Dodgers’ Justin Turner airs concerns after another beanball war, loss to Pirates

first_imgPITTSBURGH >> Justin Turner is tired of playing the game. Not baseball, but the game within the game that’s consumed the Dodgers since the All-Star break.Turner’s left elbow was struck by a 97-mph fastball from Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Justin Wilson in the seventh inning Tuesday. Two Pirates batters were also hit by pitches in the Dodgers’ 12-7 loss.This, after four different players were hit by pitches over the weekend in St. Louis. Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig still haven’t played since being drilled and left with swollen left hands.“You don’t want to do any of that stuff, mess around,” Turner said. “Someone can get hurt. You lose a guy, that’s never fun. At the same time, it’s been part of the game. We try to protect our guys. You do what you’ve got to do. If something happens, something happens.” Wilson threw two inside pitches to Turner to start the seventh inning, the second one hitting Turner’s elbow guard. In his postgame comments to reporters, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle suggested that Wilson was merely trying to pitch hard inside.Home plate umpire Toby Basner didn’t buy it. He ejected Wilson, warned both benches, then ejected Hurdle for arguing.“I think we all understand what happened there,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “It was not a big deal. The only guy who didn’t handle it was the home plate umpire. He could’ve let that go and given warnings and it would’ve been over.”Turner took a step toward the mound before taking his base. He was upset with Wilson.“After he missed me the first time I was like, ‘Oh, they’re probably trying to throw at me.’ I was a little upset about the second one because he had his chance to do it and get it over with on the first pitch and he missed. To do it again just makes it pretty blatant. I don’t think there’s anything he can say to make it sound like it wasn’t intentional.”Did Turner consider Wilson’s actions a breach of etiquette?“I don’t know,” he said. “We had some talk in here. It’s like, clearly, I don’t think Jamey was trying to load the bases when it got away from him. We talked about it here: Where do you draw the line? Anytime someone in the middle of the order gets hit, are you going to go hit someone?”That question lingered into the night and maybe beyond. For a day at least, it overshadowed a dismal game for Dodger pitchers.Josh Beckett returned from the disabled list and allowed four runs in 3 2/3 innings, including three solo home runs. Paul Maholm (1-5) and Wright allowed two runs each out of the bullpen.Then there was Chris Perez, who walked four of the five batters he faced in the eighth inning. The right-hander was charged with four runs despite not allowing a hit. Mattingly called it “a step backward” for Perez, who had allowed one earned run in his previous eight appearances.Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Van Slyke hit home runs for the Dodgers. Van Slyke’s home run was the first by a Dodgers pinch-hitter this season. Gonzalez’s was the first by any Dodger player since July 9.Gonzalez and Matt Kemp had two hits apiece.Dan Haren is scheduled to oppose Francisco Liriano in the rubber match today. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Something happened in the bottom of the sixth inning. With runners on first and second base and the Pirates leading 7-4, Dodgers pitcher Jamey Wright hit Andrew McCutchen with a 90-mph sinker, loading the bases.McCutchen took his base, then watched Wright throw a wild pitch that allowed Pittsburgh to score its fourth run of the inning.The circumstances suggest that Wright was beset by wildness and not revenge. A.J. Ellis was the only Dodger batter hit to that point in the series, and that was on a curveball that clearly got away from Edinson Volquez on Monday. Wright has been prone to wildness throughout his career. The 39-year-old is tied with legendary brush-back artist Don Drysdale for 19th all-time in batters hit with 154 — the most among active pitchers.“Some of their guys said, ‘You just did it in St. Louis,’” Turner said, referring to Clayton Kershaw intentionally throwing at Matt Holliday. “The difference there is, there’s a little bit of a history with them hitting Hanley. It’s just, I guess, a question of where you draw the line. When is it OK, when is it not OK? Yeah, we hit him (McCutchen) but it’s not like we were trying to load the bases up, per se.”last_img read more

FIFA bribery trial kicks off in New York

first_img“They all cheated the sport,” said Edelman of the three defendants, “in order to line their own pockets with money that should have been spent to benefit the sport.”“The evidence will show that for over 20 years, the defendants co-conspired and abused the system,” he said.“They agreed to receive secret bribes, taking away money that could have been spent to promote the sport.”In their own opening statements, lawyers for the three defendants admitted there was widespread corruption at FIFA but argued that their clients were not involved.The trial is due to last five to six weeks, and prosecutors are expected to present 350,000 pages of evidence and dozens of witnesses.If convicted, they will be sentenced by Judge Pamela Chen. The most serious counts each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years.Tens of millions of dollars were hidden in offshore accounts in Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands and Switzerland, US officials said.Around two dozen defendants have already pleaded guilty, and two of them were last month sentenced to jail — Guatemalan ex-soccer official Hector Trujillo to eight months and British-Greek accountant Costas Takkas to 15 months.The others who await sentencing include Jeffrey Webb, of the Cayman Islands, who admitted to receiving more than $6 million in bribes and whose millionaire lifestyle while under house arrest — quaffing champagne, gambling and partying — has infuriated FIFA’s lawyers.While the US investigation did not indict ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter, he was thrown out of the sport in 2015 after FIFA’s ethics committee found him guilty of making an improper two million Swiss franc ($2.1 million) payment to then-UEFA chief Michel Platini.Blatter was banned from soccer for six years, and Platini, his former heir apparent, for four years.Share on: WhatsApp New York, United States | AFP | Three South American former soccer officials were blinded by greed and accepted millions of dollars in bribes, US prosecutors told the FIFA corruption trial Monday as defense lawyers insisted their wealthy clients were innocent.Forty-two officials and marketing executives, and three companies were indicted in an exhaustive 236-page complaint detailing 92 separate crimes and 15 corruption schemes to the tune of $200 million.It was the largest graft scandal in the history of world soccer, first unveiled by US government prosecutors in May 2015 and lifting the lid on a quarter of a century of endemic corruption in the heart of FIFA, soccer’s governing body.Yet only three of them are going on trial — a trio of once-powerful soccer officials from South America, charged with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies.Their fate will be decided by an anonymous jury, chosen after documented attempts at intimidation. The 12-member panel with six alternates was selected after four days of screening last week.“Lurking underneath the surface are lies, greed and corruption,” US assistant attorney Keith Edelman told jurors in opening remarks Monday, recounting a meeting of soccer officials from all over the world at a Miami hotel in May 2014.“Some of these officials had other reasons to celebrate, they had agreed to receive millions of dollars in bribes regarding the (Copa America) tournament,” he told the federal court in Brooklyn, New York.The most high-profile defendant is Jose Maria Marin, 85, former president of Brazil’s Football Confederation — the sport’s organizing body in one of the premier soccer-playing nations in the world.Since extradition after his 2015 arrest by Swiss police in a five-star hotel, he has been out on bail, living in luxury at Trump Tower, the Fifth Avenue skyscraper best known for housing the penthouse and company headquarters of the US president.Also in the dock is former FIFA vice president Juan Angel Napout, 59, and Manuel Burga, who led soccer in Peru until 2014 and once served as a FIFA development committee member.All three have pleaded not guilty.– ‘Cheated the sport’ –last_img read more