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Jayson Werth named NL Player of the Week

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by Amanda Comak

jw 4thAfter hitting .450 to open the month of July, Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday afternoon.

He becomes the second Nationals player to be honored with a Player of the Week Award this season, after All-Star right-hander Jordan Zimmermann earned the nod for the first week of June.

Werth, 35, hit .450 (9-for-20) with five doubles, two home runs, nine RBI, five walks and seven runs scored on the week. Werth, who has posted at least one RBI in five straight contests, helped the Nationals go 5-1 last week and register series victories over the Rockies (3-0) and Cubs (2-1).

In Tuesday’s 7-1 victory over the Rockies, Werth drove in a game-high three RBI. One night later, his two-run homer in the fourth inning cut into the Rockies’ 3-0 advantage — in a game ultimately won 4-3 by the Nationals.

The NL Player of the Week award is the third of Werth’s career, but his first as a member of the Nationals. Last July, Werth earned National League Player of the Month honors after hitting .367 with seven home runs and 22 RBI.

The honor is the 10th of this kind bestowed upon a National, including Zimmermann’s earlier nod.

Prior to 2014, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (periods ending July 22, 2012; June 13, 2010; August 21, 2011; August 5, 2007), right-hander Stephen Strasburg (June 13, 2010), outfielder Josh Willingham (Aug. 2, 2009), shortstop Cristian Guzman (Aug. 31, 2008), utility man Willie Harris (July 20, 2007) and first baseman Nick Johnson (June 6, 2005) earned NL Player of the Week hardware.

Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann named to 2014 NL All-Star team

Infielder Anthony Rendon part of 2014 Final Vote 

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by Amanda Comak

Atlanta Braves v Washington NationalsOn the heels of his finest Major League season, Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is heading back to the All-Star game.

The Nationals’ 19-game winner from a year ago, who is 6-4 with a 2.79 ERA in 18 2014 starts, was named to the National League All-Star team for the second consecutive season on Sunday evening. He was the Nationals’ lone selection.

Infielder Anthony Rendon, who has split his time this year between second and third base, was named to the Final Vote. Fans can vote through Thursday to help Rendon join Zimmermann in Minneapolis.

“It means a lot,” Zimmermann said. “It’s a huge honor. I’m excited. I wouldn’t be going if it wasn’t for those guys playing defense behind me every day, and the catchers calling the pitches. I throw the ball. I try to throw strikes and let the guys put it in play. As much as it’s me going, it’s actually all these guys, too.”​

“I’m here to throw 200 innings, that’s my biggest goal,” the usually-understated Zimmermann added. “To go deep into ballgames and give these guys a chance to win the game. You do that stuff, I guess you become an All-Star. That’s what’s happened the last couple years.”

For Zimmermann, the trip back to the game’s biggest showcase will mark another reminder that he has cemented himself amongst the best in the game.

The selection comes at a time in which Zimmermann may be pitching as well as he has all season. In seven starts before being named to the team, Zimmermann — who opened the month of June with 19 consecutive scoreless innings — posted 1.26 ERA.

Seven years after the Nationals’ plucked him out of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and five years removed from the Tommy John surgery that rebuilt his elbow, the right-hander was a chosen by NL Manager Mike Matheny to be a part of the 2014 squad.

And this time, he’ll be put on that stage a mere three hours from his hometown of Auburndale, Wisc. This year, too, the hope is that the Nationals’ winningest pitcher will get a chance to participate. A lingering neck issue held him out of last year’s game at Citi Field, though he went and enjoyed the All-Star festivities in New York.

“You want to pitch in it,” Zimmermann said. “Last year, being the first time, I wanted to, but this year it’s going to be good. It’s about three hours from home. I’m sure I’ll have a decent amount of people coming over. I think it’s going to be fun.”

For Rendon, the Nationals’ infielder is following up his strong rookie campaign with a breakout season. Shifting seamlessly between second (17 starts) and third base (65 starts), depending on need, Rendon is hitting .282 (94-for-333) with 21 doubles, five triples, a career-high 12 home runs and 50 RBI in 83 games.

Rendon, 24, has excelled offensively — he ranks among the NL’s top 10 in runs (60), triples (5), RBI (50) and extra-base hits.

