Gausman optioned, but will return for next start
After an outing that tied the shortest start of his career in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Rays, Kevin Gausman is heading for another brief stint in the Minors -- but it's not because of his performance. Like the Orioles' decision to option Wei-Yin Chen earlier in the day, this move is made with the intention of maximizing every roster spot until September callups.
Machado undergoes successful surgery
Manny Machado underwent successful surgery to repair the torn medial patellofemoral ligament in his right knee on Wednesday in Los Angeles, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
Norris looks to deliver series win for O's
Orioles starter Bud Norris, who has been strong at home all season, can clinch a series win vs. Tampa Bay on Thursday. Jeremy Hellickson will take the mound for the Rays. He has bounced back since missing the start of the season with an elbow injury with a 2.61 ERA in seven starts.
O's bats can't figure out Smyly
In his fifth start with Tampa Bay, Drew Smyly shut down the Orioles for seven innings in a 3-1 victory in front of 20,762. The only blemish preventing him from a second straight scoreless start was a solo home run by Chris Davis in the second inning.
What a difference four decades, a bad number, the war on drugs and reality television made: In 1975, National Geographic magazine devoted 27 glossy pages to the hidden charms of Baltimore. In 2014, the National Geographic Channel devotes an hour to the city's degeneracy and proclaims Baltimore "the Heroin Capital of America."
Timothy Hall and Jalen Parrish were friends, Hall's mother said, recalling how the teen often came over for dinner, even slept at their Turners Station home.
Batts sails through re-confirmation hearing Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts sailed through a confirmation hearing on Wednesday, with City Council members and residents praising his accessibility and moves toward reform.
Town officials instituted swimming restrictions amid dangerous surf conditions caused by Hurricane Cristobal off shore.
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With respect to the news, we are living in a time of upheaval. I haven’t seen current numbers, but I think far more people get their news from Yahoo than from the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, etc. Unfortunately, Yahoo News is at least as biased as the more traditional liberal news sources. Today there was a classic example of Yahoo’s misleading news coverage. This is a screen shot of what I saw on Yahoo News this afternoon:
A striking headline, to say the least: “Debate crowd cheers letting uninsured die.” Really? Really? Someone, somewhere, is dumb enough to believe that, but I’m not. So I looked up what really happened. It starts just before the five minute mark in this Ron Paul highlight video–I know, but it was the only place I could readily find that had the exchange in its entirety–when Wolf Blitzer asks Dr. Paul what should happen if a young man chooses not to buy health insurance and then contracts an expensive ailment. Paul began by saying that this is the essence of freedom–the ability to take risks. This answer got a lot of applause, as it should. Blitzer followed up by asking whether “society” should then let the young man die. Yahoo told its uncritical readers that the “debate crowd cheer[ed] the idea of “letting [the] uninsured die.” But that isn’t what the crowd cheered at all:
Paul answered Blitzer’s question “No.” By my count, three people yelled “Yeah” in response to Blitzer’s question, should “society” let the young man die. Paul’s answer was actually good: he said that when he was practicing medicine, the churches took care of indigent patients, and “we never turned anyone away.” That got another round of applause. “Society,” in other words, includes much more than the government.
So what really happened is that the “Tea Party” crowd cheered two things: 1) the proposition that people are entitled to take risks and the government should not be counted on to solve all problems, and 2) churches and other private groups should pay medical bills when an improvident individual can’t. This was transmuted by Yahoo into “Debate crowd cheers letting uninsured die.” This is the sort of ignorant prejudice against which conservatives struggle every day.
Champ Bailey's role unclear as Saints host Ravens (The Associated Press)
After playing at an elite level for more than a decade, cornerback Champ Bailey enters the final game of the 2014 preseason with little certainty about what kind of role he might fill in the Saints' secondary. He is healthy enough to play against Baltimore on Thursday night, but coaches may still decide the Saints' long-term interests would be better served by sitting Bailey out to ensure he's healthy when the games start counting in the standings. Bailey probably needs more time in the field in the preseason if he wants a legitimate chance to start against the Falcons to open the regular season on Sept. 7, but even he acknowledged, ''I've just got to make sure my body feels good before I step out there in Atlanta.'' Either way, Bailey said his designation as a starter or backup won't affect his approach. Regardless of how much I'm playing, I'm always out there competing like I'm the starter or going to be.'' After Bailey was let go by Denver last offseason, the Saints brought him in, hoping his experience would help a young secondary, and they he'd be healthy enough to continue being effective for another season.
