ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have declined 2020 contract options for relievers Shawn Kelley and Nate Jones, and newly acquired catcher Welington Castillo. They all became free...
SEATTLE (AP) — The Texas Rangers have placed closer Shawn Kelley on the 10-day injured list with biceps soreness in his right arm, but manager Chris Woodward said the injury appears far less...
Houston Astros (57-35, first in the AL West) vs. Texas Rangers (50-42, third in the AL West)
Arlington, Texas; Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Wade Miley (7-4, 3.28...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Texas Rangers were going to count on their bullpen Sunday after deciding to give All-Star pitcher Mike Minor extra rest heading into the break.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Shawn Kelley knew the Texas bullpen was a little short-handed, so he volunteered for some extra work.
The Rangers' closer shut down a late White Sox rally with his...
Chicago White Sox (36-37, third in the AL Central) vs. Texas Rangers (40-36, second in the AL West)
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — After two impressive home runs — Zack Collins' first big league hit for the White Sox after Texas slugger Nomar Mazara with the longest recorded by MLB's relatively new...
Texas Rangers (25-24, third in the AL West) vs. Los Angeles Angels (23-28, fourth in the AL West)
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Gutty pitching performances came in different sizes for the Texas Rangers in their 5-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers reliever Shawn Kelley learned that two lumps removed from his throat last week were benign, and the 35-year-old right-hander was activated from the 10-day...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers reliever Shawn Kelley was ready to start pitching again while waiting for the results of a biopsy on two lumps that were surgically removed from his...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo's first sacrifice fly in more than 1,300 plate appearances for his career helped Shelby Miller get his first big league win in two years.
Houston Astros (13-7, second in the AL West) vs. Texas Rangers (11-8, third in the AL West)
Arlington, Texas; Sunday, 3 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Collin McHugh (3-1, 1.96...
2018: 97-65, second place, lost to Yankees in AL wild-card game.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Reliever Shawn Kelley agreed to a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers that guarantees the right-hander $2.75 million and includes a club option for 2020.
The deal was announced Tuesday night by the Rangers, who made room on the roster by designating outfielder John Andreoli for assignment.
NEW YORK (AP) — Edwin Jackson is the only starting pitcher included on the Oakland Athletics' roster for their AL wild-card game against the New York Yankees.
Right-hander Liam Hendriks will be on the mound for the start of Wednesday night's game, and A's manager Bob Melvin would not say who will follow.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — With a dominant 15-man bullpen, the Oakland Athletics don't need much from their starters these days.
That's been story of the hottest team in baseball. On Sunday, they overcame a stinker.
Stephen Piscotty homered and Oakland rallied from an early three-run deficit to beat the Texas Rangers 7-3, the Athletics' fourth straight win and sixth in seven games.
Trevor Cahill gave up three runs, two hits and six walks in 2 2/3 innings in his shortest start of the season.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Asked about his best role in the Oakland bullpen, Shawn Kelley barbed himself.
"25-1's fine, whatever," he quipped Tuesday as he joined his new Athletics teammates.
The Washington Nationals cut Kelley last week, a day after he slammed his glove to the ground and glared into the dugout while pitching the ninth inning of a blowout win over the New York Mets. The Nats were ahead 25-1 when Kelley surrendered a two-run homer and lost his cool.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Shawn Kelley was acquired by the Oakland Athletics for international slot money on Sunday from the Nationals, who no longer wanted the reliever after he slammed his glove to the ground and glared into Washington's dugout during a game.
The Nationals also sent cash to the A's in the swap.
He was designated for assignment by Washington on Wednesday, a day after his mound outburst while pitching in the ninth inning of a 25-4 victory over the New York Mets.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Shawn Kelley's outburst on the mound got him booted from the Washington Nationals.
The Nationals designated Kelley for assignment on Wednesday, a day after he threw his glove to the ground and glared into the dugout while working the ninth inning of a 25-4 blowout of the New York Mets.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trea Turner hit two homers, including his first career grand slam, and drove in eight runs to help the Washington Nationals rally from a nine-run deficit and defeat the Miami Marlins 14-12 in a wild slugfest Thursday night to end a five-game losing streak.
The Nationals, who dropped 17 of their previous 22, have won 12 consecutive games against Miami dating to last season — their longest winning streak against any team since the franchise moved to Washington in 2005.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg left Friday night's game against the San Francisco Giants after two innings with an apparent injury.
Strasburg allowed three runs and five hits with two strikeouts and did not look comfortable on the mound.
Andrew McCutchen gave the Giants a 1-0 lead in the first when he homered off a 97-mph fastball and San Francisco opened the second inning with four straight hits to make it 3-0.
PHOENIX (AP) — With their star-studded lineup and pitching staff, the Washington Nationals can win in a variety of ways.
Saturday belonged to Stephen Strasburg.
