Turner hits three homers, Ryu tosses a Maddux as Dodgers trounce Braves

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Most mornings a guy hitting three home runs would lead the baseball news. Most mornings a pitcher tossing a complete game shutout on only 93 pitches would lead the baseball news too. Last night both of those things happened in the same game but didn’t lead the news. Which was understandable given that Mike Fiers tossed a no-hitter, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about it now.

The guy who hit the three homers: Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, who went 4-for-5 with six RBI. His homers were two solo shots and a three-run blast, which he accompanied with an RBI single.

Some Turner highlights:

The guy who tossed the 93-pitch shutout: Hyun-Jin Ryu. It was Ryu’s third career complete game and his second career shutout, but none of those were as efficient or as dominant as this one. The 93 pitches make this a “Maddux,” you may recall. Appropriate as Maddux pitched for both of these clubs in his career. Not that it makes the Braves feel any better.

Ryu had some defensive help too. Max Muncy flashed some leather at second base, making a diving stop of a ball in shallow right field. Later, deeper in right, Cody Bellinger made this play:

Not bad for a guy who had to move out there because of a bum shoulder.

Just a fantastic night for the Dodgers, who won 9-0. Which is the same score that is registered if a team forfeits. Maybe the Braves should’ve.

 

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.