Chicago Cubs (26-17, first in the NL Central) vs. Washington Nationals (19-26, fourth in the NL East)
Washington; Sunday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Kyle Hendricks (3-4, 2.86...
New York Mets (20-20, third in the NL East) vs. Washington Nationals (16-25, fourth in the NL East)
Washington; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mets: Wilmer Font (1-0, 5.50...
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a man on and one out in the first, Robinson Cano hit a simple little grounder, destined to end the inning. Well, it probably would have a week ago, when the New York Mets...
New York Mets (19-20, third in the NL East) vs. Washington Nationals (16-24, fourth in the NL East)
Washington; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mets: Noah Syndergaard (2-3,...
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Yet again, Christian Yelich quickly swung things in Milwaukee's favor.
The reigning NL MVP connected in the first inning for his major league-leading 16th home run and the...
Washington Nationals (14-21, fourth in the NL East) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (22-16, third in the NL Central)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rhys Hoskins is making pitchers think twice about pitching around Bryce Harper.
Hoskins hit a three-run homer, Jerad Eickhoff threw five crisp innings and the...
Washington Nationals (13-17, fourth in the NL East) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (17-13, first in the NL East)
San Diego Padres (16-11, second in the NL West) vs. Washington Nationals (11-14, fourth in the NL East)
San Francisco Giants (8-11, fourth in the NL West) vs. Washington Nationals (8-8, fourth in the NL East)
San Francisco Giants (8-10, fourth in the NL West) vs. Washington Nationals (7-8, fourth in the NL East)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The only pitcher the Washington Nationals had trouble with was an outfielder.
Jeremy Hellickson threw three-hit ball over six innings, Matt Adams drove in four runs and...
Washington Nationals (5-5, fourth in the NL East) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (7-3, first in the NL East)
Harper homers in DC return, Phils beat Nats 8-2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper crushed a long home run for his third hit while performing to jeers in his return to Washington, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Nationals 8-2 Tuesday night...
Nationals trade reliever Trevor Gott to Giants for cash
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have traded right-handed reliever Trevor Gott to the San Francisco Giants for cash.
Wednesday's move comes after Washington designated the 26-year-old Gott for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson.
Gott went 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA in 20 appearances totaling 19 innings for the Nationals in 2018, with 15 strikeouts, 10 walks and four home runs allowed.
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.
AP source: Nationals, Hellickson agree to $1.3M for 2019
WASHINGTON (AP) — Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson and the Washington Nationals have agreed in principle to a $1.3 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal was subject to a successful physical exam.
The 31-year-old Hellickson could earn up to $4 million more in performance bonuses, based on the number of games he starts.
Hellickson season may be over after he reinjures wrist
ATLANTA (AP) — Washington Nationals pitcher Jeremy Hellickson may miss the rest of the season after reinjuring his right wrist while batting in the fourth inning of Saturday's 7-1 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Hellickson sprained his right on Aug. 15 when he landed awkwardly while covering home plate after throwing a wild pitch at St. Louis.
He made his first appearance since and got hurt again. The 2011 AL Rookie of the Year is scheduled for an MRI on Sunday.
Nationals put Hellickson on DL; Strasburg closer to return
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals have put Jeremy Hellickson on the 10-day disabled list with a right wrist sprain and recalled pitcher Jefry Rodriguez to start against the Miami Marlins.
Washington made the moves before Saturday night's game. The Nationals also recalled pitcher Jimmy Cordero from Syracuse and optioned reliever Trevor Gott to Triple-A.
Nationals’ Jeremy Hellickson exits game after collision
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Washington Nationals right-hander Jeremy Hellickson was removed from Wednesday night's game in St. Louis in the fifth inning after colliding with Cardinals outfielder Harrison Bader at the plate.
Hellickson was covering home after a wild pitch. He stumbled over Bader as Bader slid home safely.
Hellickson was charged with three runs, two earned, on three hits in his 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two.
