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Freddy from Boca Weighs in on Baseball’s Winter Meetings and the O’s

This week in SAN Diego Major League Baseball conducts it’s annual winter meetings.

For the O’s they are here to address some needs including a possible replacement for recently departed Nick Markakis, a dh to replace Nelson Cruz, Left handed relief pitcher to replace Andrew Miller, and maybe even a left fielder.

I don’t expect the O’s to sign a free agent outfielder unless it’s a last resort move. i don’t think any of the free agent outfielders would fit as a starter for the Birds.

The team could swing a trade for either Atlanta’s Justin Upton, who has one year left on his contract or the Dodgers Matt Kemp, who is signed for a few more years. At this time Kemp could be headed for San Diego.

There’s a good chance the O’s will go to spring training with De Aza and Pearce penciled in for left field and a battle for right field which could include Darial Alverez and some one year free agent signing

As for Dan Duquette, it looks like he’s in Baltimore through this year and if the Toronto CEO job is still open next September/October, I could see Duke leaving for the North

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Chalie White and the Bullpen helps the Terps to a 5-4 Win in Game 1 of...

The Chef is cooking up a storm as incredibly Maryland is but 1 win away from a trip to the College Word series in Omaha. Today the victim was UVA the #1 team in the nation. But this band of brothers from College Park is just plain and simply on a roll. The Terps have a great chance to make Bob Turtle Smith’s prediction of a 2 game sweep come through Sunday at 12 PM on the deuce.

From umterps.com

Junior Charlie White went 3-for-5 with two runs and made a potential game-changing catch in the first inning to lead the Maryland baseball team to a 5-4 victory over Virginia in the first game of the NCAA Super Regional in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday.

The Terps (40-21) have an opportunity to clinch their first trip to the College World Series in program history tomorrow as they take on the Cavaliers at noon on ESPN2. Maryland claimed its 40th victory of the season in the win, as Jake Stinnett allowed just two earned runs in six innings of work.

“I’m very happy for our guys and everyone who works for our program to be able to come in here and play the way we did against a very good team in a tough environment,” said head coach John Szefc. “We felt we did a really good job offensively early on to get their starter out. He’s obviously one of the better left-handed pitchers in the country and I know he’s had a lot of
success here this season.”


Jake Stinnett Taken in the 2nd Round of the MLB Draft by the Cubs

University of Maryland right hander Jake Stinnett has been selected in the second round (45th overall) of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago Cubs.

Stinnett is the 15th Terrapin to be drafted over the last four years and is the highest-selected Maryland player since Brett Cecil was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round (38th overall pick) of the 2007 draft.

Terps Enter Columbia Regional Final Final By Holding on to a Thrilling...

With the tying run 90 feet away, Maryland turned a 4-6-3 game-ending double play to seal a dramatic 4-3 victory over top-seeded South Carolina Saturday night at Carolina Stadium snapping the Gamecocks 28-game postseason home winning streak and sending the Terps into the Columbia Regional final.

With one out in the top of the ninth and South Carolina runners at first and third, closer Kevin Mooney induced a ground ball from Joey Pankake to Brandon Lowe. Lowe quickly gathered the ball fired it to Blake Schmit who tagged second and threw a strike to LaMonte Wade to clinch the victory sending Terrapin players streaming from the dugout in celebration.

The victory secures a spot in the region final. Maryland (38-21) will meet the winner of South Carolina and Campbell Sunday night at 7 p.m. with a spot in the Super Regionals at stake. The Gamecocks and Camels square off at 1 p.m. Sunday.

“I am really happy the way our guys responded in that atmosphere under some duress,” said head coach John Szefc. “We did a great job of hanging in there. I think the turning point in that game was when they had second and third and no outs [in the sixth inning] and Mike [Shawaryn] was able to minimize that to two runs. That was a spot that really kept us in there.

“Obviously, we are really happy to be sitting where we are sitting at this point, but it is just the second win. We’re not here just to get two wins. We are here to finish this thing off and that is our mindset going into tomorrow.”

A fantastic pitching performance from starter Mike Shawaryn set the stage for relievers Bobby Ruse and Mooney to preserve the win. In the last four innings Saturday, Maryland’s pitchers managed to strand six Carolina base runners including the potential tying run at third in the eighth and ninth innings.    from umterps.com

ACC Update:::::Terrapin Nine Defeats #3 UVA 7-6 Behing Stinnett and 2 ...

LaMonte Wade hit two home runs as part of a four homer effort to help Maryland defeat third-ranked Virginia by the score of 7-6 in its ACC Championship opener Thursday at NewBridge Bank Park. The Terps (35-19) recorded eight hits on the afternoon, six of which went for extra bases, to win their school record 35th game of the season.

Wade’s two solo home runs were half of the total the Terps hit Thursday. Kevin Martir and Charlie White each added one marking Maryland’s first four home run game since 2009, when the club totaled four against James Madison on April 28.

The turning point in the contest came in the Terrapin half of the seventh with the game tied at four. After Anthony Papio was hit by a pitch with two outs, Martir blasted his second home run in as many games to put the Terps up by two, the first two-run advantage for either team.

Yankee GM Brian Cashman Livid over Tweet From ARod

 Livid over Alex Rodriguez‘s decision to tweet an update on his rehab process,Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had a message for the third baseman.

