Topics : It is currently closed to Victoria state and Sydney, and Gunner said he expected other regions to be excluded.Australia, which has recorded almost 22,000 cases and 332 deaths from the virus, has also closed its international borders indefinitely. Australia’s Northern Territory will be closed to visitors from virus hotspots for a further 18 months to protect its large and vulnerable Aboriginal population, authorities said Tuesday.The sparsely populated northern region is home to roughly 250,000 people — 30 percent of whom are Aboriginal — according to government figures.”We’ll have our hard border controls in place for at least the next 18 months. And we’re resourcing so we can do that,” Chief Minister Michael Gunner told public broadcaster ABC. Indigenous Australians are considered more at-risk to diseases such as COVID-19 because of socio-economic and cultural factors affecting access to medical care and underlying health.Many Aboriginal groups fear the virus could sweep through remote indigenous communities where healthcare services are limited.”This is what I think I need to do to make sure some of the most vulnerable people in the world stay safe,” Gunner said.The Northern Territory has recorded few virus cases and no deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
But a couple things were different for him Thursday. A.J. Ellis was his catcher for the first time all season, with Yasmani Grandal sitting out a day game following a night game.“I trust him,” Frias said of Ellis. “He’s got a pretty good idea of what he’s doing behind the plate. … Pitch sequence, I trust him. I let him call the game.”The Dodgers also spotted Frias a 4-0 lead after two innings – something that no pitcher will complain about.A bases-loaded double by Howie Kendrick put Cubs starter Jon Lester (4-6) in a 2-0 hole. An RBI triple by Kiké Hernandez, followed by an RBI single by Jimmy Rollins, made it 4-0 in the second inning.That was plenty of run support for Frias, who allowed seven hits, walked three batters and struck out seven in five innings.Joel Peralta, J.P. Howell, Yimi Garcia and Kenley Jansen closed out the game with one scoreless inning apiece.Puig was scratched for the second straight day with an exposed callus on his left palm. Scott Van Slyke shifted from left field to right, Alex Guerrero shifted from third base to left field, and Alberto Callaspo went to third.Guerrero produced his best defensive play of the season, an outfield assist to home plate that easily retired Chris Coghlan in the fifth inning. Whether that one play was enough for Guerrero to earn more trust defensively, or merely increased the Dodgers’ ability to trade him, who knows. As for Frias, he said the Dodgers’ pursuit of starting pitching doesn’t motivate him. “I just want to do my job,” he said. That wasn’t easy this week. Frias felt sick and dehydrated Monday and had trouble sleeping. He pushed his between-starts bullpen session back a day, to Tuesday. He left the park early Wednesday to get a good night’s sleep at the team hotel. Thursday, he pitched one of his best games all season CHICAGO >> The Dodgers split a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs by losing games started by Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, and winning the games started by Mike Bolsinger and Carlos Frias.Yasiel Puig played in the two losses and missed the two wins with a hand injury.Just the way they drew it up.Thursday afternoon, Frias and four relievers shut out the Cubs 4-0 before a packed house at Wrigley Field. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Wednesday that he’s already begun talks with rival clubs about starting pitching. Maybe Bolsinger and Frias, who combined to allow two runs in 9 2/3 innings this series, took that personally.“Carlos is a work in progress,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Is he going to grow as far as pitch selection, preparation, being able to use all his pitches, all that stuff? “His stuff is different than Mike’s stuff. Mike’s stuff is all about mixture and using his breaking ball, getting it over. … Carlos’ stuff is better. Carlos’ stuff is as good as probably anybody we have.”That potential is scary, but the results haven’t always followed in Frias’ first season as a full-time major league starter. Even after his five shutout innings against the Cubs, Frias is 5-5 with a 4.31 earned-run average.