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Mike DiGiovanna on Dodgers: Mookie Betts, as expected, was placed on the 10-day injured list with a flaming right hip ahead of Wednesday night’s 8-2 win (Cody Bellinger scored twice in the game ) against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
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The Dodgers outfielder was scheduled to fly to Los Angeles on Wednesday night to be examined by medics today. He was replaced on the 26-player roster by pitcher Edwin Uceta.
“He’s disappointed, frustrated, but we’re going to bring in other experts and try to figure this thing out,” manager Dave Roberts said. “We’re going to keep digging into this, and I hope he responds well.”
Betts were ruled out of the series opener on Tuesday night because of the hip, which Roberts said was “sore, sore” even after Betts did not play in Sunday’s game against the Angels and the day off Monday. Roberts said Wednesday’s decision was not an indication the hip had worsened.
“No, I think it’s the same,” Roberts said. “The action to switch to IL would seem otherwise, but symptomatically, it is. It is difficult for him to navigate and move around. You should always have a working list, so allowing it to rest is an obvious step for us. “
The Dodgers haven’t set a timeline for a Betts return, but are hopeful it won’t take more than 10 days.
“Right now we’re trying to take some of the pain and discomfort away,” Roberts said. “That’s what we hope the next eight days will accomplish, and we’ll see where it stands. We hope it’s a 10 day affair and he’ll be back with us. I just don’t wanna put it on [timetable] on his return.
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Jack Harris on Angels: After beating No. 1 just four times in the first 113 games of the season, Angels star Shohei Ohtani took the lead in Wednesday’s game against Toronto for the second straight game.
“He’s not going to get thrown,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “I’m trying to protect him with the whole lineup.”
Before last month’s All-Star break, Ohtani had found a dangerous mix of power and patience. In 47 games between May 17 and July 11, he hit 21 home runs and walked in over 17% of home plate appearances.
Since the All-Star break, however, the pitchers have apparently altered their plan of attack against the left-hander – especially with Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon and Jared Walsh all injured.
While Ohtani has seen a few more shots in the strike zone – 46.4% of shots since the All-Star’s break have been in the zone, up from 43.9% previously – he has fewer shots in the middle or inside the plate.
Instead, opponents focused on hammering outside corners. Meanwhile, Ohtani has suffered power cuts (he hasn’t scored in 13 straight games on Wednesday) and walks (his walk rate since the all-star break has fallen to 16.1%).
Bill Shaikin on Coronavirus: Five teams in Southern California have agreed to require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Lakers, Kings, Ducks, Galaxy and Chargers have made vaccination mandatory for full-time employees in offices in the United States, according to a statement released Wednesday by AEG, the parent company of the Kings and Galaxy and the owner of the Staples Center of the United States. Lakers. The requirement would include “limited exceptions as required by law,” the statement said.
The mandate would not apply to athletes. The players on these teams are represented by unions, and working conditions are generally negotiated through collective bargaining.
The deal also covers live entertainment companies and events: AEG, Live Nation Entertainment, Goldenvoice, the annual Coachella music festival and the AXS ticket buying platform.
“Vaccination against COVID-19 is the most effective way to prevent infection with the COVID-19 virus, as well as its transmission and epidemics,” California Secretary of Health and Human Services said , Dr. Mark Ghaly in a statement. “These organizations are setting a good example for other companies and I applaud their efforts. “
Ryan Kartje on Trojans: Seventeen long months had passed since Miller Moss last met, but when he arrived at USC in the spring as one of two Hailed freshmen vying to become the heir apparent to quarterback Kedon Slovis, Moss expected to pick up where he left off in high school.
“I don’t think that’s a realistic expectation,” the first year realizes now.
Moss has never lacked self-confidence, but football’s long layoff has left him overwhelmed. So everything was faster and more competitive. The transition turned out to be a steeper learning curve than he expected. While Jaxson Dart, the Trojans’ other four-star quarterback, turned heads with his big arm and big-game potential, Moss spent most of the spring finding his niche.
