge when he became the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours in October 2019 will be banned. The shoe worn by Eliud Kipchoge when he became the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours will be banned indefinitelyA group of experts were asked to consider whether Nike’s Vaporfly shoes give their wearers an unfair advantage.Athletes wearing the new footwear including Nike’s latest Vaporfly have taken 31 of 36 top-three finishes in major marathons last year.Kipchoge’s Kenyan compatriot Brigid Kosgei wore a Vaporfly prototype when she broke Paula Radcliffe’s long-standing women’s marathon world record in October 2019. World Athletics president Lord Coe said: “It is not our job to regulate the entire sports shoe market but it is our duty to preserve the integrity of elite competition by ensuring the shoes worn by elite athletes in competition do not offer any unfair assistance or advantage.“As we enter the Olympic year, we don’t believe we can rule out shoes that have been generally available for a considerable period of time, but we can draw a line by prohibiting the use of shoes that go further than what is currently on the market while we investigate further.“I believe these new rules strike the right balance by offering certainty to athletes and manufacturers as they prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games while addressing the concerns that have been raised about shoe technology.“If further evidence becomes available that indicates we need to tighten up these rules, we reserve the right to do that to protect our sport.”World Athletics will now establish an “expert working group” to “guide future research” into shoe technology as well as assessing any new shoes that enter the market. Why are the shoes controversial?The shoes have been criticised for “distorting the record books”, with some arguing they prevent fair competition with athletes not sponsored by Nike.Vaporflys claim to improve an athlete’s performance by 4%, and the five fastest marathons of all time have been run in the past 16 months by athletes wearing varying forms of the technology.Former British Olympic marathon runner Mara Yamauchi previously told BBC Sport that “we no longer truly have fair competition”. “It’s up to World Athletics to provide a level playing field for all… to be brutally honest, it’s hard to see how anybody not wearing Vaporflys at Tokyo is going to win medals,” she said.“Athletics has had several years of doping stories coming out in the press and the single most important thing is to restore trust and bring in more fans and sponsors.“But if we see every medal winner wearing the Vaporflys and other athletes not getting a look in, I’m not sure that people watching can really say I believe that performance 100%.”Nike said in a previous statement they “respect the spirit of the rules and we do not create any running shoes that return more energy than the runner expends”. AnalysisBBC sports editor Dan Roan Amid mounting confusion that running was becoming distorted, World Athletics has tried to provide some clarity before the Tokyo Olympics and halt what some see as an ‘arms race’ in shoe technology.Although more research will now be conducted and the rules could still develop, it seems significant the governing body admits “concerns that the integrity of the sport might be threatened”.The news will come as a relief for Nike and the athletes it sponsors.The prototype ‘AlphaFly’ that Eliud Kipchoge used to go sub-two hours last year exceeds the new restrictions and is now banned for elite runners.But as expected, the Vaporfly range that has revolutionised distance running is cleared, including the ‘Vaporfly Next%’ that Brigid Kosgei wore when smashing the women’s world record last year.That will lead to fears that the new restrictions have been conceived with that shoe’s specific dimensions in mind, are too little too late, and mean athletes sponsored by other manufacturers are at a disadvantage.The changes also put pressure on rival companies to quickly develop any new prototype shoes.They have three months to do so. After that they will need to have been widely available to buy for four months before being allowed in elite competition, ruling out their use at the Olympics.last_img read more

Angels charmed Shohei Ohtani to win recruiting battle

first_imgSo winning the Ohtani lottery was essentially about wooing him with factors other than money.The Angels took their turn on Monday night, with owner Arte Moreno, General Manager Billy Eppler and Manager Mike Scioscia leading the contingent that spent about two hours selling Ohtani in a conference room at his agent’s office in Los Angeles.Eppler said Scioscia cracked a few self-deprecating jokes that made Ohtani laugh. Mike Trout, who couldn’t attend because he was back east preparing for his wedding, got on FaceTime and made his pitch to Ohtani.“He basically explained to me how great the Angels were,” Ohtani said. “He said we have a great clubhouse, and how much he would enjoy having me here. I took those words to heart and I’m here.”But Eppler had no idea as he walked out of Monday’s meeting if their pitch had been successful.“I don’t want to liken it to a job interview or an episode of ‘The Bachelorette’, but you really had no read,” Eppler said. “I liken it to going through the GM interview process. You don’t know the impression you made, but you are all hands on deck to jump through the hoops the next time they call.”The Angels did well enough to earn a call-back, so to speak, with Ohtani coming to Angel Stadium for a tour and a second round of questions on Thursday night. Eppler said his questions seemed more direct and detailed this time, but the GM still went to sleep unsure.Eppler said Nez Balelo, Ohtani’s agent, told him the decision could be within 24 hours, or it could be a week or 10 days away. He said Ohtani might even go back to Japan to mull it over.On Friday morning around 11, though, Eppler got a call from Balelo and heard the words: “Shohei Ohtani wants to be an Angel.”A cheer went up in the Angels offices and Eppler quickly called owner Arte Moreno, just as Balelo was releasing the news to the world.“It was a great moment,” Eppler said. “I walked out and high-fived guys. This is our time.” ANAHEIM — Fans and general managers of 29 other teams were probably hoping that Shohei Ohtani’s introductory news conference with the Angels would provide some hints as to what led him to shun their teams.They would be disappointed.Again.“It’s hard to explain,” Ohtani said, speaking via an interpreter. “With the Angels I just felt something click.” Angels welcome Shohei Ohtani, while only hinting at how the two-way dream will work Related Articles Ohtani spoke several times on Saturday about a “connection” or a “feeling,” feeding the impression that his decision to sign with the Angels was more personal than anything based on quantifiable baseball reasons.“When you break it all down, there were so many factors,” Ohtani said. “I just felt that I wanted to play for the Angels. It’s something I cannot describe in words.”The recruitment of Ohtani was unique in modern baseball because of a perfect storm of talent and the collective bargaining agreement.There have been other extremely talented players to come to the majors from international leagues, but in most cases they have been unrestricted free agents. The bidding wars were so fierce that many small-market teams couldn’t even participate with the big-money clubs.Ohtani, however, decided to come to the majors as a 23-year-old about a year after baseball rules were changed to place any international player under 25 within the limits of international spending pools. The largest bonus he could receive was less than $4 million, a price all 30 teams in the majors could afford. Twenty-seven teams submitted written and multimedia presentations, at his agent’s request. Miller: How much did Shohei Ohtani’s decision surprise the Angels? Even more than you think Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Angels add Justin Upton to lengthy DL after broken glass accident at home

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Upton, whose permanent residence is in the Phoenix area, returned home following the Angels’ game on Sunday afternoon in Texas. He said he cut his finger then. He had hoped to avoid the DL, but Angels trainers told him it was cut too severely. He ended up getting four stitches.Manager Mike Scioscia said they are expecting Upton to be back when he’s eligible, on Aug. 30.ALSOMike Trout is expected to rejoin the Angels “by the end of this week,” Scioscia said. He would not specify when the All-Star center fielder would be able to play. Trout is on the disabled list because of a jammed right wrist, but he’s been away from the team for more than a week dealing with a family situation. His brother-in-law, former Angels minor league pitcher Aaron Cox, died last week. …Matt Shoemaker (forearm nerve surgery) is progressing well in his rehab, Scioscia said. He has thrown extended bullpen sessions and will throw another on Wednesday in Arizona, Scioscia said. …Tyler Skaggs (groin) and Nick Tropeano (shoulder) still have not thrown since going on the disabled list, Scioscia said. … Scioscia said the Angels still aren’t sure who will start this weekend at home against the Houston Astros. The Angels are trying to plug the holes left by Skaggs and Tropeano. …Francisco Arcia and José Álvarez, the only two Venezuelan players currently on the Angels, each said their families were safe after the major earthquake that struck near that country on Tuesday.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Odrisamer Despaigne, 2-1, 6.29) at Diamondbacks (RHP Clay Buchholz, 6-2, 2.47), Wednesday, 6:40 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles PHOENIX — Justin Upton is the latest victim of whatever curse was cast upon the 2018 Angels.Upton was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday with a lacerated left index finger, an injury he said he suffered because of a broken wine glass at his home in Arizona on Sunday night.The Angels have placed 25 different players on the disabled list this season, some multiple times.“It’s been rough,” Upton said. “Sometimes accidents can’t be avoided. I wish it didn’t happen. It is what it is. It’s frustrating. You want to play as many games as you can. I wish I was in there. It’s frustrating. It’s something I have to deal with.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more

