MONTH-LONG PROGRAM HEADLINES NETWORKS COMPREHENSIVE MULTIPLATFORM COVERAGE OF REDSKINS AND RAVENS TRAINING CAMPSBethesda, Md. (July 23, 2012) Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic has announced Training Camp Daily, the networks month-long Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens training camp program, will begin its sixth season on Wednesday, July 25. The 21-episode series, which will air live weekdays at 6:30 p.m. with multiple daily encores through Friday, Aug. 24, highlights the networks comprehensive multiplatform coverage of the teams 2012 NFL training camps.Training Camp Daily, presented by AAA, will provide complete daily Redskins and Ravens training camp news and information, as well as exclusive interviews, expert analysis and special features. The half-hour show will be led on location by the networks Redskins and Ravens television beat reporters, Chick Hernandez and Brent Harris, and will feature a variety of network contributors, including analysts Trevor Matich and Brad Jackson.In addition to live Training Camp Daily airings each weekday at 6:30 p.m., the network will present multiple same-day and next-day encores of each episode. Encore times vary, but will include 9 p.m., 12 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., depending on the day. Complete Training Camp Daily schedule information is available at www.csnwashington.comontv.Comcast SportsNet will also provide complete daily training camp coverage of the Redskins and Ravens across its digital media platforms, which are highlighted by CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com. The networks stable of reporters and football experts, led by Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Redskins Blogger Rich Tandler and Ravens Insider John Eisenberg, will supply extensive written, video and interactive team content throughout training camp. Comcast SportsNets expanded coverage of the Redskins and Ravens will also be featured on the networks full line-up of daily news and entertainment programs, including Redskins Nation, SportsTalk Live and SportsNet Central. Comcast SportsNet is the exclusive regional cable home of Redskins and Ravens preseason games.
With the big-ticket item put to bed with Bradley Beal’s max contract, the Wizards are entering a dead period where little will take place leading into training camp. But there's still much to be decided.
By the second week of August, the NBA will release the regular-season schedule and players will trickle into town for individual work, get acclimated with their new teammates and new head coach Scott Brooks and his staff.
- There are still two roster spots to be decided, with Jarell Eddie, Danuel House, Sheldon McClellan and Daniel Ochefu –- all of whom have partial guarantees –- in the prime position to succeed. The Wizards have 13 guaranteed contracts for the 2016-17 regular season. They can carry as many as 20 players before cutting down to the maximum of 15 players by tipoff.
- Any other invites that the Wizards dole out for training camp that are accepted are unlikely to include money (partial guarantees). The reason is because they already have a solid group with partials and it's unlikely that center Micheal Eric, who was the best big in the middle for them during Las Vegas summer league, will accept. They're stocked already in the middle. Even though Nate Wolters played exceptionally well in Las Vegas too, he's not in the mix to attend because three point guards already are under contract.
- The hiring of a new head athletic trainer after Eric Waters was fired with one year left on his contract hasn't been settled but should be soon. The Wizards, however, are looking to restructure the staff similar to how other teams have done so in recent years. Instead of just a head trainer, they're looking at creating a position similar to the Portland Trail Blazers when they made Christopher Stackpole the Director of Player Health and Performance in 2013. The head trainer would report to that person who'd focus on big picture issues and using analyitics even more in-depth to monitor health of current players but prospects who could be drafted and free agents.
- The contract hasn’t been signed to relocate training camp to the campus of VCU in Richmond, but at this point it’s just a matter of details such as how many days they’ll be there and how long beyond this year. It opens Sept. 27.
Postgame analysis of the Nats' 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night at AT&T Park.
How it happened: This Trea Turner and Bryce Harper combination at the top of the Nationals' lineup has potential.
Turner has been doing his part for over a week now, continuing to look like a player who can lead the Nats to new heights with his production from the leadoff spot. And on Thursday night in San Francisco, Harper followed the rookie's lead with a strong effort hitting behind him.
