Trevor Richards, former substitute teacher, brewery employee, strikes out 10, out-pitches Clayton Kershaw

Trevor Richards’ résumé lists previous employment as a substitute teacher and a brewery worker. Now he can add strikeout artist.

The Miami Marlins right-hander struck out a career-high 10 and out-pitched three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw in Miami’s 8-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“It was great to have our full bench back. Freddie back out there with the guys,” DeRozan said. “Just a testament to what they did all year.”

Pascal Siakam had 11 points and eight rebounds and used his length to hound Wall, while VanVleet was a pest to Beal.

Jakob Poeltl and C.J. Miles each scored seven. It was VanVleet’s 3-pointer with center Marcin Gortat in his face that tied the game at 78, and Miles’ 3 with about 8 1/2 minutes remaining that gave Toronto its first lead of more than a single point, at 84-80.

“I’m still looking for that manual that says you can’t play that second unit. They’re too young. They’re too this. They’re too that,” Casey said. “They closed it out for us tonight.”

The home team had won each of the first five games, but the Raptors were finally able to break that road hex. The East’s No. 1 seed will face LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers or the Indiana Pacers next. The Pacers forced a Game 7 on Sunday by avoiding elimination with a 121-87 victory over the Cavs on Friday night.

Asked whether he has a preference for the upcoming opponent, DeRozan answered with one word: “No.”

This marks the Raptors’ third consecutive trip to the second round of the playoffs; they last failed to get that far in 2015, when they were swept in the opening round by the Wizards.

Ducharme, 45, has built an impressive resume in junior hockey and may be seen as a potential future replacement for Canadiens head coach Claude Julien.

Ducharme coached 10 years in the QMJHL with Halifax and Drummondville. In 2013, he took a Mooseheads team that included future Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon and Canadiens winger Jonathan Drouin to a Memorial Cup title, as well as winning the QMJHL coach of the year award. He moved to Drummondville in 2016 to be closer to his family.

Ducharme coached Canada twice at the world juniors, winning silver in 2017 and gold in 2018.dolphins_095

Here’s a scary thought: Clayton Kershaw has added to his arsenal

Less is often more, so it is a delicate endeavor when making additions to perceived greatness.

Would Disneyland really be better with an extreme roller-coaster? Would golf’s U.S. Open benefit from hostile Ryder Cup crowds? Should In-N-Out Burger offer bacon for its double-doubles?

But the playoffs are a Buster Posey Jersey completely different thing, and 37,762 Cleveland fans embraced the opportunity to emote on the big stage Thursday night. They got all dressed up in red, waved red towels and willed their team to a 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.

Several Cleveland players have attributed the team’s regular-season success at home to a roster-wide comfort level at Progressive Field. In the series opener against Boston, the Indians looked more inspired than comfortable.

“It was awesome,” Indians closer Cody Allen Dave Dravecky Jersey said. “The only thing a lot of guys in this clubhouse are able to compare it to is the 2013 playoff game [against Tampa Bay], and then Opening Day every year. There are some nights in between when it gets packed and it gets crazy. But this was definitely a special atmosphere.”

“I kind of like his emotions. I like when I see a Yu Darvish that’s excited. I think that’s when we get his best,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “Look, this is a pitcher that’s an extremely accomplished pitcher. I feel comfortable with where he’s at mentally, physically.

Some additions make more sense than others.

Clayton Kershaw is starting to tinker with what some believe is the best arsenal of pitches in the game. The bacon to his new pitch mix is something of a three-quarter delivery that the Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace sprinkles in every so often for a little flavor.

Kershaw already gave hitters enough to deal with as it was: a precise fastball, a 12 o’clock-6 o’clock curveball and a sweeping slider. Now there is this, that little doubt that creeps into the back of your mind and only grows stronger, like when the plane takes off for vacation and you can’t remember if you’ve turned off the stove.

That’s really all you can say about a pitcher who gave up six hits and seven runs — six earned — in 3? innings, which just happened to be the shortest start of Hamels’ postseason career.

Pirates place Gerrit Cole on 60-day DL with inflamed right elbow

The Pittsburgh Pirates placed pitcher Gerrit Cole on the 60-day disabled list Tuesday with a right elbow injury, effectively ending his season.

The team announced his injury as right elbow posterior inflammation. Cole returned to the mound Monday after missing three weeks, and he gave up five runs on four hits and four walks in two innings of a 6-2 loss to Philadelphia.

In the big picture, Cole’s health and future are of vital importance to the Pittsburgh organization. Last year, Cole graduated to the ranks of baseball’s elite starters when he finished among the National League’s top 10 in wins (19), innings (208), ERA (2.60), WHIP (1.09) and strikeouts (202). He fanned Mike Trout in the All-Star Game and finished fourth behind Jake Arrieta, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in Cy Young Award balloting.

