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.

Nationals reinstate Wilson Ramos from DL, option Sandy Leon to Triple-A

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by Amanda Comak

Miami Marlins v Washington NationalsCHICAGO — Precisely 15 days after the Washington Nationals placed catcher Wilson Ramos on the 15-day Disabled List with a right hamstring strain, the team returned from rehab and reinstated their slugging catcher, and optioned catcher Sandy Leon back to Triple-A Syracuse.

Ramos, who rejoins the Nationals on Thursday in Chicago after missing 14 games with the strain, completed a four-game rehab assignment this week with Double-A Harrisburg (two games) and Single-A Potomac (two game).

During the four-game stretch, Ramos went 7-for-16 (.438) at the plate with one double, two home runs, two runs scored and nine RBI.

The 26-year-old catcher has played in 24 Major League games this season, working to a .261 average (24-for-92) with seven doubles, one home run, eight walks and 11 RBI. Ramos previously missed 32 games this season after suffering a hamate bone fracture in his left hand on Opening Day.

His return, once again, lengthens the Nationals’ lineup significantly, giving them another powerful middle-of-the-order bat for opposing pitchers to contend with.

In his second Major League stint of the season, Leon, 25, appeared in five games (four starts) and went 2-for-15 (.133) at the plate.

Nationals Game Notes — June 25 at Milwaukee Brewers

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Game #77: Washington Nationals (41-35) at Milwaukee Brewers (47-32) | 2:10 p.m. ET (1:10 p.m. CT) | Miller Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-5, 3.24 ERA) vs. RHP Marco Estrada (6-4, 5.22 ERA)
Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Marco Estrada, a former Washington National, joins Ryan Zimmerman (first round), Justin Maxwell (fourth round), John Lannan (11th round), Craig Stammen (12th round) and Tyler Moore (41st round) as members of the Nationals’ 2005 draft class. 
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM / 1580 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Ryan Zimmerman’s two-run home run in the 16th inning on Tuesday night, lifting the Nationals over the Brewers, 4-2, was the first extra-innings home run of Zimmerman’s career. The win, which came in the longest game (by innings) in Nationals (2005-present) history, was made possible in large part by a seven-reliever collaboration that lasted 10.0 scoreless innings (10 hits, 5 BB,6 SO).
  • The Nationals’ defense turned three double plays, and individually, Ian Desmond made two dazzling plays in the hole at shortstop while Denard Span made a game-saving catch at the wall in the 14th, and Zimmerman made a diving play in the bottom of the 16th, right after his homer, to keep the Brewers off the bases.
  • Anthony Rendon’s 12th home run of the season, a solo shot in the eighth,tied the score, 2-2, and ultimately sent the game to extra innings.
  • The victory was the Nationals’ season high-tying fourth straight and it snapped a seven-game losing streak in extra innings.
  • In four games since June 21, the Nationals’ bullpen is 1-0 with four holds, four saves and a .077 (4-for-52) batting average against, thanks to 17.2 consecutive scoreless innings.

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

NATIONALS (41-35)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
19 Kevin Frandsen 2B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
20 Ian Desmond SS
15 Nate McLouth RF
41 Sandy Leon (S)
37 Stephen Strasburg P

Brewers (47-32)

2 Scooter Gennett (L) 2B
9 Jean Segura SS
27 Carlos Gomez CF
24 Lyle Overbay (L) 1B
7 Mark Reynolds 3B
18 Khris Davis LF
3 Elian Herrera (S) RF
12 Martin Maldonado C
41 Marco Estrada P

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

Nationals select RHP Taylor Hill from Triple-A Syracuse, DFA Greg Dobbs

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by Amanda Comak

After a 16-inning, marathon 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night, the Washington Nationals added a fresh arm to their arsenal on Wednesday morning, selecting the contract of right-handed pitcher Taylor Hill from Triple-A Syracuse and designating first baseman/third baseman Greg Dobbs for assignment.

