Feb 20

The next group of six got underway with Oleksii Bychenko of Israel, and he unseated Tanaka for first.

His countryman, Danel Samohin, posted a 251.44 total to take over second place. Then it was Nathan Chen of the United States.

Chen started with a quadruple lutz, then a quad flip double toeloop, a very strong start to his routine. A quad flip and a pair of quad toeloops gave way to the quad salchow, giving him all five of his of quad jumps. Chen’s short program was a disappointment, but his free skate was beautiful. He posted a free skate score of 215.08, giving him a 297.35 overall, easily in first place for the time being.

The last time McCullers pitched, he plunked four Dodgers in the first three innings of Game 7 of the World Series. He said catchers don’t come to the mound to talk about the weather.

You think I want to break rhythm and tempo during a game to talk about signs behind my glove? he said. No, it’s a necessary reaction to an issue we, as pitchers and catcher, are facing. I guess enforcing the integrity by hitting batters is better than an extra 4 minutes to discuss signs.

Silver described several reasons why the league has considered getting rid of the one-and-done rule, which prevents athletes from entering the NBA Draft until they’re 19, or one year removed from high school. For top American prospects, that year is almost always spent playing college basketball. Any decision the league makes about the rule would come with input from the NCAA, too.

If I have to do it in the outfield to get just one more game, I’ll do it. . LHP P.J. Conlon, among the young pitchers seeking a bullpen spot, impressed when he threw changeups to lefty-hitting Jay Bruce in batting practice. It’s kind of been my pitch for the last two seasons, Conlon said. When I started to come out of the `pen last year, I made it a goal of mine to start throwing it against lefties more.

This roster is bad. That’s not a slight against any of the players on it, as much as it probably sounds like one. Almost the entire American team is comprised of fringy minor league players who might have — in the past — gotten called upon for spot NHL duty when players ahead of them on organizational depth charts were injured.

Some, like defenseman Matt Gilroy, were excellent college players, and others, like winger Chris Bourque, have filled nets in the American Hockey League, the NHL’s top minor league. Some had decent and even good NHL careers, once upon a time. Captain Brian Gionta had a nice run and was a key part of a more substantive U.S. Olympic team … in 2006. He’s had a great run, but he’s also 5’7 and now 39 years old.bears_081

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