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first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMEN’S T25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLSeton Hall beats ButlerNEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Sandro Mamukelashvili hit an off-balance shot in the lane at the buzzer to give No. 16 Seton Hall a stunning 74-72 victory over No. 21 Butler. The game-winning shot came on an inbounds play after the officials reviewed a missed shot by Quincy McKnight and added two tenths of a second, putting 0.6 on the clock. McKnight inbounded the ball and Mamukelashvili caught it and tossed it at the basket. It hit the rim and rolled in, breaking a two-game losing streak for the Pirates (19-7, 11-3 Big East). Butler (19-7, 7-7) made three 3-pointers in the final 64 seconds to wipe out a five-point deficit. Sean McDermott hit the last two, tying the game at 72 with 8.8 seconds left. — Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zih-BAN’-eh-jad) each had a goal and two assists as the New York Rangers scored five times in the third period and beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3. Pavel Buchnevich had a goal and assist, and Filip Chytil, Ryan Strome, and Artemi Panarin scored for New York, which won for the fifth time in six games.  NHL-GOLDEN KNIGHTS-KINGS TRADELA Kings trade Cup-winning goal scorer Martinez to VegasLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have traded Stanley Cup-winning goal scorer Alec Martinez to the Vegas Golden Knights for two second-round draft picks. Martinez has spent his entire career with the Kings, who drafted him in 2007. Although he has never scored more than 11 goals in a regular season, he earned a permanent place in franchise lore by scoring the series-winning overtime goals in both the Western Conference finals and the Stanley Cup Final six years ago. Martinez also was a member of the Kings’ first championship team in 2012. He has 62 goals and 136 assists in 597 career games, and he has six goals and 10 assists in 64 career postseason games.Elsewhere in the NHL: February 19, 2020 Associated Press — Saddiq Bey and Collin Gillespie each made five of Villanova’s 18 3-pointers, and the 12th-ranked Wildcats used their long-range shooting to beat DePaul 91-71. Villanova went 18 for 26 from deep in its 20th straight victory against DePaul. The Wildcats have made at least nine 3s in their last five games, including 17 during Sunday’s 76-56 victory at Temple. Bey finished with 22 points and seven assists. Gillespie and Justin Moore had 17 points apiece. DePaul dropped its eighth straight game. The Blue Demons took the Wildcats to overtime in a 79-75 loss on Jan. 14, but the rematch was a blowout.— Anthony Edwards’ big night for Georgia has left No. 13 Auburn with its second straight loss. Edwards scored 18 points, including a late 3-pointer to slow Auburn’s comeback attempt, and the Bulldogs beat the Tigers 65-55. Auburn fell to 22-4 overall and 9-4 in the Southeastern Conference, thanks to its second straight loss to a team with a losing record. The two straight losses followed seven straight wins. Georgia ended a four-game losing streak. J’Von McCormick led Auburn with 22 points. Georgia’s Toumani Camara sank seven of eight free throws in the final minute to help protect the lead.— Caleb Mills scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half to lead No. 22 Houston to a 76-43 win over Tulsa on Wednesday night. Mills shot 9 of 16, including hitting 5 of 9 on 3-pointers. Nate Hinton added 15 points for Houston which shot 41%. The Cougars moved into sole possession of first place in the American with the win combined with Cincinnati’s loss to Central Florida on Wednesday. Martins Igbanu had 15 points, and Jeriah Horne added 12 points and seven rebounds for Tulsa (17-9, 9-4).NHL-SCHEDULEStars beat Coyotes 3-2 UNDATED (AP) — NFL offensive tackle Greg Robinson have been jailed in West Texas after federal officials said they found 157 pounds of marijuana in a car in which he and another man were riding. El Paso County jail records show that the 27-year-old was booked Tuesday. The complaint says the pair were driving from Los Angeles to Louisiana when the Border Patrol stopped them Monday night and found several large duffel bags of marijuana in their sport utility vehicle. Robinson was a standout at Auburn University and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. He signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2018. The Browns recently informed Robinson’s representatives they did not intend to re-sign him as a free agent.TENNIS-DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIPTop-seeded Simona Halep advances at Dubai ChampionshipsDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Top-seeded Simona Halep’s (HAL’-ehp) first match since losing to Garbine Muguruza (GAHR’-been moo-gah-ROO’-thuh) in the Australian Open semifinals was a tough three-set win over Ons Jabeur at the Dubai Championships. Halep will meet Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals after Sabalenka beat Elise Mertens in straight sets. Anett Kontaveit beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and will play Petra Martic, who defeated Barbora Strycova in straight sets. Jennifer Brady will play Muguruza in the quarterfinal after Brady beat Marketa Vondrousova and Muguruza defeated Veronika Kudermetova, both in three sets.center_img — For the first time since October, the Washington Capitals took the ice for practice as something other than a first-place team. Defensive lapses and a glaring lack of structure have added up to losses in six of nine games and a .500 record over the