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Five things we want to learn about the Ravens as they prepare to begin training camp

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Five Things We Want To Learn About The Ravens As They Prepare To Begin Training Camp

The 2021 Ravens no longer resembled the team they were designed to be over the last six weeks of the season.

Rampant injuries left them with an offense incapable of generating big plays and a pass defense incapable of holding leads. They fell from an 8-3 No. 1 seed to an 8-9 playoff nonparticipant.

We know they expect better in 2022, but with so many star players returning from serious injuries and turnover at other key spots, they will start the season with much to prove. With that in mind, here are five questions the team has yet to answer going into training camp:

Who’s going to catch Lamar Jackson’s passes?

We have seen Jackson’s buff physique and the zip he put on his throws during minicamp. We have heard him say he feels better than he did going into his 2019 Most Valuable Player season. But it’s fair to wonder how much he can produce with one of the league’s least accomplished pass catching corps.

Mark Andrews might be the best tight end in the world, so that’s a great start. But every other Jackson target will enter camp with a significant question to answer. Can Rashod Bateman build on flashes from last season and become a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver, something Marquise Brown never quite accomplished before the Ravens traded him in April? Can Devin Duvernay translate his explosiveness as a returner to his potential role as the team’s No. 2 receiver? Can James Proche II be the sure-handed threat on Sundays that he is during practice? Can Tylan Wallace become more than a special teams contributor? Can Nick Boyle’s body hold up after he looked trim and rejuvenated in summer workouts? Can fourth-round picks Isaiah Likely or Charlie Kolar produce in the No. 3 tight end role where Hayden Hurst thrived in 2019? Can a veteran free-agent addition help more consistently than Sammy Watkins did last season?

Those are a lot of what-ifs, no matter how optimistic we might be about individual players such as Bateman or Likely. We know the Ravens can move the ball without a typical No. 1 wide receiver; their 2019 offense was the league’s most efficient with no pass catcher surpassing 852 yards. But is that their direction? Or are they hoping for more of a hybrid of their league-best running attacks from 2019 and 2020 and the aggressive passing offense Jackson led early last season?

With national analysts already pinpointing pass catching as the Ravens’ weakness, no aspect of the team will be more scrutinized during camp and the early weeks of the season.

Will their efforts to revamp the offensive line pay off?

Even before the Ravens’ late-season losing streak, their offense had stagnated in large part because Jackson no longer seemed confident in the pocket. He either took sacks or rushed throws, looking nothing like the MVP candidate who carried his team through the season’s early weeks.

The Ravens responded by signing one of the league’s most reliable right tackles, Morgan Moses, and drafting a new starting center, Tyler Linderbaum, in the first round. We’re already penciling these new additions in beside right guard Kevin Zeitler, the team’s most dependable blocker in 2021. But so much still depends on the condition of left tackle Ronnie Stanley’s surgically repaired ankle. In retrospect, the Ravens’ outlook for 2021 dimmed as soon as Stanley took the field for Week 1 clearly not healthy enough to meet his All-Pro standard. His ensuing absence set off a chain reaction that never stopped as the Ravens surrendered 57 sacks, second most in the league. We’ve heard only optimism from Stanley and team officials, but until he holds up over an entire regular season game, doubts will linger. A few preseason snaps will not do the trick after we went through the same waiting game last year.

For all their investments in the offensive line, the Ravens still do not have a good alternate answer if Stanley cannot go. Ja’Wuan James would be the next man up, but he’s played three games since 2018, and his best NFL work came at right tackle. We know Patrick Mekari is ready and willing, but he’s best as a high-end utility lineman. The Ravens invested $98.75 million in Stanley because he was the best pass blocker in football. You don’t casually replace such a talent. And we have not even touched on the ongoing uncertainty at left guard, where no one has seized the starting job. The guess here is that Tyre Phillips will line up for Week 1 given his physical advantages over Ben Powers and the disappointing progress of 2021 third-round pick Ben Cleveland. Between that position battle and the nervous anticipation for Stanley’s return, there’s much we still don’t know about the men who will protect Jackson.

Who’s rushing from the edge in Week 1?

