From Comcast SportsNetDETROIT (AP) -- Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Pat Neshek is with his teammates again following the death of his newborn son.Neshek's son Gehrig John Neshek died 23 hours after his birth -- the right-hander posted the tragic news on Twitter late Wednesday night. Neshek was with the A's on Friday, when the team worked out at Comerica Park a day before the start of the AL division series against Detroit.Neshek told reporters being at the ballpark and playing catch helped with the healing process.Manager Bob Melvin says what Neshek is going through is obviously devastating, and the team is there to support him.
The Stanley Cup champion Caps will open their seven-game exhibition schedule on Sept. 16 season against the Bruins at TD Garden, the team announced.
Washington will face Boston, Carolina and St. Louis twice apiece—once on the road, once at home—and the
Canadiens one time. The game against the Habs will be played at Videotron Arena in Quebec City.
NBC Sports Washington’s preseason broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.
Here’s the preseason entire slate:
Date Opponent Location Time
Sun., Sept. 16 at Boston TD Garden 1 p.m.
Tues., Sept. 18 vs. Boston Capital One Arena 7 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 20 at Montreal Quebec City, Que. 7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 21 at Carolina PNC Arena 7:30 p.m.
Tues., Sept. 25 at St. Louis Enterprise Center 7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 28 vs. Carolina Capital One Arena 7 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 30 vs. St. Louis Capital One Arena 3 p.m.
Monday's announcement kicked off a busy week for the Caps.
On Wednesday, Alex Ovechkin will pick up his seventh Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Nicklas Backstrom will also be on hand for media interviews; key members of the Cup-winning team are typically in attendance.
On Friday and Saturday in Dallas, Washington will make selections in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th rounds of the 2018 Entry Draft at American Airlines Center. (Their fifth-round pick was dealt to Minnesota in the Tyler Graovac deal.)
Hangover subsided? Good. Busy week ahead for the #ALLCAPS:— Tarik El-Bashir⌨️🎙🏒 (@TarikNBCS) June 18, 2018
Wed—NHL Awards in Vegas. Ovechkin collects his 7th Rocket Richard. Backstrom will be on hand, too.
Fri and Sat—NHL Draft in Dallas. Wash picks in rds 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 + 7.
Mon (June 25)—Prospects report for Dev Camp at KCI.
Next Monday, many of the organization’s prospects, including this year’s picks, will report to Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the start of development camp. The schedule and roster will be announced this week.
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The MLB All-Star Game is at Nationals Park and is now less than a month away, so let's check in on how D.C.'s top players and fan favorites are doing in the voting.
After the first National League All-Star Game ballot update last week, Bryce Harper, Trea Turner and Matt Adams were the three Nationals among the top players receiving votes. And while that's still the case, they've all dropped one position since last week. Perhaps because of the Nats' recent slump?
Opening as the No. 1 outfielder, Harper is now No. 2 in the voting with 1,002,696 tallies, behind Atlanta Braves right fielder Nick Markakis with 1,173,653 votes. They are, however, the only two outfielders with more than a million votes and 2-of-5 overall in the voting.
Adams — who was 14th among outfielders last week — slid one spot to No. 15 with 237,165 votes.
Last week, Turner was the No. 4 shortstop on the ballot, but he has since dropped to No. 4 with 279,071 votes. He's behind San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford, Braves' Dansby Swanson, Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell and Colorado Rockies' Trevor Story — who was the one to jump Turner this time around.
Three-way race at catcher between @BusterPosey, @WContreras40 and Kurt Suzuki highlights latest National League balloting update. Visit https://t.co/Jd6REEkFYI to vote. #MLBVote pic.twitter.com/yClzTVtFqd— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) June 18, 2018
If you're a Nats fan who doesn't like these results, don't worry. You can keep voting until July 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET and you can vote up to five times every 24 hours. Read more about how to vote for your favorite players in the MLB All-Star Game HERE.
The 2018 NL-AL matchup is in Washington, D.C. on July 17.
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