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

    Sep 25, 2013, 6:51 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Indians 5, White Sox 4: Unbelievable. Chris Perez blows a save in the top of the ninth and the ancient Jason Giambi picks him and the Indians up in the bottom, smacking a two-run walkoff homer. Still life in that old bat. Still life in the Indians, who remain in wild card position. Rangers 3,…

  2. Will 22-year-old right-hander Michael Wacha crack the Cardinals’ postseason rotation?

    Sep 25, 2013, 12:31 AM EDT

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    Beyond ace Adam Wainwright, there isn’t much certainty about which starters the Cardinals will choose to use this postseason. Michael Wacha might have provided some on Tuesday night. Wacha, a 22-year-old first-round pick in 2012, came one out from no-hitting a good Nationals lineup in front of a packed house at Busch Stadium, using a…

  3. Michael Wacha loses no-hitter with one out to go

    Sep 24, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

    michael wacha getty

    We’re on the verge of history at Busch Stadium. Making good use of his vicious changeup and high-90s fastball, Cardinals rookie right-hander Michael Wacha has no-hit the visiting Washington Nationals through the top of the seventh inning. The Cardinals will carry a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the frame. Wacha has yielded just two…

  4. Denard Span’s hitting streak ends at 29 games

    Sep 20, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    Denard Span AP

    Nationals center fielder Denard Span went 0-for-4 in last night’s win over the Marlins, ending his hitting streak at 29 games. Span’s streak was the longest in the majors this season, topping Michael Cuddyer‘s 27-game streak from June-July. He fell one game short of tying Ryan Zimmerman for the franchise record, which was set in…

  5. The Nationals get symmetrical to complete the David DeJesus trade

    Sep 19, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT

    Nationals cap logo

    At the end of August the Nationals traded David DeJesus to the Rays for a player to be named later. That player was named: left hander Matt Spann, a 2010 draft choice who has done alright in the Rays’ lower minor leagues. But more importantly, Spann makes things nice and symmetrical in the double-N department for…

  6. The Roberto Clemente Award Nominees have been announced

    Sep 16, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Clemente

    The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Clayton Kershaw won it last year.  The 2013 nominees — one per team — were just announced and are listed below. And now my annual complaint, albeit a minor one: Baseball has set…

  7. This is one of the worst strike calls you will see this year

    Sep 14, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    The scene: Nationals trail the Phillies 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh. They had just scored three to get back in the game. Bryce Harper represents the tying run on third base. Wilson Ramos steps to the plate against Phillies reliever B.J. Rosenberg. He trails 1-2 in the count but has fouled off four…

  8. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Sep 14, 2013, 8:56 AM EDT

    Zimmerman AP

    Things are getting very interesting in the NL Wild Card race. While the Reds lost to the Brewers last night, the Nationals beat the Phillies 6-1 for their seventh straight victory. Ross Ohlendorf, who started in place of the scratched Stephen Strasburg, tossed five innings of one-run ball in the victory. Ryan Zimmerman homered for…

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

    Sep 13, 2013, 7:23 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Chicago White Sox

    Indians 14, White Sox 3: Ryan Raburn went 3 for 3 with a homer and five RBI. The Tribe put up a seven spot in the fifth inning in which the first nine batters who came to the plate reached. They keep pace with the Rays, who also won, and remain one and a half games…

  10. Nationals bench coach Randy Knorr questions Bryce Harper’s hustle

    Aug 31, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper AP

    Bryce Harper‘s hustle (or lack thereof) was the big topic of conversation following the Nationals’ 3-2 loss to the Mets last night at Nationals Park. With two runners on and two out in the bottom of the eighth inning, Harper hit a weak grounder to Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy. Assuming that he would be…

  11. Zack Greinke is hitting .340 (oh, and he also took a shutout into the ninth inning)

    Aug 27, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Not only did Zack Greinke take a shutout into the ninth inning against the Cubs last night to improve to 13-3 with a 2.86 ERA, he also went 1-for-2 with an RBI single and a walk at the plate to continue a remarkable season offensively. Greinke is hitting .340 with a .426 on-base percentage in…

  12. Struggles at third base could cause Ryan Zimmerman to change positions

    Aug 7, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman AP

    Ryan Zimmerman has struggled with his throws from third base all season following offseason shoulder surgery, committing a league-high 12 throwing errors while also rating very poorly in advanced defensive metrics. Nationals manager Davey Johnson indicated yesterday that it could cause the former Gold Glove third baseman to eventually move across the diamond to first…

  13. Today in spelling mistakes: Ron Roenicke’s jersey

    Jul 20, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Unbeknownst to Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, the name of his city was misspelled on his jersey as he stood in the dugout observing his team as they battled the Marlins. Via ESPN’s Darren Rovell on Twitter: Brewers manager Ron Roenicke’s jersey is spelled wrong tonight pic.twitter.com/npfs1I8xFd (via @sberg2988) — darren rovell (@darrenrovell) July 20, 2013…

