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Dan Haren brought his disappointing season with Washington to a strong conclusion on Saturday night, blanking the Arizona Diamondbacks on four hits through seven innings in the Nationals' 2-0 victory.
Haren (10-14), the former Diamondbacks pitcher who signed a one-year, $13 million deal with the Nationals and struggled mightily for much of the season, struck out five and walked one.
The 33-year-old right-hander, a free agent at the end of the season, was 6-2 in his last 12 starts.
Brandon McCarthy (5-11) gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings.
With the loss, Arizona fell to 80-81, the first time the Diamondbacks have been under .500 all season.
Arizona threatened against Rafael Soriano in the ninth. Paul Goldschmidt flied out to deep center, then Martin Prado singled and Miguel Montero walked. A wild pitch advanced the runners to third and second, but Soriano struck out Matt Davidson and retired Chris Owings on a fly ball for his 43rd save.
Drew Storen threw a scor...
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In their penultimate game of the season the Nationals got some big-time performances from a couple of guys who mostly disappointed in 2013. Dan Haren making his final start tossed seven scoreless innings scattering four hits to earn the win. Chad Tracy starting in place of an injured Adam LaRoche reached base three times and launched a home run. Denard Span also recorded his MLB...
The season is over for the Washington Nationals and outfielder Bryce Harper.
Harper does not plan to watch the post season since the Nationals are not in it telling the Washington Post he will watch College Football instead.
The 20-year-old outfielder is also planning to work out, a-lot.
“Body-wise, I felt pretty good except for when I did run into the walls,” Harper told the...
As of September 27, the Washington Nationals sit at 84-75 and out of the playoff race. Their season was effectively over this week when they were swept by the St. Louis Cardinals and knocked out of wild card contention. While not making the playoffs, 84 wins are second in team historyto last year’s total of 98. By most standards, 84 wins is a good season, but this year with...
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is a devout Mormon but he’s not going to advocate his faith like football player Tim Tebow.
“If somebody asks me about it I’ll tell them about it but I’m not going to be Mr. Tim Tebow” Harper said quickly clarifying that he does not mean that in a derogatory way.
Tebow the former Florida Heisman Trophy winner and current NFL...
Stephen Strasburg ended his season with a strong performance, Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos each hit three-run home runs and the Washington Nationals opened their final weekend with Davey Johnson as manager by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-4 Friday night.
Strasburg (8-9) gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings with four strikeouts, two walks and a hit batter.
Bryce Harper will not be watching the playoffs he said. He won’t even pay attention to the results. He cannot stomach postseason baseball when his team has been eliminated. “I couldn’t care less about it” Harper said. “I like college football. I’ll be watching that.”
Harper eventually plans to lose himself in offseason weight lifting and to arrive at spring training...
Bryce Harper is a devout Mormon but does not plan to talk about his faith in the way that NFL player Tim Tebow has.
“If somebody asks me about it, I’ll tell them about it, but I’m not going to be Mr. Tim Tebow,” Harper told the Washington Times.
Harper does not mean those words in a negative manner, instead saying he would talk about religion should he be asked.
In 2013 Stephen Strasburg swapped his exasperating innings limit for a series of minor calamities controversies and oddities some within his control and some not. What remained was the gnawing perhaps unfair sense that his frequent excellence remains a tease for what he can become. “He’s good” catcher Wilson Ramos said. “And he will be better.”
The Washington Nationals...
The Nationals have already helped Davey Johnson accomplish his pre-retirement goal. The Diamondbacks, on the other hand, still have work to do to avoid their first losing season in three years.
Both second-place clubs will end their seasons Sunday at Chase Field.
The 70-year-old Johnson, who will be managing for the last time Sunday, recently told his players he wanted to finish...
Paul Goldschmidt will bring a 16-game hitting streak into the Diamondbacks' final series of the season at Chase Field, a three-gamer against a Nationals team that opened the season with expectations of using the weekend as a springboard to the playoffs.
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Jayson Werth understands his role with the Washington Nationals. He has opinions and no matter how much weight they carry inside the clubhouse they may not matter to the front office. That did not prevent him from expressing one Saturday evening about the most pressing topic of the Nationals’ offseason.
If Werth could pick the Nationals’ next manager he would start — no matter...
PHOENIX (AP) -- A.J. Pollock beat out a run-scoring infield single in the eighth inning and the Diamondbacks sent Davey Johnson into retirement on a losing note with a 3-2 win over the Nationals on Sunday.
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It was a trying season for Nats fans as many expected 2012 to simply be a sign of what was to come in 2013. Unfortunately, a host of factors, including injuries, caused the Nationals season to end today. There will be no baseball in October in our Nation's Capital.
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It wasn't extra innings or a walk-off but the D-backs did leave it late scoring twice in the eighth to come from behind and beat the Nationals in the season finale at Chase Field. They end the year with the same record as last at an even 81-81.
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