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Tim Beckham trade has paid off for Orioles and Beckham

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Tim Beckham trade has paid off for Orioles and Beckham

Tim Beckham is probably still getting used to playing with a Black and Orange uniform, but at the plate he is more comfortable than ever. 

Since picking the shortstop on July 31, he is batting .485 with 32 hits, 14 extra base knocks with five of those being homers. This is all within 16 games for the Baltimore Orioles, meaning he is averaging two hits a game.

Already Beckham has surpassed the amount of doubles he had with the Tampa Bay Rays in 87 games (seven compared to five). His batting average has risen over 200 points and his slugging percentage has doubled to .879.

To get the 27-year-old infielder, the Orioles only gave up minor-league pitcher Tobias Myers. 

That's right, a minor-league pitcher for a starting shortstop that currently holds the MLB's best batting average of all starting position players in the month of August.

A pretty good deal for the Orioles. 

Originally, Beckham looked to be a filler for the injured J.J. Hardy who is now currently on the 60-day disabled list. Now, it appears the Orioles have found their new starter in the gap. His fielding percentage is 94.9 percent since joinging the O's with four errors in 78 fielding chances.

With Tampa Bay he rotated among all of the infield positions for four years. 

Unfortunately as a single player, Beckham has been unable to get Baltimore to win more contests as the team is 8-8 with him in the line-up. 

In his first week with the Orioles, Beckham earned the AL Player of the Week and has not let up since. 

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Top 5: Redskins players and positions to watch vs. Packers

Top 5: Redskins players and positions to watch vs. Packers

The Redskins stumbled out of the gate in their preseason opener after falling to the Baltimore Ravens 23-3. Washington showed very little offense as they struggled to move the ball for most of the game, while the defense suffered some key injuries.

Kirk Cousins and company look to rebound in their second preseason game as they host the Green Bay Packers this Saturday at 7:30 PM. 

CSN's Julie Donaldson and former NFL GM Charley Casserly give their top five players and positions to keep an eye on in the Redskins second preseason game.

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Charley Casserly Top 5:

5. Matt Ioannidis: "I like Ioannidis. I thought he played the best of the rest of the defensive lineman. He's a high motor guy, he gives you effort, he's quick."

4. Deshazor Everett: "I thought he played well the other night. I thought he covered well, I thought he was aggressive against the run, he made good tackles."

3. Outside Linebackers: "Hey Preston Smith, this is your opportunity. This is a big year for him because hey, we drafted a guy. Anytime we draft a guy, the pressure is on."

2. Kirk Cousins: "He's got an advantage here. Green Bay is down, two of their top three corners aren't playing. This passing game should be in sync this week."

1. Offensive Line: "This offensive line did not play last week...you got to come out, dominate the line of scrimmage, control the line of scrimmage, and set the tone for the game."

Julie Donaldson's Top 5:

5. Nico Marley: "He has a lot of heart. He's making a name for himself... this guy has more to show for us than just being Bob's grandson, but I want to see can he do it again..."

4. Deshazor Everett: Cc'd: Casserly's comments

3. Samaje Perine: "There were so many expectations for him, he looked a little bit lost. I'm kinda hoping those are just nerves..."

2. Offensive Line: "If Kirk Cousins is going to have any success, or anybody that goes behind him, if that run game is going to have any success then we need to get that o-line in sync."

1. Colt McCoy: "We are one injury away from Colt McCoy taking over this team."

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Wizards sign veteran guard Donald Sloan

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Wizards sign veteran guard Donald Sloan

The Wizards added some depth to their backcourt on Thursday by signing veteran guard Donald Sloan to a one-year deal, CSN's Chris Miller confirmed on Thursday night. 

The news was first reported by Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania.

Sloan joins the Wizards after not appearing in the NBA last year. He last played for the Brooklyn Nets in 61 games in 2015-16.

A 29-year-old combo guard, Sloan is joining his sixth NBA team. He spent the 2016-17 season with the Guangdong Southern Tigers in China.

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Sloan's addition is an interesting one given the Wizards already had a full roster of 17 players set for 2017-18.

This could affect backup guard Sheldon Mac, whom the Wizards signed last summer as an undrafted free agent. Mac is set to make $1.3 million this season, but the money is not full guaranteed unless he is on the roster in January.

Sloan has career averages of 5.5 points and 3.0 assists per game. In hist last NBA season with Brooklyn, Sloan shot 44 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from three.

Sloan represents another cheap and low-risk signing for the Wizards this offseason. They already brought in Mike Scott and Jodie Meeks, hoping they can regain their form.

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