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NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Soriano Melts Down, Nats Blow Six-Run Lead

/vomits everywhere The Washington Nationals (57-46) led 6-0 in the sixth inning, but the Miami Marlins (52-53) scored seven runs in the game’s final three innings, including four off of Rafael Soriano, and grabbed the win, 7-6. With the utterly heartbreaking loss, the Nationals’ lead in the NL East is down to just a half game after the Atlanta Braves won earlier today. Not to...
Via The Nats Blog
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Injury Update: Jayson Werth exits with twisted ankle

Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth twisted his ankle as he was thrown out at second base attempting to stretch a single into a double in the seventh inning of Monday night's 7-6 loss the Miami Marlins (video here and below). Werth, who had gone 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI, was replaced in the bottom of the seventh by Nate McLouth. According to James Wagner...
Via Sports Injury Alert
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dmitri Young has lost a ton of weight

Dmitri Young was known to many as “Da Meat” or “Da Meat Hook” during his 14-year MLB career. If you saw him now, you might not understand why. Young looks like a completely different person from the one that played 50 games with the Washington Nationals in 2008. The 40-year-old visited some of his former […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Washington National minor league system Stats leaders (7/28)

It has been some time since we updated out Washington Nationals readers on the Washington Nationals minor league system statistical leaders.  So here we go . . . BATTING LEADERS: Doubles:  Matthew Skole (AA) 25, Randolph Oduber (A) and Wilmer Difo (A) 24,  Steve Souza (AAA) and Shawn Pleffner (A) 22 Triples:  Issac Ballou (A) 9, Wilmer Difo (A) 6, Emmanuel Burriss (AAA), Zack...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mudcats drop sixth straight, lose to Nationals 6-5

WOODBRIDGE, VA — A frustrating spell for the Carolina Mudcats continued Sunday as they fell to the Potomac Nationals 6-5 in eleven innings. Oscar Tejada’s walk off homer to left, his second long ball of the night, completed the series sweep for Potomac and handed the Mudcats their sixth consecutive defeat. Clayton Cook (2-4, 5.18) was tagged with the loss for his role in the...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Grab Fourth Straight Series, Beat Reds

Ryan Zimmerman‘s injury may have felt like a big blow to the Washington Nationals‘ hopes, but the early returns without him are promising. The Nationals (57-45) capped off their fourth straight series win with a road victory over the Cincinnati Reds (rec) behind seven shutout innings from Doug Fister and four two-out RBIs, winning 4-2. Much like Saturday’s game, the bats...
Via The Nats Blog
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nats asked after Beltre with Zimmerman absent

With Ryan Zimmerman out with a hamstring injury, two baseball sources revealed on Friday that the Nationals inquired about Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, but the "Nationals were rebuffed" one of the sources said. Beltre, 35, is considered a solid defensive player and would have provided power missing during Zimmerman's absence. Entering Saturday's action...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dmitri Young Weight Loss Photos are Simply Stunning

Former MLB player Dmitri Young’s heaviest playing weight was 295 pounds, making him the third heftiest player in big league history. Young, aka Da Meathook, played for the Cardinals, Reds, Tigers and Nationals over 13 seasons and was always known as the heavy bearded guy until his official retirement in 2010. He was in attendance at the Nationals-Reds game in Cincinnati on Friday...
Via Next Impulse Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Injury Update: Matt Purke transferred to 60-day DL

The Washington Nationals transferred left-handed pitcher Matt Purke to the 60-day DL, activated outfielder Eury Perez from the DL and optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse. Purke underwent Tommy John surgery May 29, and is out for the season. Perez fractured his toe in April.Matt Purke (by Don De Jong)  via Wiki Commons Purke, 23, was the Rangers first round draft pick in 2009 but...
Via MLB Injury News
3 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Dmitri Young shows off astounding weight loss

Ex-big leaguer Dmitri Young got a whole lot smaller, so much that he looks half the size he used to be. Young spent 13 seasons in the MLB, belting 171 home runs and hitting .292 for his career. He was even a two-time All-Star back in 2003 and 2008, and was always larger-than-life on the field. Young visited Great American Ball Park on Friday to catch a game between two of his former...
Via NESN.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Roark pitches Nats to opening series win over Reds

Tanner Roark (10-6) provided the Washington Nationals with a solid mound performance to lead the Nats to a 4-1 win over the Reds.  The Nationals have won five of their last six, while the Reds dropped the seventh straight game.  Roark threw 7 innings and scattered just 3 hits and 1 run while fanning 6 batter to earn his tenth win of the season. Offensively, the Nats compiled 12...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats place Ryan Zimmerman on DL

After missing 44 games this season to a fractured thumb, the Washington Nationals have again placed 3B Ryan Zimmerman on the MLB disabled list.   This time Zim goes to the DL with a strained hamstring.  Zimmerman injured his hamstring last night in the sixth inning when he drove in a run on a ground ball.  After passing and stepping on first base, Zimmerman instantly felt discomfort...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper unveils new "stack and jack" batting stance, hair style

And so, Bryce Harper introduced a new hair style and a new batting stance in his return from the All-Star break. Let's just call the batting stance "stack and jack" and the hair cut "jack and stack" for simplicity. Via Washington Post: Harper returned for the second half with a new batting stance, a change he revealed Friday afternoon during batting practice...
Via Nationals Enquirer
7 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Bryce Harper gets picked off by a mile at first base

Everyone can remember Willy Mays Hays from the movie “Major League.” He was as fast as could be, but an absolute bonehead on the base paths (early in the movie). Well, minus being told that his shoe was untied by the first baseman, Bryce Harper was caught in a similar manner at first base Sunday afternoon. Harper had already been thrown at two previous times, and he walked back...
Via DC Sports-Kings
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper in a Montreal Expos uniform

So, what if the Expos never left Montreal? Up above, a photo of the cover of this month's "What If" issue of SportsNet magazine in Canada, featuring Bryce Harper in an Expos uni. This much we know: if the Expos never left Montreal, Bryce Harper would never have been an Expo. (Photo via @johnintini. See also CSN Washington) Related articles Bryce Harper was...
Via Nationals Enquirer
12 days ago  |  Discuss
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