Harper homers again, Nationals rout Braves to go to 4-0
Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer and the quick-scoring Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 8-1 on Monday.Harper's second-inning shot off Sean Newcomb (0-1) to center field gave the Nationals a 5-0 lead. He also drew four walks and scored three runs.
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The Nationals have extended president and general manager Mike Rizzo 's contract through the 2020 season, the team announced Thursday. We've agreed to a contract extension with President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo . pic.twitter.com/mVruboZEiA.
Nationals President of Baseball Operations Mike Rizzo , the architect of one of the winningest teams of this decade, will continue to lead the franchise beyond this season. In a move that showed nearly unprecedented awareness of optics, and turned a spring of internal unrest into a newfound sense of
Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was a lame duck this year. He’s not lame anymore: the Nats just agreed to a two-year contract extension, taking him through the 2020 season.
The Nats have a a .572 winning percentage since Rizzo took over as the GM in 2009, have won four division championships and are currently on a string of six consecutive winning seasons. During his tenure the club has drafted Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon, traded for Trea Turner and Adam Eaton and signed free agents Max Scherzer and Daniel Murphy. He has transformed the club from a bottom-dweller to one of the best in the game. The only knock on the club in that time is its inability to escape the first round of the playoffs, though that’s not the sort of thing in a GM’s control.
Scherzer dominates, Nats beat Rockies to end 3-game skid
The Washington Nationals ended a three-game skid by beating the Colorado Rockies 6-2. WASHINGTON (AP) -- Before Saturday's game at Washington, Colorado manager Bud Black stated the obvious in saying that Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer was one of the three best pitchers in baseball.
The Washington Nationals and general manager Mike Rizzo have finalized a multiyear contract This year, the Nationals are in last place in the division in the pandemic-shortened season, but the 2020 On the same day the Nationals renewed their commitment to Rizzo , the team recalled top
The Washington Nationals and general manager Mike Rizzo finalized a multiyear contract extension Saturday. “We are thrilled that Mike will continue to lead our club,” Lerner said in a statement released by the team. “He guided us through the early years of building this franchise into what it is
Rizzo will have some challenges to face in the next couple of years. Chief among them: Bryce Harper will be a free agent this winter and will either cause the Nats to have to totally alter their budget to keep him or cause them to fill the hole his departure will cause if he leaves.
Rizzo will now be handling that task with at least some job security. Not a ton, actually — other top baseball executives like Brian Cashman and Theo Epstein have recently received five-year deals. Even others who, like Rizzo, do not have a World Series ring, have gotten longer pacts. Given the age and makeup of this team, however, it’s also the case that, come 2020, ownership is facing a totally different situation than it is now, so they may want the flexibility.
Ohtani will start Tuesday at Fenway after Angels-Royals postponed
It appears that only Mother Nature can stop Shohei Ohtani. The two-way phenom's third major-league start will have to wait, as Sunday's contest between the Los Angeles Angels and Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium has been postponed due to inclement weather. They'll make up the contest on June 25. Thanks to the postponement, Ohtani's next start has been movedThe two-way phenom's third major-league start will have to wait, as Sunday's contest between the Los Angeles Angels and Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium has been postponed due to inclement weather. They'll make up the contest on June 25.
The GM of the reigning World Series champs spoke to reporters in a conference call on Friday.
Nats extend GM Rizzo , Martinez may be next. General manager hopes to work out long-term deal “He guided us through the early years of building this franchise into what it is today -- a perennial Rizzo has been at the helm for some of the Nationals ’ most memorable transactions, including inking
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Kazuhisa Makita of the Padres pitches during the game against the Rockies on April 4 in San Diego, Calif. The Rockies won 5-2.
Matt Chapman of the Athletics scores sliding past the tag attempt by Robinson Chirinos of the Rangers on April 4 in Oakland, Calif. The Athletics won 6-2.
Derek Fisher of the Astros, steals second base, as Jonathan Schoop of the Orioles, is unable to field the ball, on April 4 in Houston, TX. The Astros won 3-2.
Braves Center fielder, Ender Inciarte, slides safely into second base during the game against the Nationals on April 4 in Atlanta, GA. The Braves won 7-1.
Double play it is
Gift Ngoepe of the Blue Jays, turns a double play over Welington Castillo (21) of the White Sox at second base, on April 4 in Toronto, Canada. The White Sox won 4-3.
