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NEW YORK (AP) Fittingly http://www.officialbluejackets.com/authentic-adidas-zach-werenski-jersey , Liam Hendriks wore his cap backward. A reliever is going to start a teams postseason opener.A pitcher with no wins in the regular season.A pitcher cut from the 40-man roster in June who spent two months toiling in the minor leagues.A pitcher from Down Under who was happy to get medieval in New York.Instead of the starter going six and handing it over to the bullpen or going five and handing it over to the bullpen, now were just reversing it, Oaklands Australian right-hander said Tuesday, a day ahead of the Athletics AL wild card game against the New York Yankees.New Yorks Aaron Boone made a more conventional choice for his postseason game as a manager, picking Luis Severino over J.A. Happ and Masahiro Tanaka. Severino created a bullpen night in last years wild card game but not by design, lasting just one out and leaving with a three-run deficit against Minnesota in a game the Yankees rallied to win 8-4. Oakland manager Bob Melvin has been scrambling because of injuries to starting pitchers Jharel Cotton, Kendall Graveman, Sean Manaea, Paul Blackburn, Andrew Triggs and Daniel Gossett . Yet, the As finished second in the AL West at 97-65, their best record in 16 years, and their relievers went 45-16, the second-most bullpen wins in big league history behind Tampa Bays 54 this year.Theres been a struggle between old-school mentality and sabermetrics, and this is a way to kind of incorporate sabermetrics with effectiveness, Oakland closer Blake Treinen said. You cant say going a starter for seven innings is the best way. You cant say that going an opener is the best way. But this is whats going to work for us Authentic Alexander Radulov Jersey , and were going to ride it out, and we have full faith in whoever makes the decisions. Im excited to see what this game does because its kind of a first of its kind, and I think we all fully embrace that.Yankees reliever Zach Britton, a two-time All-Star reliever with Baltimore, said this new method was unfathomable just five years ago. Views started to change when the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians used bullpens in a non-traditional manner in the 2016 postseason. Tampa Bay was 46-38 with regular starters this year and 44-34 when opening with relievers.I think the data shows that its an effective way, Britton said. The hitters, theyre not able to get comfortable off a starter. Theres a new guy possibly every time you come to the plate. So its a good strategy, and you know why teams are starting to do it, because its effective.Hendriks, a 29-year-old in his third season with Oakland, started for Minnesota (2011-14) and Kansas City (2014) before Toronto converted him to the bullpen in 2015. He had a 7.36 ERA in 13 relief appearances this season when he was designated for assignment on June 25 to clear a roster spot for Edwin Jackson.Then 40-38, the As won their next six games and 11 of 13.Apparently Im a pariah, Hendriks said jokingly.After 21 appearances with Triple-A Nashville, he was brought back on Sept. 1 when active rosters expanded to 40. As Hendriks was checking into a hotel in Oakland that day, he received a telephone call from pitching coach Scott Emerson.By the way, youre going to start today Ben Bishop Jersey ,' Hendriks recalled Emerson telling him. I got to the field about an hour later, and it was kind of, Yep, were going to try this opening thing, see how it goes.'Hendriks was removed with the score 0-0 after 30 pitches and five outs, and Danny Coulombe allowed Ben Gamels two-run double. The As tied a club record by using nine pitchers in an 8-7 loss to Seattle. After that, Hendriks pitched seven shutout innings in his last seven starts, allowing four hits.His fastball velocity was 97 mph in September, up 3-4 mph from earlier this season.I think it was a big wake-up call for him, because he hadnt been in that position for quite a while, Melvin said of the demotion. Maybe a little bit more focused in what hes doing now.Hendriks received a text from Melvin at 10:58 a.m. informing him of the decision. The pitcher calls himself an opener, not a starter, and its unclear who will follow . The only starter expected to be on Oaklands roster Wednesday is Edwin Jackson.What is clear is Hendriks will be only the fourth pitcher to commence a postseason game after a regular season of no wins, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Virgil Trucks started twice for Detroit in the 1945 World Series after returning from World War II and making one regular-season appearance. Milwaukees Yovani Gallardo returned from a torn knee ligament in 2008 and St. Louis Chris Carpenter came back from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in 2012.After arriving in New York, Hendriks went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday.My wife wanted to go see the Heavenly Bodies exhibit, which was incredible http://www.officialstarsproonline.com/authentic-adidas-brett-ritchie-jersey , and then I was super ecstatic to see all the medieval armor because thats what I love, he said. I am reading a book now about the aftermath of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. So its all about medieval French and English and all of that. The Tampa Bay Lightning, missing Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Victor Hedman, will try and hang onto first place in the Atlantic Division when they face the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday.The Lightning (8-3-1) are 1-2-0 since Hedman sustained an upper body injury when he was hit by Ryan Reaves of the Vegas Golden Nights a week ago. Hedman is not expected to return until next week.In his absence, the Lightning lost to the Arizona Coyotes 7-1, defeated the New Jersey Devils 8-3 and lost to the Nashville Predators 4-1, the last two games at home.Article continues below ...Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek, a healthy scratch until Hedman was injured, has chipped in 15 minutes of ice time in the past three games to help the Lightning cope in Hedmans absence. He scored the Lightning goal against the Predators.It felt good, Koekkoek told the Tampa Bay Times. I have a lot of people doubting me. A lot of people who dont matter. It felt good for the people who do believe in me. My family, and the people who do matter.For us as a group, we kind of had to re-group and think about what we wanted to accomplish out there, veteran defenseman Braydon Coburn told The Times. Heddy brings so many different things to the table. Nobody is going to replace him. For us, playing our own game and working together as good partner duos is what we tried to accomplish together. We work for each other, and I thought we did that.The Lightning will be looking to capitalize on the chances they generate against the Canadiens. They outshot the Predators 43-24, but only managed the one goal by Koekkoek.The Canadiens (7-3-2) are in third place in the Atlantic Division and are coming off a newsworthy 6-4 home win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday.Canadiens rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi Adam Clendening Jersey Womens , the No. 3 pick in last summers draft, scored the first two goals of his NHL career against the Capitals. His second goal tied the game 4-4 at 16:56 of the third period and then Canadiens forwards Max Domi and Joel Armia scored two seconds apart, an NHL record for two fastest goals by one team, to give the Canadiens the win. Armias goal was into an empty net.That was pretty crazy, Kotkaniemi told NHL.com of the reception he got from the Canadiens fans. Ive never heard a crowd like that before. For me, it was the first time Ive heard the fans so loud, Canadiens forward Nicolas Deslauriers told montrealcanadiens.com. Ive always said its fun to play here and that the fans are loud, but (Thursday) was something special. It gave us even more energy. Thats why we often say we have the best fans. Things can change in any game and we saw it (Thursday).At the age of 18 years, 118 days, Kotkaniemi is the second-youngest player to score for the Canadiens (Mario Tremblay was 18 years, 75 days old when he scored his first goal for Montreal on Nov. 16, 1974, against the New York Rangers).I think he has a good attitude, Canadiens coach Claude Julien told the teams website regarding Kotkaniemi. In some cases there are players that put too much pressure on themselves. Its not the case with him. Hes a player with incredible skill and in the future will develop even more.He already has a certain obligation that comes with playing in the NHL and thats to show up every day. Hes doing that. All we ask of him is to do it, so he just has to keep it up.
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