Nats Take Series- Extend Lead To 3 Games

On a beautiful Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park, Washington closed out the three game series with the second place Mets. The 4-3 win extends the Nats lead in the National League East to three full games. Michael Taylor drove in three and scored the eventual game winner on a Danny Espinosa double in a three run eight. Matt Thornton was the beneficiary of the late game heroics...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals trade rumors: Junichi Tazawa edition

The Nationals’ bullpen struggles this year have been well documented. Without the aid of Tyler Clippard, Rafael Soriano and Craig Stammen, Washington has struggled to bridge the gap between their starting pitcher and their lights out closer, Drew Storen. So far, Storen has been all-star worthy, posting a 1.11 ERA with 19 saves. However, aside from that, the rest of the bullpen...
June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox capitalize on poor fielding, top Nationals 8-7

BOSTON (AP) Two errors by pitcher Blake Treinen allowed Boston to erase a seventh-inning deficit, and the Red Sox won 8-7 on Tuesday night as the Washington Nationals struggled in the field for the second straight game. Boston went ahead with three unearned runs without a hit in the inning, which included three errors. Hanley Ramirez reached first base on a fielding error by shortstop...
Via AP on Fox
April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Nats-Giants NLDS Game 2 Winners & Losers

Handing out labels following the longest game in MLB playoff history, an 18-inning, six hour-and-23 minute-loss to San Francisco. Winners Jordan Zimmermann — Fresh off of a no-hitter, he came within one out of a shutout in a near-must-win playoff situation. What a stud. Anthony Rendon — Started off 4-4, driving in the Nats only run. Also stole a base and played sharp at third...
Via Mr. Irrelevant
October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Injury Update: Murphy, d’Arnaud Leave Game, Eveland Done For Season

Upate (9/12/14) According to Kristie Ackert of The Daily News, Dana Eveland will miss the rest of the season. An MRI showed lots of inflammation in his elbow but no structural damage. Eveland will rest and then be reevaluated. Eveland has been solid for the Mets this year, appearing in 27.1 innings and posting a 2.63 ERA. He has been used as both an inning guy and as a lefty specialist...
Via Mets Merized Online
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

D’Arnaud and Murphy Suffer Wrist Injuries

After the Mets 6-2 loss to the Washington Nationals on Thursday night, Terry Collins announced that catcher Travis d’Arnaud was removed from the game early because he was suffering from a sore wrist. Collins wouldn’t discuss the extent of the injury. D’Arnaud was removed in the fifth inning and was replaced by Anthony Recker, who would hit a solo homer for the Mets’ first...
Via Mets Merized Online
September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats win tenth in a row, Sweep the DBacks

The Washington Nationals have matched their highest winning streak in Nationals history, completing a four game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks and winning their tenth consecutive game. The win was also the Nationals fifth walk off win in the last six games and their third consecutive series sweep. Denard Span scored in the bottom of the sixth inning on a wild throwing error...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Tough Extra Innings Loss Tops Eventful Day for Yankees

Happy Wednesday, everyone.  The halfway point of the week has come after some interesting developments in Yankees Universe, the last one being a tough 12-inning loss to the Detroit Tigers.  The Yankees have two more games in which to try for a split of the series, and everyone is hoping they can win by a margin bigger than two runs or less.  But, again, that wasn't the only news...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Rich Hill, Former Red Sox Lefty Specialist, Signs With Rival Yankees

NEW YORK — The Yankees have shuffled left-handers in their bullpen, signing and promoting Rich Hill from the minors and letting Matt Thornton go to the Washington Nationals in a waiver claim. The moves came before the Yankees played the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. Hill, 34, pitched four games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, striking out 10 in four innings without allowing...
August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

The Nationals Buy Matt Thornton From Yankees

It’s an August tradition; the Yankees flex their financial muscle to claim some overpriced player on waivers in order to add him for the last few months of the season. Only this time, the tradition has been turned on its head, as the Nationals claimed Matt Thornton, and the Yankees decided to let them have […]
Via Fangraphs
August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Ex-Red Sox Pitcher Matt Thornton Claimed By Nationals On Waivers

Matt Thornton has joined his fourth major league team in two years, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. Heyman reported Tuesday, citing sources, that the left-handed reliever, who was placed on waivers by the New York Yankees, has been claimed by the Washington Nationals. Thornton has been effective out of the bullpen for the Yankees this season, allowing a total of seven earned...
August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals Acquire Matt Thronton

We have seen our first waiver claim and subsequent acquisition as Jon Heyman of reports that the Washington Nationals have acquired left handed relief pitcher Matt Thornton from the New York Yankees. First indications show that the Yankees had placed Thornton on waivers and once the Nationals put in a claim, he was not […]
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

A .500 team is a mathematical work of art and a perfect equilibrium of nature

Last night, in scenic Your Name Here Stadium, I watched the Pawtucket Pawsocks beat the Syracuse Chiefs 4-3, with a strange concept on display. Imagine a Triple A game played by young players on their way up, rather than old-timers in their final incarnations. Over the last 20 years of monitoring Columbus and Scranton - the Yankees antique attic for used parts and memorabilia - practically...
July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Last night, the world was treated to a textbook Yankee loss

