Dodgers envision Kenta Maeda pitching high-leverage relief innings in October

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Three weeks remain in the regular season, and the Dodgers are still tinkering with their bullpen. Kenta Maeda served as a long reliever Sunday against the San Francisco Giants, the second consecutive game in which he’s filled that role. He pitched four scoreless innings, allowed one single, walked none, and struck out six.That is not the role Maeda will fill in October.“In the postseason, Kenta’s value essentially is to be available every game,” Manager Dave Roberts said. “So a long guy is not Kenta. Kenta should pitch leverage innings in the postseason, very important innings.”None of this is new, of course. Maeda has taken on high-leverage relief roles in each of the last two postseasons after starting for most of the regular season. However, this is the most precisely Roberts has defined Maeda’s role going forward, after previously leaving open the possibility that Maeda might start again in 2019. Rich Hill is returning from the injured list to start Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles. He joins a rotation that already included Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsolin. Ross Stripling is making a spot start for Hyun-Jin Ryu on Wednesday, giving the Dodgers at least six possible starters in addition to Maeda. Julio Urías, who started Sunday, is moving back to the bullpen during the road trip.Roberts believes that moving Maeda to a relief role allows him to “let the tank out.”“His aggressiveness from the first pitch was evident,” Roberts said of Maeda’s performance against the Giants. “With his stuff – the fastball, the slider – when he’s going to go two or three innings, or one inning, everything’s going to play up.”For his part, Maeda disagreed with the notion that his stuff has been better as a relief pitcher. But he welcomed the role that awaits him in October.“Just being relied upon feels good,” Maeda said through his interpreter. “The nature of a playoff game, everyone’s going to be needed. Everyone’s going to contribute.” “If you look at (Kelly’s) stuff, it was still really good last night,” Roberts said. “It’s not a red flag for us, but as you gear toward the postseason you want to feel right in the body, which also leads to mechanics. … Every throw, every delivery is different. It’s subtle to the eye.”ALSOThe Double-A Tulsa Drillers won beat the Arkansas Travelers, 5-1, keeping their season alive. Starting pitcher Edwin Uceta allowed one run over six innings and Luis Vazquez recorded a three-inning save. Tulsa plays Amarillo in Game 1 of the Texas League Championship Series beginning Tuesday. … In Game 2 of a best-of-three playoff series, Single-A Great Lakes lost 6-4 to the South Bend Cubs, ending their season in the second round of the Midwest League playoffs. Great Lakes left nine men on base and went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.UP NEXTThe Dodgers are off Monday Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error 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 center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire TURNER AVOIDS SUSPENSIONJustin Turner successfully appealed his one-game suspension for making contact with umpire Rob Drake immediately following the Dodgers’ Aug. 26 game in San Diego. Turner still owes Major League Baseball an undisclosed fine, but he will not have to miss a game.Turner didn’t play Sunday anyway. Roberts said the 34-year-old third baseman has been dealing with a sore ankle ever since he dove to stop a ground ball off the bat of Jeff Samardzija in the fourth inning Friday. Roberts said he expects Turner to be in the starting lineup Tuesday in Baltimore.Turner is hitting .291 with 27 home runs and 67 RBIs in 131 games this season.INJURY UPDATESMax Muncy played long toss and ran the bases on the field prior to Sunday’s game at Dodger Stadium. Behind the scenes, he is taking swings in preparation for a return to the starting lineup Friday against the New York Mets.Joe Kelly pitched a scoreless seventh inning Saturday after a five-day layoff. The right-hander missed the previous five days because of an injury to his lower body. Roberts said that Kelly is still dealing with inconsistencies in his delivery as a result of the injury.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more

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New House economic package includes $2.25 billion for biofuels

first_imgWASHINGTON — The $3 trillion economic recovery plan introduced in the U.S. House includes $2.25 billion for the biofuels industry. Iowa Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, a Democrat from Dubuque, is part of the House Biofuels Caucus that lobbied for the assistance.“This is obviously a meaningful step towards protecting our producers and providing relief to this vital sector of our economy that means so much to our state, to our agricultural community, also to rural Iowa and our cities,” Finkenauer says.Under the plan, ethanol and biodiesel plants would get payments based on the gallons each produce.“At a rate of 45 cents per gallon for fuel produced between January and May of this year,” Finkenauer says, “and then for plants forced to shut down, the bill provides 22.5 cents per gallon on the amount produced during the same period last year in 2019.”There are eight biofuels plants in Finkenauer’s congressional district which covers the northeast quarter of Iowa.“And I know they are struggling,” Finkenauer says. “Just last month the ADM ethanol production plant in Cedar Rapids shut down, furloughing 90 workers.”Growth Energy, a trade group for the industry, projects biofuels production has been cut in half due to the pandemic and the Trump Administration waivers for oil refineries, so they don’t have to blend ethanol into gasoline. Iowa Congresswoman Cindy Axne, a Democrat from West Des Moines, is also a member of the House Biofuels Caucus. She says the downturn in the biofuels industry is having a devastating economic impact, leading to rural job losses and falling corn prices.last_img read more

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