The Atlético de Madrid regains power in the air game. Felipe’s goal against Levante was the sixth scored with his head in The league and the ninth adding the matches of Champions. This represents 27.27% of the goals scored in the domestic competition and 30% adding the goals in European matches. Álvaro Morata has scored four of the nine head goals scored by the mattresses. The ‘9’ headed the ball to the net against Getafe, Sevilla and Osasuna in LaLiga and against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League. The other five goals with the testa have been Diego Costa (Majorca), belt (Spanish), Philip (I raised), Savic and Héctor Herrera (both before Juventus). The arrival of Trippier Y I gave it has contributed greater verticality and precision in the centers. The English adds three assists (Getafe, Osasuna and Juventus) for the two of the Brazilian (Levante and Leverkusen). To these goal passes must be added the assistance of Arias (Seville), Koke (Majorca), Morata (Espanyol) and belt (Betis). Atlético de Madrid recovers in attack one of the best weapons that worked in the past.As in the 13-14 League.The top goals of those of Simeone they remember those of the 2013/14 season when they got the League title. The Atleti he adds six goals in this way in the League after the first round, while in the season he won the championship he had nine in 19 games finishing that season with 17, six of them Raul Garciafour of Godin, the last one at Camp Nou to win the League, two from Diego Costa and one of Tiago, town, Koke, Alderweireld Y Miranda.
It was downright reckless and careless, and unworthy of a man representing a team, much less his country. New Zealand, with Williamson, Taylor, and Tom Latham, Southee, Boult, and Neil Wagner, were too good for lowly Bangladesh. Their deeds, especially in the first Test, and particularly after facing a huge first-innings score, were awesome, despite the opposition. The two-match series reminded me of the day when a club cricketer, a batsman, and one who thought that he was as good as any batsman from anywhere and made no bones about his feeling, met upon an average first-class fast bowler. The story is that after the bowler had beat the batsman with a number of deliveries, he bowled a straight one, a delivery which, in the words of the batsman, moved about a few times either way through the air before hitting the pitch, moved in another direction, and crashed into his stumps. The frightened batsman, sheepishly turned to the bowler and said, almost under his breath before slowly strolling away: “That’s a beauty. That’s a really, really good delivery.” The bowler quietly and quickly replied: “Too bad it was wasted on you.” Faced with some poor bowling, however, mostly short and wide deliveries by both pace and spin bowling to defensively set fields with no chance of getting the batsmen out, New Zealand hopped to victory in 39.4 overs, with Williamson hitting 104 not out off 90 deliveries and Taylor, 60, off 90 deliveries. In the end, however, it was a Test match for the record books. It was the highest first-innings total ever to lose a Test match, bettering Australia’s 586 way back in 1894-95 at Sydney when they enforced the follow-on and lost to England by 10 runs and also Bangladesh, 556, in Mirpur as late as 2012-13, when they lost to the West Indies. Williamson’s century was the fourth fastest in chasing victory. It followed Gilbert Jessop’s century off 76 deliveries for England against Australia at The Oval in 1902, Shahid Afridi’s century off 78 deliveries against the West Indies at Kensington Oval, 2004-5, and Matthew Hayden’s century against Zimbabwe at Sydney, 2003-4. New Zealand’s victory chase of a target of over 200 was also second fastest only to England’s 205 in 5.77 overs against South Africa at The Oval in 2004, and the partnership of 163 off 25.2 overs by Williamson and Taylor was the quickest over 150 in the fourth innings of a Test match. For its technical efficiency, however, the second and final Test match at Hagley Oval in Christchurch was even worse, especially as far as Bangladesh were concerned. New Zealand won the toss again, sent Bangladesh to bat, and after fighting for a first-innings total of 289 and holding New Zealand to 354 in their first innings, and losing an entire day’s play, Bangladesh lost the match in four days by nine wickets with a day to spare. It was once again a second innings of mediocre, careless, and downright bad batting by the entire team, but again, especially by Shakib. The bowling in the second innings was also atrocious. Going to bat, 65 runs behind on the fourth day with the scoreboard reading 56 for two, Shakib was dropped twice in the slips on zero before being caught at gully for eight off Southee, playing recklessly at a short, wide, and high delivery. DOWNRIGHT RECKLESS POOR BOWLING There are two kinds of cricket teams in the world: there is the strong and there is the weak, and whenever the weak takes on the strong, it is called, at least in Jamaica, a ‘sin side’. And this is exactly what took place two weeks ago in New Zealand. It was the first Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, and before the Test match started, New Zealand, with their growing reputation in cricket, with two “big” batsmen, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, and the two top bowlers, Tim