Brian Cashman on CC Sabathia: “We’re going to look at that elbow, no doubt about it”

Brian Cashman on CC Sabathia: “We’re going to look at that elbow, no doubt about it”

CC Sabathia insisted after last night’s ugly outing that the elbow problems he dealt with earlier in the season weren’t an issue, but general manager Brian Cashman noted that the Yankees will ask him to get checked out anyway. “Let’s put it this way, we’re going to look at that elbow, no doubt about it,”…

Cody Kessler to compete with RG3 for Cleveland starting job

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Cody Kessler to compete with RG3 for Cleveland starting job

Robert Griffin III signed with the Cleveland Browns presumably to be the starting quarterback there, but he is going to have to beat out rookie Cody Kessler for the job.

Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown would not declare Griffin the starter and said the starting job would be an open competition.

"I do think Cody is a guy that I would not want to sleep on at all if I wanted to be the starting quarterback of the Browns," Brown said at a press conference on Saturday (via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com). "He's going to come in serious ready to work. Robert has four years of NFL experience, is tremendously athletic and serious about becoming a starting quarterback in this league. There's no reason he can't, but this is going to be a competition.''

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Griffin signed a two-year contract for $15 million in the offseason with $6.75 million guaranteed. Those numbers suggest this is a "show me" deal for Griffin so it is perhaps no surprise to see the Browns bring in another arm in the draft. Considering Griffin's history, however, in which the Redskins drafted Cousins in the same year the team drafted Griffin in the first round, it is interesting to see Cleveland draft a quarterback.

Kessler was drafted in the third round by Cleveland. He is very accurate but is considered a project the team will have to develop over several years. It seems unlikely that he would be able to beat out Griffin for the job.

"We would not have made the investment we made in (Griffin) if we didn't feel like he was capable of being our starter,'' Brown said.

The issue, however, is what happens if Griffin gets injured.

Griffin certainly has struggled to stay healthy in his career and has yet to play a full 16 games in any of his seasons in Washington. If the Browns believe they have the quarterback of the future and he does well in Griffin's place, will Griffin ever get the starting role back?

It's an interesting question and one that has to be on Griffin's mind as he prepares to try and rejuvenate his career. Before he worries about getting replace, however, he still has to win the job.

Said Brown, "I hope the best for all of our quarterbacks. We'll let it play out.''

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Hardy leaves early, Jimenez doesn't get out of fifth in 7-1 loss

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Hardy leaves early, Jimenez doesn't get out of fifth in 7-1 loss

BALTIMORE— In the past two days, the Orioles may have suffered disabling injuries to two key players. On Saturday, Zach Britton left the game with a sprained left ankle, and Sunday, J.J. Hardy was forced out when he fouled a ball on his left foot, bruising it. 

Britton was optimistic that he would be able to avoid the disabled list, but Hardy who left the ballpark during game, could be a different story. 

Both are scheduled for MRIs on Monday. 

The injuries worsened a depressing day for the Orioles, who left 12 men on base in a 7-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox before 28,803 at Oriole Park. 

Ubaldo Jimenez allowed six runs, five of them in the fifth inning as the Orioles fell behind 6-0. Jimenez walked four, hit two batters and threw a wild pitch, but after the game, it was Hardy everyone wanted to talk about. 

“It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be hard, because he’s one of those guys that’s going to do everything possible in his hands to get an out. He never gives up. It doesn’t matter where the ball is, he’s going to go after it and try to get you out of the inning. It’s hard, but we have a team. That’s what a team is for. You have to find a way for one for the guys to step up and keep doing what he was doing and hopefully he’s not out for a long time,” Jimenez said. 

Hardy was injured during a fourth inning at-bat when he drew a walk. In the top of the fourth, he amazed his teammates by catching a ball that had ricocheted off Manny Machado’s glove at third base and firing it to first to catch Todd Frazier. 

“That’s unbelievable. Just to be here to watch that play. I don’t know if there will be a better play made the whole year,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

Showalter much preferred talking about the play than the possibility his team would have to do without Hardy, who played the first 22 games at shortstop without an error. 

“I’ve got an idea. Right now it’s a contusion. He fouled a ball off his foot and it got real stiff and sore quickly. And so he’s going to get some more detail. I think it’s a scan tomorrow to see the extent of it,” Showalter said. 

The Orioles hope to know Monday afternoon what Hardy’s prognosis will be. If Hardy goes to the DL, it’s likely Ryan Flaherty, who was sent to Norfolk last Monday because the team temporarily wanted to keep 13 pitchers, will return.

Currently, the Orioles have Yovani Gallardo and Jimmy Paredes on the disabled list. They don’t want that number to double.

