Beninati: Caps Win Comes With A Price

Beninati: Caps Win Comes With A Price

Friday, November 13, 2009

The two teams were determined to hammer their point home tonight. Thatwas an extremely physical game, and that has been a calling card forMinnesota for a number of years. So that makes me feel even betterabout our guys finding the resolve in the 3rd period to pull out their4th straight win.

It came with a price though. As we were racing off toDulles we learned that Mike Knuble would be lost for several weeksafter breaking his finger in the first period. Reports have said theinjury will require surgery.

The Caps put a good number of qualitychances on Josh Harding right off the bat this evening. NicklasBackstrom the Swedish center, not the Finnish goalie was magical withthe puck all night long. Not only was he stick handling in expertfashion, but he seemed to have extra jump in his skating legs. He mustknow that Alex Ovechkin will be back soon, possibly as early asSaturday night in New Jersey.

The Cap's power play remains on a niceroll. The best thing about that unit is that they are getting timelygoals. Mike Green's goal came shortly after Minnesota took the lead andappeared to deflate the Wild.

Wow! that Cal Clutterbuck loves to stirit up physically. He's fun to watch trying to hit everyone in sight. Hewas the only guy to solve Semyon Varlamov who is brimming withconfidence right now.

Good to see the Caps defense core chip in with 2goals in this one. Brian Pothier's snap-shot for the game winner wasthe product of the veteran defense joining the rush at exactly theright time.

Look for us on CSN Saturday in New Jersey. Two very hotteams collide in that one. And who knows? There could be a 8 sighting.

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Ervin Santana tosses 2-hitter as Twins beat Orioles

Ervin Santana tosses 2-hitter as Twins beat Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Ervin Santana pitched a two-hitter for his 10th career shutout, Brian Dozier homered and the surging Minnesota Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 Tuesday night.

After banging out 21 hits in a 14-7 win over Baltimore on Monday, the AL Central-leading Twins relied on exceptional pitching to earn their ninth victory in 13 games.

Santana (7-2) struck out six, walked two and permitted only one runner past first base. The lone hits against the right-hander were a second-inning single by Welington Castillo and a single in the fifth by Jonathan Schoop.

It was Santana's 18th complete game, the second this season. He finished by retiring the last 14 batters.

Minnesota became the first team this season to capture a series at Camden Yards (the Orioles were 7-0-0). Now 16-5 on the road, the Twins on Wednesday will seek to complete their first three-game sweep in Baltimore since 1996.

Dylan Bundy (5-3) pitched well for the Orioles, but Santana was better. Bundy allowed two runs and six hits over seven innings, striking out seven and walking three.

Byron Buxton hit an RBI single in the fifth and Dozier connected in the seventh for a 2-0 lead.

A crowd of 13,294 endured a persistent rain shower that wasn't quite fierce enough to cause umpires to stop play.

The weather suited Santana just fine. He lowered his ERA to 1.80 and improved to 4-0 with a 0.31 ERA on the road.

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Nats beat Mariners behind Joe Ross' career day in return from minors

Nats beat Mariners behind Joe Ross' career day in return from minors

WASHINGTON -- Anthony Rendon homered twice and drove in five runs, Joe Ross returned from the minors to allow one run over a career high-tying eight innings, and the Washington Nationals routed the Seattle Mariners 10-1 on Tuesday night.

Bryce Harper added his 14th homer and Jayson Werth hit his seventh off Chris Bergman (1-2), who allowed all of the Nationals' runs and 14 of their 15 hits.

Rendon doubled before his second homer -- and seventh of the season -- completed an eight-run fourth inning. Ryan Zimmerman also had three hits.

Mike Zunino homered off Ross (2-0) in his return from his own minor league stint. Robinson Cano was hitless in his first game back from the disabled list following a thigh injury as Seattle dropped its fourth straight.

Ross showed no signs of the late April struggles that ended with a demotion to Triple-A Syracuse. He yielded five hits and a walk while striking out six, and retired 12 straight batters after a leadoff single to begin the game.

By the time Seattle finally put multiple runners aboard, Washington had already opened a 10-0 lead.

Rendon's second-inning shot around the left field foul pole made it 2-0.

Then Werth, Harper and Rendon all connected in the fourth, helping the Nationals score seven of their eight runs in the inning with two outs.

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