Southee and Ian Boult, were expected to roll over Bangladesh. That was not to be, at least not at the start, and not for the first four days. The Basin Reserve in Wellington turned up with a “green” pitch, New Zealand won the toss and invited Bangladesh to bat first, and to New Zealand’s surprise, with Shakib al Hasan hitting 217 and captain Mustifiqur Rahim 159, Bangladesh raced to 595 for eight declared batting into the third day after rain had interrupted play. New Zealand then batted well into the fourth day to reach 539 with Tom Latham stroking 177, and with Bangladesh reaching 66 for three, including the loss of a night-watchman, at the end of the day’s play, and with only one day remaining, everybody figured it would end not only a draw, but also in a stalemate. New Zealand, however, had other ideas. They had hopes of a victory, hopes which were fuelled early in the proceedings by Bangladesh’s poor batting, and especially that of Shakib. Probably believing that 600 runs less five was good enough, or that the pitch was so good that so many wickets could not fall in the time left in the match and so they could not lose, Bangladesh slit their own throats with some of the poorest cricket and some of the worst shots ever seen in a Test arena. Shakib’s early swipe, at the fourth delivery of the day and without any addition to the score, was totally uncalled for, and thereafter, some of the shots were outrageous until they were dismissed for 160, leaving New Zealand with 217 to win the match in 57 overs. Shakib’s stroke, or attempted stroke, coming from a senior batsman, and an experienced batsman, and in a Test match, was uncalled for, to put it nicely. In a Test match, however, with no limit on the number of overs per bowler, hardly any restrictions on field placings, and more freedom for the bowlers as far as wides were concerned, that was not an easy target.
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Brown among SAG Awards presenters Jackson leads Pistons past Lakers Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism With a sharp offseason roster tuneup following manager Mike Scioscia’s first consecutive losing seasons, the Angels believe they’ve got the roster to contend for a playoff spot even if their eye-catching Japanese prospect isn’t an immediate sensation.Here are more things to know about the Angels:NEW GUYS: Angels general manager Billy Eppler addressed the two biggest holes in his lineup by enticing All-Star left fielder Justin Upton to stay and acquiring second baseman Ian Kinsler. He even picked up versatile Zack Cozart to play third base, adding three proven veteran bats to the lineup. Throw in veteran reliever Jim Johnson, and Los Angeles has promising additions far beyond Ohtani.CATCH IT: The Angels should be one of the best defensive teams in baseball, with above-average fielders at almost every position. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and catcher Martin Maldonado won Gold Gloves last season, while Kinsler and Calhoun are former winners — and Upton and Trout have been known to scale an outfield wall to steal homers. Scioscia’s Angels seem eminently capable of picking up victories with their gloves.HEALTHY ARMS: The Angels’ six-man rotation is filled with pitchers attempting to come back strong from major injuries, including Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs, Andrew Heaney, Matt Shoemaker and Ohtani himself, who pitched in only five games and played in 65 last year in Japan due to a right ankle problem. The opening weeks of the season will be tense as the Angels wait to see whether health problems re-emerge for any of their starters.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina BEST CASE: The Angels make the playoffs for only the second time in Trout’s career and contend for a World Series berth. Their stacked lineup performs to expectations, while Pujols remains healthy and fit enough to play first base regularly. Their starting rotation avoids any major injuries for the first time in several years. Ohtani is immediately dependable on the mound and at least competent at the plate, keeping Los Angeles out of an awkward situation. They get another spectacular season out of Trout, who finally gets postseason success as a reward for his formidable talent.WORST CASE: A third straight losing season for the first time in Scioscia’s tenure. Injuries return to the starting rotation, again forcing the Angels to put together a patchwork group. Pujols gets out of shape or struggles at the plate, making his exorbitant contract feel even heavier. Upton and Kinsler fall prey to the hitting curse that has bedeviled several predecessors at their positions in Anaheim. Ohtani struggles to adapt to the big leagues on the mound and at the plate, forcing a trip to the minors to get his game together. The Ohtani experiment could go in innumerable ways — but it’s highly unlikely to be boring.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ FILE – In this March 7, 2018, file photo, fans try for a autograph from Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, before a spring baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, in Tempe, Ariz. Ohtani is expected to start the season in the Angels’ specially designed six-man rotation. Los Angeles also plans to use Ohtani as its designated hitter for a couple of days in between his starts, providing ample opportunity for the 23-year-old phenom to adjust to the speed and quirks of the big-league game.