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Nationals Make History Hitting Four Straight HRs

Jun 9, 2019 7:50 PM

The Nationals hit four consecutive home runs in the eighth inning Sunday, becoming the first franchise in major league history to accomplish the feat multiple times.

With the score tied 1-1 and one out in the eighth inning, Howie Kendrick, Trea Turner, Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendon hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back homers off Padres reliever Craig Stammen.


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2019 MLB Draft Day 1 Results

Jun 4, 2019 8:29 AM

The first two rounds of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft were held on Monday night.

Rounds 3 to 10 will be held on Tuesday, with Rounds 11 to 40 on Wednesday.


Round 1

1. Baltimore Orioles - Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State

2. Kansas City Royals: Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Colleyville (Texas) Heritage HS

3. Chicago White Sox: Andrew Vaughn, 1B, Cal

4. Miami Marlins: J.J. Bleday, OF, Vanderbilt

5. Detroit Tigers: Riley Greene, OF, Hagerty HS (Oviedo, Florida)

6. San Diego Padres: C.J. Abrams, SS, Blessed Trinity HS (Roswell, Georgia)

7. Cincinnati Reds: Nick Lodolo, LHP, TCU

8. Texas Rangers: Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Tech

9. Atlanta Braves: Shea Langeliers, C, Baylor

10. San Francisco Giants: Hunter Bishop, OF, Arizona State

11. Toronto Blue Jays: Alek Manoah, RHP, West Virginia

12. New York Mets: Brett Baty, 3B, Lake Travis HS (Austin, Texas)

13. Minnesota Twins: Keoni Cavaco, 3B, Eastlake HS (Chula Vista, California)

14. Philadelphia Phillies: Bryson Stott, SS, UNLV

15. Los Angeles Angels: Will Wilson, SS, NC State

16. Arizona Diamondbacks: Corbin Carroll, OF, Lakeside HS (Seattle)

17. Washington Nationals: Jackson Rutledge, RHP, San Jacinto College

18. Pittsburgh Pirates: Quinn Priester, RHP, Cary-Grove (Illinois) HS

19. St. Louis Cardinals: Zack Thompson, LHP, Kentucky

20. Seattle Mariners: George Kirby, RHP, Elon

21. Atlanta Braves: Braden Shewmake, SS/3B, Texas A&M

22. Tampa Bay Rays: Greg Jones, SS, UNC Wilmington

23. Colorado Rockies: Michael Toglia, 1B/OF, UCLA

24. Cleveland Indians: Daniel Espino, RHP, Georgia Premier Academy

25. Los Angeles Dodgers: Kody Hoese, 3B, Tulane

26. Arizona Diamondbacks: Blake Walston, LHP, New Hanover (North Carolina) HS

27. Chicago Cubs: Ryan Jensen, RHP, Fresno State

28. Milwaukee Brewers: Ethan Small, LHP, Mississippi State

29. Oakland Athletics: Logan Davidson, SS, Clemson

30. New York Yankees: Anthony Volpe, SS, Delbarton HS (Morristown, New Jersey)

31. Los Angeles Dodgers: Michael Busch, 1B, North Carolina

32. Houston Astros: Korey Lee, C, Cal


Compensation Picks

33. Arizona Diamondbacks: Brennan Malone, RHP, IMG Academy

34. Arizona Diamondbacks: Drey Jameson, RHP, Ball State


Competitive Balance Round A

35. Miami Marlins: Kameron Misner, OF, Missouri

36. Tampa Bay Rays: J.J. Goss, RHP, Cypress Ranch HS (Houston)

37. Pittsburgh Pirates: Sammy Siani, OF, Penn Charter School (Philadelphia)

38. New York Yankees: T.J. Sikkema, LHP, Missouri

39. Minnesota Twins: Matt Wallner, OF, Southern Miss

40. Tampa Bay Rays: Seth Johnson, RHP, Campbell

41. Texas Rangers: Davis Wendzel, 3B, Baylor


Round 2

42. Baltimore Orioles: Gunnar Henderson, SS, Morgan Academy (Selma, Alabama)

43. Boston Red Sox: Cameron Cannon, SS, Arizona

44. Kansas City Royals: Brady McConnell, SS, Florida

45. Chicago White Sox: Matthew Thompson, RHP, Cypress Ranch HS (Houston)

46. Miami Marlins: Nasim Nunez, SS, Collins Hill HS (Suwanee, Georgia)

47. Detroit Tigers: Nick Quintana, 3B, Arizona

48. San Diego Padres: Joshua Mears, OF, Federal Way (Washington) HS

49. Cincinnati Reds: Rece Hinds, SS, IMG Academy

50. Texas Rangers: Ryan Garcia, RHP, UCLA

51. San Francisco Giants: Logan Wyatt, 1B, Louisville

52. Toronto Blue Jays: Kendall Williams, RHP, IMG Academy

53. New York Mets: Josh Wolf, RHP, St. Thomas HS (Bellaire, Texas)

54. Minnesota Twins: Matt Canterino, RHP, Rice

55. Los Angeles Angels: Kyren Paris, SS, Freedom HS (Oakley, California)

56. Arizona Diamondbacks: Ryne Nelson, RHP, Oregon

57. Pittsburgh Pirates: Matt Gorski, OF, Indiana

58. St. Louis Cardinals: Trejyn Fletcher, OF, Deering HS (Portland, Maine)

59. Seattle Mariners: Brandon Williamson, LHP, TCU

60. Atlanta Braves: Beau Philip, SS, Oregon State

61. Tampa Bay Rays: John Doxakis, LHP, Texas A&M

62. Colorado Rockies: Aaron Schunk, 3B, Georgia

