Terps' Vellano, Furstenburg selected preseason All-ACC

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Terps' Vellano, Furstenburg selected preseason All-ACC

More preseason accolades for Maryland defensive lineman Joe Vellano and tight end Matt Fursteburg, this time from those scribes that know them best.Vellano and Furstenburg were selected to the 2012 Preseason All-ACC Football Team, the league announced Wednesday. Vellano, a consensus first team All-ACC2011 selection,received 58 votes for the 2012 Preseason All-ACC team, third most among defensive players. Previously the senior and 2011 All-American had been named to the preseason watch lists for five national awards: the Bednarik, Lombardi and Walter Camp Awards, and the Bronco Nagurski and Outland Trophies. Furstenburg. who started all 12 games for Maryland last season, was earlier named to the preseason watch list for the Mackey Award, which honors the nations top tight end. At his position last season,Furstenburg finished third in the conference in receptions per game (2.6) and receiving yards (348).Voting for the 25-man team was conducted by media in attendance at the ACC Football Kickoff.Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, the lone unanimous selection among the 68 ballots cast,was pickedPreseason ACC Player of the Year.

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Papelbon blows it in 9th as Nats fall to Padres, lose series

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Papelbon blows it in 9th as Nats fall to Padres, lose series

Postgame analysis of the Nats' 10-6 loss to the San Diego Padres on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park.

How it happened: There are certain points in an MLB season where the magnifying glass comes over each roster, when singular performances can be honed in on and cast as part of a bigger picture, despite them occurring in the vast sea of a 162-game season.

The month of July, trade deadline season, is one of those times and on Sunday afternoon the first poor outing for Jonathan Papelbon in over a month just happened to occur amidst trade rumors involving the Nats and other closers around the league. If they were already inclined to seek help for the backend of their bullpen, Papelbon didn't do his part to change their mind in this one.

The right-hander hadn't allowed a run since June 12 with seven straight scoreless appearances since he returned from the disabled list on July 4. Against the Padres, though, he found trouble early with a four-pitch walk against Wil Myers with one out. Myers moved to second on a wild pitch and then scored on a Yangervis Solarte single. Papelbon allowed three more runs on a bases-clearing double by Alexei Ramirez to make it 10-6.

Papelbon's uneven ninth followed a rocky eighth inning by Shawn Kelley, who allowed two solo homers, the second to tie the game at 6-6. It was a rare collapse for the Nats bullpen, who followed a rough afternoon for starter Lucas Giolito. Giolito made it only 3 2/3 innings with four runs allowed, two of them earned.

Wilson Ramos hit his 14th homer of the season, Daniel Murphy drove in two runs and posted his 40th multi-hit game of the season. Trea Turner had two hits including a triple. Jayson Werth added a sacrifice fly and a walk to extend his streak of reaching base to 28 games, the second-longest of his career. And Giolito got his first career MLB hit, a single in the bottom of the third.

It was a solid day for the Nats' offense, but Papelbon's ninth made the difference.

What it means: The Nats fell to 58-41 on the season and lost 2016 series against the Padres 3-4. 

Giolito struggles again: The talent is there, but Giolito remains a work in progress. He ditched his full windup on Sunday to pitch out of the stretch and his velocity remained down. The uber prospect who threw a fastball that flirted with 100 is now consistently tossing 92-95. He's also ditching his changeup. Giolito only threw four of them among his 66 total pitches on Sunday.

Giolito was yanked after 3 2/3 innings with four runs allowed, two of them earned. He didn't strike out a single batter and walked three. Giolito has now allowed six earned runs in 11 1/3 MLB innings with nine walks. 

Three of the runs Giolito surrendered were on one play in the top of the third. Myers singled to center field with the bases loaded to score two, and another came home on a throw to second by Ramos. 

Ramos hits No. 14: And we thought Bryce Harper's 451-foot homer on Wednesday night was a bomb. Ramos clubbed a 455-foot, three-run homer off lefty Christian Friedrich in the bottom of the third that nearly made it to the concourse. Ramos' sailed the no-doubter just four rows away from clearing the bleachers in left field. According to StatCast, the ball left his bat at 110 miles per hour. It was the longest homer hit by a Nationals player this season.

For Ramos, it was his 14th home run of the season. He is now just two away from tying the career-high of 16 he set back in 2013. Only one MLB catcher - Evan Gattis of the Astros - has more than Ramos this season.

