Washington Nationals (9-8, fourth in the NL East) vs. Miami Marlins (4-15, fifth in the NL East)
Miami; Friday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Nationals: Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 4.86 ERA,...
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Pittsburgh Pirates (7-5, third in the NL Central) vs. Washington Nationals (6-6, fourth in the NL East)
Washington Nationals (4-4, fourth in the NL East) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (6-2, first in the NL East)
Philadelphia Phillies (4-0, first in the NL East) vs. Washington Nationals (1-3, fifth in the NL East)
National League East capsules
Capsules of National League East teams, listed in order of finish last year:
Hellickson, Nationals finalize $1.3M contract
WASHINGTON (AP) — Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson and the Washington Nationals have finalized their $1.3 million, one-year contract, a deal that allows him to earn $4 million in performance bonuses for starts.
The 31-year-old was 5-3 with a 3.45 ERA in 19 starts for Washington last season, when he earned just over $2.9 million, including $1.1 million in bonuses.
NL East teams at the start of spring training
A team-by-team look at the National League East entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
Manager: Brian Snitker (fourth season).
2018: 90-72, first place, lost to Dodgers in Division Series.
Training Town: Kissimmee, Florida.
Park: Champion Stadium.
First Workout: Feb. 16/21.
He's Here: 3B Josh Donaldson, C Brian McCann, C Raffy Lopez, pitching coach Rick Kranitz.
Anibal Sanchez deal with Nats includes bonuses for starts
WASHINGTON (AP) — Anibal Sanchez can earn an additional $2 million in bonuses for starts in each of the next two seasons as part of his $19 million, two-year contract with the Washington Nationals, a deal that could be worth $33 million over three years.
Nationals again boost rotation, agree to deal with Sanchez
WASHINGTON (AP) — Anibal Sanchez has a new team and his same catcher.
The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a two-year, $19 million contract with right-hander Anibal Sanchez on Thursday.
The deal includes a team option for 2021.
Sanchez, 34, will add depth to Washington's new-look rotation after boosting his appeal with a comeback season for NL East rival Atlanta. The Nationals signed Patrick Corbin to a six-year deal earlier this month.
Sanchez said the two-year deal was important at his age.
Braves decline to make qualifying offers, including Markakis
ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves did not extend a qualifying offer to any of their free agents, including cleanup hitter Nick Markakis.
If Atlanta had made $17.9 million, one-year offer to Markakis by Friday's deadline, it would have been in line to receive a draft pick if he signed elsewhere. But the team opted against such a move, not wanting to give the outfielder — who turns 35 this month — the option of taking such a lucrative deal.
Braves, Dodgers tweak starting lineups for Game 2 of NLDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Right fielder Yasiel Puig will be hitting fifth in the Los Angeles Dodgers' lineup for Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves.
The Cuban slugger moved up two spots on Friday night after hitting seventh in a 6-0 victory in Game 1 at Dodger Stadium. Puig was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and a walk on Thursday night. He also scored a run.
Reserves lead Braves to 5th straight win, eliminate Phillies
ATLANTA (AP) — Braves manager Brian Snitker gave most of his everyday players some time off a day after Atlanta clinched the NL East.
Lane Adams took advantage of a rare opportunity.
"You see the fun the starters have day in and day out," Adams said. "When I saw my name in the lineup I just wanted to go out, have fun, enjoy it and take it in because this is a special group, a special crowd and a special time for this organization."
Braves top reeling Giants 2-1, inch closer to division crown
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — On a day when Anibal Sanchez didn't have his best command, he found a way to help the Atlanta Braves on their march toward the postseason.
Sanchez kept the Braves close with six strong innings, pinch-hitter Tyler Flowers drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth, and the Braves moved closer to clinching the NL East with a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.
LEADING OFF: Acuna and Braves face Greinke in Arizona
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Gio Gonzalez pitched seven strong innings and earned his first victory since May 28 to help the Washington Nationals defeat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 Thursday to secure a four-game split.
The Nationals moved within 5 1/2 games of idle Philadelphia in the National League East. The Braves fell a game behind the Phillies.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez left his start Thursday against the Washington Nationals after getting hit by the ball in the left calf.
The right-hander was hit by Washington outfielder Michael Taylor's grounder with two outs in the second inning. Sanchez made the throw to first for the out but didn't return in the bottom of the third inning.
Atlanta 5-0 vs Mets’ deGrom despite 4 runs in 33 innings
NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta has four runs in 33 innings against Jacob deGrom this season and is 5-0 against him.
"He knows that those guys are out there trying to score runs for him every night and it's just not happening," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said after the Braves beat deGrom and the New York Mets 2-1 Friday night.
- The Washington TimesHarper isn't only weapon on loaded Phillies clubApril 9, 2019
- The Washington TimesMax Scherzer on facing Bryce Harper: 'This is just Round 1'March 31, 2019
- The Washington TimesJeremy Hellickson returns to Nationals on one-year dealFebruary 7, 2019
- The Washington TimesNationals sign pitcher Anibal Sanchez to two-year dealDecember 27, 2018
- The Washington TimesNationals beat Braves, earn split of four-game seriesAugust 9, 2018
Tigers won’t pick up team option on RHP Anibal Sanchez
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers are declining their $16 million option on right-hander Anibal Sanchez.
