COMMENT LIVE TV First Published: 10th August, 2020 11:13 IST WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News Stephen Strasburg’s 2020 debut for the Nationals unraveled in a five-run fifth inning Sunday, when the World Series MVP allowed six consecutive batters to reach base before being lifted, and Washington’s game against the Baltimore Orioles was suspended in the top of the sixth after the grounds crew had trouble unrolling the tarp during a rain delay.Baltimore led 5-2 when play was interrupted by a shower. It will resume Friday at Baltimore, where the teams already were supposed to open a three-game series, meaning the Orioles will try to finish off this three-game sweep at Nationals Park while at Camden Yards.The bad weather lasted only about 20 minutes, but the game was held up for a total of more than two hours before it was called, while attempts were made to make the soaked infield dirt playable.After a while, umpires Laz Diaz, the crew chief, and Tim Timmons came out to inspect the field, pointing cell phones toward the ground to take photos, it appeared. They spoke for a bit with Orioles manager Brandon Hyde at the edge of the outfield grass, then walked over near the visiting dugout to chat with Nationals GM Mike Rizzo.About a half-hour later came the announcement of a suspension.Strasburg missed his first two starts of the season because of a nerve issue with his throwing hand, and while the Nationals pronounced him 100% ready to go — “He’s completely past it. He wouldn’t be on the mound today if he wasn’t,” Rizzo said a half-hour before the game — the righty didn’t look that way in the key inning.Baltimore strung together a double, four singles and a walk, including Hanser Alberto’s two-run double and Anthony Santander’s two-run single.The walk came on just four pitches, and Strasburg vigorously shook his right hand after the last, then used his glove to wave off manager Dave Martinez and a team trainer, who both emerged from the dugout.At that point, the game was still scoreless. Eventually — five runs later — Martinez went out there to lift the ace, who threw 69 pitches.Starlin Castro’s first homer for the Nationals made it 5-2 in the fifth.Soon thereafter, the rain came.Rizzo said there haven’t been any discussions with ownership about his contract, which expires after this season. “But I’m not worried about it. They’ll take care of it when they deem themselves ready to take care of it,” Rizzo said. “So I haven’t given it much thought.” Asked what the timeline might be for discussing the status of Martinez, whose contract includes a club option for 2021 that hasn’t been exercised, Rizzo responded: “I don’t have a timeline, but Davey is deserving of one. He’s earned it. He’s a great representative of the Washington Nationals.”Baltimore claimed RHP Jorge López off waivers from the Kansas City Royals, who designated him for assignment Friday. The 27-year-old right-hander has a 27.00 ERA in 2020 after giving up two runs while getting two outs in his lone outing for Kansas City.Orioles: C Pedro Severino was out of the lineup because his left hand was sore after he was hit by a pitch there in the ninth inning Saturday night. … SS José Iglesias was given a day off before the team’s scheduled off-day Monday so he could get 48 hours to rest his left quadriceps muscle, which has been a lingering issue this season.Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer, who left his last start after one inning because of a bothersome right hamstring, is slated to take his next scheduled turn, Tuesday at the New York Mets. “We are not making any firm announcement, but I would imagine he is going to take the mound on Tuesday,” Rizzo said.Orioles: Open a three-game series at the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.Nationals: Will play away from Washington for the first time in 2020, taking a train New York for a four-game series at the Mets that opens Monday with Nationals LHP Patrick Corbin (1-0, 3.00 ERA) on the mound. That will be followed by series at Baltimore and Atlanta. The Nationals originally were supposed to head to Miami for three games starting July 31, but that series was postponed because of the Marlins’ COVID-19 outbreak.(Image credit: AP) Written By Last Updated: 10th August, 2020 11:13 IST Strasburg Hit Hard In Debut; O’s-Nats Suspended After Rain Stephen Strasburg’s 2020 debut for the Nationals unraveled in a five-run fifth inning Sunday, when the World Series MVP allowed six consecutive batters to reach base before being lifted, and Washington’s game against the Baltimore Orioles was suspended in the top of the sixth after the grounds crew had trouble unrolling the tarp during a rain delay. SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US
