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MLB Upholds Hunter Strickland's Six-Game Suspension

Jun 20, 2017 7:56 AM

Hunter Strickland began serving a six-game suspension Monday for brawling with Bryce Harper on May 29 after his appeal was denied by Major League Baseball.

Strickland plunked Harper on the right hip with a 98 mph fastball, igniting an eighth-inning fight between the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals.

Harper was suspended for four games, which was reduced to three games after his appeal. He has already served the penalty.

John McHale Jr., a special assistant to baseball Rob Manfred, denied Strickland's appeal, which means the pitcher will miss all four games of a series set to begin Monday in Atlanta against the Atlanta Braves, as well as the first two games of a weekend series in San Francisco against the New York Mets.

Associated Press

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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2017 MLB Draft First Round Results

Jun 13, 2017 9:11 AM

The first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft was held on Monday night with a lot of young talent coming off the board early. Here are the full results from the first round:

  1. Twins — Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra Catholic HS (California)
  2. Reds — Hunter Greene, RHP/SS, Notre Dame HS (California)
  3. Padres — MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Whiteville HS (North Carolina)
  4. Rays — Brendan McKay, 1B/LHP, Louisville
  5. Braves — Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt
  6. Athletics — Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson HS (North Carolina)
  7. Diamondbacks — Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia
  8. Phillies — Adam Haseley, OF, Virginia
  9. Brewers — Keston Hiura, 2B, UC Irvine
  10. Angels — Jordan Adell, OF, Ballard HS (Kentucky)
  11. White Sox — Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State
  12. Pirates — Shane Baz, RHP, Concordia Lutheran HS (Texas)
  13. Marlins — Trevor Rogers, LHP, Carlsbad HS (New Mexico)
  14. Royals — Nick Pratto, 1B, Huntington Beach HS (California)
  15. Astros —J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina
  16. Yankees — Clarke Schmidt, RHP, South Carolina
  17. Mariners — Evan White, 1B, Kentucky
  18. Tigers — Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida
  19. Giants — Heliot Ramos, OF, Leadership Christian Academy (Puerto Rico)
  20. Mets — David Peterson, LHP, Oregon
  21. Orioles — D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta HS (Georgia)
  22. Blue Jays — Logan Warmoth, SS, North Carolina
  23. Dodgers — Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt
  24. Red Sox — Tanner Houck, RHP, Missouri
  25. Nationals — Seth Romero, LHP, Houston
  26. Rangers — Bubba Thompson, OF, McGill-Toolen Catholic HS (Alabama)
  27. Cubs — Brendon Little, LHP, State College of Florida

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Adam Eaton 'Ahead Of Schedule' Rehabbing Knee

Jun 12, 2017 7:44 AM

Adam Eaton, who tore a knee ligament about a month and a half ago, used crutches to walk around the clubhouse on Sunday afternoon.

Eaton really didn't need the crutches and says he can walk "pain free" now and is getting full extension in his surgically repaired left knee.

"I'm ahead of schedule," he said.

"Can't really put weeks on how far ahead of schedule we are, but we've been weight-bearing for four or five days now. It's been an experience, that's for sure, but everything's going in the right direction."

The Washington Nationals aren't expecting him back until 2018.

Chelsea Janes/Washington Post

Tags: Washington Nationals, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Max Scherzer Third-Fastest To 2,000 Career Ks

Jun 12, 2017 1:17 AM

Nationals ace Max Scherzer got his 2,000th career strikeout Sunday and did it in the third fewest innings of any pitcher in baseball history.

Scherzer reached the milestone by striking out outfielder Nomar Mazara, the first batter he faced in the fourth inning of the Nats' game against the Rangers.

ESPN.com

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

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Nationals' Glover Hurts Back In Shower Before Game

Jun 11, 2017 11:27 AM

The Nationals' bullpen saga took an unexpected turn Saturday when closer Koda Glover, after blowing a save in the ninth inning, admitted that he suffered a back injury while showering before the game.

Glover told reporters that he experienced back discomfort throughout the game but still attempted to close out the ninth inning because he had not pitched in the last three days. He did not tell manager Dusty Baker or the training staff about the injury until after the game.

ESPN.com

Tags: Washington Nationals, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Nats' Mike Rizzo: O's Should 'Quit Whining' About Rainout

Jun 10, 2017 1:35 PM

A make-up game has only led to problems between the Orioles and Nationals, with Washington general manager Mike Rizzo telling his neighbors from up I-95 to "quit whining."

The rift stems from Thursday's game, won by Washington 6-1, that was rescheduled from May 11 due to a rainstorm that never came.

After Thursday night's loss, O's manager Buck Showalter quipped that the weather was "marginally better" than it had been in May.

ESPN.com

Tags: Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

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Nationals Haven't Offered Dusty Baker An Extension

Jun 9, 2017 7:34 AM

Dusty Baker wants to manage the Washington Nationals next season, but the club hasn't offered him an extension.

Baker has his sights set on his 2,000 victory and a World Series title.