Turner went 2-for-4 with a walk, a run and a steal. After going hitless in his previous five games, Harper smoked an RBI double to score Turner from first in the top of the sixth. As Turner rounded third and charged home, his helmet flew off behind his head, a subtle ode to the man who drove him in.
Turner had one of three straight two-out RBI singles hit by the Nats in the top of the second inning alone. Danny Espinosa got the first to score Wilson Ramos. Tanner Roark then landed the second to score Ryan Zimmerman before Turner brought home Espinosa.
That sequence was the worst moment for Johnny Cueto, who lasted a season-low five innings. Roark, on the other hand, was surgical through seven innings of one-run ball.
The Nats pitching staff hummed like a well-oiled machine until the bottom of the ninth inning when Jonathan Papelbon took over. He faced one batter - Brandon Crawford - who flew out - before manager Dusty Baker got Oliver Perez warming in his bullpen. Papelbon would stay in to allow two baserunners before getting the hook. That simply does not happen if he had not given up six earned runs in his previous two outings. Clearly the Nats do not have confidence in their closer at the moment.
Perez replaced Papelbon, but didn't finish the inning. He loaded the bases by walking Trevor Brown, then allowed a run on a Gregor Blanco infield grounder that was charged to Papelbon. Blanco hit a laser to Anthony Rendon, who bobbled it before throwing it to second, where Espinosa also bobbled it to botch the forceout.
After Perez, it was Shawn Kelley who came in and shut it down with a strikeout of Angel Pagan with the bases loaded. Papelbon, by the way, has now been tagged with earned runs in three straight outings.
The Nationals won their second straight game after losing six of their previous eight.
What it means: The Nats beat the Giants in their first head-to-head matchup of the season. They moved to 60-42 overall and sit five games up on the Miami Marlins in the NL East with exactly 60 games left to play.
Roark too much for Giants: Roark entered Thursday as the less-heralded of the two starting pitchers, but the Nats right-hander thoroughly out-dueled Cueto in a performance that was typical of his strong 2016 season. Roark went seven innings with one run surrendered on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts on 111 total pitches. It was the eighth time this season that Roark has gone at least seven innings with one earned run or fewer allowed. Only Cubs lefty Jon Lester, with nine such starts, has done that more. Roark moved to 10-6 on the year and currently holds a 2.96 ERA.
Turner lights the fuse: The Nats' issues in the leadoff spot may soon become a distant memory. Turner continued to set the table brilliantly on Thursday night with two hits, a walk, a run and a steal. He fills up box scores like no one else on the Nationals right now and the impact he's having on their lineup as a whole as profound. This was the fifth time in his last nine games that Turner has reached base at least twice and the second straight outing he's been on three times. Turner's steal pushed him to 6-for-6 on attempts this season in just 14 total games. Including the minor leagues, he's 31-of-33 this year.
Turner also fared well defensively. Despite being new to center field and playing in a new ballpark, Turner made all the outs that were hit to him. He even reeled in a leaping catch at the wall for the first out of the bottom of the fifth. Turner backed up all the way to the wall and jumped to catch a Mac Williams flyball. The jump may not have been necessary, but he displayed solid instincts near the wall for a guy who is learning on the job out there.
Harper shows some life: Before Harper's RBI double to the left field corner in the sixth, the reigning MVP was 0-for-19 in his last 21 at-bats. As off as he's looked at times this season, Harper had reached one of his lowest points. The double, though was absolutely crushed and it gave the Nats a nice insurance run against a team that has proven resilient in the past.
Up next: The Nats and Giants play another late one with a 10:15 p.m. ET start on Friday night. Max Scherzer (10-6, 2.92) will take the mound for the Nats opposite right-hander Jeff Samardzija (9-6, 4.22).
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Uh, that's not supposed to happen.
A fan at Turner Field on Thursday night reached into the field of play to catch a flyball and got a lot more than just a souvenir. He caught it right before Braves outfeilder Chase d'Arnaud came charging in. d'Arnau coudl not stop his momentum and ended up face-to-face with the fan, appearing to nearly give him a kiss on the replay.
It was weird. See for yourself:
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