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Duquette says Bundy is ready for big leagues

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Duquette says Bundy is ready for big leagues

Early this morning, Dan Duquette made the call. It was time to get Dylan Bundy to the Orioles.After the Orioles 18-inning win in Seattle, with a spent bullpen, there was a need for a pitcher, and Bundy was the obvious choice.Dylans been working hard all year to get himself in position to be in the big leagues, Duquette told CSNBaltimore.com on Wednesday afternoon.Hes been outstanding at every step along the way.For the Orioles, they need every available pitcher as they try to catch the Yankees for first place in the AL East. New York beat Toronto in the first game of Wednesdays doubleheader to take a half-game lead on the Orioles.Its all hands on deck, Duquette said.Bundy will become the youngest Orioles player to debut for the team in 45 years. At 19, Duquette thinks hes ready.He has good poise. He has good pitches. Hes a uniquely gifted pitcher, Duquette said.The Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations downplayed the suggestion that he was especially excited for Bundy to come to the majors. Bundy will be available for manager Buck Showalter to use in his bullpen Wednesday night in Seattle.Im always excited for a player the first time they get called up to the big leagues. Its a big day for him, Duquette said.Bundy is eligible to pitch in the postseason for the Orioles, but for now, hes with the team to help out in the bullpen. Duquette said he considered getting Bundy up before this, but the 18-inning game forced the team into action.Yes, yes, but the opportunity is there now, he said.I think this kid has a lot of really good abilities. This is his calling.

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New pieces on offense lead to plenty of questions for Redskins at OTAs

New pieces on offense lead to plenty of questions for Redskins at OTAs

Alex Smith in, Kirk Cousins out.

That's certainly the headline, but there are plenty of other questions for the Redskins, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.

For the last two seasons, most of the questions going into OTAs for Washington came from the defensive side of the ball. After consecutive drafts with a first-round defensive lineman selection, the defense should be much improved. 

On offense, however, there are a lot of new parts. 

  1. The headliner - No position in sports is as important as NFL quarterback. This will be Alex Smith's first action in a Redskins uniform with media present. The 34-year-old veteran is coming off the best season of his career, and if he can continue that level of accuracy and play-making, the Redskins could be poised for an explosive year.
  2. The speedster - Washington's wideouts lacked separation in 2017. It was apparent through much of the year, and likely played a roll in some of Kirk Cousins' reluctance to make tough throws. Free agent addition Paul Richardson is supposed to help, immediately. He has elite deep speed and the 'Skins brass hopes he can bring a similar element to the offense that DeSean Jackson provided a few years back. Time to prove it Paul. 
  3. The injuries - There are big reasons for concern, namely two very large men in Jordan Reed and Trent Williams. Reed will not participate in OTAs, and has been dealing with a foot/toe injury for the better part of a year. Williams, who seems highly unlikely to attend OTAs, underwent knee surgery in January. Beyond Smith, Reed and Williams are probably the two most important offensive players on the Redskins. OTAs aren't important, Reed and Williams participating, or even attending, OTAs is not important. Both men being healthy and ready to go in September is quite important. 
  4. The Rookie - Has Derrius Guice become the most popular player on the Redskins? Maybe. The dynamic rookie running back, with an interesting draft weekend slide, has the charisma and ability to be a star. The "off-field concerns" that hurt his draft status seem like myths at this point, but there was some injury concern his junior season at LSU (see video above). Guice has an opportunity to be a huge part of the Redskins offense, and all eyes will be watching the rookie. 
  5. The leap? - In 2017, Josh Doctson showed flashes of the player that warranted a first-round pick in 2016. Will 2018 be the year he proves it, week after week, game after game? Getting off to a good start with Smith should help, and even more important would be an injury-free offseason. 

There are questions for the defense too, particularly at cornerback after Josh Norman, but this year, the offense has more new parts. 

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: A trip to the Stanley Cup Final is on the line

The Eastern Conference Final is going the distance!

After losing three straight to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Capitals won Game 6 to force a Game 7 in Tampa Bay. Can the Caps beat the Lightning one more time and advance to the Stanley Cup Final?

JJ Regan, Tarik El-Bashir and special guest cameraman Mike D break it all down.

 

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