Archive for March 11th, 2017
The Orioles have announced the coaching staffs for their seven minor league affiliates for the 2017 season.
BRIAN GRAHAM enters his 10th season with the Orioles and fifth as Director of Player Development. JOHN WASDIN joins the Orioles in his first season as Minor League Pitching Coordinator. He was previously a pitching coach in the Oakland organization for six seasons, including the 2015-16 seasons with Double-A Midland.Wasdin pitched in 26 games for the Orioles in 2001.
RON JOHNSON returns for his sixth season as manager at Triple-A Norfolk. The 2017 season will be his 24th as a minor league manager. In 2015, he guided the Tides to the International League South Division title and earned International League Manager of the Year honors. Johnson, the winningest manager in Tides franchise history (with 356 wins), has compiled 1,617 career victories. MIKE GRIFFIN will serve as Pitching Coach for the ninth straight season with Norfolk (10thconsecutive season in the organization). SEAN BERRY will serve as Hitting Coach for the Tides in his third season. JOSÉ HERNÁNDEZ, who played 15 years in the majors,will serve as Field Coach/Third Base Coach for Norfolk, his fifth consecutive season with the Tides (eighth year in the organization). MARK SHIRES will serve his 19th year as an Athletic Trainer in the Orioles’ system and his 11th year with the Tides.TREVOR HOWELL returns for his sixth season in the Orioles’ organization and fourth as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Norfolk.
GARY KENDALL enters his seventh season as manager at Double-A Bowie. In 2015, he led the club to its first Eastern League Championship. This season marks Kendall’s 18th in the organization. KENNIE STEENSTRA, who served as Pitching Coach for Frederick in 2009 and from 2013-16, returns for his fourth season as Pitching Coach for the Baysox after previously serving in the same role from 2010-12. It will be his 13th year in the organization. BUTCH DAVIS returns to the Orioles organization after spending the previous two seasons as First Base Coach for the Minnesota Twins. He enters his first season as Hitting Coach with Bowie, where he previously coached in 2000, 2003-05, and 2013-14. PAT WESLEY begins his third season as an Athletic Trainer for the Baysox. Strength and Conditioning Coach PAT ARMSTRONG returns for his eighth year in the organization and sixth year at Bowie.
KEITH BODIE, who served as a coach with the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League in 2016, returns for his second season as manager at Class A-Advanced Frederick. It will be his 20th year as a manager. BLAINE BEATTY will serve as Pitching Coach for the Keys after spending the 2015-16 seasons with Class-A Delmarva as Pitching Coach. He returns for his 12th season in the organization and seventh at Frederick, as he previously served in the same role for the Keys from 2006-08 and 2010-12. Former Orioles farmhand KYLE MOORE enters his first season as Frederick’s Hitting Coach after serving in the same capacity for Delmarva last season. SHAWN McGILL will serve as Third Base Coach for the Keys after spending 2016 with Bowie as Field Coach. BRIAN GUZMAN will serve as the Athletic Trainer with Frederick for the third straight season.
Former Orioles third baseman RYAN MINOR will manage the Shorebirds for the fourth straight season. The 2017 season will be Minor’s 10th as a coach or manager in the Orioles organization. Minor will be joined by JUSTIN LORD, who will begin his second season at Delmarva as Pitching Coach (also 2013) after serving in the same capacity for Aberdeen from 2014-16. Lord coached alongside Frederick manager Keith Bodie in 2016 with the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League.BUCK BRITTON, the older brother of Orioles LHP ZACH BRITTON, enters his first season as Hitting Coach for the Shorebirds. A former Orioles farmhand, Britton was selected by the Orioles in the 35th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. MARTY BRINKER enters his first season as the Athletic Trainer with Delmarva after serving in the same role the previous two seasons with Aberdeen.
KEVIN BRADSHAW enters his second season as manager of the Aberdeen IronBirds. MARK HENDRICKSON, a former Major League pitcher of 10 seasons, including three with the Orioles from 2009-11, will begin his first season as Pitching Coach at Aberdeen. RAMON SAMBO, who was a Field Coach with Frederick last year, will serve as Field Coach for Aberdeen (11th overall year in the Orioles system).ADRIAN GONZALEZ enters his first season as Athletic Trainer for the IronBirds after serving as Athletic Trainer for the GCL Orioles in 2015-16.