Angels address the sticky situation of illegal substances on the baseball

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone When asked if he or any Angels pitchers had been offered the sticky substance, Heaney said: “C’mon, man. I said most everybody is probably using it. Most everybody is getting something from somewhere, creating their own.”Major League Baseball is reportedly cracking down on the widespread use of pine tar or other substances by pitchers, part of an investigation that led to the dismissal of Harkins this week.Most pitchers, including those questioned in the Angels clubhouse on Friday morning, said the purpose of the substances is to improve the grip on the baseball, and therefore the control.“I don’t throw that hard, but I throw pretty hard and I like to know where it’s going,” said Heaney, who said he’d experimented with different substances. “I’m sure the hitters would tell you the same thing. When they have dudes throwing 100 mph, they want to know where it’s going too.”Veteran Dylan Bundy, who is new to the Angels, said “no comment” when asked if he’s applied substances to the baseball. Speaking generally, he said the rosin that is permitted is not sufficient. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “For cold games, the rosin if anything makes the ball more slick,” Bundy said. “That’s when you get the two-seamer riding up and in on guys. It’s tougher when it’s cold to get a grip. You are trying to throw up and in with a purpose and that little bit of slippage can be dangerous.”Pitching coach Mickey Callaway said he expects Major League Baseball to end up banning any use of substances such as pine tar, which could have a detrimental effect, particularly when it’s cold.“If I were a hitter, I’d be scared to dig into the box in Detroit on April 10,” Callaway said.Manager Joe Maddon said pitchers have been putting substances on the baseball to improve their grip “as long as I’ve been in baseball,” and it’s a particular issue now because the baseballs have become more slick. The solution, he said, is eventually that MLB will have to change the ball.Speaking from the hitter’s perspective, Andrelton Simmons said there is a fine line between simply improving grip and also improving stuff. Trevor Bauer has been outspoken about how pitchers can also improve their spin rates by doctoring the baseball.“I understand the need for a little feel to grab the ball,” Simmons said. “It’s kind of part of the game, to a certain extent. I don’t know where the line is.”Maddon and Heaney conceded that sticky substances can have a beneficial effect for the pitchers, but said it’s not enough to outweigh the benefit for the game of hitter safety.“I think the two things are intertwined,” Heaney said. “The better control you have, the better grip you have, the stickier your fingers, the more spin you’re going to get, the more control you’re going to have. I don’t know how you separate the two and say I get better control but my stuff isn’t better. I don’t know how that works. If they want to crack down and have one uniform thing, rosin ain’t it. Rosin does not work. It’s like throwing a freaking cue ball.”Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros ALSOThe Angels had no update on pitcher Griffin Canning’s status after he received further medical opinion on his balky elbow. At this point, all that’s certain is that Canning will start the season on the injured list, but the Angels have given no indication what treatment he’ll need before he can return, or how long he will be out. …Relief pitcher Ty Buttrey, who was out with a strained intercostal muscle, said he is scheduled to face hitters in a simulated game Saturday and pitch in his first Cactus League game Wednesday. Buttrey said he’s expecting to be able to pitch in six or seven games, which should be sufficient to have him ready for Opening Day. …Infielder Tommy La Stella, who had been scratched from Wednesday’s lineup because of a stiff back, said on Friday that he’s fine. He was still not in the lineup for either of the Angels’ split-squad games.center_img TEMPE, Ariz. — The story of one of baseball’s worst-kept secrets arrived at Angels camp this week.A day after news that Angel Stadium visiting clubhouse manager Brian Harkins had been fired for supplying visiting pitchers with a sticky substance to apply to the baseballs, players in the clubhouse responded with little surprise about what had occurred.“It’s not a huge secret,” Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney said. “I think no one thinks it’s shocking that people are using sticky stuff on their fingers. You’ve been hearing about it forever, I think throughout the history of baseball.”Heaney added: “I think everybody knows that most guys are doing it. I don’t think it’s that surprising for anybody who knows baseball.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

DeAndre Jordan leaving L.A. Clippers, has agreed to 4-year deal with Dallas

first_imgNBA sources have confirmed to this newspaper that center DeAndre Jordan is leaving the Clippers after agreeing to sign a four-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks. Multiple reports indicate the contract will be worth more than $80 million and that it includes a player option after the third year.YahooSports first reported the news that Jordan was on the verge of agreeing to the deal. Other sources have since confirmed that Jordan is indeed leaving. Free-agent signings cannot be made official until July 9.Jordan could have signed a five-year max deal with the Clippers that would have brought him roughly $108 million, but he has chosen to go play in his home state. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jordan also can’t make free throws, as his career 41.7 percentage attests. He shot just 39.7 percent this past season and regularly fell victim to the Hack-a-DJ tactic, where he was fouled on purpose over and over again.Jordan, however, became a monster on the boards the past two seasons. And when he’s on his shot-blocking game — which is most of the time — he can change a game by not just blocking shots, but by altering them.Something else that might have played a role in Jordan’s decision was his alleged issues with Paul. According to one story published after the Clippers’ season ended in mid-May with a Game 7 loss to Houston in the Western Conference semifinals, Paul allegedly was not happy with Jordan’s effort to improve his free-throw shooting.Interestingly, Jordan practiced his free throws seemingly more than anyone else on the team. Paul never confirmed he was unhappy with Jordan. If anything, he always demonstrated support for him.Besides the Clippers, Jordan also had meetings with the Lakers and New York Knicks. Jordan met with the Clippers on Thursday, with coach Doc Rivers and owner Steve Ballmer making their pitches.According to sources, Jordan was very impressed with the Tuesday meeting he had with Dallas that included owner Mark Cuban, president Donnie Nelson, coach Rick Carlisle and forwards Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons.Jordan, one source said, came away from that 4 1/2-hour session very impressed.The Clippers are now without a starting center, and not re-signing Jordan only gives them slightly more cap space. However, a league source said there remains the possibility that the Clippers could work a sign-and-trade with Dallas and Indiana that would send Jordan to the Mavericks, Monta Ellis to Indiana with the Clippers receiving Pacers center Roy Hibbert. Ellis on Thursday agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal with Indiana.That would reunite Hibbert and wing Lance Stephenson, who recently came to the Clippers from Charlotte via a trade for Matt Barnes and Spencer Hawes. Stephenson and Hibbert played together four years in Indiana before Stephenson signed with Charlotte before the 2014-15 campaign.Hibbert, who at 7-foot-2 is 3 inches taller than Jordan, has career scoring and rebounding averages of 11.1 and 6.8, respectively. He’s 28.If the Clippers somehow don’t get a bona fide center, that would leave them no choice but to go small-ball with Griffin having to put in time at center. The Clippers do have a center — 7-2 Liam McMorrow — on their summer-league roster. But the 27-year-old Tennessee Tech alum has never played in the NBA. He has played in Canada and most recently the Philippines.Staff writer Mark Medina contributed to this reportcenter_img Jordan played seven seasons with the Clippers. He was born in Houston, went to high school in Humble, Texas and played his college ball at Texas A&M.Jordan, who will be 27 on July 21, averaged 8.0 points and 9.0 rebounds over the course of his time with the Clippers. But he averaged 10.4 points and 13.6 rebounds and 11.5 points and 15.0 rebounds, respectively, the past two seasons.Jordan also became one of the top defensive post players in the NBA, averaging 2.5 blocks in 2013-14 and 2.2 this past season.One of the many stories circulating during this time of free agency was that Jordan wanted to be more of the man instead of playing third fiddle behind Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.With Dirk Nowitzki, 37, in the twilight of his career, Jordan could be more of the man with the Mavericks. But Jordan still doesn’t have much of an offensive game other than throwing down dunks, so it might be more difficult than him just being on a team that does not include Paul and Griffin, arguably two of the top 10 players in the league.last_img read more

