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Dodgers’ Justin Turner still sidelined with wrist soreness, misses fourth start against Braves

first_img Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day LOS ANGELES — On Saturday night, Dave Roberts was ready to put Justin Turner back at third base the next morning. Less than 12 hours later, the Dodgers manager pivoted, pulling Turner from the starting lineup against the Braves at Dodger Stadium.Turner missed his fourth straight start and fifth of the past six on Sunday because of wrist soreness. Roberts scratched the third baseman from the lineup hoping that an off-day on Monday would help get Turner ready to begin a series against the Rangers on Tuesday.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.“Could he play today? Yes. Is his wrist getting better? Absolutely,” Roberts said Sunday. “But I think that for us, having an off day tomorrow, having him available to hit today, not push it — the equity we’ve built in the past couple of days — I think it just, right now, where we’re at, makes the most sense.”Max Muncy started at third in Turner’s spot. Muncy, whose 12 home runs is tied for the team lead, has five homers in June, including one in each of the three games against Atlanta at home. When Turner returns, Roberts said Muncy may move to second base. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Right-hander Kenta Maeda threw a bullpen session Sunday morning, taking another step in his recovery from a hip injury. Roberts said Maeda is a candidate to start Wednesday against the Rangers although the manager had not settled on a Tuesday starter yet.When asked after the bullpen session if he would be pitching Wednesday, Maeda only smiled.“We’ll find out when Dave announces my name,” he said through a translator, adding that he did feel ready to pitch Wednesday if called upon.Roberts said after Sunday’s game that Maeda showed good progress in the bullpen session but the manager wanted “the assurance that he can sustain a complete start to put himself and the team in the right situation.”UP NEXTRangers (RHP Bartolo Colon, 3-3, 4.16 ERA) at Dodgers (TBA), Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available) Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury center_img “I know that I’ll always bet on Clayton,” Roberts said, “and using what he’s been through and where he’s at right now, he’s in a really good place.”Maeda a possibility for WednesdayRelated Articles Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Turner did not take many swings during the first two days of the Dodgers’ homestand, but told Roberts on Sunday morning that there was still soreness from a fractured wrist suffered in March.“Just logic says if there’s some soreness in there and you crank it up and you get going and you take 100 swings and play in a game, it’s probably not going to get better,” Roberts said. “So that residual soreness, I’m betting on taking today and another day, that will dissipate come Tuesday.”Kershaw ‘on track’Ace Clayton Kershaw is “on track” while recovering from a back injury, but Roberts doesn’t yet know where the finish line is as the manager did not put a timetable on Kershaw’s return. Kershaw, 30, has done long toss and has a bullpen session in the near future followed by a simulated game.“To see him the way he’s moving, the way he’s throwing the baseball, the way he feels, which is the most important, all things that are very positive,” Roberts said. “What that means as far as when he comes back, I really can’t speak to that, but knowing that we have close to four months left of a season and have Clayton feel really good about the way things are going, I’m excited.”Kershaw joined the club’s growing disabled list on June 1 with a lower back strain, although he’s also battled tendinitis in his left biceps this season. Another lower back strain sidelined Kershaw for five weeks last season, but Roberts said the pitcher is “in a better state of mind” as he rehabs the injury this time. Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense last_img read more


