What to Watch for: 8.23.13
Washington Nationals (63-64) vs. Kansas City Royals (64-62)
LHP Gio Gonzalez (7-6, 3.38) vs. LHP Bruce Chen (5-1, 2.20)
Coming off a 3-1 series win over the Chicago Cubs, the Nationals continue their 10-game road swing with a trip to Kansas City for three games against the Royals. The Interleague series will mark Washington’s first visit to Kauffman Stadium since the franchise moved to D.C. in 2005, and the first game in Kansas City for a D.C.-based team since August 22, 1971 – 42 years and one day ago.
1. Denard Span CF
2. Ryan Zimmerman 3B
3. Bryce Harper RF
4. Jayson Werth DH
5. Ian Desmond SS
6. Wilson Ramos C
7. Adam LaRoche 1B
8. Tyler Moore LF
9. Anthony Rendon 2B
Gio Gonzalez LHP
The Nationals announced a pair of roster moves Friday, as the team dealt catcher Kurt Suzuki to the Oakland Athletics and outfielder David DeJesus to the Tampa Bay Rays.
In return for Suzuki, Washington acquired pitcher Dakota Bacus, a 6-foot-2 right-hander who was a ninth-round selection in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. The 22-year-old was 9-5 with a 3.56 ERA for Beloit of the Class-A Midwest League this season, after going 3-0 with a 1.20 ERA, 12 hits, five walks and 35 strikeouts in 30 innings during his Rookie League campaign a year ago. Bacus will report to Hagerstown of the Class-A South Atlantic League.
Tampa Bay will send Washington a player to be named later or cash considerations in exchange for DeJesus, who was picked up in a deal earlier in the week from the Chicago Cubs. The Nationals recalled catcher Jhonatan Solano and left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno to replace Suzuki and DeJesus on the 25-man roster.
GOON SQUAD COMES ALIVE:
Despite a slow start to the season, the Nationals bench provided a spark in the series win over the Chicago Cubs. Scott Hairston gave the Nats a huge lift with a go-ahead, three-run homer on Wednesday, while Tyler Moore (four hits in the series), Steve Lombardozzi (double and home run Thursday) and Chad Tracy (game-winning RBI Thursday) came through in key situations.
Washington Manager Davey Johnson earned his 200th victory with the Nationals Wednesday night, the third team he has piloted to 200 wins. He went 595-417 with the New York Mets, 204-172 with the Cincinnati Reds and is now 201-171 with the Nationals. He also tallied 186 victories for the Baltimore Orioles and 163 more for the Los Angeles Dodgers during his illustrious managerial career.