Dusty Baker was always quotable during his time managing the Washington Nationals, always had something interesting to say.
One quote, though, in particular, has stuck with me since his team lost in five games to the Chicago Cubs in the 2017 National League Division Series and, subsequently, Baker, a three-time NL Manager of the Year, being let go as skipper after his contract was not renewed.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer's fifth big leeague shutout was all well and good, of course. His 10 strikeouts and zero walks Monday were terrific, too.
The most memorable part of the night for the two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner as he led the Nationals past the Atlanta Braves 2-0 to end Washington's five-game losing skid and get the team back to .500? His first stolen base since high school.
On Tuesday, the Seattle Mariners made a curious acquisition, signing veteran outfielder Jayson Werth to a minor league contract. The M’s assigned him to extended spring training in Arizona before being cleared to play, presumably at Triple-A Tacoma to start with.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Seattle Mariners are expected to sign Jayson Werth to a minor league contract, a deal contingent on a successful physical.
Manager Scott Servais said before Seattle's spring training finale on Tuesday that Werth's name was brought up about a week ago and the Mariners believe there may be an opportunity for him to get some at-bats at Triple-A to see what is left.
Servais said Werth likely would be at extended spring training for a while.
National League East capsules
Capsules of National League East teams, listed in order of finish last year:
2017: 97-65, first place, lost to Cubs in NLDS.
Manager: Dave Martinez (first season).
He's Here: 1B-OF Matt Adams, C Miguel Montero, RHP Jeremy Hellickson, RHP Joaquin Benoit, INF Matt Reynolds.
He's Outta Here: Manager Dusty Baker, LF Jayson Werth, 1B-LF Adam Lind, C Jose Lobaton, RHP Matt Albers.
Nationals picked by Sports Illustrated to beat Yankees in 2018 World Series
Sports Illustrated has made its official prediction for the 2018 World Series as baseball season draws nearer. The magazine picked the Washington Nationals to beat the New York Yankees.
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: Dave Martinez (first season).
2017: 97-65, first place, lost to Chicago Cubs in NLDS.
Taylor homers to lead Nationals past Phillies
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A delay in Bryce Harper's return to the lineup was about the only thing that went wrong for the Washington Nationals on Monday night.
Michael Taylor homered, A.J. Cole allowed one run while pitching into the sixth inning and the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1.
Ryan Zimmerman doubled and Jayson Werth drove in the other run for the NL East champion Nationals, who extended their franchise record with 50 road wins.
Mets ace Syndergaard returns, goes 1 shutout inning vs Nats
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets ace Noah Syndergaard tossed one scoreless inning Saturday night against Washington, throwing just five pitches in his first major league game since partially tearing his right lat muscle on April 30.
"It was great. I put in a lot of time and work the past four months, five months to be back out there," Syndergaard said.
Nationals set to activate SS Trea Turner from DL
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals shortstop Trea Turner will be activated from the 60-day disabled list ahead of a game Tuesday night against the Miami Marlins.
Manager Dusty Baker announced Turner's return after an 11-2 win against Miami on Monday night. Turner was hit by a pitch and broke his wrist on June 29 against the Cubs. The speedy leadoff man still ranks third in the NL with 35 stolen bases. He batted .279 in 68 games.
Scherzer dominates Stanton, Marlins; Nats win 11-2
WASHINGTON (AP) — A one-sided win for the Washington Nationals still included two impressive comebacks.
Max Scherzer overpowered Giancarlo Stanton in his return from a neck injury, Jayson Werth homered in his first game since June and the Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 11-2 on Monday night.
Scherzer (13-5) allowed one run and five hits, including Christian Yelich's home run, and had 10 strikeouts in his first start since Aug. 13.
Nationals activate Scherzer to face Marlins; Reinstate Werth
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals reinstated Max Scherzer from the 10-day disabled list to start Monday's series opener against the Miami Marlins and activated outfielder Jayson Werth from the 60-day disabled list.
Scherzer (12-5, 2.25 ERA) missed two starts since being sidelined with inflammation in the left side of his neck. The two-time Cy Young award winner allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings in his previous appearance on Aug. 13 against San Francisco.
With Scherzer on verge of return, Nats are getting healthy
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Bryce Harper misses baseball while on the disabled list, many of his Nationals teammates are getting close to being healthy again.