The disparity was enough for some to quickly anoint Dart on his counterpart. But days after the start of a critical fall camp that could determine where USC will go with its next quarterback, Moss appears to have closed that gap to some extent.
“I keep feeling better and better,” Moss said.
CITY OF ANGELS
Angel City FC announced prices for its first season tickets on Wednesday, offering packages starting at $ 15 per game and incentives including limited access to free tickets to road games.
A limited number of season tickets for Angel City’s 12 home games at Banc of California Stadium in 2022 will cost $ 180 per person. Over 10,000 season pass packages are available for less than $ 240 and another 15,000 for less than $ 360.
Ticket prices for one match have not yet been announced and will go on sale at a later date.
THIS DATE IN SPORT
1876 - Madeleine wins two consecutive rounds against the Countess of Dufferin of Canada to defend the America’s Cup.
1936 – Rosalind, led by Ben White, wins the Hambletonian Stakes in consecutive heats.
1937 – Shirley Hanover, led by Henry Thomas, wins the Hambletonian Stakes in consecutive heats.
1942 – The Ambassador, piloted by Ben White, wins the Hambletonian Stakes in the third round.
1953 – The helicopter, driven by Harry Harvey, wins the Hambletonian Stakes in the third round.
1978 – Cold Comfort, driven by 23-year-old Peter Haughton, levels the International Trot of 2:31 3-5 at Roosevelt Raceway, making Haughton the youngest driver to win the International.
1990 – Wayne Grady of Australia loses his runner-up image with a 3-stroke victory over Fred Couples in the PGA Championship.
1994 – Major league baseball players strike in the sport’s eighth work stoppage since 1972.
1995 – Ernie Els sets a PGA record with the lowest three-day score in a major tournament. Els, with a 197, holds a three-time lead in the PGA Championship.
2000 – Evander Holyfield wins a 12-round unanimous decision over John Ruiz in Las Vegas to win the vacant WBA heavyweight title.
2007 – Tiger Woods wins the PGA Championship to win at least one major tournament for the third consecutive season and bring his career tally to 13. Woods ends with a score of under 69 for a two-stroke victory over Woody Austin.
2011 – Tiger Woods misses the PGA Championship Cup at the Atlanta Athletic Club. With a final bogey for a 3-over 73, Woods finished for the first time in the top 100 in a major tournament. He is 15 strokes behind Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley.
2012 – The US men’s basketball team defends their title by facing another huge challenge from Spain, pulling away in the dying minutes for a 107-100 victory and their second consecutive Olympic championship. The men’s basketball team’s victory gives the United States its 46th gold in London, the most Americans ever won in a “road” Olympics.
2012 – Rory McIlroy breaks the PGA Championship record for the margin of victory that Jack Nicklaus set in 1980. McIlroy birdies the last 25 feet on the 18th hole to give him a score of 6 under 66 for a win of eight blows. McIlroy wraps up a remarkable week playing bogeyless on the final 23 holes of a demanding Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, SC
2016 – Katie Ledecky crowns one of the greatest performances in Olympic history with her fourth gold medal and second world record, breaking her own mark in the 800-meter freestyle. Ledecky is the first woman since Debbie Meyer swept the three longer freestyle events at the same Olympics. Meyer won the 200, 400 and 800 at the 1968 Mexico Games.
2017 – Usain Bolt ends his successful career in excruciating pain. The great Jamaican collapses on the track with a left leg injury as he chased a final gold for the Jamaican 4x100m relay team at the world championships in London. Having to make up a lot of ground on the anchor leg, Bolt suddenly screams and stumbles as he falls with the first injury he suffered in a major competition.
2018 – Brooks Koepka wins his first PGA Championship, playing steady, error-free golf on the stretch amid breathtaking roars from Tiger Woods and a late charge from revitalized Adam Scott. Koepka becomes the fifth player to win the US Open and the PGA in the same year.
Katie Ledecky wins the 800-meter freestyle at the 2016 Olympics. Watch it here.