Veteran Influence Leads Wizards to 3-1 Series Lead

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Nene Hilario may be the most influential of the Wizards deep veteran presence prior to the playoffs due to his absolute brute strength along with his ability to knock down mid-range jump shots. With Nene coming to Washington in the 2011-2012 season from the Denver Nuggets he has started a movement for the Wizards of bring in veterans to pair with the young star the Wizards have in Bradley Beal and John Wall. Acquiring Veterans such as Trevor Ariza, Martell Webster, Al Harrington, Marcin Gortat, and most recently Andre Miller and Drew Gooden, the Wizards have put together a strong bench that from those six players have an average of 11 years of experience and 39.5 playoff games between the players.

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Making the case for the Redskins trading down in round two

 

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The Washington Redskins are heading into a very deep draft this May only having six picks. Redskins GM Bruce Allen has had a tendency to trade down in the past, and Allen may find himself in a prime spot to trade down from pick number 34 in the second round of this May’s draft.
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Nationals vs Padres 4/26/14 INSTANT ANALYSIS

Tanner Roark
Tanner Roark

In the first game at the new Nationals Park on Opening Day 2008, Ryan Zimmerman christened the new stadium with a walk off home run to give the Washington Nationals a 3-2 win. Now fast forward to April 26, 2014, the 500th regular season home game played at Nationals Park in which the Washington Nationals faithful would watch Tanner Roark pitch a complete game shutout, along with carrying a perfect game into the sixth inning. Back by early runs batted in from Adam LaRoche, Ian Desmond, and Danny Espinosa in the first inning along with a Denard Span RBI single in the sixth, Tanner Roark was able to throw a career game and give the Washington Nationals their 14th win of the year.

Roark started the game with 16 batters retired in a row using only 54 pitches, which would go a long way in him finishing the game with a complete game.  Relying heavily on his defense with pitching to the tune tune of 14 ground ball outs and 8 strike outs, which are both career highs for the 27 year old pitcher.  With Roark threatening with the perfect game early in the sixth it was broken up the only way a perfect game could be, with a single up the middle for the San Diego Padres backup catcher Rene Rivera, who come into the game batting .173. Coming back from the perfect game attempt strong as ever, Roark would go onto finish the game allowing three hits and one walk  while only throwing 108 pitches.

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Orioles option McFarland and recall Weeks

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The Baltimore Orioles have optioned T.J. McFarland and recalled Jemile Weeks, the Orioles announced today.  The Orioles have Chris Davis ailing and could need an extra man on the bench.  Weeks can play the infield and outfield.

McFarland pitched three innings last night and will not be able to pitch for a few days.  Ian Jett had more on McFarland here.

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Capitals let go of McPhee and Oates

600px-Troy_Brouwer_2012-01-11The Washington Capitals have announced that they will not renew the contracts of general manager George McPhee and they have let go head coach Adam Oates. These changes are not too surprising as the Capitals missed the playoffs this season and have failed to get deep in the playoffs in past seasons.

McPhee helped rebuild the Capitals but he could never get them over the hump and some of his trades like bringing in Martin Erat hurt the team for the future.

I think Oates is a good coach but the Capitals had way too many defensive breakdowns.

Here is the Capitals press release.

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