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What's Up with Local Sports? 7/1/2013

Jul 01, 2013 06:59PM ● Published by Anonymous

The Baltimore Orioles (47-36) started the week by splitting a four game series against the Cleveland Indians but capped off the weekend with a sweep of the New York Yankees. Chris Davis smashed his 31st home run Sunday night on national TV as the O’s reached a season-high 11 games over .500. Next game: at Chicago White Sox, July 2, 8:10 p.m.
At the halfway point in the season, the Washington Nationals (41-40) are one game over .500 and won their last two series against the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Mets. The Nats ended their one-series road trip to New York with a 13-2 victory Sunday. Ian Desmond set a team record with RBIs in a month with 28 in June. The team will welcome Bryce Harper back to the lineup tonight for the first time since May 26th. Next game: vs. Milwaukee Brewers, July 1, 7:05 p.m.
The Washington Wizards selected hometown favorite Otto Porter, Jr. with the third overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft. The 6’8” former Georgetown forward will wear number 22. The team also traded their two second round picks, South Dakota State guard Nate Wolters (38th pick) and Oregon forward Arsalan Kazemi (54th) to the Philadelphia 76ers for Glen Rice, Jr., who played for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Developmental League.
The Washington Capitals also went through the draft process on Sunday, taking left winger Andre Burakovsky from Malmo, a member of the second-tier Swedish league, with the 23rd overall selection. The team also selected defenseman Madison Bowey (2nd round, 53rd overall), defenseman Zachary Sanford (2nd round, 61st overall), defenseman Blake Heinrich (5th round, 144th overall), center Brian Pinho (6th round, 174th overall), and defenseman Tyler Lewington (7th round, 204th overall). The team traded the 84th, 114th, and 127th overall picks to the Winnipeg Jets for the 61st overall pick, which they used to select Sanford, who is heading to Boston College. The Caps are also pursuing Vincent Lecavalier, whose contract was bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning last week.
D.C. United (2-12-3) were able to top the New England Revolution 3-1 in Open Cup play at Maryland Soccerplex on Wednesday but dropped a 1-0 match to the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday night at RFK Stadium. Next game: at Seattle Sounders, July 3, 10 p.m.
The Chesapeake Bayhawks (5-4) took down the Hamilton Nationals 17-10 on the road Saturday. Matt Mackrides and Ben Hunt led the team with four points each. Last Monday, it was announced that the Bayhawks led the MLL with eight players announced to the All-Star team. Attackmen Ben Rubeor and Drew Westervelt, defensemen Barney Ehrmannand and Michael Evans, goalie Kip Turner, and midfielders Matt Abbott, Steven Brooks, and Kyle Dixon were named to the team. Next game: at Ohio Machine, July 6, 7:30 p.m.
The Bowie Baysox (39-39) saw their first no-hitter since 2007 and ninth in team history as pitcher Eddie Gamboa hurled five strikeouts on 103 pitchers Sunday against the Harrisburg Senators. Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen saw action Saturday night, earning a no decision after throwing five innings and allowing four runs on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks. The team also saw Bryce Harper make his final two rehab appearances for the Senators Thursday and Saturday. Infielder Ty Kelly was traded by the Orioles to the Seattle Mariners for outfielder Eric Thames. Next game: vs. Akron Aeros, July 1, 7:05 p.m.
The Washington Mystics (5-6) built their losing streak up to five games before snapping it Sunday against the Tulsa Shock with an 84-61 win Sunday. Ivory Latta continues to lead the team with 15.8 points per game and 4.1 assists per game. Next game: vs. Seattle Storm, July 6, 7 p.m.
There was talk leading up to the NBA Draft that former Maryland Terps center Alex Len was going to be selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 1 pick. However, with Anthony Bennett taken at the top spot, Len fell to 5th overall with the Phoenix Suns. Not bad for someone who hasn’t even been in the United States for two years.
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