Tiger sinks 48 foot putt for eagle

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Tiger sinks 48 foot putt for eagle

After finishing the second round of the AT&T National on Friday, Tiger Woods looked as though he had barely broken a sweat, despite temperatures that neared triple digits.
The reason, Woods said, is simple: He keeps himself in top physical shape thanks to a rigorous training program.
Absolutely, Woods said, asked if his superior fitness gives him an advantage in blistering conditions. I think its one of the reasons I had success at Southern Hills (in Georgia). I felt physically fit.
I didnt have a problem with the heat, he added. Ive played some of my good tournaments over the years in Malaysia and other places where its hot."
If thats the case, his competition had better watch out. The weekend at Congressional Country Club is expected to be just as sweltering and Woods' game is heating up.
He fired a three-under-par 68 to vault into contention at the tournament he hosts and, in 2009, won.
Although he hit only seven fairways and 11 greens in regulation, Woods used his craftiness and scintillating short game to save par on Nos. 14 and 15 after wayward tee shots.
Today I got more out of my round, Woods said. On a golf course like this, youre not going to hit em perfect all day. Its just too difficult. I had to make some saves and I did.
He also made an eagle, two birdies and just one bogey.
The eagle arguably the tournament's best shot through two rounds came on No. 16, a 579-yard par-5.
After a 240-yard approach shot left him 48 feet from the hole, Woods calmly sank the putt.
Indeed, Tiger was feeling it on the greens.
That was actually a tricky putt because it was a double breaking putt up that hill, he said. Its hard left and then just wants to feed back to the right. I was waiting for it to feed back because it was hanging, hanging, hanging. Then it just fell right in.
But Woods also knows he left a few strokes on the course, a point underscored by his effort on No. 6, a 555-yard par-5.
His drive sailed over the gallery and settled along the tree line. He recovered nicely, though, leaving himself a makeable birdie putt. But the nine foot attempt rolled just past the hole.
All in all, Woods was pleased with his round.
Im only three back, he said confidently, Im right there.
And if it comes down to who is able to best handle the heat, Woods figures to have the edge.
"Certainly fitness, running all those miles and lifting all those weights, it comes into play when you get days like this, and consecutive days like this," he said.

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T.J. McFarland returns to Orioles after lengthy DL stint

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T.J. McFarland returns to Orioles after lengthy DL stint

NEW YORK---Nearly two months after he went on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury, T.J. McFarland is back with the Orioles. 

McFarland, who is 2-2 with a 5.63 ERA in 15 games for the Orioles, had been on the disabled list since June 29. 

“Initially, I wasn’t expecting a two-month DL stint, but that’s kind of what you run into when you have an injury like that when you’re not really sure what it is 100 percent,” McFarland said. “However long it took, it needed time to get right.” 

To make room for McFarland, Logan Ondrusek was designated for assignment off the 25-man roster. Ondrusek had a 9.95 ERA in seven games with the Orioles. 

McFarland pitched at Gulf Coast, Frederick and Bowie in his rehab stint. On Thursday night, he threw a perfect inning for the Baysox. 

“The last two outings have been a lot better. Obviously the couple that I had in Frederick weren’t as well. When you are on a rehab assignment like that, the main focus is to be healthy but at some point you need to have some results. I was kind of able to find myself. Recollect and was able to get back to what I knew I was able to do which was throw sinkers, throw strikes. I was able to sharpen up a few other pitches, so that’s where we are,” McFarland said. 

NOTE: Adam Jones is in the starting lineup. Jones was removed for a pinch hitter in the ninth inning Thursday because of a cramp in his right hamstring.  

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Gonzalez takes the mound as the Nats kick off weekend set vs. Rockies

Gonzalez takes the mound as the Nats kick off weekend set vs. Rockies

Nats (74-53) vs. Rockies (60-67) at Nationals Park

The Nationals will look to make it back-to-back wins Friday night as they host the Colorado Rockies for the first of a three-game weekend set. Washington will send Gio Gonzalez (8-9, 4.30 ERA) to the mound to oppose rookie right hander Jeff Hoffman (0-1, 13.50 ERA). 

The last time these two clubs met, the Nats dropped two of three in Colorado, as they were overwhelmed by the Rockies' power-laden lineup. Dusty Baker and company will hope to fare better this time around in the friendly confines of Nats Park.  

Speaking of Baker, his lineup will be without Wilson Ramos for the second straight day. The Nats' skipper explained before Friday's game that his catcher is fine, and that the move is to simply give him an additional day of rest. Jose Lobaton, who called Thursday night's shutout against the Orioles, will be back in there and batting eighth. Other than that, it's the typical lineup. 

First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
TV: MASN 2
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Gio Gonzalez vs. Rockies - Jeff Hoffman

NATS

CF Trea Turner
LF Jayson Werth
2B Daniel Murphy
RF Bryce Harper
3B Anthony Rendon
1B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
LHP Gio Gonzalez

ROCKIES

CF Charlie Blackmon
1B Stephen Cardullo 
3B Nolan Arenado
RF Carlos Gonzalez
LF Ryan Raburn
C Nick Hundley
2B Daniel Descalso 
SS Cristhian Adames
RHP Jeff Hoffman

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Holtby thinks Price should start for Canada in World Cup of Hockey

Holtby thinks Price should start for Canada in World Cup of Hockey

Team Canada's roster for the World Cup of Hockey features an incredible trio of goalies with Braden Holtby, Carey Price and Corey Crawford.

Any coach would have trouble picking one of those three goalies to start, but Holtby has an idea who he would go with and it's not who you think.

"All of us want to play, but if Carey's healthy, there's no reason to not go with him," Holtby told Katie Brown of NHL.com. "He has all the experience internationally and the smart choice obviously would be that. I'm going to go there and play hard, [do] what I do, support the team in any way possible, whether it's playing or supporting another guy."

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Holtby has a very strong case to start for Team Canada. Price was limited to only 12 games last season due to an MCL sprain and hasn't played in a game since Nov. 25.  Holtby, meanwhile, is the reigning Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's top netminder. No one has been better over the past year.

And yet, it sounds like he would be just fine sitting on the bench behind Price and so probably would many Caps fans.

Holtby has been an absolute work horse the past two seasons playing in 139 regular season games and 25 playoff games in the past two years. Fatigue has to be something head coach Barry Trotz has to be thinking about this season with the World Cup tournament set to take place jsut before the season starts.

Perhaps seeing Holtby sit on the bench wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for the Caps.

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