Turner triples again: Turner's triple was his third in his last five games. It was a standup triple and it led off the bottom of the first. Turner then scored on Murphy's sacrifice fly. Turner's three triples in 10 games this season rank third on the Nats behind Murphy (4) and Ben Revere (5). At this rate he'll pass those guys very soon.

Up next: The Nats take Monday off before embarking on a long road trip beginning Tuesday in Cleveland. Gio Gonzalez (6-8, 4.53) will start the opener opposite Indians right-hander Danny Salazar (11-3, 2.75).

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Nolan Reimold's home run helps Orioles sweep Indians

Nolan Reimold's home run helps Orioles sweep Indians

BALTIMORE—Nolan Reimold hadn’t had many big hits recently. He made up for it by slamming his first home run since May 29 to give the Orioles a three-game sweep over the Cleveland Indians. 
 
Pedro Alvarez struck out against Cody Allen (2-4) to start the ninth, but the ball got by Roberto Perez. Perez quickly retrieved the ball, but it hit Alvarez in the back and squirted away for an error.
 
Ryan Flaherty’s bunt sent Alvarez to second, and after Caleb Joseph struck out, Reimold hit for Julio Borbon and hit a 2-0 pitch for his fifth home run of the season and his third game-ending homer.
 
The Orioles’ 5-3 win before 37,821 at Oriole Park was credited to Darren O’Day (3-1), who in his first appearance since June 1 due to a strained right hamstring, struck out the side in the ninth. 
 
Not long after last season ended, the Orioles picked up Vance Worley on waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. 
 
Early in the season, Worley started twice while Kevin Gausman was on the disabled list, and then was relegated to the long man role. 
 
He performed admirably then, and except for a short stint on the disabled list with a strained groin, Worley has served an important, but underappreciated role. 
 
The innings eater was put back into the rotation on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, and while he didn’t dazzle, he kept the Orioles in the game. 
 
On Sunday, Worley pitched seven innings, his longest outing since Sept. 21, giving up two runs on five hits. He allowed three hits and walked two in the first three innings, then gave up two runs in the fourth. 
 
Tyler Naquin’s RBI double and Perez’s sacrifice fly gave Cleveland a 2-0 lead. 
 
The Orioles had only one baserunner off Corey Kluber in the first four innings, Joseph’s third-inning single. 
 
In the fourth, Jonathan Schoop led off with a double and scored on Manny Machado’s single. Machado took second on the throw home and moved to third on Chris Davis’ infield out. Mark Trumbo walked.
 
Alvarez grounded to short, and Trumbo was out at second, and first base umpire Brian Gorman called Alvarez out at first, but it was quickly overruled after a replay challenge. Machado scored from third, and the game was tied at 2. 
 
Schoop hit a two-out homer in the fifth, his 17th to give the Orioles (57-40) a 3-2 lead. 
 
After Naquin’s double, Worley retired 11 straight and left it up to Brad Brach for the eighth. 
 
A night after he gave up two runs in the ninth, his only two-run inning of the year, Brach began by allowing a single to Jason Kipnis. Francisco Lindor grounded to Schoop at second, but with Kipnis passing him, Schoop tried to field it too quickly as was charged with an error. 
 
Mike Napoli’s single to left scored Kipnis and Cleveland (56-41) tied it at 3.
 
In the bottom of the eighth, Machado walked with one out, and on a 2-2 count, Davis, who is in an 0-for-18 slump, thought he walked and as he began his walk to first, Machado was picked off first. 
 
Davis did walk on the next pitch, but Trumbo lined out to right to end the eighth.  
 
NOTE: Jorge De La Rosa (6-7, 6.07) faces Yovani Gallardo (3-2, 5.69) on Monday night as the Colorado Rockies begin a three-game series with the Orioles. 

Virginia Tech lands four commitments Saturday

Virginia Tech lands four commitments Saturday

Virginia Tech had itself a day on Saturday as four prospects committed publicly to the football program. Three players are from the 2017 class while the Hokies also grabbed their first commitment for 2018.

Wide receiver Sean Savoy, linebacker Jaylen Griffin and offensive lineman Aiden Brown committed from the class of 2017. Wide receiver Bryce Thompson from the class of 2018 committed also committed. Savoy is a three-star prospect and Brown is a two-star. Both Griffin and Thompson are unrated, per Rivals.

In addition to the four commitments, there is more good news out of Blacksburg as four-star defensive end TyJuan Garbutt also visited the school over the weekend.


Garbutt is the eleventh ranked defensive end in the country. He was previously committed to Virginia Tech, but decommitted earlier in July. Despite the decommitment, Virginia Tech remains the leader to land the prized prospect.

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