Norfolk Injury Update

353px-Kevin_Gausman_(cropped)Kevin Gausman, the Norfolk Tides’ ace and Orioles pitching prospect, has been starched tonight’s start due to illness. Gausman was diagnosed with an intercostal muscle strain after experiencing chest pains Thursday.
Gausman was slated to be called up to the Orioles on Friday to help in the bullpen after Thursday’s double header against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Friday was supposed to be Gausman’s day to pitch in the rotation. According to the Norfolk Tides Twitter account, Gausman will be placed on the disabled list, retro 4/30, to make room for infielder Steve Lombardozzi on the roster.

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Missed the Crow's big hit/Two game sweep of Pittsburgh

Photo: Greg Mac
Photo: Greg Mac

Of course we have played the Pittsburgh Pirates before. Had a 2-0 lead in the 1971 World Series and lost it in seven. It was a similar tale in 1979 when the Orioles blew a 3 games to 1 lead. Oh that hurt. So here’s a short story in my upcoming book, “Tales from Orioles Nation.”

Kind of funny that I got a full apology nearly 30 years later. It’s the 1979 World Series and I’m alone in my Georgetown DC house. The roommates are gone and of course the wonderful Orioles are on television facing the evil Pirates and we are trailing 6-3 heading to the eighth inning of game four in Pittsburgh. But the O’s are threatening and Pittsburgh is forced to bring in ace reliever Kent Tekulve.

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Orioles option Meek recall Brach

The Baltimore Orioles have optioned pitcher Evan Meek to triple-A Norfolk and are going to recall pitcher Brad Brach from Norfolk. The Orioles taxed their bullpen yesterday while playing a double-header and need a fresh arm.

Meek started the season off pitching strong but lately he has struggled and his era has rose to 6.94, which is not good. Brach has not pitched that great in Norfolk but he will give the Orioles an extra arm. Brach has a 4.85 era while pitching in 12 games for the Tides.

Here is the Orioles press release on Meek.

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoff 2014 Second Round Preview

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With an exhilarating first round in the books, now comes the time where we will truly see who the contenders and pretenders are. Teams with high expectations delivered in the first round, which featured many exciting series. Other teams will have to wait another year to contend for the Cup again. For those who remain, crisp hockey will be the difference in their quest for the Cup. The second round features plenty of intriguing matchups along with an epic Original Six rivalry series. By the end of the second round, our perception on who should be hoisting the Cup by postseasons end should begin to solidify itself.

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Capitals trade Halak for fourth-round pick

The Washington Capitals have traded Jarolav Halak to the New York Islanders for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL draft.  Halak was acquired earlier this season in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres.

Halak had a 29-13-7 record in 52 games with the Capitals.  Halak put up good numbers but it seemed like his heart was not in it for the Capitals.  The Capitals still need to improve their goal tending and defense if they want to get back in the playoffs next season.  Having more picks will help the Capitals rebuild.

Here is the Capitals press release.

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Orioles lineup versus the Pirates game one (Lombardozzi optioned Machado activated)

479px-Manny_Machado_8-10-2012The Baltimore Orioles play the Pittsburgh Pirates in a double header today and the Orioles will have some roster moves coming.  Manny Machado will be activated today but will not start in the first game of the double header, Flaherty will start at third.  To make room for Machado the Orioles have optioned Steve Lombardozzi.  Lombardozzi has played extremely well with the Orioles this season batting .292.

Troy Patton is also likely to be activated today but it will have to wait until the first game is over.  Steve Pearce is also getting his second start with the Orioles today and Jamile Weeks is starting at second base.

Here is the Orioles lineup from Brittany Ghiroli.

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