NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

5.2.16: Nationals keep winning ways going

The Washington Nationals got another win on Monday, this time over the defending champs.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
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Nats Close Out Gritty Win for Fourth-Straight

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Gio Gonzalez and the Washington bullpen combined on a five-hitter, Ryan Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy drove in first-inning runs and the Nationals beat the Kansas City Royals 2-0 on Monday night. Gonzalez (2-1) scattered four hits and a pair of walks over six innings in his latest smooth start. He’s only allowed four earned runs combined in his first five outings...
Via CBS DC
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Daniel Murphy Knocks 1,000th Career Hit

WASHINGTON — Call it luck of the Irish, but Daniel Murphy had a little help collecting his 1,000th career hit on Monday night. A long fly ball that should’ve been catchable by Kansas City Royals centerfielder Lorenzo Cain ended up finding the outfield turf. What could’ve been an out was instead a double, giving him 1,000 hits in just 926 games and 3,713 plate appearances....
Via CBS DC
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Blake Treinen returns home; Stephen Drew is the designated hitter Monday

KANSAS CITY — As he emerged from the dugout to say hi to friends before Monday’s batting practice, Blake Treinen heard his name from the stands. “Hey Blake, there’s a lot of people with signs up there for you!” someone shouted. He looked back, waved and smiled. Treinen, who was born in Wichita and went to high school […]
Via Nationals Journal
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State of the Nats: Revere close, Royals up next

Team Record: 17-7Top storylinesRevere on his way back - Ben Revere played in his third minor league rehab assignment game on Sunday and went 0-for-3 with a
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Washington Nationals Minor League Stat Leaders (5/2)

As we do every year, normally on a weekly basis, we will update our readers on the current statistical leaders in the Washington Nationals minor league system. Of the minor league teams, Syracuse Chiefs (AAA), Harrisburg Senators (AA), Potomac Nationals (A), and Hagerstown Suns (A) all have started their 2016 seasons. The lower system affiliates, Auburn Doubledays (Low A) and GCL...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
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Revere plays seven innings for Syracuse, steals a base - Byron Kerr

Ben Revere returned to the Syracuse lineup Sunday, playing seven innings in center field, as the Chiefs dropped Pawtucket 5-4 in 10 innings. Revere grounded out to shortstop, reached on a fielder's choice and grounded out to the pitcher in three at-bats. In the third inning, he reached on a ... Read More
Via MASN
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Why Jayson Werth gave a signed bat to a little girl in a Cardinals jersey

Jayson Werth’s generosity extends as far as his brown locks. After going 2 for 3 with four RBI and a three-run home run on Saturday in St. Louis, the veteran outfielder handed a signed bat to a young Cardinals fan he communicated with throughout the Nationals’ 6-1 win. In a postgame interview, Werth told MASN reporter Dan Kolko why […]
Via DC Sports Blog
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Nationals beat Cardinals 6-1 to complete weekend sweep

ST. LOUIS -- Max Scherzer pitched seven strong innings to beat his hometown team for the first time, and the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 6-1 victory Sunday.Clint Robinson and Danny Espinosa hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning, providing the power for Washington on a day when NL MVP Bryce Harper struck out all four...
Via Associated Press
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Michael A. Taylor, Ryan Zimmerman off in Sunday’s lineup

ST. LOUIS — As the Nationals look to sweep the Cardinals, Manager Dusty Baker gave Ryan Zimmerman and Michael A. Taylor days off Sunday. Matt den Dekker will start in center field and lead off instead, and Clint Robinson will start at first base. Zimmerman had played eight straight games. This will be his fifth day […]
Via Nationals Journal
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Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer, Dusty Baker react to Dee Gordon’s PED suspension

ST. LOUIS — The announcement of Dee Gordon’s 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing substances came at 1:18 a.m. Eastern time Friday. So it wasn’t until later that morning that much of the baseball world, including the Nationals, saw the news about the Marlins’ speedy second baseman. The Nationals are in the same division as the Marlins, face the […]
Via Nationals Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Harper looks back at career on four-year anniversary of debut

A 19-year-old Bryce Harper made his MLB debut for the Washington Nationals four years ago to the day on Thursday. To help mark the anniversary, the reigning NL MVP took some time to reflect upon his rapid rise to becoming arguably the best player in baseball. While many experts and pundits projected very big things for Harper ever since he was touted as baseball’s “Next Big...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Roark picking up where he left off (no score through four) - Byron Kerr