LA Clippers win again without Blake Griffin

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Clippers (24-13) built an 11-point lead in the third quarter, but the Hornets did well to trail by just six (70-64) heading into the fourth.When Jamal Crawford buried a 3-pointer with 3:03 to play, the Clippers led 91-79 and had all but sealed Charlotte’s fate.The Hornets (17-19) have lost six in a row.Chris Paul led the Clippers with 25 points on 11-of 19 shooting, 3 of 5 from beyond the arc. He also had seven rebounds and seven assists, as well as five of L.A.’s nine turnovers. Afterward, Paul talked about why the Clippers are playing so well without Griffin, who averages 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists.“I think because we all had to step up by committee,” he said. “We’re moving the ball and we’re putting a huge emphasis on defense. The only way we can score without the big fella is if we defend and get out in transition.” Crawford contributed 19 points off the bench on 9-of-20 shooting from the field, but he was just 1 of 7 from long distance. J.J. Redick had 17 points and DeAndre Jordan came through with 11 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks.Redick also chimed in on the team’s play without Griffin, who has a partially torn left quad tendon and figures to be out at least two more games.“Offensively, I think there’s a lot of spacing, there’s a lot of room to operate,” Redick said. “The DJ-Chris (Paul) pick-and-roll has been really good. Having Paul (Pierce) as a stretch 4 has been really good. It’s a different look. It’s not better, per se, than having Blake at the 4. But it’s a different look, it’s given teams problems.“The second reason, I think, is we’ve really embraced the defensive side of the basketball and really before Blake got hurt, we had done that. … And the third thing, I think, is just the bench playing with more consistency and getting that rotation right. Those guys have been great.”Reserve post Cole Aldrich had another nice game, scoring eight points and grabbing four rebounds.Pierce, who has had some good shooting games of late, started and had just four points on 2-of 10 shooting. He missed all eight of his 3-point attempts. Wes Johnson scored just three points and shot 1 of 7. He made one of his five 3-point shots.The Clippers have been shooting well of late from the 3-point line. In this one, they made just 25.8 percent (8 of 31) from there.The Clippers did not shoot a free throw in the first half, but made 9 of 10 in the second.Charlotte’s Jeremy Lin led all scorers with 26 points. He shot 9 of 16, but his team shot just 36.9 percent.“We didn’t shoot the ball as well as we wanted to,” Lin said. “We just have to will (our) way out of this funk that we are in right now.” The Clippers had one poor quarter — the second — but they quickly put that behind them. The bench played the first half of that quarter. When most of the reserves went out, the Hornets were within 35-33.“We do not have residual effect of bad play, we just get out of it,” coach Doc Rivers said. “At halftime, you can see the guys were upset, the bench was upset. What else do I need to say? They are policing themselves on that end.”center_img Make that eight consecutive victories, the past seven sans Blake Griffin.The Clippers on Saturday continued their winning ways without their leading scorer, rolling to a 97-83 win over the Charlotte Hornets before an afternoon sellout crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center.It wasn’t easy.The Clippers led 27-18 after one quarter. But they went cold in the second — shooting just 36.4 percent overall and missing all eight of their 3-point attempts — to trail 46-43 at halftime.last_img read more

