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  1. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 29, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT

    Marlins celebration

    A three run lead and Rafael Soriano on the hill usually leads to an un-tuck fest. Not last night it didn’t.

  2. Henderson Alvarez replaces Jordan Zimmermann on NL All-Star roster

    Jul 12, 2014, 3:02 PM EDT

    Henderson Alvarez Getty

    This is the first All-Star selection for Henderson Alvarez.

  3. Upset by All-Star snub, Rafael Soriano says he’d turn down an invite as a roster replacement

    Jul 8, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Rafael Soriano

    Rafael Soriano is among the various players “snubbed” from the All-Star game, which apparently upset the Nationals closer and quite a few of his teammates, but if MLB decides to select him as a last-minute injury replacement Soriano plans to turn them down.

  4. The 2014 All-Star rosters have been announced

    Jul 6, 2014, 7:51 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Find out who’s on the roster for each league in the All-Star Game at Target Field in Minnesota on July 15.

  5. Nationals payroll “beyond topped out”

    Apr 4, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper AP

    The Nationals’ payroll is at its limit, sitting close to $140 million, according to Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner.

  6. 2014 Preview: Washington Nationals

    Mar 5, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Washington Nationals. The Big Question: Can the Nationals reclaim their throne atop the NL East? The Nationals were everybody’s…

  7. Rafael Soriano has lost ten pounds, found his breaking ball

    Feb 17, 2014, 8:50 AM EDT

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    This isn’t BSOHL territory — no one makes that claim here or anything close to it — but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Rafael Soriano has lost 10 pounds and looks a lot learner as camp opens. Soriano started working a month early. He claims having extra weight on him last year…

  8. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  9. Nationals interested in Grant Balfour; would like to trade Drew Storen

    Jan 19, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

    Drew Storen Getty

    After a flubbed signing with the Orioles, free agent reliever Grant Balfour has recently drawn some interest from the Nationals, Ken Rosenthal reports on FOX Sports. The Nationals have a trio of relievers who could close, but as Rosenthal explains, they would prefer Rafael Soriano‘s $14 million option for 2015 not to vest and for…

  10. Nationals interested in free agent Grant Balfour

    Jan 19, 2014, 12:32 PM EDT

    grant balfour getty

    The Orioles scrapped a two-year, $15 million pact with free agent right-hander Grant Balfour after a pre-signing physical revealed some previously-undiscovered issues in the reliever’s wrist and knee. But Balfour shouldn’t be out of work much longer. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the 36-year-old native of Sydney, Australia is now drawing interest from the…

  11. Report: Mutual interest between the Tigers and Joe Nathan

    Nov 11, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan Getty

    The Tigers passed on Rafael Soriano last winter and decided to go in-house at closer, eventually settling on Joaquin Benoit, but they are prepared to look to free agency to fill the role this offseason. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that “mutual interest” has developed between the Tigers and Joe Nathan. After declining his…

  12. Rafael Soriano, first lieutenant in the Dominican Air Force

    Oct 30, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    rafael soriano air force

    James Wagner of the Washington Post has a good article about Nationals closer Rafael Soriano, who enlists in the Dominican Republic’s Air Force when he goes home during the offseason: Soriano was brought into the Dominican Air Force, an honorary placement, a distinction also bestowed upon other major leaguers from the Dominican. But Soriano took…

  13. If only Jim Leyland hadn’t been so hands on

    Oct 20, 2013, 1:32 AM EDT

    ALDS Tigers Athletics Baseball

    Tigers manager Jim Leyland spent the first four months of this season with two reliable relievers: left-hander Drew Smyly and right-hander Joaquin Benoit. Obviously, that’s less than ideal. But it did give him fewer chances to mess things up. And mess things up he did in the ALCS. With Jose Veras and Al Alburquerque at…

  14. No, the Strasburg shutdown in 2012 is not why the Nats missed the playoffs in 2013

    Sep 24, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

    strasburg getty

    The worst part of narrative-driven sports journalism is that it usually results in those who engage in it bending the facts to fit the narrative rather than identifying a narrative that springs logically from those facts. As an example I give you John Feinstein’s column on the Nats. Which came out today, but which you…