The Ravens did not have an outstanding pass rush last season, but they’d probably be happy if they could trot out most of the same group for Week 1. That’s how thin they are because of injuries, uncertainty over which veterans might join the fold and the death of Jaylon Ferguson.

Odafe Oweh proved he was more than a freak athlete, making several enormous clutch plays and rolling up 27 pressures as a rookie. Given his seriousness of purpose, he and the Ravens expect a significant step forward. But what’s the next sentence in our outlook for this position group?

Tyus Bowser, the team’s most versatile outside linebacker, will probably be back at some point this season, but it’s a lot to ask for him to be 100% percent in Week 1, about eight months after he tore his Achilles. Second-round pick David Ojabo is working to come back from the same injury, probably in the second half of the season if all goes well.

The Ravens created a little certainty beside Oweh when they re-signed veteran Justin Houston in early July. Houston is no longer an elite sack threat, but he played well for the Ravens at a modest cost, so his return, on another one-year deal, was welcome. The Ravens have flirted with another veteran, Jason Pierre-Paul, and they could find snaps for both him and Houston. In fact, such a platoon would be ideal.

There’s a version of this story in which the Ravens end up with a solid group by November. But there’s a bleaker timeline in which we might not see the best of Bowser or Ojabo this season and in which the Ravens do not find the right veteran to work beside Oweh. With this position group, training camp will tell only part of the story.

Are the running backs back?

We have treated it as a fait accompli that the Ravens will have their real backfield for all of 2022. They had it for none of last season after J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards tore knee ligaments before the first snap, setting off a mad scramble to dig up veteran stand-ins. Devonta Freeman and Latavius Murray produced some decent moments, but the dynamism was gone. The team’s per-carry average dropped from a superb 5.5 yards to a merely good 4.8 yards.

Though coach John Harbaugh has spoken optimistically about Dobbins and Edwards, both will start training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Serious knee injuries always create uncertainty, especially at a position that demands so many quick-twitch stops and starts. Adrian Peterson and Dalvin Cook came back from ACL tears better than ever. Todd Gurley did not.

The Ravens signed veteran Mike Davis as insurance. They like sixth-round pick Tyler Badie, who stood out in minicamp. But as with Stanley on the offensive line and Marcus Peters in the secondary, their plan at running back is predicated on good health news for returning stars. Every person at the team facility will be eager for a glimpse of Dobbins and Edwards at full go.

Will Chuck Clark be on the team, and if he’s not, who will call defensive signals?

As soon as the Ravens used their first pick on Kyle Hamilton, speculation turned to Clark’s future with the team. You don’t draft the best safety in the class to stick him on the bench, and they had already spent $70 million to lock in Marcus Williams as their cover specialist on the back end. Clark handled the situation with exemplary professionalism, working hard in OTAs and minicamp. But the Ravens, aware of the uncomfortable questions that would come his way, did not put him on the podium for a media session.

In the short term, the roster is better with Clark on it. He’s a durable, versatile safety who will be able to play plenty of snaps beside Hamilton and Williams in defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald’s system. He’s also insurance against the injuries that have frequently ravaged the team’s secondary. The Ravens should not race to trade him for a middle- or lower-round pick, though it’s understandable why they might accommodate Clark, a stand-up character, if he’s eager to move on.

If they do move him, it’s not clear who would don the green dot as the defensive signal caller. The Ravens prefer the duty go to a player who’s on the field for almost every snap. Would they look to Williams in his first season in Baltimore? Or linebacker Patrick Queen, who performed better after the Ravens took responsibilities off his plate last year? It’s not the most crucial decision the Ravens will make over the next six weeks, but avoiding the question is another reason they would benefit from keeping Clark.




California burglars crush vehicle in Beverly Hills Neiman Marcus

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California Burglars Crush Vehicle In Beverly Hills Neiman Marcus

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A group of burglars drove a car through the front door of a Neiman Marcus in California early Saturday morning to steal merchandise from the luxury store, police said.

The burglary took place around 4:45 a.m. in the Beverly Hills store. Officers were immediately dispatched to the store after receiving a report of an alarm going off, police said.


When law enforcement arrived, they discovered that a dark-colored Chevrolet sedan had crashed through the store’s metal door and window. The suspects had already fled with an undetermined amount of goods and goods.


Police Department detectives have begun conducting a follow-up investigation and gathering evidence of the theft, police told Fox News Digital.


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At the field, Carlos Correa hears boos. Away from it, Twins shortstop makes realization

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At The Field, Carlos Correa Hears Boos. Away From It, Twins Shortstop Makes Realization

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Carlos Correa can’t go to any road stadium without hearing the boos. It’s part of the territory now, not just for him, but for his 2017 Astros teammates. The Astros beat the Dodgers that year in the World Series, but later, their electronic sign-stealing scheme was revealed, drawing the ire of fans around the league.

Nowhere is it more pronounced than at Dodger Stadium, where Correa spent two days this week garnering the loudest boos and jeers he’s heard all season, along with frequent chants of “cheat-er, cheat-er” when he dug into the batter’s box.

It’s normal for Correa at this point, he said. And besides, he pointed out, last year was much worse.

“I don’t hate that they boo me,” he said. “I’ve learned to live with that.”

Last year, the shortstop didn’t even leave his hotel room when the Astros visited Los Angeles. This year, he realized something: It may seem as if he’s public enemy No. 1 at Dodger Stadium, but away from the ballpark, the reception he gets is quite different.

The Twins had off days on Monday, during which he went to the aquarium with his wife and baby son, and Thursday, during which the family spent the entire day at nearby Disneyland.

So, how was the reception?

“You know what I realized?” Correa asked. “That in the stadium, when I go, they like boo and stuff and it’s an entertainment type of thing for everyone to just do that. But when they see me on the streets, they’re super nice and they ask me for pictures, and they ask me for memorabilia for the kids or for autographs.”

Normally, he said, when he sees someone approaching in a Dodgers hat or jersey, the people around him close in to create a protective shield, not knowing how the fan might react to seeing him. But on this trip, he’s usually heard something along the lines of, “Hey Carlos, I’m a fan! Can I take a picture with you?” to which he will oblige.

“In this trip here, I learned that because I also went to the aquarium in L.A. over there and I went to restaurants and stuff and people were super nice and super, super full, and I was just taking pictures with everyone. It was cool. So one thing I learned is it’s part of the entertainment when I go to the stadiums.”


Max Kepler was 0-for-21 heading into Saturday’s game since returning from the injured list, but manager Rocco Baldelli said the right fielder “looks like his normal self,” to him.

Kepler was hit by a pitch in the foot last month, fracturing his right pinky toe and necessitating a stint on the injured list. Before he returned, Kepler described the injury as something that wouldn’t heal until the season is over, saying he would “have to deal with it and play through it.”

He’s been doing that since his return on Aug. 6.

“I don’t think the swings themselves and what he’s doing at the plate look too different. When a guy’s kind of working through some changes physically, I mean physical changes and maybe some minor soreness that he’s still dealing with and things like that, I think he’s still, obviously, still getting his feet under him from coming back from his toe injury,” Baldelli said. “But I also don’t think he looks like a guy that can’t go up there and hit a ball on the barrel. … I think he looks fine.”

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Cci gives a nod to the acquisition of Acc, Ambuja Cements by Adani Group

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Cci Gives A Nod To The Acquisition Of Acc, Ambuja Cements By Adani Group

By August 13, 2022, 6:03 PM IST (Released)


In May, Adani Group announced an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Holcim Ltd’s India operations – Ambuja Ltd and ACC Ltd. At the same time, the Adani Group had made an open offer to the public shareholders of the two companies to acquire a 26% stake. everyone in the business.

The Indian Competition Commission (ICC) has given its approval for the acquisition of Holcim’s stake in Ambuja Ltd and ACC Ltd by Adani Group. In a tweet on Friday, the watchdog said it had approved “the acquisition of the stake in Holderind Investments, Ambuja Cements and ACC by Endeavor Trade and Investment.”