CARLOS TOSCA enters his first season as manager of the Gulf Coast League Orioles after spending the previous 12 seasons as a bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks (2005-06), Florida Marlins (2007-10), and Atlanta Braves (2011-16). Former Major Leaguer WILSON ALVAREZ returns for a fifth season as Pitching Coach for the GCL Orioles. MILT MAY will begin his eighth season as Hitting Coach for the GCL Orioles. GARY SMITH enters his first season as Athletic Trainer for the GCL Orioles.
ELVIS MOREL will manage the Dominican Summer League Orioles. He will be assisted by Pitching Coach DIONIS PASCUAL and coaches BENNY ADAMES(outfield), RAMÓN CARABALLO (hitting), RUBÉN FRANCISCO (first base/baserunning), MIGUEL JABALERA (field coordinator), RAMÓN LUBO (third base/catching), and ROBERT PÉREZ (bullpen). LUDOVINO ALONZO will serve as Athletic Trainer for the DSL club, while ANTHONY ADAMES will serve as Strength and Conditioning Coach.
JEFF MANTO returns for his fourth year as Minor League Hitting Coordinator.DON WERNER will serve as the Minor League Catching Coordinator, while DAVE ANDERSON will serve as the Minor League Infield Coordinator. SCOTT McGREGORenters his sixth season as the Sarasota-based Pitching Rehabilitation Coordinator.DAVE SCHMIDT, in his 20th season in the organization, will serve as the Florida and Latin America Pitching Coordinator for the Orioles. NELSON NORMAN remains the Director of Dominican Baseball Operations for the Orioles, while FELIPE ROJAS ALOU, JR. returns to serve as Director of the Dominican Academy. LEN JOHNSTONenters his 41st season with the Orioles organization, serving as the Administrator of Sarasota Operations. DAVE WALKER will begin his 15th year as Minor League Medical Coordinator and 24th season in the Orioles’ farm system. RYAN DRISCOLLreturns as Sarasota Strength and Conditioning Coordinator.
Affiliate League Manager Pitching Coach Field Coach(es) Trainer/S&C
Norfolk (AAA) International Ron Johnson Mike Griffin S. Berry/J. Hernández Shires/Howell
Bowie (AA) Eastern Gary Kendall Kennie Steenstra Butch Davis Wesley/Armstrong
Frederick (A) Carolina Keith Bodie Blaine Beatty K. Moore/S. McGill Guzman/TBA
Delmarva (A) South Atlantic Ryan Minor Justin Lord Buck Britton Brinker/TBA
Aberdeen (SA) New York-Penn Kevin Bradshaw Mark Hendrickson TBA/R. Sambo Gonzalez/TBA
Gulf Coast (R) Gulf Coast Carlos Tosca Wilson Alvarez Milt May Gary Smith
Dominican (R) Dominican Elvis Morel Dionis Pascual Benny Adames Ludovino Alonzo
Ramón Caraballo Anthony Adames
BALTIMORE ORIOLES 2017 PLAYER DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
Director, Player Development Brian Graham
Director, Minor League Operations Kent Qualls
Manager, Minor League & International Administration J. Maria Arellano
Assistant Director, Minor League and International Operations Cale Cox
Administrator, Sarasota Operations Len Johnston
Coordinator, Minor League Pitching John Wasdin
Coordinator, Minor League Hitting Jeff Manto
Coordinator, Minor League Catching Don Werner
Coordinator, Minor League Infield Dave Anderson
Coordinator, Pitching Rehabilitation Scott McGregor
Coordinator, Florida and Latin America Pitching Dave Schmidt
Coordinator, Minor League Medical Dave Walker
Coordinator, Sarasota Strength and Conditioning Ryan Driscoll
Athletic Trainer, Pitching Performance Chris Correnti
Instructor, Special Assignment B.J. Surhoff
Instructor, Special Assignment Mike Bordick
Pitching Instructor, Special Assignment Ramón Martinez
Director, Dominican Baseball Operations Nelson Norman
Director, Dominican Academy Felipe Rojas Alou, Jr.
