Ichiro stars for Marlins in victory over Nationals

Apr 22, 2016

Ichiro stars for Marlins in victory over Nationals

Ichiro Suzuki quietly cleaned his cleats in a noisy postgame clubhouse Thursday before packing the shoes for his next game, which will be No. 2,368. No. 2,367 went pretty well. Ichiro had two hits, scored twice and made two sliding catches in right field ...

Apr 17, 2016

Scherzer, Harper power Nationals past Phillies

Max Scherzer’s bat was even more impressive than his arm. Scherzer threw seven sharp innings and hit a two-run double, Bryce Harper launched another homer and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-1 Saturday night. The Nationals are off to a 9-1 start, ...

Harper's 100th career homer lifts Nationals

Apr 15, 2016

Harper's 100th career homer lifts Nationals

After connecting on his first grand slam and 100th career home run, Bryce Harper is already thinking ahead to bigger milestones. His manager is invoking names like Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky. Harper smashed a panel on an electronic signboard with his slam in ...

Murphy victorious in Nats debut

Apr 5, 2016

Murphy victorious in Nats debut

Extra innings on the road left Dusty Baker exhausted but happy in his debut as Nationals manager. “It’s kind of like the game telling me, welcome back,” Baker said. Daniel Murphy, also making his Washington debut, was a huge hit with a home run ...

Tanaka struggles in latest outing

Mar 24, 2016

Tanaka struggles in latest outing

Masahiro Tanaka was solid in his first three spring training starts. The right-hander’s latest outing for the New York Yankees didn’t go nearly as well. Tanaka allowed seven runs and the Washington Nationals rolled to a 13-0 win Wednesday night. Tanaka had given up ...

Marlins give Fernandez big raise

Jan 16, 2016

Marlins give Fernandez big raise

Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $2.8 million contract for 2016, a big increase over his salary of $651,000 last year. The Marlins’ other five arbitration-eligible players also reached one-year deals, the team said Friday. Fernandez returned from Tommy ...

Nats reach agreement with infielder Murphy

Dec 25, 2015

Nats reach agreement with infielder Murphy

Second baseman Daniel Murphy and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a three-year, $37.5 million contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told AP. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the agreement, first reported by ESPN, was subject to a ...

Zimmermann joins Tigers in five-year deal

Dec 1, 2015

Zimmermann joins Tigers in five-year deal

Free agent pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has finalized a five-year contract with the Detroit Tigers. Detroit announced the deal Monday, shortly before a news conference at Comerica Park. The 29-year-old right-hander went 13-10 with a 3.66 ERA last season for Washington, striking out 164 with ...

Harper, Donaldson honored with MVPs

Nov 20, 2015

Harper, Donaldson honored with MVPs

Bryce Harper began this season with one personal goal — and it had nothing to do with homers, RBIs or awards. “All I wanted to do was stay healthy and stay on the field every day,” he said. Harper did that, and a lot ...

Nov 7, 2015

Nats make offer to Zimmermann

The Washington Nationals have made $15.8 million qualifying offers to two homegrown players expected to leave via free agency, pitcher Jordan Zimmermann and shortstop Ian Desmond. Teams had until Friday to make the offers. Players have a week to accept — although none has ...

Nov 6, 2015

Nats GM Rizzo admits team negotiated with Black, Baker simultaneously

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says the team negotiated contract terms with Bud Black and Dusty Baker simultaneously before hiring Baker as manager. In his first remarks on what he calls “a unique situation,” Rizzo said Thursday that “sometimes the negotiating process also tells ...

Nationals announce Baker as next manager

Nov 4, 2015

Nationals announce Baker as next manager

Dusty Baker got another managing job, this time with the Washington Nationals. And Major League Baseball got another black skipper, something the man in charge of the sport called “encouraging.” The Nationals announced Baker’s hiring on Tuesday, nearly a month after firing Matt Williams ...