Last night's game should be a future Yankee Classic. It was perfect - brilliant in its scope, its plan and it execution, a loss for the ages. Let us count the ways.1. We scored three runs relatively early, then went to sleep for the rest of the game.2. Twice, we squandered bases loaded opportunities, where a hit could have effectively blown out the Indians, changing the game. Of...
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins Beat Yankees On Walk-Off Error From Francisco Cervelli (Video)

The Minnesota Twins will take a win any way they can after starting the season with a 39-47 record. Saturday afternoon, they got just what they needed thanks to some bad defense from the New York Yankees. The Twins had a golden opportunity to win the game in the 11th inning with the bases loaded and Trevor Plouffe at the plate. But when Plouffe hit a weak comebacker to pitcher...
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins thankful after 'wild' extra-innings win

MINNEAPOLIS -- After so many of their own missed opportunities, the Minnesota Twins will gladly cash in on one by the opposition. Thanks to a throwing error by Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, the Twins left Target Field as 2-1 walk-off winners in 11 innings Saturday. It capped a game that could have been over in nine innings if not for a few chances Minnesota couldn't capitalize...
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July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Late Yankees error gives Twins win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli made a throwing error in the 11th inning that allowed Josh Willingham to score from second base, giving the Minnesota Twins a 2-1 victory over New York on Saturday. With the bases loaded, Trevor Plouffe hit a dribbler to reliever Matt Thornton (1-1). The left-hander flipped it to Cervelli for the forceout at home. Cervelli then...
Via Fox Sports North
July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Umpire Laz Diaz Ejects Yankees Pitcher Who Had Already Left Game (Video)

Laz Diaz must have missed the lesson in umpiring school about not making yourself a part of the game. The veteran ump has a reputation for loving the spotlight — the Joey Crawford of Major League Baseball, if you will. Diaz decided to put himself at the center of the action again Monday night in Anaheim, when he ejected New York Yankees reliever Shawn Kelley after the right-hander...
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Girardi, Yankees fly off the handle in wild eighth-inning against Angels (VIDEO)

The Yankees lost more than the game in the bottom of the eighth against the Angels when Shawn Kelley, Matt Thornton and Preston Claiborne combined to allow six walks, the final five in a row after two were out, and forced home three runs. The Angels didn't have a hit in the inning and and still scored three runs for the 4-1 victory.But even before that, the wild inning featured an...
Via The Other Paper
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Thornton To Receive World Series Rings Friday

NEW YORK — Jacoby Ellsbury and Matt Thornton will receive some new jewelry this weekend at Yankee Stadium. Ellsbury and Thornton — each of whom played for the Red Sox last season, obviously — will receive their 2013 World Series rings before Friday’s Red Sox-Yankees game in the Bronx. Red Sox manager John Farrell and general manager Ben Cherington will present the rings....
April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Young Yankees Relievers Poised to Make Big Impressions

If there’s two things being treated as a given from Yankees’ critics, it’s that they have a weak farm system and did not address the bullpen this winter, particularly with the departure of Mariano Rivera. While the Yankees dedicated hundreds of millions to a new starter, a new outfield, a new backstop and some infield stop gaps, the biggest signing on the reliever side of the...
Via Baseball News Source
April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Matt Thornton the latest in the Cashman LOOGY Curse?

In the least celebrated move of the winter, the Yankees signed veteran LH bullpen lugnut Matt Thornton to a two-year contract. He was supposed to solve a problem that has haunted the team for 17 years: Finding the guy who can strike out a lefty slugger in the eighth inning of a tight game. Not since Graeme Lloyd, the super-Aussie bloke himself, arrived have the Yankees sported a...
March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

The two biggest weaknesses of the New York Yankees

At some point, the Yankees having an old roster is something that we should be used to, but this isn't going to be the year that happens. For all their big moves and big spending, the New York Yankees are old. So very old. They're so old that they had two players over 40 years old retire and they are still one of the oldest, if not the oldest, roster in all of baseball. The big...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees, LHP Matt Thornton complete deal; OF Vernon Wells cut

Left-hander Matt Thornton completed his $7 million, two-year contract with the New York Yankees, who cut outfielder Vernon Wells. Thornton gets $3.5 million in each of the next two seasons under the deal, which was agreed to Dec. 17 and announced Friday. His contract raises the Yankees' luxury tax payroll for next season to $175.7 million for 13 signed players. Including a pending...
Via AP on Fox
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Thornton completes deal with Yanks, who cut Wells

Left-hander Matt Thornton completed his $7 million, two-year contract with the New York Yankees, who cut outfielder Vernon Wells. Thornton gets $3.5 million in each of the next two seasons under the deal, which was agreed to Dec. 17 and announced Friday. His contract raises the Yankees' luxury tax payroll for next season to $175.7 million for 13 signed players. Including a pending...
Via AP on Fox
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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