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Federal Reserve: Grace Replaces Rivero

On Wednesday, the Washington Nationals once again tapped into their farm system for bullpen help, calling up Matt Grace from Triple-A Syracuse. Grace—who was called upon to take the place of the injured Felipe Rivero—made his debut Wednesday night, throwing a scoreless inning in the Nationals’ loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Continue reading…

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Nats Come Back Early, But Fall Late

The St. Louis Cardinals (9-4) teed off on Doug Fister early, rocking him for two home runs and five runs through three innings, but the Washington Nationals (7-8) scored five in the bottom of the third to tie the score. Unfortunately their effort was in vain, as St. Louis added two more runs off the Nats’ bullpen to eventually claim a 7-5 win.

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Escobar’s Walk-Off Homer Elevates Nats Over Cards

With two of Washington’s three active franchises appearing in pivotal playoff games on Tuesday night, the Washington Nationals (7-7) were determined not to be overlooked. Between cheering for the Wizards and tearing my hair out over the Capitals, I was able to keep up with an instant classic of a baseball game, which the Nats eventually won, 2-1, over the St. Louis Cardinals (8-4) in the 10th inning. Continue reading…

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Strasburg Solid In Nats’ First Series Win

The Washington Nationals (6-7) came into Sunday’s contest against the Philadelphia Phillies (4-9) having won three of their last four games — momentum seemingly turning toward the 2014 NL East Division winners for the first time this season. On an overcast and breezy day the Nationals looked to Ace #3 Stephen Strasburg to secure their first series win of the young 2015 campaign.  Continue reading…

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Homers Power Nats To Win Over Phillies

For the first time since the start of the regular season the Washington Nationals (4-6) were able to string together back-to-back wins beating the Philadelphia Phillies (3-7), 5-2, as they returned home from a disheartening road trip. For many of the home fans the later innings of the game looked much like the Nats returning to form. The whole team pulled together, and after a tense beginning to the game the Nationals pulled away and never looked back. Continue reading…

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Nats Again Avoid Sweep With Win Over Red Sox

The Washington Nationals (3-6) exorcised some demons and avoided a series sweep by beating the Boston Red Sox (6-3), 10-5, on Wednesday. After an inauspicious start to the season in which just about the only positive thing that can be said is that there are still 153 games left to play, a big win and all the missing runs from the previous games were just what the Nats needed to get their groove back. The team may want to consider honoring Jackie Robinson every day, they seem to play better in the number 42 jerseys. Continue reading…

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Rafael Martin Makes The Majors

Yesterday afternoon, the Washington Nationals made an effort to alleviate their bullpen woes by purchasing the contract of right-handed reliever Rafael Martin from Triple-A Syracuse. Martin takes the place of left-hander Xavier Cedeno, who was designated for assignment.

Martin finally reaches the majors after a long and unique journey. Five years ago, Adam Kilgore covered Martin’s road to the Mexican League in an excellent Washington Post story. Martin took a job in construction out of Jurupa Valley High School in Southern California while playing in a men’s baseball league. After attending a tryout, he was signed by a Mexican League scout and went on to pitch in relief for Saraperos de Saltillo for three seasons until the Nationals picked him up prior to the 2010 campaign. Continue reading…