Prior to Saturday’s game against the Astros, Orioles GM Dan Duquette faced the music in a Q&A session with season ticket holders. He insisted, perhaps believing it and perhaps not, that the O’s are just better starting pitching away from being contenders. Hours later, the Orioles lost a game to the Astros, 8-4, that revealed how ridiculous of a statement this was to make. Duquette certainly wasn’t wrong that the Orioles need better starting pitching. Chris Tillman did a good job of showing that in tonight’s game. Where this better pitching is supposed to come from was left a bit vague; are the Orioles going to trade for someone who’s actually better? Are the existing guys going to improve? Even
Phillies (34-62) vs. Astros (65-33) 7:05 p.m. on CSN; streaming live on CSNPhilly.com and the NBC Sports App The Phillies bring two straight series wins into what's sure to be a challenging three-game set this week at Citizens Bank Park against the AL-best Houston Astros. At 65-33, Houston is on pace for 107 wins. The Astros' franchise record for wins in a season is 102 back in 1998 when they were promptly beaten in four games in the first round of the playoffs. This Astros team is built to go much deeper into October. 1. Unstoppable offense All the Astros do is score. They lost MVP candidate Carlos Correa last week to a thumb injury that will keep him out about two months, but the lineup hasn't
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reiterated his belief that star running back Ezekiel Elliott wasn't guilty of domestic violence in a case the NFL has been investigating for a year. Jones said on the eve of the opening of training camp that Elliott's case was ''not even an issue over he said-she said.'' Elliott denied leaving bruises and abrasions on his ex-girlfriend last summer in Columbus, Ohio, where he was a standout for Ohio State.