Bayern Munich pulled off a stunning turnaround in their Champions League quarter-final last night.They beat Porto 6-1, which made up for a 3-1 reverse in the first leg, and meant a 7-4 aggregate win for the Germans.Barcelona beat Paris St Germain 2-0, which is 5-1 over the two games. In tonight’s action, the two Madrid teams are 0-0 overall ahead of Real hosting the second leg, while Juventus have a 1-0 advantage heading into their game at Monaco.Both of tonight’s games kick off at 7.45.
ANAHEIM >> JC Ramirez seemed to be on his way to his second consecutive strong start to finish an otherwise difficult month.Then the Dodgers abused him in a way they’ve been abusing pitchers all month. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The barrage of homers turned the night quickly for Ramirez. The Angels’ starter had allowed just one unearned run in the first four innings.After Utley’s homer, the second solo shot of the fifth, made it 3-1, the Dodgers had enough runs, with Clayton Kershaw on the mound.The Dodgers ace was sharp, as usual, allowing just an unearned run in seven innings. He allowed three hits and struck out 12.“Tonight was another step in the right direction,” Kershaw said. “I threw everything pretty decently, a few fastball mistakes but overall I’ll take tonight for sure.”In the fifth inning, he narrowly missed what would have been his first career “immaculate” inning: three strikeouts on nine pitches. He struck out the first two batters on six pitches, but his 0-and-2 pitch to Cliff Pennington was just high. He struck Pennington out on his 10th pitch of the inning.That was a decisive shutdown inning in between the two innings in which the Dodgers grabbed a comfortable lead.In the sixth, Justin Turner singled and Cody Bellinger doubled. With one out, Pederson hit a hanging slider over the right-field fence, extending the lead to 6-1.Ramirez said he couldn’t get his curve to work, which left him in a difficult spot, forced to only use his slider and sinker to lefties. Both break in to the lefties.“I just couldn’t get ahead with my curveball,” Ramirez said. “I tried everything I could, but I didn’t have it today. That was a game-changer for me.”The record-breaking 50th homer – with one game left this month, on Friday in San Diego – was Pederson’s sixth homer in the past 16 games, since he returned from a concussion.Two batters later, Puig hit a ball off Ramirez’s leg, and that ended his night.Ramirez was charged with six runs in 5-2/3 innings, ending a June in which he posted a 7.04 ERA. Ramirez had struggled for most of the month, but he felt he had turned a corner when he gave up one run in six innings last time out, against the Boston Red Sox. The rough month has raised his season ERA from 3.38 to 4.60.“It’s been pretty hard,” Ramirez said. “I hope July will come with good things.”Ramirez would have needed to be at his very best to outduel Kershaw.The only run the Angels scored against the left-hander came courtesy of two Dodgers mistakes.After Kershaw faced the minimum nine Angels in the first three innings, he gave up a leadoff single to Cameron Maybin in the fourth. Left fielder Trayce Thompson muffed the ball, though, allowing Maybin to take an extra 90 feet to get into scoring position. Kole Calhoun then moved him to third with a ground ball.With the infield drawn in, Albert Pujols hit a routine grounder to shortstop Corey Seager. Maybin was going on contact, forcing Seager to make a quick, accurate throw. His throw was up the first-base line, and Maybin slid home safely.The Angels didn’t sniff another run while Kershaw was in the game.“As good as he was early, he turned it up a couple notches,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He just has that ability where sometimes things might not go right, and the great pitchers that I’ve seen have a way of taking it into their own hands and ramping up the intensity.”After Kershaw was out, the Angels threatened. In the eighth, they had the potential tying run at the plate. With one out, Manager Mike Scioscia called on Luis Valbuena to pinch-hit with the bases loaded against Brandon Morrow, picking him even though he had Andrelton Simmons available. Valbuena struck out.Scioscia explained that he liked the matchup with Valbuena there, because he had the potential to draw a walk – he swung at a 3-and-1 pitch that might have been ball four – or hit a homer. Scioscia also said he had other plans for Simmons.“We just never got to some of the things that could happen,” Scioscia said.It is possible that Scioscia wanted to save Simmons to bat against closer Kenley Jansen if the inning had continued. Simmons is 3 for 5 with a homer in his career against Jansen.Jansen came in and finished the eighth, retiring Martin Maldonado on a long flyout, and then the Angels didn’t get a baserunner against him in the ninth. Yasiel Puig, Chase Utley and Joc Pederson hit homers in a span of eight batters, snapping a tie in the Dodgers’ 6-2 victory over the Angels on Thursday night before a divided, raucous sellout crowd of 44,807 at Angel Stadium.The Dodgers raised their June homer total to 50, most for any month in franchise history. They broke the record of 49, set by the Brooklyn Dodgers in two separate months in 1953.“I think we have a lot of good hitters,” Pederson said. “Hitting’s contagious.”
