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.

Masahiro Tanaka to throw off a mound this weekend

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Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound — is in Tanaka’s immediate future.

Tanaka is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday, which will be his first real (well, fake real) pitching action since the June 9th injury. Assuming the session goes well, Tanaka is expected to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early-to-mid July. With the All-Star break coming the week of July 16, it would not be hard to imagine the Yankees giving him a few extra days to get right.

Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 73/19 in 72.2 innings on the season.