“It’d be pretty cool,” Rendon said of the possibility of being an All-Star. “I’m not trying to get my hopes up. I don’t let my highs get too high, my lows get too low. (There are) definitely a lot of guys who deserve it.”

Fans can vote for Rendon through Thursday at nationals.com/vote.

Nationals Game Notes — July 5 vs. Chicago Cubs

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Game No. 86: Washington Nationals (46-39) vs. Chicago Cubs (38-46) | 4:05 a.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: LHP Gio Gonzalez (5-4, 3.93 ERA) vs. RHP Carlos Villanueva (4-5, 5.91)
Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez is facing the same club in back-to-back starts for the fourth time: 1-2, 4.08 ERA, 3 GS in the second game of those match-ups. Previously, those games have been against the Atlanta Braves (2012, L) the Seattle Mariners (2011, W) and the Los Angeles Angels (2009, L).
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: Today’s game will be televised on MASN
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals have made just three errors in their last 26 games, dating to June 7, and yielded just  two unearned runs in June to set a new club mark for the fewest unearned runs allowed in a calendar month. As the season has progressed, the Nationals’ fielding percentage has risen, while their error totals and unearned runs allowed have declined:
    Month                                 Fielding %           Errors          Unearned Runs
    Mar./Apr. (28 games)       .975                       26                             19
    May (26 games)                .980                    20                             13
    Since June (31 games)  .993                      8                                2

Here are the lineups for today’s match-up:

NATIONALS (46-39)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 2B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman 3B
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
40 Wilson Ramos C
47 Gio Gonzalez LHP

Cubs (38-46)

21 Junior Lake CF
20 Justin Ruggiano RF
44 Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
13 Starlin Castro SS
5 Welington Castillo C
30 Mike Olt 3B
8 Chris Coghlan (L) LF
15 Darwin Barney 2B
33 Carlos Villanueva RHP

Here are today’s game notes, courtesy of the Washington Nationals PR department. Enjoy!

Nationals Game Notes — July 4 vs. Chicago Cubs

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Game No. 85: Washington Nationals (46-38) vs. Chicago Cubs (37-46) | 11:05 a.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Tanner Roark (7-5, 2.98 ERA) vs. RHP Jason Hammel (7-5, 2.98)
Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark has 14 quality starts in 21 starting assignments. He has worked six-plus innings 15 times and has allowed three or fewer earned runs 17 times, two or fewer on 15 occasions, and one or fewer 11 times.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The first game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Ian Desmond’s game-winning solo home run, which snapped a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning on Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies was his seventh go-ahead home run hit in the seventh inning or later, dating to the beginning of the 2012 season. Among shortstops, only Jhonny Peralta (3) has more than two such homers in the same time span.

Here are the lineups for today’s first match-up:

NATIONALS (46-38)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman 3B
6 Anthony Rendon 2B
20 Ian Desmond SS
40 Wilson Ramos C
57 Tanner Roark RHP

Cubs (37-46)

8 Chris Coghlan (L) LF
20 Justin Ruggiano CF
44 Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
13 Starlin Castro SS
24 Luis Valbuena 3B
19 Nate Schierholtz (L) RF
12 John Baker (L) C
15 Darwin Barney 2B
39 Jason Hammel RHP

Here are today’s game notes, courtesy of the Washington Nationals PR department. Enjoy!

Nationals Game Notes — July 2 vs. Colorado Rockies

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Game No. 84: Washington Nationals (45-38) vs. Colorado Rockies (36-48) | 6:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Doug Fister (6-2, 2.83 ERA) vs. LHP Tyler Matzek (1-2, 4.24)
With wins over the Cincinnati Reds (May 20), Texas Rangers (May 31), Philadelphia Phillies (June 5) and Atlanta Braves (June 21), Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA in four home starts as member of the Nationals.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The first game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals have plated exactly seven runs in three consecutive victories (W 7-1 Tue vs. COL; W 7-3 Mon vs. COL; W 7-2 Sat. at CHI) for the first time since a five-game offensive surge (11-9-9-7-7), Sept. 4-8, 2012. With their third straight seven-run output on Tuesday night, the Nationals also moved a season-high seven games over .500.