Coordinator, Dominican Field Miguel Jabalera
Administrator, Dominican Academy Jorge Perozo
Coordinator, Latin American Medical Manny Lopez
Manager, Minor League Equipment Jake Parker
Manager, Dominican Equipment Franklin Fajardo
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Scott Dixon IndyCar (2013 photo by OmahaMH via wikipedia commons)
St. Petersburg practice
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Friday, March 10, 2017) – The promise of a new Verizon IndyCar Series season gave 21 drivers a fresh start today in two practice sessions for the 14th Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
At the conclusion of the day, four-time series champion Scott Dixon set the pace on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street course that encompasses St. Petersburg downtown streets and a runway of Albert Whitted Airport. Dixon’s best lap of 1 minute, 2.5591 seconds (103.582 mph) came in the second practice and was tops for the day.
Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg practice results: Practice 1; Practice 2; Combined results
“I think it started generally well,” said Dixon, driving the No. 9 GE LED Lighting Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing. “This weekend, the car, we’ve done some good homework in the offseason for ourselves, how the competition stacks up. I think tomorrow will be interesting once the other competitors turn it up. We’ll have to see where it goes.
“It’s Friday, it doesn’t pay anything, doesn’t mean anything,” added Dixon, fourth on the Indy car career wins list with 40. “Hopefully what we learned today, we can continue on and help improve the car come tomorrow and, more importantly, for the race on Sunday.”
Following Dixon – a three-time runner-up in St. Petersburg but never a race winner at the circuit – on the combined speed chart were: Will Power in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet (1:02.8416, 103.116 mph), Tony Kanaan in the No. 10 NTT Data Honda (1:02.8545, 103.095 mph) and Charlie Kimball in the No. 83 Tresiba Honda (1:02.8748, 103.062 mph). Reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud was ninth overall at 1:03.1462 (102.619 mph).
The afternoon practice highlighted a change in Verizon IndyCar Series rules this year that provides an extra set of the Firestone alternate tires to each entry on a race weekend. Teams now can run a set of the softer, red-sidewall tires in practice to gauge their performance characteristics compared to the harder, black-sidewall primary tires prior to qualifying.
“I think especially for newcomers maybe to the Verizon IndyCar Series, or rookies in general, I think it’s nice to feel how those tires come in, the difference you can get from them,” said Dixon, whose fast lap was logged on the black-sidewall primary tires. “For the veterans, I don’t think it’s as much of an issue.”
The lone incidents of the day involved Power and new Andretti Autosport driver Takuma Sato, though neither was injured. Power saw the back end of his car step out and make wall contact in Turn 10 during the morning practice. Sato was on his first timed lap of the afternoon when his car jumped off track in Turn 13 and made hard contact with the wall.
Power, a six-time St. Petersburg pole winner and two-time race winner, was happy to redeem himself in the afternoon session.
“Yeah, it was about the same lap I did it last year,” said Power, who crashed in Friday morning practice in 2016 within three minutes of when he did today. “I couldn’t believe it, got in the wall again. It (was) a good session (in the afternoon), definitely made some progress on the car.”
The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is the first of 17 races on the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule and opens the season for the seventh straight year. Practice continues at 10:50 a.m. ET Saturday for a final 45-minute session ahead of knockout qualifying at 2:55 p.m. to determine the Verizon P1 Award winner for the pole position. A live video stream of practice and qualifying is available at RaceControl.IndyCar.com.
Sunday’s 110-lap race airs live at noon ET on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.
Mazda Road to Indy qualifying
All three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires – the sanctioned developmental ladder for INDYCAR – open their 2017 seasons this weekend with doubleheader races. Qualifying took place today.
Aaron Telitz won the pole position for the first Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires race with a lap of 1 minute, 7.5844 seconds (95.880 mph) in the No. 9 Belardi Auto Racing Mazda/Dallara IL-15. The 2016 Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tires champion was nearly four-tenths of a second quicker than Kyle Kaiser in the No. 18 Juncos Racing entry.
In qualifying for the first Pro Mazda race, Anthony Martin – who won last year’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda title – took honors with a lap of 1:13.6718 (87.958) in the No. 8 Cape Motorsports Mazda. Victor Franzoni, driving the No. 23 Juncos Racing Mazda, was second at 1:13.6838.