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Shohei Show is about to begin for the Los Angeles Angels.Mike Trout might be the best player in baseball. Albert Pujols is its most accomplished active slugger. The Angels are loaded with veteran offensive talent around them, and their injury-plagued pitching staff is certainly intriguing.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Yet most of the attention in Anaheim this spring will be directed squarely at Shohei Ohtani, the Japanese sensation attempting to become the majors’ most accomplished two-way player in decades.Ohtani is expected to start the season in the Angels’ specially designed six-man rotation. Los Angeles also plans to use Ohtani as its designated hitter for a couple of days in between his starts, providing ample opportunity for the 23-year-old phenom to adjust to the speed and quirks of the big-league game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt’s an unprecedented undertaking, and the Angels realize they’ve got to do right by both Ohtani and the other 24 players on the roster during a landmark season for a franchise that still hasn’t won a playoff game with Trout and Pujols.But even though the world is watching, the Angels actually aren’t worried about whether Ohtani is a hit right away. Ohtani is an extraordinary bargain after he chose to come to North America for modest wages, and the Angels see him as a long-term investment whose potential won’t diminish with a rocky start. 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By Shemar AlleyneThough the future of the country’s sugar industry remains unclear, there is a lot of positives with regards to their re-opening.GAWU General Secretary Seepaul NarineThis is according to General Secretary of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Seepaul Narine in an exclusive interview with this publication.The union representative stated that viewing the industry through an economic lens, the argument for sugar’s minimisation becomes even weaker, but noted that the estates were more than just producers of sugar and molasses but rather they were the hive of activities and represented a beacon of sustenance and hope.“Sugar when it was doing well it had contributed a lot sum $2 billion at the US exchange rate, but apart from its direct contribution to the treasury, you also had the fact that it employed so many people and their families who have been dependent on sugar and those businesses and so on that depends on sugar workers’ wages and you also have the drainage of the entire coastal system was more or less done by sugar and the sugar estates has been up keeping that,” Narine stated.The Wales Sugar Estate, West Bank Demerara (WBD), which was the first to be closed by the APNU/AFC coalition Government, putting thousands of workers and their families on the breadlineThe closure of the four sugar estates at Rose Hall-Canje, Skeldon, (both in Berbice), East Demerara (Enmore to Ogle) and Wales (West Bank Demerara) tossed close to 7500 workers into a financial crisis.“There has been no Christmas, there has not been any increase by this Government for the past five years and the sugar workers had nothing for Christmas, not even an increase, not a cent,” he remarked.Moreover, the GAWU executive related that it is clear that the entire sugar policy of the collation Government was done with one intention – that is to punish the sugar workers, their families, and their villages.“In the state paper, it is said that sugar workers were supporters of the PPP which is absolutely not so because you have so many people working in sugar from different political parties and across the spectrum. If you see the state paper you will see the spitefulness they have against sugar workers,” he cited.However, despite the plethora of plans that the GuySuCo signalled, the Corporation has repeatedly cried out about lack of financing, resulting in the GAWU also questioning the source of financing for the abovementioned ambitious projects.In the last four years, the coalition Government, insisting that the sugar industry is bleeding the treasury, has closed four sugar estates, sending home over 7000 workers.To date, thousands of those fired workers are still struggling to find a job. Many of them often tell of the hardship they face to feed their families. At Wales, West Bank Demerara, children of some of the fired workers are forced to find part-time jobs to help their parents with school expenses.In May of this year, the Government was preparing to sell off huge swathes of land owned by GuySuCo as part of moves to sell off several loss-making estates. This was being executed even as the Administration prepared to revive interest in the ‘for sale’ assets by local and foreign investors.The downsizing of the sugar industry has been fiercely resisted by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), the parliamentary Opposition and a number of other agencies.The operations of the La Bonne Intention Estate were amalgamated with those of the Enmore Estate; those at Wales were amalgamated with Uitvlugt and there are plans to privatise Skeldon. But the closure of the estates and the sacking of workers are having an effect on the economy.
