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  1. 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…

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

    Sep 24, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

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    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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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:…

  12. 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]…

  13. 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…

  14. Dan Haren delivers gem to shut down Braves

    May 2, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

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    Dan Haren hasn’t had the smoothest start to the season, but he was in vintage form tonight against the division rival Braves, tossing eight innings of one-run ball as part of a 3-1 victory. The victory gave Washington a split of the four-game series and pushed the club back over .500 at 15-14. Haren limited…

  15. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Apr 13, 2013, 8:51 AM EDT

    Ramiro Pena Getty

    Last night featured round one of what should be a compelling NL East battle between the Braves and Nationals. While the Nationals had the early advantage behind an excellent effort from Ross Detwiler, the Braves came roaring back in the late innings for an eventual 6-4 win in 10 innings. After scoring one run in…

  16. It’s early, but the Braves-Nationals series is gonna be a good one

    Apr 12, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals Kurt Suzuki waits on the ball as Atlanta Braves Jason Heyward slides in safe in the third inning at their MLB game in Atlanta

    We’re only nine games into the season, but this weekend we have what you might consider to be the first big series of the season: Braves vs. Nationals at Nats Park. Atlanta is 8-1, their best start since winning 13 of 14 to begin the 1994 season. It’s hard to get a true gauge on them…

  17. Stephen Strasburg throws seven shutout innings, leaves after 80 pitches

    Apr 1, 2013, 2:53 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Stephen Strasburg was cruising along through seven shutout innings against the Marlins and looked ready to pitch into the eighth inning of a game for the first time in his career, but manager Davey Johnson decided to pull him after just 80 pitches. Washington was up 2-0, so it was hardly a blowout situation, but…

  18. UPDATE: Rafael Soriano’s trip to the Dominican Republic was not about his tooth

    Mar 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Rafael Soriano

    UPDATE: Drat. Seems the trip was just to visit his family. He’s gonna have his tooth worked on in Florida tomorrow. Totally ruins my ObamaCare joke. At this rate Jay Leno is never going to ask me to join his writing staff. Sigh. 2:00 PM: It’s like that Ray Stevens “Haircut” song, except it’s about…

  19. Nats reliever Christian Garcia to be shelved two more weeks

    Mar 17, 2013, 9:29 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v St Louis Cardinals - Game Two

    Via James Wagner: The initial word on Christian Garcia’s visit with a Baltimore-based hand specialist is that the right-hander will need two more weeks of rest before he can resume throwing. Garcia was scheduled to fly to Washington on Sunday to be evaluated by Ken Means, a hand specialist. He had originally hoped to play…

  20. Scott Boras says Kyle Lohse is “talking with a number of teams”

    Mar 14, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

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    Kyle Lohse remains unsigned, but he’s been throwing at Scott Boras’ training facility in California and the agent says he’s “talking with a number of teams.” “A lot of teams are evaluating their existing situations, but have called and have interest in Kyle,” Boras told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, who reports that the asking price…

  21. 2013 Preview: Washington Nationals

    Mar 13, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper Reuters

    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 2013 season. Up first: the Washington Nationals. The Big Question: Are the Washington Nationals the best team in baseball? It’s probably easier to make…

  22. Scott Boras is still trying to get Kyle Lohse a three-year deal

    Mar 4, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Kyle Lohse remains unsigned and the assumption seems to be that his asking price must be dirt cheap at this point, but as with the ultimately incorrect assumptions about Rafael Soriano and Michael Bourn agent Scott Boras clearly has other ideas. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com spoke to someone with a team that’s been in contact…

  23. Yankees have “no interest” in Kyle Lohse

    Feb 21, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kyle Lohse Getty

    It’s now been one week since Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote that Kyle Lohse “is almost certain to sign with a team soon” and he remains unsigned. MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reported yesterday that the Rangers “have not changed their position on their lack of interest” in Lohse and the Yankees still aren’t in the mix…

  24. Rafael Soriano has arrived at Nationals camp

    Feb 16, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano was late reporting to the Nationals’ spring training complex this week because of an issue with his work visa. But that’s all settled now. According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, the Dominican right-hander arrived in Viera, Florida on Saturday morning. He was greeted in the clubhouse by Nats general manager Mike Rizzo and new…

  25. Rafael Soriano got his visa, will report this weekend

    Feb 15, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

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    Bad news: the mocked-up milk carton of a missing Rafael Sorinao I made is no longer useful. Good news: it’s because he got his visa and is reporting to camp: Nationals closer Rafael Soriano will not be absent for long. He was able to get his visa in the Dominican Republic on Friday and will…

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