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Welcome to the 3rd edition of This Week in NXT. My weekly feature on the black and yellow brand coming out of Florida. I don’t have much NXT news this week. There was a set of tapings recently at Full Sail University for the next few weeks of NXT shows. I won’t give any spoilers away. We’ll have to see how things play out in the coming weeks. Let’s get into the recap.

I was pleasantly surprised to see this week’s show come from Bel Air, Maryland. I know that NXT had a show there last month but I had no idea they were taping matches for the weekly show. NXT has done this in the past after a Takeover event but I wasn’t expecting that from the Bel Air show. I wish they had done that last year when I went to an NXT show in DC. That would have been cool.

The first match of the night was a tag team match between Io Shirai and Candice LeRae vs Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir. Candice and Shirai carried this match. Duke and Shafir tried but both are still very green and need a lot of work. It was cool seeing Shirai do a stomp on Jessamyn’s arm just like Shayna does to her opponents. Shayna’s reaction on the ramp as she watched was priceless. The match gets thrown out after interference by Shayna. All five woman ended up brawling up the ramp and into the crowd. That really saved the match. I got a feeling one other person will join Candice and Shirai. I don’t know who but this feud with these ladies is far from over.

They showed highlights from the Velveteen Dream vs Tyler Breeze match from Takeover 25. After that, Velveteen is shown shooting a video talking about it's beautiful, solid, and can go forever. He wasn’t talking about the title. Dream asks if fans are ready for the next Dream experience. He ends by saying dream on. I don’t know what’s next for Velveteen but I can’t wait. He’s really come into his own in recent years.

They showed a vignette for the debut of Damian Priest aka Punishment Martínez. We’ve seen him briefly in NXT under that name but it seems like he’s going in a new direction. Plus WWE likes to own it’s content when it comes to names and trademarks so it makes sense for the change. I know he worked in Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling. I didn’t see his work there. The times I did see him on NXT I was impressed. I looked forward to seeing what he does with this new gimmick.

The next match of the night was a submission match between Kushida and Drew Gulak. This was another great match with these two. The last match they had was very good. They both went move for move, counter for counter and strike for strike. I love it. If you love technical wrestling than these guys gave it to you. Kushida wins again. That’s two victories over Gulak for Kushida. They shake hands after the match which was good to see. I would love to see more from these guys. Both match’s they had are a match of the year candidates in my book.

Up next we get a video of two of my favorites in NXT Vanessa Borne and Aliyah taking shots at Mia Yim. They don’t feel she is worthy of contending for the NXT Woman’s Title. Borne pulled out some gift for Yim. An English book, fashion bible, and grammar for dummies. These two ladies did not hold back. I look forward to seeing Mia Yim’s response. The HBIC (Head Baddie In Charge) does not play.

In was announced that in two weeks Shayna Baszler will take on Io Shirai in a steel cage match. The NXT Woman’s Title will be on the line. This should be a very good match. I’d personally save it for a Takeover show but it gives some buzz to the weekly show and I’m ok with that. They show also Mansoor winning the battle royal at last week’s Superstar Showdown. That was a great moment for him. He’s really impressed me in the matches I’ve seen him in. I hope that win leads to a big push for him. We shall see.

The new NXT Champion Adam Cole (Bay Bay) will be in the house this week when NXT returns to Full Sail. I’m sure he’ll get a huge pop. I’m curious to see who his first opponent will be. Johnny Gargano is due to a rematch. I say they do a title match on TV and have a new opponent for the next Takeover. That’s how I’d handle the situation.

Our main event this week is a tag match between Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan vs The Undisputed Era’s Roderick Strong and Kyle O’ Reilly. This was a good match. These teams work well together. There’s something about Strong and O’ Reilly teaming compared to when O’ Reilly teams with Bobby Fish. It’s hard to place but the vibe is totally different. In a good way.

