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Dodgers’ Walker Buehler will make first major league start Monday

first_imgLOS ANGELES – A year ago this week, the Dodgers were off to a sluggish start when they promoted one of their top prospects, ostensibly for a brief big league cameo, in hopes of getting an energy boost.Cody Bellinger injected more than energy into their lineup and never went back to the minors. He became the first rookie to lead a 100-win team in both home runs and RBIs and was the unanimous choice as the National League Rookie of the Year.Here we go again?The Dodgers called up top pitching prospect Walker Buehler on Sunday and will activate him Monday. The 23-year-old Buehler will make his first major league start Monday night against the Miami Marlins. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “High hopes. High hopes. But not even close to what he expects of himself,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the expectations for Buehler. “September, obviously it was moving kind of quick for him. There was a learning process. But in spring training, I thought he showed really well. I still love his four-pitch mix. And I think he’s going to come here and pitch well.”Buehler got his first taste of the big leagues as a September call-up last season and was given a chance to win a spot in the Dodgers’ postseason bullpen. It didn’t happen. He allowed eight runs on 11 hits in 9 1/3 innings over eight relief appearances.Back in his more accustomed role as a starter, Buehler has dominated Triple-A hitters in three starts for Oklahoma City this month, holding them to a .204 batting average. Over 13 innings, he is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA, 16 strikeouts, 10 hits and four walks in 13 innings.“Obviously excitement. I don’t think there’s any surprise there,” Buehler said of his reaction when OKC manager Bill Haselman told him Saturday that he was going to start for the Dodgers.“This was more of a surprise than September was, obviously,” Buehler said. “There was a lot of buildup to September. It’s just different. Starting vs. being in the bullpen, I’m doing what I’ve done my whole career. This is almost a more settled feeling just because I’m going to get the ball for the first pitch tomorrow instead of later in the game.”center_img Nonetheless, Buehler said he learned a valuable lesson from that big league baptism last fall.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.“Yeah – these hitters are good and you know that,” he said. “But you don’t really understand how good they are and why they’re so good until you see them in person. But most of us here are pretty good too. I’m going to try to remember that and attack.”The Dodgers have limited Buehler’s workload. In his three starts this season, he has completed five innings only once and topped out at 80 pitches in his most recent start (last Monday). Roberts said Sunday that six innings and 90 pitches “would totally be fair” as a limit for Buehler on Monday.For his part, Buehler is used to living with reins on him.“That’s out of my control. That’s not really my job. My job is to make however many I get count,” said Buehler, who had Tommy John surgery shortly after being drafted in the first round three years ago. “(Director of player development) Brandon Gomes asked me a couple weeks ago if I wanted to stretch out. I told him, ‘I’ve wanted to stretch out since June of last year.’ It is what it is. I get why they do those things. But it’s hard when there’s scores on the scoreboard and you want to keep going.”Buehler will have a more difficult time sticking around beyond Monday than Bellinger did a year ago, in part because of the restrictions the Dodgers have put on his workload.The Dodgers needed to add a fifth starter after placing left-hander Rich Hill on the DL with a finger injury last week. Hill is expected to rejoin the rotation Friday in San Francisco, but the Dodgers will need an extra starter for their doubleheader there Saturday. Buehler is “an option” for that start, Roberts said, or he could be headed back to Triple-A on Tuesday.“There’s a couple layers. One is the overall workload,” said Roberts who pegged Buehler’s target this spring at 140 to 150 innings for the season (postseason included). “There is a point where you could pencil him in and give him a runway for the rest of the season to not surpass what we as an organization feel is not too much. There is also an opportunity in the now for someone to pitch. … We chose to take advantage of that.“The other part of it is that guys we have right now are throwing well here. And when you’re in the minors you can also manage his innings and usage a lot better than here.”Buehler said he is not looking beyond Monday night.“You can’t,” he said. “At this point in my career, you’re hoping for one start here and there. I’m getting one tomorrow and I’m looking forward to that.“It’s exciting. It’s the big leagues and it’s time to go now.”ALSOHill threw a bullpen session Sunday afternoon and experienced no problems with the cracked fingernail that landed him on the DL. He is eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday but is expected to pitch Friday in San Francisco.Roberts said the Dodgers’ rotation for the Marlins series will be Buehler on Monday, Kenta Maeda on Tuesday and Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday. That means Kershaw will not pitch in the series at AT&T Park, where he is 13-4 with a 1.30 ERA in his career.UP NEXTMarlins LHP Jarlin Garcia (1-0, 0.86) at Dodgers RHP Walker Buehler (2018 MLB debut), Monday 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)last_img read more

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first_imgDONEGAL 2-06, LAOIS 2-09: TWO goals in a minute threatened to upset a determined and tough Laois as Donegal went down by three points in this National League clash at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny today.It would have been rough justice on the visitors had they eventually drawn or lost this match, for it was they who had the bulk of the game.For long periods of this match Jim McGuinness’s men seemed out-muscled and often out-classed. Ross Munnelly has Laois two points up in the first ten minutes as Donegal wasted a number of chances, typified by a wide from Anthony Thompson who put a very scoreable kick wide.It took the level head of Patrick McBrearty to settle Donegal as he hit two points to level the game, one of them a free from 30 metres out.But David Conway went up the other end in the 21st minute to restore the lead before a completely unmarked Munnelly scored a minute later.Conway then had a goal chance blocked – Colm Begley grabbed the breaking ball and fired over to chalk another point up for Laois. In the 29th minute McBrearty scored again for Donegal, a point quickly cancelled out by Paddy Clancy.And it was Clancy who was at the centre of all the attention just before half-time as Karl Lacey was adjudged to have fouled him in front of goal.Paul Cahillane stepped up to fire the goal into the back of the net to give Laois a 1-06 to 0-04 half-time lead.Donegal looked rattled as the second half began and their star performer from the first half McBrearty missed an easy chance in front of the posts as Laois raced further into the lead through scores from Conway and Darren Strong.There are groans around O’Donnell Park in the 16th minute of the second half when Paddy Clancy rises highest to win possession, turns brilliantly and hits the back of the net. But ten minutes later there is controversy as Donegal begin their fightback. Anthony Thompson claims a goal for Donegal – though the Laois players insist the ball didn’t cross the line.Clearly rattled the visitors lost all concentration and in the 29th minute Neil Gallagher takes advantage of lapse defending to fire in a second Donegal goal.O’Donnell Park was now much livelier but time had run out – and Donegal have lost again.The rest of today’s National League results are below> Allianz Football League Division 1Donegal 2-06 Laois 2-09, Letterkenny, ResultCork 4-11 Down 0-10, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, ResultAllianz Football League Division 2Westmeath 0-05 Meath 0-17, Cusack Park, ResultMonaghan 0-17 Kildare 0-12, Clones, ResultTyrone 2-15 Derry 0-09, Healy Park, ResultGalway 1-08 Louth 0-11, Pearse Stadium, ResultAllianz Football League Division 3Offaly 1-06 Roscommon 0-12, Tullamore, ResultTipperary 0-13 Antrim 1-12, Thurles, ResultSligo 4-14 Wexford 1-17, Markievicz Park, ResultAllianz Football League Division 4Limerick 1-13 London 1-07, Gaelic Grounds, ResultCarlow 0-13 Leitrim 2-09, Dr Cullen Park, ResultFermanagh 0-11 Clare 0-08, Brewster Park, ResultLEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyGAA: LATE COMEBACK JUST TOO LATE FOR DONEGAL IN LAOIS CLASH was last modified: February 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL 2-06LAOIS 2-09:last_img read more

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