Panda! Sandoval helps Braves sweep doubleheader against Nats
Atlanta pinch-hitter Pablo Sandoval drove a two-run homer to the deepest part of the ballpark off a Washington reliever who took over after Stephen Strasburg’s six scoreless innings to lift the Braves to a 2-0 victory over the Nationals and a doubleheader sweep.
Padres star Tatis has shoulder problem, to be re-evaluated
The Padres said Tatis had discomfort in his non-throwing left shoulder and would be re-evaluated on Wednesday. Corbin Burnes turned in 4 2/3 innings, striking out six while allowing two runs on three hits. Jon Lester allowed one run and three hits in 3 2/3 innings in his second start of the spring for Washington. He gave up five hits, hit two batters and struck out three. PADRES 5, REDS 4MacKenzie Gore worked 3 2/3 innings in his third start for San Diego, allowing two runs on three hits.
Nats GM Rizzo won't reveal length of Martinez's new contract
WASHINGTON – Dave Martinez spoke Saturday about managing the Washington Nationals for “many, many years” and over the “long term” and “quite some time,” thanks to his contract extension. “We don’t talk about terms as far as years, length and salaries and that type of thing. How many years do you have?”Moments later, as the back-and-forth continued, Rizzo said: “It’s kind of an individual thing with certain people. The Nationals then beat the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals to reach the World Series, where they beat the Houston Astros in Game 7. Washington joined the 1914 Boston Braves as the only teams in major league history to win a World Series after being 12 games below .500 during a season.
Champs done: Time to look toward 2021 for eliminated Nats
FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, The Washington Nationals celebrate after Game 7 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros in Houston. A year after winning the World Series thanks to a historic turnaround, the Nationals woke up Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, with a 23-33 record and no mathematical chance of returning to the playoffs. There was no opportunity for a sellout crowd to roar during the raising of a championship banner or to witness a World Series ring ceremony. Most notably, World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg’s season lasted all of five innings before he was done because of a nerve issue in his throwing hand. The Nationals conclude their 60-game regular season with four games at home against the New York Mets, starting Thursday.
LEADING OFF: Pads upgrade 'pen, Mets-Yanks play 2 again
The San Diego Padres acquired the reliever from Kansas City on Saturday for outfielder Edward Olivares and a player to be named. The 30-year-old Rosenthal has a 3.29 ERA and seven saves after struggling with injuries and poor performance in recent years. The Mets plan to start righty Rick Porcello (1-4, 6.43 ERA) and converted closer Seth Lugo (1-2, 2.03). That year, he became the only player to hit for the cycle in a postseason game. They made the move with infielder Starlin Castro expected to miss the rest of the season with a broken wrist.
LEADING OFF: Cardinals emerge from long layoff in Chicago
FINALLYRemember the St. Louis Cardinals? The twinbill is one of at least seven St. Louis will play in the coming weeks to make up for lost time. Game 1 on Saturday will be just the sixth of the season for the Cardinals. St. Louis will have to find a way to race back into contention without longtime coach Willie McGee. The team put the star right fielder is on the injured list retroactive to Wednesday with a strained right calf.
Strasburg hurt as Nationals beat Orioles 15-3 for 'split'
Strasburg threw only 16 pitches before leaving with hand issue in the first inning of Washington's 15-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night. Martinez said Strasburg was feeling numbness in his thumb and that the sensation originated in the wrist. The Nationals withstood the injury to Strasburg after rebounding from a defeat that took five days to decide and weathering a lengthy rain delay. His first outing came against the Orioles in a game that was suspended Sunday at Nationals Park and completed Friday at Camden Yards with Baltimore winning 6-2. Orioles: Asher Wojciechowski (0-1, 3.95) makes his sixth career appearance against the Nationals, still looking for his first win against them.
Strasburg hit hard in debut; O's-Nats suspended after rain
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Baltimore strung together a double, four singles and a walk, including Hanser Albertos two-run double and Anthony Santanders two-run single. We are not making any firm announcement, but I would imagine he is going to take the mound on Tuesday, Rizzo said. UP NEXTOrioles: Open a three-game series at the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. That will be followed by series at Baltimore and Atlanta.
Yanks don't let Nats toot own horn, beat 2019 champions 3-2
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON Gleyber Torres helped the New York Yankees prevent the Washington Nationals from tooting their own horn. Torres had started 2020 by going 0 for 7 before delivering hits in three consecutive at-bats Sunday. But with one out in the seventh, Torres took Corbin deep on a first-pitch fastball to make it 2-1. Honestly, I really dont know what theyre planning on doing with that thing, Martinez said about the trumpet. On Monday, Washington RHP Anbal Snchez faces RHP Trent Thornton.
LEADING OFF: Opening day in DC, Dodger Stadium amid pandemic
Later, Los Angeles lefty Clayton Kershaw takes on the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. This opening day doubleheader begins the most unusual year in the history of Major League Baseball. MLB players can put a patch with Black Lives Matter or United For Change on a jersey sleeve during opening day. The 27-year-old Betts helped beat the Dodgers in the 2018 World Series when he was the AL MVP for Boston. The six-time All-Star, three-time World Series champion and 2012 NL MVP and his wife have adopted twin identical girls who were born prematurely.
More positive tests, canceled workouts add to MLB unease
The San Francisco Giants suspended workouts at Oracle Park as they awaited the results of weekend tests for the coronavirus. Rodriguez, who broke out in 2019 as a star, and Red Sox prospect Bobby Dalbec tested positive for the virus. Manager Ron Roenicke said it is just unfortunate the positive test could jeopardize Rodriguezs chances to start on opening day. Also, the Kansas City Royals announced right-hander Brad Keller and first baseman Ryan OHearn had positive tests and gave the team permission to announce the results. Some Washington players did not take part in workouts, including Starlin Castro, Juan Soto, Howie Kendrick and Victor Robles.
