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Nationals Starters Set Club Record For Scoreless Innings

Jun 26, 2015 9:38 AM

Doug Fister tossed seven shutout innings against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, extending a streak of scoreless innings by the Washington Nationals' starting rotation.

Washington's rotation has thrown a franchise-record 41⅓ consecutive scoreless innings over its past six games, the longest streak in the Major Leagues since Cleveland Indians starters strung together 44⅓ shutout innings in May 2008.

Associated Press

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Nationals Interested In Arizona's Middle Infielders

Jun 22, 2015 8:25 PM

The Washington Nationals have expressed interest in acquiring a middle infielder from the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to a report.

The Diamondbacks have a lot of depth in the infield, which could be used as a trade chip.

Chris Owings, Nick Ahmed and Cliff Pennington are all capable of handling either shortstop or second base. Aaron Hill, though expensive, comes with quite a bit of experience at second base.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Oakland Athletics, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Yunel Escobar Hitting Like He Did As A Rookie

Jun 22, 2015 7:49 AM

Bryce Harper isn't the only hot hitter on the Washington Nationals.

Yunel Escobar is hitting like he did as a rookie in 2007 when he was with the Atlanta Braves and hit .326/.385/.451 in 319 at-bats.

After several seasons with a sub-.260 batting average, Escobar has looked like a different hitter. He's hitting .331 with a .381 on-base percentage in 2015.

Escobar has been outstanding in his past 22 games, batting .365.

Escobar's swing rate was 45 percent, 44 percent and 45 percent the past three seasons. It's up to 52 percent in 2015.

The percentage increase is true both inside and outside the strike zone. Though Escobar's chase rate has gone up -- from 22 percent in 2014 to 30 percent in 2015 -- his numbers against pitches out of the strike zone haven't suffered.

Mark Simon/ESPN

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Max Scherzer Throws No-Hitter Against Pirates

Jun 20, 2015 6:35 PM

Max Scherzer pitched a no-hitter Saturday, losing his perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning when he hit a batter in the Nationals' 6-0 win over the Pirates, according to an ESPN.com report.


Tags: Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Nats' Scherzer Flirts With Perfect-Game, K's 16

Jun 15, 2015 12:47 AM

A dominant Max Scherzer struck out a Nationals-record 16 and threw a one-hitter, losing his perfect-game bid on Carlos Gomez's broken-bat, bloop single in the seventh inning as Washington beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 Sunday. 

"I was able to execute every pitch for the most part where I wanted to," Scherzer said.


Tags: Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Nationals Get Trea Turner To Finalize Deal With Padres, Rays

Jun 14, 2015 4:14 PM

Padres top prospect Trea Turner is finally headed to the Nationals, according to an ESPN.com report on Sunday.

The shortstop, selected 13th overall by San Diego in the June 2014 draft, was part of a three-team trade in December that sent 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers to the Padres.

Turner had to wait to join his new team, however, due to Major League Rule 3(b)(6), which states that a draft pick cannot be traded until one year after he signs his initial contract. Also, Rule 12(e)(2) says teams have six months from the time of a trade to finalize a player to be named.


Tags: Washington Nationals, San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Stephen Strasburg Throws 60 Pitches In Rehab Session

Jun 13, 2015 1:05 PM

Nationals star right-hander Stephen Strasburg took another step toward a return to the rotation before the team's loss to the Brewers on Friday night.

Strasburg, on the DL since May 30, threw for the second time in two weeks. He was examined June 1 by team doctors in Washington and diagnosed with a strained left trapezius, an upper back muscle where the arm meets the neck.

The 26-year-old has a 3-5 record and a 6.55 ERA in 10 starts this season, reported no issues after a session that spanned 60 pitches, Nationals manager Matt Williams said


Tags: Washington Nationals, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Jordan Zimmermann Is Tops On Dodgers' Wish List

Jun 12, 2015 7:09 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers recently sent out a memo to their scouts telling them to keep an eye on a long list of potential starting pitcher targets leading up to next month's deadline.

Jordan Zimmermann of the Washington Nationals was at the top of that list, according to sources.

Johnny Cueto and David Price are also on the short list of desirable targets.

