Apr 20

Stay in your lane David Ross

File:David Ross on July 26, 2013.jpgThe Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox have had a heated rivalry over the years.  This season David Ross seems to be trying to make himself the Orioles number one public enemy.   If you do not know who Ross is, let me inform you.

Ross to me is a career backup catcher, he has 88 career home runs and a .237 batting average.  Ross has experience having played in over 10 seasons but has never been a number one guy.  Maybe all the years of being a below average player have gotten to him.

 

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Apr 20

Player Profiles: Sam Koch

wpid-sam_koch_and_john_harbaugh.jpgWhen it comes to franchise players, people rarely think of punters.  Sam Koch is that rare punter who is a franchise player or at least a guy who has been with the same franchise for a very long time.

Koch was drafted in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens and has been the Ravens starting punter ever since.  Since joining the Ravens Koch has never missed a game, starting every regular season and post season game.

Koch has been one of the best punters in the NFL since coming into the league, averaging over 40 yards per punt.  Punting stats are hard to really use because there are so many different situations in which distance is not always the best thing.

 

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Apr 19

New Game, Same story?

For the third game in a row, the Norfolk Tides’ starting pitching looked better than they had all season. However, it wasn’t enough to beat the Durham Bulls. As I’ve written about all week, the Tides pitching hasn’t been great but that has been changing the past few games.
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Apr 19

Orioles still waiting on Davis and Hardy to break out

T695px-J.J._Hardyhe Baltimore Orioles are 8 and 8 on the season and still waiting for some power to wake up. Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy are two Orioles that have yet to get on a hot streak.Davis And Hardy combined for 78 home runs last season and 16 games in only have one from Davis. Davis hit 53 homers last season and Hardy hit 25.

Hardy has yet to homer, though he has missed time with back spasms. Hardy never went on the DL but has only played 10 out of the 16 games the Orioles have played. The rain postponed game and off day last Thursday has made it hard for Hardy to get into a rhythm.

 

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Apr 19

Capitals trade Rissling to Predators for draft pick

The Washington Capitals have traded Jaynen Rissling to the Nashville Predators for a seventh round pick. The pick the Capitals have acquired is in the 2014 NHL Entry Level Draft.

Rissling was a 20 year old defenseman playing in the Western Hockey League. Rissling showed good offensive potential.

Here is the Capitals press release.
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Apr 19

Watch: Orioles win first challenge of the year

Apr 19

Orioles and Red Sox lineups and game notes

472px-Jonathan_Schoop_on_September_26,_2013The Baltimore Orioles play the Boston Red Sox again today in the second game of the four game series.  The Orioles beat the Red Sox 8 to 4 last night and got huge production from the bottom of the order.  The Orioles lineup remains pretty much the same except that Jonathan Schoop has been moved up to bat eight and Steve Lombardozzi is batting ninth.

Schoop had a huge night last night going 4 for 5, including two doubles.  Lombardozzi also had two hits in the game.

Bud Norris is pitching for the Orioles tonight, last time he pitched he pitched seven scoreless innings against the Toronto Blue Jays.  Norris is 0-1 with a 3.75 era this season.  Norris will face Felix Doubront.

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Apr 19

Watch: Norris shuts down the Blue Jays

Apr 19

Watch: Gonzo’s solid start against the Rays

Apr 19

Orioles Overview: Week 3

Patrick Semansky, AP

This was by far the best week for the Orioles so Far. The Orioles went 4-1 one saw the perfect combination of great pitching and clutch hitting. In the four wins the Orioles outscored opponents 20-6. Chris Davis got his first home run of the season, and he stole two bases. However, there are still some concerns surrounding the team.

Tommy Hunter blew his first save of the season. I’m not too worried about that as Colby Rasmus clearly swung the pitch before. Plus that pitch was at his eyes, not many guys are gonna take that out.

 

 

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