Additionally, infielder/outfielder Jeff Kobernus was returned from rehab, reinstated from the 60-day Disabled List and optioned to Triple-A Syracuse, while right-hander Christian Garcia was released.

“We just need length in the bullpen right now,” Nationals Manager Matt Williams said, less than 11 hours after the final out had been made on Tuesday night.

Hill, 25, is 9-2 with a 1.92 in 15 games (14 starts) for Syracuse this season, tossing three complete games, one shutout and picking up one save. The 6-foot-3 right-hander has posted a 7.22 strikeout/walk ratio (65 SO/8 BB), the second-highest mark of his career.

A sixth-round selection of the Nationals in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Hill is currently leading the International League in innings pitched (93.2 IP), is tied for first in ERA (1.92) and ranks second in WHIP (0.99).

The right-hander, who got the news from Triple-A manager Billy Gardner Jr., at around 2 a.m. on the east coast, called it a “dream come true,” to be in the Major Leagues. “I’m obviously pumped and pleasantly surprised.”

Hill was named the International League Pitcher of the Week on May 26 of this year after he tossed 11 shutout innings, pitching four innings in relief and earning a save against Columbus on May 19, and following it up with seven scoreless innings in a start against Pawtucket on May 24.

Dobbs, 35, was 6-for-28 (.214) with one double and two RBI in 21 games (three games started) for the Nationals.

Kobernus, 25, went 15-for-55 (.273) in 15 Minor League rehab games, spanning from Single-A Hagerstown to Triple-A Syracuse. He rejoins Syracuse’s active roster for the first time since going on the Disabled List with a fractured left hand on April 12.

Garcia, 28, posted a 2.13 ERA in 13 Major League games with the Nationals in 2012. He was 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 10 games (14.2 IP) with Triple-A Syracuse this season.

Nationals Game Notes — June 24 at Milwaukee Brewers

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Game #76: Washington Nationals (40-35) at Milwaukee Brewers (47-31) | 8:10 p.m. ET (7:10 p.m. CT) | Miller Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (5-4, 2.95 ERA) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (5-4, 3.34 ERA)
A native of Auburndale, Wisc., Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA in four career starts against his home-state team. (Two starts in D.C, two in Milwaukee.)
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Entering Tuesday night’s game, the Washington Nationals’ bullpen has retired a team-record 25 consecutive batters (10 by strikeout) dating to the final two outs of the 13th inning on Friday night vs. the Atlanta Braves. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is also the third-longest such streak in the Major Leagues this season. The San Francisco Giants posted 33 straight from June 15-21, and the Braves ran up 28 straight from May 4-7. The Nationals’ previous bullpen mark for consecutive batters retired was 21, May 17-19, 2014.
  • Another one from the Elias Sports Bureau: Tyler Clippard struck out the side in the ninth inning to clinch the Nationals’ 3-0 win over the Brewers, one night after Rafael Soriano earned a save by striking out all three batters he faced in the Nationals’ victory over the Braves. The Nationals are the first team since 1969 (when saves were first officially recorded in the major leagues) to win back-to-back games with two different pitchers earning the save by striking out all three (or more) batters they faced.

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

NATIONALS (40-35)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
8 Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
59 Jose Lobaton (S) C
27 Jordan Zimmermann P

Brewers (47-31)

2 Scooter Gennett (L) 2B
8 Ryan Braun RF
20 Jonathan Lucroy C
27 Carlos Gomez CF
16 Aramis Ramirez 3B
18 Khris Davis LF
7 Mark Reynolds 1B
9 Jean Segura SS
49 Yovani Gallardo P

