Ravens and 49ers to hold joint practices

120px-Ray_Rice_run_during_SB_XLVIIThe Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers will hold four joint practices together after their preseason game, head coach John Harbaugh said.  The Ravens usually do not hold joint practices during training camp so this will be something new to them.

Having a joint practice with the 49ers makes sense.  The head coaches are brothers and the 49ers do have to travel across the country to play.  The trip will be more meaningful for the 49ers now that they will be staying a few days.


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Injury updates on Machado, Bundy and Reimold: Updated

479px-Manny_Machado_8-10-2012The Baltimore Orioles are getting good news injury wise when it comes to Manny Machado, Dylan Bundy and Nolan Reimold.  Machado and Bundy both seem very close to starting some real games.

Machado the Orioles star third baseman has been running the bases and is expected to play an extended spring training game tomorrow, according to Brittany Ghiroli.  Machado could go on a rehab assignment as soon as next week, which means he is very close to coming back.

UPDATE: Machado has now played in two extended spring training games and all seems to have gone well.  The first game he played five innings and the second game he played seven innings.


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Why RGIII will be better than ever in 2014

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RGIII has emerged as the Redskins offensive and team leader this offseason. With a new coach in town Washington can hit the reset button after last year’s abysmal season. Griffin has set the tone for players this offseason, and that message has been clear from Griffin. After safety Ryan Clark signed with the team Griffin called him, congratulated him, and immediately told him: “Now let’s go to work.”
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The Norfolk Tides and the Quality Start

TJ McFarlandWhen talking about starting pitchers, either in the majors, minors, or college, the manager is always looking for the quality start each time they’re on the mound. Don’t know what exactly a “quality start” is, let me explain.

A quality start is defined as a game where a starting pitcher pitches at least 6 innings without allowing more than three earned runs. That’s how it was defined in 1985 by sportswriter John Lowe, who first developed the idea. In today’s game a “quality start” could be something totally different depending on the team.

Take the Detroit Tigers and their starting pitcher Justin Verlander for instance. Why Verlander you ask? Verlander has one Cy Young award and one MVP under his belt and is one of the best pitchers in the game. Last season Verlander had one start, May 22nd, where he gave up five earned runs in just 5.0 innings pitched. Verlander ended up with the win.

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Brouwer, Chimera, Ward to represent Canada in World Tournament

535px-Troy_Brouwer_2012-01-22The Washington Capitals season is over but that does not mean all the players are going on vacation.  Troy Brouwer, Jason Chimera and Joel Ward will all represent Canada in the 2014 IIFH World Championship.

Brouwer and Ward both had fantastic seasons for the Capitals and worked very hard all season.  Chimera and Ward were on the same line with Eric Fehr and had great success.  All three players are hard working physical players and will fit well into tournament play.

Here is the Capitals press release.

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Ravens pick up Smith's fifth-year option

88px-Jimmy_smith_2011_stadium_practiceThe Baltimore Ravens have picked up Jimmy Smith’s fifth year option so Smith will remain in purple and black for at least two more season.  The Ravens have expressed interest in signing Smith to a long-term deal and picking up the option gives them more time to do so.  The option is not cheap, the fifth-year option is worth about $6.5 million which shows just how much the Ravens want to keep Smith.

Smith played outstanding last season and proved to be a workhorse playing all 16 games.  Smith had two interceptions last season and over 50 tackles.

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Former Orioles, Where Are They Now Part One

In honor of Chris Tillman’s start tonight, I’ll start with one of my all-time favorite Orioles, Erik Bedard. That’s right Erik Bedard is one of my favorite players. Why you ask? Because he gave us two of our core players in Adam Jones and Chris Tillman.

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Derek Shelton and Tampa Bay Rays (Rays series review)

695px-J.J._HardyNo doubt MLB Network has improved the lives of baseball fans. And there is a regular commercial on the station about a guy selling a hitting device to help young and old. Fine, but I’m not buying it.

However, this Derek Shelton fellow is more than the hitting coach for the Tampa Bay Rays. Closer to home, he was a three-sport star at Warren High School where his dad, Ron, coached baseball. Yes, after I left the Orioles organization in 1987, I landed in the Northwest suburbs of Illinois. My sportswriting career was too late for Derek but it worked for his Dad and younger brother Craig. I promise to stop this but Craig’s football team started the season at 1-1 and then the coaching staff threw out the game plan. They put Craig in the shot gun and won 10 straight games. It was the most exciting football team I ever covered.

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