The ace right-hander struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings, and the Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 for their third straight victory against the NL West leaders.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Max Scherzer joked about the home run he surrendered — a sure sign that while baseball is back on the diamond, it's still early in spring training.
Dansby Swanson sent a fastball from Scherzer over the left field wall, keeping it inside the foul pole for the lone blemish against the Washington ace in a 9-3 win over Atlanta on Sunday.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The National League's top team showed it can win American League-style slugfest, too.
Ryan Zimmerman hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Washington Nationals held off the Oakland Athletics 11-10 on Sunday.
Matt Wieters and Michael Taylor added back-to-back homers off Frankie Montas during Washington's five-run ninth, helping the NL East leaders improve to 5-1 on their nine-game West Coast trip.
ATLANTA (AP) — For at least one night, the Braves were able to make up for the loss of their top hitter and use strong relief pitching to beat the NL East-leading Nationals.
Nick Markakis hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning and Kurt Suzuki added a two-run homer to give Atlanta a 7-4 win over Washington on Friday night.
Markakis has taken the No. 3 spot in Atlanta's lineup that was left vacant when Freddie Freeman was sidelined for about 10 weeks with a fractured left wrist.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Washington Nationals removed Blake Treinen from the closer's role on Wednesday and will use what manager Dusty Baker said is a "mix and match" plan with right-handers Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover sharing the job.
Kelley earned his first save of the season in Tuesday night's 3-1 win over Atlanta after Treinen gave up a run, two hits and two walks while recording only one out in the ninth.
ATLANTA (AP) — Max Scherzer turned in another dominant performance, only to be overshadowed by a bizarre ending.
After Scherzer pitched two-hit ball over seven scoreless innings, the Washington Nationals had to strike out Chase d'Arnaud with the bases loaded — twice, actually — to escape with a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.
The Nationals snapped Atlanta's five-game winning streak and handed the Braves their first loss at new SunTrust Park.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cesar Hernandez became Philadelphia's first baserunner against Tanner Roark with a soft bunt single in the fourth inning. Hernandez had a much longer hit in the eighth that propelled the Phillies to a win.
Hernandez's tiebreaking, two-run homer off Joe Blanton lifted Philadelphia over the Washington Nationals 4-2 Saturday to stop a four-game losing streak.
"He didn't bunt for a hit that time," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Daniel Murphy turned to one of his most reliable strengths to win a game for the Washington Nationals.
Murphy delivered on a day when his bobbleheads were given out to fans, hitting an opposite-field double to score Bryce Harper in the 10th inning and send Washington over the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2.
"You don't take him for granted," manager Dusty Baker said. "You realize this guy is one of the best hitters in the world."
WASHINGTON (AP) — All it took was two blown leads and an extra-inning loss in Game 3 of the young season for Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker already to be defending his relief corps.
"I mean, my bullpen — I love my bullpen," Baker said. "These guys are going to be one of the best, if they're not already."
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Blake Treinen will begin the season as Washington's closer, even though he has only one big league save.
After the Nationals lost Mark Melancon to the San Francisco Giants in free agency, Treinen won the job over Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover.
"Blake has that turbo sinker," manager Dusty Baker said Thursday. "He may give up a hit or a walk, but he's always one pitch away from getting two outs with one pitch."
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals have agreed to a minor league contract with longtime former Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan.
Washington announced the deal Tuesday and said he will report to big league spring training.
Nathan, 42, could be a long-shot addition to Washington's closer competition after the club lost Mark Melancon as a free agent. Relievers Shawn Kelley and Blake Treinen are internal options to fill that void.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) — One by one, swimmer Katie Ledecky handed her Olympic medals to Bryce Harper. Four gold medals and one silver from the Rio Olympics sat in the hands of the reigning National League MVP.
As the Nationals star outfielder held the medals on his arms like a rack, Ledecky threw the ceremonial first pitch to reliever Shawn Kelley before the Baltimore Orioles beat Washington 10-8 Wednesday night. It was a strike over the plate.
ATLANTA (AP) — Manager Dusty Baker had never seen the Washington Nationals struggle so badly in the field.
"We played a sloppy game," he said. "We'd have been lucky to win that game with five errors."
ATLANTA (AP) — Jace Peterson didn't know if he'd be able stay in the game after catching a ball and slamming into the center-field wall in the third inning.
Instead, he toughed it out, moved to second base in the ninth and used his bat to win the game one inning later.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The San Diego Padres' three-city road trip didn't begin well. Earning their first series victory against the Washington Nationals since 2011 is helping to turn it around.
Alex Dickerson and Ryan Schimpf hit back-to-back homers off Shawn Kelley in the eighth inning and the Padres added four runs off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth to beat the Nationals 10-6 on Sunday.
"We've been on the road for a little bit, and it's definitely good to come here...