2 Slashed in Metro Station Fight


2 Slashed in Metro Station Fight

Metro Police are investigating an altercation that led to two people being slashed at the Shaw-Howard University Metro station early Saturday morning.

Investigators say the encounter happened at around 2 a.m. on the station platform when a group of four people got into a verbal argument with a slightly larger group. Authorities say that the first group consisted of three men and one woman, while the second group consisted of between seven and ten people.

At some point, investigators say a man and the woman from the first group received lacerations on their hand and back. Both were taken to a local hospital, though their injuries were not life-threatening.


What they're saying nationally after Trimble's decision to return to Terps


What they're saying nationally after Trimble's decision to return to Terps

Maryland guard Melo Trimble has officially decided to return to College Park for his junior season after going through the NBA Draft process without hiring an agent.

What are they saying nationally? Take a look below.

Gary Parrish, CBS Sports

"The 6-foot-3 sophomore ultimately listened to what NBA people told him -- specifically that he's unlikely, at this point, to make an NBA roster, and that, if he didn't withdraw, he could go unselected in next month's draft."

Rob Dauster, NBCSports.com

Preseason Top 25: No. 17

"[Anthony] Cowan is going to be good, but if Trimble isn’t there, this team is going to be in full rebuilding mode, and even if he is, this ranking may still be somewhat high."

Despite lopsided games, Nats and Mets remain closely matched


Despite lopsided games, Nats and Mets remain closely matched

After waiting six long weeks for the first matchup between the Nationals and Mets of 2016, they played six games all within a stretch of nine days with each team taking three of them. 

That leaves them at .500 against each other, which is as close a head-to-head record as you can possibly get. Yet despite that fact, consider this: three of their games have been blowouts, two were shutouts and one - Tuesday's 7-4 Nats' win - was never really that close.

The season series has been an eventful one so far, yet none of their six contests has provided the late-game thrills we witnessed last year, at least when it comes to testing the Nationals' bullpen. Now we wait another full month before they square off again on June 27.

Because of the unusual results, the Nationals could only really draw conclusions from the overall record when asked about the rivalry after Wednesday's 2-0 loss.

"We've gone 3-3, .500," former Met Daniel Murphy said. "It's a good club. I think this is the way everybody kind of drew it up at the beginning of the year."

"It makes us about even," manager Dusty Baker said. "We've matched up good against them and they've matched up good against us."

The Nationals and Mets remain close in the NL East with just a half-game separating them in the standings, the Nats sitting just ahead of the reigning division champions. As Murphy said, both teams are about where they were expected to be.

How they got there, though, has perhaps been unexpected. The Nationals have paced a 28-19 record despite Bryce Harper hitting just .245 and Ryan Zimmerman batting .236. Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth have come around lately, but have not been themselves for the majority of this season. Given how healthy the Nats' lineup has been, it may come as a surprise they rank about average as an offense.

The Nationals' starting rotation has been as good as any in baseball, but their lineup is working to find consistency. And until we see Jonathan Papelbon and others in more high-pressure games, the jury is still out on their bullpen.

The Mets are in second place despite going through a whole lot more than that. Their pitching staff has seen Matt Harvey stumble through the worst stretch of his career and Jacob deGrom deal with velocity issues. The Mets are 23rd in runs scored and just lost Lucas Duda for who knows how long with a stress fracture in his back. 

For the Mets to be where they are is impressive all things considered. And, like the Nationals, it still feels like we haven't seem them at their best.

Neither team has fully hit their stride and neither truly separated themselves in the few times they've played. 

Orioles will try to shake off strikeout woes against Lance McCullers


Orioles will try to shake off strikeout woes against Lance McCullers

Tonight's Game: Baltimore Orioles (26-18) vs. Houston Astros (19-28), Minute Maid Park, Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Starting pitchers: Kevin Gausman (0-1, 2.70) vs. Lance McCullers (0-1, 5.91)

Keys to the Game: 

Can the Orioles stop the strikeouts? They've struck out 37 times in the past two games.

Can Gausman finally get a win? He's pitched well enough to win in his first six starts, but hasn't recorded one.

News and Notes:

The Orioles trail Boston by a two games for the first time this season.  

McCullers allowed one run on four hits in throwing a complete game against the Orioles last June 4.

Hyun Soo Kim is expected to start for the second straight game. He had three hits on Wednesday night, and has yet to start consecutive games. 

Matt Wieters is 13-for-26 in his last six games.