  14. Bryce Harper makes first career start in leadoff spot

    Jul 14, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper has hit mostly third (51 times) and occasionally second (five times) this season, but manager Davey Johnson chose to mix things up today, moving him into the leadoff spot and dropping Denard Span down to seventh. Obviously, this has more to do with Span’s poor play and the struggles of the Nationals’ offense…

  15. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 8, 2013, 6:43 AM EDT

    Orioles' Jones watches his two-run home run off of Yankees closing pitcher Rivera during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York

    Orioles 2, Yankees 1: Even Superman gets beat up once in a while. Adam Jones handed Mariano Rivera his second blown save of the year and the first blown save in Yankee Stadium in a dog’s age when he smacked a two-run homer in the ninth. Speaking of Superman, I finally got around to seeing…

  16. All-Star voting update: down the stretch they come!

    Jul 2, 2013, 5:06 PM EDT

    2013 All Star Game Logo

    Fan voting ends Thursday. Here are the results through yesterday for both leagues as we hit the home stretch: AMERICAN LEAGUE FIRST BASE 1. Chris Davis, Orioles, 5,468,703 2. Prince Fielder, Tigers, 3,280,681 3. Albert Pujols, Angels, 1,140,420 4. Mike Napoli, Red Sox, 1,123,281 5. Mitch Moreland, Rangers, 1,007,675 SECOND BASE 1. Robinson Cano, Yankees,…

  17. NL All-Star voting update

    Jun 17, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

    2013 All Star Game Logo

    Yadier Molina and Buster Posey are neck-and-neck tatto. David Wright is getting help from the cougars! Did Domonoic Brown do something awful to the pets of every All-Star voter? Confused? You won’t be, after this week’s episode of … “SOAP!” Er, sorry. After this week’s NL All-Star voting update: FIRST BASE Joey Votto, Reds 2,047,945…

  18. Anthony Rendon being promoted to Triple-A, will see playing time at second base

    Jun 1, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

    Anthony Rendon Getty

    With Danny Espinosa hurting due to a small fracture in his wrist, here’s an interesting situation to monitor with the Nationals. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has confirmed reports that top prospect Anthony Rendon will be promoted from Double-A Harrisburg to Triple-A Syracuse. The interesting wrinkle here is that the plan calls for him to…

  19. Ryan Zimmerman thinks “nerds” should not do playoff projections

    May 31, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

    Nerds

    Tom Boswell’s latest column has a bit in it about the Nationals and Orioles’ chances of reaching the playoffs, as calculated by ESPN and Baseball Prospectus. Ryan Zimmerman is not impressed at the dire projections for the Nats: “How did that [model] work out for them the last couple of years? Not very well, right?”…

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

    May 30, 2013, 7:11 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Chicago Cubs

    Players who hit multiple home runs in a game are the new inefficiency. Teams should definitely stock up on those guys while they’re undervalued. Cubs 9, White Sox 3: Backup catcher Dioner Navarro smacked three homers — a solo, a two-run and a three-run jack — to pace the Cubbies. A Cubbies team who happen…

  21. Davey Johnson refuses to shave until the National offense wakes up

    May 24, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    Davey Johnson

    Nationals manager Davey Johnson isn’t happy with his team’s offense, which enters tonight’s series opener against the Phillies having averaged 3.38 runs per game, the second-worst rate in the league. Looking for a quirky way to motivate his team, Johnson says he will not shave until the offense makes an appearance: The Nationals manager apologized…

  22. Anthony Rendon, Miguel Sano rate as 2013’s top minor league performers

    May 21, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

    Miguel Sano

    The top of the minor league OPS leaderboard is typically littered with Triple-A veterans and A-ball players too old for their leagues. That’s still the case this year, but numbers two, three and four on the list are all top prospects. Minor league OPS leaders (minimum 100 at-bats) Scott Van Slyke (26 Dodgers): 1.236 OPS…

  23. Starling Marte forgot how to use his glove

    May 4, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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    Pirates outfielder Starling Marte throws with his right hand, but if you tuned in for the top of the fourth inning this afternoon as the Pirates battled the Nationals, you never would have known it. Leading off the inning, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman laced a line drive down the left field line. It took…

  24. Nationals activate Ryan Zimmerman, send Anthony Rendon back to minors

    May 3, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Anthony Rendon

    Now that Ryan Zimmerman is ready to come off the disabled list the Nationals are sending 22-year-old Anthony Rendon back to the minors. Rendon started eight games at third base in place of Zimmerman and got on base at a .367 clip despite showing little power. Because of injuries Rendon played a grand total of…

  25. Bryce Harper departs game with bruised left side

    May 1, 2013, 9:34 PM EDT

    harper nationals getty

    Bryce Harper was pulled from Wednesday night’s game against the Braves in the sixth inning after grimacing while trying to check his swing. Harper crashed into the right field wall on Tuesday at Turner Field during a home run-robbing attempt. He may have injured himself on that play and then aggravated the injury on Wednesday…

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