past 10. It’s a struggle for the Capitals right now, but they hope a trade for defenseman Brenden Dillon and a few adjustments will shake them out of their midseason doldrums. Dillon could play as soon as Thursday night against Montreal, but he can’t solve all everything by himself. Even with Holtby finding a groove, the Capitals have allowed almost 3.5 goals per game during this stretch and not looked like a group that led the NHL for much of the year.MLB-NEWSPirates’ Pablo Reyes banned 80 games for positive drug testUNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pablo Reyes was suspended 80 games under the major league drug program following a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Boldenone. He became the second player in three days suspended for Boldenone, which is sold under the brand name Equipose and is commonly used on horses. Houston pitcher Francis Martes also was suspended. Reyes is a 26-year-old outfielder and infielder who made his major league debut in September 2018 and hit .293 with three homers and seven RBIs. He hit .203 with two homers and 19 RBIs for the Pirates last year.In other baseball news: — Mike Fiers is scheduled to start a split-squad game for Oakland on Sunday in his first game action since revealing the Houston Astros’ cheating scheme. It has not been determined whether Fiers’ spring training debut will come in the home game versus San Francisco or against Arizona on the road. In a story published by The Athletic in November, Fiers said the Astros had stolen signs using a camera in center field during their run to the 2017 World Series championship. Fiers played on that team.— Max Scherzer is scheduled to start the Washington Nationals’ exhibition opener Saturday against the Houston Astros in a rematch of last year’s World Series. Scherzer’s last start came in Game 7 of the Fall Classic at Houston. Scherzer threw his first live batting practice of spring training Wednesday and declared that his shoulder felt tired — which the three-time Cy Young Award winner said is a good thing.— Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi expects catcher J.T. Realmuto to be back in spring training in Clearwater, Florida this week and does not believe there will be any fallout from his arbitration hearing in Arizona. Realmuto is seeking a salary of $12.4 million for 2020 after making $6.05 million last year. The Phillies have offered $10 million. Girardi said he expects Realmuto’s focus to be on baseball when he returns from the hearing in Phoenix— Houston infielder Aledmys Díaz, Miami first baseman Jesús Aguilar and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin all won their salary arbitration cases, cutting the teams’ advantage to 6-4 in decisions this year with three cases remaining. Díaz was awarded $2.6 million rather than $2 million, Aguilar $2,575,000 instead of $2,325,000 and Goodwin $2.2 million rather than $1.85 million. A decision is pending for Arizona pitcher Archie Bradley, whose case was argued Tuesday. Two players remain scheduled for hearings this week: Philadelphia catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) and reliever Héctor Neris.— Ultilityman Brock Holt and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a one-year contract. The deal includes a team option for 2021. The 31-year-old left-handed batter had spent his first eight major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox and was an All-Star in 2015. He hit a career-high .297 last year with three homers and 31 RBIs in 295 plate appearances while playing every position except pitcher, catcher and center field. McKnight led the Pirates with 18 points and Myles Powell had 16. Mamukelashvili and Romaro Gill added 15 points apiece.Kamar Baldwin had 20 to lead the Bulldogs, while Bryce Golden added 17 points before fouling out with 2:19 to play.In other T25 hoop news:— Markell Johnson scored a career-high 28 points to help North Carolina State to beat sixth-ranked Duke 88-66 on Wednesday night. Devon Daniels added a career-high 25 points for the Wolfpack, who led by 15 at halftime and by as many as 27 late in a surprisingly lopsided win against the ACC-leading Blue Devils. Vernon Carey Jr. had 27 points to lead Duke. The Blue Devils shot 38% but struggled at the line and from behind the arc. Duke made 4 of 17 3-pointers and 10 of 22 foul shots. N.C. State shot 45%.— Jordan Nwora scored 17 points, Dwayne Sutton added 16 and No. 11 Louisville routed Syracuse 90-66 to end a two-game losing streak. The Cardinals never trailed the Orange after losses at Georgia Tech and Clemson dropped them from the conference lead. They stretched a 41-34 halftime lead to double digits early in the second half before an 18-2 run made it 69-44. Nwora shot just 5 of 18 from the field and 2 of 7 from beyond the arc but regrouped from scoring just seven points the past two games. Buddy Boeheim had 15 points and Quincy Guerrrier for Syracuse. — The Baltimore Orioles have claimed infielder Andrew Velazquez on waivers from the Cleveland Indians. The 25-year-old Velazquez joins a crowded competition for infield spots with Baltimore. The Orioles designated infielder Richard Urena for assignment.— Major league players could be punished for future sign-stealing violations in the wake of the Houston Astros’ scandal that only resulted in discipline for managers, coaches and executives. No players were punished by MLB, and opponents from other teams have expressed dismay over that fact since spring training opened last week. Many have also called for Houston to be of its 2017 World Series title.