Rizzo on Strasburg: 'The stuff is there'
Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg allowed two runs, one earned, in three innings in a rehabilitation assignment with the host Single-A Hagerstown Suns in a 3-1 loss to the Hickory Crawdads on Monday night. Strasburg, 23, who is recovering from Tommy John elbow reconstruction, allowed two hits and one walk, hit one batter and struck out six in his fourth rehab start. His fastest pitch topped off at 99 mph, and he threw 46 fastballs, mostly within the 94-96 mph range. Hickory produced two hard-hit balls — a first-inning single and a liner to left field that became an out. Otherwise, Strasburg coerced the Crawdads into swinging and missing on 11 of his 60 pitches. "The stuff is there. The arm is healthy. That's all we care about," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. Strasburg said he has been "having a tough time" regaining command of all of his pitches, but Rizzo mentioned that Jordan Zimmermann experienced the same problems when he returned from Tommy John surgery last season. "Command is the last thing to come around, because it comes with repetition," Rizzo said. Strasburg's next rehab start is set for Saturday, and he said he is optimistic he can return to big leagues by early next month.
—Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post
Temple Hills cornerback Davis commits to Terps
Mike Engelberg told Sean Davis' parents upfront that their son would play college football. That assertion might have seemed somewhat far-fetched at the time, considering that Davis was just a 125-pound freshman. But Engelberg, the football coach at Washington's Maret School, was confident — and realistic — about Davis' long-term potential. "I was honest with him. His size would dictate what level" he would play, Engelberg said. "Had he not grown to 6-1 and was instead a 5-8, 5-9 corner, he'd be a hell of a Division II or 1-AA player. But he turned into a Division I kid. Coming into last year, there wasn't a doubt in my mind that he was a mid- to high-Division I player. It was just a matter of getting schools to take a real look at him." Boston College, Connecticut, Maryland and North Carolina were among the many Division I programs to offer Davis a scholarship. Late last week, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Temple Hills native committed to the Terps. "He developed an incredible relationship with Coach [Randy] Edsall," Engelberg said. "He did an unbelievable job recruiting him."
For more of Matt Bracken's blog post on cornerback Sean Davis, go to baltimoresun.com/recruitingreport.
UM women tune up for Stanford by routing Loyola
Redshirt junior Becky Kaplan became the first Terp in 11 years to record a hat trick as No. 4 Maryland (2-0) rolled to a 9-0 victory over host Loyola (0-2) in women's soccer in front of an announced 791. Kaplan broke a scoreless tie in the 12th minute on a pass from senior Jasmyne Spencer, and junior Olivia Wagner doubled the lead in the next minute. Maryland's margin of victory was its largest since 2008. The Terps' next game is at 7 p.m. Friday at home against top-ranked Stanford.
More women's college soccer: Loyola junior forward Nichole Schiro earned the first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season. Freshman midfielder Gabrielle Tana (Maryvale Prep) was named Rookie of the Week. … Towson freshman forward Sofia Read was named Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week.
Women's college lacrosse: Under Armour All-America attacker-midfielder Morgan Rubin and midfielder Sam McGee, both from Bryn Mawr, are among the nine-member freshman class welcomed to campus this week at North Carolina. "We needed vision and stickwork and someone who can move the ball, and Morgan Rubin does that very well, along with Sam McGee," coach Jenny Levy said.
Women's college volleyball: Frostburg State volleyball All-American Sarah Stephens, who graduated in May, was named as one of the 30 semifinalists for the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
College media: Towson and technology service provider NeuLion announced the launch of the Tigers' new mobile app for the Android platform, which provides access to video, audio, statistics, news, rosters and photos. Go to TowsonTigers.com.
D.C. United: Midfielder Andy Najar has been called up by the Honduras national team for two friendly matches next month. Honduras will face Colombia at Red Bull Arena on Sept. 3 before hosting Paraguay at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula on Sept. 6. The 18-year-old Najar's international duty will not interfere with D.C. United's schedule.
—From Sun staff and news services
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