Marlins end season with 4-3 win over Phillies
Martin Prado #14 of the Miami Marlins is hugged by Starlin Castro #13 after he was removed from the game during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies. Harper got two hits and a standing ovation to close out his first season with the Phillies, who finished at 81-81 after a 4-3 loss to the Miami Marlins on Sunday. The Phillies had a big hump in attendance this season to 2,727,421 from 2,158,124, their highest since 2013. Starlin Castro homered and doubled, and Martin Prado and Isan Diaz also went deep for the Marlins (57-105), who finished with a losing record for the 10th straight season. UP NEXTThe Phillies and Marlins will open the 2020 season playing each other in Miami on March 26.
Mets stay alive, rally in 9th and beat Marlins 5-4 in 11
Starlin Castro #13 of the Miami Marlins reacts in the seventh inning against the New York Mets. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)NEW YORK - Michael Conforto and the New York Mets rallied just in time to keep their faint playoff hopes alive, beating the Miami Marlins 5-4 in 11 innings Tuesday night. After wins by Washington and Milwaukee earlier in the day, the Mets needed a victory to stay in the playoff race. Paul Sewald (1-1), the seventh Mets pitcher, struck out two in a perfect inning for his first major league win in his 118th appearance. Mets: Bidding for a second straight NL Cy Young Award, deGrom (10-8, 2.51 ERA) makes his final scheduled start this season.
Alcantara 1st Marlins rookie with 2 shutouts since Willis; Miami wins 9-0
Sandy Alcantara of the Miami Marlins throws a pitch against the Kansas City Royals at Marlins Park on September 8, 2019. MIAMI - Sandy Alcantara became the first Marlins pitcher with two shutouts in his rookie season since Dontrelle Willis, and Miami beat the Kansas City Royals 9-0 Sunday. Willis had two shutouts while winning Rookie of the Year in 2003. Marlins: RHP Jordan Yamamoto (forearm) is looking to make his return to the mound before the season ends. Marlins: RHP Robert Dugger (0-1, 4.00) opens a four-game home series with the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday with his fourth start of the season.
Diaz, Reynolds rally Pirates past Marlins 6-5
Bryan Reynolds celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk off two run RBI single to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 6-5 win over the Miami Marlins at PNC Park on September 4, 2019. PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Bryan Reynolds' two-run bloop single capped a three-run ninth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night. Elias Diaz started the winning rally with a leadoff homer against Jose Urena (4-8) that drew the Pirates within a run. TRAINER'S ROOMPirates: Rookie OF Jason Martin will miss the rest of the season after dislocating his left shoulder Tuesday night when Marlins RHP Jarlin Garcia fell on him during a play at the plate. Pirates: RHP Dario Agrazal (4-5, 4.50) has won his last two starts despite giving up seven runs in 10 innings.
Rendon 2-run single in 9th lifts Nationals past Marlins 7-6
Starlin Castro #13 of the Miami Marlins hits a two-run home run in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)WASHINGTON - Anthony Rendon lined a two-run single with one out in the ninth inning and the Washington Nationals rallied past the Miami Marlins 7-6 on Friday night for their seventh win in eight games. Rendon had three hits and drove in three runs, giving him 107 RBIs for the NL wild-card leaders. Howie Kendrick led off with a single against Ryne Stanek (0-3, 0-2 for the Marlins) Trea Turner followed with a walk. Nationals: Closer Sean Doolittle (right knee tendinitis) pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning in a rehab appearance for Class A Potomac.
Starlin Castro helps Marlins rally past Phillies
Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty ImagesMIAMI - Starlin Castro's two-run double in the sixth inning capped a comeback by the Miami Marlins, who rallied against Aaron Nola to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Sunday. The last-place Marlins improved to 9-7 against the Phillies with three games yet to play in late September. Nola (12-4) faced the minimum until the sixth, when he allowed four consecutive batters to reach as the Marlins erased a 2-0 deficit. ROSTER MOVESBefore the game, Miami recalled RHP Kyle Keller from Triple-A New Orleans and optioned RHP Tyler Kinley to New Orleans. Marlins RHP Pablo Lopez (5-5, 4.23) is scheduled to come off the injured list to pitch Monday night against Cincinnati.
Castro, Marlins rally from 7 runs down, beat Phillies 19-11
Starlin Castro #13 of the Miami Marlins scores a run in the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on August 23, 2019. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)MIAMI - Starlin Castro homered twice and drove in five runs, and the Miami Marlins spotted the Philadelphia Phillies a seven-run lead before rallying to win 19-11 on Friday night, their highest-scoring game at Marlins Park. Philadelphia led 7-0 in the third thanks in part to Scott Kingery's three-run triple and Corey Dickerson's two-run double. It was the first time the Phillies have blown a 7-0 lead since August 2003 at Montreal, when they led 8-0. Nick Pivetta (4-6) allowed five runs, one earned, in 2 1/3 innings in a losing effort.
Julio Teheran goes 7 innings to help Braves beat Marlins 8-4
Starlin Castro #13 of the Miami Marlins hits a RBI single in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park on August 09, 2019. Teheran (7-7) pitched seven innings, struck out seven, hit a sacrifice fly and departed with a 6-1 lead. Starlin Castro homered for the Marlins' only run off Teheran in his four outings against them this year. The NL East-leading Braves improved to 11-3 this year against last-place Miami, including 7-1 at Marlins Park. Braves: RHP Mike Soroka (10-2, 2.45) is scheduled to start.