General manager Al Avila confirmed that Friday following the team's news conference to introduce new manager Ron Gardenhire. The move comes as no surprise after Sanchez slipped badly over the past three seasons. He went 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017.
Hernandez hits two home runs, Jays beat Tigers 8-2
TORONTO (AP) — Teoscar Hernandez homered in consecutive at bats to give the Toronto Blue Jays back-to-back wins for the first time in three weeks.
Hernandez hit his first two home runs of the season, Darwin Barney had four hits and the Blue Jays beat Detroit 8-2 Sunday to assure the Tigers of just their second losing season in a decade.
Jones, Hicks blast 2 homers in Tigers’ 13-2 win over Royals
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers had to make an unexpected pitching change just minutes into Tuesday night's game against the Kansas City Royals.
But that didn't phase the Tigers, who got two home runs apiece from JaCoby Jones and John Hicks in a 13-2 victory. Detroit hit six homers in all, knocking Kansas City starter Jason Vargas out after just two innings.
The Tigers set a season-high for home runs and snapped a five-game losing streak.
Jones, Hicks blast 2 homers in Tigers’ 13-2 win over Royals
DETROIT (AP) — JaCoby Jones and John Hicks hit two home runs and the Detroit Tigers had six homers in all in a 13-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez threw only five pitches and was knocked out of the game in the first inning after getting hit by Whit Merrifield's single in the right leg. Sanchez, who was charged with one earned run when Merrifield later scored, left the game with a calf injury.
Martinez goes deep twice, Tigers top Twins 6-3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Victor Martinez has called Detroit home for the last six seasons. He looks just as comfortable hitting at Target Field.
Martinez hit two home runs and the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 on Friday night.
His 11 career homers at Minnesota's ballpark are tied for the third-most by a visitor, just three behind Salvador Perez and Jose Bautista.
"It's one of those things, I guess," Martinez said with a shrug.
DETROIT (AP) — Anibal Sanchez is earning back the confidence of his manager.
Sanchez pitched six strong innings, and Dixon Machado hit his first career home run to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 6-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.
Sanchez, who pitched so poorly earlier this season that he was sent down to the minors, earned his first victory since Aug. 23, allowing two runs and five hits with eight strikeouts and no walks.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez had the best day of his career. Justin Verlander had one of his worst.
Ramirez was 4 for 4 with a pair of three-run homers for Cleveland, and Verlander matched a career high by allowing nine runs Saturday in the Indians' 13-6 win over the Detroit Tigers.
"It's tough to say not to dwell on this, but I've been around long enough to know you can't go getting all depressed over one start," Verlander said.
Twins avoid sweep with 11-5 rout of Tigers
DETROIT (AP) — When Jordan Zimmermann started walking people in a rare display of wildness, the Minnesota Twins were ready to capitalize.
Max Kepler, Miguel Sano and Robbie Grossman all homered for Minnesota, and the Twins routed the Detroit Tigers 11-5 on Thursday. Zimmermann allowed a career-high five walks, all in the fourth and fifth innings, and that was when Minnesota's offense began to break the game open.
Tigers could have plenty of options for rotation
DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander is set to start another opening day for the Detroit Tigers.
Manager Brad Ausmus saw no reason to hold back on that announcement Saturday at the team's annual TigerFest at Comerica Park. There's more uncertainty through the rest of Detroit's starting rotation, but Verlander's spot as the ace of the staff is secure.
Cabrera’s late homer leads Tigers to key 9-6 win over Twins
DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera's homer broke a seventh-inning tie, and the Detroit Tigers rallied for a crucial 9-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.
The Tigers trailed 5-2 in the fourth inning, but came from behind to pull one game behind Toronto for the second AL wild card.
Ian Kinsler had four hits, finishing a homer short of the cycle, and drove in three runs while scoring two. Brian Dozier and Kurt Suzuki homered for the Twins.
Former Tiger Jefry Marte drives in three in Angels victory
DETROIT (AP) — It's always fun to beat your former team.
Former Tiger Jefry Marte had three RBI and Tyler Skaggs shut down the Detroit offense in the Los Angeles Angels' 5-0 victory on Sunday.
After scoring 35 runs in the four games before this series, the Tigers were limited to six runs in the three-game weekend set against the Angels. It is the ninth time this season the Tigers have been shut out.
Maybin, Sanchez spark Tigers in 8-3 win over Twins
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cameron Maybin drove in three runs, including a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning, to spark the Detroit Tigers over the Minnesota Twins 8-3 on Tuesday night.
Anibal Sanchez (7-12) pitched seven innings to win a start on the road for the first time since the first week of the season, and the Tigers broke the game open in the seventh with soaring home runs by Erick Aybar and Victor Martinez.
The Tigers return to action Tuesday when they start a three-game series in Minnesota at 8:10 p.m. Anibal Sanchez, who has three quality starts in his last four outings, takes the mound for the Tigers.
