O's call on Chen to open four-game series in New York
After 382 games at the new Yankee Stadium and 1,429 in New York overall, Derek Jeter is down to four more. On Monday, the future Hall of Famer will begin the final home series of his illustrious career against the Orioles, and he's going to savor every minute of it. There won't be any days off for the 14-time All-Star as the Yankees continue to hold onto a sliver of hope for the postseason. Baltimore's Wei-Yin Chen squares off with New York's Michael Pineda in the opener.
O's late rally falls short in finale with Red Sox
The Orioles walked off the field on Sunday afternoon knowing this wouldn't be their last time at Camden Yards in 2014. And that was a really good feeling. While the O's regular-season home finale -- a 3-2 loss to last-place Boston -- was pretty forgettable, Baltimore has a chance to create some much more meaningful memories when the calendar flips to October.
Call upheld in Red Sox-Orioles finale
After Caleb Joseph hit a grounder in the seventh inning, the Red Sox thought the inning should have been over. Ryan Flaherty was called out at second, but Joseph was ruled safe at first. After a review of 3 minutes, 35 seconds for John Farrell's challenge, the call was upheld.
O's allowing Markakis, Pearce to heal
Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce were both noticeably absent again from Sunday's starting lineup, although Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he wasn't overly concerned and expected both to play during the team's upcoming four-game series in New York.
William A. Fogle Jr., who had been Mayor William Donald Schaefer's executive assistant and all-purpose trouble shooter who later became secretary of the Maryland Department of Licensing and Regulation, died Wednesday at his Glen Rock, Pa., farm of complications of a stroke.
It was the first day of camp, a busy day at the swimming pool of the Baltimore Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills. Amid the happy splashing, lifeguard Jalina Ray spotted something that didn't look right. She got the attention of fellow lifeguard Andrew Minkin, and pointed to an 8-year-old thrashing underwater.
Two men were found shot early Sunday morning in the Edgewater Village neighborhood of Edgewood, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office, which is investigating.
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Cook Political Report House analyst David Wasserman notes a telling indicator that the political environment in 2010 is shaping up to be favorable for Republicans: Several Democratic candidates have decided to drop out of tough races, while Democratic members of Congress who rarely face serious challenges are finding themselves with their toughest re-elections in years.
Over the last week, three Democratic candidates touted by national strategists abruptly withdrew from their races: Solano Beach Councilman Dave Roberts (running against California Rep. Brian Bilbray), state Rep. Todd Book (running against Ohio Rep. Jean Schmidt) and Tennessee Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Paula Flowers (in the seat held by retiring Rep. Zach Wamp).
In a neutral political environment, the seats held by Bilbray, Schmidt, and the open Tennessee seat would be enticing targets for Democrats. Democrats aggressively contested the first two seats in both 2006 and 2008, and experienced unexpected success in Southern open seats over the last two elections.
But in 2010, defense is the name of the game for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which is defending several dozens vulnerable freshmen and second-term members, while also protecting veteran members who could find themselves in newfound trouble. It will be a lot more challenging for a first-time candidate running in a tough district to get financial support from the DCCC when the party is worried about defending its own.
The story is different on the Republican side, where recruiting hasnâ€™t been a problem lately. As I note in my story today, some of the most senior Democratic members of Congress have, for the first time in years, serious challengers.
Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.), who didnâ€™t even face a Republican opponent last year, now looks like he could be running against a top-tier challenger in state Sen. Jim Tracy as he vies for a 14th term in the House. Rep. John Spratt (D-S.C.), one of the most influential Democrats in the House, is poised to face a serious challenge from state senator Mick Mulvaney, who has quickly moved up the political ranks in South Carolina.
Two leading Republicans are already jumping in to run for the seat of retiring Rep. Dennis Moore (D-Kan.), while no Democrats have yet stepped forward.