  15. Nationals bench coach Randy Knorr wants to replace Davey Johnson

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Randy Knorr

    Davey Johnson is stepping down as Nationals manager following the season and bench coach Randy Knorr wants to be the man who replaces him. Bill Ladson of MLB.com notes that Knorr managed nearly half of the Nationals’ current roster while they were in the minors and this is his second season as Johnson’s right-hand man…

  16. Jason Heyward has six straight multi-hit games

    Aug 18, 2013, 10:27 AM EDT

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    Lost in the Nationals’ eventual 8-7 win Saturday against the Braves was another big offensive performance from Atlanta’s Jason Heyward. Heyward, 24, hit a 420-foot solo home run to right-center field in the bottom of the first inning and then tied the game at 7-7 with a 415-foot two-run shot off closer Rafael Soriano in…

  17. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 16, 2013, 6:46 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics 5, Astros 0: Sonny Gray only has a couple of major league starts under his belt, but this one was a spiffy one: eight shutout innings, nine strikeouts. Of course a lot of guys have had spiffy starts against the Astros lately. Rule 5 pick Nate Freiman had himself a nice day too, going…

  18. Hector Sanchez hits a soul-crushing home run as the Giants win

    Aug 15, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Hector Sanchez

    On the heels of a five-game winning streak, the Nationals were three outs away from reaching the .500 mark for the first time since July 19 when Rafael Soriano took the hill with a 3-1 lead in the ninth inning this afternoon against the Giants. After allowing a lead-off single to Buster Posey, Soriano got…

  19. Report: Yankees GM Brian Cashman was against acquiring Alfonso Soriano

    Jul 27, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman Getty

    The Yankees brought Alfonso Soriano back to the Bronx yesterday after completing a trade with the Cubs. But if GM Brian Cashman had his way, the deal wouldn’t have happened. Joel Sherman of the New York Post was told by “two executives not affiliated with the Yankees” that Cashman believed the team’s assets could be…

  20. Tyler Clippard says the Nationals have handled Drew Storen “very poorly”

    Jul 27, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

    Drew Storen AP

    Drew Storen was demoted to Triple-A Syracuse after yesterday’s doubleheader against the Mets. It’s a dramatic fall from grace for someone who looked like one of the best young relievers in the game just two years ago. Coming off his implosion during the NLDS last October against the Cardinals, Storen owns a 5.95 ERA through…

  21. Bryce Harper hits his first of many walkoff homers

    Jul 25, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    After the Nationals coughed up a 7-3 lead in the top of the ninth Thursday against the Pirates, Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning, giving Washington a 9-7 win. Harper’s homer came off Bryan Morris with two outs in the ninth. He had gone 12 straight games without an…

  22. Anthony Rendon’s ninth-inning homer lifts Nats over Indians

    Jun 15, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    Anthony Rendon

    Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon had three hits in five at-bats tonight, including a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning that broke a 6-6 tie to give the Nationals the victory over the Indians. It was the first of the 23-year-old’s career. Closer Rafael Soriano came on in the bottom half…

  23. 2013 MLB Draft: Day one winners and losers

    Jun 7, 2013, 2:27 AM EDT

    Mark Appel

    It’s a tradition here at Hardball Talk to pick the winners and losers from the draft, even though we’re years away from having any idea who came out on top. And we’re not ones to mess with tradition, no matter how silly it may make us look in the end. Let’s rock. Winners Mark Appel:…

  24. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 23, 2013, 6:57 AM EDT

    Star Trek into Darkness

    Phillies 3, Marlins 0: Cliff Lee shuts out the Marlins on three hits. Granted, it doesn’t take anyone as good as Lee to shut out the Marlins, but that’s nothing that Lee could help. He was dominant. Just like Benedict Cumberbatch in that scene when he killed all those [alien race redacted to avoid spoilers]…

  25. Rafael Soriano took back all that stuff he said about Bryce Harper

    May 22, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    Rafael Soriano

    Remember how Rafael Soriano called out Bryce Harper for blowing last night’s game by missing a catch in right field? Not surprisingly the Nationals closer took it all back today, telling James Wagner of the Washington Post that the comments came during what he thought was an off-the-record conversation with a reporter. Here’s more from…

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