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Some bad news for David Ortiz and the Red Sox

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Some bad news for David Ortiz and the Red Sox

From Comcast SportsNetBOSTON (AP) -- David Ortiz doesn't want his season -- and possibly his Red Sox career -- to end on the disabled list.The Red Sox placed Ortiz back on the 15-day disabled list Monday due to lingering problems with a strained right Achilles, but the DH said he hopes to play again this season.Speaking to reporters in Boston's dugout about 45 minutes before the club's game against Kansas City, Ortiz expressed his desire to return this season -- and beyond.The 36-year old Ortiz said he'll have an injection in the next day or so and hopes to return in September. He will become a free agent at the end of the season."We'll see how it goes the next couple of weeks," he said. "If I feel good I can go out and play. ... Oh man, no question (I want that)."Ortiz, who at times this season has expressed disappointment of not having a multiyear deal, said he'd like to come back in 2013."For years I always keep telling everyone I want to be part of this organization," he said. "This is what I know. I know we've had a lot of injuries this year. I know how hard it's been (this year)."Once called "the greatest clutch hitter in Red Sox history" by the club's ownership, Ortiz, is completing his 10th season with the team. He's best remembered for consecutive game-winning hits in Games 4 and 5 of the 2004 ALCS when Boston overcame an 0-3 deficit to beat the Yankees en route to its first World Series title in 86 years.He also owns the club record for homers in a season, hitting 54 in 2006.But he also understands that playing in this market can weigh on players."That happens. Not everybody is able to deal with the game here," he said. "It can be super-hard dealing with the other distractions. Some people can deal with it, some people can't."Ortiz, who suffered the injury in mid-July, returned for Friday's win over Kansas City, getting two hits and two RBIs, but has not played since due to discomfort. He's hitting .318 with 23 homers and 60 RBIs.Manager Bobby Valentine said the injection would have sidelined him for about seven days so the club decided to put him on the DL.Outfielder Ryan Kalish was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Ortiz's spot on the roster.Boston also activated right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka to start the series finale against the Royals on Monday and optioned reliever Pedro Beato back to Pawtucket.

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Capitals deal Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik ahead of the draft

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Capitals deal Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik ahead of the draft

DALLAS—The Capitals have dealt backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer and veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik to Colorado for a second round pick, the team announced shortly before the NHL Draft kicked off Friday at American Airlines Center.

After the moves, the Caps had more than $21 million in space under the salary cap ceiling, according to www.capfriendly.com, and potentially enough room to accommodate new contracts for John Carlson and other key free agents.

GM Brian MacLellan was widely expected to deal Grubauer, a 26-year-old who wanted the opportunity to be a No. 1. As a restricted free agent with arbitration rights who was also coming off a strong season, Grubauer was due a significant raise.

“We would like to thank Brooks and Philipp for all of their contributions to our organization,” MacLellan said in a statement. “Philipp has been a consummate professional and a great teammate and we wish him all the best.”

Trading Orpik, on the other hand, was a bit unexpected, particularly considering how much the 37-year-old’s rugged play and leadership meant to the Caps during their run to the Stanley Cup.

By dealing Orpik, MacLellan shed his $5.5 million cap hit for next season—an important development given the Caps’ tight salary cap situation and the number of key players who need new contracts. Carlson, Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek are unrestricted free agents, while Tom Wilson, Devante Smith-Pelly, Travis Boyd and Madison Bowey are restricted free agents.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Avalanche are expected to help Orpik land a preferred spot, whether via trade or buyout. By taking on Orpik in the deal, Friedman reported, the Avs only had to give up one pick.

“Brooks,” MacLellan continued, “was a great leader and a tremendous role model for our young players in his four years with our organization. This was a difficult move, but the one we felt we needed to make in order to give some flexibility moving forward.”

Will moving out Grubauer and eliminating Orpik’s cap charge allow MacLellan to ink Carlson, who's set to become the top defenseman on the free agent market? That’s unclear, but it will sure help the Caps’ cause. Carlson is expected to command an extension in the eight-year, $8 million per neighborhood. 

Dealing Orpik also opens up a spot for a young and inexpensive defenseman such as Christian Djoos or Madison Bowey to take on a bigger role in 2018-19.

Without Grubauer, the Caps are likely to turn to Pheonix Copley, who is due to earn the NHL minimum of $650,000 next season, as their backup next season. And if Copley starts the year in Washington, that allows 2015 first round pick Ilya Samsonov to take the reins in Hershey.

The second round pick the Caps received in exchange for Grubauer and Orpik is the 47th overall selection.

MacLellan is expected to speak to reporters following the first round later Friday night. The Caps currently hold the 31st overall pick.

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Bryce Harper will compete in Home Run Derby, but only on one condition

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Bryce Harper will compete in Home Run Derby, but only on one condition

It’s happening.

When the 2018 All-Star Weekend comes to Washington, D.C. in the middle of July, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper will compete in the 2018 Home Run Derby, but only on one condition: He has to be a member of the 2018 National League All-Star Team.

Though Harper is having a down year, only hitting .213 thus far, he leads the NL in home runs with 19.

In the June 18 update of All-Star game voting, Harper sat second among all outfielders with just north of 1,000,000 votes.

That means he’s not only going to make the All-Star team, but he’ll likely start in the outfield.

Harper, a five-time All-Star, competed in the Home Run Derby once before. He was the runner-up to Yoenis Cespedes in 2013, losing by just one long ball, 9-8.

The 2018 Home Run Derby will take place on July 16 at Nationals Park.

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