USF2000 held qualifying for both of its weekend races which will be run Saturday. Robert Megennis, in the No. 80 Team Pelfrey Mazda/Tatuus USF-17, took pole for the first race with a lap of 1:15.3708 (85.975 mph). Parker Thompson, last season’s USF2000 runner-up, captured the pole for the second race with a lap identical to the one Megennis clocked in first-race qualifying.
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“What They’re Saying” from Friday practice at Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Chevrolet): “I feel good about the PPG Chevrolet. I think we made good progress throughout the sessions and collected a lot of good data. There is more speed to find and I feel we’ll be able to do that and be ready for the qualifying session. It’s important to qualify well to make race day a little easier. It’s awesome to be at the track again for an actual event. The atmosphere here is tremendous.”
JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “It was a good day for the Verizon Chevy team overall. We learned this morning that we had some work to do and I think we improved in the second session. The track behaves a little different in spots, so that was something to get used to. We’ll go back to work tomorrow and get into a good place for qualifying.”
HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): “It felt really great to get into the Hitachi Chevrolet today. The day went well. We had some learning to do with the track, but that got all worked out. I’m just excited to get the season underway.”
CONOR DALY (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “It wasn’t an ideal first day. We had some issues in the first session. We got running in the second session and we’re still a little bit behind. We tried some things with the red tires. We don’t have the pace we need yet but that’s why we work together and figure out the best set up for the ABC Chevy tomorrow.”
MAX CHILTON (No. 8 Gallagher Honda): “I think we started strong. Everyone is dealing with the change to the track in Turn 3, and so it is what it is. Top 10 in the first session wasn’t bad, and we’ll look to continue to find ways to improve the Gallagher Honda in practice tomorrow morning.”
SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 GE LED Lighting Honda): “I think it started generally well. This weekend, the car, we’ve done some good homework in the offseason for ourselves, how the competition stacks up. I think tomorrow will be interesting once the other competitors turn it up. We’ll see where it goes. Generally comfortable, in a different rhythm from what I had here previously with the car, with some fundamental changes we made through winter. It’s Friday. It doesn’t pay anything, doesn’t mean anything. Hopefully what we learned today, we can continue on and help improve the car come tomorrow, and more importantly for the race on Sunday.”
TONY KANAAN (No. 10 NTT Data Honda): “I think a P2 and P3 result in both practices is a good way to start the weekend, but I wouldn’t say I’m comfortable yet with the car heading into qualifying. I think we definitely have some things to work out tonight and focus on tomorrow during the morning session to make sure we’re on the mark for qualifying.”
WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “It was about the same lap I (crashed) last year, can’t believe I got in the wall again. It was a good session (in the afternoon). Definitely made some progress on the car. Great to be here. Great to start the season off. A pretty long offseason. Yeah, the grid looks pretty nicely mixed up there with Honda and Chevy, great competition.”
CARLOS MUNOZ (No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “We made a lot of progress from Practice 1 to 2 – the ABC Chevy was much more competitive. I think we were in the top 10 the whole session. We need to improve but everyone is very close. We’re not 100 percent happy and I think we can still make changes and improve it. We’ll see how it goes.”
GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Honda): “It was a frustrating day. We are trying to get through a lot and obviously struggling to find our way here a little bit. There is a lot of work to be done. We have to find some pace for sure for qualifying otherwise we’re going to have to create some magic in the race. We will work hard to pick up some pace and move the Steak ‘n Shake car further up the time sheets.”
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda): “It was a good recovery for us in Practice 2. Our car was surprisingly out of its window this morning so that was a disappointment, but we recovered pretty well this afternoon with P5 in practice. The car is still not dialed in to what it can do, so there’s definitely more potential. It feels like the Firestone reds have helped us quite nicely. I don’t think we really got the best out of them either. Overall, we still have some work to do, we need to identify the little issues and try to work on it and get it where we want it to be for tomorrow.”
ED JONES (No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda): “Today was a good day. It was challenging but I learned a lot. We’re going to make some changes overnight and I’ll be in a much better position tomorrow. It’s hard, but I felt much more comfortable in that second session and I’m looking forward to seeing how tomorrow pans out. Everything is a bit better compared to what I’ve been used to here in an Indy Lights car. You’re faster, you’re breaking a lot later, there’s more corner speed. On a street circuit, it’s tough to do that initially because the margin for error is so small. As much as you want to push as hard as you can and find the limit, you also don’t want to lose any track time by putting it in the wall. It’s a difficult situation but I think we did well today.”