Here are the lineups for today’s first match-up:

NATIONALS (44-38)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 2B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman 3B
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
59 Jose Lobaton (S) C
58 Doug Fister RHP

Rockies (36-48)

19 Charlie Blackmon (L) RF
13 Drew Stubbs CF
33 Justin Morneau (L) 1B
2  Troy Tulowitzki SS
6 Corey Dickerson (L) LF
44 Ryan Wheeler (L) 3B
8 Michael McKenry C
9 DJ LeMahieu 2B
46 Tyler Matzek (L) LHP

Here are tonight’s game notes, courtesy of the Washington Nationals PR department. Enjoy!

Nationals Game Notes — July 1 vs. Colorado Rockies

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Game No. 83: Washington Nationals (44-38) vs. Colorado Rockies (36-47) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-6, 3.70 ERA) vs. LHP Christian Friedrich (0-2, 8.10)
Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is unbeaten (5-0, 2.21 ERA) in eight starts in Washington dating to Apr. 10, but the Rockies (July 6, 2012) were the last NL West team to inflict him with a home loss.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The first game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals finished June with a 17-11 (.607) mark to register their second winning month of the season (16-12 in Mar./Apr.). Dating to 2011, the Nationals’ 62-45 (.579) June record ranks second in the Major Leagues behind only the Pirates (67-40, .626).

Here are the lineups for today’s first match-up:

NATIONALS (44-38)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 2B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman 3B
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
40 Wilson Ramos C
37 Stephen Strasburg RHP

Rockies (36-47)

6 Corey Dickerson (L) LF
14 Josh Rutledge SS
33 Justin Morneau (L) 1B
13 Drew Stubbs CF
30 Wilin Rosario C
44 Ryan Wheeler (L) 3B
1 Brandon Barnes RF
9 DJ LeMahieu 2B
53 Christian Friedrich LHP

Here are tonight’s game notes, courtesy of the Washington Nationals PR department. Enjoy!


Nationals Game Notes — June 30 vs. Colorado Rockies

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Game No. 82: Washington Nationals (43-38) vs. Colorado Rockies (36-46) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (5-4, 2.95 ERA) vs. LHP Yohan Flande (0-0, 7.20)
Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is getting his sixth start of June and is looking to bolster his already strong Pitcher of the Month candidacy (2-2, 2.18 ERA, 5 BB, 36 K, .117 BAA in 38.0 inn.). Zimmermann earned Pitcher of the Week honors for the first week of June when he posted 17 consecutive scoreless innings to open the month.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The first game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Nationals center fielder Denard Span has legged out 15 extra-base hits (13 doubles, two triples) in June to set a personal single-month career high (for any month). Span’s 15 extra-base hits this month are tied for second among Nationals in the month of June: Michael Morse (team-record 17, June 2011), Span (15, June 2014), Ian Desmond (15, June 2012), Adam Dunn (15, June 2010), Ryan Zimmerman (15, June 2013).

Here are the lineups for today’s first match-up:

NATIONALS (43-38)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 2B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman 3B
34 Bryce Harper (L) LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
40 Wilson Ramos C
27 Jordan Zimmermann RHP

Rockies (36-46)

19 Charlie Blackmon (L) LF
13 Drew Stubbs CF
2 Troy Tulowitzki SS
33 Justin Morneau (L) 1B
20 Wilin Rosario C
44 Ryan Wheeler (L) 3B
1 Brandon Barnes RF
9 DJ LeMahieu 2B
58 Yohan Flande LHP

Here are tonight’s game notes, courtesy of the Washington Nationals PR department. Enjoy!

Nationals reinstate Bryce Harper from DL, option Xavier Cedeno to Triple-A

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by Amanda Comak

For the first time since Opening Day, the Washington Nationals’ lineup will come complete on Monday afternoon.

Bryce Harper is back, returning from the 15-day Disabled List and rejoining the Nationals after missing 57 games with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb.

And as they get set to begin the mathematical second half of their season, the Nationals are whole again.

During a rehab assignment with Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg last week, Harper played in five games and hit .643 (9-for-14) with one double, four home runs, 11 RBI, five walks, seven runs scored, two stolen bases and just one strikeout. He posted a .737 on-base percentage and a 1.571 slugging percentage.

Saturday night, playing in Akron for Double-A Harrisburg, Harper hit home runs in three of his five at-bats.

The Nationals (43-48), who welcome the Colorado Rockies on Monday night  (incidentally Harper’s bobblehead night), have watched as seven members of their starting lineup or rotation have gone to the Disabled List at least once early this season — amounting to 231 total games missed.

