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Nationals Game Notes — May 10 at Oakland

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Game #36: Washington Nationals (19-16) at Oakland Athletics (21-15) | 6:05 p.m. PT; 9:05 p.m. ET | O.co Coliseum
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Tanner Roark (2-1, 4.17 ERA) vs. RHP Sonny Gray (4-1, 1.91 ERA)
Washington Nationals righty Tanner Roark (9-2, 2.59 ERA, 3.4/1 SO/BB ratio, 20/11 G/GS) & Oakland Athletics righty Sonny Gray (9-4, 2.35 ERA, 3.0 SO/BB ratio, 19/17 G/GS) made their Major League debuts less than a month apart in 2013.
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

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


Nationals Game Notes — May 9 at Oakland Athletics

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Game #35: Washington Nationals (19-15) at Oakland Athletics (20-15) | 7:05 p.m. PT; 10:05 p.m. ET | O.co Coliseum
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Doug Fister (0-0, — ERA) vs. LHP Tommy Milone (0-3, 5.86 ERA)
Washington Nationals righty Doug Fister is making his first start as a National this season, now healed up from a right lat strain. Fister was acquired in December from the Detroit Tigers. Oakland Athletics lefty Tommy Milone came through the Nationals’ system and made his Major League debut for Washington Sept. 2011 before being sent to Oakland as part of the trade that brought Gio Gonzalez to D.C.
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:

This is the Washington Nationals’ first visit to the O.co Coliseum since the team moved to D.C. in 2005 — and it culminates the team’s initial tour of all Major League cities. The Nationals have now played in 33 different ballparks.

The A’s and the Nationals, of course, share very little history as they play one another so infrequently. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t connected.

Nationals President of Baseball Operations and GM Mike Rizzo and Athletics Vice President and GM Billy Beane have consummated seven trades since Dec., 2010 (a 41-month span). Those trades have included, among others, Fernando Abad, Jerry Blevins, A.J. Cole (twice), Gio Gonzalez, Henry Rodriguez, Tommy Milone, Derek Norris, Brad Peacock, Kurt Suzuki (twice), Blake Treinen and Josh Willingham. Scott Hairston also played for Oakland previously, and pitching coach Steve McCatty spent nine seasons pitching for the A’s as well.

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

 

Nationals Game Notes — May 7 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

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Game #34: Washington Nationals (18-15) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (19-15) | 1:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Stephen Strasburg (2-2, 3.60 ERA) vs. RHP Dan Haren (4-0, 2.39 ERA)
Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Dan Haren spent the 2013 season with the Washington Nationals. Haren was 10-14 with a 4.67 ERA but posted a 3.29 ERA in his final 15 starts.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN, WUSA9 and MLB Network
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

The collective Washington Nationals bullpen ERA of 2.15 (26 ER/109 IP) makes Matt LeCroy’s bullpen one of just three in all of Major League Baseball currently sporting a sub-2.50 ERA this season.

Only the San Diego Padres (1.87 ERA) and San Francisco Giants (1.88) have posted better marks.

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

 

Nationals Game Notes — May 6 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

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Game #33: Washington Nationals (18-15) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (18-14) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Nationals Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Blake Treinen (0-0, 1.35 ERA) vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 1.35 ERA)
Clayton Kersahw returns from the Disabled List tonight to make his first start since facing the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia on March 22. Blake Treinen, who was previously in the big leagues this season as a reliever, is making his first career Major League start.
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

Under the tutelage of Washington Nationals hitting coach Rick Schu, the Nationals have homered in 24 of the 32 games they’ve played this season (75 percent). In all of Major League Baseball, only the Colorado Rockies (26 of 34 games, 76 percent) and Toronto Blue Jays (25 of 32, 78 percent) have hit at least one home run in more games this season than the Nationals.

Adam LaRoche and Anthony Rendon lead the Nationals with five home runs each this season, followed closely by three teammates who’ve hit four: Danny Espinosa, Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth. Thirteen different Nationals players have hit at least one home run this season.

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

Nationals Game Notes — May 4 at Philadelphia Phillies

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Game #31: Washington Nationals (17-13) at Philadelphia Phillies (14-14) | 3:05 p.m. ET | Citizens Bank Park
Pitching Match-Ups: LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-1, 3.25 ERA) vs. RHP Roberto Hernandez (1-1, 5.74 ERA)
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

Washington Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez has a lower career ERA in the month of May than in any other month of the season. In 23 games (21 starts) in May in his career, Gonzalez has worked to a 2.30 ERA. He’s making his first May start of the 2014 season today.

Additionally, in 77 career starts (in any month) in which Gonzalez has received two runs or more of run support while he’s in the game, the left-hander is 62-2 with a 2.94 ERA.

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

 

Nationals Game Notes — May 3 at Philadelphia Phillies

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Game #30: Washington Nationals (17-12) at Philadelphia Phillies (13-14) | 7:05 p.m. ET | Citizens Bank Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Tanner Roark (2-0, 2.76 ERA) vs. RHP AJ Burnett (1-1, 2.15 ERA)
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN
Live Statsnationals.com

Of note:

The Washington Nationals pulled off their ninth comeback victory of the season on Friday night, turning a 3-0 deficit into a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The comeback victory continued a trend the Nationals have set early this season: being able to attack opposing teams’ bullpens and put up runs late.

