PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Maikel Franco got exactly the pitch he wanted, and he didn't miss it.
Franco homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Philadelphia Phillies a...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Colin Moran has less than a full season's worth of at-bats in the majors, and just maybe the 26-year-old is becoming one of the game's better pinch hitters.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Lorenzo Cain stood on third base watching teammate Tyler Saladino lift a fly ball to shallow left-center with one out in the 10th inning, and he was certain of one thing. He was heading home.
"Honestly, it didn't matter. I was going regardless," Cain said. "I was going to make him throw me out and, fortunately, he made a wide throw and I was able to score easy."
Saladino's bases-loaded sacrifice fly lifted the Milwaukee Brewers past the Washington Nationals 5-4 on Tuesday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals right-hander Erick Fedde left in the second inning of his start against the Boston Red Sox after throwing just 25 pitches.
Training staff and manager Dave Martinez went to check on Fedde after he allowed a single to Rafael Devers to lead off the second on Wednesday. After a long conversation, Fedde walked off the field and was replaced by lefty Matt Grace.
The 25-year-old was coming off his first major league victory last weekend in Philadelphia.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brandon Crawford did something on Sunday that few hitters have done this season. He got the best of Max Scherzer.
Crawford went 4 for 4 with a two-run homer, and the Giants dealt Scherzer his first loss in more than two months, defeating the Nationals 2-0 to win the three-game series.
A.J. Cole walked purposely off the pitcher's mound and glanced briefly at the Nationals bullpen, holding his glove in his right hand as he approached the first-base dugout.
The Washington right-hander accepted congratulations from coaches and teammates with one out in the top of the sixth inning Wednesday afternoon, his day finished after allowing a walk to Nationals nemesis Freddie Freeman.
Several left-handers in camp with the Washington Nationals have some interesting stories. The competition will begin in earnest when Washington begins spring training play Friday against the Houston Astros, the defending world champions.
One of those lefties is Bryan Harper, the older brother of Washington All-Star right fielder Bryce Harper.
The elder Harper has never pitched in the majors but has made steady progress through the Washington minor league system.
Grace replaces Scherzer, Nationals beat Padres 7-1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — With a frustrated Max Scherzer reduced to being a spectator, Matt Grace and the rest of the Washington Nationals' bullpen came up big.
Grace pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings in place of Scherzer, who was scratched from the start and placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career with a sore neck, to lead the Nationals to a 7-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.
Bryce Harper homers twice, Nationals beat Reds 5-0
CINCINNATI (AP) — Gio Gonzalez was tired after throwing eight shutout innings on a hot and muggy evening. His manager wanted him to face one more batter, and the left-hander took it as a compliment.
Gonzalez pitched four-hit ball into the ninth inning, retired Joey Votto to open the inning on his 113th pitch, and let the bullpen finish off the Washington Nationals' 5-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Nationals starting pitcher Joe Ross left Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning with a possible injury.
After Ross got the first batter of the inning, Nick Markakis, to fly to left, pitching coach Mike Maddux came out to the mound and was soon joined by the team trainer. Manager Dusty Baker then came out and Ross was removed in favor of Matt Grace.
Mat Latos, Burnett among 7 September call-ups for Nationals
WASHINGTON (AP) — Right-hander Mat Latos and lefty reliever Sean Burnett are among seven players added to the Washington Nationals' active roster as September call-ups.
Also joining the Nationals before Friday's game at the New York Mets were catcher Pedro Severino, outfielder Brian Goodwin, right-handed pitchers Trevor Gott and Rafael Martin, and left-handed pitcher Matt Grace.
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