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

Nationals Game Notes — June 23 at Milwaukee Brewers

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Game #75: Washington Nationals (39-35) at Milwaukee Brewers (47-30) | 8:10 p.m. ET (7:10 p.m. CT) | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-4, 4.85 ERA) vs. RHP Matt Garza (4-4, 4.02 ERA)
In his two-plus seasons with the Washington Nationals, left-hander Gio Gonzalez is 35-20 with a 3.34 ERA in 74 starts. The Nationals are 49-25 in those games. Gonzalez’s 35 wins since the start of the 2012 season are tied for the fourth-best mark among MLB left-handers.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN2 and ESPN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • The Nationals enter Monday night’s game tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the fourth-best run differential in the Major Leagues at +40 (300 runs scored, 260 runs allowed).
    Here are the top five teams in MLB in run differential:
    Oakland Athletics: +135
    San Francisco Giants: +49
    Los Angeles Angels: +42
    Washington Nationals: +40
    Los Angeles Dodgers: +40

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

NATIONALS (39-35)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
8 Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
59 Jose Lobaton (S) C
47 Gio Gonzalez LHP

Brewers (47-30)

23 Rickie Weeks 2B
8 Ryan Braun RF
20 Jonathan Lucroy C
27 Carlos Gomez CF
16 Aramis Ramirez 3B
18 Khris Davis LF
7 Mark Reynolds 1B
9 Jean Segura SS
22 Matt Garza RHP


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

Nationals Game Notes — June 22 vs. Atlanta Braves

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Game #74: Washington Nationals (38-35) vs. Atlanta Braves (38-36) | 1:35 p.m. | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Tanner Roark (6-4, 2.85 ERA) vs. RHP Ervin Santana (5-4, 4.12 ERA)
Dating to his Major League debut (Aug. 7, 2013 at ATL), Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark ranks fifth in the Major Leagues with a 2.35 ERA (minimum 100.0 inn. — Johnny Cueto 1.80, Zack Greinke 2.06, Andrew Cashner 2.07, Clayton Kershaw 2.23)
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN2 and MLBNetwork
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche ranks fourth in all of the Major Leagues with a .417 on-base percentage.
    Here’s a closer look at his competition: 
    1. Troy Tulowitzki (COL) …. .452 
    2. J.Bautista (TOR) …………. .432
    3
    A.McCutchem (PIT) …….. .423

    4. A.LaRoche (Washington)…417
    5. Y.Puig (LAD) ……………….. .411
    6. J.Lucroy (MIL) …………….. 401

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

NATIONALS (38-35)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
8 Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
41 Sandy Leon (S) C
57 Tanner Roark RHP

BRAVES (38-36)

7 Tommy La Stella (L) 2B
2 B.J. Upton CF
5 Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
24 Evan Gattis C
22 Jason Heyward (L) RF
8 Justin Upton LF
23 Chris Johnson 3B
19 Andrelton Simmons SS
30 Ervin Santana RHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — June 21 vs. Atlanta Braves

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Game #73: Washington Nationals (37-35) vs. Atlanta Braves (38-35) | 7:15 p.m. | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Doug Fister (5-2, 3.08 ERA) vs. RHP Julio Teheran (6-4, 2.31 ERA)
Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister is 8-4 with a 2.16 ERA in 18 career games/17 starts against National League competition and he has allowed just five home runs.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on FOX
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • Nationals pitchers currently rank among the Major League’s top two in the following pitching categories:
    Fielding-independent pitching (first, 3.10)
    Fewest earned runs allowed 
    (first, 225)
    Fewest walks allowed (first, 178)
    Walks/9.0 inn. (first, 2.46)
    ERA (2nd,
    3.11)
    Home runs allowed (2nd, 47)
    Homers allowed/9.0 inn. (2nd, 0.65)
    SO/BB ratio
    (3.32/1)
    Stolen bases against (2nd, 23)
    Fewest blown saves (tied 2nd, 5)

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

NATIONALS (37-35)

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

BRAVES (38-35)

7 Tommy La Stella (L) 2B
2 B.J. Upton CF
5 Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
24 Evan Gattis C
22 Jason Heyward (L) RF
8 Justin Upton LF
23 Chris Johnson 3B
19 Andrelton Simmons SS
49 Julio Teheran RHP

