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Dodgers pitcher Brandon Beachy, rushed to the majors, returns to the minors

first_imgWho needs a DH?When Chin-Hui Tsao batted in the fifth inning, it was his first plate appearance at any level in 12 years.Naturally, he hit the first pitch he saw from Braves pitcher Alex Wood to the warning track in right-center field. It bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double.Could Tsao even remember the last time he batted?“It was a long time ago,” he said. “Probably 2003.”Sure enough, Tsao’s last plate appearance was Sept. 21, 2003 for the Colorado Rockies. His last hit was Aug. 23 of that year, a single, and his last double came five days before that.In the meantime, he’s pitched in every minor-league level from Single-A to Triple-A, and spent a year in Taiwan. “They don’t hit,” Tsao said. “They use a designated hitter.”His well-documented comeback after five years away from the game had thus far focused on pitching. He said his only batting practice prior to Tuesday came during spring training this year with the Dodgers.How did he look?“Just so-so,” Tsao said.AlsoCarlos Frias threw a bullpen session Monday and touched 96 mph on the radar gun. “If he’s good, then we’ll be talking about a live BP or getting out to pitch this week,” Mattingly said. Frias is on the 15-day disabled list with a stiff lower back. He is not in the running to pitch for the Dodgers this weekend, Mattingly said. … Center fielder Joc Pederson won the Dodgers’ Heart and Hustle Award, given by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association to one player on each team who “demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.” The award is voted on by former players.. … The TBS broadcast of Sunday’s game between the Mets and Dodgers will not be blacked out in SportsNet LA markets. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ATLANTA >> If you’re a struggling pitcher with a minor-league option in your contract, long postgame meetings with the manager rarely bode well. Such was the case for Brandon Beachy, who was ticketed for Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for outfielder Carl Crawford.Crawford was officially activated from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday. His pinch-running appearance in the Dodgers’ 4-3 loss to the Braves, followed by an inning in left field, was his first major league game action since April. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Crawford will start the series finale in left field and give right fielder Yasiel Puig a day off.For Beachy, the move to Triple-A offers him a chance to reset. He’d given the Dodgers only four innings in each of his two starts since coming off the disabled list, and that wasn’t enough. center_img After Monday’s 7-5 loss, Beachy blamed his own inconsistent execution for allowing four runs in four innings. “There are a lot of hurdles that I think he’s crossed in the last four, five six months with us,” Mattingly said of Beachy. “He just needs more time to compete, to be able to make pitches, get the ball where he wants, execute, be able to sequence, hold runners — do everything you need to do over the course of the game. I think that’s just a matter of time.”Beachy missed the entire 2014 season, and the first three months of 2015, while recovering from his second Tommy John surgery in as many years. He allowed seven runs in eight innings over his two starts, walking six batters (two were intentional) while striking out five.“I don’t think this is really what we wanted to do from the beginning,” Mattingly said of Beachy’s two starts. “We got caught where we needed a starter. At that point, he was the best guy for that. We still felt like he needed a couple more starts before we even started thinking about using him.”In a corresponding 40-man roster move, the Dodgers designated pitcher Preston Guilmet for assignment. Guilmet had made three relief appearances for Oklahoma City since the Dodgers claimed him off waivers from Tampa Bay on July 10.last_img read more

Magic withstand late Miami rally for rare road win

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Starting for the injured Aaron Gordon, Hezonja shot 7 of 14 from the field and 4 of 9 on 3-pointers as the Magic won their third road game in the last 24. They dropped Miami to just 13-11 at home.“I’m not paying attention too much to my game because I know my game, I know what I can do, but as long as we are winning I am happy that I am helping my teammates,” Hezonja said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Heat appeared to tie the game after Tyler Johnson was credited with a basket when Orlando’s Bismack Biyombo was called for goaltending with 2.8 seconds remaining. A video review overturned the call.“I think they can’t review it unless the whistle blows so I think they’re told if it’s close, blow the whistle and we’ll look at it,” Orlando coach Frank Vogel said. “I didn’t think it was really close. I would have been shocked if they called it a goaltend.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track “We can’t change our offense and be too drastic,” Richardson said. “We just have to approach like any other day and be ready to work and fix what we do wrong.”Simmons and D.J. Augustin scored 16 points apiece for Orlando. Evan Fournier finished with 13 points.The Heat missed all 12 3-point attempts in the first half. But 16 points in the paint helped Miami build a 29-17 lead in the first quarter.Consecutive 3-pointers from Simmons keyed a 10-2 run the final 1:13 of the second quarter that got the Magic within 60-59 at halftime. Orlando then scored 34 points in the third.“It’s hard to explain what happened in that third quarter,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “The first quarter and obviously the fourth quarter you love the way your team is competing and just laying it all out there to the end. I just don’t have an explanation for the third quarter — very uninspiring.”TIP-INSMagic: Leading scorer Gordon missed his fourth consecutive game because of a strained left hip flexor. The injury also forced Gordon to withdraw from the Slam Dunk contest during All-Star weekend. Gordon participated in the previous two Slam Dunk contests. Utah rookie Donovan Mitchell will replace Gordon.Heat: Kelly Olynyk left with a left shoulder strain midway through the first quarter and didn’t return. Olynyk fell hard to the floor after positioning for a charging foul on Biyombo. . Olynyk was scoreless, ending a streak of 11 consecutive games in double figures. . Miami made 20 free throws in the first two periods, a season high for a half.ANOTHER CLOSE CALLThe Heat have lost by six points or less in their current losing streak. The two-point margin against Orlando coupled the two-point deficit that started the streak in Cleveland Jan. 31. Miami also lost by six and four points against Philadelphia and Detroit, respectively.“Just a few small breakdowns. In the last few games they’ve been critical,” Richardson said.PHILY PROUDVogel received pregame congratulations for the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl championship. Vogel, who grew up in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey, celebrated the Eagles’ victory over the New England Patriots, while watching Sunday’s game from the Magic’s team hotel in Miami. “It’s been a long drought and they finally won it,” Vogel said of the Eagles’ 57-year span between championships. “It’s something my father never experienced. I never experienced. It’s exciting.”UP NEXT: Marreese Speights’ consecutive 3-pointers capped a 12-2 surge and his second one extended Orlando’s lead to 99-89 with 11 minutes remaining. Speights finished with 12 points.The Magic withstood a 16-2 Miami run late in the fourth quarter. Josh Richardson’s layup with 2:53 remaining tied it at 109 before Simmons’ dunk put Orlando ahead for good.“It’s a game of runs and we just were able to sustain their run long enough to win the game,” Simmons said. “I just made plays down the stretch. My teammates and coach trusted me with the ball and I just made a play.”Richardson scored 20 points for Miami, which lost its fourth straight. Hassan Whiteside added 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Justise Winslow finished with 16 points.The Heat have now started their last two homestands with losses against the last-place teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences in Orlando and Sacramento.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nowitzki cherishes 20 seasons, content to help Mavs rebuild Magic: Host Cleveland on Tuesday.Heat: Host Houston on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Orlando Magic guard Shelvin Mack, center, drives past Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic, left, and center Bam Adebayo (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — The Orlando Magic found the right setting for a rare road win.Mario Hezonja scored 20 points and Jonathan Simmons made the tiebreaking dunk with 1:31 remaining as the Magic beat the Miami Heat 111-109 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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