Kawhi Leonard’s late jumper helps Clippers rally past Rockets

first_img🗣”We’re building. We’re learning how to trust each other.”The Underground 🐐 chats with @jaimemaggio after yet another W.#ClipperNation • @LAClippers • @TeamLou23 pic.twitter.com/HBRCWB9VPd— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) November 23, 2019 There were moments when the Rockets seemed like they might have put it away: James Harden, a former Artesia High standout, buried a 3-pointer and drew a foul on Beverley (his sixth and last) to make it 113-109 with 1:57 left. Then Clint Capela scored at the rim to make it 115-109 with 1:26 on the clock.But the Clippers didn’t go away. Williams hit a 3-pointer (as Rivers tried, and fortunately for the Clippers, failed to get a timeout called), Paul George (19 points, seven assists) made a 3-pointer, and then Williams hit another 3-pointer.Harden (37 points, 12 assists) got back to the free-throw line for his 17th and 18th foul-shot attempts and made both to give Houston a one-point advantage with 22.1 seconds left.But Leonard (24 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals) answered with his go-ahead jumper – celebrating with a modest fist pump – to give the Clippers the lead back with 15.4 seconds on the clock.Russell Westbrook, who starred at Leuzinger High, couldn’t add to his 22-point total, missing his final shot with 3.9 seconds left. The rebound found George, whose free throws with one second left finished off the Rockets.“We’re still growing,” said Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, who scored 18 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots. “We’re just finding ways to win while we’re still figuring it out and building and forming as a team. It’s great that we can still come up with wins.”It was the third consecutive game that a late basket won the day for the Clippers; Beverley buried a 3-pointer with 43.9 seconds left in overtime Wednesday to give the Clippers an insurmountable 107-102 lead against Boston, and George buried the go-ahead 3-pointer with 25 seconds left Monday to help the Clippers beat Oklahoma City.That different heroes are emerging in crunchtime is in character with the team, Beverley said.“That won’t change,” he said. “We understand that we got two studs. In the beginning you can see that we were trying to play toward them instead of just playing. Over the last two or three games, we’ve just been playing our game and they have been playing our game, too. It’s been an easy mesh.”The Clippers close their five-game homestand against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.Behind Kawhi Leonard’s game-winning jumper, the @LAClippers outlast Houston in a fantastic finish at @STAPLESCenter! #ClipperNation👀 the best plays down the stretch… pic.twitter.com/UotgIqGjgl— NBA (@NBA) November 23, 2019 “We just kept fighting, man. We’re one of those teams that never gives up, we never feel like we’re out of a game.”Hear from @MONSTATREZZ after tonight’s win.#ClipperNation • @LAClippers pic.twitter.com/0Zq2eli7SU— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) November 23, 2019 “I feel like we’re supposed to win games; we’re supposed to win at home, in front of our crowd,” Clippers guard Patrick Beverley said. “So the record is great, of course, the streak is great, but these are things we’re supposed to do, and we have to get used to that.“Not trying to be cocky or overconfident or anything like that, but, when we step on the court, you don’t step on the court to make it a tie game. You want to (expletive) win, and that’s our attitude.”The Rockets (11-5) won the first meeting 102-93 in a heated contest on Nov. 13 in Houston. But that was before Paul George’s debut the next night in New Orleans.Now the Clippers are almost whole (they’re still without guard Landry Shamet, who’s out with a sprained ankle). But with five games every other day this homestand, they haven’t held traditional practices, relying instead on shootarounds and some intense game action to familiarize themselves with one another.“We’re getting a little rhythm in the fourth quarter,” Leonard said. “Not being able to practice with each other, and once we go out there, we start seeing what the opponent is doing on both ends of the floor and then we just get in a rhythm. And guys on this team don’t shy away from the moment, you know what I mean? They want to play their best basketball in the fourth quarter.” COOL. CALM. COMPOSED.Kawhi wins it for the @LAClippers in #PhantomCam! #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/XWd0pHyEzf— NBA (@NBA) November 23, 2019center_img 💦 @TeamLou23 pours in all 26 of his PTS in the 2nd half to lead the @LAClippers to victory! #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/QXmqzYqoUh— NBA (@NBA) November 23, 2019 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers splits the defense of Clint Capela #15 and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)The Rockets’ James Harden tries to dribble past the Clippers’ Paul George during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers charges into PJ Tucker #17 of the Houston Rockets during the first half of a game at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets steals the ball from Maurice Harkless #8 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers reacts to being called for a foul during the first half of a game against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Montrezl Harrell #5 reacts to scoring as Maurice Harkless #8 of the Los Angeles Clippers looks on during the first half of a game against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Maurice Harkless #8 of the Los Angeles Clippers defends against a shot by James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during the first half of a game at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets drives the lane past Rodney McGruder #19 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets shoots over the defense of Patrick Beverley #21 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets dribbles past Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers defends against the dribble of Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets during the first half of a game at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers reacts to defeating the Houston Rockets 122-119 in a game at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers blocks a shot by James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets dribbles into Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Patrick Beverley #21 passes to Montrezl Harrell #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers past the defense of Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets eludes Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers reacts after being fouled as Austin Rivers #25 of the Houston Rockets looks on during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers collides with James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers and James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets lock arms during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets reacts after being fouled by Rodney McGruder #19 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers battles Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets for a loose ball during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook shoots over Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 122-119. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers looks to pass past Tyson Chandler #19 of the Houston Rockets during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Houston Rockets center Clint Capela, left, is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 122-119. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard shoots during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers, center, splits between Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green, left, and guard Lou Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 122-119. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George shoots against the Houston Rockets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Houston Rockets center Clint Capela, left, grabs a rebound from Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Houston Rockets guard James Harden, center, goes to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, left, and forward Kawhi Leonard during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 122-119. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac rises for a dunk over Houston Rockets guard Ben McLemore during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, right, attempts a steal against Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Houston Rockets guard James Harden collides with Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley and is called for an offensive foul during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: James Harden #13 passes to Tyson Chandler #19 of the Houston Rockets under pressure from Montrezl Harrell #5, Jerome Robinson #1, Rodney McGruder #19 and JaMychal Green #4 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Houston Rockets guard James Harden tries to shoot over Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, rear, and forward JaMychal Green, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 122-119. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, center, is congratulated by teammates after making a 3-point basket late in the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 122-119. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Houston Rockets guard James Harden, right, points after being fouled on a 3-point shot, as teammates Russell Westbrook, left, and P.J. Tucker come to assist during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 122-119. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni, left, argues with an official about a foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 122-119. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams reacts after making a three-point basket late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 122-119. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Houston Rockets forward Thabo Sefolosha, front, and Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell chase a loose ball on the sideline during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 122-119. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Mike D’Antoni of the Houston Rockets reacts to a foul during the second half of a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots the ball during the second half of a game against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard reacts after making a shot in the closing seconds against the Houston Rockets during an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 122-119. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Kawhi Leonard #2 is congratulated by Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of a game against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts to being called for a foul during the second half of a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers is congratulated by James Harden #13 as Austin Rivers #25 and Thabo Sefolosha #18 of the Houston Rockets look on after a game at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Houston Rockets 122-119. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers splits the defense of Clint Capela #15 and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 45LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 22: Lou Williams #23 of the Los Angeles Clippers splits the defense of Clint Capela #15 and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ExpandLOS ANGELES — No, the Houston Rockets and the Angelenos leading them aren’t ready to concede anything to the basketball teams in L.A., regardless of how many pundits identify them as early NBA title favorites.But the Clippers indicated they’re up to try to take it with wins like Friday’s 122-119 result, secured on Kawhi Leonard’s 18-foot, pull-up jumper with 15.4 seconds left. His shot lifted the Clippers to 10-1 at home for the first time in franchise history.“That was a good game,” Clippers sixth man Lou Williams said of Friday’s affair, in which he scored all of his team-high 26 points in the second half.Debuting their white-and-black City Edition jerseys, with “Los Angeles” stenciled on their chests in Old English font, the Clippers (11-5) won another fun one, trading shots with Houston for the second time this young season, swapping the lead seven times in the fourth quarter before evening the series between two of the Western Conference’s premier teams.last_img read more