The core of the Tigers' future rotation is Michael Fulmer, Daniel Norris and Matt Boyd. But the Tigers are leaning on them now, as well, as Chris McCosky explains.
The Tigers got swept by the Royals. That means they'll sweep the Red Sox, right?
The opener of the four-game Detroit-Boston series gets underway Thursday at 1:10 p.m. at Comerica Park.
The Royals completed their three-game sweep of the Tigers Wednesday night. Anibal Sanchez carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but that's when things unraveled, Chris McCosky reports.
Sanchez loses no-hit bid, Tigers lose game to Royals
DETROIT (AP) — Just about everything is going wrong for manager Brad Ausmus and the Detroit Tigers.
Struggling Anibal Sanchez turned himself around and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but two of Detroit's three key relievers allowed homers and the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 4-1 victory and a three-game sweep of the Tigers on Wednesday night.
Royals’ Hosmer finishes dramatic night with 9th-inning HR
DETROIT (AP) — Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Kansas City Royals a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night and complete a three-game sweep.
Hosmer broke up Anibal Sanchez's no-hit bid with a double in the seventh inning after spoiling his perfect game bid with a walk in the fifth.
Sanchez threw seven shutout innings after allowing eight runs in four innings in his previous start. He struck out six and walked two Wednesday.
Tigers’ Sanchez loses no-hit bid in 7th vs Royals
DETROIT (AP) — Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez lost his no-hit bid against the Kansas City Royals with two outs in the seventh inning Wednesday night.
Eric Hosmer ended it when he drove a curveball off the wall in left-center for a double.
Sanchez retired the first 12 batters Wednesday night, then walked Hosmer and Alex Gordon in the fifth inning. Hosmer's hit was the first real threat by the Royals.
Tigers lose 3-1 to Mets, but Sanchez impressive
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have little choice but to keep sending Anibal Sanchez back out to the mound.
So even though the Tigers lost their series finale against the New York Mets, they had to be pretty encouraged by what they saw from the right-hander.
Sanchez pitched eight impressive innings, striking out 10 in Detroit's 3-1 loss Sunday. Francisco Rodriguez came on in the ninth and allowed a tiebreaking two-run homer to Neil Walker.
Detroit – The Tigers haven't given away many games lately but Sunday they sure did.
A baserunning blunder in the eighth inning kept the Tigers from taking the lead, then closer Francisco Rodriguez allowed a two-run home run to Neil Walker in the ninth, as the New York Mets defeated the Tigers 3-1.
The victory spoiled what was a superb performance from Anibal Sanchez. Pitching one of his best games of the season, Sanchez struck out 10 in eight innings, allowing...
Walker’s 9th-inning homer lifts Mets over Tigers 3-1
DETROIT (AP) — Neil Walker hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the top of the ninth, and the New York Mets avoided a sweep with a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.
The Mets were victimized by some bad luck when the Tigers tied it with back-to-back infield singles in the seventh, but after escaping the eighth thanks to a Detroit baserunning blunder, New York retook the lead when Walker went deep off Francisco Rodriguez (1-2).
Detroit — Here are the only numbers that matter to the Tigers from Daniel Norris' second rehab start Wednesday night with Double A Erie: 93-96 and 92.
The 93 to 96 was the velocity on his fastball into the seventh inning and 92 was the number of pitches he threw. As far as the Tigers are concerned, he's ready to be back in the rotation.
"Yeah, we've decided (where his next start will be), but we're not ready to tell you yet," manager Brad Ausmus said prior to the...
Detroit — There's really no cutting costs, at this point.
Not with the Tigers payroll pushing $200 million, and not with so much of it feeling like a bad debt on too many nights.
So while this might have been worth something Tuesday — Anibal Sanchez pitching six strong innings, and striking out the side in the last two — it still wasn't enough.
The Twins chased him in the seventh, while the Tigers, the only team on the field in the playoff chase, went...
Tigers lose 6-2 to Twins, but Sanchez sharp
DETROIT (AP) — Moral victories won't put the Detroit Tigers in the playoffs, but this was one loss with a clear silver lining.
Anibal Sanchez pitched effectively into the seventh inning before Minnesota finally broke through, and the Twins went on to beat the Tigers 6-2 on Tuesday night. Sanchez struck out 10 in only his second quality start of the season.
"He did an outstanding job — that's probably as good an outing as he's had this season," Detroit manager...
Toronto – It was almost as if the Tigers on Sunday had already begun their All-Star break.
They went quietly, very quietly, into their midseason break with a 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, losing yet another road series to a playoff-grade team the Tigers aren't lately resembling.
The Jays got five runs in four innings against Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez, who once again was all over the spectrum: six strikeouts, eight hits, five runs, with the...
TORONTO (AP) — Having reached the All-Star break, Detroit's Anibal Sanchez is eager to put a difficult first half behind him.
Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer, R.A. Dickey won back-to-back starts for the first time in a month and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Sanchez and the Tigers 6-1 on Sunday.
Sanchez (5-10) lost his second straight start, allowing five runs and eight hits in four innings. He has lost seven straight decisions as a starter, including five in a...