“You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will],” Cashman told ESPN New York. “Alex should just shut the f— up. That’s it. I’m going to call Alex now.”

 Rodriguez tweeted Tuesday that he has been cleared to play in rehab games. Rodriguez’s comments seemed to contradict what Cashman told ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews on Monday.

“Visit from Dr. [Bryan] Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news – the green light to play games again!” Rodriguez tweeted.

On Monday, Cashman shot down a report that Rodriguez had been given the go-ahead to play in games.

“He has not been cleared by our doctors to play in rehab games yet,” he said. “He’s getting closer. There’s no doubt about it. But we don’t have a date for him to start playing games yet. It could be July 1. It could also be July 5 or maybe June 25.”


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Terrapin Pitcher Jimmy Reed Taken in 6th Round by the Cardinals

University of Maryland senior lefthander Jimmy Reed was selected Friday in the sixth round (185th overall) of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Reed is the ninth Terp to be drafted over the last three years and is the highest-selected Terrapin since Brett Cecil was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round (38th overall pick) of the 2007 draft.

“I’m pretty ecstatic right now,” said Reed. “When my name was called, I screamed. It is really awesome to be picked in the sixth round by the Cardinals. The Cardinals are an amazing organization with a proven track record of developing pitchers. It’s honestly the best situation for me.”

In his first full season in the weekend rotation, Reed served as the Terps’ Friday night starter. The Gaithersburg, Md., native posted a 6-4 record with a career-high 74 strikeouts. He finished the 2013 season with a 2.33 ERA, which ranks eighth in the ACC, en route to earning second team All-ACC honors and finished his career with 70 appearances, the ninth-highest total in program history.


Jimmy Reed and Charlie White Named to ALL ACC Baseball Squad

Maryland senior lefthander Jimmy Reed and redshirt sophomoreCharlie White were named to the 2013 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Team, the league announced Monday.

Reed, who finished 6-4 with a 2.33 ERA, and White, who led the ACC with 39 stolen bases and hit a team-high .350, were named to the second team. It is the second straight season Maryland has had a player named to the All-ACC team after Brett Harman earned the honor last season.

Maryland’s Friday night starter, Reed posted career highs in wins (6) and strikeouts (74), and ranked 10th in the ACC in ERA (2.33), while ranking eighth in strikeouts. He is one of six ACC pitchers to throw two or more complete games this season and one of six pitchers to throw a complete game shutout.

White finished the season highly ranked in several offensive categories. He led the conference with 39 stolen bases, ranked fifth with 75 hits, finished eighth with a .350 batting average, and ranked 10th with a .449 on-base percentage.


Jimmy Reed Goes 8 Strong Innings as Terps Defeat Clemson 7-2

Maryland received another sterling pitching performance from Jimmy Reed and pounded out 14 hits in a 7-2 win over 18th-ranked Clemson on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Reed, the reigning ACC Pitcher of the Week, quieted the Tiger bats. The senior lefty struck out a career-high 11 batters and scattered four hits over eight innings. Reed has pitched at least eight innings in three of his last four starts and has an ERA of 1.41 in his last four.

The Terrapin offense provided plenty of support for its ace totaling 14 hits including five extra-base hits, two of which were solo home runs from Kyle Convissar and Jordan Hagel. The Terps’ 14 hits tied a team high for the most hits in an ACC game this season.

Convissar announced his return to the Maryland lineup with a 3-for-4 outing, which included his first homer of the season in the third inning to stretch the Terps’ lead to 4-0. Hagel followed in the fourth with a homer of his own, his second of the season, to increase the advantage to five.

Hagel along with Jack Cleary, LaMonte Wade and Charlie White all recorded two hits. Hagel and Cleary each added two RBI as well.

Charlie Stinnent Pitches a Complete Game as Terps Defeat Duke 4-1 to T...

 Maryland overcame a one-run deficit with two runs in the sixth and rode the superb performance of starter Jake Stinnett to a 4-1 win over Duke on Sunday at Jack Coombs Field. With the victory, the Terps (25-21, 8-16 ACC) took two of three from the Blue Devils (25-22, 9-15 ACC) to secure a vital series win.

Stinnett was the star of Sunday’s game. The junior righty held the Blue Devils to no earned runs on five hits with four strikeouts for his first career complete game. Stinnett has gone at least seven innings in four of his last five starts including his past three. In those contests, Stinnett has an ERA of 1.54 with 28 strikeouts.

Jordan Hagel and LaMonte Wade had the decisive at-bats on Sunday. After Duke took a 1-0 lead in the fifth, the Terps took the lead in the next half inning. Hagel drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly to center and Wade singled to center to score Charlie White all the way from first.

Terps Hold On To Win 16-15 Slugfest at Towson

LaMonte Wade hit Maryland’s first grand slam since 2009 and the Terps held off a ninth-inning rally by Towson to defeat the Tigers, 16-15, Wednesday at Schuerholz Park. The Terps (23-20) benefited from 11 walks and four hit batters by the Tigers’ pitchers.

Maryland tacked on what appeared to be an inconsequential run in the ninth to increase its lead to four. But the Terps needed all of those runs to hold off a ninth-inning rally by the Tigers (19-20). Towson scored three runs, two of which came on an error, but Kevin Mooneystayed composed and got a strikeout and a ground stranding the tying run at third.