At BC, one big win could make up for many losses

At BC, one big win could make up for many losses

BOSTON (AP) When Boston College linebacker Steele Devitto looks at the Eagles' 1-4 record, he doesn't fret about their disappointing start. He thinks about how impressive their comeback is going to be.

``When we do get the season turned around, we're going to think back, `Wow, that was pretty special,''' he said this week as the Eagles prepared for Saturday's game against No. 12 Florida State. ``In fact, in reality, we're at a low. But, emotionally, you see it in kids' eyes. They're excited to go to practice, excited to go to meetings. That's something you can't really coach.''

Boston College has lost all four of its games against Football Bowl Subdivision teams, with its only win coming against Maine. Last week, the Eagles lost 34-31 to previously winless Army.

The Eagles know they can't erase that loss, but they have a chance to forget it with a victory over the Seminoles (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference.)

``This is an absolutely phenomenal opportunity,'' Devitto said. ``We're playing a national team. It's very exciting. This could be our niche, where we get things rolling.''

Boston College (1-4, 0-2) has led in all four of its losses this season, but injuries on defense have prevented the Eagles from holding on. Against Army, BC led 31-27 before giving up the winning touchdown on a 29-yard run with 45 seconds remaining.

This is the third consecutive season that BC has started the season poorly. Last year's team lost its first three games and six of its first seven before rebounding slightly to finish with a 4-8 record.

So the Eagles prefer to look at 2010, when they lost five straight after victories over Weber State and Kent State. But they won their last five games to qualify for a bowl game.

``At any point in the season it can turn around,'' said running back Andre Williams, who ran for a career-high 191 yards, including a 99-yard touchdown, against Army. ``I know we have a lot more potential on offense than we did last year, and our defense can put it together at any time.''

But they're running out of chances.

After Florida State, the Eagles will play Georgia Tech, Maryland and Wake Forest before meeting No. 7 Notre Dame in Chestnut Hill. So while they may not have time to win enough games to overcome their poor start, they still have a chance for a big upset or two they could be proud of.

``That's definitely how we've got to look at it,'' receiver Alex Amidon said. ``It's definitely a way to kind of erase the negativity of the first four losses. ... You know, it's done all the time. So why can't we do that?''

Devitto is less concerned about starting a winning streak than ending the losing streak.

``You shouldn't lose two straight games, you should be so outraged by the game before. ... Each loss has to resonate all week,'' he said. ``You can't get down about it, but it needs to fuel the fire. We've lost four games, and right now I'm starving for a win.''

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For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound


For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound

It is rarely a good situation when a team has a position player take the mound. Usually, it's because one team is losing by plenty of runs, and don't want to waste a bullpen arm on a game that has already been decided.

For the Orioles, a lot more has gone wrong than right thus far in 2019. They are 1-10 at home, and only two teams in all of baseball have a worse overall record.

On Monday, Baltimore was blown out by the Chicago White Sox, 12-2, behind three different four-run innings. With the game well in hand, the Orioles put catcher Jesus Sucre on the mound to pitch the ninth.

It's the third time Baltimore has used a position player to pitch this season. It's the second time in three days, as Chris Davis took the mound for the Orioles on Saturday. The 2019 season is just barely over three weeks old.

No matter how bad Baltimore was expected to be, this situation is never ideal.

Sucre did pitch a scoreless ninth, however. The next time the Orioles are in a lopsided game, don't be surprised if he takes the mound again.


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Brian Dozier's power on display once again with moonshot HR in Colorado


Brian Dozier's power on display once again with moonshot HR in Colorado

After a very slow start to the season, Nationals' second baseman Brian Dozier has been seeing the ball a lot better over the past few games.

On Monday, Dozier took Rockies pitcher Tyler Anderson deep in the fourth inning to give the Nationals a three-run lead, his third home run in the last four games.

He went deep against Miami twice over the weekend, both solo shots. The first came during Friday's 3-2 loss and the latter in Sunday's 5-0 victory.

This one, though, was a no-doubter. Take a look.

After staring for a brief second, Dozier didn't need to look any longer; he knew the ball was several rows into the seats. That altitude in Colorado definitely helped, as the home run landed 435 feet away.

Dozier has struggled to hit for contact thus far in 2019, posting just a .177 average entering Monday. But when the ball has hit the bat, it's traveled a long way.

For the Nationals sake, hopefully Dozier's power continues. They're counting on better production from the seven-year veteran than they have received thus far in 2019.