Rangers tab Matt Harrison as Opening Day starter

Rangers tab Matt Harrison as Opening Day starter

The 2013 season will begin next Sunday night when the Rangers face the Astros at Minute Maid Park at 8:05 p.m. ET. And now we have the pitching matchup locked in. According to Richard Durrett and Ron Matejko of ESPN Dallas, Rangers manager Ron Washington announced this evening that Matt Harrison will be the club’s…

Sidney Crosby not thrilled to get whacked by Alex Ovechkin


Sidney Crosby not thrilled to get whacked by Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin cracked Sidney Crosby in the wrist while going for a puck halfway through the third period.

Crosby exited the ice and headed to the locker room for a quick evaluation. 

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Crosby was clearly frustated — he and Ovechkin don't exactly see eye to eye —and as he headed toward the locker room, took his frustration out on the brick wall.

Crosby returned moments later and Twitter promptly blew up.

VIDEO: Pirates pitcher chastised for antics as fan at Caps-Pens

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VIDEO: Pirates pitcher chastised for antics as fan at Caps-Pens

All kinds of D.C. athletes attend Capitals games when the team is home. So it's no surprise that players from other cities do the same. 

On Wednesday night in Pittsburgh, it was Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole who was in attendance right near the ice to watch the Penguins face Washington in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. And he got into it. 

As captured on video by Amanda Jupena of WTAE, Cole was happily booing the Capitals from his seat.

Well, it seems like Cole might have gotten a little too into it. NBCSN cameras showed a stadium staffer appearing to tell him to cool it a bit. 

Ah, the playoffs.

Orioles can't break through and lose 7-0 to Yankees


Orioles can't break through and lose 7-0 to Yankees

BALTIMORE – Wednesday’s pregame was dominated by silly talk that the Orioles deliberately canceled the New York Yankees’ batting practice the day before. 

Rain was forecast, but it never came, but that sometimes happens around here. 

The Yankees took batting practice in the mist, and on yet another cool and unpleasant night, broke their six-game losing streak with a 7-0 win over the Orioles before 15,998 at Oriole Park.

Through the first five innings, Tyler Wilson allowed just one hit, and 11 of his first 15 outs were on the ground. 

It all came apart in the sixth. With one out, Jacoby Ellsbury singled and stole second. He advanced to third on Brett Gardner’s single. Ellsbury scored when Adam Jones did not attempt a throw home on Carlos Beltran’s fly to center field. 

Mark Teixeira walked, and Gardner scored on Brian McCann’s single to right. Starlin Castro bounced to the mound, but Wilson (1-1) threw the ball past Chris Davis at first for a two-base error as Teixiera scored.

The Orioles (15-11) had plenty of opportunities against CC Sabathia, who recorded his 19th win against them. 

They hit into three double plays, and had just one runner on turd base. In the fifth, Jonathan Schoop doubled, and one out, Ryan Flaherty singled, but Schoop stayed at third as Joey Rickard and Manny Machado struck out. 

It got worse in the eighth. T.J. McFarland gave up a leadoff double to Beltran, walked Teixiera and left with the score 5-0 after McCann doubled to right and advance to third on the throw. Didi Gregorius’ single made it 6-0. 

Dylan Bundy loaded the bases with two outs, and hit Gardner with a 3-2 pitch. 

Sabathia (2-2), who barely made New York’s rotation out of spring training, allowed six hits in seven innings. 

Kirby Yates loaded the bases in the eighth with one out, but Dellin Betances struck out Davis and retired Mark Trumbo on a foul pop to third. 

NOTES: The crowd was the smallest for a Yankees-Orioles game in Baltimore since Sept. 27, 1988 when 15,737 watched at Memorial Stadium. … The Orioles were shut out for the second time this season while New York recorded its first shutout. … Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 2.87) pitches against Kevin Gausman (0-1, 2.45) on Thursday night.