John Valentin will be the Dodgers’ assistant hitting coach

John Valentin will be the Dodgers’ assistant hitting coach

In joining the increasing number of teams to employ a pair of hitting coaches the Dodgers have hired John Valentin as their assistant hitting coach. He’ll work alongside new hitting coach Mark McGwire, who left the Cardinals for the Dodgers last week. Valentin retired as a player in 2002 following an 11-year career spent mostly…

Podcast - 'Baseball in the District' - Are Nats better than the Mets?

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Podcast - 'Baseball in the District' - Are Nats better than the Mets?

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The Nationals just wrapped up their series against the Mets, making this a good time to discuss where they stand in the NL East and what they still need to work on.

Tim Murray and I went into the Mets series and what we learned. We also gave our thoughts on the Matt Harvey disaster and whether he should have spoken to the media.

Tim and I compared Daniel Murphy's numbers to those of Brandon Phillips and Ben Zobrist, the other two players the Nats targeted this offseason to play second base. We also wondered the best way to use Michael Taylor and whether he should be dangled at the trade deadline.

Feel free to share your opinions with us on Twitter @ChaseHughesCSN and @1TimMurray.

You can listen to the show on ESPN 980's website or download the show on iTunes.

Ravens lose week of OTAs, Harbaugh and organization fined by NFL

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Ravens lose week of OTAs, Harbaugh and organization fined by NFL

OWINGS MILLS – The NFL punished the Ravens by taking away their second OTA session (June 1-3), and fining both coach John Harbaugh and the organization, the league announced Thursday. The punishment stems from a practice violation in rookie camp on May 6, when the Ravens briefly practiced in pads during a non-contact drill, which violated the collective bargaining agreement. The NFL investigated after the Ravens’ violation was brought to the league’s attention. 

The amount of the fines was not immediately disclosed. The Ravens issued a brief statement after the punishment was announced.

“We made a mistake and we are sorry for that,” the statement said. “We accept the NFL discipline.”

The Ravens were in the midst of completing their first OTA session when the league’s ruling was handed down. The Ravens will still have their OTA scheduled for the second week in June, as well as their mandatory minicamp later in the month.

Considering injuries, Ravens have strong turnout at OTA's

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Considering injuries, Ravens have strong turnout at OTA's

OWINGS MILLS – More than 70 of the 90 players on the Ravens roster were in attendance at Thursday’s voluntary workouts, the first OTA’s open to the media.

Veterans who were not on the field included wide receivers Michael Campanaro and Steve Smith Sr. (Achilles); linebackers Elvis Dumervil, C. J. Mosley, and Terrell Suggs (Achilles); quarterback Joe Flacco (knee); defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore, left tackle Eugene Monroe (shoulder); cornerback Jimmy Smith (foot), and right guard Marshal Yanda.

Those not on the field also included running backs Kenneth Dixon and Trent Richardson; defensive end Bronson Kaufusi, and wide receiver Keenan Reynolds. In the case of rookies, college graduation ceremonies may have interfered with their attendance.

Two players who missed all of last season due to injuries were participating – tight end Dennis Pitta (hip) and wide receiver Breshad Perriman. Both Perriman and Pitta were scheduled to speak with the media at the conclusion of practice.