Even with Harper still out with a bone bruise in his left knee and no timetable for his return, the Nationals are about to get some reinforcements. Stephen Strasburg is back on the mound, ace Max Scherzer is expected to return Monday and shortstop Trea Turner and outfielder Jayson Werth aren't too far behind.
Nationals’ Strasburg feels good after simulated game
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg said he felt good after a four-inning simulated start on Wednesday.
Strasburg is on the 10-day disabled list with an elbow nerve impingement. He threw 57 pitches before Washington's game against the Miami Marlins.
"It feels really good," Strasburg said. "I'm definitely happy with it."
Strasburg, 10-3 with a 3.25 ERA in 20 starts, hasn't pitched since July 23, when he left his outing at Arizona after two innings.
Stevenson brought up by Nats, who put Heisey on DL
PHOENIX (AP) — Outfielder prospect Andrew Stevenson was brought up from Triple-A Syracuse by the Washington Nationals, who put outfielder Chris Heisey on the 10-day disabled list Sunday because of a left groin strain.
Washington transferred outfielder Jayson Werth, who has a bruised foot, to the 60-day disabled list to open a 40-man roster spot for Stevenson. Outfielder Ryan Raburn was placed on the bereavement list, and catcher Pedro Severino was recalled from Syracuse.
WASHINGTON (AP) — National League home run leader Bryce Harper is among four starters out of the lineup for the Washington Nationals in their series finale against the San Diego Padres on Sunday.
Daniel Murphy, Jayson Werth and Matt Wieters also did not start for the Nationals, who open a nine-game, 10-day road trip Monday afternoon in San Francisco.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Ross was at his best on Tuesday night, when even his worst might have done the job for the Washington Nationals.
Ross (2-0) allowed one run over a career high-tying eight innings in his return from the minors, Anthony Rendon homered twice and drove in five runs, and the Nationals completed a 10-1 rout over the Seattle Mariners.
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Nationals activate SS Turner from 10-day disabled list
NEW YORK (AP) — The Washington Nationals have activated shortstop Trea Turner from the 10-day disabled list after he was sidelined by a strained right hamstring.
Turner wasn't in the lineup Friday night for the series opener against the Mets in New York, with Wilmer Difo starting at shortstop. Manager Dusty Baker indicated Turner was likely to start Saturday.
Murphy out with leg tightness, Turner close to returning
ATLANTA (AP) — Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy was scratched from the lineup Thursday with tightness in his right leg.
Manager Dusty Baker said he could tell Murphy wasn't following through with his swing during Wednesday's 14-4 win over Atlanta. Murphy walked twice but was hitless in four at-bats.
Nats’ Jayson Werth leaves game with groin spasm
ATLANTA (AP) — Washington outfielder Jayson Werth's status is day to day after he left Wednesday night's game against the Atlanta Braves with a groin spasm.
Werth suffered the injury when he checked his swing with one out in the third inning.
He stepped out of the batter's box before returning to the dugout, walking with no apparent sign of an injury. He immediately walked down the dugout steps toward the clubhouse before receiving attention from a trainer.
Murphy has 5 RBIs in Nats’ 8-3 win over Cards
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals are no longer shocked by the kind of offensive performance Daniel Murphy gave on Tuesday night.
Amazed, maybe. But not shocked.
In his latest impressive game, Murphy homered, doubled twice and tied career highs with five RBIs and four hits to help the Nationals to an 8-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
"Is he really surprising you?" Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez said. "He's unreal. Right now he's a human torch. You can't touch him."
Harper, Murphy, Werth go deep, Nats beat Phils 7-6
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Another shaky performance by the bullpen didn't cost the Washington Nationals a game this time.
Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy and Jayson Werth hit homers to back Max Scherzer and the Nationals held on for a 7-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday.
Happy to have a ‘J-O-B,’ Lind lands in camp with Nationals
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Even if Adam Lind signed with an annual contender that has a first baseman coming off his worst season and an aging left fielder, he spoke in frank terms while discussing what his contract offer from the Washington Nationals meant.
"It's a J-O-B," Lind said. "I mean, really. Didn't have too much to choose from, so it was nice that (general manager Mike Rizzo) offered me the opportunity to help this team."
For Werth, ‘whole thing kind of hangs’ on deal’s final year
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper had not yet turned 10 when Jayson Werth made his major league debut, batting ninth and getting a pair of hits.