Tyler Glasnow of the Pirates, pitches in the eighth inning against the Twins on April 4 in Pittsburgh, Penn. The Twins won 7-3.
Made it thru'
Rhys Hoskins of the Phillies, steals third base ahead of the tag by Todd Frazier of the Mets, on April 4 in New York City. The Mets won 4-2.
Gary Sanchez of the Yankees, celebrates his third inning two run home run against the Rays with teammate Aaron Judge on April 4 in New York City. The Yankees won 7-2.
AJ Pollock (11) of the Diamondbacks, is tagged out while diving back to third base by Kyle Farmer (17) of the Dodgers on April 4 in Phoenix, Ariz. The Diamondbacks won 3-0.
Dexter Fowler (25) of the Cardinals, slides into home plate to score a run past Manny Pina of the Brewers, on April 4 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Cardinals won 6-0.
Pablo Sandoval of the Giants, reacts after he hit a three-run home run in the against the Mariners on April 4 in San Francisco, Calif. The Giants won 10-1.
Off the blocks
Shohei Ohtani of the Angels, grounds out during the game against the Indians on April 4 in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels won 3-2. The Angels won 3-2.
The Yankees' Didi Gregorius watch his three-run home run in front of the Rays' Jesus Sucre on April 3 in New York. The Yankees won, 11-4.
Miggy missed Tigers' walk-off because he was getting coffee in clubhouse
If you were looking for Miguel Cabrera during the Detroit Tigers' walk-off celebrations Wednesday, there's good reason why you wouldn't see him. As Dixon Machado hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth for the 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles, Cabrera was in the clubhouse getting himself a drink.
The Washington Nationals and general manager Mike Rizzo finalized a multiyear contract extension Saturday. Manager Dave Martinez hopes he is next up. 11, 2020 , file photo, Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo talks with members of the media during the team's "Winterfest" baseball
The Washington Nationals have extended general manager Mike Rizzo 's contract for three years, the team announced on Saturday afternoon. As we detailed on Friday evening, the Nationals ' failures in 2020 have been of the team-effort variety. Rizzo will have to retool in order to maximize the time his
Who's lookin' happy
The Yankees' Brett Gardner, left, watches as Giancarlo Stanton, center, and Aaron Judge leap in the air after their victory over the Rays on April 3 in New York.
Joey Gallo of the Rangers trots around the bases after hitting a solo home against the Athletics on April 3 in Oakland, Calif. The Rangers won, 4-1.
The Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb scores the tying run against the Dodgers on April 3 in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks won, 8-7.
Reyes Moronta of the Giants pitches against the Mariners on April 3 in San Francisco. The Mariners won, 6-4.
Living the moment
The Brewers' Ryan Braun is doused with Gatorade after his walk off home run against the Cardinals on April 3 in Milwaukee. The Brewers won, 5-4.
What a catch!
Brian Goodwin of the Nationals dives to catch a hit against the Braves on April 3 in Atlanta. The Braves won, 13-6.
Yoan Moncada, left, of the White Sox is tagged out at home plate by Luke Maile of the Blue Jays on April 3 in Toronto. The Blue Jays won, 14-5.
Going for the hit
The Mets' Adrian Gonzalez hits a single against the Phillies on April 3 in New York. The Mets won, 2-0.
The Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez, left, scores past the Marlins' Chad Wallach on April 3 in Miami. The Red Sox won, 4-2.
Making it count
The Angels' Shohei Ohtani rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run against the Indians on April 3 in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels won, 13-2.
The Astros' Marwin Gonzalez hits a solo home run against the Orioles on April 2 in Houston. The Astros won, 10-6.
Kazuhisa Makita of the Padres pitches against the Rockies on April 3 in San Diego. The Padres won, 8-4.
Mets rally for 9 runs in 8th inning to stun Nationals, 11-5
Yoenis Cespedes launched a grand slam for his second key hit during a nine-run outburst in the eighth inning that rallied the New York Mets past the Washington Nationals 11-5, preventing a three-game sweep. Yoenis Cespedes launched a grand slam for his second key hit of the eighth inning, capping a colossal outburst that propelled the Mets past the Nationals 11-5 on Wednesday night and prevented a three-game sweep.
