Press Association Three wins and a draw from their final seven games would be enough, and three of those remaining matches are at Old Trafford, with relegation-threatened Aston Villa and a Swansea side seemingly cruising towards the end of the season amongst the visitors. United visit Stoke on Sunday, with a trip to West Ham to follow on Wednesday. Victory in those matches would leave the Red Devils within touching distance of a record 20th championship, with Valencia eager to play some part after making only a fleeting appearance as a substitute against City. “They’re the manager’s decisions, but I was still a bit upset,” said Valencia. “In such an important game, to be not taken into account as a starter was upsetting.” Antonio Valencia has admitted Manchester United are “worried” about the potential for throwing away their massive advantage at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Manchester City’s win at Old Trafford on Monday has kept alive their slim hopes of retaining the title but it would still require a staggering sequence of results for United to lose their advantage. “We’re a little worried,” Valencia told Ecuadorian radio station Sonorama. “Last year, we were eight points with six games to go and we lost the league. Now it is 12 games and seven points, and we don’t want it to happen again.”
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error WASHINGTON, D.C. >> Now what?For the third time this season, the Dodgers turned to 19-year-old left-hander Julio Urias to fill a short-term need in their starting rotation. Urias went four innings in Thursday’s 6-3 victory over the Washington Nationals after left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu went on the DL with elbow tendinitis.Whatever plan the Dodgers had for their precocious pitching prospect must have been written in pencil, erased and rewritten again. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he has been impressed with the way Urias has handled the uncertainty as well as being asked to make five of his nine big-league starts against first-place teams (the Cubs, Orioles, Giants and Nationals twice).“I am,” Roberts said. “It takes a special young man to handle what has been put in front of Julio. I think that all these experiences really are going to help him. We haven’t made it easy on him but he has really responded.” Roberts, however, said Thursday he doesn’t anticipate shortening the rotation, preferring to give starters extra rest when possible. The Dodgers might be able to do both, to a degree. Regardless, he also said the time has not come for Urias to take up permanent residence in that rotation.“After today, I don’t know what his fate is in the near term,” Roberts said. “But that is our plan for him — to get back in the bullpen to monitor the innings usage. After today we will reassess.“I think for Julio, No. 1 is his usage and where he’s at this year. With what we have left in the season, we’re not at a point where we can just run him out there as a starter. We’re going to need him through September and hopefully October. I don’t know what we’re going to do moving forward, in the near term.”The uncertainty, Urias admits, can be frustrating to live with at times.“It is a little hard. But when you get the opportunity you have to make the best of it,” he said. “Going up and down can be hard but you have to take advantage of the situation.”Roster shuffleAlong with Urias, the Dodgers added right-handed reliever Grant Davyton to the roster Thursday, shortening their bench once again by sending Zach Walters and Charlie Culberson back to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Right-hander Chris Hatcher (placed on the DL Wednesday with a strained left oblique) was moved to the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot for Dayton. Hatcher will be unavailable until mid-September now. He also missed two months last season with an oblique injury.Originally drafted by the Miami Marlins in 2010, Dayton was acquired by the Dodgers in a trade for former first-round pick Chris Reed last July. He has 85 strikeouts in 48 innings at Double-A and Triple-A this season, holding hitters at both levels to a .165 average. He struck out nearly half of the batters he faced in Triple-A (57 of 125).“He’s a high spin-rate guy,” Roberts said. “He has a good fastball, good fastball life and obviously the data says high spin rate so he does have that swing-and-miss fastball.”AlsoCorey Seager missed his third consecutive game due to a stomach virus. Roberts said Seager was feeling better and was available to pinch-hit or play defensively Thursday. But he didn’t think Seager was ready to play nine innings in the heat and humidity yet. … Catcher Yasmani Grandal has also been dealing with the same type of illness and Roberts tried to avoid using either him or Seager in Thursday’s game. As a result, he sent pitcher Kenta Maeda up as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. Maeda struck out. The Dodgers certainly haven’t made it easy on Urias despite their on-going desire to limit his workload. They sent him to the mound against the Nationals Thursday despite the fact that he had thrown just one inning (in relief for Triple-A Oklahoma 10 days earlier) since his most recent last — for now — start with the Dodgers on July 4.Urias said he threw two bullpen sessions as well during that time and was prepared to pitch in relief for the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Sunday but “during the game the manager told me I wasn’t pitching. They didn’t say why.”Urias has taken it all with calm and patience beyond his age.“Like I said at the beginning of the year, I’d be ready for whatever they ask me to do,” Urias said through an interpreter. “They’re giving me another opportunity so I’m going to do my best to help my team win a game.”The Dodgers have three days off in an eight-day stretch starting Monday and could go without a fifth starter until Aug. 6 if they wanted. By then, the non-waiver trade deadline might have yielded reinforcements and Urias could move to the bullpen — either in Los Angeles or Oklahoma City.
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