VERO BEACH, Fla. – Wilson Betemit carried an .077 spring batting average into Thursday’s Grapefruit League game with Florida. But that meager early showing notwithstanding, the man who is expected to be the Dodgers’ opening-day third baseman apparently doesn’t need to worry about his job security. For one thing, Betemit is out of minor-league options, and Dodgers officials still believe strongly enough that he is capable of developing into a dependable power hitter they aren’t willing to risk losing on the waiver wire. Betemit, who wasn’t in the lineup Thursday, has been working extensively in the indoor batting cages with hitting coach Eddie Murray and special instructor Manny Mota. “Right now, I’m feeling better from both sides,” Betemit said. “I’m trying to be more aggressive at the plate. That’s what I have to do every day, go up there and get my pitch and swing the bat. I know I can hit here, but things like this happen. You can’t go 5 for 5 every day. But you always have to make adjustments and do better.” Second base prospect Tony Abreu has caught Little’s eye this spring. Abreu went 3 for 4 with a single, double and home run in Wednesday’s win over the Marlins. He entered Thursday batting .417 (5 for 12). “He has come a long way since last spring,” Little said. “You can see the strength he has added in one year’s time, and that has helped him a lot. He also had a very good winter ball season in the Dominican Republic. He has gained a lot of confidence and a lot of strength, and that is a good combination.” Betemit also showed signs on Wednesday night, when he had what Dodgers manager Grady Little felt were two quality at-bats in the second inning. He flied to left batting left-handed off Gaby Hernandez, and in the fourth he flied to right batting right off Aaron Thompson. “I know he did, just from the way he stayed back and hit both balls,” Little said. “I think it’s a confidence thing with him. He just needs to get going and get untracked. I don’t have a lot of worries about him.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Borussia Dortmund Bosz sure Aubameyang will break Dortmund dry spell Jamie Smith Last updated 2 years ago 02:29 11/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bongarts Borussia Dortmund Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund v APOEL APOEL UEFA Champions League Despite the Gabon star drawing a blank in three successive appearances, his coach is sure the goals will return sooner rather than later Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been backed by Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Bosz to break his dry spell after going three games without a goal.The Gabon international has hit 10 goals in 10 Bundesliga appearances this season, but he drew a blank in league games against Hannover and Eintracht Frankfurt, while he also failed to score in a 1-1 Champions League draw at APOEL.Aubameyang 4/5 to score v Bayern Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Dortmund host the Cypriot side in the return game on Wednesday knowing they will be eliminated if they lose and Tottenham and Real Madrid draw at Wembley in matchday four’s other Group H meeting.And under-fire Bosz, whose side have only beaten third-tier Magdeburg in the DFB-Pokal in their last five games in all competitions, believes Aubameyang will soon start firing again.”He has been very important to us,” Bosz told reporters on Tuesday. “If Aubameyang or a striker does not score goals in general then criticism will come in.”Then one will talk about it, but he works hard and the team plays well and gives him chances. Every striker will have one, two, three matches [without a goal], so I’m sure he’ll fix that quickly.”I still remember my first time walking into a stadium pic.twitter.com/dhlY7M1ez9— Mario Götze (@MarioGoetze) October 31, 2017Bosz has faced criticism for what is perceived to be an inflexible tactical system, but the Dutchman insists he does have a backup plan and retains hope Dortmund can qualify for the next phase of the Champions League, although the odds are against them after defeats against Spurs and Madrid.”If it is not over, you have to keep believing. If there is still a chance, even a small one, you have to try,” Bosz added.”But tomorrow’s game is important: we can work on our way of playing and on our confidence. A draw is not enough.”Of course we have a plan B. We have even played it already if you look closely. But I think it is right that we have spoken about and worked on plan A. If we had carried out plan A well, there wouldn’t be these questions.”We could see it was a difficult game for us at APOEL. But for me it is more important what we do on the pitch. It is important for us to put in a good performance tomorrow and that’s what we will focus on.”