Purdue coach shrugs off AD statement

Purdue coach shrugs off AD statement

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) This isn't how it was supposed to be for Purdue and coach Danny Hope this season.

The Boilermakers, expected to challenge for a Rose Bowl berth this season, have started 0-4 in conference play and are in danger of missing out on postseason play.

Athletic director Morgan Burke released a statement Monday night saying he expected more from the Boilermakers this season, but the team's performance ``has kept us from reaching our goals.''

Hope said Tuesday that he didn't think the statement was a big deal, and that he was more concerned about Saturday's home game against Penn State.

``I read it, but didn't pay a whole lot of attention to it, or didn't try to read between the lines any,'' Hope said. ``I think it's a pretty generic statement and pretty similar to the one that was posted out this time last year. Our focus is to prepare our football team for a game this Saturday. So I didn't pay a whole lot of attention to the statement.''

The statement got some attention given recent circumstances.

Purdue was crushed in back-to-back home games to start the Big Ten season - 44-13 against Michigan and 38-14 against Wisconsin. The Boilermakers looked like they might be ready to turn the corner with a solid effort in a 29-22 overtime loss to Ohio State, but they fell behind 44-7 at Minnesota before losing 44-28 last week. Minnesota had been winless in Big Ten play and had mustered just 39 points in three Big Ten games combined.

``We played well against Ohio State,'' Hope said. ``Played well enough to win against a top opponent, in a hostile environment. Thought we came away from that ballgame with a lot of confidence. We were disappointed in a loss. Bounced back and practiced probably as well these past two games as we have throughout any other time in the course of the season. Didn't perform as well this past Saturday.''

Purdue rallied against Minnesota behind quarterback Robert Marve. The senior, who has torn his left ACL three times, completed 11 of 19 passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns against Minnesota, enough to earn the start Saturday over the struggling Caleb TerBush. Marve started the season-opening win against Eastern Kentucky, then split time with TerBush against Notre Dame. He tore his ACL for the third time against the Irish, and TerBush had been starting ever since.

Marve has worked back into the rotation since stepping in during the second half of the Michigan game and now is playing well enough and is healthy enough to take on a greater role. That, combined with TerBush's season-long struggles, made the move necessary.

``It was based on his performance in the ballgame, and the fact that we believe now he can play with his leg like it is,'' Hope said. ``A month ago we were told that he probably wouldn't play football again. So even though he was saying all the right things and we were hoping that he could, the medical experts were telling us it was very doubtful.''

Hope said the Boilermakers still can have a successful season.

``Obviously, you want to be aware to stop any negative momentum or any downward spiral,'' he said. ``But you hope that you surrounded yourself with the right coaches and players that can do something besides just being ordinary when you're going through tough times.

``This is a time for extraordinary people, not ordinary people. I believe we have enough extraordinary people around us to still manufacture a good season. There is still a lot to be played for or to play for. There are four games left - a third of the season. We can still win seven regular season ball games.''

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No-hitter hurled in Beltway battle of Nationals-Orioles Double-A affiliates

No-hitter hurled in Beltway battle of Nationals-Orioles Double-A affiliates

In what *has* to be the most important game of the night between the Orioles and Nationals organizations, Bowie Baysox pitcher Michael Baumann threw a no-hitter against the visiting Harrisburg Senators.

The Double-A starting pitcher was absolutely filthy on the mound all night long, dominating the Senators lineup. Baumann needed just 94 pitches to mow down 29 batters, throwing 63 strikes while walking just two batters. He also struck out 10 as he thoroughly shutdown Harrisburg.

Baumann, who is rated the 24th-best prospect in the Orioles farm system according to MLB Pipeline, has had a dynamic start to his Double-A career. The 23-year old has a ridiculous 0.33 ERA through five games (three starts) in Bowie, spanning 27 innings.

This was, of course, his most impressive performance yet.

As for the Baysox offense, every player in the lineup recorded at least one hit. That's irony at its best.

At the time Baumann completed his gem, his organization’s Major League team wasn’t doing so well. The Orioles trailed the Nationals 5-1 in the seventh inning when it was announced on the big screen that Baumann had made history.

During a series in which the Orioles will be hard-pressed to beat their visitors from Washington, it’s nice to have something fun to point to from the minors.

Congratulations to Baumann. If he tosses a few more no-hitters, he’ll certainly find himself rocketing up prospect rankings list in a hurry.


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Managers in Nationals-Orioles series embrace shared history as they face off for the first time

Managers in Nationals-Orioles series embrace shared history as they face off for the first time

Brandon Hyde and Davey Martinez have spent countless days on the same fields, but Tuesday night was the first time they found themselves managing against one another.

Before heading to the nation’s capital to manage the Washington Nationals, Martinez coached under Joe Maddon with the Chicago Cubs from 2015-17. Brandon Hyde was also in Chicago during those years, coaching first base and then succeeding Martinez as Maddon’s bench coach prior to his hire in Baltimore last offseason.

While both figures are competitive enough to not need any added motivation against the opposing team, it’s still a fun moment for the two longtime friends to appreciate.

“Oh, he’s awesome,” Martinez told reporters in the visitor’s dugout before Tuesday’s game when asked about his relationship with Hyde. “I know him and his family very well, almost like family of mine. When we got in town we had dinner together, so it was kind of fun.”

Martinez went on to emphasize he knows Hyde will be playing to win, too.

“Obviously we both know he’s very competitive,” Martinez continued. “He knows that we want to win and he wants to win, so put everything aside. We’re going to compete.”

Despite the difference in records and team expectations in 2019, Hyde was pretty clear about his desire to take down his former colleague.

“Obviously me and Dave are very close friends and I wish him all the success in the world,” Hyde echoed during his own pregame availability. “But obviously I hope we beat them these next couple games.”

Martinez is not the only National to have a relationship with Hyde.

“Davey’s over there, Henry Blanco’s very close friend of mine, Joe Dillon the hitting coach I played with in high school, so I have some close relationships on that staff,” Hyde said.

Martinez knows the Nats can’t let their guard down against weaker opponents, Orioles included. As he put it, the Nationals “gotta come out and play baseball like we always do.”

And yet, even though each manager is putting his best foot forward to try to win the game, same as every other night of the season, it’s hard to ignore the unique relationship between the two.

For most, it’s just another night of baseball. But as Brandon Hyde put it most simply, “this will be a little bit different managing against Davey on the other side.”

Orioles-Nationals has yet to fully develop into a true rivalry, but perhaps a few more games that feel just “a little bit different” will help one blossom going forward.