63. Cleveland Indians: Yordys Valdes, SS, McArthur HS (Hollywood, Florida)

64. Chicago Cubs: Chase Strumpf, 2B, UCLA

65. Milwaukee Brewers: Antoine Kelly, LHP, Wabash Valley College

66. Oakland Athletics: Tyler Baum, RHP, North Carolina

67. New York Yankees: Josh Smith, 2B, LSU

68. Houston Astros: Grae Kessinger, SS, Ole Miss

69. Boston Red Sox: Matthew Lugo, SS, Carlos Beltran Academy


Competitive Balance Round B

70. Kansas City Royals: Alec Marsh, RHP, Arizona State

71. Baltimore Orioles: Kyle Stowers, OF, Stanford

72. Pittsburgh Pirates: Jared Triolo, 3B, Houston

73. San Diego Padres: Logan Driscoll, C, George Mason

74. Arizona Diamondbacks: Tommy Henry, LHP, Michigan

75. Arizona Diamondbacks: Dominic Fletcher, OF, Arkansas

76. Seattle Mariners: Isaiah Campbell, RHP, Arkansas

77. Colorado Rockies: Karl Kauffmann, RHP, Michigan


Compensation Picks

78. Los Angeles Dodgers: Jimmy Lewis, RHP, Lake Travis (Texas) HS




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Nationals GM: Davey Martinez Safe For Now

May 25, 2019 11:53 AM

Davey Martinez's job is safe for now.

"We're not making any decisions with a third of the season gone," said Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo on Friday afternoon, when asked about his confidence level in the Nats manager. "We've got a lot of season left. Davey's not happy with what's going on; nobody's happy with what's going on -- the fan base, ownership, and myself. Things gotta get better. We've got to play better baseball."

Two months into the season, the Nationals have been the most disappointing team in baseball.

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Cubs Won't Protest Loss To Nationals

May 20, 2019 7:55 AM

The Chicago Cubs have decided not to protest Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Washington Nationals.

Joe Maddon had argued that Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle used an illegal delivery in the ninth inning of the game and said that he was playing under protest. The Cubs then had 24 hours to submit an official grievance to the league, but they decided not to.

The double toe-tap Doolittle appeared to use as he delivered the ball to home plate has been deemed illegal in the past.

"You're trying to delineate what is right and what is wrong. In my mind it wasn't a judgment call. I thought it was black and white," Maddon said.

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Stephen Strasburg Becomes Fastest Pitcher To 1,500 Strikeouts

May 3, 2019 8:02 AM

Stephen Strasburg recorded the 1,500th strikeout of his career on Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

He became the fastest pitcher, by innings, to reach the milestone.

"For all he's been through, the expectations that he came into this organization with, some of the injuries he's dealt with over his career, I'm really happy for him to get a milestone like this at home," Sean Doolittle said. "And he's pitching really, really well right now."

Strasburg has a 1.29 ERA with 29 strikeouts and five walks in his last three starts.

"It's pretty cool, but I was told a long time ago that strikeouts aren't everything," he said. "I think it's important to know how to put guys away when you have two strikes. But at the same time, I get myself in trouble when I'm trying to strike them out."

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Nationals Fire Pitching Coach Derek Lilliquist

May 3, 2019 7:40 AM

The Washington Nationals have fired pitching coach Derek Lilliquist.

The Nationals have promoted minor league pitching coordinator Paul Menhart to replace Lilliquist.

"We felt that both the rotation and the bullpen, we thought that we had some flaws in there," Mike Rizzo said. "We thought that there [were] preparation issues in there, and we thought that we wanted to get a new message and a new voice."

The Nationals are 13-17 after a victory on Thursday.

Despite having Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin in their rotation, Washington entered Thursday with a 4.95 ERA that ranked 13th out of 15 NL teams.

Associated Press

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Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer Nearing 3,000 K Club

May 2, 2019 9:31 AM

CC Sabathia became the 17th member of the 3,000-strikeout club on Tuesday night and we likely won't have to wait long for another pitcher to join the elusive group.

Justin Verlander entered Wednesday just 241 strikeouts away from 3,000, a mark he'll most likely hit early next season.

