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Yu Darvish is proving to be the real deal

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Yu Darvish is proving to be the real deal

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Expectations for Yu Darvish were every bit as big as the contract he signed to move from his native Japan. He continues to meet and perhaps even exceed them. Darvish pitched 7 2-3 strong innings and Adrian Beltre had a two-run homer to help the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 on Wednesday night. "He was very efficient and made them swing the bat," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "Broke his cutter out tonight and moved his fastball around the zone." Darvish (6-1) gave up one run and four hits while striking out seven to win his sixth game in seven decisions and give a weary Rangers bullpen a rest. After giving up a run in the first, Darvish settled down and retired 11 of the last 15 batters he faced. He lowered his ERA to 2.60. The Rangers committed more than 107 million to acquire Darvish. Mike Adams struck out Johnny Gomes, who represented the tying run, for the final out in the eighth. Joe Nathan struck out the side in the ninth his eighth save. "No matter what the situation, I try to throw as many inning as I can and go as long as possible," Darvish said through an interpreter when asked if he was aware the bullpen needed some downtime after long man Scott Feldman's spot start Monday, middle man Robbie Ross and a Alexi Ogando's tireless work over the last week. "I was able to throw with less effort," Darvish said. "Getting taken out in the middle of the eighth is something that I'm not completely satisfied with." Craig Gentry and Elvis Andrus each had two hits, including run-scoring singles in a decisive fourth inning. Gentry beat out an infield single to third to score Nelson Cruz. Oakland rookie pitcher Tommy Milone (5-3) gave up four runs in seven innings, holding the Rangers' offense down until the fourth. "I thought he threw the ball extremely well," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "And really, if we get the ball over to first base on the Gentry ground ball, it's a 2-1 game. "I thought, considering it's his first time pitching here to that lineup, I don't know how he could have done much better." The Rangers sent nine players to the plate in a four-run fourth inning that was started by Josh Hamilton's infield single and Beltre's home run. Gentry and Andrus added run-scoring hits. Hamilton, who extended his hitting streak to an AL season-best 16 games, had two hits and a run scored. Beltre has tormented Oakland pitching. His homer was his ninth against the A's in the last two seasons. Josh Reddick gave Oakland a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. He struck out in his next three at-bats. "He has been as advertized," Washington said. "He's a strikeout pitcher, and he's been that." Notes: Michael Young was out of the Rangers lineup, the third consecutive day manager Ron Washington gave at least one of the regulars a break. "One more guy, then I've done everyone." That would be slugger Josh Hamilton. Washington said before the game he wasn't sure when Hamilton would get a break, and was waiting to see what happened in the game. ... Milone entered the game allowing a .175 average to batters leading off an inning, fifth lowest in the AL. ... Ogando has not allowed a run in 15 1-3 consecutive innings. He did not pitch Wedneday.

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Game 23: Capitals vs. Senators Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 23: Capitals vs. Senators Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Ottawa Senators

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Senators will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Senators game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

 You can also stream the game online with no cable TV subscription on fuboTV (try for free!).

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-SENATORS GAME?

The Capitals (11-10-1) take on the Senators (8-5-6) Wednesday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Washington.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-SENATORS GAME ON?

The Capitals-Senators game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Capitals GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington following the game for Caps Extra ,Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Senators
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:00 p.m. — Caps in 30

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-SENATORS GAME?

The Capitals-Senators game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

The game is also available to stream, along with all the pregame and postgame shows, on fuboTV (try for free).

CAPITALS-SENATORS PROJECTED LINES

Here are the Caps' projected lines for the Caps-Senators game:

Offensive lines
Chandler Stephenson - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Devante Smith-Pelly
Jakub Vrana - Lars Eller - Tom Wilson
Brett Connolly - Jay Beagle - Alex Chiasson

Defensive pairs
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - John Carlson
Taylor Chorney - Madison Bowey

Goalies
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup.

Scratches
Nathan Walker, Aaron Ness, Christian Djoos (upper-body injury), Tyler Graovac (conditioning in Hershey), Andre Burakovsky (LTIR)

CAPITALS-SENATORS OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

For all the latest Caps coverage, follow Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals correspondent JJ Regan and the NBC Sports Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and NBC Sports Washington's Facebook page.

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Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Giants

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Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Giants

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, November 22, one day before the Washington Redskins play the New York Giants on Thanksgiving Day at FedEx Field.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden press conference and open locker room, 12:30 p.m.; the team will conduct a walkthrough instead of a practice.  

Days until:

—Redskins @ Cowboys Thursday night (11/30) 8
—Redskins @ Chargers (12/10) 18
—Cardinals @ Redskins (12/17) 25

Five Redskins under pressure vs the Giants

RB Byron Marshall—After signing with the team just a week ago, Marshall will have to step into one of the most important roles in Jay Gruden’s offense—third-down back. With Chris Thompson out, Marshall will have to pick up the protection schemes and execute them. He should have no issues running for some yardage on a draw or catching a pass out of the backfield but he now assumes a good chunk of responsibility for keeping Kirk Cousins upright.

WR Jamison Crowder—In the first six games of this season, Crowder caught 19 passes for 149 yards. In his last three games (he missed one with a hamstring injury) he has caught 20 for 271. With Jordan Reed’s status still uncertain, Thompson out, Terrelle Pryor going on injured reserve, and Josh Doctson experiencing up-and-down productivity, Crowder needs to be the rock among the pass catchers. Maybe he can get into the end zone for the first time this year.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan—An undrafted rookie named Chad Wheeler is likely to start at right tackle for the Giants. With the Redskins still reeling from injuries, they have to take maximum advantage of a mismatch like this. Kerrigan will likely be lined up against Wheeler most of the time and he needs to spend the day in Eli Manning’s face.

CB Josh Norman—The guy who is supposed to be the rock of the Redskins’ secondary has not played well in the last two games, both losses in which the team gave up a combined 72 points. Opposing quarterbacks have gone seven for seven throwing into his coverage for 112 yards and a touchdown He doesn’t have Odell Beckham to worry about but Sterling Shepard is a talented receiver and Norman will need to be on top of things to hold him down.

S DeAngelo Hall—The veteran played well in his first game back against Seattle but he has struggled since. He went out of the Vikings game early with a bone bruise on his knee and then he did not play well after coming in to replace an injured Montae Nicholson in New Orleans. It seems likely that Nicholson (concussion) will be out against the Giants and Hall will have to play better. Hall not only needs to help out a reeling defense but he needs to make sure that the coaches have trust in him so that he can maintain a role for the rest of the year.

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