“We knew it wasn't a matter of if, it was when. You hope it's if. Some teams get real lucky in a year. But it's nothing we can't overcome, and nothing guys won't be back from at some point,” Showalter said. 

Adam Jones, who missed time last month with a rib cage injury, thinks the Orioles won’t be terribly hurt. 

“Everybody’s going through the same thing. It’s unfortunate, but everybody has to go through it and it’s a true test of what a team is all about,” Jones said. 

“It’s part of the game. It’s part of the grind. Things happen.”

In the fourth, The White Sox (18-8) took a 1-0 lead on Brett Lawrie’s fourth home run, three of them hit in the past three games.

Jimenez (1-3) pitched out of trouble in the second inning when he loaded the bases on a single and two walks with none out. He struck out Dioner Navarro and got Austin Jackson to hit into a double play. 

In the fifth, Chicago took a 6-0 lead on five hits, a walk and two hit batsmen. Jerry Sands’ two-run single was the biggest hit and Jimenez’s final batter. 

Chris Sale (6-0) continued his dominance, but for the first time he didn’t make it through seven innings. He didn’t even get through six. 

Sale allowed five hits and walked four in 5 1/3, but only one runner scored.

Chris Davis singled to lead off the sixth, and after Pedro Alvarez bounced out, Jake Petricka gave up a single to Nolan Reimold to score Davis. 

Alvarez came into the game to play third base when Hardy left after five innings. Machado moved to shortstop. 

Monday is a day off, and the New York Yankees arrive Tuesday for a three-game series. The Orioles (14-10) had a good first four weeks of the season.

“It’s been cold a lot of places. We’ve had a lot of fun. I just think when it heats up, we’re going to have a lot more fun,” Jones said.

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Scherzer rebounds as Nats complete sweep of Cardinals

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Scherzer rebounds as Nats complete sweep of Cardinals

Postgame analysis of the Nats' 6-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday afternoon at Busch Stadium: 

How it happened: Apparently all the Nationals and Max Scherzer needed to break out of their early season slump was to play on the road against a team that won 100 games the year before. 

Just like the Nationals' bats did in the two days prior, Scherzer found his groove in St. Louis on Sunday with seven shutout innings and zero walks in his best start of the season. The Nats' lineup got to Cardinals phenom Carlos Martinez late in his outing and Clint Robinson, Danny Espinosa and Chris Heisey homered as the Nats beat St. Louis 6-1 to secure their first sweep of the Cardinals since 2007 and their first ever sweep at Busch Stadium.

What it means: The Nats have considerable momentum with a three-game winning streak and a club record 17-7 start as they head to Kansas City to face the Royals. Playing the defending champs looked much more daunting before this weekend than it does now, as the Nats head to K.C. once again looking like one of the best teams in baseball.

Scherzer bounces back: Seeing Scherzer turn things around is a very positive sign for the Nationals who were waiting for their ace to fall in line with the rest of their rotation. Scherzer finally overcame his first inning woes to set the tone for a strong start overall. He escaped the first inning without allowing a run for just the second time in six starts this season. He ended up going seven shutout frames with nine strikeouts, zero walks and four hits allowed on 105 pitches. The right-hander dropped his season ERA all the way down to 3.55 as he now turns his attention to the Cubs whom he'll face in his next start at Wrigley Field.

Martinez cracks late: Martinez was locked in from the very first pitch and didn't allow a hit until Scherzer singled (one of his two hits on Sunday) with two outs in the third. Martinez was firing 98 mile per hour heat with a dazzling curveball to complement. The right-hander finally gave up a run in the sixth on a Matt den Dekker single and then served up back-to-back bombs to Robinson and Espinosa in the seventh. It took three times through their order, but the Nats figured out Martinez on this particular day. Espinosa, by the way, has two homers in his last three games.

Harper gets a Golden Sombrero: Mired in his first real slump of the season, Bryce Harper had major trouble against Martinez and the Cardinals. The Nats' slugger went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts on Sunday and is now hitless in his last 14 at-bats. Harper has just one hit in his last five games (17 ABs) and is now hitting .272 on the season. Harper hasn't struck out four times in a game since he was a rookie on Aug. 21, 2012.

Robinson's homer much-needed: Robinson earned a bench spot out of spring training after a breakout campaign in 2015, but the first baseman has been slow to heat up this season so far. He was just 1-for-21 on the year before his seventh inning homer. The homer, though, could be just what Robinson needs to get going. It was a two-run shot and it came off one of the NL's hottest pitchers.

Up next: The Nationals move on to Kansas City to take on the defending World Series champions in three games at Kauffman Stadium. Monday night is an 8:15 p.m. first pitch with Gio Gonzalez (1-1, 1.42) and Edinson Volquez (3-1, 3.34) set to start.