Braves get to Hyun-Jin Ryu early, take 2-0 lead in NLDS Game 3 after one

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The Braves got the offense going early. Outfielder Justin Upton doubled with one out in the top of the first inning against Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu. Evan Gattis promptly knocked him in with a line drive single to center, putting the Braves up 1-0. After getting ahead in the count 0-2 to Brian McCann, Ryu walked him, putting runners at first and second for Chris Johnson. Johnson promptly singled to center, plating Gattis to put the Braves up 2-0 before starter Julio Teheran threw a pitch.

Ryu drew some attention earlier in the week when he wore a compression sleeve and threw a bullpen in front of team surgeon Neal ElAttrache, medical director Stan Conte, and manager Don Mattingly. Ryu, however, insisted he was fine and wold make his Game 3 start without a problem.

In the bottom of the first, Teheran worked around a lead-off single to Carl Crawford and a subsequent wild pitch, logging his first two strikeouts of the night in the process.

The first native Lithuanian in MLB history made his debut last night

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Why yes, it is a slow news day. But let’s not allow that to take away from some MLB history.

Last night a young man named Dovydas Neverauskas pitched in mopup duty for the Pirates, who were getting hammered by the Cubs. Mr. Neverauskas pitched two innings, allowing one run, making him, by default, the most effective pitcher the Pirates sent out there last night.

That’s good, but that’s not what makes it historic. What makes it historic is that Neverauskas is the first person born and raised in Lithuania to make the Majors. Here’s some back story on him from last year’s Futures Game.

Lithuania is known for producing basketball players. Now it has its first major leaguer. Whether he becomes baseball’s Arvydas Sabonis is an open question.

Bumgarner: dirt bike adventure was “definitely not the most responsible decision”

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Madison Bumgarner talked to the press yesterday about his dirt bike injury and its fallout.

While there is some speculation that the Giants may change their approach to Bumgarner’s contract situation at some point as a result of all of this, yesterday Bumgarner noted that the organization has been supportive as have his teammates. He said he apologized to them as well for an act he characterized as “definitely not the most responsible decision.”

As for the wreck itself, Bumgarner was a bit embarrassed to say that it wasn’t the result of doing anything cool or spectacular on the bike. Sounds like he probably just laid the thing down. Guess it makes no real difference given that he’s injured either way, but you’d hope to at least get a cool story out of it. Alas.

Here’s video of him talking to the press. The best and most accurate takeaway from it: when he says “it sucks.” Yep.