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Fresh off sweep, O's look forward to Oakland

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Fresh off sweep, O's look forward to Oakland

The Orioles havent won a season series from the Toronto Blue Jays since 2004. They still have 12 games to play against the Blue Jays. After their three-game sweep of Toronto, theyre an impressive 5-1 against them and have a 12-7 record.The Orioles are 6-3 at Oriole Park, and 6-4 away from home, and open a three-game series against Oakland on Friday. Jake Arrieta (1-1, 3.08) faces Brandon McCarthy (0-3, 3.38) on Friday. Wei-Yin Chen and Tommy Hunter are scheduled to pitch on Saturday and Sunday against Tyson Ross and Bartolo Colon.It would probably surprise most fans to find out the Orioles havent taken a season series from the Athletics since 1998.
The most heartening development in Thursday nights 5-2 win was Brian Matuszs performance. After three shaky starts, Matusz allowed just two unearned runs. Darren ODay got the win, and Luis Ayala got his first save.Matusz saved his place in the rotation for now, but his next start will probably come next week at Yankee Stadium.Adam Jones and Chris Davis had eighth-inning home runs. Jones is now batting .316. Nick Markakis had three hits to bring his average to .316. Ryan Flaherty, playing in place of Robert Andino, who concludes his paternity leave on Friday, had his first two major league hits and first RBI.Nick Johnson went 0-for-3. Hes now 0-for-26 to start his Orioles career, the worst in history for a position player. He also committed an error that led to both Toronto runs.Nolan Reimold returned to the lineup after missing four games with a neck spasm.

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Wizards' second round pick Issuf Sanon will take time, much like Tomas Satoransky did

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Wizards' second round pick Issuf Sanon will take time, much like Tomas Satoransky did

The first round of the NBA Draft played out expectedly for what the Wizards had planned for the night. In Troy Brown, they clearly got the guy they wanted all along, seeing as there were many interesting prospects they passed on to choose him.

The second round was a bit more chaotic. Team president Ernie Grunfeld said there were a few players picked just ahead of them at No. 44 that they had their eyes on. They contemplated trading up, but no perfect deals were presented.

So, they decided to think long-term, like really long-term. In choosing Ukrainian point guard Issuf Sanon, the Wizards understand it may be years before he plays in the NBA.

"We hope to have him developed in a few years," Grunfeld said.

Sanon, just 18, plays for Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenia. He may stay in Europe into his 20s before he comes to the United States.

The Wizards have utilized the draft-and-stash model with other players. Their 2015 second round pick, Aaron White, has been playing in Europe for the past three seasons.

Sometimes those players never convey and contribute for the Wizards. But sometimes they do and Grunfeld pointed to a player already on their roster as a model to consider.

"We drafted Tomas [Satoransky] at an earlier age, he went overseas [and] he played at the highest level and it got him ready for the NBA," Grunfeld said.

The difference between now and then is that the Wizards have a G-League franchise starting this fall, the Capital City Go-Go. Because of that, it seemed more likely going into the draft that the Wizards would use the second round pick on a guy who can play there right away. 

Grunfeld, however, opted for roster flexibility. By keeping Sanon in Europe, the Wizards can have another open roster spot. They could either fill that spot, or leave spots on the end of their roster open as they did for much of last season.

"We want to preserve a roster spot, so just because you draft someone in your second round, if you sign him, he still has a roster spot even if you let him play for the GoGo," Grunfeld said.

Sanon may have a bright future. He is a 6-foot-4 point guard with impressive athleticism who doesn't turn 19 until October. He said he models his game after Russell Westbrook, as a guard who can score the ball.

The Wizards passed on several interesting prospects to pick Sanon. Still on the board were Keita Bates-Diop of Ohio State, Hamidou Diallo of Kentucky and Svi Mykhailiuk of Kansas, three players they brought in for pre-draft workouts. But instead, they went with a long-term investment, hoping they found the next Satoransky.

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Capitals Draft Tracker

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Capitals Draft Tracker

The 2018 NHL Draft starts on Friday with the first round and runs through Saturday. Here's a running tracker of the Caps' picks.

1st round, 31st overall: D Alexander Alexeyev, WHL, 6'4", 196 pounds

The Caps' first first-round pick sine 2016, Alexeyev is a smart two-way defenseman with good size.

Read more on him here.

2nd round, 46th overall (from Florida, via New Jersey): D Martin Fehervary, Allsvenskan (Sweden), 6'2", 194 pounds

A physical style defenseman who is very strong in his own end, but does not have much offensive upside. Sort of a throwback style of play which makes him a surprise pick this high.

2nd round, 47th overall (From Colorado): F Kody Clark, OHL, 6'1", 179 pounds

Kody Clark boasts an NHL pedigree as the son of Wendel Clark, a first-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs who recorded 330 goals and 564 career points in 763 NHL games.

3rd round, 93rd overall: F Riley Sutter, WHL, 6'3", 203 pounds

Riley Sutter also boasts a strong NHL pedigree as the son of Run Sutter and nephew of Darryl Sutter.

4th round, 124th overall: 

6th round, 186th overall: 

7th round, 217th overall: