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Teagarden homers O's over Tigers in 13th

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Teagarden homers O's over Tigers in 13th

More than four months ago, Taylor Teagarden injured his back lifting weights. The Orioles thought it was a minor injury. They waited and waited on him. The waiting finally ended Saturday when Teagarden, inserted into the game two innings earlier, hit a game-winning home run in the bottom of the 13th, to give the Orioles an 8-6 win over the Detroit Tigers before 43,215 disbelieving fans at Oriole Park.After the Tigers (46-42) took at 6-5 lead in the top of the 13th on Quintin Berrys RBI single, J.J. Hardy broke an 0-for-28 slump with his 13th home run of the year off Joaquin Benoit (1-2) to tie the game at 6. Benoit hit Adam Jones with a pitch, and Teagarden hit a 1-2 pitch to right-center for the game-winner.I never thought I would see this day, Teagarden said. I felt like it was miles away.Before the game, the Orioles activated Teagarden, hoping for better defense. Instead, he hit his first home since Aug. 18, 2010.Oh man, I wanted to run home as fast as I could, Teagarden said.At home, he was met by teammates who jumped him and later surprised him with a shaving cream pie.I never had a walkoff home run, Teagarden said. I was really amped.

Kevin Gregg (3-2), the Orioles eighth pitcher, was the winner. He retired the only batter he faced in the 13th.The Orioles (46-41) had a 4-1 lead heading into the ninth, but Jim Johnson was uncharacteristically hittable and blew just his second save of the season.I did more bad than good today, but that happens, Johnson said. Obviously with a three-run lead, that shouldnt happen. I was obviously upset about it. I got over it by the 12th, and I was out there rooting for the guys.The Orioles may have to add a pitcher for Sunday, but they have limited options on the 40-marn roster.The biggest problem I had with blowing it was we had to throw all the extra guys out of the bullpen. Obviously, thats on me, Johnson said.The Orioles have won 10 straight extra-inning games.Its exhausting, but its exciting when you win, Hardy said. It was a lot of fun to jump on Teagarden there after he stepped on home plate.Detroit (45-43) tied the game in the ninth, took a 5-4 lead in the 11th, but the Orioles tied it in the bottom of the inning.Jason Hammel said after the game he was considering knee surgery, and without him, the default staff ace is Wei-Yin Chen. On Saturday, Chen pitched as if he welcomed that title.Chen pitched six marvelous innings, allowing just a run and two hits, but didnt get the win because of Johnsons blown save.Looking for his first win in five starts, Chen had three losses and a notable no-decision in the four outings. On July 3, he was terrific for seven innings in Seattle, but the bullpen blew the lead in the eighth. It happened again.Chen allowed a first-inning run on Prince Fielders RBI double, but then went into shutdown mode, retiring 15 straight Tigers hitters.In the sixth, after Chen retired the first two Detroit hitters, Chen walked Ramon Santiago and gave up a single to Miguel Cabrera. Fielder fouled out to left fielder Chris Davis.By then, the Orioles had a three-run lead.In the first, Nick Markakis led off with a double. Hardy bunted him to third, and Jim Thome doubled off Max Scherzer to tie the score at 1.Robert Andinos fifth home run of the year, a two-run shot, gave the Orioles a 3-1 lead, and Davis infield out scored Jones with the fourth run.Chen left after six. He walked two and struck out five. Im really happy that we finally got a win today, Chen said through his interpreter.Hes not upset with the blown save.Thats part of the game. Theres nothing you can do, Chen said.In the ninth, Johnson gave up the three runs. Ryan Flaherty, inserted as a defensive replacement, made a key error, and the game was tied at 4.In the 11th, Miguel Socolovich, making his major league debut allowed a run that scored on Alex Avilas RBI single to give Detroit a 5-4 lead.In the bottom of the 11th, Jones singled off Jose Valverde to score Markakis to make it 5-all. NOTES:-Chris Tillman has had back spasms, so his scheduled start has been pushed back a day. Hell start Monday in Minnesota. Miguel Gonzalez (1-0, 1.93) will pitch against Justin Verlander (9-5, 2.58) on Sunday.-Dylan Bundy allowed two hits and an unearned run in five innings in Fredericks game against Carolina. He walked one and struck out eight.

NASCAR at New Hampshire: everything you need to know about racing this weekend

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NASCAR at New Hampshire: everything you need to know about racing this weekend

Still not over that finish from Kentucky Speedway? Good, us either. NASCAR is right back after it this weekend in the Granite State and New Hampshire Motor Speedway for some short-track summer action.

Here's what we're watching for on Sunday afternoon in the Foxwoods Resort 301 (3 p.m. EST on NBCSN).

NEW HAMPSHIRE STATISTICS
New Hampshire Motor Speedway: 1.058-mile oval in Loudon, N.H.
Race information: 318.46 miles, 301 laps
Stage lengths: 75 laps, 75 laps, 151 laps
Defending winner: Kevin Harvick
Most wins: Jeff Burton (4)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Friday, July 19

12:05 – 12:55 p.m. – Cup practice (NBCSN)

1:05 – 1:55 p.m. – Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

3:35 – 4:25 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

4:35 p.m. – Cup qualifying (single vehicle/two laps all positions) (NBCSN, Performance Racing Network)

Saturday, July 20

10:05 – 10:55 a.m. – Cup practice (CNBC)

11:15 a.m. – Xfinity qualifying (single vehicle/two laps all positions) (NBCSN)

12:35 – 1:25 p.m. – Final Cup practice (NBCSN)

4 p.m. – Roxor 200 Xfinity race (stages 45/90/200 laps = 211.6 miles) (NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Sunday, July 21

3 p.m. – Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 (stages 75/150/301 laps = 318.46 miles) (NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Is It Time For SHR To Panic?

Past the halfway point in the 2019 season, Joe Gibbs Racing, Team Penske, Hendrick Motorsports, Chip Ganassi Racing and Spire Motorsports (!) have visited Victory Lane.

Notably absent is Stewart-Haas Racing.

2014 Monster Energy Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick had five wins at this point last season, Clint Bowyer had two, and the duo of Aric Almirola and Kurt Busch had been running consistently inside the top five and top 10. This season, they're a step behind.

Whether it's the adjustment to the new Ford Mustang or the new aerodynamic rules package for this season, SHR is behind, there's no sugarcoating it.

Although Harvick is safely in the playoffs, Almirola is in but does not have a large buffer, Bowyer is on the bubble and Daniel Suarez is on the outside looking in.

Harvick did win this race last season, and another checkered flag for the No. 4 camp this weekend would go a long way confidence wise for the organization.

More Sticky Stuff

PJ1 is back, and it seems here to stay.

The sticky adhesive that was put down last weekend in Kentucky, as well as multiple times last season, has been applied at NHMS and will be applied next weekend at Pocono Raceway as well. The adhesive is in hopes to create more racing lines and in turn, a better on track product.

With temparatures this weekend reaching upwards of triple digits, the PJ1 will become more active earlier on. The hotter it is, the more grip the substance has.

Lobstah

New England NASCAR trips and somewhat cringeworthy New England NASCAR accents go hand in hand. Like it or not, that's part of it, right?

The winner of each NHMS race gets a big ole lobster to celebrate with. But don't give one to Denny Hamlin. We remember what happened to him a couple years back, right?

2019 NASCAR STANDINGS

Next week, NASCAR heads to the Pocono Raceway for the second time this season for the Gander Outdoors 400 on Sunday, July 28 at 3:30 p.m. EST on NBCSN.

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Nationals Roundup: Late Victor Robles magic not enough as Braves walk-off Nats

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Nationals Roundup: Late Victor Robles magic not enough as Braves walk-off Nats

As you would expect a first-place NL East team to do, the Atlanta Braves bounced back to even the series with Washington Friday night inside SunTrust Park. Josh Donaldson erased Victor Robles' game-tying, two-run home run with his walk-off single in the ninth. Atlanta improved to 59-40 and increased its lead over the Nationals to 6.5 games with a 4-3 final. 

Consider these notes as Washington grinds through a pivotal series in Atlanta: 

Player Notes:

Washington's first-year lefty didn't have his best stuff going Friday night in Atlanta. Patrick Corbin tossed just five innings allowing eight hits, two runs, two walks on 100 pitches. He struck out five Braves on his 30th birthday. 

The Nationals' third baseman has brought new meaning to the word 'consistency' all year long in his first season as an All-Star. Two games into this four-game series in Atlanta, Anthony Rendon has five hits, a walk, and 2 RBI.  

Victor Robles brought the fireworks in the ninth at SunTrust Park. The 22-year-old delivered a game-tying, two-run home run off Luke Jackson. The long-ball traveled a whopping 446 feet. 

The Fernando Rodney experience was alive and well. Davey Martinez made the questionable decision to bring his 42-year-old back out in the ninth for a second consecutive inning. It backfired. Just 14 of his 32 pitches were thrown for strikes. 

Injuries: 

SP Max Scherzer: Back, Expected to be out until at least Jul 25

RP Jonny Venters: Back, Expected to be out until at least Jul 26

SP Jeremy Hellickson: Shoulder, Expected to be out until at least Jul 20

RP Justin Miller: Shoulder, Expected to be out until at least Jul 20

RP Koda Glover: Elbow, Expected to be out until at least Aug 7

RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, Expected to be out until at least Jul 26

Coming Up:

Saturday 7/20: Nationals at Braves, 7:20 p.m., SunTrust Park 

Sunday 7/21: Nationals at Braves, 7:20 p.m., SunTrust Park 

Monday 7/22: Nationals vs. Rockies, 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park 

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