With Jonathan Papelbon struggling, the Nationals could step up their pursuit of a closer, including David Robertson of the White Sox.
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Francisco Lindor pushed an RBI single through a drawn-in infield with one out in the ninth inning, and the Cleveland Indians rallied for three runs to stun the Washington Nationals, 7-6, Tuesday.
A 75-year-old woman at Tuesday night's Nationals-Indians game suffered a cut to her face and was stretchered off before being taken to a hospital after being hit by a foul ball.
Lineup: Nationals (58-41) at Indians (56-41)
- 1. Trea Turner, CF (R)
- 2. Bryce Harper, RF (L)
- 3. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
- 4. Wilson Ramos, C (R)
- 5. Jayson Werth, DH (R)
- 6. Anthony Rendon, 3B (R)
- 7. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B (R)
- 8. Danny Espinosa, SS (S)
- 9. Ben Revere, LF (L)
- SP: Gio Gonzalez, LHP Daily notes
Washington still has its eyes on big-name closers, but may not be willing to deal some of its top prospects in exchange, Jayson Stark reports.
The Washington Nationals activated first baseman Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday's game against the Cleveland Indians.
Small chance Nationals trade Giolito
The Nats lost out on Aroldis Chapman, and while Lucas Giolito hasn't impressed in his three major league outings, David Schoenfield writes that he shouldn't be included in a deal to get Yankees reliever Andrew Miller. Untouchable players for all 30 teams
Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer
The Nationals are still in the bullpen market, but balking at including Lucas Giolito, Trey Turner, Reynaldo Lopez in any deals, rival clubs report.
Can favorite opponent help Gio Gonzalez?
It's been a down season for the left-hander, but he'll get the chance to earn a big win on Tuesday against the Indians, whom he's dominated throughout his career.
In today's notes, Buster Olney has the latest on trade talks involving Yankees reliever Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman trade aftermath and more.
Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer
Aroldis Chapman vs Cubs potential Oct opponents: Washington - 12 APP since 2012, 1 run, 26 K, 15.1 IP SF - 5 APP last 2 years, 10 K, 6.2 IP, 2 R & BS last Sept LA - 9 APP in career, 0 runs, 17 K, 5 hits, 9 IP
Should the Nationals stand pat or reel in reinforcements? If Washington does make a deal, GM Mike Rizzo has a history of going for the gold.
With Aroldis Chapman off the market, the Nationals could take a long look at Wade Davis, David Robertson or Trevor Rosenthal to boost their bullpen.
What does the future hold for Harper?
Expectations have always been huge for Bryce Harper, and he showed he can meet them with his NL MVP 2015 season. Even if he doesn't reach those numbers again, ZiPS projects his career WAR to fall in line with several notable Hall of Famers. #MLBRank: Forecasting the future
Nats the new No. 1 in ESPN rankings?
For the second straight week, there's been a change atop our Power Rankings. Did Washington or another club overtake San Francisco as No. 1? Week 16 Power Rankings
Would Royals trade Wade Davis?
Jim Bowden notes Kansas City's thorny situation: in contention but with multiple free agents who could walk this offseason. If the Royals part with their closer, Bowden sees the Nationals as most likely to land him. Top trade targets/best fits (Insider)
Who's next to join Hall of Fame?
Now that Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza have been officially inducted, it's time to turn our attention to the 2017 candidates. Will any of these sluggers make it to Cooperstown in their first year on the ballot?
Sunday's longest home runs
Trevor Story's post-break homer binge continued on Sunday, as the rookie launched a career-long 456-foot blast to pace the competition. Story has six homers in his last seven games.
The San Diego Padres hit back-to-back homers off Shawn Kelley in the eighth inning and scored four runs off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth to beat the Washington Nationals 10-6 on Sunday.
Wilson Ramos got all of it
The seven-year big leaguer hit the longest of his 75 career home runs on Sunday at Nationals Park against the Padres. Ramos has hit 14 this season, two short of his career high.
Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer
Here is my personal ranking on who has best chance of getting Aroldis Chapman 1. Cubs 2. Nats 3. Indians...then the rest of the field
Aroldis Chapman's days as closer for the Yankees are apparently numbered, with the team reportedly telling other squads it is close to trading its left-handed closer.
Pinch-hitter Stephen Drew hit a game-ending RBI triple in the ninth inning to give the Washington Nationals a 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.
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