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What's Up with Local Sports? 6/3/2013

Jun 03, 2013 09:59PM ● By Anonymous

The Baltimore Orioles (32-25) are on the upswing after taking the Battle of the Beltways against the Washington Nationals three games to one. After a disastrous Saturday in which O’s pitcher Jason Hammel gave up three consecutive home runs and was ejected after hitting the next batter with a pitch and reliever T.J. McFarland allowing a Miguel Cabrera grand slam shortly after, the O’s recovered by winning the series against the Detroit Tigers that started with a Chris Dickerson three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth on Friday night. The Orioles have won seven of their last 10 games. Next game: at Houston Astros, June 4, 8:10 p.m.
The Washington Nationals (28-29) on the other hand, have been struggling with injuries and with getting runs on the board. So far they have not lived up to the “World Series or Bust” mentality they embraced heading into spring training. Having lost five of their last seven, the Nats only mustered one win apiece against the Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves in their last two series. Every team in baseball suffers at least one big rough patch during the long MLB season and this is certainly one of them for Washington. The team has fallen below .500 for the first time since April 30th, placed Bryce Harper on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 27 and ace Stephen Strasburg is suffering from a Grade 1 right lat muscle strain, jeopardizing his next start. On the bright side, right fielder Jayson Werth, rehabbing from a right hamstring strain, hit two three-run home runs Sunday with the Potomac Nationals. The Nats also debuted two rookie pitchers in the last week, Nathan Karns, who had two solid starts against the Orioles and Braves, and Erik Davis, who relieved Karns Sunday against Atlanta. Next game: vs. New York Mets, June 4, 7:05 p.m.
Former Naval Academy Midshipman and current Washington Redskins fullback Eric Kettani celebrated his promotion from lieutenant junior grade to lieutenant Monday at Redskins Park. Kettani was originally signed by Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2009. Belichick was raised in Annapolis and his father Steve coached at Navy for 33 years. Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan and running backs coach Bobby Turner pinned his new officer rank on his uniform before taking his oath.
The Baltimore Ravens and 98 Rock held their second annual Beach Bash at Ocean City this weekend. Thousands of fans flocked to the popular summer getaway to meet some of the Super Bowl champions. Players took part in a parade, played corn hole, and signed autographs for fans. Other events included bar crawls, bonfires, flag football tournament, and beach volleyball.
Senior University of Maryland women’s lacrosse midfielder Katie Schwarzmann won the 2013 Tewaaraton Award, who is only the third two-time winner in award history. The award is given to the top male and female collegiate lacrosse player for their work on the field.
The Washington Wizards, who hold picks 3, 38, and 54, begin their pre-draft workouts on Monday, according to the Washington Post. They will reportedly host Illinois State senior guard Tyler Brown, Creighton senior forward Gregory Echenique, East Carolina senior guard Miguel Paul and Elizabeth City State senior guard Angelo Sharpless today.
Late last week, news broke about defenseman Jeff Schultz requesting a trade from the Washington Capitals in order to seek more ice time with another team. His agent said the trade was requested in mid-March. The 27-year-old played in 26 games this season.
The Washington Mystics (1-1) dropped their first game of the season in their home opener Sunday at Verizon Center to the Atlanta Dream 73-63. Crystal Langhorne and Ivory Latta led the team with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Next game: at Connecticut Sun, June 7, 7 p.m.
The Chesapeake Bayhawks (3-2) lost their second overtime straight game, falling to the Hamilton Nationals 12-11 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday night. Matt Mackrides scored three goals for the Bayhawks. Ben Rubeor, Drew Westervelt, and John Grant, Jr. added two goals apiece. Next game: at New York Lizards, June 6, 7 p.m.
D.C. United (1-10-2) continues to struggle as they have all year. Their latest woes came in a 2-0 loss against the Chicago Fire which included an own goal from Nick DeLeon. The black and red have not won a match since March 9th. Next game: at New England Revolution, June 8, 7:30 p.m.
R.F.K. Stadium played host to a raucous, sold-out crowd of 47, 359 fans who witnessed the U.S. Mens National Soccer Team top Germany to the tune of a 4-3 victory on Sunday in an international friendly. Jozy Altidore scored 13 minutes in for the Americans and Clint Dempsey added two more goals to help give the red, white, and blue a 4-1 lead. Germany added two more goals to make it a tight contest down the stretch.
The Bowie Baysox (26-28) reached .500 by winning the Reading Phillies series last week and topping the New Britain Rock Cats on Friday but dropped the final two games of the latter series. On Friday, the team placed RHP Eric Beaulac on the seven-day disabled list retroactive to May 23. Next game: at Harrisburg Senators, June 4, 7 p.m.