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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ryan Mattheus, Drew Storen and Rafael Soriano combined for shutout relief after Dan Haren nearly squandered a four-run lead, and the Washington Nationals beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 Thursday to complete a two-game sweep of the AL champions. Adam LaRoche singled in the first and second innings for his first consecutive multihit games this season, helping the Nationals to their first four-game winning streak of the year. Ryan Zimmerman, in a 2-for-14 slide coming in, had three hits. Bryce Harper hit an RBI groundout in the first following Denard Span's leadoff double, and Harper came home from second when LaRoche singled and centerfielder Austin Jackson let the ball get past him for an error. Ian Desmond followed with a run-scoring single for a 3-1 lead. Tigers pitcher Doug Fister (4-1) had an RBI single in the second off Haren (4-3), but the Nationals made it 5-1 in the bottom half on consecutive run-scoring singles by Zimmerman and LaRoche. LaRoche has eight hits in his last 14 at-bats, raising his average from .129 through May 1 to .196. "I like where he's at," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said before the game. "I think he's seeing the ball better. His timing's coming around." Haren allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings, giving up a three-run homer in the sixth to Matt Tuiasosopo. That was the Tigers' first home run by a pinch hitter since Ryan Rayburn at the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 14, 2011. Washington's three relievers had identical lines, each giving up a hit and striking out a batter in an inning. Soriano converted his 12th save in 13 chances, retiring Prince Fielder on a game-ending flyout to the center field warning track with a man on. Fister gave up five runs -- four earned -- eight hits and four walks in three innings, his first loss since Game 2 of the World Series at San Francisco last October. He was removed for a pinch hitter in the fourth. It was his shortest career start other than an outing at Cleveland in August 2011 when he was taken out after two innings because of a lengthy rain delay. Fister drove in a run with his first hit since June 26, 2011, for Seattle. It was the first RBI by a Tigers pitcher since Rick Porcello had two on June 12, 2009. Detroit had entered with nine wins in 10 games only to get swept for the first time since losing three games at the Los Angeles Angels from April 19-21. Omar Infante had three hits for the Tigers. NOTES: The game was a makeup of Tuesday night's rainout. Rain fell during the second and third innings Thursday but play was not halted. ... Nationals OF Jayson Werth (strained right hamstring) took batting practice but missed his fifth straight game. Johnson said Werth's MRI was "pretty negative," indicating no serious problems. ... The Tigers' Jim Leyland has managed at every current big league ballpark other than Marlins Park, which opened in 2012. ... Ross Detwiler (1-3, 2.50) will face Cubs RHP Jeff Samardzija (1-4, 3.09) on Friday night in Washington. ... Max Scherzer (4-0, 3.43) starts at home Friday, opposed by RHP Cleveland's Corey Kluber (2-1, 3.06).
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Nationals 3, Tigers 1: Ho Hum, Jordan Zimmermann was spectacular again (7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 H, 101 pitches, 72 strikes). Raise your hand if you're kicking yourself for not taking those 25/1 preseason odds for J-Zimm winning NL Cy Young.
Meanwhile, good on the Nationals for reversing their rainout ticket policy earlier today, but now we demand an explanation for the t...
In the moments after the Nats' 5-4 win over the Tigers yesterday, a bunch of new Nationals players joined in on Rafael Soriano's ceremonial untucking-of-the-shirt routine: Drew Storen, Ryan Mattheus, Steve Lombardozzi, Kurt Suzuki, possibly Chad Tracy and Gio Gonzalez. Turns out Suzuki didn't untuck voluntarily -- Denard Span did the honors during the postgame handshake...
Up above: Ross Detwiler as seen on TV doing his postgame interview with a Caps 2013 Playoffs rally towel hanging in his locker. Earlier in the day, Detwiler provided thoughts on the Caps-Rangers over at CSNWashington.com.
Nationals 7, Cubs 3: Bryce Harper and his ingrown toenail missing from the lineup, along with Jayson Werth (heading to the DL!), but Ian Desmond provides plenty...
Bryce Harper is 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, and an all-around man-child on the baseball field. But despite his large build, all it took was a measly ingrown toenail to keep him out of the lineup on Friday. The Washington Nationals star outfielder missed Friday’s 7-3 win over the Chicago Cubs to have a troublesome ingrown toenail removed from his right foot. The issue was noticed earlier...
The Washington Nationals have decided to overturn their new rainout ticket policy after receiving heavy criticism from both fans and the media.
Nice little win for Jordan Zimmermann and the Nats over the Tigers last night. And now you can add Denard Span, Adam LaRoche, and the Nats batboy to the untuck club, along with founding member Rafael Soriano, Ian Desmond, MASN's F.P. Santangelo and Bob Carpenter, Jayson Werth, and Nats radio guy Dave Jageler, who untucked on Twitter:
Looks like Denard Span, Ian Desmond,...
Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper may be young but that doesn’t mean he has the right to conduct himself in irresponsible, potentially dangerous, ways. By all indications, a photo offered up by Harper on Twitter to illustrate the balmy temperature on Friday appeared to be tweeted while he was driving his car at 40 mph. [...]The post Oh dear: Bryce Harper tweets about weather...
Jayson Werth is still battling to get back on the field for the Washington Nationals. According to James Wagner of the Washington Post, Werth will have an MRI on his right hamstring on Thursday. Werth's recovery is not being aided by a stomach bug and Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Werth will also see an internist to deal with potential dehydration and cramping problems...
One day after announcing a new rule regarding the use of tickets from postponed games, the Washington Nationals have reversed the policy.
The Nationals game against Detroit was rained out on Tuesday and a statement from the team indicated that game tickets would be good only for Thursday's 4:05 p.m. makeup. The statement added that, ''No exchanges or refunds will be...
On Friday, the Washington Nationals were without the services of young outfielder Bryce Harper for their game against the Chicago Cubs. No, it wasn't because of a suspension or a crippling injury, but rather the reason for his absence had everything to do with an ingrown toenail.Bryce Harper also had an operation on his right foot to fix an ingrown toenail. Won't play today...
Bryce Harper hit a solo homer and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly, Jordan Zimmermann won his NL-leading sixth game and the Washington Nationals beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1 Wednesday night.
Denard Span added a triple and a single for Washington, which has won five of six.
Zimmermann (6-1), whose scoreless streak was snapped at 20 innings in the third, allowing a run on...
Ian Desmond's three hits included a two-run homer and an RBI double, and Danny Espinosa and Kurt Suzuki also drove in runs with doubles, helping the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 7-3 for their season-high fifth consecutive victory.
Despite playing without Bryce Harper (ingrown toenail) or Jayson Werth (injured right hamstring), the Nationals won for the seventh...
In the eighth inning of the Nationals 3-1 win over the Tigers, the team's first win over the Detroit ballclub since 2005, Tyler Clippard came in to face Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, which isn't the easiest task in the world. Clippard has struggled with keeping his pitches down in the zone, but his pitch location chart from this 34-pitch outing against the Tigers is...
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