BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Nick Swisher struts toward his locker with his arms moving in an exaggerated motion that might symbolize ocean waves, but only he knows for sure.
He plops down in a chair with a high-pitched yelp, flashing a sweeping smile.
The first-year free agent signee of the Cleveland Indians is battling a shoulder injury and hitting in the .230s but feels none of the strain despite being the team’s highest-paid player.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Albert Pujols gazed at the reporters assembled at his locker and took a deep breath, knowing the tenor of the questions about to be tossed his way.
The future Hall of Famer has been asked so often why the Los Angeles Angles were underperforming, he could be forgiven if his answer seemed a bit scripted.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Orb’s disappointing fourth-place finish in the Preakness Stakes meant it just wasn’t his day, trainer Shug McGaughey said on Saturday.
Orb had won five successive races, including a dominant performance in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, but the 3-5 favorite in the field of nine ran out of gas in the Preakness stretch and never mounted a challenge.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Oxbow, a 15-1 longshot ridden masterfully by 50-year-old Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, cruised to an easy, wire-to-wire victory in the $1 million Preakness Stakes on Saturday.
The D. Wayne Lukas-trained bay bolted to the lead under cloudy skies and chilly temperatures at Pimlico Race Course and never tired, finishing 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Itsmyluckyday.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Shug McGaughey, the soft-spoken trainer of Kentucky Derby champion Orb, admits he thinks of what it would be like to saddle a Triple Crown champion.
He knows it’s premature to be thinking like that. He just can’t help it.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas offered an ominous assessment for those hoping Kentucky Derby champion Orb will have his Triple Crown aspirations trampled at the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.
“If he’ll scratch, I’ll feel better about the whole race,” said Lukas, who will saddle three colts in the nine-horse race though none better than 12-1 odds in the morning line.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Kentucky Derby winner Orb was installed as the even-money favorite to win Saturday’s 138th Preakness Stakes, the middle leg of the Triple Crown, after drawing the inside post at Wednesday’s barrier draw.
With just nine horses entered in the $1 million race at Pimlico, Orb’s trainer Shug McGaughey said he expected his three-year-old to get a smooth run under the guidance of his red-hot jockey Joel Rosario.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly 18 months after being kidnapped at gunpoint and held captive at a remote mountain lair in Venezuela, Wilson Ramos remains haunted by the memory.
The Washington Nationals catcher silently points to a tattoo on his muscular left forearm with the date he was rescued after a shootout between his captors and police.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is playing down his early season success despite putting up some eyebrow-raising numbers.
The 27-year-old, six-year major league veteran clubbed an opposite-field grand slam in the eighth inning to lead the Orioles to a come-from-behind 9-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper wasted little time proving that last year’s Rookie of the Year season was no fluke.
Harper belted two home runs off starter Ricky Nolasco to lift the Nationals to a 2-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Monday in the season opener for both teams.