— The Tampa Bay Rays are offering fans a win-win-win-win proposition in an attempt to draw bigger crowds to barren Tropicana Field. The “Win Pack’’ lets a fan pick any four regular-season Rays game to attend for a total of $99. If the Rays win all four, the fan gets a voucher redeemable for a free ticket to another game.NFL-NEWSNFL free agent Greg Robinson jailed in Texas on pot charge UNDATED (AP) — Jamie Oleksiak broke a third-period tie with his first goal in 26 games and the Dallas Stars held on to beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 on Wednesday night. Oleksiak stepped up into the top of the slot, took a pass from Alexander Radulov and sent a low snap shot past goalie Antti Raanta with 8:22 remaining.Dallas is 5-0-1 in its last six games to pull even with Central Division leader St. Louis.Ben Bishop made 21 of his season-high 39 saves in the first period. Corey Perry and Radek Faksa scored power-play goals for Dallas. Taylor Hall had a power-play goal for Arizona, Christian Fischer also scored in the second period and Raanta stopped 30 shots.In other ice action:— Pavel Francouz made 27 saves and lost his first NHL shutout with just over two minutes remaining as the Colorado Avalanche beat the New York Islanders 3-1. Gabriel Landeskog, Andre Burakovsky and Joonas Donskoi had goals to help Colorado end a three-game skid against a scuffling New York team.last_img read more

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MBB : Points in paint, at free-throw line propel Syracuse in win over South Florida

first_img Published on February 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm Comments One play in the second half summed up not only Syracuse’s offense against South Florida, but also the Orange’s offense over the last few games.C.J. Fair lined up a wide-open 3 from the right wing and fired away. But the shot clanged off the rim. Fortunately for Syracuse, Kris Joseph hauled in the rebound on the baseline. He backed down a defender, maneuvered past him to the rim and finished off the glass with a foul before the help could come.The outside jumper didn’t fall, but Joseph’s work in the paint paid off.‘We want to take the ball inside more than anything instead of taking outside shots,’ Joseph said. ‘We did a good job of that today.’No. 2 Syracuse (28-1, 15-1 Big East) manufactured 28 points in the paint and scored 15 more at the free-throw line to knock off South Florida 56-48 in the Carrier Dome Wednesday. The Orange went just 3-of-9 from beyond the arc and struggled to hit jump shots all night. But after falling behind by 13 in the first half, SU pounded the ball inside to rally past the Bulls (17-11, 10-5 Big East) and hold on for the win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We try to drive,’ head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘We’re not shooting great from the outside. … We’ve got to take it to the basket in those situations.’The Orange’s slow start on the offensive end came largely due to missed jump shots. SU started the game 2-for-14 from the field, allowing South Florida to build an 18-5 lead.After Boeheim called a timeout, Dion Waiters drove into the paint and finished off the glass with his left hand. The Orange’s bucket in the next possession came when Waiters again drove inside and found a wide-open Fair under the basket for an easy dunk.Those two plays started the decisive run of the game in which Syracuse scored 26 straight points to take a 33-20 lead.‘We saw the ball go in for us,’ senior Scoop Jardine said. ‘We made some defensive stops and the crowd got into it. You get confident as you see the ball go in for you.’South Florida did manage to work its way back into the game, but SU’s offense continued to rely on getting the ball into the paint. Jardine said South Florida’s defense was the toughest Syracuse has seen this year, forcing the Orange to work for every bucket.But rather than settling for jumpers, SU continued to punch the ball into the paint.‘When the game’s close, you don’t want to just keep shooting jump shots,’ Fair said. ‘You want to get into the thick of the defense.’Joseph’s three-point play after Fair’s missed jumper gave the Orange a 12-point lead, but South Florida managed to cut that margin down to one with 6:29 left. SU failed to score on its next two possessions when Joseph missed a 3-pointer and Waiters forced up a fadeaway jumper from the free-throw line.But the next time Syracuse got the ball, Jardine extended the lead by driving to the hoop. He blew past USF big man Augustus Gilchrist after a pick from center Fab Melo and finished off the glass with a foul. He converted the free throw to put SU up 50-46.Joseph then followed Jardine’s example and muscled his way to the rim on the Orange’s next two possessions. He couldn’t convert on his first shot either time, but he grabbed his own rebounds and capitalized on the second chance to give Syracuse a six-point lead with less than three minutes to play. South Florida didn’t score the rest of the way.It wasn’t a pretty offensive night, as the Orange shot just 34.5 percent from the field. But by getting the ball inside, Syracuse did just enough to pull out the win.‘We want to take it how it comes,’ Jardine said. ‘Today, it was inside.’zjbrown@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Hyun-Jin Ryu stifles another opponent, as Dodgers take 3 of 4 from Mets