We get interference from the Forgotten Sons Jaxson Ryker. He takes out some security on his way to the ring. The distraction was enough for Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan to pick up the huge win. That’s an upset in my book. This will obviously lead to a feud with The Forgotten Sons and The Undisputed Era. I can see Lorcan and Burch go after the Street Profits tag team titles.

That’s it for this week’s NXT. It was a solid show with 3 matches that was the main focus of the night. Like I mentioned earlier, it was nice seeing NXT film some matches for the weekly so in the DMV area (That’s DC, Maryland, Virginia for those who don’t know). NXT referee Jessika Carr got to ref two out of the three matches on the show. That had to be cool for her getting a chance to officiate matches in her hometown state.

If you wanna hear me talk more about the NXT brand, check out the We Talk NXT podcast. It can be found one Podbean and Spotify. My friend Keda and I break down the weekly show plus give news as well. It’s a fun show. I’ll be back later this week with another recap and hopefully some more NXT news. I’ll also be doing Stomping Ground predictions with some of the MSB team. Until then, take care and always remember to Shock The System! (Boom)

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The Washington Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park in regular season action. The Nats record currently stands at 33-38. The D-backs drop to 33-38.

Anibal Sanchez pitched a very strong six innings for Washington. Sanchez allowed six hits and three strikeouts while pitching. Tanner Rainey allowed two hits and one strikeout in relief for Washington.

In the bottom of the first inning, Howie Kendrick singled to center, Eaton scored, Soto to second, Rendon to third. Also, in the bottom of the first, Kurt Suzuki singled to left, Rendon scored and Soto scored, Kendrick scored.

Furthermore, in the bottom of the second, right fielder Adam Eaton singled to right center, Turner scored.

At the bottom of the third inning, first baseman Matt Adams homered to right (399 feet), Soto scored and Kendrick scored.

In addition to, in the bottom of the fifth, catcher Kurt Suzuki homered to left (397 feet). Additionally, third baseman homered to left center (402 feet), Eaton scored.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, second baseman Howie Kendrick singled to right, Eaton scored, Soto to second, Rendon to third. In addition, Matt Adams homered to right (438 feet), Anthony Rendon scored, Soto and Kendrick scored.

With a win over the D-backs, the Nationals head to Philadelphia for a four game series starting tomorrow at 7:05pm. Pitching for the Nationals will be Patrick Corbin.

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Earlier this afternoon, the Washington Capitals announced that forward Carl Hagelin is returning to D.C., signing a 4 year, 11 million dollar pact that pays him 2.745 million per year.

Hagelin, acquired in February at the trade deadline for a 3rd and 5th round pick, immediately made his presence known, adding tons of speed and tenacity to the Capitals’ forward unit. The Swedish-born forward was a stellar addition deadline, registering 13 points in 20 games for Washington. Hagelin found chemistry throughout the lineup in his brief time, eventually landing on the 3rd line beside Lars Eller and Brett Connolly. He became a mainstay on the penalty kill, solidifying a shaky unit that was in the bottom quartile of NHL squads in successfully killing penalties.

Per the Washington Capitals organization:

The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Carl Hagelin to a four-year, $11 million contract extension, with an average annual value of $2.75 million, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
“We are pleased to have signed Carl to a new four year contract,” said MacLellan. “Carl is a versatile player who can play on any line and is an excellent penalty killer. He is a proven winner and provides great leadership to our team.”
Hagelin, 30, a native of Sodertalje, Sweden, recorded 11 points (3g, 8a) in 20 games with the Capitals last season. Hagelin’s 2:21 minutes per game on the penalty kill ranked first among Capitals forwards since his debut with Washington on Feb. 23. The Capitals acquired Hagelin on Feb. 21 from the Los Angeles Kings for a third round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional sixth round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. Hagelin recorded five points (1g, 4a) in 22 games with Los Angeles, who acquired him from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 14, 2018. With Pittsburgh, Hagelin recorded three points (1g, 2a) in 16 games, finishing his season with 19 points (5g, 14a) in 58 games. The 5’11”, 186-pound forward’s 54.24 shot attempt percentage (704 shot attempts for, 594 against) ranked 15th in the NHL among left wings with at least 50 games played last season.
In 546 career games between the Capitals, New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, Hagelin has collected 241 points (93g, 148a). Selected with the Rangers’ sixth round pick (168th overall) in the 2007 NHL Draft, Hagelin’s 241 points rank 16th among forwards selected from that class.
A two-time Stanley Cup winner (2016 and 2017), Hagelin has 48 points (22g, 26a) in 128 career playoff games, which is tied with Alex Ovechkin for the second-most playoff games among the Capitals (Orpik: 156) and tied for the 14th most among active NHL forwards. Additionally, Hagelin’s 237:14 minutes of penalty kill time in the playoffs is the seventh most among active forwards.