The City is, perhaps, before its last great opportunity in time to conquer the Champions League, the black hole that has swallowed it in these years of wine and roses. Only once did he reach the semifinals, in 2016, and Madrid dispatched him. In the last two editions he fell in quarters. Now, in addition, it does not have the mockery of the Premier, because it is 22 points from Liverpool.Madrid arrives at the gala, after recovering Sterling, falls in the last two games, and the author of 20 goals in the course, only one less than the pichichi Agüero. The two more De Bruyne, eight goals and 19 assists, form the magic triangle of the team, with Rodri as the axis of rotation and Fernandinho happily recycled as central.Mendy and ValverdeMore posts dance in a Madrid to which he returns Mendy, saved his threat of suspension for the Classic. He has played all the important games of the course ahead of Marcelo and with a statistical justification: With him, the team fits half of goals. Actually, Zidane waves the team during the course to arrive with his praetorian guard to the truth meetings. That is why Valverde is expected today, headline in the Classic, in the two duels against Atlético, in the Super Cup against Valencia and in all the large commitments from October, when he acquired rank, except for the one in Madrid He played against Sevilla at the Bernabéu. I was sanctioned. So, fallen Hazard, there are three free places, two midfielders and an attacker, with Modric, Kroos and Isco for the first vacancy, and Bale and Vinicius for the second. The Brazilian has only started ten times but is again the bubbly end of last season. Bale, however, is missing. He has scored three goals in Madrid in the last eleven months, but Zidane is still waiting for him to come back, more clinging to his resume than his figure.The City, what finished leader in a simple group (Shakhtar, Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta), he plays under the Guardiola mold, but without Messi’s nuclear button (the only time he lost in the Bernabéu in eight visits, with Bayern, it was the only time he came without the Argentine). He is five points ahead of Madrid in possession, but shoots five times less per game. In return, he has managed to get less than anyone in the competition. That was Madrid until two weeks ago, a team that protected itself with the lack of another’s goal of the own famine (in Champions they have not yet scored Jovic, Hazard, Bale, Lucas, Isco, James …). The Real broke that high confidence, which requires an express recomposition, because the Champions does not include the right of rectification. First was the money and then the model. Twelve years ago Mansour bin Zayed, fifth son of Emir Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyad, first Emirati president, He bought Manchester City from former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The Sheikh, Minister of Presidential Affairs of the Arab Emirates, President of the Horse Racing Authority of the country, husband of two sheikhs, owner of the largest yacht on the planet and personal friend of Barak Obama, He paid 360 million for 90% of the entity’s shares. That disbursement, which changed the life of a club that until then had only won two leagues, four cups and a Recopa, was the appetizer.Since then Mansour bin Zayed has spent 1,687 million in signings, at the rate of 153 a year, and has been replanting, in its own way, the winning formula of Barça. Thus, Ferran Soriano, ex-president culé with Laporta, arrived; Txiki Begiristain, former sports director, and finally, Pep Guardiola, with which he has won the last two leagues. An unthinkable growth for a club that only 22 years ago was in the third division. But at the same time an artificial growth, fueled by money outside the industry against which the industry was vaccinated (the fair play financial statement) to prevent cases such as Malaga, victim of a sheikh back and forth.To the tie (follow the game live on As.com) arrives with a terrible penalty in tow (two years outside Europe) for inflating sponsorship revenue in the 2012-2016 period and for obstructing UEFA’s investigation. The Etihad Emihad airline pays for appearing on its shirt 80 million a year, above what Madrid (70) or Barça (55) perceive, clubs with infinitely superior marketing. Uli Hoeness, then president of Bayern, said two years ago: “If Guardiola wants a 100 million player, the sheikh raises the gas and has it. “But behind that dark club architecture is a successful coach and a great team, very luxurious, valued at 1,290 million euros, more than any other in the world. For the eleven who played at home against Leicester on Saturday he paid 546 million in transfers. The Madrid lineup, which is not precisely a model of savings, given the I raised It was 237 cheaper.