Right-hander Lance McCullers, meanwhile, hasn’t thrown off a mound as he tries to come back from a sprained elbow suffered Aug. 2.

“It’s going to depend on where we’re at as a team and where they’re at,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Monday, according to the Houston Chronicle. “Our idea is to continue positive progress with these guys and not set a timeline or a necessary deadline for them to have to meet. Otherwise we’ll threaten further injury. One more setback for any of these guys, and it’s over.”

Keuchel, 28, won 20 games and the Cy Young last season for an Astros team that advanced to the division series, losing to the eventual World Series champion Royals. McCullers, 22, was counted on to be a big part of the Astros this season after an encouraging rookie campaign.

Astros starters are struggling at the wrong time. Houston is 3? games out of the second wild card and 4-6 in its past 10 games. Hinch acknowledged that the team is walking a tightrope with the two pitchers.

“They’re not doing enough to be ruled in or out,” Hinch said, according to the newspaper. “McCullers is the closest guy, but you can play catch all you want — until you get on the mound, it’s when you really get serious about pitching. Keuchel’s not throwing yet, so there’s certainly some concern on both of theirs for different reasons because of where we are on the schedule, but we’ll go day-to-day.”

Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen finishes off win with 3-run HR after father’s death

“Getting out of those situations had a lot to do with the defense,” Adleman said.

Bud Norris (6-10) gave up six runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings in his first start since July 31 because of a back strain. He struck out three and walked four while lasting fewer than five innings for the 10th time in 17 starts this season.

The Reds wasted no time pouncing on Norris, who had trouble with the pitching mound while warming up for the first inning and needed some maintenance. The first five batters reached base, four with hits, including Votto’s blast over the center-field wall for his 20th home run of the season.

“A big piece of clay came out,” Norris said about the mound issue. “They came out and fixed it. It was always there, but it’s not really an excuse. It didn’t go my way.”

The Reds sent nine batters to the plate while knocking Norris out in their three-run fourth. He walked Tucker Barnhart intentionally to get to Adleman with two outs and Eugenio Suarez on second. The pitcher crossed him up with a two-run double up the right-center field gap.

Lorenzen hit his first career home run in the seventh. He had to be prodded by his teammates as the crowd of 28,184 pleaded for a curtain call.

“The Lorenzen home run was emotional for all of us,” manager Bryan Price said. “If you stay in this game long enough, you still think you won’t see anything like that. It was so improbable. It was majestic and poetic The emotions were palpable and got stronger when he got to the dugout. The curtain call showed there was some awareness in the crowd.”


LHP Julio Urias will start for the Dodgers in Sunday’s third game of the series. Urias is 3-2 with a 4.41 ERA in 12 overall appearances, including 10 starts, the last on Aug. 8 against Philadelphia in Los Angeles. Sunday’s starter previously had been listed as “to be announced.”


Votto’s homer gives him seven 20-homer seasons with the Reds, tying him with Adam Dunn and George Foster for fifth on the Reds’ list of players with seasons of 20 or more home runs. His four RBIs give him 700 in his career.


The fans in the left field corner gave LF Tony Renda a standing ovation after he slammed into the wall on consecutive fly balls in the second inning. The ball was knocked loose for a double the first time, but he hung on to the second drive, earning the applause.


Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill, on the disabled list since July 18 with a left middle finger blister, threw 75 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday at the Dodgers’ spring training facility. Roberts said Hill most likely will be activated next week.

Reds: OF Adam Duvall missed his fourth consecutive start on Friday after fouling a ball off of his left instep on Monday. He was available to pinch-hit.


Dodgers: LHP Brett Anderson (0-1) is scheduled to make his second start of the season after making his 2016 debut last Sunday after recovering from herniated disk surgery. He is 2-0 with a 2.13 ERA in two career starts against Cincinnati.

Reds: LHP Brandon Finnegan (7-9) lost a complete-game 1-0 decision to Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers on May 23 in Los Angeles.

CINCINNATI — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw missed his teammates so much that he flew from Los Angeles to Cincinnati just to work out with them.

The injured left-hander threw on flat ground Friday before their game against the Reds, the last step before he throws off a mound in the bullpen for the first time in more than a month.

“I feel good so far,” said Kershaw, who has been sidelined since June 26 with a herniated disk. “It’s a one-step-at-a-time thing. I throw a bullpen [session] tomorrow. That’s another step. I’ve been throwing for the last week and a half, and I haven’t had any problems.”

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was as happy to see Kershaw as Kershaw was to be with the team.

“He’s in good spirits,” Roberts said. “Part of it is because he’s healthy and part of it is getting back with his teammates and getting reacquainted.”

The three-time National League Cy Young Award winner and 2014 Most Valuable Player is expected to pitch off a mound Saturday for the first time since throwing in a simulated game July 16. That step followed an aggressive rehab program and aggravated his symptoms, leading to a complete shutdown.