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Trevor Rosenthal persevered through a shaky ninth inning Saturday against the Nationals to lock down his fifth save of the season.

After entering the bottom of the ninth inning with a two-run lead, Rosenthal got Nate McLouth to pop out to first base for the first out. However, he then walked Zach Walters before he was hit with a comebacker and made a late throw to second base while trying to force the lead runner. Making matters worse, he then balked to move both runners into scoring position. While the Nationals cut the lead to one run with a ground out by Kevin Frandsen, Rosenthal struck out Jayson Werth swinging with a 99 mph fastball to end it. Things have been bumpier than expected for Rosenthal in the early going, giving up seven runs in 9 1/3 innings, but he still has a chance to emerge as a top fantasy closer this year.
Apr 19 - 4:09 PM

Jordan Zimmermann took the loss Saturday after giving up four runs -- one earned -- over seven innings against the Cardinals.

A throwing error by Anthony Rendon in the third inning opened the door for three runs to score. Zimmerman fanned six and walked a pair in the loss. He now owns a 3.92 ERA through four starts and has worked seven innings in back-to-back outings. The Nationals will send him to the hill against the Angels next week at home in an interleague matchup.
Apr 19 - 4:08 PM

Bryce Harper was pulled from Saturday's loss to the Cardinals for not running out a groundball.

Nationals manager Matt Williams called it a "lack of hustle." Harper has been bothered for over a week by quad discomfort, so one can understand why he might be taking it easy on routine groundouts. This is a truly odd situation.
Apr 19 - 4:08 PM

Danny Espinosa smacked a solo homer in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals.

It was Espinosa's first major league home run since last May 5. He had a chance to do some more damage later on, but flew out to center field with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. Espinosa might not hit for a high batting average, but he should be useful in mixed fantasy leagues until Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) comes off the disabled list.
Apr 19 - 4:08 PM

Denard Span went 2-for-5 with a strikeout in his return from the disabled list Saturday.

Span missed just over one week with concussion symptoms. The 30-year-old was back in the leadoff spot Saturday while Anthony Rendon was moved down to the No. 5 spot. He remains a useful option in deeper mixed formats.
Apr 19 - 4:07 PM

Tony Cruz went 2-for-4 with a two-run single and a run scored Saturday against the Nationals.

Cruz took advantage of a rare start behind the plate, as Yadier Molina got the afternoon off. If all goes according to plan for the Cardinals, Cruz won't see the field that often this year.
Apr 19 - 4:06 PM

Jenrry Mejia (blister) will try to throw a bullpen session on Saturday.

If it goes well, he should be cleared to start Monday against the Cardinals. Mejia tore open a big blister on his hand Tuesday after throwing five scoreless innings against the Diamondbacks. The 24-year-old right-hander is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 16 innings this season for the Mets.
Apr 19 - 4:06 PM

Dioner Navarro went 2-for-4 and drove home three runs, leading the Blue Jays to a 5-0 victory over the Indians on Saturday afternoon.

Navarro delivered a pair of RBI singles in the game, one in the first inning to increase the Blue Jays lead to 2-0, and another in the seventh to add on an insurance run. He's hitting .254/.279/.317 with 12 RBI in his first 16 games with the Jays.
Apr 19 - 4:03 PM
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