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After watching their winning streak come to an end, the Washington Nationals will try to bounce back against the NL's worst team.
The Nationals look to continue their recent home success against the Miami Marlins in the opener of a three-game set Tuesday night.
Washington (65-65) had averaged 7.6 runs during a season high-tying five-game winning streak before falling 6-4 at Kansas City on Sunday. Denard Span went deep and had four of the team's 14 hits, but the Nationals went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.
"It hurts, but we're not going to win the rest of our games," said pitcher Dan Haren, whose team is hitting .314 in its last six. "We're going to lose a few. Offensively, we're swinging the bats really well. It's a good time for an off day (Monday). We'll take a day to regroup and then get after the Marlins."
The Nationals have taken six of nine from the Marlins this year, including all three home matchups by an 11-1 margin. Washington has compiled a 10-3 home record versus Miami dating to September 2011.
The Marlins (49-80) hit the road after concluding a 3-7 homestand with Sunday's 4-3 loss to Colorado, their fifth defeat in six games. Justin Ruggiano stayed hot with his 15th homer, but Miami committed two errors and went 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position.
"We're not a team that's equipped to make a lot of mistakes, and when we do make mistakes they usually come back to haunt us and you saw that again today," manager Mike Redmond said.
The Marlins now give the ball to Nathan Eovaldi (2-4, 3.82 ERA). The right-hander has gone 0-4 with a 4.50 ERA over a seven-start stretch since yielding three runs and three hits in six innings to beat Washington 8-3 on July 12, his only matchup in the series.
After giving up career highs of 11 runs and 12 hits in three-plus innings in a 14-10 loss to San Francisco on Aug. 16, Eovaldi allowed three runs in seven innings in a 4-1 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.
"He looked really sharp, and he threw some great fastballs, well-located," Redmond told MLB's official website.
The Nationals will turn to Ross Ohlendorf (2-0, 2.58) for his fourth start of the year. In his first outing since returning from the disabled list due to shoulder inflammation, Ohlendorf surrendered four runs in 4 1-3 innings in Wednesday's 11-6 road win over the Chicago Cubs.
"I was just glad to get back out there," he said. "I felt good. I wish I'd pitched deeper in the game for us, but our offense did an awesome job. ... I was really happy with my fastball."
The right-hander has a 7.29 ERA in losing his last four starts to the Marlins, but threw four scoreless innings of relief opposite Eovaldi last month.
Ohlendorf will need to be careful against Ruggiano, who is 10 for his last 19 with three homers and eight RBIs in his last seven contests.
Washington's Bryce Harper is batting .394 with a homer and six RBIs during an eight-game hitting streak. Span has hit safely in nine straight, going 16 for 40 (.400).
Harper is batting .323 with six homers, nine RBIs and 14 runs in his last 15 games versus Miami.
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Washington Nationals outfielder Denard Span was struggling at the plate until he spoke to his mom and she helped him with his approach at the plate.
Up above, video of the monster 455 ft. home run Ian Desmond hit yesterday off the facing of the Royals Hall of Fame at Kauffman Stadium. Sure, the Nats lost a heartbreaker yesterday after battling back from 4-0 down, but the good news is that it appears the offense might be waking up just in time for the schedule to get "easy".
Off day today, 8.5 back in the Wild Card...
The Marlins owner is once again sticking his nose where it doesn't belongwhen it comes to the team's personnel decisions.
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The Miami Marlins held Legends of Wrestling Night on Saturday at Marlin Park, and wrestler Bill Goldberg set the tone for the night by spearing the catcher after the ceremonial first pitch.
Goldberg had a custom Marlins jersey and delivered the spear to an anonymous catcher who was clearly the designated victim, but it was great to see...
WASHINGTON (AP) Ross Ohlendorf pitched neatly into the sixth inning, Ian Desmond had three hits and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Ohlendorf (3-0) pitched five innings of two-hit ball before Christian Yelich led off the sixth with his second home run, ending the starter's outing. It was Ohlendorf's second start since he was sidelined...
Davey Johnson will be out as manager of the Washington Nationals after the season, and Cal Ripken Jr. could be a possibility to replace him, according to a report. Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan says Johnson is “not coming back” after two years on the job, which was the plan going back to November. Johnson led […]
First the Washington Nationals were very bad, giving up four runs in the first inning.
Then they were very good, recovering from the big early deficit to forge a 4-4 tie in search of their sixth straight road win.
But then they were very bad again, fumbling through a shaky eighth inning Sunday afternoon while giving up two runs and practically handing a 6-4 win to a Kansas City...
The precious grains of sand are rapidly slipping away through the hourglass of Jose Fernandez’s rookie season as the innings pile up.
If Saturday was the final appearance of the season on the mound at Marlins Park for the Cuban phenom the 3-0 victory over the Rockies was a fitting finale for a dominant maiden home campaign.
Fernandez (10-5) who came into the game with a major...
Scott Boras tipped his hand a little bit – if you can consider it anything shocking – by saying he wants a 12-year deal for Bryce Harper whenever that time comes.
If you were expecting anything fair from Boras on the topic then you were being extremely naive. The guy is here to destroy the game of baseball’s financial cash flow sheets with the green heading in one direction...
- It was Pro Wrestling Night at last night’s Miami Marlins baseball game. Matches that took place after the game ended saw Koko B. Ware beat Chavo Guerrero, Brutus Beefcake beat Mike Knox, Harry Smith beat Wes Brisco and The Nasty Boys beat Mr. Anderson and Garett Bischoff. Jimmy Hart, Lanny Poffo and Bill Goldberg also appeared.
Before the game, Goldberg threw out the first pitch...
MIAMI (AP) -- Nolan Arenado hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the sixth and the Colorado Rockies held on for a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday.
Jorge De La Rosa (14-6) won his fourth consecutive decision, allowing three runs in five innings. De La Rosa improved to 7-0 with a 1.92 ERA in day games.
Five relievers then combined for four hitless innings, with Rex Brothers working...
The Miami Marlins hosted the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, and celebrated corralling basically every pro wrestler in the Florida for ‘Legends Of Wrestling Night.’ There’s so much going on here I can barely explain it. If I can’t handle this, who will? My job description is already “watch a lot of baseball, make a bunch of wrestling jokes.”
- Scott Fishman of The Miami Herald spoke with Bill Goldberg after the Miami Marlins’ Pro Wrestling Night over the weekend. Here are some highlights:Who he would want to face at WrestleMania: “If the offer is to go to WrestleMania and to wrestle him and put him over, at the end of the day, me in the ring with Ryback wouldn’t be my ultimate opponent of my choosing. I’d like...
The following results are from a recent Dragon Gate live event.
The event took place on August 24th, 2013 at the Bunka Hall in Tsushima, Nagasaki, Japan.
Ryotsu Shimizu vs. Yosuke Watanabe went to a 5 minute time limit draw.
Tag Team Match
The Jimmyz (Ryo Saito & Genki Horiguchi) defeated We Are Team Veteran (Masaaki Mochizuki & Gamma).