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PHOENIX -- Then-Dodgers Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw finished 2/3 in the National League Cy Young Award race last season and a case could be -- and was -- made that either could have won the award. Angels Jerseys 2019 .But neither ace will be on the mound when the Diamondbacks and Dodgers return to NL West play after the All-Star break on Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Chase Field.Greinke has not played catch since suffering a strained left oblique after going two innings in June 28 start against Philadelphia, and Kershaw has not pitched since June 26 because of a herniated disk in his lower back.In Greinkes absence, the Diamondbacks will send Patrick Corbin, Archie Bradley and Robbie Ray to the mound in the series. The Dodgers will counter with Bud Norris, Brandon McCarthy and Kenta Maeda.Norris will make his second start for the Dodgers since being acquired from Atlanta immediately after Kershaw was placed on the disabled list, and McCarthy will make his third start since missing 14 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery.The other big-name starter missing from the Arizona rotation is right-hander Shelby Miller, who was optioned to Triple-A Reno when the team gathered for a Thursday workout.The move adds fuel to those who said the Diamondbacks gave up too much -- Ender Inciarte and minor leaguers Aaron Blair and Dansby Swanson -- to get Miller at the winter meetings, but the Diamondbacks believe it is the right move. Miller was 2-7 and his 7.14 ERA was the highest among NL pitchers with at least 12 starts. His WHIP is 1.75 in 14 starts.To his admission, he was not right here, Arizona manager Chip Hale said. His stuff was good enough to win at times. He just couldnt put it together. Were letting him take a deep breath and go down there and pitch.Miller, 25, was 11th in the NL in ERA and tied for 10th in quality starts last season in Atlanta. He was seen as a complement to Greinke to give the Diamondbacks a 1-2 punch to rival any in the NL West.Miller allowed one run or fewer in 15 of his 33 starts a year ago, and his 6-17 record considered a reflection of the 2.54 runs of support he received.But he gave up 10 runs and five homers in his first two starts this season and never seemed to recover, at one point tweaking his mechanics that caused him to brush his pitching hand on the mound after his delivery.Im surprised I stayed up here this long, Miller said candidly. Obviously, I havent been helping in the way I can. Whatever it takes to get back up here. Figure some things out. There is still a lot of season left.Arizona will recall left-hander Edwin Escobar to pitch out of the bullpen on Friday, Hale said, and will promote right-hander Zack Godley for Tuesdays start against Toronto.Kershaw could return as early as Thursday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts seemed to indicate. There is no timetable for Greinke, who might pitch one or two simulated games and might not need a rehab start before returning, Hale said. Stitched Angels Jerseys . 10 Texas Rangers jersey for one last time. Young formally announced his retirement Friday after returning to Rangers Ballpark, his baseball home for all but the last of his 13 major league seasons. Los Angeles Angels Gear . 10 Texas A&Ms offence dominated as usual against SMU. . PAUL, Minn. I gazed upon the hill ahead of me, which at first glance was a tad intimidating (as Id be tacking on a total elevation gain of 1,780 feet), and I immediately thought to myself, My spin classes didnt prepare me for this.But I lowered my head and pedaled on -- slowly and unsurely, wondering how Id make it up my own personal Mount Everest on the very first day of my trip.Just 18 hours before the ride, I arrived in Wales for a five-day bicycling group tour with Drover Holidays, a local outfitter that organizes bicycling and walking vacations for all ages and abilities, including this cyclist who typically rides a stationary bike at a Florida-based YMCA.When Im not traveling, my weekly workouts at the Y consist of two (what I consider to be hard-core) spin classes, a boot camp that combines weights and cardio, plus a few yoga sessions at my local studio for good measure. When Im on the road, well ... Ive learned, thats a different story.Back on the trail and riding my trusty Merida hybrid bike on an approximately 20-mile trek upward through Brecon Beacons National Park -- from the market town of Abergavenny in the Monmouthsire county, to Hay-on-Wye in the Brecknockshire district; the entrancing scenery distracted me from the burning sensation coursing through my legs.All around, awe-inspiring landscapes spread as far as the eye could see, void of any development and very few cars passing along the way. Instead, flocks of sheep quietly grazed in lush green fields, horses meandered over to see who was passing by. The experience was not