In the meantime, the Nationals have done exceptionally well to stay afloat, opening Monday 0.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves in the National League East.

Prior to heading to the Disabled List, Harper hit .289 (24-for-83) with a .352 on-base percentage and a .422 slugging percentage. In 22 games, Harper hit one home run, four doubles and two triples, and drove in nine runs.

In parts of three Major League seasons, the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year is a career .273 hitter with a .353 on-base percentage and .476 slugging percentage. In 279 games, Harper has hit 43 home runs and 111 extra-base hits, while driving in 126 runs and scoring 177.

Cedeno, 27, appeared in one game in his third Major League stint of the season, tossing a scoreless inning in the second game of the Nationals’ doubleheader with the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. On the season, Cedeno has not allowed a run in 3.1 IP. He has allowed four hits and struck out one batter.

Nationals Game Notes — June 28 at Chicago Cubs

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Game No.’s 80 &81: Washington Nationals (41-38) at Chicago Cubs (34-44) | 1:05 p.m. ET (12:05 p.m. CT) & 7:15 p.m. ET (6:15 p.m. CT) | Wrigley Field
Pitching Match-Ups: LHP Gio Gonzalez (4-4, 4.38 ERA) vs. RHP Dallas Beeler (0-0, —); RHP Blake Treinen (0-3, 2.08) vs. Jeff Samardzija (2-6, 2.53)
Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez has earned a win at 22 different Major League ballparks, but is still looking to add Wrigley Field to the list. Additionally, the Nationals are 2-2 in games started by Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija and have hit a home run in each contest. 
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The first game will be televised on MASN2 and the second game will be televised on FOX
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals and Cubs play a rare scheduled “doubleheader” today and will have an even more rare day off on Sunday. The Nationals are 5-3-10 (sweeps-swept-splits) when playing twice in a single day, or 20-16 overall, since landing in DC in 2005. The Nationals’ last twin bill sweep came June 9, 2013 vs. the Minnesota Twins (W7-0, W5-4). The Nationals last suffered a doubleheader sweep on May 15, 2010 at the Colorado Rockies (L2-6, L3-4).

Here are the lineups for today’s first match-up:

NATIONALS (41-38)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
20 Ian Desmond SS
19 Kevin Frandsen 2B
15 Nate McLouth (L) RF
49 Jose Lobaton (S) C
47 Gio Gonzalez LHP

Cubs (34-44)

21 Junior Lake CF
20 Justin Ruggiano RF
44 Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
13 Starlin Castro SS
30 Mike Olt 3B
8  Chris Coghlan (L)
15 Darwin Barney 2B
12 John Baker (L) C
32 Dallas Beeler RHP

Here are tonight’s game notes, courtesy of the Washington Nationals PR department. Enjoy!

Nationals recall Xavier Cedeno and Blake Treinen, option Taylor Hill

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by Amanda Comak

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Washington NationalsThe Washington Nationals recalled left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno and right-handed starter Blake Treinen from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday morning and optioned right-handed pitcher Taylor Hill there. Treinen was recalled as the 26th man for the Nationals’ scheduled doubleheader with the Chicago Cubs and will start the nightcap.

Cedeno returns to the Nationals for his third Major League stint of the season. In his previous two call-ups, Cedeno has tossed 2.1 innings and allowed no runs on two hits. He has not walked a single batter.

With Triple-A Syracuse this season the lefty is 3-0 with a 1.56 ERA in 15 appearances (17.1 IP) with one save. Cedeno has held International League batters to a .164 average against.

Treinen rejoins the Nationals to make the fifth start of his Major League career. He will face Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija in the second game of Saturday’s scheduled doubleheader. Treinen is 0-3 in eight Major League games (30.1 IP) but possesses a 2.08 ERA.

With Syracuse, Treinen is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in eight starts (35.0 IP). He has held Minor League opponents to a .214 batting average against and has a 7.97 K/9 ratio.

Hill made his Major League debut for the Nationals on June 25, tossing 3.1 innings against the Milwaukee Brewers and allowed two earned runs in the Nationals’ 9-2 loss. The right-hander also pitched a scoreless inning on June 27 against the Chicago Cubs. In two appearances (4.1 IP), he worked to a 4.15 ERA.

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