Davis available off bench after bout with illness
Chris Davis, who had missed the past two games due to an illness, was back with the team and was an option to make his return to the starting lineup. When it finally came to it, Buck Showalter opted to take caution. Davis was available, but wasn't on the field to start Thursday's game.
McFarland activated from bereavement list
After spending three days on the bereavement list and missing the first two games of the Orioles' series with the Angels, T.J. McFarland was activated on Thursday and was available to pitch in the series finale.
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If anyone wants to argue that this President does not have the backing of our MSM they need to look no further then this most unbelievably biased decision by ABC to become the White House advertising company.
On the night of June 24, the media and government become one, when ABC turns its programming over to President Obama and White House officials to push government run health care â€” a move that has ignited an ethical firestorm!
Highlights on the agenda:
ABCNEWS anchor Charlie Gibson will deliver WORLD NEWS from the Blue Room of the White House.
The network plans a primetime special â€” â€˜Prescription for Americaâ€™ â€” originating from the East Room, exclude opposing voices on the debate.
They no longer care about at least pretending to be unbiased, now they are giving Obama and friends the reins to a major media outlet to help achieve a policy position.
This is nothing short of amazing, and on a policy that will cost this country 1.3 trillion dollars AND turn our health care system into a socialist nightmare.
To that end, ABC News announced plans to broadcast a primetime hour from the White House devoted to exploring and probing the Presidentâ€™s position and giving voice to questions and criticisms of that position. We hope that any American concerned about health care will find our efforts to be informative, fair and civil.
Second, ABC News prides itself on covering all sides of important issues and asking direct questions of all newsmakers â€” of all political persuasions â€” even when others have taken a more partisan approach and even in the face of criticism from extremes on both ends of the political spectrum. ABC News is looking for the most thoughtful and diverse voices on this issue. ABC News alone will select those who will be in the audience asking questions of the president. Like any programs we broadcast, ABC News will have complete editorial control. To suggest otherwise is quite unfair to both our journalists and our audience.
Third, there already has been extensive coverage of the upcoming health care debates, on ABC and elsewhere, and there will be much, much more. Indeed, weâ€™ve already had many critics of the Presidentâ€™s health care proposals on the air â€“ and thatâ€™s before a real plan has even been put before the country.
In the end, no one watching, listening to, or reading ABC News will lack for an understanding of all sides of these important questions.
Ok, then why do it from the White House? Why get access to the President and all his cohorts while disregarding the other side of the aisle? And that’s not even accounting for GMA, Nightline, and The World News:
As the national debate on health care reform intensifies, I am deeply concerned and disappointed with ABCâ€™s astonishing decision to exclude opposing voices on this critical issue on June 24, 2009. Next Wednesday, ABC News will air a primetime health care reform â€œtown hallâ€ at the White House with President Barack Obama. In addition, according to an ABC News report, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, WORLD NEWS, NIGHTLINE and ABCâ€™s web news â€œwill all feature special programming on the presidentâ€™s health care agenda.â€ This does not include the promotion, over the next 9 days, the presidentâ€™s health care agenda will receive on ABC News programming.
Today, the Republican National Committee requested an opportunity to add our Partyâ€™s views to those of the Presidentâ€™s to ensure that all sides of the health care reform debate are presented. Our request was rejected. I believe that the President should have the ability to speak directly to the America people. However, I find it outrageous that ABC would prohibit our Partyâ€™s opposing thoughts and ideas from this national debate, which affects millions of ABC viewers.
In the absence of opposition, I am concerned this event will become a glorified infomercial to promote the Democrat agenda. If that is the case, this primetime infomercial should be paid for out of the DNC coffers. President Obama does not hold a monopoly on health care reform ideas or on free airtime. The President has stated time and time again that he wants a bipartisan debate. Therefore, the Republican Party should be included in this primetime event, or the DNC should pay for your airtime.
â€œThe White House has failed to follow the proper procedure in notifying Congress as to the removal of the Inspector General for the Corporation for National and Community Service,â€ McCaskill said. â€œThe legislation which was passed last year requires that the president give a reason for the removal.â€
McCaskill, a key Obama ally, said that the presidentâ€™s stated reason for the termination, â€œLoss of confidenceâ€™ is not a sufficient reason.â€
McCaskill is not just “a key Obama ally.”
She’s a pure, fullbred GROUPIE. This lady is so in the bag for President Obama that even Chris Matthews might be jealous. For her to admit he screwed up-let alone that he broke a law-this is devastating. A Republican Congress might have him impeached for such crimes, and a truly unbiased media would be carrying this story ad nauseum instead of just a token story from Jake “Huevos Grande” Tapper at ABC.
Lions coach Jim Caldwell leading team in a new way (The Associated Press)
Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell took players - by position group - out to dinner during the offseason and allowed them to pick their favorite restaurants in the Motor City. Caldwell asked each player what their favorite books and movies were along with other questions, probing for details about them as people. ''The more you know about them, the better you can serve them,'' Caldwell said in an interview with The Associated Press after Thursday's practice. ''I've always believed coaching is a service business.'' Jim Schwartz never seemed to say anything like that during his five years with the Lions.
