WASHINGTON — Matt Harvey was dynamic in his return from Tommy John surgery, outpitching Stephen Strasburg with six scoreless innings, regularly reaching 97 mph and striking out nine to lead the New York Mets past the Washington Nationals 6-3 Thursday.One of the game’s most electrifying young pitchers, the 26-year-old Harvey hadn’t appeared in a regular-season game since Aug. 24, 2013, nearly 20 months ago; he had the ligament-replacement operation on his right elbow that October. For stretches against Washington, it was as if Harvey never left.The righty powered fastballs by hitters — he struck out Bryce Harper three times swinging at high heat — and mixed in sharp breaking balls in the low 80s. Harvey (1-0) gave up four hits and one walk, throwing 63 of 91 pitches for strikes.A commanding performance, indeed. Commanding presence, too: In the dugout, the knobs of Harvey’s bats were labeled with his nickname in all caps: “DARK KNIGHT.”Harvey got to face a Nationals lineup missing three everyday players who are on the disabled list (Jayson Werth, Anthony Rendon, Denard Span). The reigning NL East champs scored a total of six runs while losing two of three games to New York.All in all, Thursday’s much-anticipated matchup between Strasburg (0-1) and Harvey wound up one-sided. Strasburg had the increasingly common Tommy John procedure in 2010, then was famously shut down before the playoffs in 2012, his first full season back. Last year, Strasburg tied for the NL lead in strikeouts.On Thursday, he allowed six runs — three earned — and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings. TheMets batted around in the third to score four runs, three of which were unearned because of shortstop Ian Desmond’s third error of the season. Strasburg left after giving up David Wright’s two-run single in the sixth.A little more than two hours before Thursday’s game began with the temperature at 47 degrees and gray clouds overhead, Harvey pierced the silence of the visitors’ clubhouse at Nationals Park with the strains of Aerosmith’s “Back in the Saddle” via a portable stereo.Once he was on the mound, Harvey looked to be very much the same pitcher that theMets said is one of only two in the last 100 years to have allowed one or fewer runs in 19 of his first 36 starts. The other? Former Mets ace Dwight Gooden.According to manager Terry Collins, Harvey was on a “soft” pitch count Thursday of about 90 — four relievers combined for the final three innings — and the Mets have said all along they expect to try to hold him to about 200 innings this season.“We’re excited that he’s back out there,” Collins said. “We’re extremely excited that this is the start, hopefully, of a healthy, long, 190-inning season.”TRAINER’S ROOMNationals: 3B Rendon (sprained left knee) has started working on side-to-side movement. “It’s not like we’re looking at six weeks from now, necessarily,” manager Matt Williams said. “It can turn quickly if he feels good about it.” … Two other players on the DL, CF Span (core muscle surgery) and RHP Casey Janssen (right rotator cuff), were scheduled to return to Florida on Thursday. Span will play in simulated games; Janssen will start a throwing program.UP NEXTMets: Season-opening road trip continues Friday at Atlanta, where New York LHP Jonathan Niese will start against Braves LHP Eric Stults. Niese has had trouble against Atlanta’s Andrelton Simmons (.333 in 18 ABs) and Freddie Freeman (.270, 2 HRs, 2 2Bs, 7 RBIs in 37 ABs).Nationals: The Nationals planned to take a bus ride up to Philadelphia, where a three-game series begins Friday. LHP Gio Gonzalez starts the opener against Phillies RHP Jerome Williams. Gonzalez has an unusual streak going: He homered in his first game each of the last two seasons.HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer___Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrichTweetPinShare0 Shares
Hyderabad: NMDC Ltd plans to pursue allocation of new iron ore deposits both by participation in auctions and the Government dispensation route, even as it seeks to expand its brownfield mines to increase its production target to 67 million tonnes per annum (MTPA). During its 61st Annual General Meeting, NMDC unveiled plans to increase its production capacity to 67 mtpa. The development of a greenfield mine has been planned through a joint venture with Chhattisgarh State Mineral Development Corporation, for which it has appointed a mining developer. This will add 10 MTPA of capacity in the next four-five years. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAddressing the AGM, N Baijendra Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director of NMDC, said it is proposed to raise the company’s current mining capacity of 43 MTPA to 67 MTPA with the aim of meeting the domestic iron and steel sector’s requirement. The company registered a good performance in the first quarter of this fiscal in spite of problems with the Donimalai lease. It is hopeful of resolving the issue. The company closed the last fiscal with a profit of Rs 4,642 crore and a networth of Rs 25,952 crore as of March 31, 2019. Progress on construction of the 3 mtpa steel plant at Nagarnar, Chhattisgarh, during 2018-19 has been noticeable and various packages are under construction and nearing completion. Cold trial of individual equipment under various packages is in progress. The steel plant is scheduled to be commissioned in three phases and is expected to be operational by the third quarter of FY 2020-2021. To increase the evacuation capacity from the Bailadilla sector, NMDC has taken up doubling of the Kirandul-Jagdalpur railway line, which will reduce the total turnaround time for rakes. The slurry pipeline from Bailadila to Jagdalpur and further to Visakhapatnam, with a capacity of 15 MTPA, will add to the ease of evacuation.
CANMORE, Alta. (CP) – Canmore’s town council has voted to support Calgary’s bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.The Rocky Mountain town an hour west of Calgary would host some of the events as part of the bid.Councillors supported the bid on the condition that satisfactory terms are reached with other orders of government for funding support to cover the operational costs of the games in the town.They also included an amendment to ensure all Olympic-related policing and security costs be covered.Housing affordability is a major issue in Canmore.The bid corporation’s plan calls for 240 affordable housing units in Canmore to be managed by the city’s housing corporation.