Galen Carr, the Major League scout whose opinion will carry the most weight with Andrew Friedman, has attended several of Zimmermann's starts, according to a source.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Fans Chant 'Future Yankee' With Bryce Harper At Plate

Jun 11, 2015 8:03 AM

Bryce Harper, who grew up a fan of the New York Yankees, pledged his love for the Washington Nationals prior to Wednesday's game at Yankee Stadium.

"I love the Nationals," Harper said when asked whether he has considered a future with the Yankees. "I enjoy the fans that support me in right field every single day. I love running out there and seeing them out there. The Nats are such a great organization. Mr. Ted Lerner gave me the opportunity to play in the big leagues. It's such a fun time. We have such a great team here. We enjoy it every single day. We look at every single day as a new day and go in and have the same mentality and try to play every single day. D.C. is such a great place to play."

Harper posted a photo on social media next to the plaque of his idol, Mickey Mantle, in Monument Park before Tuesday's game in New York.

Fans in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium chanted "Fut-ure Yank-ee" and "20-19." Harper is under Washington's control through the 2018 season.

Scott Allen/Washington Post

Tags: New York Yankees, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players

Jun 11, 2015 7:34 AM

Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

UC Santa Barbara was second with 10 players selected from Monday to Wednesday.

Arizona State, Florida, Illinois and Vanderbilt each had nine players drafted.

Nine schools produced eight players each, including LSU, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Houston, Maryland, UCLA, USC and North Carolina.


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Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks
Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

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Bryce Harper Faces Younger Pitcher For First Time
Bryce Harper, a veteran of four seasons, has appeared in 414 games and logged more than 1,700 plate appearances before coming up against a pitcher his own age.

Joey Nowak/MLB

Padres Could Send Trea Turner To Nationals As Soon As June 14
Trea Turner is eligible to join the Nationals on June 14, roughly a year after he signed with the Padres, who selected him as the 13th overall pick in the 2014 Draft

Bill Ladson/MLB

Mariano Rivera III Drafted By Nationals
The Nationals drafted Mariano Rivera III in the fourth round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday afternoon.

Associated Press

Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft
The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but position players were a hot commodity overall.

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First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

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2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
Major League Baseball informed teams of the slot values assigned to the first 315 picks of the 2015 draft back in April.

Baseball America

First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results
We are reporting live from the 2015 MLB Draft in New Jersey. Follow along for news, rumors and selections. Arizona selected Dansby Swanson first overall.

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Denard Span Has Been Key For Nationals
The Nationals took off when Denard Span returned from injury in mid-April, going 20-13 with the center fielder in the lineup.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Bryce Harper May Skip HR Derby
Despite being tied for the MLB lead in home runs, Bryce Harper hasn't made a final decision to participate in the All-Star Home Run Derby.


Nats Place Stephen Strasburg On DL With Neck Stiffness
The Nationals have recalled pitcher Taylor Hill to replace Stephen Strasburg on the roster.


Stephen Strasburg Pulled After 16 Pitches
Stephen Strasburg has struggled lately, failing to reach the fourth inning in three of his four previous starts.

Associated Press

Strasburg Admits Frustration, But He'll 'Keep Grinding'
The Nationals are rolling, but Stephen Strasburg is struggling.

Associated Press

Nationals Get Free Syrup From Hershey's For Celebrations
The Nationals have been celebrating wins by dumping a bottle of chocolate syrup on the head of the player whose bat won the game this season.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

A-Rod Relates To Harper On And Off The Field
Alex Rodriguez says he relates to Bryce Harper, who was on the cover of Sports Illustrated at 16, the No. 1 overall pick at 17 and the Rookie of the Year at 19.

Mark Feinsand/New York Daily News

Fister Placed On DL With Strained Right Forearm
Nats pitcher Doug Fister has a strained flexor muscle in his right forearm.


Strasburg Has Highest BABIP In Baseball, Inducing Hard Contact
Stephen Strasburg is allowing a batting average on balls in play of more than .400, the highest in baseball.

Jeff Sullivan/FanGraphs

Harper, Williams Ejected For Arguing Strike Call
Bryce Harper and Matt Williams of the Nationals were ejected Wednesday for arguing a checked swing during a victory over the Diamondbacks.

Associated Press

Bryce Harper's Success Coming From Hitting Outside Pitch
Eight of Bryce Harper's 10 homers this season have been on the outside.


Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect
Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

Keith Law/ESPN

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