NFL roundup: Apologetic Rice calls actions 'inexcusable' (The SportsXchange)
A contrite Ray Rice apologized publicly to his wife, his 2-year-old daughter, his mother and children wearing No. 27 Baltimore Ravens jerseys in his first public comments since the NFL suspended him two games for a domestic violence incident in February. "My actions that night were totally inexcusable," Rice said Thursday. Rice said the most difficult punishment he'll deal with is knowing daughter, Rayven, will first hear not of his football achievements but what happened with his then-fiancee Janay Palmer at an Atlantic City casino. ---Running back David Wilson's future with the New York Giants and in football is in doubt.
Ravens' Rice calls altercation "biggest mistake" (AFP)
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, making his first public comments since being banned for two NFL games for allegedly assaulting his then-fiancee, called it "the biggest mistake of my life". Rice and Janay Palmer, who is now his wife, had an altercation in an Atlantic City casino elevator and security video posted online by TMZ.com showed Rice lifting a motionless Palmer out of the elevator and onto the floor. Rice apologized to his wife and all women who have been affected by domestic violence. Rice was arrested and charged with domestic violence assault.
Ravens' Rice: His actions 'totally inexcusable' (The Associated Press)
Ray Rice stepped to the microphone, took a deep breath and spoke for 17 minutes about what he called ''the biggest mistake of his life.'' His arrest for domestic violence against his then-fiancee last February is something Rice figures will haunt him long after NFL career has ended. The Baltimore Ravens running back was arrested on assault charges following a Feb. 15 altercation in New Jersey in which he allegedly struck Janay Palmer. Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being dropped. ''My actions that night were totally inexcusable,'' said Rice, who during Ravens training camp Thursday spoke publicly for the first time since receiving a two-game suspension from the NFL.
NFL's Rice publicly apologizes to wife for violent incident (Reuters)
Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, who has been suspended by the National Football League without pay for the first two games of the 2014 season for hitting his wife, apologized to her on Thursday and vowed to speak out against domestic violence. The NFL ordered the suspension last week, determining that Rice had violated the league's conduct policy when he was arrested in February following a fight with his then-fiancee Janay Palmer. "I am going to go out there and be ambassador against domestic violence to make sure that someone doesn't have to go through what I went through and what me and my wife went through," Rice said in his first public remarks since the NFL decided to suspend him.Rice said he had failed to apologize to his wife during his last emotional public appearance, which he called awkward.
Ray Rice apologizes for role in domestic dispute, promises to be better man (Shutdown Corner)
Ray Rice took questions on Thursday from the media for the first time since a video showed him dragging his unconscious then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, out of an Atlantic City hotel elevator in February.
Rice finally gave the public apology people have wanted out of him for months.
"That's not me," Rice said. "My actions that night were totally inexcusable. I have to live with that the rest of my life."
The Baltimore Ravens running back previously had clumsily read a statement in May following the incident and later was given a two-game suspension by commissioner Roger Goodell for his role in the incident.
The suspension was roundly criticized as being too light, but Rice said missing two games, as well as feeling the public scorn for his role in the incident, has taken a toll on him.
"I'm being punished on a day-to-day basis," Rice said.
Other than Rice making himself look like a victim in that case, he handled himself well by admitting his mistakes, both during and after the incident.
"Last time I did not publicly apologize to my wife. ... Her pain is my pain," he said. "One thing I wanted to do today was apologize to my wife."
Rice spoke emotionally and — unlike last time — from the heart when the subject of his 2-year-old daughter came up. He said he knows that one day she's going to hear and read about the troubles with Rice and Palmer.
"One day she's going to know the power of Google," Rice said. "And we're going to have to explain that to her, explain what happened that day."
Rice summed up how "30 seconds of [his] life" has affected his life and what he's now left to deal with.
"I let my wife down, I let my daughter down, I let my wife's family down ... I let so many people down," he said.
Asked if it was the first time he ever hit a women, Rice said that the incident with his now-wife was the first time he ever committed an act of domestic violence.
"It was a one-time incident," he said.
Despite that, Rice also indicated that he knew he needed counseling.
"I am a man to say that I needed help," Rice said. "I am not afraid to ask for help."
Rice said he and Palmer plan to do what they can to one day help other victims of domestic violence.
"When the time is right ... me and my wife, we want to go out there and help people — anybody, violence of any kind," he said. "... We will go out there and help as many people as we can and speak out against domestic violence."
Rice deflected some of the tougher questions, namely what specifically happened in the elevator with he and his wife, saying multiple times he was "trying to move forward" from the incident. But he made sure one more time to take the blame.
"I am here to say that I made the biggest mistake of my life," Rice said. "She can do no wrong; she's an angel."
Ravens fans appear to be on Rice's side firmly, as he was cheered at the team's practice session the other night at M&T Stadium as well as in practices after that. But the general public's response has been far different.
"I know a lot of people lost respect," he said. "That's my fault."
Head coach John Harbaugh was not asked about Rice in his news conference Thursday, but on Wednesday he said Rice has handled things well after the ugly incident.
“You'll see his heart, just like you saw it last time,” Harbaugh said, per the Baltimore Sun. “He’s not going to give you some polished press conference. That’s not Ray. Ray’s going to speak from the heart.”
It appeared Rice did. Just several months later than most people hoped or expected.
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Contrite Ravens RB Rice 'owns mistake' (The SportsXchange)
A contrite Ray Rice apologized publicly to his wife, his 2-year-old daughter, his mother and children wearing No. 27 Baltimore Ravens jerseys in his first public comments since the NFL suspended him two games for a domestic violence incident in February. "My actions that night were totally inexcusable," Rice said.