A decade and a half later, the 37-year-old Werth and 24-year-old Harper are fellow outfielders and clubhouse neighbors at spring training with the Washington Nationals. On Monday, the duo chatted while stretching, then warmed up by playing catch at the start of the team's workout.
Nationals bring back all 7 members of coaching staff for ’17
WASHINGTON (AP) — All seven members of Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker's major league coaching staff will return to the team for the 2017 season.
The team made the announcement on Twitter on Thursday.
Among the coaches sticking around for next season: pitching coach Mike Maddux, hitting coach Rick Schu, bench coach Chris Speier, first base coach Davey Lopes and third base coach Bob Henley.
For 3rd time in 5 years, Nats must move on from NLDS exit
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jayson Werth knew this season's NL Division Series defeat following a division title felt different from the same scenarios that played out for the Washington Nationals a couple of other times recently.
Nats’ season ends with bad decisions in NLDS Game 5 loss
WASHINGTON (AP) — When third-base coach Bob Henley sent Jayson Werth home on a double down the left-field line, the Nationals seemed to be in control. Max Scherzer was dealing some of the finest stuff in the biggest start of his career, and Washington was nine outs from winning an NL Division Series.
Nationals beat Dodgers 8-3 to take 2-1 lead in NLDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jayson Werth always wanted to hit a home run out of Dodger Stadium when he played two seasons in the venerable ballpark. His latest attempt came close with a 450-foot blast into the upper reaches of the left-field pavilion.
Members of ’08 World Series-winning Phillies reunite in NLDS
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chase Utley sat in the Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse and watched as Cole Hamels was chased from a game 1,000 miles away. Eight years ago might as well be an eternity.
Back then Utley made the signature play on the base paths in the decisive Game 5 and Hamels was lights out as they won the World Series together with the Philadelphia Phillies. Not far from Utley on Thursday were two other members of that team: catcher Carlos Ruiz and pitcher Joe Blanton.
Nats clinch NL East, beat Pirates 6-1 behind Lopez, Drew
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jayson Werth's wide grin belied the fact that the Washington Nationals right fielder is an old hand at clubhouse celebrations, having played on eight division-winning teams during his 14-year big league career.
Werth's latest crown came Saturday night when the Nationals clinched their third National League East title in five years, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 behind 5 1/3 scoreless innings from rookie reliever Reynaldo Lopez.
Werth, Gonzalez lead Nationals to sweep of Phillies
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jayson Werth homered and Gio Gonzalez pitched six strong innings to lead the Washington Nationals to a three-game sweep of Philadelphia with a 2-1 victory over the Phillies on Wednesday night.
Wilson Ramos hit the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning to help NL East-leading Washington set a franchise record with its ninth straight victory over the Phillies. The Nationals remained nine games in front of the second-place Mets, who beat Miami 5-2.
Roark, Werth lead Nationals past Phillies 4-0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Once he figured out his new delivery, Jake Thompson looked sharp.
Thompson pitched well after a shaky start, but Jayson Werth hit a solo homer and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 on Monday night.
Thompson (1-4) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings. It was the longest and best of his five career starts and came after he adjusted the way he throws.
Roark, Werth lead Nationals past Phillies 4-0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tanner Roark won't fly under the radar the way he's pitching.
Roark threw seven impressive innings, Jayson Werth hit a solo homer and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 on Monday night.
Roark (14-7) allowed four singles and struck out five. Marc Rzepczynski tossed a perfect eighth and Mark Melancon finished off the four-hitter.
Gonzalez earns 100th win as Nationals beat Rockies
WASHINGTON (AP) — On a night when Gio Gonzalez earned his 100th career win, the Nationals starter deflected praise to his teammates. There was plenty to go around after Washington beat the Colorado Rockies 8-5 on Friday night.
Jayson Werth and Daniel Murphy hit solo homers and drove in two runs each, and Bryce Harper had two extra-base hits as Washington earned its second straight win.
Murphy's team-leading 25th home run gave the Nationals second baseman 500 career RBIs.
Hoffman goes 6 innings, Rockies lose to Nationals 8-5
WASHINGTON (AP) — Colorado rookie pitcher Jeff Hoffman will never be accused of easing his way into the major leagues.
