Marlins’ cleanup hitter might be … Placido Polanco

Marlins’ cleanup hitter might be … Placido Polanco

Giancarlo Stanton is going to be pitched around a ton this season, so who the Marlins pick to bat behind him in the cleanup spot is an important decision. And first-year manager Mike Redmond told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com that he’s giving serious consideration to using Placido Polanco. Yes, that Placido Polanco. Polanco is 37…

Capitals tell Taylor Chorney to prepare as if playing in Game 2

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Capitals tell Taylor Chorney to prepare as if playing in Game 2

Caps defenseman Taylor Chorney said he’s been told to prepare as if he’s playing in tonight’s Game  2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, likely in place of Dmitry Orlov, who was benched after being on the ice for a goal in Game 1 Thursday night.

“They told me to be prepared as if I’m going to be playing,” Chorney said. "We’ll just see how it goes.”

Defenseman Karl Alzner did not participate in the team’s morning skate but Caps coach Barry Trotz said everyone is available to play tonight when the Caps try to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

“Watch warmups and you’ll see what we’re doing,” Trotz said.

Chorney played for the Penguins last season and earned a contract with the Capitals last summer. In 55 games this season Chorney, 29, recorded one goal, five assists and was a plus-8.

“I don’t know if you call it an advantage but I think you’re familiar with some of them,” Chorney said of the Penguins. 

Chorney is expected to play on a third pairing with Nate Schmidt.

The Capitals lost both games that Chorney has played in the post-season. He replaced Brooks Orpik (upper body injury) in Games 4 and 5 against the Flyers in Round 1 before he was replaced by Mike Weber.

Trotz said Chorney’s play had nothing to do with his removal from the lineup for Game 6 against Philadelphia, indicating he made the move for Weber’s physicality.

Orlov has played in all 89 games for the Caps this season but Caps coach Barry Trotz said his leash is shorter with players in the playoffs than in the regular season.

“Playoffs, everything is about short-term memory and move forward,” Trotz said. “He’s done a lot of good things.”

Ross returns to mound as Nats continue series at Cardinals

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Ross returns to mound as Nats continue series at Cardinals

Nats (15-7) vs. Cardinals (12-11) at Busch Stadium

Joe Ross returns to the mound for the Nationals today after leaving his last start and getting his turn in the rotation skipped due to a blister on his right hand. The Nats and Ross called the move precautionary, but it will still be interesting to see how he returns to action.

Ross will be facing a Cardinals lineup that looks much different today. He won't see Jedd Gyorko, Randall Grichuk or Stephen Piscotty, who all played on Friday night. The Nationals have their expected lineup set to play with Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia on the mound.

First pitch: 2:15 p.m.
TV: MASN
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Joe Ross vs. Cardinals - Jamie Garcia

NATS

CF Michael Taylor
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
2B Daniel Murphy
LF Jayson Werth
SS Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Joe Ross

CARDINALS

CF Jeremy Hazelbaker
3B Matt Carpenter
LF Matt Holliday
1B Matt Adams
C Yadier Molina
RF Brandon Moss
SS Ruben Tejada
2B Kolten Wong
LHP Jaime Garcia

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What They're Saying: Reactions to Jaguars drafting Terps' Ngakoue

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What They're Saying: Reactions to Jaguars drafting Terps' Ngakoue

With the 69th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Maryland pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue. He was the second Maryland player taken on Friday night, along with defensive back Sean Davis to the Steelers, and for the Jaguars was the third straight defensive player selected.

Pair Ngakoue with first-round DB Jalen Ramsey from Florida State and possible second-round steal Myles Jack, and Jacksonville has already put together a formidable draft class.

What are people saying nationally about the Ngakoue pick? Take a look below.

Mike DiRocco, ESPN.com:

"The 6-foot-2, 252-pound Ngakoue is a scheme fit who will start off as a designated pass-rusher. He needs improvement against the run and has to work on keeping his weight up. Still, he’s an upgrade at the position."

BigCatCountry.com, SBNation:

"As for fitting with the Jaguars, they seemed to be set on finding somebody who is more of a situational pass rusher than they are finding a true every-down LEO. Their interest in Ngakoue makes sense in the regard that he can step in and be able to contribute right away."

John Oehser, Jaguars.com:

"The Jaguars addressed the edge late Friday. They did because they needed to, but more than that, they did it because the right player was available at the right time."

Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com:

Shane Davis, Cover32.com:

"Ngakoue will contribute as a pass-rusher immediately, playing mostly the LEO position and coming in on third downs. General manager Dave Caldwell raved about Ngakoue’s first step quickness in his press conference with the media on Friday night."

Mike Kaye, First Coast News:

"He decided leave Maryland early and the Jaguars jumped at the chance to add him. [GM Dave] Caldwell said he considered taking Ngakoue as early as the second round, but again, stayed patient and reaped the benefits."