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In last week’s board meeting, the Peace River Regional District approved the awarding of the North Peace Regional Landfill Operational Upgrades Contract #15-2015 to Lindberg Construction Inc. — valued at $4,491,132.90.The contract was brought forward for discussion at the committee of the whole meeting on November 15th.The North Peace Regional Landfill’s Design, Operations & Closure Plan (or DOCP, for short) requires the relocation of the scale facility and transfer station further south on the property — to utilize all of the current area.- Advertisement -There are a few reasons this relation will benefit the facility: the installation of a 2-scale system, which the PRRD says will reduce traffic delays by half. The extra space will see more drop-off recyclables, as well as ‘Share Shed’ items.The facility will also gain landfill airspace, in the amount of approximately 320,000 m3, according to Sperling Hansen & Associates.When all is said and done, the air space has a value of roughly $17.84 million. In the long run, the PRRD says that factor will more than offset the cost of developing the new facility, and extend the landfill’s lifespan.Advertisement Jeff Rahn, General Manager of Environmental Services with PRRD, said the facility will also feature a composting area for industrial wood chips.Bio solids, from the new Charlie Lake Sewage Treatment Facility opening up shortly, will also be put in the compost, as ‘organic input.’Rahn said there are municipalities in the Peace Region that are keen on providing household compost bins, but we are a ‘couple of years’ away from seeing them implemented; in the meantime, he feels this will be a good lead into introducing composting.“Phase 3 of our Solid Waste Management plan, which is our next phase, does call for doing something with the organics, like kitchen scraps,” Rahn says. “It is a nice set up to deal with kitchen organics, but we won’t be handling it quite yet in this area.”Advertisement Upgrades to the facility are expected to be done by the middle of October next year.
0Shares0000Ogiro Dorris (r) of Kenya during the 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship football match between Kenya and Mozambique at Luveve Stadium, Bulawayo on 14 September 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePixNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 21- A series of defensive frailties and a disastrous day in office saw Harambee Starlets lose 4-0 to hosts Zimbabwe in the semi-finals of the COSAFA Women’s Championship on Thursday evening at the Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.Goals from Rutendo Makore, Berita Kabwe, Marjory Nyaumwe and Priviledge Mupeti gave the hosts the comfortable win as they booked a date with South Africa’s Banyana Banyana in their third ever COSAFA final. South Africa made it to the final in superb fashion after beating Zambia 5-3 on post-match penalties. Banyana had come from three goals down, scoring three goals in six minutes to force the game into penalties.Starlets Head coach Richard Kanyi was proud of his girls’ performance but blamed the slump on nerves.“We lost this game because of the mental bit of it. We could not sustain the pressure and we ended up making many mistakes. But I am happy with how we fared in the tournament because our target was to get to the semi-finals. We pick the lessons and begin preparations for CECAFA now,” Kanyi said after the game.Starlets went into the match as hot favorites having progressed to the semis with a 100 percent record while Zimbabwe managed to squeeze in by the skin of their teeth, pulling through as the best losers.Shiela Makoto of Zimbabwe challenged by Jereko Adam of Kenya during the 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship Semifinal football match at Barbourfields Stadium, Bulawayo on 21 September 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePixBut on game day, the Mighty Warriors came in a different outfit and buoyed by an almost capacity stadium, they gave the Kenyan girls a run for their money.Danger-girl Makore showed signs of what would be expected of her in the eighth minute when she outmuscled her markers inside the box but her eventual shot was well collected by Kenya shot stopper Pauline Atieno.But she broke the deadlock just two minutes later when Juliet Auma missed a clearance, the ball landing on the Zimbabwe forward who shot low past Atieno after finding space on the half turn.Zimbabwe took cruise control of the match and dictated the tempo, passing the ball around the field while Starlets failed to match the tempo. Kenya’s two best players, Mwanahalima Adam and Neddy Atieno who have scored 11 goals between them in three matches were hugely starved of the ball.