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start The Dodgers captured three of four games against the Mets. Although they never trailed Thursday, a low hum of drama accompanied the series finale. Mets pitcher Jason Vargas (1-3) nearly out-finessed Ryu for seven innings.The Apple Valley native allowed back-to-back hits to begin the game. Chris Taylor scorched a line drive that went under the glove of J.D. Davis in left field and dribbled far enough for Taylor to reach third base, a triple. The next hitter, Max Muncy, smacked an RBI double to right-center field. After four pitches the Dodgers led 1-0.Vargas didn’t permit another runner to pass second base. He allowed four more hits, all singles, and walked three. Using a fastball that topped out at 87 mph, a changeup, and a curveball that regularly dipped below 70, Vargas effectively kept the Dodgers off-balance on a day off for regulars Justin Turner, Joc Pederson and Corey Seager. He struck out six.The Dodgers worked Vargas for 98 pitches over seven innings before left-hander Hector Santiago took over in the eighth. David Freese greeted him with a one-out double into the right-field corner. Kiké Hernandez drove in Freese with a two-out single. The Dodgers led 2-0.That was enough run support for Ryu, who said his changeup was the most effective it’s been all season. He recorded three strikeouts on cut fastballs, three on changeups and one on a four-seam fastball.“My changeup worked the best today,” Ryu said. “I was able to throw it for a strike and I was able to make them chase when I wanted to. In general, all my pitches have been working well. Commanding those pitches gives me a lot of confidence and definitely led me to a good sequence for success.”By now, it’s beyond coincidence that Ryu is seeing unprecedented success with a repertoire that stands out a little more each year.While the average velocity has trended up in MLB since Ryu debuted in 2013, his has gradually declined. A four-seamer that once regularly touched 95 mph topped out at 93 on Thursday. Mostly, Ryu relies on guile and command. Todd Frazier became only the fifth batter to draw a walk against him in 2019. No starting pitcher is issuing walks at a slower pace than Ryu.“With his stuff, he can survive in any era,” Roberts said. “It’s always a good thing to be able to command the baseball and to use different pitches. I think now, when you’re talking about the ability to strike guys out, which he has, and the ability to put the ball on the ground – now you’re talking about shifting and defensive metrics and putting guys in the right spots, depending on the tendencies of the hitter – and you look at Hyun-Jin’s balls in play, they’re converted into outs more than any of our pitchers.“Right now probably, as an outlier with the defensive metrics, gives (Ryu) even a better opportunity for me.”Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Ryu was allowed to throw 106 pitches, 10 short of his season high. He batted for himself in the bottom of the seventh inning. In the top of the eighth, he was allowed to pitch to Amed Rosario, a right-handed hitter with six hits in the series, with a runner on base. Rosario grounded out on a 1-and-0 sinker, and Ryu exited to a standing ovation.“To go from Hyun-Jin to Kenley was the right thing to do tonight,” Roberts said.Credited with his 16th save, Jansen closed the door on a pleasantly anticlimactic win – a rarity for the Dodgers’ bullpen of late. He grazed Pete Alonso with a pitch in the ninth inning, but came back to strike out Frazier and retire Carlos Gomez on a flyout. It was the first time since Saturday the Dodgers’ bullpen did not allow a run.For much of March, Ryu deflected questions about the potential for starting on Opening Day, even when the assignment appeared inevitable. His first question about pitching in an All-Star Game for the first time met a similar fate Thursday.“I think it’s a bit too early for that conversation,” Ryu said. “I haven’t really put a lot of thought into it.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco ­PreviousLOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 30: Chris Taylor #3, Alex Verdugo #27 and Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after the final out in a 2-0 win over the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium on May 30, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ David Freese, right, scores on a single by Kiké Hernandez as Mets catcher Tomas Nido stands at the plate during the eighth inning of Thursday’s game at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, of South Korea, throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the New York Mets on Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsNew York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis can’t reach a ball hit for a triple by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 30: Todd Frazier #21 of the New York Mets stands at third base while Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers arrives for a triple in the first inning at Dodger Stadium on May 30, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 30: Todd Frazier #21 of the New York Mets gets the throw at third base after Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers arrived for a triple in the first inning at Dodger Stadium on May 30, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 30: Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Manager Dave Roberts #30 after Max Muncy #13 drove him in on a double in the first inning against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium on May 30, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)New York Mets’ Michael Conforto, second from left, is thrown out at first by Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Chris Taylor, right, as first baseman David Freese takes the throw and starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, of South Korea, watches during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched another 7-2/3 scoreless innings on Thursday night, lowering his ERA to 1.48. