- The Washington Times - Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday’s Best Bet on Television

The Nationals head to Camden Yards for an interleague matchup with the Orioles. Ross Detwiler is scheduled to face Brad Bergesen. MASN2, 7 p.m.


NASCAR Sprint Cup at Loudon

Each of the past eight races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway yielded a different winner. Points leader Tony Stewart has won there twice, most recently in 2005.

IndyCar Series in Richmond

The best open-wheel drivers race under the lights on the short track, with Ryan Briscoe holding a slight points lead on 2007 IndyCar champ Dario Franchitti.

Nationals vs. Orioles

It’s the “Battle of the Beltways” at Oriole Park between two teams looking for positive momentum.


No tennis Sunday per All England Club tradition. But by Saturday we’ll have a better idea of who might stand in the way of Roger Federer’s record 15th Grand Slam title.


1. David Ortiz, Red Sox - Yes, he has six home runs in June. But that .219 average isn’t good enough for a player who’s paid to hit.

2. Jimmy Rollins, Phillies - Some leadoff hitter he has been. The shortstop for the defending champs is batting .211 with a .254 on-base percentage. He’s hitless in his past 19 at-bats. Hard to believe he was an MVP two seasons ago.

3. J.J. Hardy, Brewers - After establishing himself as one of the best-hitting shortstops the past two years, Hardy has been a liability at the plate this season. He’s batting .219 and has 14 extra-base hits in 63 games.

4. Chien-Ming Wang, Yankees - How long will the Bronx Bombers keep letting Wang - with his 0-6 record and 11.20 ERA - go out there to get shelled?

5. Dontrelle Willis, Tigers - The Tigers placed Willis on the disabled list, citing an anxiety disorder. But the reality is he is no longer capable of getting major league hitters out. In seven starts, he has 17 strikeouts while yielding 28 walks and 37 hits.

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