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

Nationals Game Notes — June 20 vs. Atlanta Braves

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Game #72: Washington Nationals (37-34) vs. Atlanta Braves (37-35) | 7:05 p.m. | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-5, 3.06 ERA) vs. LHP Mike Minor (2-4, 4.42 ERA)
Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is making his 14th career start against the Atlanta Braves, making the Miami Marlins (16 starts) the only team he’s faced more during his career. However, Strasburg is in search of his first win at the
Braves’ expense since Aug. 21, 2012 — but in the six starts since that win, Strasburg’s ERA is 3.42. He has received two runs of offensive support or fewer in nine of 13 starts vs. the Braves.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN2
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

  • At 3.04 (130 ER/384.1 IP), the Nationals’ pitching staff leads the Major Leagues in ERA since May 1. The Seattle Mariners (3.12) & Oakland Athletics (3.17) rank second and third, respectively. Meanwhile, Washington’s season-long 3.09 ERA leads the National League and ranks second in MLB to OAK (3.02).

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

NATIONALS (37-34)

2 Denard Span (L) CF
6 Anthony Rendon 3B
28 Jayson Werth RF
25 Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
11 Ryan Zimmerman LF
20 Ian Desmond SS
8 Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
59 Jose Lobaton (S) C
37 Stephen Strasburg RHP

BRAVES (37-35)

7 Tommy La Stella (L) 2B
2 B.J. Upton CF
5 Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
24 Evan Gattis C
22 Jason Heyward (L) RF
23 Chris Johnson 3B
19 Andrelton Simmons SS
17 Jordan Schafer (L) LF
36 Mike Minor LHP

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

Nationals host Medal of Honor recipient

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by Mike Feigen

All things considered, the evening of June 17 was a fairly uneventful one for Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, a retired United States Marine. He visited Nationals Park, took in batting practice from the field, met Nationals players and coaches and enjoyed the game from a suite.

Washington NationalsThe evening was a chance for Carpenter to relax, have fun with friends and family and take in some baseball — a game he played growing up as a kid in Mississippi.

Two days later, he became the 79th living service member — just eight of whom served in Iraq and Afghanistan — to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Awarded for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty, then-Lance Cpl. Carpenter was severely injured when he threw himself on a live grenade to protect fellow Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio in the Helmand province of Afghanistan in late 2010. The ensuing blast left Carpenter with nearly 30 fractures in his right arm, a fractured skull, punctured lung, numerous shrapnel wounds and the loss of his right eye. Eufrazio was injured by shrapnel as well, but survived the blast.

“With that singular act of courage, Kyle, you not only saved your brother in arms, you displayed a heroism in the blink of an eye that will inspire for generations — valor worthy of our nation’s highest military decoration,” President Barack Obama said Thursday during a White House ceremony.

Carpenter said military doctors labeled him P-E-A, short for Patient Expired on Arrival. But after nearly 40 surgeries over a two-and-a-half year period, many of which took place at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., he battled his way back to health.

Carpenter said once it looked as though he would survive the injuries, members of his unit with the Marines started hinting that they wanted to push for him to receive the honor. This February, that process began to materialize, as Carpenter started receiving calls from the Pentagon regarding his candidacy. Then, later this spring, the biggest call finally came.

“I’m very honored, and it’s very humbling,” Carpenter said of the award. “It’s not easy to accept, because so many others give the ultimate sacrifice. I’m very appreciative in accepting it, but I accept it with a heavy heart.”

Even as he continues to internalize the significance of the award, Carpenter said he’s been grateful for all the support he’s received along the way. If anything, he said that the whirlwind of fun events leading up to the Medal of Honor ceremony, such as attending Tuesday’s Nationals game, were more about  sharing the experience with those closest to him.

“I’m excited for these once-in-a-lifetime experiences, but I’m equally — or more — excited for my guests and family,” he said. “They’ve been there [for me] since Afghanistan, since I got injured. I feel like I’m repaying them, saying, ‘Thank you,’ a little bit.”

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