Orioles and their fans have another happy morning


Orioles and their fans have another happy morning

The Orioles won once. The Yankees won twice.In the end, it was a great day for the Orioles. For the 15th consecutive time this season, the Orioles won an extra-innings game. Fortunately for their sleep-deprived fans, this one was precisely two-and-a-half hours shorter than their 18-inning slog.The Orioles trail New York by a half-game in the AL East. The Yankees play Toronto while the Orioles take the day off.In the Wild Card race, the Orioles are now a half-game ahead of Oakland, losers to Detroit.This weekend, the Athletics are at Yankee Stadium for a three-game series. If the Orioles keep winning, it wont matter who wins there.The Orioles (85-64) have won four straight, and with 13 games remaining, have an outside chance to win 95. Five relievers, none of them named Dylan Bundy, carried through three innings after Joe Saunders gave the Orioles a valiant eight.Jim Johnson tied Randy Myers club record with his 45th save.Adam Jones hit his 30th home run, the first Orioles outfielder to hit that many since Brady Anderson smacked 50 in 1996. The Orioles got into Boston around 8 a.m. Theyll begin a three-game series at Fenway on Friday. First, some well-earned rest.Jones tweeted his thoughts just before the Orioles landed.Sun out bright at 30k plus feet. Hope the sun out in Beantown. Like it matters though. Blinds are gonna be down till about 4-5pm zzzzzzzzzzz, he wrote.Orioles fans will be happy to get some sleep, too.

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After releasing Martez Carter the Redskins are thin at running back

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After releasing Martez Carter the Redskins are thin at running back

The Redskins are very thin at running back right now. 

Today at practice the Redskins had three running backs on the field. Rob Kelley and Kapri Bibbs are fully healthy while Chris Thompson is limited as he recovers from a broken leg he suffered last November. 

Injuries have hit the depth at running back. The most recent casualty was Martez Carter, who was waived with an injury designation. 

The move was surprising since Carter had some good runs against the Jets during their preseason game on Thursday and he did not appear to be injured during the game. 

Coach Jay Gruden did not offer any more details as to what the injury to Carter was, only that he is no longer with the team. 

Also sidelined with lower leg injuries are Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall. According to media reports, Perine will be out one week and Marshall for two to four. Gruden would not confirm the timelines, saying only that they are undergoing treatment and the timetable for their returns in unknown. 

The Redskins will bring in some running backs to try out on Sunday. They will need at least one and probably two in order to get through the upcoming preseason game against the Broncos on Friday. 

In other personnel moves, the Redskins waived linebacker Jeff Knox and defensive end Jalen Wilkerson and signed offensive tackle Kendall Calhoun, defensive back Darius Hillary, and wide receiver Allenzae Staggers. 

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Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCS and on Instagram @RichTandler


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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.

Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother. 

Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.

After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth. 

The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.

She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.

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Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!