The proposed combination involves the acquisition of a 100% stake in Holderind Investments Ltd by Endeavor Trade and Investment Ltd. Endeavor Trade and Investment Ltd is a Mauritius-based company and belongs to the Adani Group.

Holderind Investments is owned by Holderfin BV and is part of the Swiss-based Holcim Group and is a holding company of cement manufacturers Ambuja Cements and ACC Ltd. Holderind Investments held a 63.11% stake in Ambuja Cements and a 4.48% stake in ACC, Ambuja held a 50.05% stake in ACC.

The regulator has also approved Endeavor’s open offer for a new acquisition of up to 26% each in Ambuja Cements and ACC. Transactions above a certain threshold require approval from the regulator, which keeps an eye on unfair trading practices in the market.


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The Chicago Bears’ 1st preseason game was made for rookie standouts. Jaquan Brisker, Trestan Ebner and Jack Sanborn delivered.

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The Chicago Bears’ 1St Preseason Game Was Made For Rookie Standouts. Jaquan Brisker, Trestan Ebner And Jack Sanborn Delivered.

Before his first NFL preseason game Saturday, Chicago Bears safety Jaquan Brisker had announced a goal of forcing a turnover. “Immediately,” the rookie told reporters earlier in the week.

Brisker only came close to a takeaway in the Bears’ 19-14 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs — and he said he actually needed a bit of time to get comfortable — but the second-round pick still could leave Soldier Field feeling pretty good about his debut.

On the Chiefs’ fourth series, Brisker delivered a big hit against wide receiver Skyy Moore, took down running back Derrick Gore for a 2-yard loss and nearly intercepted Shane Buechele’s pass intended for Noah Gray. Sure, the plays were against second-stringers, but it was enough to leave an impression on Bears coach Matt Eberflus.

“The tackling. Deflecting the ball,” Eberflus said. “He should have had maybe a takeaway or two. But he was high-energy. Man, he likes to hit. I really liked that aggressive style for him, how he’s playing right now.”

The Bears’ two other Day 2 draft picks — cornerback Kyler Gordon and wide receiver Velus Jones Jr. — sat out with injuries. So the debut of Brisker, who is likely to start alongside veteran safety Eddie Jackson, was among the most notable Saturday.

“I had to get warmed up at first,” Brisker said. “It was great being in the stadium and playing next to great guys like Eddie and the rest of the defense. I thought it was a great experience for the first time.”

Brisker finished with four tackles, a tackle for a loss and a pass defended, one of a few rookie standouts on a day made for such performances.

Running back Trestan Ebner, a sixth-round pick out of Baylor, opened eyes with a versatile performance on offense and special teams. And undrafted rookie linebacker Jack Sanborn, a product of Lake Zurich High and Wisconsin, had a part in two second-half takeaways.

“Draft pick or no draft pick, it doesn’t matter — you want to earn the respect of the guys in this locker room and you want the coaches to see why they picked you or why they decided to let you come here,” Ebner said. “That means the most, when I can get love from these other guys and show them I’m meant to wear this ‘C’ on my head and I’m meant to be a part of this team.”

When Ebner returned to the sideline after leaving Chiefs defensive back Jaylen Watson in his wake with a nasty cut, his teammates told him, “Oooh, I didn’t know you could cut like that.”

“I didn’t know what they were talking about because to me it felt like I was just out there running,” Ebner said. “And then I saw it on the big screen, I was like, ‘Oh, that was a nice cut.’ ”

Ebner admitted he was rewatching the highlight of his 27-yard run on his phone when reporters approached him in the locker room after the game.

The run was part of a well-rounded day that included a 12-yard touchdown catch on a throw from Trevor Siemian, with Ebner pounding through three Chiefs defenders for the Bears’ first score of the preseason. Ebner also had two kickoff returns covering 53 yards, including a 34-yarder on the opening kickoff.

Ebner said he was nervous about getting in on offense, especially because the first-quarter running back reps went to Khalil Herbert with David Montgomery sidelined by a minor injury. But Herbert returned to the sideline between series to tell him what he was seeing, and that calmed his nerves.

Ebner has a lot of talent around him in the running back room with Montgomery and Herbert, and the Bears have several kickoff-return options too. So Ebner felt good about being able to show off his skill set.

