July 9, 2012: Comcast SportsNet to Televise 3 Wizards Games During 2012 NBA Summer League

July 9, 2012: Comcast SportsNet to Televise 3 Wizards Games During 2012 NBA Summer League

Bethesda, Md. (July 9, 2012) Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the regions leading source for multiplatformsports coverage, will provide live coverage and primetime encores of threeWashington Wizards games during the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas July13-18. The networks coverage will feature Bradley Beals first appearance withthe Wizards since being selected third overall by the team in the 2012 NBADraft on June 28. ComcastSportsNets schedule of 2012 NBA Summer League action begins when the Wizardsface Atlanta onJuly 13 at 4 p.m. (7 p.m. encore), which is the opening match-up of the 60-gameleague. The network will also televise the Wizards games against Memphis on July 17 at 6 p.m. (8 p.m. encore) and Milwaukee on July 18 at 4p.m. (7 p.m. encore). Coverage will be led by Comcast SportsNets Wizardsplay-by-play announcer Steve Buckhantz and analyst Phil Chenier. Comcast SportsNet will also deliver comprehensive news anddigital media coverage of the 24-team NBA Summer League, which will be playedat the Thomas & Mack Center and the COX Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada,Las Vegas July13-22. For more information on the Wizards 2012 NBA Summer League roster andschedule, please visit www.washingtonwizards.com.
Comcast SportsNets Wizards SummerLeague TV Schedule:DayDate Opponent Live Encore Friday, July 13 Atlanta Hawks 4p.m. 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 17 Memphis Grizzlies 6 p.m. 8 p.m.Wednesday, July 18 Milwaukee Bucks 4 p.m. 7 p.m.All times Eastern

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Reliever Matt Belisle sounds like safe bet for Nationals playoff roster

Reliever Matt Belisle sounds like safe bet for Nationals playoff roster

After Gio Gonzalez labored through 3 2/3 innings on an inefficient 100 pitches in the Nats' loss to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night, it must have been a breath of fresh air to see reliever Matt Belisle take over and record four outs on just seven pitches, including a perfect fifth inning, the final frame on defense for the Nats before their game was cut short due to rain.

Belisle even began the fifth by getting examined by trainer Paul Lessard and pitching coach Mike Maddux. They saw him grimace on several pitches, possibly due to a minor forearm issue he's been dealing with lately. Whatever it was, it didn't affect his results.

“Hey man, this guy’s a man – a very strong man physically and mentally," manager Dusty Baker said. "He said he was fine. I mean, this guy wants to pitch."

Baker said there are no lingering concerns about Belisle's forearm, which contributed to him not pitching from Sept. 8 until Sept. 25. They gave him a rest, but now he's back and has tossed three scoreless innings since.

"I mean, this guy’s a man. He’s what you think about when you think about a Texan," Baker said. "I’m serious.I knew him when he was a kid, in Cincinnati, and he was a man then. He wants the ball."

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Belisle hasn't pitched much in recent weeks, but Baker's comments after Wednesday's loss shared insight into his chances to make the playoff roster. In short, he sounds like a lock.

"We have to make sure that he’s ready for the postseason because he’s had a very good year for us. Out of spring training, really wasn’t sure because he had a bad calf. Then he had a bad forearm there for awhile, but this guy has performed admirably."

Belisle, 36, now boasts a 1.76 ERA through 40 appearances this season. He beat the odds to make their Opening Day roster and has since turned into one of their most consistent bullpen arms.

"He’s had very good success against left-handers. You certainly need those guys come playoff time," Baker said.

Given those comments, it appears Belisle will be in store when the Nats face the Dodgers in the NL Division Series. Also in in that mix will be Mark Melancon, Shawn Kelley, Sammy Solis, Blake Treinen and Marc Rzepczynski. 

That leaves little room for others - likely Sean Burnett, Reynaldo Lopez, Oliver Perez and Yusmeiro Petit - to compete for the final spot or spots, depending on how many relievers they carry. Given there is one less starter with Stephen Strasburg's injury, that could open the door for two of those pitchers to make the roster.

[RELATED: Wilson Ramos to have surgery soon, hopes to be back with Nats]


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Signed off Redskins practice squad, center Austin Reiter could start for Browns

Signed off Redskins practice squad, center Austin Reiter could start for Browns

If Austin Reiter was on the Redskins roster as he was at the beginning of the season, he could well be starting at center against the Browns this week in the wake of injuries to Kory Lichtensteiger and Shawn Lauvao.

Instead, he could well be starting for the Browns.

Mary Kay Cabot, Browns beat writer for Cleveland.com, tweeted the following:

Reiter, a seventh-round draft pick of the Redskins in 2015, made the 53-man roster coming out of training camp. But he was cut after Week 1 to make room for defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins. The Redskins signed him to the practice squad, but Reiter went to Cleveland when the Browns signed him to their roster after injuries hit at the center position.

What Browns coach Hue Jackson said doesn’t sound definitive, and it may be some misinformation to try to throw the Redskins off. Veteran John Greco started at center for the Browns last Sunday, and he does not appear on their injury report.

Update: Breaking Burgundy is reporting that Reiter will start on Sunday.

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