Found August 19, 2013 on Fantasy Sports Locker Room:

Coming into the 2013 MLB season, big things were expected from the Washington Nationals. Built via a combination of home-grown talent and key free agent signings, the Nationals were considered the biggest competition to the Dodgers for the NL crown. Well, they didn’t deliver, but that is in no way the fault of their prized ace. After being shut down for the year 28 starts into the season by the playoff bound Nationals in 2012, Strasburg was no doubt left feeling bitter. However the assumption was that he and the team were only going to get better, and one year wasn’t worth the future health risk... (more)


Washington Nationals: A chaotic Saturday night game for the record books

If you did not watch Saturday night’s game against the Braves, then you definitely missed out. Players were getting hit, coaches got ejected, and it was an extra inning kind of night. The game was on pace to be different from the beginning. In the top of the second, Braves pitcher Mike Minor was replaced by Anthony Varvaro. Going into the bottom of the second, the Washington Nationals...

Strasburg, Johnson ejected after wild pitches

Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg and manager Davey Johnson were ejected from Saturday night's game against the Braves after Strasburg threw back-to-back pitches behind Andrelton Simmons' back. Both benches received warnings from home-plate umpire Marvin Hudson after Strasburg hit Justin Upton with a pitch in the first inning. Upton was hit one pitch after...

Nats' Taylor Jordan lands on DL with back strain

The Washington Nationals have placed right-hander Taylor Jordan on the 15-day disabled list with a right lower back strain. Saturday's move comes one day after the rookie did not allow an earned run in six innings in the Nationals' 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Braves. Jordan is 1-3 with a 3.65 ERA in nine starts with Washington. The Nationals recalled outfielder Tyler Moore...

Nationals' scratch Bryce Harper but use him late as game goes extras

The Washington Nationals had intended to let Bryce Harper take the night off last night.  He was hit twice on Friday and suffered a bruise on his his left forearm.  The Atlanta Braves have hit Harper three of the four times he's been hit by a pitch this year.  Davey Johnson's plans for a night off for Harper only lasted so long before the team needed to press him into...

Bryce Harper on umpire Marvin Hudson: "I just told him how good he was and how good he looked."

And so, Bryce Harper was called out on a check swing to end the game by third base umpire Marvin Hudson, and just like that the Nats drop 2 of 3 to the Braves. Meanwhile, there's nothing like an umpire sticking himself right into the mix when you have a match-up like Harper-Kimbrell with a game on the line in the 9th. Here's Harper on Hudson's call: "I think...

Nats win on LaRoche HR in 15th

Adam LaRoche led off the 15th inning with a homer off Kris Medlen and the Washington Nationals recovered after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth to beat the Atlanta Braves 8-7 on Saturday night. LaRoche lifted a high fly ball into the right-field seats for this 18th homer. Medlen (10-11) was pressed into service after Atlanta exhausted its bullpen. Washington starter Stephen...

No suspensions for Nats Strasburg, Johnson

Major League Baseball has determined neither Stephen Strasburg nor Davey Johnson will be suspended after each was ejected from the Nationals' game Saturday night in Atlanta essentially ruling Strasburg did not intentionally throw at Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons. No announcement has been made by MLB regarding the situation but a league source said the commissioner's...

Phillies Reportedly "Considering" Roger Bernadina

Today the Washington Nationals acquired outfielder David De Jesus from the Chicago Cubs, requiring that the team made a roster move. That corresponding move was the release of outfielder Roger Bernadina. According to CSN's Jim Salisbury, the Phillies are showing some interest. Bernadina has struggled greatly this year, hitting just...

Nationals trade for and then waive David DeJesus

The month of August is always a strange one with waiver wire moves. Once a player is claimed a team can pull the player back and keep them, trade him to the claiming team or simply dumped on that club. I have a feeling the Chicago Cubs simply dumped David DeJesus on the Washington Nationals this weekend. The reason being the Nationals placed him right back on waivers after the...

LaRoche’s homer in 15th inning lifts Washington to 8-7 victory over Atlanta

At 12:49 a.m. Sunday morning Saturday night’s dramatic and exhausting slugfest with the Atlanta Braves lasting into the following day Dan Haren fired the game’s 518th pitch. He struck out Jordan Schafer on a splitter and high-fived catcher Wilson Ramos who crouched behind the plate for all 15 innings. Haren sealed the Washington Nationals’ 8-7 win the longest game in team history...

Nationals get OF DeJesus in trade with Cubs

The Washington Nationals have acquired outfielder David DeJesus in a trade with the Chicago Cubs. The deal bolsters Washington's bench as it tries to make an improbable late run for a playoff spot. Coming into the day, the Nationals trailed Cincinnati by 9 1/2 games for the NL's second wild-card slot. The Cubs receive a player to be named. They also save about $2.5 million...

Bryce Harper on Atlanta Braves fans: ‘I love when they go crazy and boo me’

Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper is the type of player who lives for drama. He has a temper that has been well-documented and makes it obvious that he can’t stand losing. The 20-year-old outfielder also feeds off the hatred he receives from opposing fans, and he has been fed a lot of it by Atlanta […]

Nats acquire OF DeJesus from Cubs

The Washington Nationals on Monday acquired outfielder David DeJesus from the Cubs on Monday after claiming him on waivers, according to a major-league source.

Cubs trade DeJesus, break out of offensive funk

The Cubs hope saving about $2.5 million after trading David DeJesus to the Nationals is only part of their latest look toward the future. For starters the dealing of DeJesus for a player to be named will give other players a chance to prove they can help revamp a stagnant offense. "The biggest thing is figuring things out offensively" general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday...

Dugout Digest - southern disappointment

The Pitching Matchup of the Day I put together at the end of the Dugout Digest every day usually lives up to the hype to some extent. However, on Saturday night, the matchup I picked was a complete and utter bust. I thought Mike Minor and Stephen Strasburg would light the world on fire in Atlanta. And as the kids say: "welp". Minor was awful, allowing four runs on four...
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