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His Mercedes team-mate – and defending drivers’ champion – Lewis Hamilton was second.The race was halted after a huge crash for Fernando Alonso – who walked away unhurt.The next race is in Bahrain in a fortnight – and the much-criticised new qualifying system has already been scrapped.
PITTSBURGH >> The Dodgers appear on the cover of the new edition of Sports Illustrated, Yasiel Puig dumping Gatorade on a jubilant Justin Turner after a recent victory with the headline “Best. Team. Ever?”The cover appearance might or might not be a good thing – there is a well-worn myth of an SI cover jinx.“It’s not going to be like that this year,” Puig said through an interpreter. “It’s not going to be about a goat or a donkey or anything like what happened in Chicago.”Puig was referring to the curse of the billy goat, blamed for 108 years of Chicago Cub ineptitude and disappointment. The Dodgers outfielder had a simple remedy to overcome the cover jinx. “I guess we have to keep winning games like that and throwing Gatorade on each other so we can have more pictures like that,” he said.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he does believe in jinxes. Just not that one.“The only jinx I believe in is – what’s that video game jinx?” he said. “Madden – if you’re on the cover of Madden, heads up. You’re in trouble.”A number of injuries have befallen the player chosen to appear on the cover of the Madden NFL video game over the years. Most recently, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was on the cover of Madden NFL ’17 and suffered a series of injuries ruining his season last year.No means no Right-hander Yu Darvish and left-hander Clayton Kershaw threw back-to-back bullpen sessions before Wednesday’s game with Roberts and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt among those watching.Darvish has worked with Honeycutt on some mechanical adjustments in his delivery during two throwing sessions this week. He will come off the DL to start on Sunday in Los Angeles.“He feels healthy. He looks strong and the execution was really good,” Roberts said. “With the back or whatever, it might have been not allowing him to be as effective with his pitch mix. I think that’s been cleaned up.”Meanwhile, Kershaw’s latest throwing session was followed by private discussions among the Dodgers’ decision-makers and Kershaw. Roberts acknowledged that Kershaw has tried to convince them that he should pitch Saturday in Los Angeles rather than make a rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City. The Dodgers do not have a starter for Saturday with Alex Wood on the DL. A bullpen game started by long reliever Ross Stripling is the most likely option at this point.“The encouraging thing is he came out of it feeling good about things, obviously wanting to pitch for us on Saturday,” Roberts said. “But we’re going to stick with the plan and have him pitch for OKC on Saturday.”Earlier this week, Kershaw said he has felt healthy enough to be pitching in major-league games for 10 days and bemoaned the need for a rehab assignment.“You can’t simulate a big-league game. You’ve just got to go do it,” Kershaw said. “Even a rehab game. You’ve just got to go pitch in the big leagues.”Kershaw has not pitched in a big-league game since leaving after two innings on July 23 with a lower back strain. The Dodgers have spent most of the time since then holding him back, preferring to proceed with caution in his recovery with the awareness that there is no compelling reason in the standings for him to be pitching now.That reasoning appears to be lost on Kershaw.“For us, the luxury of being able to take the long view – and Clayton’s health being No. 1 – is really the best thing for all of us,” Roberts said. “He’s earned that respect of having that conversation. … So we went through a lot of scenarios and reasons why and why he shouldn’t. And I think caution won out.”Asked if Kershaw nonetheless remains unconvinced, Roberts smiled and said, “Probably.”Award winnersTriple-A right-hander Walker Buehler and Class-A catcher Keibert Ruiz were named winners of the Branch Rickey awards as the Dodgers’ minor-league pitcher and player of the year for 2017.One of the top pitching prospects in baseball, Buehler has gone from Class-A to Triple-A this season, his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery. In 24 combined appearances at three levels, Buehler has gone 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA, 117 strikeouts and 29 walks in 83 innings. He is a potential September call-up with the Dodgers.Ruiz, only 19, was signed out of Venezuela in 2014 and went from Class-A Great Lakes to Rancho Cucamonga of the Cal League this year. He has hit .329 with eight home runs and 49 RBI in 92 games at both levels.AlsoRight-hander Brock Stewart was returned to Triple-A Oklahoma City following his start against the Pirates on Tuesday. Catcher Kyle Farmer was recalled Wednesday.Team Japan from the Little League World Series is expected to attend Thursday’s game at PNC Park and possibly meet with Darvish, but Kenta Maeda is scheduled to fly back to Los Angeles on Thursday (in advance of his start Friday). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error