Heyward’s single, Rizzo’s walk lift Cubs over Nationals 3-2
CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo walked the Cubs to a wild victory.
Rizzo walked with the bases loaded in the seventh inning after Jason Heyward broke up a no-hitter with a two-run single in the sixth, and Chicago beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Friday.
In the first meeting between the teams since they beat Washington in the NL Division Series, the Cubs won even though they didn't get a hit against Nationals starter Jeremy Hellickson.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — In his first two starts after coming off the disabled list in late June, Washington Nationals starter Jeremy Hellickson allowed 12 runs over 8 2/3 innings.
He reversed that trend in a big way Tuesday night, tossing five innings of two-hit ball in a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Hellickson (3-1) struck out three and induced seven ground balls as he was both effective and efficient, finishing his outing at 67 pitches.
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A look at what's happening around the majors Thursday:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg will go on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, manager Dave Martinez said after the Nationals' 7-5 victory over San Francisco on Saturday.
Martinez said there was no timetable on Strasburg's return. The right-hander left his start Friday against San Francisco after two innings and underwent an MRI Saturday morning.
ATLANTA (AP) — Starter Jeremy Hellickson will have an MRI after straining his right hamstring, forcing him to leave with one out in the first inning of the Washington Nationals' 4-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.
As Hellickson ran to cover Ozzie Albies' grounder, a throwing error by first baseman Mark Reynolds caused him to drop the ball as he came down on the bag. Hellickson immediately clutched the back top of his leg and walked slowly off the field.
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jeremy Hellickson didn't give the San Diego Padres a chance over the first six innings.
It was 18 up and 18 down for the Padres, who only four nights earlier had been no-hit by four Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers in Monterrey, Mexico. And here they were back home, looking totally lost against Hellickson's curveball and changeup.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Throughout the bumpy opening weeks of the Washington Nationals' season, first-year manager Dave Martinez counseled patience and reiterated that victories would eventually materialize.
They've come this week at the expense of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Trea Turner and Ryan Zimmerman homered in the sixth inning and the Nationals beat Pittsburgh 3-1 Thursday, completing a four-game sweep and extending their winning streak to a season-high five games.
UP NEXT FOR THE NATIONALS
Opponent: Arizona Diamondbacks
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday (7:05 p.m.), Saturday (4:05 p.m.), Sunday (1:35 p.m.)
Probable pitchers for Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (Friday, 2-2, 2.97), RHP Jeremy Hellickson (Saturday, 0-0, 4.50), LHP Gio Gonzalez (Sunday, 2-2, 3.04)
Probable pitchers for Arizona: RHP Zack Godley (3-1, 3.09), LHP Patrick Corbin (Saturday, 4-0, 1.89), LHP Robbie Ray (Sunday, 2-0, 5.13)
Yankees acquire RHP A.J. Cole from Nationals for cash
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have acquired pitcher A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals, hoping the once-promising righty can find his rhythm in a new place.
The Yankees got Cole for $75,000, a move they announced Monday night following a 14-1 win over Minnesota. Right-hander David Hale was designated for assignment after pitching two scoreless innings to finish off the rout.
The 26-year-old Cole was cut by the Nationals on Friday. He was 1-1 with a 13.06 ERA in four games.
Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy had knee surgery in October and has yet to play in a major league game this season.
Catcher Matt Wieters went on the disabled list April 2 and outfielder Adam Eaton followed nine days later. Starting pitcher A.J. Cole made just two starts before veteran Jeremy Hellickson was slated to take his spot in the rotation Monday night in New York, when the slumping Nationals were set to begin a three-game series against the division-leading Mets.
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.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Washington Nationals' competition for the fifth starter spot could run beyond opening day.
The Nationals signed eight-year veteran Jeremy Hellickson to a minor league contract over the weekend, adding him to the mix that already included A.J. Cole and Erick Fedde. He would get a $2 million, one-year deal if added to the 40-man roster and the chance to earn $4 million in performance bonuses.