Max Scherzer, Verlander's former teammate with the Detroit Tigers, needs 497 strikeouts to reach the mark and stands as Verlander's closest competition.

There are three other pitchers that could be within 500 Ks of 3,000 by the end of the season: Felix Hernandez (2,496), Zack Greinke (2,481), and Cole Hamels (2,452).

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Nationals Place Ryan Zimmerman On IL

Apr 28, 2019 2:30 PM

The Nationals placed starting first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 10-day injured list Sunday with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, the team announced.


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Nationals' Carter Kieboom Hits Game-Tying HR In Debut

Apr 27, 2019 2:18 AM

Nationals prospect Carter Kieboom hit a game-tying home run in his major league debut against the Padres on Friday night.

The 21-year-old Kieboom, who was rated the 98th-best prospect in baseball by ESPN's Keith Law prior to this season, drilled a solo shot to dead center off Padres reliever Craig Stammen to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning


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Nationals To Call Up Top Prospect Carter Kieboom

Apr 26, 2019 8:00 AM

The Washington Nationals are calling up top prospect Carter Kieboom, according to a report.

Kieboom, 21, is hitting .379/.506/.636 with six doubles, a triple, three homers and 18 RBI in 18 Triple-A games.

While he's primarily played shortstop in his Minor League career, Kieboom has played some second base.

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Max Scherzer Tweaked Muscle Dodging Foul Ball
Max Scherzer is day-to-day after tweaking his left intercostal while dodging a foul ball in the dugout over the weekend.

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Nationals, Anthony Rendon Meet To Discuss Extension
The Nationals and Anthony Rendon met before batting practice on Tuesday to discuss a possible contract extension.

Mark Zuckerman/MASN Sports

Nationals Looking For Trevor Rosenthal To Have Success
Reliever Trevor Rosenthal has failed to retire any of the first nine batters he has faced this season.


Bryce Harper Homers In Return To DC
Bryce Harper was booed in his return to Washington, as he led the Phillies to a 8-2 win on Tuesday night.


Nationals' Trea Turner Out With Fractured Finger
Trea Turner has a non-displaced fracture on his right index finger and there is no timetable for his return to the Nationals' lineup.


Bryce Harper Sentimental About DC Return
Bryce Harper returns to Nationals Park for the first time on Tuesday night.


Nationals $300M Offer To Bryce Harper Came In Envelope
The Nationals first offer to Bryce Harper was for 10 years, $300 million, including deferred money.


Max Scherzer Surpasses Mike Trout As Highest Paid Player
Max Scherzer has passed Mike Trout as baseball's highest-paid player at $37.4 million.

Associated Press

MLB Attempting To Collectively Purchase RSNs From Disney
MLB believes buying RSNs could move the league to a more national model and address revenue disparity.

Ronald Blum/AP

Anthony Rendon, Nationals Not Close On Extension Talks
The Nationals and Anthony Rendon are not close to an agreement on a contract extension with Opening Day looming.

Jon Heyman/MLB Network

Bryce Harper - A Career Timeline Video
Bryce Harper is only 26 years old still, but he's had a unique path in MLB as a former prodigy and early MVP who will now be with the Phillies for the remainder of his career.

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Nats' Bryce Harper Offer Had $100M In Deferred Money Until He Was 65
The Nationals offered Bryce Harper a 10-year, $300 million contract.

Tim Keown/ESPN

Nationals, Craig Kimbrel Progressing Towards Deal
Craig Kimbrel would presumably become Washington's closer with Sean Doolittle moving into a setup role.

Keith Law/ESPN

Bryce Harper To Choose Between Phillies, Dodgers, Giants This Week
Bryce Harper is expected to reach his free agency decision by the end of the current week.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Max Scherzer: Pitch Clock Messes With 'Fabric' Of Baseball
Max Scherzer has made it clear that he isn't a fan of Major League Baseball's pitch clock experiment.

Associated Press

Nationals Move On From Bryce Harper
The Nationals offered a 10-year, $300 million offer to Bryce Harper before the end of the season.

Lisa Redmond/NBC Sports

Bryce Harper Has Turned Down 'Multiple' $300M-Plus Offers
Bryce Harper has turned down "multiple offers over $300 million in recent weeks," according to a report.

Jon Heyman/Fancred Sports

Sean Doolittle Voices Support For New Era's Union Workers Losing Jobs
New Era is closing its Western New York factory, eliminating approximately 200 union jobs in favor of non-union workers at a new plant in Florida.

David Robinson/The Buffalo News

Nationals, Jeremy Hellickson Agree Upon $1.3M Deal
Jeremy Hellickson could earn up to $4 million more through performance bonuses.

Associated Press

Nolan Arenado's Looming Extension Could Affect Harper, Machado
The value of Nolan Arenado's extension with the Rockies could drive up the demands of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.

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