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The Washington Nationals face the Arizona Diamondbacks at Nationals Park for their seventy-first game of the regular season.

With a 32-38 record, the Nationals send Anibal Sanchez for his eighth start of the regular season. The D-backs send right-hander Archie Bradley to the mound. The D-backs come into the game with 38-34 record.

Here is the lineup for the Nationals!

Trea Turner SS

Adam Eaton RF

Anthony Rendon 3B

Juan Soto LF

Howie Kendrick 2B

Matt Adams 1B

Kurt Suzuki C

Victor Robles CF

Anibal Sanchez SP

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The Washington Nationals lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park. The Nats record currently stands at 32-38. The D-backs move to 38-34.

Stephen Strasburg pitched a very strong five innings for Washington. Strasburg allowed nine hits and five strikeouts while pitching. Javy Guerra allowed one hit and two strikeouts in relief for Washington.

In the bottom of the first, right fielder Adam Eaton hit sacrifice fly to center, Trea Turner scored.

In addition, in the bottom of the first, Juan Soto homered to left center (399 feet).

Finally, in the bottom of the first, Matt Adams homered to right (409 feet).

With a loss over the D-backs, the Nationals play the game four of the series at 1:35pm. Pitching for the Nationals will be Anibal Sanchez.

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The Baltimore Orioles hosted the Boston Red Sox for game two today, and had a chance to tie up the series. However, they could not.

Dylan Bundy got the start this afternoon, and until he was finally hit in the sixth inning, Bundy was fantastic. Dylan Bundy tossed five inning innings, allowed eight hits, three runs (two earned), and struck out eight. Although Bundy couldn’t get an out in the sixth inning, it was a good start for him.

Both offenses were shut down for the first five innings, as the game entered the sixth at 0-0. Finally in the sixth, the Red Sox put on three runs to go ahead 3-0.

The Birds would answer right away in the bottom of the sixth, when Renato Nunez doubled in Hanser Alberto. Nunez’s twelfth double on the year cut the lead to 3-1.

Later in the sixth, Jonathan Villar scored our All Star Trey Mancini on a sac fly to cut the Red Sox lead again to 3-2.

In the seventh inning, Richard Bleier would be taken deep by JD Martinez. This solo shot extended the Red Sox lead to 4-2.

Entering the top of the ninth, with the score 4-2 in the Red Sox favor, the Orioles let the game get away. Miguel Castro would surrender two runs to extend the deficit to 6-2. Then a throwing error on catcher Pedro Severino allowed another run to score. This gave the Red Sox the ultimate lead of 7-2.

Starting pitcher Dylan Bundy is our MSB Orioles player of the game, as he tossed a great 5 innings, shutting down the reigning champion offense for the first half of the game, helped in part by eight strikeouts.

Dylan Bundy took the loss and moves to 3-8 on the season.

Make sure to grab Dad and catch the Orioles in this series finale on Fathers Day Sunday, at 1:05 pm ET.

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The Baltimore Orioles look to get back in the win column, as they face the Boston Red Sox in game two action.

