The Indians sign Matt Carson, Cedric Hunter

The Indians sign Matt Carson, Cedric Hunter

A transaction! Not a major one, but by the time you’re here hitting “refresh” on Wednesday or Thursday this week, it will seem like front page news: The Cleveland Indians have signed free agent outfielders Matt Carson and Cedric Hunter to minor league contracts. Both deals include invitations to major league spring training camp. Carson is…

McCloughan reveals where the Redskins will line up Cravens in base defense

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McCloughan reveals where the Redskins will line up Cravens in base defense

When the Redskins draft Su’a Cravens in the second round, they told him that he would be a nickel outside linebacker. But his jersey number is 36, which is not a linebackers number; it is the number that safety Sean Taylor wore during his rookie year. And he was listed on the roster as a safety.

When speaking to the media yesterday, Scot McCloughan was still unsure what meeting room Cravens would sit in. Apparently the situation has been clarified. This morning McCloughan said that  Cravens will play strong safety in the Redskins’ base defense.

“I think he’ll come in as a strong safety,” McCloughan told Mike Florio on PFT Live. “We’ll put him in that room first.”

The fact that they will start him off at safety, however, does not mean that they will not take advantage of his versatility.

“As you’re well aware, he has the ability to play outside backer,” said McCloughan. “The thing we’re excited about . . . is pass rush ability. We see him, in base, probably being a strong safety, in sub, be an outside backer, even play him at inside linebacker in sub.”

McCloughan sees Cravens as a player who can become a playmaker on a defense that doesn’t have many players like that.

“He’s a good football player, you know, he’s instinctive. Day 1, he talked into USC, starting making plays,” he said. “Again, he’s not the biggest, he’s not the fastest, he’s not the quickest but he makes plays. He’s got instincts. That’s what you look for on Sundays.”

Chris Tillman starts as Orioles begin life without J.J. Hardy

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Chris Tillman starts as Orioles begin life without J.J. Hardy

Tonight's Game: New York Yankees (8-15) vs. Baltimore Orioles (14-10), Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. 

Starting pitchers: Luis Severino (0-3, 6.86) vs. Chris Tillman (2-1, 3.24)

Keys to the Game:

Can the Orioles play well without J.J. Hardy? They were 17-33 in games he didn't start last season.

Can Tillman keep on his roll? He allowed two hits in 6 2/3 innings on Thursday at Tampa Bay.

News and Notes:

The Orioles will place Hardy on the disabled list and recall Ryan Flaherty from Norfolk. 

Tillman is 6-6 with a 4.96 ERA in 16 starts against the Yankees. 

Alex Rodriguez is 6-for-13 (.462) with four home runs against Tillman. Mark Teixeira is 9-for-23 (.391).

Matt Wieters is 2 for his last 20. 

Five stats to understand Capitals' Game 3 loss to Penguins

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Five stats to understand Capitals' Game 3 loss to Penguins

BY RICH GOLDBERG (@GoldyStats)

Five stats to know following the Capitals' Game 3 loss to the Penguins:

One’s best shot: The Capitals' 49 shots on goal are the 2nd most in a playoff regulation loss in team history. Back in 2010, Washington had 54 shots against Montreal. The 49 shots are the most in any Capitals playoff game since 2011 against the Rangers.

Parting shot: The Capitals outshot the Penguins by 26 (49-23) which tied for their 4th highest shot differential in playoff team history. Five times the Capitals have had a shot differential of +26 or better but Washington’s 1-4 in those games.

Slow start, strong finish: The Capitals have outscored their opponents 11-3 in the third period this postseason. But similar to the regular season, the start of games hasn’t been pretty. Washington’s managed 3 goals in the opening period of these 2016 playoffs. The Capitals scored 0 goals in the first period of Game 3, and trailed the Penguins 2-0 after the first 20 minutes.

Equal treatment?: The NHL suspended Brooks Orpik for 3 games for interference against Olli Maatta. Will the NHL do the same for Kris Letang’s hit against Marcus Johansson? The Penguins are 2-8-1 this season without Kris Letang in the lineup.

No better place: If numbers told the whole story, the Capitals may have the Penguins right where they want them. Washington has a 6-11 series record when leading 2 games to 1 in a best-of-7 series. But when trailing 2 to 1 in a best-of-7, the Capitals are 6-7 with a 3-1 series record since 2009.