Dodgers sweep doubleheader despite losing Rich Hill to blister issues again

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Another extended stay on the DL is likely for Hill who already spent four weeks there this season with a cracked fingernail and an infection on the same finger.That should allow Stripling to get comfortable in the rotation for at least awhile. Moved into the starting rotation in the wake of injuries to Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu (at a time when Hill was also on the DL), he has risen to the occasion. Over three consecutive starts, he has allowed only three runs on 14 hits and two walks while striking out 21 in 15 1/3 innings.Saturday’s six-inning outing was his longest since August 2016 and he finished by striking out the final five batters he faced. Relying on an excellent curveball and helped by home plate umpire Mike Estabrook’s extremely low strike zone, Stripling finished with a career-high nine strikeouts.“I saw that he was giving the low strike and was able to kind of pepper it down there a little bit,” Stripling said after holding the Nationals to one run on four hits. “Got a couple strikeouts that way – the (Bryce) Harper one in my last inning and I think I got Trea Turner on a slider that was kind of down. … Definitely a pitcher’s pitch. Glad I got it.“Yeah, as the game goes when you get a couple calls like that and you realize you’re getting the low ones, you’re going to try to take advantage of it. I felt like I was able to do that.”Daunting as Hill’s early departure was, the Dodgers’ bullpen also rose to the occasion – for awhile. A string of seven relievers held the Nationals hitless for eight of the nine innings. All four of the Nationals hits came in the sixth inning and produced four runs.That put the Dodgers in the chase position with Max Scherzer on his way to striking out 13. They made it a one-run game when Cody Bellinger hit a solo home run off Sammy Solis in the eighth then started the ninth with three consecutive hits off Nationals closer Sean Doolittle. Austin Barnes and Logan Forsythe singled. Then Kemp took a fastball down and in and lashed it into the left-field corner for the decisive double.“That was the biggest hit, for sure, for him this year,” Roberts said. “And for us, probably the biggest win.” “It’s not as big as it was but the skin did completely tear open,” Hill said.Hill threw a bullpen session in Miami this week and warmed up for Saturday’s game in the bullpen with no issues. He said he felt something “break open” on his second-to-last pitch on the mound before starting the game.“I knew that at some point I’d have to come out,” he said. “Just one of those things where I made a few pitches out of frustration and that was it.”Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“It was a good day. A good day,” said Kemp, the hero of Game 2. “Everybody knows we haven’t been playing the way we can. Today, we beat two pretty good pitchers in one day.”It was not a good day for Hill whose persistent blister problems have been a never-ending story, resurfacing over and over again. In fact, when he left Saturday’s game without officially facing a batter, he was the first starting pitcher in the major leagues to do that since – he did it in July 2016 with the Oakland A’s.That’s when Hill’s blister issues first started. They have not been solved.“As frustrating as it is for everyone I feel like it’s three times worse for me,” Hill said. “I want to go out there and pitch. That’s it. And this is preventing me from doing that. Not a fun time.”Hill was sidelined for two months (one at a time) in 2016 and said the current blister is “as bad as it was two years ago but not as big.” In both cases, the skin ripped open on the pad of his middle fingertip. PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp hits a two-RBI double during the ninth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, center, looks at his finger with home plate umpire Kerwin Danley and others, during the first inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Washington. Hill was relieved after throwing two pitches. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, left, walks off the field after throwing two pitches during the first inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Scott Alexander throws during the first inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, left, celebrates with third base coach Chris Woodward as he rounds the bases for his solo home run off Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer, back, during the fifth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader at Nationals Park, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Washington Nationals second baseman Wilmer Difo (1) gets the force-out against Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes (15) at second during the fourth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader at Nationals Park, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy watches his solo home run off Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer, back, during the fifth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader at Nationals Park, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pedro Baez throws during the third inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws during the third inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Nationals Park, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer reacts after he was hit by a pitch from Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pedro Baez during the third inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader at Nationals Park, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) looks at home plate umpire Kerwin Danley after a called third strike during the fourth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp hits a two-RBI double during the ninth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, center, looks at his finger with home plate umpire Kerwin Danley and others, during the first inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Washington. Hill was relieved after throwing two pitches. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)NextShow Caption1 of 11Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, center, looks at his finger with home plate umpire Kerwin Danley and others, during the first inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Washington. Hill was relieved after throwing two pitches. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)ExpandWASHINGTON, D.C. – There were 580 pitches thrown in Saturday’s doubleheader at Nationals Park.Rich Hill could only throw two of them.Hill left the second game of the doubleheader after those two pitches with a recurrence of the blister issues that have marred his past three seasons. Nonetheless, the Dodgers got a two-run, pinch-hit double from Matt Kemp to take a 5-4 victory in the nightcap.The Dodgers also won the first game, 4-1, behind Ross Stripling’s six strong innings, and now have a three-game winning streak. The doubleheader guarantees they will win their first series since taking two of three at home against the Nationals April 20-22. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Dodgers avoid sweep by beating Giants, can clinch division title Tuesday

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager, right, celebrates with Joc Pederson, left, and Russell Martin after a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)San Francisco Giants starter Dereck Rodriguez reacts during a pitching change during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Dodgers’ Corey Seager, right, follows through on a swing for a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Beaty, right, looks up after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game as San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey reacts in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Dereck Rodriguez, left, looks up while Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Beaty rounds the bases on a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Beaty, right, celebrates with Cody Bellinger after a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger tosses the ball to first base to force out San Francisco Giants’ Kevin Pillar on a bunt-attempt during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda delivers a pitch during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Dereck Rodriguez delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Gavin Lux, left, throws to first after forcing out San Francisco Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski during the second inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. Jaylin Davis was safe at first base. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager, right, celebrates with Joc Pederson, left, and Russell Martin after a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)NextShow Caption1 of 11Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager, right, celebrates with Joc Pederson, left, and Russell Martin after a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)ExpandLOS ANGELES – For two days, the Dodgers’ offense consisted of A.J. Pollock and not much else. Their streak of 96 games without being shut out – the longest streak since the team defected from Brooklyn – ended Saturday. By the Dodgers’ own high standard, it was a troublesome low point.A couple timely swings Sunday reversed their fortunes.Matt Beaty and Corey Seager hit home runs, and the Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 5-0 before an announced crowd of 52,310 at Dodger Stadium. Julio Urías, Kenta Maeda, Casey Sadler, Yimi Garcia, Adam Kolarek and Josh Sborz combined to throw the Dodgers’ 15th shutout of the season.Beaty, getting a rare start at third base in place of Justin Turner, deposited the Dodgers’ first hit of the game into the San Francisco Giants’ bullpen for a two-run home run in the fourth inning. All nine of Beaty’s home runs this season have come against right-handed pitchers. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img The Dodgers have an off-day Monday. Tuesday, they begin a three-game interleague series in Baltimore against the Orioles. By avoiding a sweep at the hands of their rivals, the Dodgers (93-52) kept alive the possibility of clinching the National League West by winning their next game. Giants right-hander Dereck Rodriguez was one out away from completing the fifth inning when Joc Pederson hit a routine ground ball directly to second baseman Mauricio Dubon, who had shifted into shallow right field. Pederson launched into a heads-down sprint. When Dubon couldn’t field the ball cleanly, Pederson beat the throw to first base by a nose.The error kept the inning alive for Seager. Like Beaty, Seager took advantage of an 0-and-1 changeup over the plate for a home run, this one to straightaway center field. At 5-0, the Dodgers’ lead was safe, and Rodriguez’s day was done.The two home runs accounted for all of the scoring in the game. Besides ending a team-wide offensive hiccup, the homers ended a couple personal droughts for the two Dodgers.Seager was 1 for 17, the lone hit a single, since his last home run on Sept. 2. Beaty was 1 for 13, the lone hit a single, since his last home run on Sept. 2.Related Articles Sunday’s win, combined with the Arizona Diamondbacks’ loss, reduced the Dodgers’ magic number to 2. They have won the division title in six consecutive seasons.Urías pitched effectively but inefficiently for two innings. The left-hander allowed three hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out four. He was limited to 45 pitches in his second start since completing a 20-game domestic violence suspension; he had thrown 44 by the end of the second inning.Maeda (9-8) took over in the third inning. The right-hander was both efficient and effective. He did not allow a baserunner until Buster Posey hit a single to right field in the sixth inning, and faced only one batter above the minimum. Sadler (one inning), Garcia (two-thirds), Kolarek (one-third) and Sborz (one) completed the four-hit shutout.More to come in this report. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Dodgers excited to see Clayton Kershaw healthy after last spring’s sore shoulder

