Norris pleased with performance in second start
Bud Norris cruised through his second Spring Training appearance on Saturday, striking out four batters and not allowing anybody to reach scoring position. Norris got two guys swinging and two guys looking, and he also coaxed a double play in the second inning.
Gonzalez taking precautions after liner hits shin
Miguel Gonzalez was moving better on Saturday, one day after getting hit by a line drive on his left shin. Gonzalez said there was still swelling but that the ball didn't do any lasting damage, and he also said that he hopes to get back on the mound at some point next week.
— The Dundalk father and daughter sought in a multi-state search were found a day after they inconspicuously checked in at a small South Carolina motel more than 400 miles from where their journey began.
FLORENCE, S.C. — It had been less than a day since Carol Grause ended a multi-state hunt for a man accused of a Baltimore County slaying and his 11-year-old daughter, but she was reluctant to take any credit.
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As most readers are aware, President Obama is doing everything he can to indirectly kill the Keystone XL Pipeline project, which was to bring millions of barrels of oil from Canada’s tar sands region into the United States, creating jobs and growing our North American energy supply. Canadian leaders are now talking up an alternative pipeline to their western ports to ship all that oil to China. That may not be so easy though, as such a pipeline would be very expensive, having to cross the Canadian Rockies, and it faces its own enormous environmental opposition.
However, there is a quick and easy, but not so cheap, solution at hand: railroads. Railroads are often called on to transport oil when pipeline capacity is maxed out. Much of the giant Bakken Field in the North Dakota is now being rail served while waiting for new pipelines to be built. Shipping oil by rail costs more than a pipeline, but is more flexible, allowing shipments to wherever oil is priced the highest, and can be started almost immediately, compared to a pipeline which can take years to permit and build.
BNSF Railway is the major oil player in North Dakota, and its extensive lines into Canada make it the logical choice to ship most of the Canadian oil when all the alternatives are ruled out. Railroads typically charge several thousand dollars just to ship one tank car from the Dakotas to the Gulf, which move in 100 car unit trains. Canada could potentially supply many dozens of these trains daily if it totally committed to rail shipments, providing many new billions of revenue for BNSF.
Oh, by the way, you may know the guy who just bought BNSF, Warren Buffet. Is it just luck, or smarts, or something else?
Shutdown Corner Offseason Blueprints: San Francisco 49ers (Shutdown Corner)
After the Seattle Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII, all 32 teams officially entered the offseason and started plotting how they could position themselves for a shot at Super Bowl XLIX. Shutdown Corner will look at the offseason blueprint for each of the 32 NFL teams, presenting one team a day (using the 2014 draft order, starting with the Houston Texans and finishing with the Seahawks), leading you right up to the start of free agency on Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 2013 record: 12-4
Projected current salary-cap space ( according to OverTheCap.com ): $8.4 million under the cap
Key free agents: S Donte Whitner, CB Tarell Brown, C Jonathan Goodwin, PK Phil Dawson, WR Mario Manningham, WR Kassim Osgood, CB Eric Wright, QB Colt McCoy, RB Anthony Dixon.
Possible salary-cap casualties: CB Carlos Rogers.
Draft situation: The 49ers own the 30th pick in the first round and a league-high 11 picks (before compensatory picks are announced). They have the Kansas City Chiefs’ second-round pick from the Alex Smith trade. They have the Tennessee Titans’ third-round pick from a 2013 draft day trade. They have the New Orleans Saints’ seventh-round pick from the Parys Haralson trade. They have the Carolina Panthers’ seventh-round pick from the Colin Jones trade.
[Be sure to check out Shutdown Corner's NFL free-agent rankings. Click here for the list of offensive players , and click here for the list of defensive and special teams players ]
Revisiting 2013: It was a fascinating season for the 49ers, who endured a couple of brief cold snaps sandwiched around winning streaks of five and six games. Colin Kaepernick didn’t make major progress in his first full season of starting after the Super Bowl run the year prior, and the offensive line didn’t always block the way it should. But Jim Harbaugh’s team was built to last. The defense toughened up, allowing 20 or fewer points in 11 of the final 13 regular-season games, and the offense got going. The 49ers even beat the rival Seahawks in Week 14 after losing to them by 26 in Week 2. But it wasn’t enough to topple them in the division, and after yet another impressive road playoff run with two victories, the 49ers fell in the final minute at Seattle in the NFC championship game as Kaepernick was picked off in the end zone. Three years, three conference title games, but zero championships.
Reasons for optimism: The 49ers have as strong a core as almost any team, with a power run game, a young and ascending quarterback and some good receiving targets. Defensively, there are playmakers on all three levels, along with good special teams. They are loaded again with draft picks to help fill their needs, with 11 currently and another fairly high pick likely to come their way in the form of a compensatory choice, after having lost Dashon Goldson and others a year ago. They also expect contributions from 2013 draft picks Tank Carradine and Marcus Lattimore, who are coming off injuries. Harbaugh, despite being tough to work with, has proven himself to be one of the league’s best coaches, backed by a strong staff.
Vikings kicker: Longer PAT is fine (Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic)
Yes, the kickers are fighting mad at the notion that their part of football is being de-emphasized. Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh, writing a guest column for Fox Sports.com, is adamantly against the idea of abolishing extra points altogether. "I think that instead of the 42-yard attempt that is being talked about, the PAT should be a 38-yard attempt," Walsh wrote. "Kickers, for the most part, are accurate inside of 40;
McClain drawing plenty of interest (Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic)
The Jameel McClain Free Agent Tour continues next week. Since being let go by the Ravens two weeks ago in a salary cap move, McClain has been courted by several teams. McClain has already visited the Bills and Giants, and according to ESPN's Adam Caplan, McClain is scheduled to visit the Vikings on Monday. McClain, who turns 29 in July, will certainly face questions about the spinal cord injury that nearly ended his career.