Hairston activated off DL; Souza Jr sent to Triple-A

Scott Hairston
Scott Hairston

The Washington Nationals announced the activation of Scott Hairston off the disable list today along with optioning Steve Souza Jr to Triple-A. Hairston is coming off the DL from an oblique strain suffered in the first week of the season. While only having two at bats this year Hairston serves as a veteran pinch hitter off the bench that along with Kevin Frandsen and Nate Mclouth will fill in for the injured Bryce Harper in left field.

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Orioles Minor Leaguer of the Week: Glynn Davis

Frederick Keys outfielder Glynn Davis is coming off of a fantastic week with the single-A club, hitting .444, with 4 runs scored, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, and a stolen base. For the season, Davis has a .365 batting average, 23 runs, 13 RBIs, and five stolen bases.

Davis, a 22-year-old Baltimore native, was signed by the Baltimore Orioles as a non-drafted free agent in the summer of 2010 out of the Community College of Baltimore County. The 22-year-old has been a part of the Keys squad since 2012 (Davis also made a cameo with the single-A team in 2011).
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How Sweep It Is! Maryland Baseball Defeats Notre Dame

Maryland Baseball pulled off a huge sweep this weekend in their final ACC home games. Maryland’s pitching staff shut down Notre Dame as the Terps won three huge games.

On Friday night, Jake Stinnett twirled a complete game shutout in the final home start of his career. Stinnett struck out 13 Notre Dame hitters. This was Stinnett’s fourth complete game of the year, and his second in ACC play. Maryland’s offense was quiet again, but Jose Cuas’s 2-RBI single was all Stinnett needed.
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Jones continues to struggle for the Orioles

Adam_Jones_(baseball_player)The Baltimore Orioles are now a month into the 2014 season and Adam Jones continues to struggle. Jones has been a rock for the Orioles offensively and defensively but this season his bat has yet to awaken.  Which the Orioles need from the player that has the richest contract in franchise history.

Jones still only has one home run and is hitting only .252, not good. Historically, Jones hits .280 or higher and about 25 to 30 home runs. Right now Jones looks completely lost at the plate.  Jones has always struggled with swinging at pitches out of the strike zone. Right now it looks like pitchers are really taking advantage of it. Read more about Jones continues to struggle for the Orioles

Nationals First Inning Struggles Continue

Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25)Well it was all set up for the Nationals to take over first place from the Atlanta Braves last night. The Braves went onto to lose their fifth game in a row, as they loss to the San Francisco Giants 3-1.  Tanner Roark, fresh off his best start in his career, on the mound against the sub .500 Philadelphia Phillies and then the bottom of the first inning came and went and saw the Nationals down 3-0 before Manager Matt Williams could blink.

If this was a once in a while occurrence of the Nationals getting down early maybe it could be over looked and Nationals fans could head into Sunday’s rubber game with their head held high looking forward to the rest of the season but it isn’t. In fact for the second game in a row the Nationals were down 3-0 before their own clean-up hitter could even see a pitch.

The most disturbing part of the Nationals two games in a row being down 3-0 is it is more than just two freak occurrences it has now become a trend. Read more about Nationals First Inning Struggles Continue

Sebastian Vader: Past, Present, and a Promising Future

I have watched many baseball games in my life, and I have seen many great pitching performances. Most of these gems have been tossed by major league aces; I have witnessed guys like Chris Tillman, Jeremy Guthrie, Andy Pettite, and Stephen Strasburg overwhelm and overpower opponent lineups. However, one dominating performance that stands out was not thrown by an all-star. It was not even thrown by a major leaguer. It was the night of September 6th, as Ripken Stadium was hosting its first playoff game. The Aberdeen IronBirds were taking on the Tri-City ValleyCats, The pitcher? Sebastian Vader.
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Wizards second round playoff preview

DC rising
DC rising

We now know that the Washington Wizards will face the Eastern Conference’s number one seed Indiana Pacers in the second round of the playoffs. Just looking at the seeding would lead you to believe that Indiana is the favorite to win the series but I think you would be hard pressed to really make the case for them. Indiana’s biggest shortcoming is in the back court. No such trouble there for the Wizards. Read more about Wizards second round playoff preview

Should College Athletes Be Paid?

Imaryland-football-uniforms-under-armour-5512magine being a fan or student of a college that could not afford to pay the expenses caused by athletics because of a new rule that colleges had to pay some of their athletes an extra bonus and therefore have to drop sports such as maybe football and basketball. This will be a reality for many students and fans if it is decided that college athletes, specifically football and basketball athletes, be paid. This possible rule change would cripple the players, the colleges, and all of college sports and that not putting this rule into effect would be the best solution. Read more about Should College Athletes Be Paid?