SPENCER PIGOT (No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet): “We made some good changes. There was a lot of people out there at the end when we were trying to do a lap on red tires; it was crowded on track. I feel like we are better than our time shows, so we are going to make a few changes and make a few things better for tomorrow.”
JR HILDEBRAND (No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet): “First practice today, I don’t think anyone got exactly what they were expecting. The track just seemed super low grip. For me, that was not my expectation and then it was not our expectation as a team in terms of what we were going to get out of the car. We reset after the first practice; I went back out with some things to work on myself and we made some good changes going into the second practice session. We got ourselves back into the window. We’ve got a little bit of work to do but we’re in the midst of a good group of cars. Our aim tomorrow is to break through out first qualifying group and get to that top 12. It feels great to be back in the car and the team’s doing a great job, hopefully this is a good building block for us to start the year.”
TAKUMA SATO (No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda): “It’s good to get back in the car. It was a very short first practice today, a 45-minute session. We showed some strength. In the second session, we had a problem and I didn’t put a time down. It’s difficult to say. I am excited to come back here and to get the season started. Hopefully we had a good day tomorrow; I have a lot of things to catch up on.”
MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 27 hhgregg Honda): “Not a bad day for the hhgregg team. I had some traffic there on my quick lap, so I think our potential is greater than where we ended on the time sheet. We’ll make some small changes for tomorrow and hopefully qualify inside the Firestone Fast Six. Overall, I’m fairly happy. I think me having a clear head and just driving the race car, not overthinking things, is a weight off my shoulders.”
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 DHL Honda): “The second session was a bit of a bummer for us with some lost time. We went out of pit lane on the install lap, and I could feel something wasn’t right, the brakes were hardly working and my foot was going almost straight to the floor. We had to come in and swap the entire brake system, so we sat in pit lane most of the session. It’s unfortunate but we’ll get with our teammates here and hopefully come out tomorrow swinging. It’s still early, but our strategy for the weekend is to get the DHL Honda up to the top of the podium. We’ve finished runner-up here a couple of times and have finished third. I’m ready to finally get a win in my home state of Florida.”
CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 Tresiba Honda): “That’s a solid first day here on the streets of St. Petersburg. I’m pretty happy with P8 and P4. We need a little bit to catch our teammates. The Honda cars are obviously working really well, so we’ll see how it goes tomorrow afternoon when the times really count during qualifying. The Novo Nordisk guys were solid all day – quick on the changes here in pit lane. Eric (Cowdin, engineer) is doing a really good job giving me what I need to drive the car. This track is always a lot of fun, but I think it’s especially enjoyable this year with the repaving.”
ALEXANDER ROSSI (No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda): “I think it was a pretty decent day. We didn’t get a clear lap on the (Firestone alternate) reds at the end of the day, so our time on the primaries was pretty respectable and I think it’s OK. There’s still a little bit to get from the NAPA Auto Parts car; I genuinely think we are close to the window. I’m not as unhappy as the time sheet may reflect, but there’s a gap to the front. We are pretty solidly into the top 10, but getting into the top three is something we need to work on overnight.”
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The Black & Gold won last year’s contest at MAPFRE Stadium, 1-0
For Immediate Release: March 10, 2017
COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC (0-0-1, 1 points) travels to Houston to take on the Houston Dynamo (1-0-0, 3 points) tomorrow, Saturday, March 11 at BBVA Compass Stadium. The contest kicks-off at 8:30 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, with Neil Sika and Dwight Burgess on the call. Coverage on The CW Columbus begins at 8:30 p.m. ET. Exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, “Crew SC Matchday,” the pre-match show, begins at 8:00 p.m. ET, with “Crew SC Post-Match” immediately following the action.
Saturday’s match also airs locally on the radio on CD102.5 FM in English, featuring simulcast audio from the television broadcast. La Mega 103.1 FM has the match airing in Spanish, with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. The Spanish radio calls are also set to be streamed in Spanish on the LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM. The club’s official website, ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream the English-language radio broadcast online.
