The Power of Tony Pena

The Power of Tony Pena

Well, Tony Pena is in the news again, having managed the Dominican Republic to eight consecutive victories and a dominating championship in the World Baseball Classic. It is a good excuse to tell a story, one of my favorite ever stories in sports. Then, Tony Pena is one of my favorite ever people in sports.…

Orioles end scoreless streak with 1-0 win in 10 innings

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Orioles end scoreless streak with 1-0 win in 10 innings

BALTIMORE – The Orioles finally broke their 21 inning scoreless streak, and thanks to a sacrifice fly by Pedro Alvarez pulled out a 10-inning 1-0 win over the New York Yankees before 19,598 at Oriole Park on Thursday night. 

Hyun Soo Kim started the 10th with an infield single off Johnny Barbato (1-2). Kim advanced to third on a single to left by Jonathan Schoop. 

Andrew Miller came in to face Alvarez, who flied to fairly short center. Reimold beat Jacoby Ellsbury’s throw home for the winning run. 

The Orioles (16-11) took two of three from New York (9-17). 

Darren O’Day started the ninth with two outs, and after Starlin Castro singled, Zach Britton who hadn’t pitched since spraining his left ankle on Saturday, came in to face Brian McCann. 

On a 3-1 pitch, Britton threw a strike to McCann, and Matt Wieters fired the ball to shortstop where Manny Machado tagged Castro out to end the ninth. 

After walking Brian McCann to start the 10th and later allowing a stolen base to pinch runner Brett Gardner, Britton (2-1) struck out the side. 

In the bottom of the ninth, Mark Trumbo walked with one out, and Wieters’ fly ball was caught by a jumping Dustin Ackley in right, and pinch runner Joey Rickard was easily doubled up at first to end the inning. 

Kevin Gausman allowed just two hits in the first six innings, a single to Aaron Hicks in the third, and leadoff double to Castro in the fourth. 

Castro was on third with one out, but Gausman stranded him. 

Gausman’s motion so frustrated Yankees manager Joe Girardi that he was thrown out of the game after Castro was left on third because he argued to third base umpire Chris Guccione that Gausman was balking. 

Masahiro Tanaka allowed just four singles in six innings, and no Oriole baserunner advanced past second. 

In the seventh, Gausman allowed a single to Mark Teixeira with one out, but was immediately bailed out when Carlos Beltran hit into a nifty, shift-induced 5-6-3 double play. 

Jonathan Schoop singled with two outs in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to eight games, but he has just one hit in each game.

Gausman finished by throwing eight scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out four. 

Tanaka gave up five hits in eight shutout innings. 

NOTE: The Oakland Athletics begin a three-game series on Friday night. Rich Hill (3-3, 2.53) faces Ubaldo Jimenez (1-3, 5.20).

Trotz named finalist for Jack Adams Award

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Trotz named finalist for Jack Adams Award

After leading the Capitals to their second Presidents' Trophy in franchise history, head coach Barry Trotz has been named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, the NHL announced Thursday. The award is voted on by the NHL Broadcasters' Association and is officially awarded to the coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success."

Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars and Gerard Gallant of the Florida Panthers are also finalists.

In his second season as coach, Trotz led the Caps to a 56-18-8 record and a Presidents' Trophy. The team set franchise records in wins (56) and road wins (27) and also came just one shy of tying records in home wins (29) and points (120).

This is the third time Trotz has been named a finalist for the Jack Adams. He finished second in 2010 and third in 2011 while with the Nashville Predators. Should Trotz win, he will become the third coach to win the award in franchise history. Bryan Murray won for the 1983-84 season and Bruce Boudreau for the 2007-08 season.

The winner of the award will be announced during the 2016 NHL Awards on June 22.

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Four-star Maryland target chooses Hokies over Terps

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Four-star Maryland target chooses Hokies over Terps

Four-star guard and Maryland target Nickeil Alexander-Walker has committed to Virginia Tech, he announced via Instagram on Thursday evening. 

Walker-Alexander, who is listed at 6-5, 175 pounds, is rated as the No. 91 overall player in the class of 2017, according to Rivals.com. He is a native of Canada who plays for Hamilton Heights Christian (Tenn.) and Under Armour-affiliated Canada Elite AAU.

So far this AAU season, he is averaging 15.1 points and 2.5 assists per game while ranking in the Top 15 on the Under Armour circuit with 15 made threes. He recently visited both Maryland and Virginia Tech.

Maryland does not yet have a verbal commitment in the class of 2017.

Watch his highlights below.