On a rainy and then misty Thursday getaway day, after waiting 36 minutes to get started, both starting pitchers have been very smooth in retiring batters as the Nationals and Phillies wrap up their three-game set. Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark, coming off a career-high 15 strikeout performance last Saturday in ... Read More
Via MASN
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper will play in 2017 WBC … on one condition

Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper arguably is the best player in baseball at the moment, so it obviously would be a major coup if those in charge of the U.S. team could convince him to play in next year’s World Baseball Classic. Harper recently indicated he’d love to play for his country in the upcoming global tournament, but only under one condition: The team has...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Nationals’ Hot Start Has Had Some Help

I feel like I just wrote this recently somewhere, but I guess I’ll write it again. In baseball, people don’t pay too much attention to strength of schedule. In part this is because numbers aren’t easy to come by. In probably larger part, this is because strengths tend to mostly even out. That’s true over full seasons, for sure, but there’s no reason it should be true over...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 21 lineups: Phillies at Nationals - Byron Kerr

The Nationals are looking to snap a three-game losing streak against Philadelphia today as they wrap up their series with the Phillies with an afternoon matchup at Nationals Park. This is also the first time the Nationals have lost two in a row at home this season. Right-hander Tanner Roark ... Read More
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Park netting stops busted bat from flying into seats

The extended netting installed at Nationals Park once again saved the day when it prevented Cesar Hernandez’s broken bat from flying into the stands. During the top of the 7th inning of Wednesday's game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies, a pitch from Gio Hernandez got in a bit on the Phillies second baseman’s hands, breaking the bat and sending a huge...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Maryland Outline Used on Nationals ‘State of Mind’ Pint Glass

WASHINGTON — Two years ago the Baltimore Orioles rankled some Nationals fans by placing a team-sponsored billboard along the D.C.-Maryland border heading into D.C., a marketing strategy which was well within their shared market rights. This isn’t quite that, but for a brief period on Wednesday, fans could purchase on MLB’s online shop a 16-ounce Nationals “State of Mind...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

That Day Tanner Roark Was Out of His Mind

About eight years ago, Tanner Roark was pitching in the independent Frontier League after his college team released him. He had an ERA greater than 20.00 in three games. Then the Rangers drafted him, traded him to the Nationals, and he switched to throwing only two-seamers as his main fastball. A few years later, he put up a three-win, 198-inning season, and now — after largely unsuccessfu...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Heisley's homer ends 16 inning Nats-Twins game

Bryce Harper got the day off for the Washington Nationals… until the bottom of the ninth inning. Trailing 4-3, Nationals manager Dusty Baker (obviously) had Harper pinch-hit, and to the surprise of no one, Harper came through with a game-tying homer (and MLB-leading ninth homer): Harper was then replaced by Chris Heisey on defense for the top of the 10th inning, leaving the...
Via The Comeback
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Oliver Perez two-out bunt helps tie game (VIDEO)

It’s not ideal for a team to send up a relief pitcher to the plate down by a run and down to the last out. But when you’ve run out of position players in the 15th inning, desperate times call for desperate measures. Enter lefty Oliver Perez, with his Nationals behind 5-4 to visiting Minnesota. Danny Espinosa stole second early in the at-bat — hoping Perez (and his .158 career...
Via The Sports Daily
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: October Murphy is gone, but April Murphy is here to stay

Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo received a fair amount of backlash when he handed second baseman Daniel Murphy a three-year, $37.5 million contract this offseason. It looked like he was settling for average after striking out with several higher-priced free agents. Murphy was coming off the hot streak of his life, nuking playoff homers like a young Reggie Jackson...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Werth robs Byron Buxton of a home run in return from hamstring injury

Jayson Werth made his return to the Washington Nationals’ lineup Friday night against the Minnesota Twins. It’s a good thing he did, because he turned in one of the top defensive highlights of the season by robbing a home run off the bat of Byron Buxton. Psshh what hamstring injury? pic.twitter.com/1NcrUUBgdw — Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) April 23, 2016 Werth was forced...
Via The Comeback
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals selling ‘Make baseball fun again’ merchandise

Reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper has been spotted wearing apparel saying “Make baseball fun again.” Now his team is following suit. The Washington Nationals are selling merchandise with the slogan prominently featured. Get ‘em while they’re hot. Available at the #Nats Team Store.#MakeBaseballFunAgain pic.twitter.com/12gadd0yNJ — Washington Nationals...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss
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