only tranquil, but inspiring.At times, the terrain proved tough, but it didnt discourage me. Id dismount and walk my bike through a few more challenging areas. However, Id always be prepared to climb back on, and pedal along. After all, you cant quit. You are essentially forced to complete your ride to reach your intended destination. If my legs grew weary in spin class, Id simply turn the knob on the bike to the left to lessen the resistance. Cycling in the real world, there isnt a knob to turn down. And theres no turning back, only onward and upward.After hours and 17-or-so miles of cycling, our group made it through Gospel Pass, which at 1,801 feet, is the highest throughway in Wales. Completing that ride meant we had reached the summit of our climb. Back in Florida I could only imagine this visual. It was surreal to actual live in that very moment, and be met with a real-life reward.The spoils of our work included a delicious lunch -- which we enjoyed while soaking in sweeping views of the valley below. A thrilling three-or-so miles of fast downhill riding and, for me, a decadent chocolate dessert at dinner that evening. After all, I needed to refuel for the next days ride.When I awoke the next morning after an exceptionally sound sleep at a nearby hotel, my body wasnt sore at all. Perhaps even more surprisingly, I was excited for the journey ahead of me, I couldnt wait to get back on my bike. Day 2 took us to the Elan Valley, (also known as the Welsh Lake District) in Powys, Wales, for a much shorter ride, alongside lakes and wooded trails. The 70-mile reserve makes for terrific bicycling, though we rode just eight miles of it, happening upon a few walkers and even fewer cyclists, and the customary sheep along the way.During the ridde, I noticed that my legs felt stronger and I didnt flinch when our group approached the small hills. Wholesale Angels Jerseys. Perhaps my spin classes or the experience thus far were paying off after all.However, on Day 3 -- while riding an 8.5-mile ride in Pembrokeshire -- starting on the coast, then inland and finally, the countryside -- something clicked. I figured out how to incorporate spin position two, which is when your hands are just inside the upward curve on the handle bars and you are more or less in run mode, and the third position (climb), where you hold your hands on to the top of the handles.As we rode the undulating hills, suddenly I used the momentum from the down hills to power up hills, changing gears to increase the resistance, just like I would turn the knob to the right on my spin bike, and I surged past my fellow riders. I made it to the top without stopping, and when we all gathered together again, some asked what had gotten into me and I couldnt help but smile.Our group of five women (plus two guides) had bonded from the first day, and we encouraged one another in every ride. All of us were close in age and of similar fitness levels, but two of the women in our group soldiered up each hill, not stopping to walk their bikes once. I was so impressed by their abilities, that I pushed myself to get increasingly better.The next morning, Day 4, we stayed off our bikes and instead went on a coasteering adventure (think canyoneering -- scrambling, bouldering, rock-climbing and cliff-jumping into water) before making our way to Tenby, a seaside town on the Carmarthen Bay.After we settled into our lovely accommodations, we were eager to get back onto our bikes and set out for a short, three-mile tour of the town and its beautiful beaches. I met the few hills along the route head-on and tackled all but one, which got the best of me. Reward: Bread, and lots of it, served with creamy Irish butter and delicious bites.?When I awoke on our last day of bicycling, Day 5, I was admittedly sad. Id come accustomed to our daily rides and relished my time on the road. After a visit to the Laugharne Castle in southern Carmarthenshire, we hopped back onto our bikes for the last time.The 6.5-mile ride took us along the salt marshes of the Gower Peninsula and to our final destination, the Britannia Inn, a local pub in Llanmadoc -- it was time for a celebratory lunch of fish and chips. And after five days in the seat of a real bicycle, I felt strong, confident and ready to tackle whatever lied ahead. Including my culinary indulgence.Though I much prefer the gorgeous Welsh scenery to a darkened room in the basement of a high-rise building, back in my spin class I pushed myself harder and didnt hesitate when turning the knob on the stationary bike to the right to increase resistance. Because real bicycling uses the core much more than a spin class ever would, I was more apt to riding through the rough patches, like I did on the countryside.And now theres no looking back, as I know now that Im capable of tackling any terrain.Susan B. Barnes (travlin girl) is a freelance travel journalist whose bags are always packed and ready for her next adventure. ' ' '