AP source: Hellickson, Nats agree to minor league deal
A person familiar with the deal says right-hander Jeremy Hellickson and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a minor league contract.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced.
Hellickson, who turns 31 on April 8, would get a $2 million, one-year contract if added to the 40-man roster and would have a chance to make an additional $4 million in performance bonuses.
Orioles look for better pitching after last year’s struggles
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles are looking for stronger pitching this year after last season's rocky performance.
The starters last season combined for an ERA of 5.70.
Three starting pitchers from last year's staff are gone: right-handers Jeremy Hellickson and Ubaldo Jimenez and left-hander Wade Miley. Remaining are right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Chris Tillman, who re-signed with the team Wednesday.
Orioles hit 5 HRs off Sanchez, rout Tigers 12-3
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles found the ideal way to end a successful week that featured five wins and standout performances from two players brought on board for a potential playoff push.
Jonathan Schoop, Chris Davis and Trey Mancini homered in succession during a four-run first inning, and the Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 12-3 Sunday to complete a 5-2 homestand.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The two newest members of the Baltimore Orioles did exactly what they were brought in to do: help the team win.
Baltimore fans can only hope Jeremy Hellickson and Tim Beckham do that consistently enough to carry the Orioles into the postseason.
Hellickson threw seven outstanding innings in his Baltimore debut, Beckham had two extra-base hits and two RBIs and the Orioles beat the Kansas City Royals 6-0 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Maybe the Baltimore Orioles got this trade deadline thing right, after all.
Dylan Bundy allowed three hits over a career-high eight innings, newcomer Tim Beckham had two hits and scored twice and the resurgent Orioles beat the Kansas City Royals 7-2 Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory.
Phillies beat Braves 7-6 win, complete 4-game sweep
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Another veteran traded and another win for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Odubel Herrera and Maikel Franco hit homers, Nick Pivetta threw six sharp innings and the Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 7-6 on Monday afternoon to complete a four-game sweep.
Phillies trade reliever Joaquin Benoit to Pirates
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies have traded right-hander Joaquin Benoit and cash to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league right-hander Seth McGarry.
Benoit was 1-4 with two saves and a 4.07 ERA in 44 appearances. The 40-year-old joins his eighth team in his 16 seasons in the majors.
McGarry had a 1.34 ERA in 31 games for Single-A Bradenton this season. He was selected in the eighth round of the 2015 draft from Florida Atlantic.
Former Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson’s girlfriend was briefly hospitalized after the veteran’s car was rear-ended on his way to Philadelphia International Airport to join the Baltimore Orioles, according to multiple reports.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles acquired starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson in a trade late Friday night, a move made in hopes of boosting a struggling rotation and maybe keeping them in the chase for a wild card spot.
Hellickson's acquisition from the Philadelphia Phillies was announced after Baltimore's 8-2 loss at Texas. That dropped the Orioles 6½ games back for the AL's second wild card, with five teams between them and that spot.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jake Thompson didn't have time for nerves or negative thoughts.
Thompson pitched five scoreless innings in an emergency start and Aaron Altherr homered twice to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 10-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
Tommy Joseph and Cameron Rupp also homered and Freddy Galvis had three hits for the Phillies, who have scored 19 runs on seven homers and 14 extra-base hits while winning the last two.
Phillies scratch right-hander Hellickson from start
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies scratched right-hander Jeremy Hellickson from his scheduled start on Friday night against the Atlanta Braves.
Hellickson (6-5, 4.73 ERA) was thought to be among the players the Phillies were likely to move before Monday's non-waiver trading deadline.
Lively, Herrera lead Phillies past Giants 5-3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After watching one of his starting pitchers win for the first time in more than a month, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin has a new favorite hurler.
Ben Lively pitched seven strong innings in his major league debut, Odubel Herrera drove in three runs in Philadelphia's four-run seventh and the Phillies held on for a 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.