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 30: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets slides into second base ahead of the tag by Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers on a double in the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on May 30, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)The Mets’ Aaron Altherr, below, is forced out at second as Dodgers second baseman Kiké Hernandez attempts to throw out Amed Rosario at first during the eighth inning of a Thursday’s game at Dodger Stadium. Rosario was safe. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 30: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets was not able to catch this ball off the bat of David Freese of the Los Angeles Dodgers allowing Freese to earn a double in the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium on May 30, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Mets right fielder Michael Conforto can’t handle a ball hit for a double by Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese during the eighth inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 30: David Freese #25 of the Los Angeles Dodgers stands on second base on his double in the eighth inning against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium on May 30, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 30: Alex Verdugo #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a double in the eighth inning against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium on May 30, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez hits an RBI single as New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido watches during the eighth inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese, right, scores on a single by Enrique Hernandez as New York Mets relief pitcher Hector Santiago, left, and catcher Tomas Nido wait during the eighth inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Dodgers’ David Freese is congratulated by Manager Dave Roberts after scoring on a single by Kiké Hernandez during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 30: Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the ninth inning in a 2-0 win over the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium on May 30, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen gets set to pitch during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the New York Mets on Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin, left, and relief pitcher Kenley Jansen congratulate each other after the Dodgers defeated the New York Mets 2-0 in a baseball game Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 30: Chris Taylor #3, Alex Verdugo #27 and Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after the final out in a 2-0 win over the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium on May 30, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ David Freese, right, scores on a single by Kiké Hernandez as Mets catcher Tomas Nido stands at the plate during the eighth inning of Thursday’s game at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 23The Dodgers’ David Freese, right, scores on a single by Kiké Hernandez as Mets catcher Tomas Nido stands at the plate during the eighth inning of Thursday’s game at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — If every starting pitcher in the Dodgers’ rotation can remain healthy between now and the All-Star break, with no extra days of rest, Hyun-Jin Ryu will start seven games. That includes the final contest before the break, a Sunday home game against the Padres.This schedule would create a unique situation. Any pitcher who starts the Sunday before the break can petition Major League Baseball for an exemption from appearing in the All-Star Game. It would be a shame if the National League manager were unable to use Ryu on July 9 in Cleveland. The left-hander leads the NL with eight wins and a 1.48 earned-run average.That NL manager is Dave Roberts. Thursday night against the New York Mets, the Dodgers’ skipper heeded the advice that will surely follow him all the way to Progressive Field: he let Ryu pitch. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “We’re not there yet,” Roberts said of the All-Star Game, “but he’s a clear frontrunner right now.”Ryu (8-1) tossed 7⅔ shutout innings, allowing only four hits and striking out seven in a 2-0 victory before an announced crowd of 47,848 at Dodger Stadium. He allowed only two Mets runners to reach second base; neither reached third. His 0.59 ERA in May is the lowest by any Dodgers pitcher in a calendar month since Clayton Kershaw’s 0.27 ERA in July 2015.Since his career-best streak of 32 consecutive scoreless innings concluded Saturday in Pittsburgh, Ryu has started a new streak. It was up to 11⅔ innings when he was relieved by closer Kenley Jansen with two outs in the eighth inning Thursday.“This month of May was incredible,” Ryu said through his interpreter. “I’ve always told everyone how I wanted to do my job as a starting pitcher, meaning I want to throw six, seven innings and put the team in a position where they can win. I’ve always said that but not necessarily executed the way that I wanted. This month of May, I definitely was able to do that. I do feel it is unbelievable.”The Dodgers (38-19) have won five of their last six games, moving a season-high 8 ½ games ahead of the second-place San Diego Padres (29-27) in the National League West. They are thus far 18-7 in May with one game remaining Friday against the NL East-leading Phillies.last_img read more

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