Jenrry Mejia’s age, identity confirmed

Jenrry Mejia’s age, identity confirmed

There were some issues with Jenrry Mejia‘s age and identity causing him to not get his visa and to be late to Mets camp. Those issues have been resolved, however, as the Mets have announced that Mejia’s age and identity have been confirmed. Turns out he’s really Saul Birnbaum. He’s 78 years-old and retired to…

Orioles open big Red Sox series with big loss

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Orioles open big Red Sox series with big loss

BALTIMORE—It’s a little early for a series between the Orioles and Boston Red Sox to be called big. But considering the two teams are atop the A.L. East standings, for a late May showdown, it was big.

Sadly, the Oriole's Memorial Day performance was not.

Boston’s 7-2 win before 43,926 at Oriole Park on Monday put the Orioles two games behind the Red Sox, but there are still three games left between the teams this week.

The Orioles (28-21) trailed 3-2 heading to the eighth, but a four run inning by Boston (31-20) put the game away. 

Mookie Betts led off the game with a single off Tyler Wilson. He moved to second on an infield out by Dustin Pedroia. Betts then scored on a Xander Bogaerts' tapper left of homeplate.

Catcher Caleb Joseph threw to first, and the speedy Betts rounded third and easily scored. 

Manager Buck Showalter came out to argue that the ball was fouled off Bogaerts’ left foot, but none of the umpires saw it, and the call is not one that’s subject to review by replay. 

Boston took a 2-0 lead in the third when Betts singled with one out, and after Dustin Pedroia’s single, Bogaerts’ double drove in Betts. 

Steven Wright (5-4) loaded the bases in the second on a single and two walks. He also threw a wild pitch, and there was a passed ball by catcher Ryan Hanigan. Caleb Joseph grounded out to end the inning. 

The Orioles tied the score at 2 in sixth. Nolan Reimold led off with a triple. Ryan Flaherty doubled to score Reimold. Joseph broke an 0-for-19 streak with a single, and Flaherty scored on Adam Jones’ fly to center. 

Jackie Bradley, Jr., led off the sixth with his ninth home run of the season, and Boston led 3-2. 

Wilson (2-4) walked Bogaerts with two outs in the seventh, and Ashur Tolliver came in to face David Ortiz. Bogaerts tried to steal second, and was initially called safe, a ruling that was overturned by replay. 

When Tolliver faced Ortiz to lead off the eighth, he hit a home run to right field, his 14th, and the Red Sox had a 4-2 lead. 

Travis Shaw walked with one out, Blake Swihart singled, and Mychal Givens replaced Tolliver. 

Rookie Marco Hernandez hit his first major league home run with two outs, a three-run shot, and Boston had a five-run lead. 

Wright pitched his third complete game of the season.

NOTES: The Orioles have three triples this season, the fewest in baseball. … Bogaerts has a 23-game hitting streak. … The Orioles made two successful replay challenges, and they’re 6-for-12 this season. … Eduardo Rodriguez, making his season debut, faces Kevin Gausman (0-2, 3.24) on Tuesday night. 

Terps once again suffer championship heartbreak thanks to OT loss

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Terps once again suffer championship heartbreak thanks to OT loss

The Maryland men's lacrosse program seemed destined to finally get the championship monkey off its back. But for the fourth time since 2011, the Terps fell just short in the National Championship, losing to North Carolina 14-13 in overtime.

Maryland began the overtime with possession thanks to an unsportsmanlike penalty by UNC at the end of regulation. But after Tar Heels goalie Brian Balkam denied Connor Kelly from outside, North Caorlina got possession and a chance to win.

Chris Cloutier, who set the all-time goals record for a single tournament with 19, had a great look on the crease but Maryland senior goalie Kyle Bernlohr made an incredible save.

But following the play, a late hit by Maryland's Mike McCarney resulted in a man-advantage and possession.

On the ensuing possession Cloutier once again found the ball in his stick on the crease and finished the game, and once again dashed the Terps' title hopes.

Maryland held leads of 9-7 and 13-11, but could not pull away from the Tar Heels. Cloutier scored three straight goals to but Carolina up 10-9, and after Matt Rambo led the Terps back in front, Steve Pontrello and Luke Goldstock closed the gap.

Cloutier finished with five goals and was named championship game MVP. Goldstock finished with four goals while Pontrello and Brian Cannon scored twice as well for the Tar Heels. Midfielder Connor Kelly led the Terps in scoring with four goals on eight shots. Philadelphia-native Matt Rambo finished with three goals and three assists in the loss. Colin heacock finished with two goals and two assists, while Dylan Maltz the third member of the Terrapins' attack trio, finished with two goals and one assist. 

Bernlohr finished with nine saves, while Balkam finished with 13. The victory gives the Tar Heels' its fifth in program history and first since 1991. With the Tar Heels defeating the Terrapins in the women's championship game on Saturday, North Carolina becomes the first university since Princeton in 1994 to win both the men's and women's championships in the same year. 

Seven months after switch, Redskins vet DeAngelo Hall is settling in at safety

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Seven months after switch, Redskins vet DeAngelo Hall is settling in at safety

Although he’s already played half a season at safety, DeAngelo Hall anticipates taking a significant step forward in the coming months.

Why?

He’ll benefit from an entire offseason of first team reps at his new position, rather than attempting to master a new job on the fly, as he did late last season. 

"I’m still learning some different things, but I’m having a blast," Hall said. "I enjoyed being able to get a little taste of it last year, and [now] starting from scratch this year."

Hall, 32, made the switch to safety last November in part because, well, he had to.

He had toyed with the idea of making the transition for a couple of years, but upon returning from toe injury in Week 10, the longtime corner found himself in need of a place to play with Chris Culliver and Bashaud Breeland entrenched as the starters.

And so, at long last, Hall officially began following in the footsteps of Charles Woodson, Rod Woodson and Ronde Barber—all of whom made a successful, late-career pivot from corner to safety.

Indeed, after playing his first 11 seasons exclusively at corner, Hall played the final seven games of 2015, including the Wild Card loss to the Packers, at safety. Although the transition went as smoothly as possible, changing positions in the middle of the season, much less during a pressure packed playoff push, is never ideal.   

Now, though, Hall’s finally getting the opportunity to really sink his teeth into his new role, which, he recently revealed, will feature a key tweak.

"I’m pretty comfortable," Hall said. "It’s a little different; last year, I played a little more strong than free, and this year I’ll play a little more free than strong. But in our defense you have to be able to do both. You have to be able to interchange. [The offense] can motion one guy, and the free safety becomes the strong safety and the strong safety becomes the free safety. You got to know them both. So, to say I’m free safety really doesn’t mean much because, like I said, one motion and I’m the strong safety in the defense."

During the only OTA practice open to the media last week, Hall, who is entering his ninth season in Washington, lined up as one first string safety. Newcomer David Bruton Jr., meantime, was the other. And while Bruton could face some competition, it's probably safe to pencil in Hall as a Week 1 starter.

"It’s been fun,” Hall said. "That’s probably the best word I can use."

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