...while the Orioles could win the AL East!


...while the Orioles could win the AL East!

From Comcast SportsNetBALTIMORE (AP) -- For the second time in three games, the Baltimore Orioles had an uplifting victory marred by an injury to a key player.J.J. Hardy homered twice, doubled and drove in five runs, and the Orioles defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 Tuesday night to move into a tie for the AL East lead.But starting pitcher Jason Hammel left in the fourth inning with an injured right knee. The right-hander underwent arthroscopic surgery on that same knee in mid-July and was making his second start since returning from the disabled list.Hammel will be examined Wednesday by the team surgeon. He said the sensation was exactly identical to what he felt in a July 13 game against Detroit, his last start before going on the DL."It's a very sharp pain in the knee in the same spot," Hammel said. "I'm hoping it is just scar tissue. I've been told scar tissue can react like that."On Saturday, Baltimore lost right fielder Nick Markakis with a broken left thumb while defeating the New York Yankees. Both Hammel and Markakis were on the DL earlier this year."We've been down this road many times this year with a lot of different challenges," manager Buck Showalter said. "We've operated a good portion of this season without Ham and without Nicky, so we're kind of experienced at it anyway. It's not the kind of experience you want to have."Hammel had no problem with the knee on Thursday night against the Yankees, and retired 11 of 13 Tampa Bay batters before exiting."Against the Yankees, I felt great," Hammel said. "I felt like I was back on track, and I know I can help this team when I am healthy. So it's very frustrating."Steve Johnson (3-0) got the win with 1 1-3 innings of hitless relief.With Markakis out, Hardy picked up the slack. He went 4 for 5 to help Baltimore pull even atop the division with the Yankees, who lost 4-3 at Boston. The Rays are two games behind the co-leaders.Hardy hit a two-run homer in the third inning, doubled and scored in the fifth, singled in a run in the sixth and added his 21st homer with a runner on in the eighth. It was his ninth career two-homer game, the second this season."I got a couple pitches to hit and didn't miss them," Hardy said.Chris Davis homered and Matt Wieters had three hits and two RBIs for Baltimore.Ryan Roberts and Elliott Johnson hit solo homers for Tampa Bay. It was the first time since Aug. 4 that the Rays lost by more than two runs; eight of their previous 12 defeats were by one run."Anybody can get beat by a lot of runs any night," Roberts said. "It didn't go our way tonight, and that's how it happens sometime in baseball."Roberts left in the sixth inning with a left forearm strain, the result of a tag he made at second base. X-rays were negative, and he held out hope of playing Wednesday in the next game of the three-game series."I'm just glad it isn't broke," Roberts said. "If it's up to me, I'm playing. We're in a tight race and these games mean a lot, so I definitely want to play even if it's going to hurt a little bit."Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore (10-10) threw 94 pitches over four innings before being lifted by manager Joe Maddon. Moore allowed two earned runs on four hits and three walks.Burke Badenhop entered with a run of eight straight scoreless appearances and promptly gave up a double to Hardy, a single to Adam Jones and two-run double to Wieters that provided Baltimore with a 5-1 lead.Hardy's sixth-inning RBI single came off Cesar Ramos and Davis hit his 25th homer in the seventh off J.P. Howell.Johnson connected against Darren O'Day leading off the eighth, and Hardy homered off Dane De La Rose in the bottom half.The victory improved Baltimore's record against AL East foes to 33-24 compared to 28-44 last year.Baltimore broke on top with an unearned run in the first inning. Jones walked and scored when Matt Joyce fumbled Wieters' two-out single to right.Hammel retired the first eight batters before Roberts connected in the third. It was his fourth homer with Tampa Bay since in coming over in a trade with Arizona on July 24.In the bottom half, Robert Andino led off with a double and Hardy homered to put the Orioles ahead for good.NOTES:Baltimore leads the season series 7-6 and took the lead in the all-time series, 127-126. ... The Orioles purchased the contracts of OFs Endy Chavez and L.J. Hoes and designated RHP Kevin Gregg and INF Ryan Adams for assignment. ... This was the first of 15 consecutive games against AL East foes for the Rays, who head to Yankee Stadium after this series. ... The Rays will send Alex Cobb to the mound Wednesday night and the Orioles will start rookie Miguel Gonzalez, who's 0-1 with a 6.52 ERA in two starts against Tampa Bay.

