Gary Williams and Chick Hernandez on the conditions at Congressional


Gary Williams and Chick Hernandez on the conditions at Congressional

Orioles hoping Paredes' hitting perks up in Bowie


Orioles hoping Paredes' hitting perks up in Bowie

BALTIMORE – In Jimmy Paredes’ seven games at Bowie, he’s batting just .192. Paredes, who is on a rehab assignment, trying to return from an injury he suffered to his left wrist more than two months ago. Paredes also played one game for Frederick, where he was 3-for-4. 

Manager Buck Showalter was hoping for better things from Paredes, who is halfway through a possible 20-day rehab assignment. 

“Jimmy’s playing. He hasn’t been quite as productive as I thought he might be, but I think he’s working out. It’s been a long period of inactivity, so I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt. He’s got a pretty good track record of hitting. He’s going to stay with the Bowie club. I know his last day there is the 15th—if we want to carry it that far,” Showalter said. 

With the club currently without J.J. Hardy, Showalter said that could change the team’s plans for Paredes.

“It might even enhance them, give us some coverage there. I’d like to see him kind of get it going a little bit [with the] bat. We just know it could go as long as the 15th—or it could be earlier,” Showalter said. 

NOTES: Showalter said that Zach Britton, who sprained his left ankle on Friday “had a good day today,” and is nearing a return. … Paul Janish, who could be added shortly as an extra infielder, was not put on paternity leave by Norfolk so that he could join the Orioles quickly if needed. Janish’s wife is expected to deliver on Friday. .

AFC North: Manziel struggles continue, as does Browns search for franchise QB


AFC North: Manziel struggles continue, as does Browns search for franchise QB

Watching Johnny Manziel make his court appearance Thursday on domestic violence charges was another reminder of how badly many of the Browns’ quarterback decisions have turned out.

Just two years ago, Manziel was the 22nd overall pick, and the Browns hoped he would be the answer to their quarterback problems. How wrong that looks now, with Manziel out of the NFL, with an uncertain future both on and off the field.

The Browns’ decision to take Manziel in 2014 looks even worse when you consider:

- Two other starting quarterbacks were drafted after Manziel in 2014 – Teddy Bridgewater of the Vikings (No. 32) and Derek Carr of the Raiders (No. 36). 

- Eight first-round picks in the 2014 draft have already made the Pro Bowl – linebackers Anthony Barr (Vikings), Khalil Mack (Raiders), and C. J. Mosley (Ravens); wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants), defensive tackle Aaron Donald (Rams); guard Zach Martin (Cowboys); cornerback Jason Verrett (Chargers), and Bridgewater.

The Browns’ new regime of executive VP Sashi Brown, chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta, and coach Hue Jackson could have spent another first-round pick on a quarterback this year. Instead, they signed Robert Griffin III during free agency, traded down out of the No. 2 spot in the draft, acquired some valuable draft picks, and waited until Round 3 to draft quarterback Cody Kessler of USC in the third round.

The Browns aren’t sure Griffin or Kessler will solve their quarterback problems either. But it’s hard to blame them for avoiding spending another first-round pick on a quarterback. Not after seeing how far Manziel has fallen so fast.

Positions come open as Wizards shuffle staff


Positions come open as Wizards shuffle staff

The shifting has begun for the Wizards, who have a vacancy with the departure of vice president of scouting Marc Eversley who has moved on the the Philadelphia 76ers for a similar role. 

The Sixers made it official Thursday. Eversley was in charge of organizing workout and pre-draft evaluations.

The Wizards don't have any picks going into the 2016 NBA Draft on June 23 and don't appear likely to trade into it.

There is a long shot that they could end up with a top-three pick in the lottery and then retain that pick rather than it going to the Phoenix Suns at No. 13 via the Markieff Morris trade.

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It's not clear whether the Wizards will promote from within the organization to fill Eversley's role, such as with director of player personnel Frank Ross, or go outside for a candidate. 

Eversley worked for Sixers president Bryan Colangelo — recently hired by the franchise — when both were with the Toronto Raptors. 

The other departure for the Wizards came immediately after the season with Thomas Knox, director of player performance and rehabilitation.

Wizards coach Scott Brooks, who was hired within weeks after the April 13 regular-season finale, still has to put together his staff.