Meanwhile, a fixture clash means Fethard’s county championship winning teams of 1988 and 1991 won’t be honoured ahead of the final at Leahy Park in Cashel.However, the players from those sides will be fêted at a banquet in Clonmel on Sunday evening.The South Tipp club will face Kenmare of Kerry in the Munster Intermediate Football Championship quarter-finals at 2 o’clock that afternoon.County Board delegate John Costigan says it didn’t prove possible to rejig the schedule in such a way as to allow the heroes of the past to be at both venues.Tipp FM will have uninterrupted second-half commentary on the Tipperary Water Senior Football Championship Final from around 3.10pm on Sunday. Our coverage will be brought to you with thanks to O’Connell’s Centra, Templemore.We’ll also have live coverage of the AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final between Thurles Sarsfields and Ballygunner of Waterford on Sunday afternoon. Our build-up gets underway at 1.50pm. Coverage of this match will be in association with Vale Oil, Thurles, Clonmel and Waterford. Declan Laffan’s side face Moyle Rovers in the competition decider.The Mid Tipp champions got the better of Clonmel Commercials to get a step closer to adding to their 13 previous county titles.The boss knows they need to improve on one particular aspect of their semi-final display.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Haren is a different story. His next turn in the rotation will almost certainly be skipped, since the Dodgers have off-days today and Monday.In his last four starts, all losses, Haren has allowed 20 runs in 19 innings. His mechanics look different than they did May 1, when he was 4-0 with a 2.39 ERA. So do the results.“It’s just really got away from me the last four times out,” Haren said. “I don’t know what to say. I was having a great year. I felt great about everything, the way I was throwing the ball. It’s just kind of snowballed. Everything that could’ve gone wrong has gone wrong. … It seems like anything they touch is a hit or a home run.”Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt has been known to work miracles. Resurrecting Haren from his current state of despair would be no more miraculous than his work with Edinson Volquez this time a year ago or Brandon League in 2012, to cite two recent examples.Josh Beckett stats | Dan Haren statsBoth Volquez and League were acquired in trades. Can the trade market yield an upgrade over Haren?Maybe. Since teams with a realistic chance of making the playoffs aren’t likely to trade a starting pitcher good enough to crack the Dodgers’ rotation, the answer might hinge on how many teams believe they are out of playoff contention. There aren’t many. One major-league executive pegged the number in the range of 7 to 9.The Chicago Cubs crossed two obvious names off the list when they traded Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland A’s on July 5. This bumped Tommy Milone (6-3, 3.55 ERA) from the A’s starting rotation. The left-hander subsequently asked to be traded, according to multiple reports. Milone, 27, isn’t eligible for arbitration until 2015 and probably wouldn’t cost the Dodgers the top-tier prospects they would need to obtain David Price, Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels. Both this season and last, the Dodgers have been keen on keeping their top prospects.Jorge De La Rosa (10-6, 4.39 ERA) has had a nice seven-year run in Colorado and is a free agent at the end of the season. The Rockies might be better served in the long term by trading the 33-year-old for younger assets now.But the Dodgers (or the Giants, for that matter) would be asked to pay a greater price to obtain a pitcher within their own division. “A dollar seventy-five to the dollar,” is how one Dodgers executive estimated that cost.With more teams in the playoff hunt than out, the possibilities are limited. The Mets’ Bartolo Colon, the Phillies’ A.J. Burnett (who would prefer to be closer to the East Coast) and the Astros’ Scott Feldman are among the names swirling in the cloud of truthiness.The Dodgers went into the NLCS a year ago with an inexperienced, rusty fourth starter. They paid dearly when Ricky Nolasco lost game four of the series at Dodger Stadium. It was a teachable moment.This trade deadline will show what the Dodgers have learned — from last year’s NLCS, and from the first half of this year watching Haren and Beckett. PITTSBURGH >> In baseball, actions speak louder than words this time of year. If any trades are consummated between now and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, they will emerge from a cloud of truths, half-truths and lies.Here’s something that’s safe to read into: When the Dodgers lined up their top three starters to pitch this weekend’s series against the San Francisco Giants, it essentially drew a line in the sand. Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu were entrusted to beat the first-place team in the National League West. Josh Beckett and Dan Haren were not.It’s not an arbitrary line.“When you’re playing the team you’re kind of bumping heads with,” manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday, “it’s nice to be able to throw your guys.” Will Beckett and Haren be in the Dodgers’ rotation at all after the trade deadline?The Dodgers had little reason to distrust Beckett from the outset of spring training until the end of June, when he had a 2.02 earned-run average. Beckett was throwing his curveball more often than any other major-league starter, and with great success: Batters were hitting just .143 against the pitch. A hip injury finally caught up with Beckett in July and he couldn’t make his last start before the All-Star break. When he returned Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, some bad habits crept in, like a fastball that stayed over the plate to Ike Davis and resulted in a 426-foot home run. It was one of six hits against Beckett in 3 2/3 innings — his shortest start of the season — and three left the park.“I was a little rusty,” Beckett said. “Some things I’ve got to work on.”From the front office to the manager’s office, the Dodgers have faith that Beckett can make the necessary adjustments in the coming weeks and months. The organization does not perceive that his first-half success was a fluke.