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Report: Nationals OF Adam Eaton out for season with torn ACL

Report: Nationals OF Adam Eaton out for season with torn ACL

Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday.

Eaton sustained the injury in Friday night’s 7-5 loss to the Mets when he stepped awkwardly on the bag while beating out a throw to first in the ninth inning. He then collapsed and needed assistance off the field.

The Nationals initially announced earlier Saturday that Eaton would go on the 10-day disabled list with a left knee strain. They also have since called up outfielder Rafael Bautista from Triple-A Syracuse.

The Nationals acquired Eaton in a trade with the White Sox in December in exchange for pitching prospects Luca Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning.

The 28-year-old Eaton was hitting .297 with a .393 on-base percentage and 24 runs scored for the 16-8 Nationals.

Michael A. Taylor replaced Eaton in centerfield during the Nationals’ 5-3 loss to the Mets on Saturday.

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A rundown of the history between rivals Wizards and Celtics ahead of their NBA playoff series

A rundown of the history between rivals Wizards and Celtics ahead of their NBA playoff series

For two teams that haven't met in the playoffs since 1984 and have no longstanding history as a rivalry, the Wizards and Celtics sure have made up for lost time. Over the last two years, many events have added up to what is arguably one of the more contentious rivalries in today's NBA. The Wizards and Celtics really, really don't like each other and it is well-documented. 

Here is a timeline to refresh your memory of why the Wizards and Celtics just don't get along...

Jan. 16, 2016 - Wittman and Crowder get into it

It's not often you see an argument between a coach and a player on the opposite team, but that's just what happened in a game in Washington when then-Wizards coach Randy Wittman and Celtics forward Jae Crowder got into a shouting match. Afterwards, Crowder claimed Wittman used obscenities.

Jan. 25, 2016 - Smart breaks Beal's nose

During a game in Boston, Celtics guard Marcus Smart elbowed Bradley Beal in the face on a layup. Beal suffered a broken nose and a concussion.

July 2, 2016 - Horford chooses Celtics over Wizards

After Horford widdles his free agent choices down to two teams, the Wizards and Celtics, he ultimately chose Boston. This was after the Wizards brass had traveled to Atlanta to meet with the All-Star forward. 

July 21, 2016 - Crowder takes shot at Wizards

Weeks after Horford signed with Boston, Crowder had this to say about the Wizards via MassLive.com: "He had Washington and some other teams looking at him, but we beat them four times this year. You don't want to go there."

It's not often you hear a player take a dig like that at another team. Marcin Gortat, for one, really didn't like it:

Nov. 9, 2016 - Wall ejected for foul on Smart

In the fourth quarter of the first meeting between the teams this season, John Wall went straight after Smart and commited a flagrant foul. The refs thought he was targeting him, so they quickly kicked Wall out of the game:

Jan. 11, 2016 - Beal and Smart get tangled up

This game is remembered for what happened after the final buzzer, but Beal and Smart had an interesting dustup during the third quarter. They collided and fell down under the hoop and after getting up, both players had some words for each other:

Jan. 11, 2016 - Wall and Crowder's postgame confrontation

Soon after that incident, Wall and Crowder had some words for each other once the game was over. They met at halfcourt and that's when Crowder touched Wall's nose, earning him a quick slap to the face. Both players were fined for their roles in the confrontation:

Jan. 24, 2016 - The Funeral Game

The teams met just two weeks later in Washington and the night before, after Beal came up with the idea, Kelly Oubre, Jr. announced through the media that the Wizards would wear all black to their game against the Celtics. It became known as the Funeral Game and it was all sorts of fun.

Celtics players derided the effort as "cute" the morning of. Then, Wizards players actually showed up in all black.

The Wizards later beat the Celtics by 15 points in what was one of their most impressive wins of the season. At the time, many said how great it would be if the two teams met each other in the playoffs. Well, here we go.

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