Dusty Baker - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Dusty Baker Cole shuts down Nationals as Pirates roll to 6-1 win PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gerrit Cole spent the last six weeks stringing together dominant performance after dominant performance with little to show for it, thanks to a Pittsburgh Pirates offense that always seemed to sputter whenever their ace's turn in the rotation came up. Yet Cole tried to stay upbeat, stressing that if he kept doing his job eventually the l... Thu, 18 May 2017 06:18:00 GMT 2017-05-18T06:18:00Z Harper gets big deal, hits HR in 9th, Nats beat Phils 6-4 WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper was money for the Washington Nationals on Saturday night. Fresh from getting a big deal, Harper hit a game-ending home run with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the Nationals over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4. Hours before the game, the Nationals announced they had reached agreement with Harper on a... Sun, 14 May 2017 03:55:00 GMT 2017-05-14T03:55:00Z LEADING OFF: Ailing Trout, Harper expected back in lineup A look at what's happening all around the majors today: TROUT OK? Two-time AL MVP Mike Trout says he plans to play at Oakland after missing two straight games for the Angels and three of four because of a tight left hamstring. He has a 17-game hitting streak. The outfielder has played in at least 157 games in four co... Mon, 08 May 2017 06:40:00 GMT 2017-05-08T06:40:00Z MLB reviews security at all parks after Fenway racial slurs BOSTON (AP) — Major League Baseball is reviewing its security protocols in all 30 stadiums after Orioles outfielder Adam Jones complained of fans shouting racial slurs in Boston this week and other black players reacted by saying it's a common reality when playing in several cities. It's not yet clear what changes might be made, but league officials are s... Thu, 04 May 2017 01:37:00 GMT 2017-05-04T01:37:00Z Rendon drives in 10, hits 3 HRs as Nationals rout Mets 23-5 WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon said he'd never had a day like this one. Not many players have. Rendon had 10 RBIs, three home runs and six hits as Washington took advantage of Noah Syndergaard's injury and mauled the New York Mets 23-5 on Sunday to set a franchise scoring record. Rendon went ... Mon, 01 May 2017 04:10:00 GMT 2017-05-01T04:10:00Z Mets' ace Syndergaard exits with injury, scheduled for MRI WASHINGTON (AP) — No debate about it now: Noah Syndergaard is going to have that MRI after all. The hard-throwing ace of the New York Mets left his start Sunday against Washington in pain, just a couple of days after refusing an MRI and saying he felt fine. The team announced Syndergaard has "a possible lat strain" and was headed back t... Mon, 01 May 2017 02:26:00 GMT 2017-05-01T02:26:00Z Nationals confirm CF Adam Eaton has torn ACL WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals center fielder Adam Eaton tore a ligament in his left knee and his season is likely over, the team confirmed Sunday. General manager Mike Rizzo said Eaton has a "full thickness" ACL tear, plus a meniscus tear and a high ankle sprain. "His return to this season is unlikely, but we don't know until the doctors ... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:21:00 GMT 2017-04-30T17:21:00Z AP Source: Nationals CF Eaton out for season with hurt knee WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam Eaton's first season as the Washington Nationals center fielder is over already. A person familiar with the situation said Saturday night that Eaton is done for the rest of the year after tearing a ligament in his left knee. The person confirmed Eaton's status to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, because the Nationals had not made public ... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 02:11:00 GMT 2017-04-30T02:11:00Z Harper homers in 11-run 7th, Turner, Nats rout Rockies 16-5 DENVER (AP) — The math is pretty simple for Dusty Baker: His big-hitting lineup plus Coors Field equals loads of runs. "But I didn't have any idea we were going to score that many," the Washington manager said. Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer as part of an 11-run seventh inning, Trea Turner enjoyed another big game at the hitter-frie... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:41:00 GMT 2017-04-28T00:41:00Z Turner hits for cycle, Nationals beat Rockies 15-12 DENVER (AP) — Trea Turner wore everything he could to stay warm, including a red ski mask that covered his face. For someone who doesn't enjoy hitting in the cold, he sure was hot at the plate. Turner hit for the third cycle in Nationals history and drove in a career-high seven runs, helping Washington to a 15-12 win over the Colorado Rockies on a frigid Tuesday night. ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:28:00 GMT 2017-04-26T06:28:00Z Harper hits 2 HRs, drives in 5, as Nats slam Braves 14-4 ATLANTA (AP) — Bryce Harper assumes everybody already knows the Washington Nationals will again be a team to watch in the National League. Just in case, Harper and the Nationals made the point by putting on an offensive show at the Atlanta Braves' new park. Harper had two homers, including a grand slam, among four hits and the Nationals... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 04:13:00 GMT 2017-04-20T04:13:00Z MLB receives overall C+ in racial, gender hiring practices ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — As Major League Baseball celebrates the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier, a diversity report finds that the league could do a better job of identifying and hiring minority and female candidates for top decision-making jobs. The annual report card released Tuesday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics ... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:23:00 GMT 2017-04-18T20:23:00Z Leake, Piscotty lead Cardinals past Nationals, 6-1 WASHINGTON (AP) — Going up against the 2016 NL Cy Young winner and facing the prospect of stumbling to their worst start in 20 years, the St. Louis Cardinals played their best game of the young season. Mike Leake outpitched Max Scherzer, Stephen Piscotty homered and had five RBIs, and the Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 6-1 on Wednesday to avoid a... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:33:00 GMT 2017-04-13T00:33:00Z Murphy has 5 RBIs in Nats' 8-3 win over Cards WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals are no longer shocked by the kind of offensive performance Daniel Murphy gave on Tuesday night. Amazed, maybe. But not shocked. In his latest impressive game, Murphy homered, doubled twice and tied career highs with five RBIs and four hits to help the Nationals to an 8-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. ... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 03:54:00 GMT 2017-04-12T03:54:00Z LEADING OFF: Indians play home opener, Red Sox fight flu A look at what's happening all around the majors today: HELLO AGAIN The Indians play their first game in Cleveland since losing an epic Game 7 to the Chicago Cubs in the World Series last season. Most of the baseball world remembers the Cubs ending their 108-year title drought, but the memories aren't so positive for... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 06:26:00 GMT 2017-04-11T06:26:00Z Opening Day, Part II: Remembrances, plus some hijinks Sandy Koufax sitting in the sun at Dodger Stadium, Mike Piazza in the seats at Citi Field. An echo of Vin Scully, warm thoughts about Big Papi and a tribute to Yordano Ventura. Opening Day, Part II, began Monday with baseball remembering its past. Plus some hijinks: Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey was swiped by Patriots teammate R... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 01:02:00 GMT 2017-04-04T01:02:00Z Treinen gets Nats' closer job; Pelfrey cut TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Blake Treinen will begin the season as Washington's closer, even though he has only one big league save. After the Nationals lost Mark Melancon to the San Francisco Giants in free agency, Treinen won the job over Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover. "Blake has that turbo sinker," manager Dusty Baker said Thursday. "He may gi... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 07:49:00 GMT 2017-03-31T07:49:00Z The Cubs curbed their curse _ who's next to douse a drought? Now that the Cubs have broken baseball's oldest curse, who's next? From D.C. to Dodger Stadium, a lot of loaded teams are lurking, waiting for that elusive World Series win. New Cardinals leadoff man Dexter Fowler has a clue which club might break through. "I guess Cleveland," he said. Fowler got a close-up look last ... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:23:00 GMT 2017-03-24T19:23:00Z Max Scherzer likely to miss Washington Nationals' opener WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer probably will miss the Washington Nationals' opener against Miami on April 3 because of a stress fracture in his right ring finger. The stress fracture had caused Scherzer to change the grip on his fastball, placing three fingers on top of the ball instead of two, but he went back to his old grip Thursday dur... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:16:00 GMT 2017-03-16T21:16:00Z Nationals release C Derek Norris; bumped from job by Wieters WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 3½ months after trading for Derek Norris and penciling him in as their starting catcher, the Washington Nationals released him on Wednesday. Norris became expendable in February, when the Nationals signed four-time All-Star catcher Matt Wieters. By releasing Norris ahead of a deadline later this week, the National... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:34:00 GMT 2017-03-15T18:34:00Z Scherzer experiments with new grip after knuckle injury Max Scherzer has come to grips with a finger injury — by coming up with a new, unusual grip for his fastball. The Washington Nationals ace won the NL Cy Young Award last season despite a stress fracture on his right ring finger in the second half. The problem didn't totally heal during the winter, so Scherzer is trying something different this spring. ... Wed, 08 Mar 2017 01:27:00 GMT 2017-03-08T01:27:00Z A WBC tradition _ MLB teams worry about players getting hurt MIAMI (AP) — Honking horns, pulsing percussion and chanting crowds will transform Marlins Park into a Caribbean-style carnival this week for the World Baseball Classic. To major league teams, it sounds dangerous. WBC games are sure to inspire maximum effort by players eager to win for their country, which is exactly what worries their b... Mon, 06 Mar 2017 21:13:00 GMT 2017-03-06T21:13:00Z AP source: Matt Wieters, Nationals agree, pending physical WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — After waiting and waiting to find a free-agent deal, four-time All-Star catcher Matt Wieters finally found a match with the Washington Nationals. Wieters and the Nationals agreed in principle on a $10.5 million contract for 2017, pending a physical, according to a person familiar with the deal. The contract includes a player option for 2018 worth... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:24:00 GMT 2017-02-21T23:24:00Z For Werth, 'whole thing kind of hangs' on deal's final year WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper had not yet turned 10 when Jayson Werth made his major league debut, batting ninth and getting a pair of hits. A decade and a half later, the 37-year-old Werth and 24-year-old Harper are fellow outfielders and clubhouse neighbors at spring training with the Washington Nationals. On Monday, the duo chatted while stretching, then warme... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:00:00 GMT 2017-02-20T22:00:00Z 'Here I come to save the day!' Eaton likes Mighty Mouse look WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Adam Eaton donned his "go-to shirt" — a gray T, with the words "Mighty Mouse" in red, and a sketch of the small-but-strong cartoon character who debuted in the 1940s — before and after the Washington Nationals' first full-squad workout of spring training on Sunday. The piece of casual clothing, purchased by his wife at a Nords... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:29:00 GMT 2017-02-19T20:29:00Z Harper won't elaborate on 'exactly why' 2016 was down year WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper says he knows "exactly why" he went from NL MVP honors in 2015 to a decidedly less-successful 2016. He's just not willing to share that reason. Or at least he wasn't on Saturday, when he met with reporters a day before the Washington Nationals' first official full-squad workout of spring training. ... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:54:00 GMT 2017-02-18T19:54:00Z Scherzer's knuckle causing pain; Nats make contingency plans WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Neither Max Scherzer nor Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker is certain the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner will be ready to pitch when opening day rolls around. That's because Scherzer is dealing with pain from a broken knuckle on the ring finger of his throwing hand, an injury that arose late season but wasn't diagnosed until December. ... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:09:00 GMT 2017-02-16T20:09:00Z Cubs get Davis, Yankees get Chapman, Nats trade 3 young arms OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The champion Chicago Cubs filled their only real need, getting All-Star reliever Wade Davis. He'll take the spot of closer Aroldis Chapman, who locked down a spot by returning to the New York Yankees with a whopping $86 million deal. As for the Washington Nationals, well, they opened quite a debate Wednesday by trading not one, not t... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:56:00 GMT 2016-12-08T07:56:00Z Nationals get CF Eaton from White Sox for 3 young pitchers OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Washington Nationals did make a deal with the Chicago White Sox during their hometown winter meetings, after all, only it was for center fielder Adam Eaton, not lefty Chris Sale. The price of Wednesday's swap still was steep: Washington parted with three young pitchers, including top prospect Lucas Giolito, hard-throwing Reynaldo... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:03:00 GMT 2016-12-08T00:03:00Z Agent says Nats' Strasburg 'will be fine,' Harper was hurt OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Stephen Strasburg's agent, Scott Boras, said the right-hander's latest throwing arm injury should not create any problems in the future. "I just go by what the doctors tell me — I'm not a medical practitioner — but they're all telling me that Stephen will be fine and this is something ... that just needed a period of time for it to heal," Boras told rep... 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