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Kansas City Royals
While a lack of offense has the Kansas City Royals slipping out of contention, things might not get any easier against the resurgent Gio Gonzalez.
Gonzalez looks to keep their bats cold and lead the Washington Nationals to their fourth straight win Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium.
Kansas City's playoff hopes took another hit after Conor Gillaspie homered to lead off the 12th inning to give the White Sox a 4-3 victory Thursday. A five-game losing streak has dropped the Royals (64-62) 9 1/2 games behind Detroit in the AL Central and seven games back of the final wild-card spot.
"They're grown men," manager Ned Yost said. "They've got to pull themselves out of it."
Since averaging 5.0 runs and batting .293 during a 17-3 stretch, Yost's club has scored 2.1 per game and hit .211 while losing eight of 10. Kansas City has also dropped five of seven interleague home games this season, scoring 19 total runs in thos...
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David DeJesus traded to Tampa Bay for a player-to-be-named or cash.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. And so, as Nationals fans mourn the end of the David DeJesus Era, take a moment to reflect upon your favorite moments of his glorious four day career with the Nationals. More from his wife, on Twitter:
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's no secret that just about every Royals hitter is having a down year.
And without doubt, one of the most dramatic drop-offs has come from shortstop Alcides Escobar, who raised eyebrows around the league last season with a .293 average, .331 on-base percentage, 30 doubles and 35 stolen bases.
Already one of the most gifted defensive shortstops in the...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jayson Werth hit a two-run homer, Bryce Harper drove in three runs and the Washington Nationals rallied from a six-run hole before holding off the Kansas City Royals for an 11-10 victory Friday night.
Harper also made a terrific catch in the ninth for Washington, which scored seven times in the fourth inning of its fourth consecutive win. Ian Desmond had a pair...
And so, the Nationals traded Kurt Suzuki back to the A's today for 22-year old minor league pitcher Dakota Bacus. Just another minor league pitcher, right?
Wrong. Bacus has an alter ego, "The Whitewall Ninja," which he developed during his time with the A's single-A affiliate Beloit Snappers this year. Basically, he tried to hide on the field during games by...
The Washington Nationals have recalled catcher Jhonatan Solano and left-hander Xavier Cedeno after a pair of trades that sent catcher Kurt Suzuki to the Athletics and outfielder David DeJesus to the Rays.
The moves were made before Friday night's series opener against the Royals.
The Nationals acquired right-hander Dakota Bacus from the A's in the deal for Suzuki and plan...
The Washington Nationals overcame a familiar quandary Friday night with an uncommon solution. They faced disaster hit their way out and hung on for dear life. After the Kansas City Royals bludgeoned Gio Gonzalez an offense that had shriveled under most any scenario exploded in dire circumstances. And when an unlikely savior came out of the bullpen and posted five zeros a blowout...
Royals manager Ned Yost called a closed-door meeting prior to Friday night's game against the Washington Nationals, trying to pull his team out of a late-season tailspin.
It seemed to help for a while. Then the tailspin turned into a nosedive.
Kansas City opened a six-run lead after two innings, and then watched as the Nationals piled up seven runs in the fourth. The high-scoring...
Since before the emergence of the Washington Senators in the American League in 1901, baseball has always existed in Washington, DC. The National Association first brought baseball to Washington in 1871 with the Washington Olympics, which lasted until 1872, when they became the Nationals. The team was known as the Blue Legs in 1873, then again as the Nationals in 1875. In 1884, there...
Jayson Werth hit a two-run homer, Bryce Harper drove in three runs and the Washington Nationals rallied from a six-run hole before holding off the Kansas City Royals for an 11-10 victory Friday night.
Harper also made a terrific catch in the ninth for Washington, which scored seven times in the fourth inning of its fourth consecutive win. Ian Desmond had a pair of hits during the...
Royals starter James Shields matched Jose Quintana for seven innings, and then the bullpens kept throwing up zeros.
The White Sox staff was just a little better Thursday night.
Six relievers kept the Royals off the scoreboard once Quintana left the game, and Conor Gillaspie's homer leading off the 12th inning finally boosted the White Sox a 4-3 victory and their first three...
Over the next three weeks, the Kansas City Royals (64-62) are the only team with a winning record the Washington Nationals (63-64) will face. With a series win this weekend, the Nationals could take that distinction away from them, while also earning themselves a winning record for the first time since July 14.
Momentum is in favor of the Nationals to take the series. They have...
With John Jaso on the disable list, we discussed the likelihood of the Oakland Athletics pulling the trigger and making a deal for another catcher. We never would have guessed they would have acquired a familiar face. Late last night, news began to trickle in that the A's were working on a deal with the Washington Nationals to acquire Kurt Suzuki. That deal appears to...
Denard Span scored the go-ahead run on pinch-hitter Chad Tracy's grounder in the 13th inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Thursday after Stephen Strasburg blew a three-run lead in the ninth.
Span doubled leading off the 13th against Michael Bowden (1-3). He moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Steve Lombardozzi and came around on Tracy's roller to...