“He’s very competitive,” Eberflus said. “He likes when the lights come on and you can see him compete in practice. He’s a strong runner and he’s obviously got a lot of good speed, too, so he can really turn it on to get the corner or take it the distance. So we’re excited where he is too. And he’s doing a better job blocking, finishing runs.”

The Bears had a short field before Ebner’s touchdown catch thanks to Sanborn’s interception of Buechele on the Chiefs’ opening drive of the second half. Sandborn returned the pick 13 yards to the Chiefs 27.

“I knew they were going to try to pick on the linebacker there in Cover-2,” Sanborn said. “I was fortunate enough to make a decent break and box out the receiver there and make a play.”

On the Chiefs’ third drive of the third quarter, Sanborn pounced on Gore’s fumble, which Mike Pennel forced, and the ensuing Bears drive ended in a Cairo Santos field goal.

Sanborn, who guessed he had “a lot” of family members and friends at the game, had five tackles, including a one for a loss, and two special-teams tackles, a good impression as he fights for a roster spot.

“I’m going to be that guy that will do whatever the coaches ask or whatever the team wants,” Sanborn said. “Just take it day by day and be consistent with everyone.”


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Husbands take matters into their own hands as municipal leaders are reduced to proxy in Madhya Pradesh

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Husbands Take Matters Into Their Own Hands As Municipal Leaders Are Reduced To Proxy In Madhya Pradesh

The husbands of the chief and the vice-chief dictate the meeting of the town council in Maihar.


Husbands of elected Madhya Pradesh City Council members continue to reduce women to proxies. At the latest, two BJP leaders – the husbands of the president and vice president – ​​dictated a meeting of the 24-member council at Maihar in Satna district. It took place to discuss the “Har Ghar Tiranga” campaign which marks 75 years of independence.

BJP-backed Geeta Soni and Sheetal Tamrakar were elected president and vice president in Maihar. The president’s seat this time was reserved for the women of the OBC.

But Geeta Soni’s husband Santosh Soni gave instructions during the meeting held at Nagar Palika Hall.

At least she was there.

Sheetal Tamrakar was not. Her husband Nitin Tamrakar took part instead.

The proxy system may remind many of the popular web series “Panchayat” about a village in Uttar Pradesh. It was actually shot in Madhya Pradesh.

Elections to local bodies were recently held in five phases across the state. Party symbols are not used in these elections, but party allegiance remains a factor.

Just two weeks earlier, in some towns, male family members were seen “taking the oath” in place of women elected to council seats.

Many of these women are elected through the women’s reserve, which aims to empower women. Some are presented as proxies because male family members cannot challenge for legal or other reasons.

An investigation into the proxy oath has been ordered at least in one location, at Gaisabad panchayat in Damoh district. Officials had told reporters that such a swearing-in was against the rules and that “strict action will be taken against the culprits once the case is reviewed”.


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DL Hall up and down in debut as Orioles fall to Rays, 8-2, lose ground in wild-card race

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Dl Hall Up And Down In Debut As Orioles Fall To Rays, 8-2, Lose Ground In Wild-Card Race

For as long as DL Hall can remember, he has taken the mound with a skip over the foul line. It’s so second nature now that the left-hander doesn’t think about it. Besides, he had plenty on his mind when he exited the dugout at Tropicana Field on Saturday afternoon to make his major league debut.

There he was, skipping over that white line. That routine won’t change, even as Hall’s surroundings shift dramatically. When he warmed up in the bullpen near left field, the Orioles pitching staff gathered around to observe, then gave the 23-year-old fist bumps on his way to the dugout. When he took the field and promptly threw five straight balls, there was nowhere else to look. When he returned in the second inning and struck out the side, it was just as captivating.

The attention wasn’t for the success he found; Hall left after 3 2/3 innings, having allowed five runs in an eventual 8-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Instead, it was for all he represented, another piece of this rebuild to finally reach the majors.

That stint will be short-lived, however. Manager Brandon Hyde announced after the game that Hall will be optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk to develop as a reliever before potentially returning to the club in September.

