The Australian government launched the 2017 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release making 28 new oil and gas areas available for bidding.The areas sit across eight basins in Commonwealth waters off the Northern Territory, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia coasts, and in the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands.Australian Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said in a statement that the annual release will support the government’s strategy to boost domestic gas supply by exploring new potential oil and gas areas.“There are 20 areas available for work program bidding, where petroleum companies need to submit comprehensive exploration plans, across a mixture of mature and lightly explored basins. A further area open for cash bidding is located in the highly prospective Dampier Sub-Basin of WA’s Northern Carnarvon Basin,” Canavan said.“Following strong bidding on round 2 of the 2016 acreage release, I hope to see this momentum continue to this year’s release.”“The Government is committed to strengthening the East Coast gas market and has released five areas that are located close to existing infrastructure and fields in the Bass Strait,” he added.All areas in the release are supported by analysis from Geoscience Australia. They were nominated by industry, and are subject to a comprehensive assessment process including public consultation, the statement reads.
“Throwing max effort for just one inning was something that I hadn’t done before. That’s something I’d like to carry over as a starter,” he said. “But I think in general just being aggressive, extremely aggressive in the zone is something I will definitely take away.”Making that adjustment after having a different mentality as a starter his whole career will be “difficult,” Maeda acknowledged. And this is not the first time the Dodgers have asked Maeda to change. Roberts has talked with Maeda before about being more aggressive from the first pitch (particularly after a four-home run outing against the Diamondbacks early last season).“Yeah, we talked about it,” Roberts said. “But until a player sees it really play out on the biggest stage, which Kenta did see – and there’s swing and miss with his fastball and it helps the slider play up even more – then they can buy into it. I think Kenta really feels good about that.”TIMMY TIMETwo-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum will try to make another comeback this season. Lincecum is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers.The Dodgers were among the teams represented at Lincecum’s showcase in the Seattle area two weeks ago. They came away favorably impressed with the 33-year-old Lincecum, who has not pitched since 2016 when he went 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA in nine starts for the Angels.Lincecum had offers from multiple teams and the Dodgers were on his short list. With a set rotation and a deep group of relievers vying for spots in the bullpen, Lincecum would have had to carve out a role for himself. The Rangers are expected to move Lincecum to the bullpen, but their pitching staff offers more opportunity if he is able to maintain his recovered velocity.NOTESLeft-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will make his spring debut Wednesday against the San Diego Padres. Left-hander Rich Hill is expected to face hitters either in a simulated game setting on the back fields or in a ‘B’ game against the Chicago White Sox in the next day or two. … The final game of the Dodgers’ three-game series in Monterrey, Mexico (May 4-6) against the San Diego Padres will be televised by ESPN. The game will be subject to blackout in Southern California. Spotted against right-handed batters, he did not give up a hit in five appearances in the National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks and the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs and struck out seven of the 15 batters he faced. He remained unmarked in the World Series until surrendering a costly three-run home run to Jose Altuve in the riotous Game 5.Now the Dodgers hope Maeda the reliever is just as much of a revelation to Maeda the starter.“Absolutely. We talked to Kenta and he did a little self-reflection or evaluation this past winter,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He saw the benefits of being on the attack from the first pitch and felt that it can translate into that starter role.“What he’s known in baseball is trying to go deeper into games as far as number of pitches as opposed to going with the mindset of going as hard as you can for as long as you can. When you look at guys like Clayton (Kershaw) or Rich (Hill) and the elite guys in baseball that have that mindset, players are sometimes surprised how long they can go and hold their stuff instead of trying to reserve or hold back. I do believe that his effectiveness in the ’pen last year will help him.”Maeda has had two largely effective seasons as a mainstay in the Dodgers’ rotation, going 29-17 with a 3.80 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. But he acknowledged he will “try to remember that Kenta (from the postseason) and try to imitate that” as a starter this season. PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda laughs during spring training workouts at Camelback Ranch in Glendale on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda during spring training workouts at Camelback Ranch in Glendale on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda warms up during spring training workouts at Camelback Ranch in Glendale on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda laughs during spring training workouts at Camelback Ranch in Glendale on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 3Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda laughs during spring training workouts at Camelback Ranch in Glendale on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandGLENDALE, Ariz. — There was a right-handed reliever who pitched very well in a setup role for the Dodgers during their postseason run.Kenta Maeda remembers him.“Of course,” Maeda said through his translator, laughing. “He was pretty good.”A starter throughout his professional career in Japan and with the Dodgers, Maeda was more than “pretty good” in that relief role last October. He was a revelation. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error