Ready for action
Junichi Tazawa of the Marlins pitches against the Red Sox on April 2 in Miami. The Red Sox won, 7-3.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, right, of the Dodgers strikes out on a bunting foul against the Diamondbacks on April 2 in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks won, 8-7.
Sliding to score
Charlie Blackmon, right, of the Rockies scores as A.J. Ellis of the Padres looks to throw to first base on April 2 in San Diego. The Rockies won, 7-4.
On the run
Kole Calhoun of the Angels throws his bat after flying out against the Indians on April 2 in Anaheim, Calif. The Indians won, 6-0.
Touch and go
The Nationals' Michael A. Taylor, right, steals second base as Ozzie Albies of the Braves handles the late throw on April 2 in Atlanta. The Nationals won, 8-1.
Russell Martin of the Blue Jays hits a two-run home run against the White Sox on April 2 in Toronto. The Blue Jays won, 4-2.
The Rangers' Drew Robinson, left, scores past Athletics catcher Jonathan Lucroy on April 2 in Oakland, Calif. The Athletics won, 3-1.
The Astros' Charlie Morton throws a pitch against the Orioles on April 2 in Houston. The Astros won, 6-1.
Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, right, tags out Eugenio Suarez (7) of the Cincinnati Reds after taking the throw from Cubs pitcher Tyler Chatwood, left, on April 2 in Cincinnati. The Reds won, 1-0.
Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals breaks his bat while flying out against the Tigers on April 2 in Detroit. The Tigers defeated the Royals, 6-1.
Orlando Arcia, center, of the Milwaukee Brewers tags out the Tommy Pham of the St. Louis Cardinals, who was trying to steal second base, on April 2 in Milwaukee. The Cardinals won, 8-4.
Jameson Taillon of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the Minnesota Twins on April 2 in Pittsburgh. The Pirates won, 5-4.
Ozuna in the zone
Marcell Ozuna of the St. Louis Cardinals connects on a run-scoring double against the New York Mets on April 1 in New York City. The Cardinals won 5-1.
From left, Ryan LaMarre, Byron Buxton and Max Kepler of the Minnesota Twins celebrate after a 7-0 victory against the Orioles in Baltimore on April 1.
Out at third
A sliding Brian Anderson of the Miami Marlins gets tagged out at third base by Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs on April 1 in Miami. The Marlins won 6-0.
Justin Smoak of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a grand slam to take the lead against the New York Yankees on April 1 in Toronto. The Blue Jays won 7-4.
Adam Frazier of the Pittsburgh Pirates loses his helmet as he rounds third base to score against the Tigers on April 1 in Detroit. The Pirates won 1-0.
A sliding Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox steals second base against Joey Wendle and the Tampa Bay Rays on April 1 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Red Sox won 2-1.
Hanging on to second base
The White Sox' Tim Anderson hangs onto second base as the ball gets past the Royals’ Alcides Escobar on March 31 in Kansas City, Missouri. Chicago won 4-3.
Reds fire manager Bryan Price after 3-15 start
The Reds have fired Bryan Price after getting off to a 3-15 start, the first managerial change in the major leagues this season. Price was in his fifth season leading the rebuilding team. The Reds have lost at least 94 games in each of the last three seasons while finishing last in the NL Central. Bench coach Jim Riggleman will manage the team on an interim basis. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File) CINCINNATI — The Reds fired Bryan Price on Thursday after their 3-15 start, the first managerial change in the major leagues this season.
Cub coming home
The Cubs' Victor Caratini slides into home plate before the tag against the Marlins on March 31 in Miami. The Cubs won 10-6.
When you miss it!
Michael A. Taylor of the Nationals misses a two-run home run by Adam Duvall of the Reds on March 31 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Nationals won 13-7.
The Astros' Carlos Correa celebrates with teammate George Springer after a game against the Rangers on March 31 in Arlington, Texas. The Astros won 9-3.
The Rays’ Mallex Smith is tagged out by the Red Sox’ Mitch Moreland for a double play on March 31 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Red Sox won 3-2.
Making the last stretch
Logan Forsythe of the Dodgers stretches for the ball to force out Joe Panik of the Giants on March 31 in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won 5-0.
With full strength
The Twins' Kyle Gibson throws a pitch against the Orioles on March 31 in Baltimore. The Twins won 6-2.