-Kabwe goal-Berita Kabwe of Zimbabwe challenged by Juliet Andibo of Kenya during the 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship Semifinal football match at Barbourfields Stadium, Bulawayo on 21 September 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePixThe hosts then went into the break two up when Kabwe took advantage of another defensive lapse, this time from Dorcas Shikobe whose headed clearance from a cross bumped on the Zimbabwe midfielder’s chest, in turn breaking into the box and firing home.After the break, the Mighty Warriors seemed to have all but wrapped up the game when Nyaumwe’s freekick from the left drifted all the way into the net after miscommunication between keeper Atieno and defender Auma.Immediately, Kanyi was pushed into his first change, bringing off Lucy Mukhwana for Cherish Avilia in a bid to bolster the midfield and increase Kenya’s possession of the ball. Mercy Achieng was also brought on for Carolyne Kiget.But still Kenya were hugely subdued by their hosts.In the 73rd minute, Makore almost added her second courtesy of another defensive lapse but her header from a Danai Bhobho cross went inches wide with the keeper off her line.Kenya’s best chance of the game fell on substitute Achieng whose shot from the edge of the box after skipping past her markers went straight to the Zimbabwe keeper.The hosts then drove the final nail in Kenya’s coffin four minutes from time when Mupeti slammed the ball home after Makore had done well to win the ball from a missed Kenyan clearance, toeing her teammate through.Starlets will now face Zambia in the third and fourth place playoff on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Headache for Arsenal after Crystal Palace stalemate© AFP DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 27 – Unai Emery’s problems mounted as Arsenal blew a two-goal lead amid VAR controversy and captain Granit Xhaka feuded with fans in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.Emery was already under pressure after Arsenal slumped to a shock defeat at Sheffield United on Monday and the Gunners boss has more fires to put out following his side’s dismal capitulation at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal were on course for victory after goals from Sokratis and David Luiz put them two up inside 10 minutes.But Luka Milivojevic started the Arsenal collapse when he converted a penalty awarded by VAR after Wilfried Zaha was initially booked for diving.Emery’s team faded in familiar fashion after that and Jordan Ayew bagged Palace’s deserved equaliser before Arsenal had a late Sokratis winner disallowed by VAR.Fifth-placed Arsenal, four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, have won just two of their last eight Premier League games and there is a growing sense that all is not well with the club.Xhaka’s remarkable bust-up with the crowd laid bare the simmering tensions.When Xhaka was replaced by Bukayo Saka, the disliked Swiss midfielder trudged slowly to the touchline while petulantly gesticulating to the fans who had cheered his substitution and were now angrily urging him to get off the pitch quicker.Xhaka’s incredible tantrum climaxed when he ripped off his shirt and stormed straight down the tunnel to more derision from the stands.The match finished to a soundtrack of boos from Arsenal supporters who sang Mesut Ozil’s name in a pointed reference to Emery’s decision to once again leave out the German star.It seemed Arsenal might lift the gloom from their depressing trip to Bramall Lane when they opened the scoring in the seventh minute.When Wayne Hennessey and Gary Cahill made a hash of heading clear from Nicolas Pepe’s corner, Xhaka nodded the ball down for Sokratis to fire home through a crowd of players for his first goal since April.– Arsenal storm –Goals from set-pieces are something of a rarity for Arsenal, while Palace hadn’t conceded one from that route all season.But just two minutes later Arsenal netted again from another corner.Pepe’s delivery was glanced on by Alexandre Lacazette and, with the Palace defence slow to react, Luiz pounced with a tap-in at the far post.Lacazette nearly made it three when he controlled Kieran Tierney’s cross and swivelled for a low shot that forced Hennessey to save at full stretch.Zaha responded in the 32nd minute as the Ivory Coast winger showed why Arsenal tried to sign him in the close-season before switching their attentions to his compatriot Pepe.When Zaha tricked his way past Calum Chambers in the Arsenal area, the defender clearly stuck out a leg and tripped