first_img“He wasn’t happy with the execution. But I will say he is very pleased with how his body feels prior, during and after the ’pen,” Roberts said of Kershaw’s latest throwing session. “You can watch him and see how much different his body is moving. That in itself is very exciting for all of us. I’m just thrilled with where he’s at. All the other fine-tuning, that will take care of itself. But to have him in a place where he can get back to what he was before as far as his body, that’s really exciting.”Last year’s shoulder problem forced Kershaw to miss the start of the season (ending his string of eight consecutive Opening Day starts). When he returned, though, he had his healthiest season in years, making 29 starts — his highest total since 2015, the season before the first of a series of recurring back injuries.Roberts said he could see Kershaw “laboring” through his delivery last spring. He is moving more freely this year.“What I see is when you’re not completely healthy – in any player – there’s a doubt, there’s a wondering when the shoe drops and you’re kind of holding on,” Roberts said. “Now, it seems with Clayton that’s in the past and he’s feeling so good. There’s more clarity and the confidence in the body and how it’s going to react to whatever workload is ahead of him.”Roberts has said the Dodgers have decided on an Opening Day starter but are not ready to announce it publicly. Kershaw’s Cactus League debut will be followed by Walker Buehler on Saturday. That order seems to be an indication that Kershaw will make his franchise-record ninth Opening Day start on March 26 against the San Francisco Giants. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img “Not really. That’s the way I’ve always been,” Seager said. “I’ve had success with it, so it’s not something … if you’re struggling, it’s something you think about. There are days when you’re not feeling good you might take more pitches. But for the most part, it’s worked for me.“I was always told these guys (pitchers) are prettty good at their job, obviously. So the best one (pitch to hit) might be the first one. You gotta be ready at all times. If the first one is a good one to hit, you’d better be ready.”During his career, Seager has a .405 batting average and 1.061 OPS when putting the first pitch of an at-bat in play. When he puts one of the first two pitches in play, Seager bats .391 with 63 doubles and 26 home runs.ALSOJoc Pederson stood in the batter’s box for Kershaw’s bullpen session, tracking pitches and also did some bunting. But he has not been cleared to swing a bat yet due to soreness in his right side. … Dodgers coach George Lombard is hobbling around with his left foot in a walking boot. Roberts said Lombard has been dealing with a heel problem. He received a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection and will be spelled as first-base coach by others for the next week or so. … Catching prospect Keibert Ruiz has yet to appear in a game. Roberts said he has been giving Ruiz time to absorb some swing changes this spring. The changes are not drastic, Roberts said, just an attempt to “clean up” Ruiz’s path to the ball. GLENDALE, Ariz. — Last spring was not a good time to be Clayton Kershaw.A year ago at this time, the Dodgers’ ace was shut down with a sore shoulder that he later admitted made him “nervous” about his immediate future.This spring, Kershaw has not missed a throwing session of any kind. He has already thrown live batting practice to hitters and will make his Cactus League debut on Friday.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he watched Kershaw’s bullpen session Tuesday and continues to be enthused by Kershaw’s renewed health at age 31. “You can read into it whatever you want,” Roberts said to that, pointing out there are numerous off days between now and the season opener which would allow the Dodgers to juggle their rotation.SEAGER SWINGSLast year, shortstop Corey Seager saw an average of 3.53 pitches per plate appearance, the fewest among Dodgers regulars. Seager’s aggressive hitting approach is nothing new. But it seemed to stand out more last season in a lineup that features more players willing to extend at-bats and force pitchers to throw more pitches. As a team, the Dodgers saw an average of 3.98 pitches per plate appearance, tied for the fifth-highest rate in the majors (second in the National League).Seager said Dodgers coaches have never tried to counsel him on a more patient approach.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more