Crew SC and Houston Dynamo met last season on April 23, 2016 at MAPFRE Stadium, with the Black & Gold winning 1-0 through a penalty-kick goal in the 21st minute. Saturday’s match is the only regular-season meeting between Crew SC and Houston in 2017 and marks the 23rd all-time regular-season meeting between the two clubs. The Black & Gold currently hold an all-time record of 7-5-10 against Houston and a record of 1-1-1 in their last three contests against the Texan side.
Last Saturday, Columbus Crew SC took on the Chicago Fire at MAPFRE Stadium, in Opening Match, presented by MAPFRE Insurance. Five players – Zack Steffen, Jonathan Mensah, Jukka Raitala, Mohammed Abu, and Artur – made their debut for the Black & Gold. The hosts took an early lead through a 17thminute goal by Ethan Finlay, who headed in a cross from Justin Meram. The match ended in a 1-1 draw after David Accam leveled for Chicago in the 71stminute.
According to Opta, the Black & Gold had 22 crosses from open play last Saturday against the Fire – three more than any other team last week and nearly twice as many as the Chicago Fire (13) – with one of those crosses leading to Ethan Finlay’s goal. Crew SC finished the match against Chicago with a total of 545 attempted passes, which tied for second-most in the League. Of those 545 passes, 460 were successful according to Opta, giving the club an 84.4% success rate – the highest out of any team in the League.
Columbus Crew SC at Houston Dynamo
Saturday, March 11 – 8:30 p.m. ET – BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas)
Regional Television: The CW Columbus (coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET), Spectrum Sports, BCSN2 (Pre-match show “Crew SC Matchday” begins exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2 at 8:00 p.m. ET)
Regional Television Channel Guide: http://bit.ly/2017CrewSCBroadcast
Crew SC Radio: CD102.5 FM (English); La Mega 103.1 FM (Spanish), Spanish radio broadcast also simulcast on LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM, English radio broadcast also simulcast on ColumbusCrewSC.com
BBVA Compass Stadium, Skyline View By Paul Duron, Houtexusa at English Wikipedia, https commons.wikimedia.org
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Mar. 11, 2017 || Blue Jackets at Sabres || KeyBank Center || 7:00 pm ET
Blue Jackets Broadcast Information
Television: FOX Sports Ohio (Jeff Rimer/Jody Shelley)
Radio: 97.1 The Fan (Bob McElligott)
Tonight is the 2,000th NHL broadcast for CBJ TV announcer Jeff Rimer.
Columbus: 43-17-6 (92 pts.) || 18-8-5 (41 pts.) on Road || 2nd Metropolitan || 3.17 GF / 2.29 GA
Buffalo: 27-29-12 (66 pts) || 16-12-6 (38 pts.) at Home || 7th Atlantic || 2.51 GF / 2.85 GA
14-9-1 (8-5-9 on Road)
Mar. 10 – at CBJ 4, BUF 3… Mar. 11 at Buffalo… Mar. 28 at Columbus
Oct. 12 – at BUF 4, CBJ 2… Feb. 19 – BUF 4, at CBJ 0… Apr. 8 – CBJ 4, at BUF 1
* Winning team has scored at least three goals in 22-of-23 wins in the series
* The Jackets are 4-1-0 in the past five games at Buffalo
* Columbus is 8-2-1 in the past 11 contests, outscoring opponents 34-16 over that span
* The Jackets have tied the club record for wins in a season and are one point from tying the record set in 2013-14 (43-32-7; 93 points)
* The Blue Jackets close out their 15th of 19 back-to-backs (19-6-4) and are 8-3-3 in the second game
PLAYERS TO WATCH TONIGHT
* 8 Zach Werenski - Set the Jackets rookie scoring record with his 40th point of the season on an assist on Friday night (9-31-40), becoming the fourth defenseman in Jackets history to reach the mark
* 89 Sam Gagner - Is one goal shy of tying his career high set in 2011-12 with Edmonton after posting his 17th of the season on Friday (17-24-41) and has 3-2-5 during an active four-game point streak
* 15 Jack Eichel - Saw his 11-game point streak (5-11-16) snapped on Friday night but is tied for the team-lead in points with 18-27-45 and has 1-3-4 in four career contests vs. Columbus
* 90 Ryan O’Reilly - Tied for the Sabres lead in scoring with 16-29-45 after seeing his five-game point streak (3-4-7) Friday night and has 5-7-12 in 21 career games vs. the Jackets
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