After a rough debut last Saturday against the Chicago Cubs, Hoffman showed progress on Friday night, keeping the Rockies close during his six innings before the Washington Nationals scored four runs in the seventh and held on for an 8-5 victory.
Gonzalez earns 100th win as Nats beat Rockies
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jayson Werth and Daniel Murphy hit solo homers and drove in two runs each, and Gio Gonzalez earned his 100th career victory as the Washington Nationals beat the Colorado Rockies 8-5 on Friday night.
Gonzalez (9-9) threw six innings and allowed two runs and four hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
Scherzer’s arm, Harper’s bat power Nats past Orioles 4-0
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals comfortably lead the NL East, but after losing four straight games, they needed a win. Good thing it was Max Scherzer's turn in the rotation.
Scherzer allowed two hits over eight innings and Bryce Harper's two-run double helped the Nationals avoid a four-game home-and-home sweep with a 4-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night.
Kemp takes the blame for Braves’ latest loss
ATLANTA (AP) — Braves left fielder Matt Kemp couldn't handle a routine fly ball, a first-inning mistake that put his team in a quick 2-0 hole and set the tone for the rest of the night.
"I just dropped the ball. Unacceptable," Kemp said. "It changed the mode of the game right there. Robbie (Whalen) pitched a great game. I didn't help him out by dropping that ball."
Lopez, Werth help Nationals beat Braves
ATLANTA (AP) — Rookie Reynaldo Lopez struck out 11, Jayson Werth reached safely in his 46th straight game and the Washington Nationals pulled away from the Atlanta Braves 8-2 on Thursday night.
Werth hit an RBI double in the fifth inning to tie Rusty Staub on the Nationals-Expos franchise list for the longest streak of reaching base. Werth went 2 for 4 and has 43 hits and 32 walks during his string, the best in the majors this season.
LeMahieu has 4 hits but skidding Rockies lose 5-4 to Nats
DENVER (AP) — Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu had big nights at the plate for Colorado. Still, the struggling Rockies were unable to stop their skid.
Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos homered, Bryce Harper doubled in the go-ahead run and the Washington Nationals beat Colorado 5-4 on Monday night.
Harper hits go-ahead double, Nationals beat Rockies 5-4
DENVER (AP) — Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos homered, Bryce Harper doubled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and the Washington Nationals beat the skidding Colorado Rockies 5-4 on Monday night despite a lackluster start from Max Scherzer.
Washington's bullpen pitched five scoreless innings and Colorado-native Mark Melancon earned his 34th save in 37 chances. The NL East leaders have won three straight and four of five.
Tomlin struggles again as Indians lose to Nationals
WASHINGTON (AP) — With injuries and struggles decimating the Cleveland Indians' starting rotation, Josh Tomlin had been a rock.
That hasn't been the case the past two starts when Tomlin has failed to get through the fifth inning. For the second consecutive outing, Tomlin allowed seven earned runs, this time in a 7-4 loss to the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.
Tomlin (11-5) allowed those runs on eight hits in four-plus innings while striking out four. Jayson...
Werth leads Nationals’ outburst in 7-4 win over Indians
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jayson Werth hit a three-run home run, Anthony Rendon had a two-run double and the Washington Nationals' offense awoke in a 7-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.
Werth was 2 for 3 and scored three runs to lead the outburst. Rendon and Ben Revere each went 2 for 4.
Washington had scored three runs in its previous three games combined, a stretch of futility that manager Dusty Baker said was "a little bit past a blip" even without...
Bauer outduels Scherzer as Indians beat Nationals 3-1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Francisco Lindor singled to break up Max Scherzer's no-hit bid and scored in the seventh inning, and Trevor Bauer pitched the Cleveland Indians to a 3-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
Jose Ramirez went 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the seventh and an RBI single in the ninth. Lonnie Chisenhall drove in Ramirez in the seventh while Cleveland cracked Scherzer after Bauer kept the Nationals at bay.
Matt Kemp homered twice and drove in four runs, rookie Luis Perdomo pitched seven solid innings and the San Diego Padres beat the Nationals, 5-3, Friday night in Washington to snap a four-game losing streak.
Kemp hit a solo shot in the first inning and gave San Diego the lead for good with a three-run homer in the fifth. He has six homers in his last six games and the Padres have homered in 20 straight, the longest streak in the National League this season.