Norris to Disabled List and other roster moved

The Baltimore Orioles have placed Bud Norris on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Evan Meek.  The Orioles have also brought up Kevin Gausman to pitch as the 26th man because they are playing a double header.

The Orioles hoped Norris would avoid the disabled list but his groin injury will force him to miss a couple of starts.  Norris has been the Orioles best starter this season so this is a big loss.  Usually groin injuries are not serious and are quick to recover from. 

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Breaking the streak in Chicago: White Sox-O's

I give myself some credit here. I could tell in warmups that Black Jack McDowell didn’t have it. It was a Friday night at Old Comiskey Park in Chicago and the Orioles were in town. Of course something was clearly different on April 29, 1988. My team had no wins to report. The once best team in the world was now 0-21. How pathetic.

But again, McDowell didn’t seem to have it as Cal Ripken Jr was on base in the opening frame when Eddie Murray drove him home with just his second homer of the season.
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Player Profiles: Nelson Cruz

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Photo: Greg Mac

It is rare that I profile a player that will likely only be with a team for a short time, but Nelson Cruz deserves a profile.  The Baltimore Orioles signed Cruz to a short one-year deal during the 2014 spring training.  The Orioles loved the signing ever since and that signing may be one of the best signings the Orioles have ever made.

Cruz started his career with the New York Mets and played in the minors with the Oakland Athletics.   Cruz was even with the Milwaukee Brewers for a short time before joining the Texas Rangers where he spent most of his career.  How three teams passed up on Cruz is beyond me.  Read more about Player Profiles: Nelson Cruz

Washington Wizards 2014 NBA Draft Preview

nba-draft_532x290_v3 The Washington Wizards had one of the most successful years in the franchises recent history on the back of young studs John Wall and Bradley Beal. The Wizards made it to the second round of the playoffs before losing to the Indiana Pacers. Even though it was a solid year for the Wizards and one of the best in their last ten years they still need to take that next step if they wish to grow as an organization. The way the Wizards can take the next step will not be through trades or free agency it will be through the draft. Read more about Washington Wizards 2014 NBA Draft Preview