Last night, the Birds could not amount to any offense, as Boston took a 13-2 win at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The only bright spot came from, who else, Trey Mancini. Mancini continued his first inning hot streak with a solo home run off former Oriole prospect Eduardo Rodriguez.

Today the Orioles will send Dylan Bundy to the mound to face off against the dominant lefty ace Chris Sale.

Here is the starting lineup for today’s game!

(Photo: Roch Kubatko)

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The Washington Nationals will take on the Arizona Diamondbacks for the third game out of the four game set today at Nationals Park on June 15th, 2019. Last night, Washington picked up a 7-3 win over Arizona as ace Max Scherzer threw seven innings, while striking out 10 batters, and only surrendering two runs.

Now, the Nationals hold a 32-37 record, while the Diamondbacks stand at 37-34. The pitching matchup for today’s game is scheduled to be RHP Stephen Strasburg(7-3, 3.36 ERA) facing off against RHP Taylor Clarke(1-2, 5.26 ERA). Here’s the lineup for today’s contest:

The Nationals lineup for today’s contest on Star Wars day.

The lineup goes as follows, SS: Trea Turner, RF: Adam Eaton, 3B: Anthony Rendon, LF: Juan Soto, 1B: Matt Adams, 2B: Brian Dozier, C: Yan Gomes, CF: Victor Robles, and P: Stephen Strasburg.

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The Washington Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday evening at Nationals Park in regular season action. The Nats record currently stands at 32-37. The D-backs drop to 37-34.

Max Scherzer pitched a very strong seven innings for Washington. Scherzer allowed three hits and ten strikeouts while pitching. Sean Doolittle allowed one hit and two strikeouts in relief for Washington.

In the bottom of the third, shortstop Trea Turner doubled to left, Taylor scored, Scherzer to third. As well as, right fielder Victor Robles hit sacrifice fly to left, Max Scherzer scored. Also, left fielder Juan Soto singled to left, Turner scored.

At the top of the sixth inning, third basemen Anthony Rendon homered to left center (414 feet).

In addition to, in the bottom of the sixth, first baseman Howie Kendrick homered to left (405 feet).

In the bottom of the seventh, Robles singled to shallow left, Michael A. Taylor scored, Turner to third. In addition, Rendon hit sacrifice fly to center, Turner scored.

With a win over the D-backs, the Nationals play game three of the series today at 4:05pm. Pitching for the Nationals will be Stephen Strasburg.

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The Orioles began a three-game set against the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on the wrong foot.

Trey Mancini got started early tonight, but unfortunately that is all the Orioles would get. Mancini blasted his 15th home run off former Orioles pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez in the first. This put the Birds out in front 1-0.

Orioles pitching prospect Luis Ortiz was called up earlier today, and he started his first game of 2019 tonight. Ortiz pitched 3.1 innings and got a dose of the big leagues quickly.

Ortiz would give up his first home run in the second, a two-run shot that put the Red Sox ahead 2-1.

In the fourth inning, Ortiz would give up one more solo home run before he was pulled. Ortiz ended his 2019 debut at 3.1 IP, allowing four runs off four hits and walking five. Things can only go up from here.

Dan Straily came in relief with one out in the fourth, and would give up three more runs that allowed the Red Sox extend their lead to 6-1.

In the fifth inning, the home run parade would continue, as Straily let up three more long balls, resulting in a five-run inning. This put the Red Sox up 11-1 after five.

Josh Rogers would allow two more runs in the sixth off an Andrew Benintendi single, further extending the Red Sox lead to 13-1.

The deflated O’s would get one run back in the ninth, a RBI single off the bat of center fielder Keon Broxton.

The Red Sox would take game one 13-2. Luis Ortiz would take the loss in his spot-start.

Our MSB Orioles Player of the Game is “Ol’ Reliable,” Trey Mancini. Mancini went 2-for-4, knocking in one of the Oriole runs and scoring the other.

The Orioles host game two Saturday at 4:05 p.m. ET.

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