Nothing else is going on, so here’s a really shallow Hall of Fame thought: I think it’s almost certain — like, 99.9% certain — that there is already a member of the Hall of Fame who used performance enhancing drugs. Not just greenies, but 1980s-90s-2000s-style steroids, HGH and all of that stuff that causes everyone…
Boston Red Sox (31-20) vs. Baltimore Orioles (28-21), Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Eduardo Rodriguez (2016 debut) vs. Kevin Gausman (0-2, 3.24)
Keys to the Game:
Can the Orioles get to Rodriguez early in the game? He is making his first start of 2016
Can Gausman finally get that first win? He hasn't won in seven starts, but the Orioles have won three of them.
News and Notes:
— Caleb Joseph injured his groin in the eighth inning and was taken to the hospital for an examination.
— Gausman has won just three of his last 31 starts since Aug. 2014.
— David Ortiz is batting .462 (6-for-13) with two home runs and four RBIs against Gausman.
— Ortiz has hit 26 home runs in 113 games in Baltimore.
With the Warriors rallying back from a 3-1 series deficit to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, the "Summer of Durant" has officially begun.
Durant, a native of Prince George's County, Md., will become a free agent this offseason and can chose his next destination if he so chooses.
Many in the Washington, D.C. metro area are hoping he returns home to win his first NBA championship, and deliver the city its first title since the Redskins caputred the Super Bowl championship in 1992.
But the #KD2DC movement is not just a wild movement driven by unrealistic fans. Even local pro athletes are hoping Durant returns home.
DeAngelo Hall, a native of Chesapeake, Va., is one of many who would love to see Durant in Wizards colors.
The former NBA MVP has been spotted numerous times on the sidelines of Redskins games, representing the burgundy and gold.
There is no doubt that Hall, and countless other Redskins players, would love to do the same for Durant and the Wizards.
Veteran safety Eric Weddle is quickly making a strong impression with the Ravens.
After the first week of OTA’s, both coach Johh Harbaugh and defensive back Lardarius Webb mentioned Weddle as being a difference maker, after being acquired in free agency from the Chargers.
Weddle’s experience as a three-time Pro Bowler should be vital for a Ravens secondary that surrendered too many big plays last season.
Webb sees Weddle seamlessly taking command of the secondary, calling out coverages and making sure teammates are lined up properly.
“If he has anything to tell me I’m always listening,” Webb said. “He’s going to be big for this defense – for this team. He speaks up. I told him, `We want Eric Weddle. Don’t hold back. Don’t be quiet. We want you. If you yelled when you were with the Chargers, I want you coming out here yelling. Just be yourself. Grow the beard back, because we want the beard. If that’s who you were, grow the beard. He’s growing it back. He’s being himself and we’re loving it. It was a great move.”
Weddle has been offering advice to Webb on making the transition from cornerback to safety. Weddle can also lead by example, helping the development of young safeties like Terrence Brooks and Matt Elam.
At age 31, Weddle wants to show he can still play at a Pro Bowl level, and he desperately wants to make the playoffs. Harbaugh seems to have no doubt Weddle will make the Ravens’ defense better.
“I just really appreciate his attitude,” Harbaugh said. “He’s got an enthusiasm for the work day. He loves football. He loves every part of the work day. He loves every part of being in here and being a football player. There’s never something that you look at him and he’s not excited to do. That is infectious. That’s something that makes us all better, and to me, that’s one of the things that a great leader does and he’s got those qualities.
“He fits in with how we do things around here perfectly. I give (general manager) Ozzie (Newsome) all the credit in the world. That was a great signing.”