Tony Becca | Miller’s strike, an almost perfect 10

first_imgNikita Miller, the slow left-arm bowler from Melbourne and Jamaica, is not one who normally holds a grudge, at least, not for long and not against a colleague, and, certainly, not against his fellow Melbourne and Jamaica bowler, right-arm leg-spinner Damion Jacobs. Sometime, however, be it today, or tomorrow, or even one day in the future, while sitting in his rocking chair and looking at the setting sun, the memories may flash by quickly and Miller may shake his head and quietly say to himself: ‘If only Jacobs had waited one more delivery’. Every bowler, fast or slow, dead or alive, has always dreamed of taking all 10 wickets in an innings, or maybe even 20 in a match, and Miller was on the verge of doing just that when Jacobs denied him, quite unintentionally, I believe. And Miller will never forget the day, or the place, or the occasion. It was Saturday, December 10, at Sabina Park, and it was a regional match between the Jamaica Scorpions and the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force. The Red Force batsmen were chasing a victory target of 338 runs on the third day of the four-day match and, at lunch, they had survived three catches off pace bowler Reynard Leveridge, who bowled as fast as the wind that day, and, after the interval, were going like a house on fire at 76 without loss off 15 overs. Suddenly, like in the olden days and a storm in the night, Miller, the captain, struck, and in a matter of three hours or so, the Red Force innings was history, flattened and blown away for an additional 129 runs with 10 wickets falling in 41 overs as Jamaica eased to victory by 132 runs. With such figures, Miller’s one regret, apart from last Saturday’s disappointment, may be his one, solitary Test appearance, and that in an under-strength West Indies team. That, however, was a situation caused possibly by the fact that the West Indies believe that he is not a big spinner of the ball, but one whose weapons are his use of the crease, his William Tell-like accuracy, his clever and deceptive change of pace, and his knowledge of the game – knowledge of how to get batsmen out. That, probably, with the quality, or lack of it, of today’s regional batsmen against consistently good bowling, probably also counted against him and made the West Indies selectors react negatively to his uncanny skill. As far as my memory goes, however, his nine wickets for 49 runs represent Jamaica’s best effort in any cricket, and it certainly is the best since 1966 and the coming of the Shell Shield. Bowlers like Nehemiah Perry (twice, eighth for 45, and eight for 64), O.C. ‘Tommy’ Scott (eight for 67), Richard Austin (eight for 71), Alfred Valentine (eight for 91 in his first Test match), and Courtney Walsh (eight for 92), Jerome Taylor (eight for 59), along with Jacobs himself, with eight for 47, have gone close after falling one short. Miller, like others such as Odelmo Peters, Cleveland Davidson, and Jacobs, who never played for the Jamaica youth team but went on to play on the national team, was virtually unplayable on Saturday last. And it was special, very special. As Jamaica’s captain, he led from the front, and in leading from the front, he led his team into the lead in the race for the regional honours. Meanwhile, over in India, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, or rather, the power of the BCCI, seems to be coming to an end, courtesy of the Indian Supreme Court. At a sitting last week, the court said that Anurag Thakur, president of the BCCI, and Ratnakar Shetty, general manager, were guilty of lying under oath and could face a charge of perjury. The possibility of the charge came after both men had denied, before the court, of writing to the ICC and asking that it writes to the court saying that the court’s decision to name a man to oversee the business of the BCCI was “government interference”. The court, after correspondences with Shankar Manohar, president of ICC, and Dave Richardson, CEO, proved that both men were lying. The court also reaffirmed its earlier decisions that the BCCI make changes as recommended by the Lotha Committee and that the BCCI must operate under some control. The court, which had earlier named former civil servant GK Pillai as the one man in control, changed its stance, and decided it should be three people in control, and asked the BCCI to recommend a few people with whom it could work by January 2. The court named its choice as one of three people. The court’s choice is Mohinder Amanath, a former Indian Test cricketer. DECEPTIVE OFFERINGS The Scorpions had stung them fatally with the deceptive offerings of Miller, who ended with figures of 22 overs, 49 runs, and nine wickets, one off what would have been a bowler’s dream, an unbelievable 10, or a magical clean sweep. And it was close, very close. Miller had picked off nine Trinidadian batsmen, one by one, from one to 10, all in a row, excepting one. One was left, either the number 11 or the number eight. Miller had got the ninth wicket in the 55th over, with the penultimate delivery, and Jacobs promptly picked up the 10th and last wicket, the number eight batsman in the order, Roshon Primus, leg before wicket off the last delivery of the 56th over as four wickets fell for the addition of no runs. That was as close as it was, and as it could have been. If only Jacobs had waited for even just one more delivery, Miller would have had a go at last man Sheldon Cottrell, and you never know what would have happened. Knowing Cottrell, the ball might have gone for six over long-on or mid-wicket, but with all of that day and the entire fourth day to come, with Trinidad still trailing by 132 runs, Miller would have had at least five more deliveries, and he would have had another chance at the Jamaican now playing for the Red Force. A wicket is a wicket, however, and it was one more to Jacob’s tally, even though he will spend many a day regretting, probably, that one delivery, the one that denied Miller, his friend, of his boyhood dream. Despite that, in spite of the one that got away, Miller must now be a happy man. At 34 years old, he has played in 84 first-class matches, one Test match, 46 ODIs, nine T20, appeared in two World Cup tournaments, and has hauled in 428 first-class wickets, including 29 five wickets in an innings and seven 10 wickets in a match at an impressive average of 16.64 and a mind-boggling economy rate of 1.97 runs per over. MILLER’S ONE REGRETlast_img read more