the Palace star.Martin Atkinson thought otherwise and booked Zaha for diving, but justice was done when a VAR review reversed the referee’s decision, awarding a spot-kick that Milivojevic stroked home with ease.Pepe went close from the edge of the area, but Palace were looking more menacing and Patrick van Aanholt’s stinging drive drew a good save from Bernd Leno.With Arsenal creaky at the back, it was little surprise that Palace equalised in the 52nd minute.Pepe complained he was fouled by Van Aanholt in the build-up, but Arsenal still had plenty of time to stop James McArthur lofting a cross towards Ayew, who peeled away from the dozing Luiz to head home.Arsenal tried to quell the storm after Xhaka’s bizarre exit, but Lacazette’s thudding effort rattled the woodwork.Sokratis thought he had won it from close-range in the 83rd minute after Lacazette flicked on Pepe’s corner.But for the second time in the match, VAR went against Arsenal as the goal was ruled out for Chambers’ foul on Milivojevic.0Shares0000(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)
By Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER CHICAGO – Once thought to be in danger of missing time in the playoffs, Gary Matthews Jr. now figures to return in time to get in some at-bats before the end of the regular season. Matthews’ dramatic improvement from a sprained right ankle continued Saturday as he moved around in the outfield during batting practice, but still played it safe. “He’s got a little more bounce in his step which is encouraging,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “I think he’s relieved that that this thing, maybe it’s too early to say it’s turned a corner, but it’s moving rapidly in the right direction. “You never know with an ankle sprain, like a hamstring. They can look like they’re not much and they can linger for a month. Let’s hope it’s shorter term and in the back end of what these things can be.” Rotation up in the air Scioscia still would not say who will get the start for the Angels on Wednesday against the Tampa Devil Rays. It could go to Bartolo Colon, who did not look sharp Friday, or Ervin Santana, who threw three scoreless innings in relief Friday. “(Colon) threw over 100 pitches (99 actually), and he hasn’t done that in a long time and he’ll have some stiffness that he’s going to work through,” Scioscia said. “(Saturday) it’s all in the right areas. You’re certainly (going to) want to check for in the next couple days.” It might make more sense to have Colon start Wednesday and work Santana out of the bullpen, since that’s where he would likely pitch if he made the playoff roster. “Ervin throwing the ball well is important to us,” Scioscia said. “If it happens to be as a starter down the road – I’m talking about this year; long range there is no doubt he’s a starter – then certainly he will be a big force. If he can help us out from the pen, it’s obviously something that will add depth.” Guerrero staying as DH Vladimir Guerrero has stopped throwing and his return to right field remains undecided. Guerrero has been the designated hitter since Tuesday after coming down with inflammation in his right triceps. “I think it’s still just a little cranky,” Scioscia said. “There are no problems swinging the bat, just throwing it he feels a little stiff so we’re going to work that in at its own pace. You can’t force that.” No catching platoon Scioscia admitted that even when Mike Napoli is at full strength, he is still leaning toward one catcher working the bulk of the time instead of splitting the load 50-50 between Napoli and Jeff Mathis. “Right now its going to come down to what they’re doing behind the plate,” Scioscia said. “That’s why I think Jeff is catching a lot right now. He’s really brought a presence behind the plate.” firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Matthews has not yet been cleared to do as much as jog, but he made some throws to keep his arm in shape. “It’s a little swollen, but definitely not as swollen as before,” Matthews said. “It has gone down a lot since it first happened. We’re on our fourth day and compared to where I was it’s better.” Strengthening tests are well underway in the trainer’s room. “We started that probably two days ago and add more stuff to it every day,” Matthews said. “We’re doing probably two or three rounds of treatment a day. I do one before the game and I’ll do another during the game. Basically I’ll work out from the third inning on until about the eighth inning.” Saturday was the first day Matthews did not have his ankle taped. He felt the tape was only adding to the soreness. If and when he returns to action he will tape the ankle then.