The White Sox are shopping closer David Robertson, and the Red Sox and Nationals could be potential matches in a deal, Buster Olney writes.
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Harper on pace for historically bad year
Bryce Harper's batting average is down to .237 this season. That would be the worst by a reigning MVP since an injury-plagued Kirk Gibson in 1989, and fifth-worst in MLB history, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.
- 1954 Roy Campanella - .207 after '53 MVP
- 1989 Kirk Gibson - .213
- 1956 Roy Campanella - .219
- 1975 Jeff Burroughs - .226
- 1971 Johnny Bench - .238
OTD: Perfect games three years apart
On this day in 1991, Dennis Martinez threw a perfect game against the Dodgers. Three years later, on the same day, Kenny Rogers accomplished the feat against the Angels. July 28 is the only day in the calendar marked by multiple perfect games in MLB history.
The Nats have asked about Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, but a deal appears unlikely.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Bryce Harper is hitting .138 in his past 18 games with a lowly .527 OPS. One of the interesting stats from his season has been the inability to crush fastballs like last year: .219 average and .841 OPS versus .352 and 1.189 in 2015.
No road starter better than Strasburg
Stephen Strasburg improved his record on the road to 7-0 by beating the Indians in Cleveland on Wednesday.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Don't ignore Stephen Strasburg in the NL Cy Young race. He's now 14-1 with a 2.68 ERA and while voters don't weigh wins as much as they used to, 14-1 does stand out. My biggest knock on him is he's pitched 8 innings just twice. But he's pitched fewer than 6 just once (5.1) and he is eighth in the NL in innings.
Stephen Strasburg shut down Cleveland for seven innings and bounced back from his only loss this season, leading the Washington Nationals to a 4-1 win over the Indians on Wednesday.
With Jonathan Papelbon struggling, the Nationals could step up their pursuit of a closer, including David Robertson of the White Sox.
How can Nationals land Chris Sale?
If Washington refuses to include Lucas Giolito in the deal, then it can say goodbye to Joe Ross and Trea Turner, Jim Bowden writes. And that's just where the conversation starts. Potential trades for Sale (Insider)
Papelbon making Nats fans want Miller
Jonathan Papelbon has faced 12 batters in his past two outings, and 10 have reached base (one via error, if you want some sympathy). It's hard to imagine the Nationals winning the World Series with him -- and not, say, Andrew Miller -- as their closer, David Schoenfield writes. Five things we learned Tuesday
Strasburg still has records to break
For the first time this season, Stephen Strasburg is coming off a loss. Still, he enters his start on Wednesday with a chance to be the first pitcher in Nationals/Expos history to win 14 of his first 15 decisions in a season, the Elias Sports Bureau notes.
Some kind of funk for Jonathan Papelbon
In his blown save on Tuesday, Papelbon faced five batters, each of whom reached base. That's the second time in 686 career outings that he hasn't retired a batter (other: Aug. 28, 2008), ESPN Stats & Info notes. Papelbon has allowed 6 ER in his last two games, his most in consecutive appearances in his career.
Disturbing trend emerging in Washington
After never once losing a game where they led by two or more runs in the ninth inning last year, the Nationals have lost two such games this season. Jonathan Papelbon was the perpetrator in Tuesday's 7-6 loss to the Indians.
The Nationals have placed infielder Stephen Drew on the 15-day disabled list with dizziness.
Lineup: Nationals (58-42) at Indians (57-41)
- 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: Stephen Strasburg, RHP Daily notes
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.
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.
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