Dusty Baker was in the hospital because...


Dusty Baker was in the hospital because...

From Comcast SportsNetCHICAGO (AP) -- Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat on Wednesday night and was expected to stay overnight in a Chicago hospital.Baker left Wrigley Field in street clothes more than two hours before Wednesday night's game, and a team spokesman said he would have chest X-rays to "rule out pneumonia.""I guess the good thing is it's not pneumonia, but the bad thing he has an irregular heartbeat, so basically they will over keep him over at the hospital and run some more tests in the morning before he is set free," Reds head trainer Paul Lessard said.Baker will not be with the team on Thursday and his return is uncertain."He is not going to be here for tomorrow's game because they will be running tests. He said he will meet all the reporters in Cincinnati," Lessard said following the Reds' 6-5 victory in 11 innings.Cincinnati lowered its magic number to clinch a playoff spot to one with the Los Angeles Dodgers splitting a doubleheader at Washington. The Reds' magic number for a second NL Central title in three years is three.Lessard said Baker was having trouble breathing and has a history of having an irregular heartbeat.

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Does Ondrusek solve the Orioles' left-handed need?

Does Ondrusek solve the Orioles' left-handed need?

The surprising acquisition of Logan Ondrusek shouldn’t really be all that surprising. Over his five years with the Orioles, Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette has shown himself to be inventive about filling holes. 

He’ll sign players other teams have released, look to independent leagues for help, and in this case, sign an American who wasn’t happy playing in Japan. 

The Orioles have been looking for an additional situational left-hander in the bullpen. They tried Brian Matusz, Brian Duensing, Ashur Tolliver and Donnie Hart. They even tried Jayson Aquino and Ariel Miranda for a game each. 

Over last winter they signed Jeff Beliveau, who has substantial major league experience, but was returning off labrum surgery. In spring training, Buck Showalter said that he hoped Beliveau could help the Orioles by May. It’s late July, and Beliveau is still in Frederick. (He’s 4-0 with a 2.80 ERA.) 


Matusz was traded in May. Duensing had elbow surgery, and can’t return for another three weeks. Tolliver and Hart were impressive when they were promoted from Bowie. 

Aquino and Miranda were quickly sent back to Bowie and Norfolk. 

T.J. McFarland, who’s more of the long man-type has spent this month on the disabled list with a knee injury and could return next month, but he’s not a situational guy. 

Enter Ondrusek. He’s somewhat better against left-handers than right-handers. In his five seasons with Cincinnati, lefties hit .236 while righties batted .258. His strikeout/walk ratio is far better against left-handers (2.35 vs. 1.63) than right-handers.

While Mychal Givens has had his issues against left-handers, though there’s some indication that that’s changing, Ondrusek gives Showalter a quasi-left hand option. 

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Redskins name Bobby Beathard to Ring of Fame

Redskins name Bobby Beathard to Ring of Fame

RICHMOND—The Redskins are making one more key contributor to their glory years a member of the team’s Ring of Fame.

When the Redskins host the Vikings on November 13, a plaque with the name of Bobby Beathard will be unveiled during a halftime ceremony.

Beathard becomes the 49th member of the Ring of Fame.

“His resume is more than impressive,” said Redskins President Bruce Allen when making the announcement.

And indeed it is. Beathard served as the Redskins’ general manager from 1978-1989. Perhaps his single best move was hiring Joe Gibbs as the team’s head coach in 1981. Gibbs was an obscure offensive coordinator for the Chargers but Beathard saw something in him. In 12 seasons Gibbs took the Redskins to four Super Bowls, taking home three titles.

Beathard brought in talent to fit Gibbs’ philosophy. He brought in four of the offensive linemen who became the famed Hogs, drafting Mark May and Russ Grimm and signing Joe Jacoby and Jeff Bostic as free agents. Prior to Gibbs’ arrival Beathard drafted Hall of Fame wide receiver Art Monk and in 1983 he took another Canton enshrinee, cornerback Darrell Green.

In all, Beathard acquired 12 players who ended up in the Ring of Fame. It’s about time that he joined them.

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Doctson reacts to hearing his injury was reason Scot McCloughan punched a wall

Doctson reacts to hearing his injury was reason Scot McCloughan punched a wall

Redskins rookie WR Josh Doctson sounds like his Achilles is feeling better and improving rapidly, but he's not so sure about GM Scot McCloughan's left hand. After opening training camp on the PUP list, Doctson said Friday evening that he expects to be back before training camp but must wait until he is 100 percent. 

"I'm feeling good," Docston said. 

Asked about the story that McCloughan hurt his hand punching a wall upon hearing the news that Doctson might be out as much as three months with the injury, Doctson laughed.

"I thought he was playing around but he was being for real," the rookie said.

Doctson said the three month report was just wrong.

"It was just speculation," he said. "It wasn’t anything to be scared about because I know my body. I know it's not that long [until I return]."


His actual return, however, remains a question. Doctson said he wished he could get back on the field immediately but he knows he needs to wait until his leg is 100 percent. 

"That's the plan, try to come back as soon as I can. If I could come back tomorrow I would."

The good news for Doctson is that he is able to learn a lot being on the sidelines. It's also important to remember that with DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garçon and Jameson Crowder, there is no urgent need for Doctson to play as a rookie. Not to suggest the team doesn't want his blend of size and athleticism on the field, but Washington is able to be patient with the rookie.

"I get to really sit back and watch Pierre, DeSean, Crowder, all those boys," Doctson said. "It's really a blessing in disguise."

Asked one more time about his GM's reaction to his injury, Doctson said he had never heard about something like that.

"That might be a first."