NFL roundup: Browns WR Gordon suspended one year (The SportsXchange)
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was suspended for one year by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Gordon is not allowed to practice with the Browns, attend team meetings or other club functions for an entire year. Gordon, 23, acknowledged that the league upheld his suspension in a statement released by the NFL Players Association. "I'd like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans," Gordon said in the statement.
Vincent defends Meriweather's suspension (The SportsXchange)
Troy Vincent defended the NFL's two-game suspension of Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather for a preseason hit on Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith. Vincent, the NFL's new executive vice president of football operations and a former defensive back, gave an interview with the NFL Network on Wednesday. The Redskins contend that Meriweather could not avoid a helmet-to-helmet hit as both he and Smith lowered their heads as a pass sailed incomplete across the middle.
NFL suspends Browns star WR Gordon for 2014 season (The Associated Press)
Josh Gordon's wait is over, and so is his 2014 season. The Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon's indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he will miss at least 16 games for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy. A repeat drug offender, Gordon had appealed the penalty, hoping it would be reduced so he could play this season. The NFL, though, came down hard on Gordon, who must now pay the price for stepping out of bounds.
Ravens restructure CB Webb's deal (The SportsXchange)
The Baltimore Ravens restructured the contract of starting cornerback Lardarius Webb, reducing his 2014 salary cap figure by $3 million, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday. Webb hasn't practiced since hurting his lower back July 25. Coach John Harbaugh said Webb has made significant progress and could return to practice late this week. The Baltimore Sun reported that the Ravens restructured Webb's five-year, $50 million contract by converting $4 million of his $7.5 million base salary into a signing bonus.
Redskins, Bucs eager to get final look at backups (The Associated Press)
Gerald McCoy's preseason is pretty much over. Like most of the starters for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins, the two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle will play little - if any -Thursday night in a final tuneup for the regular season. McCoy is entering the final year of the contract he signed as the third overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, And if training camp and the Bucs' first three preseason games are any indication, he's poised to make a splash in an improved defense that Lovie Smith is counting on to help transform the Bucs into winners. The Bucs went 4-12 in 2013, missing missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.
Experts want to see NFL act on domestic violence (The Associated Press)
Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test triggered a yearlong ban for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, costing him the 2014 season. Critics of the NFL's arbitrary policy toward domestic violence point to the contrast between the punishments and say it's time for the league to crack down on players who hurt women. Three members of Congress wrote NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to reconsider Rice's suspension, the governor of Maine says he'll boycott the league, and numerous groups that advocate for women and families condemned the penalty as too lenient.
NFC Battles of Week: Final chance for lasting impression (The SportsXchange)
While some NFL players may be on cruise control to stay healthy in this final week of preseason, others are going full throttle to nail down a better spot on the depth chart or just to keep their name on the active roster. With the so-called final cut to 53 active players set for Saturday, 1 p.m. Eastern Time, these next few days, including Thursday's final preseason games, are crucial to the careers of several players on each team. In the NFC, some of the stronger teams are looking to firm up depth, such as Super Bowl champion Seattle at backup wide receiver and the San Francisco 49ers at No. 3 running back. Others teams are still trying to solidify their starting lineup, especially the New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys -- all are still sorting through options on the offensive line.
Ravens sign CB Cox (The SportsXchange)
The Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday signed cornerback Derek Cox, who was released by the Minnesota Vikings this week, to bolster their banged-up secondary. Cox, a six-year pro, started 11 games last year for the San Diego Chargers. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Cox signed a four-year, $20 million deal with the Chargers last March, but lost his starting job over the final five weeks and was released only a year into his deal. The Ravens are thin at cornerback with Lardarius Webb (back), Jimmy Smith (chest) and Asa Jackson (ankle) sidelined.