With 12 games on Thursday’s MLB schedule — only two of which take place in the afternoon — it’s a relatively big day on daily fantasy baseball slates. However, our SP rankings fall off in a hurry, revealing only a handful of desirable options, most of which are high priced. Picking the right sleepers for your DraftKings and FanDuel contests will require taking some risks.Two boom-or-bust candidates are Julio Urias (@ Giants) and Framber Valdez (@ Yankees). Both have great stuff, but Urias isn’t expected to go deep into the game, serving as a glorified opener, while Valdez will face a Yankees lineup that figures to be much tougher than its ranking vs. lefties thanks to the recent “additions” of Giancarlo Stanton and Edwin Encarnacion. MORE THURSDAY MLB: DFS picksToday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Pitcher Rankings: Thursday, June 20RankPitcherTeamOpponentOpp. wRC+ vs. LHP (rank)Opp. wRC+ vs. RHP (rank)FDDK1Charlie MortonRays@ A’sN/A96 (15th)$10,500$11,3002Jake OdorizziTwins@ RoyalsN/A92 (16th)$10,000$10,8003Mike MinorRangersvs. Indians89 (T-19th)N/A$9,100$8,9004Shane BieberIndians@ RangersN/A103 (11th)$9,700$9,3005Robbie RayD-backsvs. Rockies99 (T-12th)N/A$8,900$8,4006Frankie MontasA’svs. RaysN/A111 (T-6th)$9,300$10,0007Madison BumgarnerGiants@ Dodgers109 (8th)N/A$8,400$9,2008Nick PivettaPhillies@ NationalsN/A86 (24th)$7,700$8,2009Julio UriasDodgersvs. Giants67 (30th)N/A$7,000$8,00010Framber ValdezAstros@ Yankees81 (T-25th)N/A$7,400$7,10011Adam WainwrightCardinalsvs. MarlinsN/A75 (29th)$8,000$7,50012Jimmy NelsonBrewersvs. RedsN/A81 (T-25th)$6,500$7,70013Dylan BundyOrioles@ MarinersN/A109 (8th)$7,300$7,60014Tanner RoarkReds@ BrewersN/A101 (12th)$7,100$6,50015Erick FeddeNationalsvs. PhilliesN/A89 (20th)$5,900$5,30016Jose SuarezAngels@ Blue Jays81 (T-25th)N/A$6,300$8,50017Zac GallenMarlins@ CardinalsN/A91 (T-17th)$7,000$7,30018Jeff HoffmanRockies@ D-backsN/A88 (21st)$6,000$5,00019Tyler ChatwoodCubsvs. MetsN/A97 (T-13th)$5,500$4,60020Clayton RichardBlue Jaysvs. Angels102 (11th)N/A$5,600$5,20021Wade LeBlanc (PLR)Marinersvs. Orioles87 (T-23rd)N/A$6,700$5,80022Glenn SparkmanRoyalsvs. TwinsN/A118 (1st)$5,700$4,20023Walker LockettMets@ CubsN/A106 (T-9th)$5,500$6,80024Chad Green (O)Yankeesvs. AstrosN/A113 (5th)$5,500$5,00025Gershon Bautista (O)Marinersvs. OriolesN/A81 (T-25th)N/A$4,000wRC+ is defined by Fangraphs as “[measuring] how a player’s wRC compares with league average after controlling for park effects. League average for position players is 100, and every point above 100 is a percentage point above league average. For example, a 125 wRC+ means a player created 25% more runs than a league average hitter would have in the same number of plate appearances. Similarly, every point below 100 is a percentage point below league average, so a 80 wRC+ means a player created 20% fewer runs than league average.” For more on the stat, click here. Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNAdam Wainwright (vs. Marlins), Nick Pivetta (@ Nationals), and Jimmy Nelson (vs. Reds) all have decent matchups on paper, but Pivetta is the only one pitching well right now (and not coming off a recent injury). Don’t be surprised to see delays in the Astros-Yankees and Phillies-Nationals games. Check the Fantasy Alarm Weather Center closer to lineup lock for the latest weather reports.
Handball team of B&H achieved the second win for the qualifications in the World Cup 2015 in Qatar.The team with the coach Dragan Marković won against Portugal, with a result 31:29 in Sarajevo, although the Portuguese team played better the first half of the match, which ended in a victory of the guests (14:13). The B&H team managed to reach the turning point and the victory by the end of the match, when the Portuguese team had two players less.In the second qualifying match of Group 5, Latvia won against Estonia, with a result 35:25. Latvians have the same number of points as B&H, but due to a better goal difference, they are in the first place of the list.The qualifications will continue in January 2014, and the winner of the group will get the group’s performance in the barrage.(Source: Fena)