The Redskins will be holding a children's book drive prior to the game at FedEx Field tomorrow. See the PR press release for details.WASHINGTON REDSKINS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION TO HOST THE FIFTH ANNUAL REDSKINS READ CHILDRENS BOOK DRIVEWHO:Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, Everybody Wins! D.C. and Barnes & Noble Booksellers are teaming up to host the fifth annualRedskins Read Childrens Book Drive.WHAT:The kickoff of this years book drive will be astadium collection event held this Sunday, Sept. 23 at FedExField when the Redskins play the Cincinnati Bengals.This childrens book drive, part of the Washington Redskins Charitable FoundationsRedskins Readliteracy initiative, will collect new childrens books that will redistributed throughout the Washington Redskins market to children that could otherwise not afford to purchase books.Fans are encouraged to bring new childrens books to the game on Sept. 23 and drop them off in the collection bins that will be stationed around the stadium or to make their book donation at any of the 13 participating Barnes & Noble Booksellersstores beginning Saturday, Sept. 22 and running through Saturday, Oct. 6.If fans wish to make a monetary donation or are unable to attend the game, cash or checks will be accepted both at the game and checks may be mailed to the Charitable Foundation. All checks should be made payable to the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation (a 501c3 nonprofit organization).Donations can also be sent to the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation co Redskins Read Childrens Book Drive, 21300 Redskin Park Drive, Ashburn, Va. 20147. All funds collected will be used to purchase additional books for area children by Everybody Wins! D.C.WHERE:FedExField,1600 FedEx Way,Landover, Md. 20785Also at 13 participating Barnes & Noble BooksellersstoresWHEN:Sunday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at FedExFieldSept. 22 to Oct. 6 at all 13 participating Barnes & Noble Booksellers stores
Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 29, 35 days before the Washington Redskins cut their roster to 53 on September 2.
The Redskins last played a game 209 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 43 days.
Today’s schedule: Walkthrough 10:35; Jonathan Allen press conference after walkthrough, approx. 11:45; Jay Gruden press conference 2:45; Practice 3:00; players available after both practices.
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 12
—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 21
—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 57
Hot topics from Redskins camp
RICHMOND—Some news and notes from around Redskins training camp.
—When talking about what happens in camp I frequently forget to mention that they are not in pads yet. That will start tomorrow. Speaking of the defensive line Jay Gruden said, “We’re in day one, day two, we haven’t even put on pads yet so we're giving everybody the opportunity. That’s what it’s all about.” We still talk about and analyze what happens out there. But the significance of it is diminished until the pads go on. Even then, it’s not as significant as preseason games and those, of course, are exponentially less telling that regular season games. Pads go on tomorrow and the first preseason game is in less than two weeks so we’re getting there.
—Josh Norman really wants to put the Odell Beckham Jr. feud in the past. At least that’s what he said. “It’s been in the past until you brought it up,” he said when asked about it. And it was in the past last year until Beckham brought it up. I don’t get the impression that he hates it because he does seem to get under Beckham’s skin and that’s a competitive advantage for Norman. The thing is, this year there is only a two-day media window between the Saints game on Sunday and the first matchup of the year with the Giants on Thanksgiving Day. It may or may not be a topic.
—The Redskins weren’t the only team that added a tall receiver in the offseason. The Eagles signed Alshon Jeffrey and the Giants brought Brandon Marshall in. Norman says he’d rather cover the big guys. “Tall guys, we’re the same,” said Norman. “It’s just who’s going to go for the ball, who’s going to get the ball. Short guys are quicker. They move in spaces to where you’ve got to touch them, you’ve got reach out. Some things they do, it’s more so of they’re trying to set you up, where those big guys, they’re just going to try to bully you. That’s my game, I enjoy that. Short guys, they [are] crafty”
—I’ll have more on this later but I thought it was interesting that Rob Kelley said that he doesn’t feel much different this year, when he likely going to start at running back and definitely will have a job after the September 2 cuts, than he did last year, when he was fighting just to b on the team. He still must compete. For motivation, he need look no further than the fall from grace experienced by teammate Matt Jones, who went from being the unquestioned starter year ago to being a trade or cut candidate.
—Maurice Harris suffered a strained knee in practice and was seen on the sideline with a wrap around it. Derek Carrier rolled his ankle. Both are day to day (but, then again, aren’t we all?).
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Adrian Beltre had two RBI singles to increase his hit total to 2,998, Elvis Andrus homered and the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-2 on Friday night.
Nomar Mazara had three doubles, driving in two runs in the first to put the Rangers ahead to stay. He also doubled in the third and fifth innings, scoring both times on singles by Beltre.
Andrew Cashner (6-8) allowed only a solo homer by Jonathan Schoop in his seven innings. The Rangers right-hander struck out four and walked two.
Beltre, the 38-year-old third baseman in his 20th major league season, is on the brink of becoming only the 31st player in the 3,000-hit club. Ichiro Suzuki is the only current active player with more than 3,000 hits after reaching that milestone last season.
After grounding out in the first, Beltre shattered his bat on a bloop single to center in the third, grounded a ball up the middle for a hit in the fifth, and had an infield popout in the seventh. He is 9 for 14 through four games of a nine-game home stand.
Beltre, who won his fifth Gold Glove last season, has also played 62 consecutive games at third base without an error -- a career best and the club record.
Chris Tillman (1-6) allowed eight runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings. He struck out six, but trailed 2-0 before recording his first out. He has allowed 17 runs in the first inning of his 14 starts.
Shin-Soo Choo drew a leadoff walk on Korean Heritage Night at the ballpark before Andrus singled and Mazara doubled. Choo walked again to start the third, before Andrus extended his career high with his 14th homer.
Tillman was gone after Mike Napoli's double in the fifth, which scored Mazara and moved Beltre to third. A two-run single by Carlos Gomez off reliever Richard Bleier made it 8-0.
Schoop's 23rd homer of the season, and eighth of July, came in the sixth. Chris Davis had an RBI single in the eighth.