In the seventh inning or later this season, the Nationals are outscoring their opponents 60-25.

The 60 runs scored are good for the second-best mark in Major League Baseball (behind only the Chicago White Sox), as well as the best mark in the National League. The 25 runs allowed are the third-fewest given up in the Major Leagues.

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

Nationals Game Notes — April 30 at Houston Astros

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Game #28: Washington Nationals (15-12) at Houston Astros (9-18) | 7:10 p.m. CT (8:10 p.m. ET) | Minute Maid Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (1-1, 4.05 ERA) vs. LHP Brett Oberholtzer (0-4, 4.61 ERA)
Radio: 106.7 FM / 1500 AM, also on nationals.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on MASN 2
Live Stats: nationals.com

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

Highlights from a Grand evening at Nationals Park

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by Amanda Comak

“When you’re put in that situation and the game is on the line, you want to come through for your teammates. I was happy to do that.” – Jayson Werth after his eighth-inning grand slam gave the Nationals a 10-7 victory.

“Knowing Jayson, if a pitcher looks at him wrong, he’ll take that personally. Them blatantly walking (Anthony Rendon) to get to him, you typically don’t walk to get to your 3-hole hitter, especially a veteran guy that’s proven he can get big hits. But they chose to, and it worked out in our favor this time.” – Craig Stammen, who turned in an outstanding 3.1 innings of relief to keep the Nationals in the game, on Werth’s slam.

“I’m just happy it went over the wall and we got three runs out of it.” – Bryce Harper on his majestic three-run home run into the third deck that got the Nationals back into the game.

“Any time you’re down five, it’s tough to come back. But they fought tonight. I’m proud of them for it. They stayed in it. Bryce’s homer helped. Even after they tied the game late, they still fought, which they’re happy with and I’m happy with.” — manager Matt Williams on the Nationals’ comeback.

Nationals place C Wilson Ramos on DL, recall C Sandy Leon

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by Amanda Comak

NEW YORK – Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to remove a fractured hamate bone from his left hand.

042112-171 wilson ramosRamos, who visited with hand specialist Dr. Kenneth Means on Tuesday, had the operation Wednesday and he will begin his rehab immediately. The team placed him on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 1, before Wednesday’s game, and recalled catcher Sandy Leon from Double-A Harrisburg.

The bulk of the Nationals’ catching responsibilities will now fall to Jose Lobaton, but his ability to handle the daily load of a starting role was a large reason why the team acquired him in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays at the start of Spring Training.

Lobaton caught 100 games for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013, leading their vaunted pitching staff to the fifth-lowest team ERA in the American League, while hitting .249 with 24 extra-base hits.

Leon, long thought to be one of the organization’s best defensive catchers, has proven more than capable in his brief Major League stints. In 2012, appearing in 12 games, Leon was 8-for-30 (.267) with a .389 on-base percentage.  Leon has thrown out 169 of 353 (48%) would-be basestealers the previous four minor-league seasons (2010-13).

The Nationals will no doubt miss Ramos, behind the plate as well as at it, and they’ll be patient as their bedrock catcher works to return from this injury strong and ready to return as their everyday backstop. In the meantime, the team will not be set adrift with the likes of Lobaton and Leon leading them behind the plate.

Get well soon, Wilson.

Must C Curtains: Wilson Ramos homers and drives in five runs after returning from the Disabled List in 2013.

Nationals sign Kevin Frandsen

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by Amanda Comak

VIERA, Fla. — The Washington Nationals bolstered their bench with a late addition on Wednesday, signing infielder/outfielder Kevin Frandsen to a Major League contract. Frandsen, who opted to become a free agent on Tuesday after the Philadelphia Phillies outrighted him on Sunday, will join the Nationals in time for Thursday’s Grapefruit League finale against the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta BravesFrandsen is a career .259 hitter with 49 doubles, five triples, 14 home runs and 93 RBI in 402 big league contests spanning seven seasons with the Phillies, Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants. Against left-handed pitching, Frandsen is a career .289 hitter with a .343 on-base percentage and .435 slugging percentage, and he is also a versatile defensive addition.

The 31-year-old has appeared defensively at six positions during his career (first base, second base, third base, shortstop, left field, right field). Manager Matt Williams has said this spring that when it comes to his bench he prefers to have options. Frandsen’s ability to play multiple positions provides that.

Last season, Frandsen paced all of the Major Leagues with 14 pinch hits despite starting 52 games (35 at third base, 13 at second base, four at third base) and being hit by 11 pitches in what was ultimately his final season with Philadelphia.

Over the previous two years with the Phillies, Frandsen hit .280 with a .333 on-base percentage and a .389 slugging percentage and seven home runs. In 88 plate appearances against left-handed pitching in 2013, Frandsen hit .311 and he is a career .265 hitter with 17 RBI as a pinch hitter.

A graduate of San Jose State University, Frandsen was a 12th-round selection by the Giants in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.

The Nationals currently have 29 players in Major League camp, including right-handed pitcher Erik Davis, who is currently on the 60-Day Disabled List.

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