"Why not? This is what I came here for," the 67-year-old manager said. "I didn't come for two years. I came to win back-to-back titles."

Baker's two-year contract expires after this season and he has made it clear that he wants to keep managing.

"I mentioned it to one of the primary people [in Nationals management]. And I mentioned it to [General Manager Mike Rizzo] one time," he said. "That's enough. They know."

Chelsea Janes/Washington Post

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

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Does Bryce Harper Want To Play For Cubs?

Jun 5, 2017 8:06 AM

Bryce Harper would like to play for the Chicago Cubs, according to Peter Gammons.

Gammons made the comment on 670 The Score. "I have people tell me that Bryce Harper, really, would prefer to play for the Cubs," the veteran reporter said.

Harper is eligible for free agency after the 2018 season and his next contract is expected to be worth more than $400 million.

Peter Gammons

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Nationals Release Joe Nathan From Minor League Deal

Jun 2, 2017 7:29 AM

The Washington Nationals have released Joe Nathan from his Minor League deal.

Nathan, 42, requested his release when he wasn't promoted to the Major Leagues before Thursday.

The reliever struggled for Washington's Triple-A club in Syracuse, posting a 6.19 ERA in 16 innings. He was 0-2 with four saves.

ESPN

Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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MLB Reduces Bryce Harper's Suspension To Three Games

May 31, 2017 3:53 PM

Major League Baseball has reduced Bryce Harper's suspension to three games, a source has confirmed.

Harper originally received a four-game ban for his role in a fight with San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland.

He will begin serving the suspension when the Washington Nationals face the Giants on Wednesday night.

Harper is tied for the National League lead with 15 home runs. He will be eligible to return Sunday as the Nationals finish off a series at the Oakland Athletics.

ESPN

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Bryce Harper Leads NL In All-Star Voting
Major League Baseball released the first National League All-Star balloting results on Tuesday and Bryce Harper leads the league in voting.

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Buster Posey Told By Giants To 'Stay Out Of Pile'
During the brawl between Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper, Buster Posey was noticeable by his absence.

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Hunter Strickland Suspended Six Games, Bryce Harper Gets Four
Both Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland are appealing their suspensions.

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Nationals Nearly Acquired David Robertson Before Season
The Nationals have bullpen issues, but they nearly acquired help before the regular season.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Nationals Beginning To Explore Trade Market For Closer
David Robertson (White Sox), Kelvin Herrera (Royals) and A.J. Ramos (Marlins) are all being mentioned as possibilities.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Bryce Harper Has Now Homered At Every NL Ballpark
Bryce Harper hit a home run to the last row of seats in right field in the top of the ninth at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

Associated Press

Jose Quintana Remains Popular Target On Trade Market
Jose Quintana has a 4.38 ERA through eight starts, but remains a hot target on the trade market.

Bruce Levine/CBS Chicago

Nationals, Bryce Harper Agree To $21.625M Deal For 2018
Outfielder Bryce Harper can become a free agent after the 2018 season.

ESPN.com

Nationals Deciding Whether Jacob Turner Will Remain In Bullpen
There is a slot in the rotation vacated by Joe Ross.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Bryce Harper Exits Game With Strained Groin
Bryce Harper exited Thursday's game after injuring his left groin on a diving catch against the Diamondbacks.

Eddie Matz/ESPN

Anthony Rendon Has 6 Hits, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs On Sunday
The Nationals beat the Mets 23-5 on Sunday, the most runs they have scored in a single game in franchise history.

ESPN.com

Nats Lose Adam Eaton For The Season
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo told reporters that center fielder Adam Eaton has a torn left ACL.

ESPN.com

Nationals Place Adam Eaton On DL With Knee Strain
Adam Eaton suffered the injury in the 9th inning of Friday's loss.

ESPN

Trea Turner Falls Triple Shy Of Second Consecutive Cycle
Trea Turner finished a triple shy of the cycle on Wednesday, a day after he reached the accomplishment for the Nationals.

Associated Press

Nationals To Place Strasburg On Paternity Leave
Stephen Strasburg could start next weekend at home against the Mets.

ESPN.com

Nationals 'Aggressively' Pursued Bullpen Help This Offseason
Washington pursued Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon in free agency and David Robertson via trade "very aggressively," according to one team official.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Nationals To Use Shawn Kelley, Koda Glover In Closer Time Share
The Nationals will no longer use Blake Treinen as their closer, opting for a ninth-inning time share between Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover.

Dan Kolko/MASN

Nationals Considering Change At Closer
The Nationals are considering a change at closer after Dusty Baker removed Blake Treinen in the ninth inning on Tuesday night.

Jamal Collier/MLB

Nationals Re-Sign Joe Nathan To Minor League Deal
Joe Nathan opted out of his previous Minor League deal with the Nationals on March 27, but he was unable to land a Major League deal elsewhere.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Phillies Score Franchise-Record 12 First-Inning Runs
The Phillies defeated the Nationals by the score of 17-3 on Saturday night.

MLB.com