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It's been a rough start to 2013 for Dan Haren, who was a major offseason acquisition for the Washington Nationals. He's under contract for just one year at $13 million based on a track record of significant success over the course of a 10-year career. In seasons where he's pitched 30 or more games, and there are eight of them, Haren only posted an ERA over 4.00 twice. One of those times was last season, when he posted the highest ERA of his career (4.33) when pitching a full season.
Early this year, some raw numbers seem to indicate Haren isn't off to a much better start, and perhaps, he's on his way to a worse season. In two games, he's given up nine earned runs and 19 hits in nine innings. His first start of the season in Cincinnati was atrocious for the entire team, including the bullpen, on the way to a 15-0 loss for the team. His second start against the White Sox at home went better, even though he gave up 10 hits. His 22.2% home run per fly ball ra...
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It surely helped that Zimmermann was pitching against the woeful Miami Marlins.
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The Nationals were coming off of the high of trouncing the Marlins 10-3 in Monday's series opener, which was a much needed win after a rough sweep at the hands of the Braves at home the previous weekend. Dan Haren was on the mound looking to turn the page to become the pitcher that the Nats thought they'd get when they signed him this offseason. Unfortunately, it didn'...
Take a moment to welcome Julie Alexander, MASN's new sideline reporter for Nationals games. She'll fill the mostly useless role formerly held by Debbie Taylor and, last year, Gatorade magnet Kristina Akra. Above, a 2011 video of Alexander interviewing Hulk Hogan about an Xbox game at E3 2011 in LA.
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"We just got waffled today." (Davey Johnson, via Washington Times, 4/14/2013)
Braves 9, Nationals 0: Swept, crunked, waffled, etc. At least Gio had fun at the DC United game Saturday night.
Woof! Woof! A start worthy of the Pups in the Park promo: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 98 pitches, 58 strikes. Where's Hollywood when we need her?
A Brooklyn Dodgers ballboy during Jackie Robinson's rookie season helped honor the baseball pioneer Monday by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Miami Marlins-Washington Nationals game.
Norman Berman, 84, lives in nearby West Palm Beach and has been a Marlins fan since their first game in 1993. He also was the Dodgers' 19-year-old ballboy in 1947, the year Robinson...
MIAMI (AP) -- A Brooklyn Dodgers ballboy during Jackie Robinson's rookie season helped honor the baseball pioneer Monday by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Miami Marlins-Washington Nationals game.
Norman Berman, 84, lives in nearby West Palm Beach and has been a Marlins fan since their first game in 1993. He also was the Dodgers' 19-year-old ballboy in 1947...
New year, new look for the only MLL team north of the border.
What's Changed: The coaching staff. Regy Thorpe and Gary Gait are gone. Re-enter Dave Huntley, the former coach of the Toronto Nationals, now back with the organization as this year's new headman. He's worked with plenty of Canadian teams in his coaching time, including the Canadian national field team...