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Statue unveiled for Frank Robinson at Oriole Park

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Statue unveiled for Frank Robinson at Oriole Park

An orange 20 was placed on the warehouse. Fans were given statues of Frank Robinson, and the guest of honor basked in the glory.Robinson spoke for about 12 minutes as rain fell in the flag court in left field as he watched his statue unveiled. The first of six statues to be presented, Robinson spoke warmly about his time in Baltimore and with the Orioles.This is a very special place, Robinson said. You make me feel welcome. Its like weve been together for life. Robinson was joined on the stage by Hank Aaron, who saluted him. When he got here, he glued all the pieces together, Aaron said. A contemporary of Robinson, he expressed some envy even though Aaron hit 755 home runs, and Robinson hit 586. I stayed ahead, but you have finally caught me, Aaron said.Jim Palmer, Earl Weaver and Eddie Murray were at the ceremony; each of them will be honored later in the season. Robinson paid tribute to Brooks Robinson, who couldnt attend. One of the greatest is not here today, but my prayers and thanks go out to my brother, Brooks Robinson. He is one of the nicest individuals that I have ever come across in life or in this game, Robinson said.The statue by sculptor Toby Mendez shows Robinson batting. The next statue unveiled will be for Brooks Robinson on May 12.Because a relatively small number of fans could fit into the area around the flag court, a brief ceremony with a smaller statue was held on the field before the game.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Now it's a series

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Now it's a series

The Caps looked to be in real trouble after blowing leads and losing in overtime in both Game 1 and Game 2.

After two straight wins, however, Washington is in control against the Columbus Blue Jackets as the series returns to Washington, D.C. for Game 5. 

On the latest eipisode of the Capitals Faceoff Podcast, JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir talk about what changed for the Capitals between Game 2 and 3, as well as resetting their series predictions.

And as always, they answer several viewer questions.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page

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Burakovsky will miss the first round, but Caps won't rule him out for remainder of the playoffs

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Burakovsky will miss the first round, but Caps won't rule him out for remainder of the playoffs

Andre Burakovsky will be sidelined for the remainder of Washington's first-round series vs. Columbus, but he isn’t necessarily out for the remainder of the playoffs, Coach Barry Trotz said on Friday.

Burakovsky suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury in the Capitals' Game 2 overtime loss and has not been on the ice since.

Trotz said the 23-year-old top-six winger needs “minor” surgery.

That procedure, however, will not preclude Burakovsky from returning to the Caps’ lineup in subsequent rounds, should Washington advance.

“That's why I said minor surgery,” Trotz added, asked if Burky might return at a later date.

This latest surgery is the second for Burakovsky this season. In late October, he had a procedure to repair a broken left thumb and missed the next 20 games.

Since his departure in Game 2, Jakub Vrana and Chandler Stephenson have taken turns replacing Burakovsky on the second line with Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie.

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