Punchless Orioles lose to Rays


Punchless Orioles lose to Rays

Buck Showalter blamed it on a balk. Wei-Yin Chen said it was a home run. The Orioles lack of offense didnt help.In the end, the Orioles had another fine start and their second consecutive quiet night at the plate.The Orioles 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays before 17,592 at Oriole Park was puzzling to Chen.He allowed a two-run home run to the Rays No. 9 hitter, Brooks Conrad, and gave up a third run because he balked B.J. Upton to second base in the sixth.The Orioles (51-46) had just three hits and no other baserunners until the ninth inning.Chen didnt understand what he did wrong. After he left the game, Chen went back to the video room and watched his move repeatedly, failing to see what he did to cause second base umpire Gary Darling to rule a balk.I have no idea. I have a standard routine when I was on the mound and I do the same routine every time, Chen said through his translator. Manager Buck Showalter wasnt pleased with Darlings call and found it hard to explain the reasoning to Chen.He was wiping his hand on his leg. Three umpires saw it and one guy just over-umpired it and called it a balk.Chen (8-6) allowed three runs and four hits in 6 23 innings. He walked three and struck out five. One of the walks to Upton was costly.After he walked Upton and balked him to second, Upton moved to third on Ben Zobrists bunt and scored on Jeff Keppingers single.That made the score 3-1.Conrads home run to left, his second, in the fifth made it 2-1.Thats the big mistake I made today, Chen said. I think thats the first and only mistake I make today.For the seventh straight game, the starter pitched well, but only the first five resulted in victories.Three hits. Its going to be tough to win many games, Showalter said.The three hits were Wilson Betemits second-inning single, Adam Jones fourth-inning home run and Nick Markakis sixth-inning double.Jones home run was his 23rd of the season and gave Chen a momentary 1-0 lead. The mammoth home run landed in the visitors bullpen and was estimated at 445 feet.I hit it good, but it comes in a losing effort, so it doesnt matter to me, Jones said.The Orioles have supported Chen poorly. Nine times in his last 13 starts, the team has scored three or fewer.Hopefully we can pick it up here and score some runs for those guys when they give us outings like that, Matt Wieters said.Wieters was 0-for-4, and is now 1-for-23. He put the ball in play just once, and struck out against Tampa Bay (50-47) closer Fernando Rodney with two runners on base to end the game.We just missed him tonight, Wieters said.Jeremy Hellickson (5-6) worked 6 13 innings, allowing the three hits, striking out four and walking none. It was his first win since May 16. Hes now 5-2 against the Orioles.Jake McGee relieved Hellickson, and he struck out the two batters he faced, and Joel Peralta retired the Orioles in the eighth.Rodney saved his 28th game in 29 opportunities when he pitched a scoreless ninth for Tampa Bay (50-47). It wasnt easy. After Markakis grounded back to Rodney, J.J. Hardy and Jim Thome walked, Jones and Wieters struck out to end the game.Besides the last few days, weve put up some runs. We ran into Justin Masterson, we ran into Hellickson. They dont have good ERAs for no reason, Jones said.Weve got David Price and James Shields the next two days. We know thats not easy. Everybody knows its not easy. But, hey its a test we have to pass.NOTES:-Chris Davis is 1-for-14, and hes struck out in his last six at-bats. Hes struck out three times in four of his last eight games. Davis is batting .256, his lowest since Apr. 13.-The Orioles have allowed three or fewer runs in seven straight games. The last time they did that was Sept. 28, 2000-Apr. 5, 2001.-Brian Roberts has stepped up his rehab program in Sarasota, Fla. Roberts has deferred surgery on his right hip in the hope he can avoid it.-Stu Pomeranz, whose rehab from an oblique strain has been delayed, should be able to begin throwing on Thursday in Sarasota, Showalter said.-Miguel Gonzalez (2-1, 2.61) pitches against David Price (13-4, 2.64) on Wednesday.

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.


Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy


5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live


Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 



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Ozuna homers, Cardinals beat Nationals for 8th straight win

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Ozuna homers, Cardinals beat Nationals for 8th straight win

Marcell Ozuna homered and Austin Gomber tossed six shutout innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

St. Louis has won a season-high eight straight. The Cardinals, who are 18-9 since the All-Star break, captured their sixth successive series after taking the first three of the four-game set.

Daniel Murphy homered in the ninth for Washington, which has lost four in a row and seven of nine to fall below .500 and nine games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves in the NL East. The current skid began with a loss to the Cubs on a two-out, walk-off grand slam.

Ozuna homered in the second inning, his 14th of the season and his first since July 30.

Gomber (3-0), in his fourth start of the year, gave up three hits, struck out six and walked four.

Bud Norris pitched the ninth to pick up his 23rd save in 27 opportunities.

Harrison Bader and Yadier Molina added run-scoring hits for St. Louis, which improved to 19-9 since Mike Matheny was fired and replaced by interim manager Mike Shildt.

St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter extended his on-base streak to 33 games with a walk in the fifth. It's the longest current streak in the majors. Carpenter left the game in the seventh after he was hit on the hand by a pitch from Matt Grace, but X-rays were negative.

Jeremy Hellickson (5-3) left in the fifth inning after colliding with Bader on a play at the plate following a wild pitch. Hellickson gave up three runs, two earned, on three hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two.

Bader, who had three hits, also made a diving catch of a liner off the bat of Bryce Harper in the fourth.

The Cardinals, who have an NL-best 12-2 mark in August, remain one game behind Philadelphia for the second wild card spot. They are four games behind Chicago in the NL Central.


Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg threw a simulated game on Wednesday. He threw around 70 pitches and could be ready to return early next week, manager Dave Martinez said.

Cardinals: LHP Brett Cecil was activated from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday. Cecil, who had been sidelined with inflammation in his right foot, pitched four scoreless innings in four appearances with Triple-A Memphis. LHP Tyler Webb was optioned to Memphis.


RHP Tanner Roark (7-12, 4.12) will face RHP Luke Weaver (6-10, 4.66) in the finale of the four-game series on Thursday. Roark has won his last four decision, Weaver is 1-4 with a 5.13 ERA in nine career games against NL East foes.