Well before first pitch, Hall stood in the dugout next to rookie catcher Adley Rutschman, one of his closest friends in the organization, and soaked in the empty stadium. Rutschman looked forward to that moment, seeing the look on Hall’s face when the No. 4 prospect in Baltimore’s pipeline gazed at a big league park ahead of his debut.

Those two — catcher and starting pitcher — are expected to play a key role in the turnaround the Orioles (59-54) envision. Rutschman is already doing so, proving himself as an American League Rookie of the Year candidate. Others will follow, including shortstop Gunnar Henderson, the highest-ranked prospect in the sport according to Baseball America.

Perhaps more will arrive to help the Orioles before the season is over, as Baltimore finds itself a half-game back of the third wild-card spot to the Rays (59-53). The Orioles are within reach of the postseason, and even if Saturday didn’t show it, there’s a belief that having Hall in the mix will serve as a boost. Now, it will have to be as part of a surprisingly dominant bullpen.

Hall might’ve arrived in the majors sooner if he hadn’t suffered a season-ending stress reaction in his elbow last year, shutting him down after 31 2/3 innings at Double-A Bowie. Hall’s progression has been slow-going, as he remained in Florida for extended spring training this season before appearing with High-A Aberdeen, Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk.

Hall arrived as a reinforcement for Baltimore’s playoff push, a hard-throwing southpaw who has posted gaudy strikeout numbers in the minor leagues. In 70 innings for Norfolk, he struck out 114 batters. But he also averaged 5.7 walks per nine innings, as command issues remain his biggest hurdle.

It cropped up early Saturday. Hall walked the first batter he faced and allowed a run in the first inning before he returned for the second showing the elite swing-and-miss stuff he possesses. For his first strikeout, first baseman Christian Bethancourt swung through a 95.9 mph fastball. Then outfielder Jose Siri was caught looking at a changeup before Hall reared back for a 97.2 mph four-seamer that evaded outfielder Roman Quinn’s bat.

By that point, Hall had a lead to work with. The Orioles plated two runs in the second off All-Star left-hander Shane McLanahan on singles from Rougned Odor and Robinson Chirinos. But that lead evaporated in the third, as Hall allowed three runs after he walked the leadoff man and gave up two doubles and a single.

Hall didn’t complete the fourth, with a sacrifice fly scoring the fifth and final run against him. Hall smacked the ball into his plain brown mitt — not the usual bright teal glove he had with the Tides — before handing the ball to Hyde.

As Hall made his way off the field, he didn’t skip over the foul line. He stepped over it instead, hardly breaking stride, as he adjusted his cap at the end of his first major league appearance. There were highs. There were lows. But he arrived, nonetheless.

Tempers flare

After home plate umpire Andy Fletcher granted a late timeout call to Chirinos in the eighth inning, Rays right-hander Pete Fairbanks took exception. He struck out Chirinos with the next pitch, then directed words toward home plate. Whether they were meant for Chirinos or Fletcher, it was unclear.

Chirinos heard them, though, and turned back toward Fairbanks. When he took several steps toward the reliever, the benches cleared, and Chirinos, outfielders Brett Phillips and Anthony Santander and shortstop Jorge Mateo all had to be restrained.

The feud simmered down relatively quickly, however, and there were no ejections.

In the midst of a playoff race, tempers can flare. And with Tampa Bay and Baltimore battling for a wild-card spot, it’s hardly surprising.

Around the horn

>> Right-hander Grayson Rodriguez was at Tropicana Field to support Hall, his longtime minor league teammate. Rodriguez, the top pitching prospect in baseball, will throw off the mound Monday as he continues his recovery from a Grade 2 right lat muscle strain. It’ll be the third time in the past week he’s thrown off the mound.

>> Right-hander Spenser Watkins, who was in line to start Saturday for Baltimore, instead moved to the bullpen and pitched three innings. Watkins, who Hyde said should return to the rotation by the middle of next week, allowed three runs on six hits.

>> Right-hander Tyler Wells threw long toss on the field before the game. It was another positive step for the starting pitcher after he suffered an oblique strain late last month.

This story will be updated.

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