Rays of hope
Brad Miller, left, of the Rays hauls in the throw to complete the double play with the out on Jackie Bradley Jr. of the Red Sox on March 30 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Red Sox won 1-0.
Slide and score
The Braves' Ryan Flaherty slides under the Phillies' catcher Andrew Knapp to score on March 30 in Atlanta. The Phillies won 5-4.
Yankees know how to win
Didi Gregorius of the Yankees slides into third base with a triple against the Jays on March 30 in Toronto, Canada. The Yankees won 4-2.
Giving a signal
The Astros' Max Stassi, right, chases the ball as the Rangers' Rougned Odor signals runners not to advance on March 30 in Texas. The Rangers won 5-1.
Brave it out
Kurt Suzuki of the Braves reacts to being hit by a pitch against the Phillies on March 30 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Phillies won 5-4.
A different pitch
The Padres' Kazuhisa Makita pitches against the Brewers on March 30 in San Diego. The Brewers won 8-6.
The Rockies' Nolan Arenado, left, jumps for the ball as the Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock steals on March 30 in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks won 9-8.
Not so Athletic!
The Angels' Albert Pujols, top left, forces out the Athletics' Boog Powell, bottom, at first base after a ground ball on March 30 in Oakland. The Angels 2-1.
Pirates tame the Tigers
Francisco Cervelli, center, of the Pirates scores against Shane Greene of the Tigers on March 30 in Detroit, Michigan. The Pirates won 13-10.
Jackson in motion
The Giants' Austin Jackson catches a ball hit by the Dodgers' Logan Forsythe on March 30 in Los Angeles. The Giants won 1-0.
The Nationals' Michael A. Taylor, right, scores against the Reds' catcher Tucker Barnhart, left, on March 30 in Cincinnati. The Nationals won 2-0.
Safe at home!
The Marlins' Lewis Brinson slides safely into home plate against the Cubs on March 30 in Miami. The Marlins won 2-1.
Josh Reddick, Carlos Correa, and George Springer of the Astros celebrate their win over the Rangers on March 29 in Arlington. The Astros won 4.1
Teammates of Athletics shortstop, Marcus Semien, dunk him with gatorade after hitting the walk off RBI for the win against the Angels on March 29 in Oakland, CA. The Athletics won 6-5.
RBI double smash
Jake Lamb of the Diamondbacks, hits a two RBI double against the Rockies on March 29 in Phoenix, Ariz. The Diamondbacks won 8-2.
Giancarlo Stanton of the Yankees, hits a solo home run in the ninth inning against the Blue Jays on March 29 in Toronto, Canada. The Yankees won 6-1.
Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners, grounds out to first base with Corey Kluber of the Indians pitching on March 29 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners won 2-1.
Double play attempt
Giants Shortstop, Brandon Crawford, turns towards first for a double play against Dodgers outfield, Chris Taylor, on March 29 in Los Angeles, Calif. The Giants won 1-0.
Cubs pitcher Mike Montgomery throws against the Marlins on March 29 in Miami. Chicago won 8-4.
Envy my shot
The Orioles' Adam Jones, left, watches his solo home run in front of Twins catcher Jason Castro on March 29 in Baltimore. The Orioles won 3-2.
Hop, skip, and a jump
Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson avoids the Phillies' Andrew Knapp on March 29 in Atlanta. The Braves won 8-5.
Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia, can't handle the throw from the catcher as Padres pinch-runner Matt Szczur steals second base on March 29 in San Diego. Milwaukee won 2-1.
The Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez reacts as he slides across home plate after his inside-the-park, two-run home run off Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer on March 29 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Tampa Bay won 6-4.
The White Sox's Yolmer Sanchez follows through on a three-run single against the Royals on March 29 in Kansas City, Mo. Chicago won 14-7.
Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong (16) throws out the Mets' runner Kevin Plawecki (26) after Juan Lagares hit into an inning-ending double play on March 29 in New York. The Mets won 9-4.
Madison Bumgarner has pins removed from his hand .
Madison Bumgarner is making progress in his return from a broken hand. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported on Thursday that Bumgarner had pins removed from his hand and will begin playing catch in a few weeks. He also says Bumgarner is progressing towards a late May-early June return.Madison Bumgarner has pins taken out of his hand and progressing well towards a return in late May-early June. He will begin playing catch in two weeks.