Roethlisberger leads Steelers to thorough dismantling of Panthers (Shutdown Corner)
By the time Week Three rolls around, we can start to see the outlines of how a season's going to go. The Carolina Panthers may not be who we thought they were. The Pittsburgh Steelers, as it turns out, may be a whole lot more. The Steelers beat the Panthers in a game that wasn't even that close. Pittsburgh threw around Carolina like sacks of dog food on both sides of the ball. Pittsburgh's well-coached, well-managed, well-played game handed Carolina its first loss since Week One of 2013. A dull exhibition of field goals — four in the first half, three by Pittsburgh — exploded into an exceptional offensive display by the Steelers, starting with a dropped-from-the-sky touchdown from Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown. Following a monstrous 81-yard run by Le'Veon Bell, Roethlisberger again connected with Brown, putting the Steelers up 23-6 and effectively ending Carolina's last chance at a victory. It got uglier, however, with Carolina punt returner Philly Brown muffing a kick, then compounding his own problem by trying to run with the fumbled ball rather than falling on it. The Steelers descended on him, the ball ended up in the end zone, and Pittsburgh walked away with another touchdown as the fans walked into the Charlotte night. This was a landmark evening for Pittsburgh from a statistical perspective. Bell's run was the longest in the NFL this season and the longest by a Steeler since Jon Fuqua in 1970, 44 years ago. Bell and Blount both hit triple figures in rushing, the first time Pittsburgh had pulled off that feat in nearly 30 years. For the Panthers, Cam Newton was 24 of 35 for 250 yards and a touchdown, a respectable total albeit much padded when the game was out of reach. Carolina wisely pulled Newton with five minutes left in the game, inserting Derek Anderson to prevent further injury to a still-healing Newton. So where does this game leave each team? Both are 2-1, though both face drastically different prospects in their own divisions. The Panthers dropped into a tie for the NFC South lead with the Atlanta Falcons, with the New Orleans Saints just one game behind. The Steelers, meanwhile, share a division with the still-undefeated Bengals and the tough-to-pin-down Ravens and Browns. Next week, both teams remain in the other's division. The Steelers get a virtual guaranteed W with a game against Tampa Bay, while Carolina and Baltimore will take one another's measure. The Panthers aren't this bad, but the Steelers might just be this good. Carolina should stay in the mix for a playoff spot in the NFC, but Pittsburgh's performance is going to make the rest of the league pay attention. ____ Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or find him on Facebook or on Twitter. Follow @jaybusbee
Vikings QB Cassel breaks foot, Bridgewater in (The Associated Press)
The veteran quarterback fractured several bones in his left foot during a scramble in the second quarter of a 20-9 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Coach Mike Zimmer said X-rays revealed the broken bones. It is not clear how long Cassel will be out, but the injury leaves Bridgewater as Minnesota's quarterback for the foreseeable future. Bridgewater entered the game on Minnesota's third possession, leading a 10-play, 51-yard drive for a field goal.
Top 5 Must-See Plays from Week 3 (Video) (Shutdown Corner)
Here are the must-see plays from all the action on Sunday in Week 3 in the NFL. Fat guy interception! The Oakland Raiders appeared on the verge of tying — or perhaps taking the lead — against the New England Patriots but had a touchdown run called back on a holding call. On the next play from the New England 12-yard line, Derek Carr's pass went off receiver Denarius Moore's hands (and off cornerback Logan Ryan's hands) into the big meathooks of Vince Wilfork to end the game. Just call him Wilfork Island. Red receiver Andy Dalton is off to a solid start to the season, and his Cincinnati Bengals now are 3-0. But the quarterback on the roster — on a per-pass ratio, anyway — is actually wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. To be fair, Sanu has attempted only two passes this season, and he was a former college quarterback at Rutgers. But his solid throwback pass to Dalton (there was a brief fear of an interception) makes Sanu the NFL's leading passer, and it helped the Bengals thrash the Tennessee Titans. Cow-bomb The Dallas Cowboys didn't start the game well, but it's all about how you finish. Tony Romo led his team to a comeback, and it was his home-run throw to Dez Bryant that started to break the St. Louis Rams' backs on Sunday. Bryant got more wide open than a wide receiver legally should as the St. Louis Rams bit hard on play-action, and Romo floated a 68-yard bomb to help cut the lead from 21-10 to 21-17 — a game that the Cowboys eventually won. Flacco to Smith It was assumed before the season that Torrey Smith would be the Baltimore Ravens' No. 1 wide receiver and that Steve Smith — whom they signed after the Carolina Panthers cut him loose — would be his veteran mentor and sidekick. Heck, even the elder Smith admitted that was his role. But it has become clear that Smith is going to be a vital part of the Ravens' offense, especially with Ray Rice's dismissal and injuries to Bernard Pierce and Dennis Pitta, along with Torrey Smith's slow start. Quarterback Joe Flacco went to Steve Smith, who now ranks 21st on the all-time receptions list, for this clutch catch down the right sideline late to help set up the game-winning field goal against the Cleveland Browns to move to 2-1. Lockette key If Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette hadn't made a catch in Sunday's 23-20 overtime victory over the Denver Broncos, he still would have been credited with a very big play. Late in the second quarter, Lockette committed offensive pass interference — intentionally — to help break up a would-be interception for Aqib Talib on one of the few off-target passes on the day from Russell Wilson. But Wilson remembered Lockett's heads-up play and rewarded him a few plays later, lofting a gorgeous 39-yard touchdown rainbow to Lockette, who kept his concentration to make the catch and tap his feet in the end zone for a key early score. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm