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Nationals signed RHP Jeremy Accardo to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Accardo posted a 4.82 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 29/16 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings last season between the Indians and A's. He's likely to open 2013 at Triple-A Syracuse.
Tue, Feb 5, 2013 04:26:00 PM

Masahiro Tanaka tossed seven shutout innings while striking out eight in Saturday's 9-0 win over the Rays.

For the first time this season, Tanaka looked like his old self. He gave up just two hits and did not walk a batter, throwing just 85 pitches in seven innings before letting the Yankee bullpen finish off the win. As has been well-documented and thoroughly, thoroughly discussed in the New York media, Tanaka is trying to pitch with a partially torn ligament in his right elbow. While Saturday's was by far the most encouraging start we've seen from the ace, it's still not clear what Tanaka's numbers will look like over the course of a long season. In this case, the cliche "one game at a time" might actually be apt. At the very least, his beautifully efficient outing against the Rays is a sign that not every start will be of the four-run, five-inning variety. He'll face the Tigers in his next outing.
Apr 18 - 11:02 PM

Jacob deGrom continued his strong start to the season when he held the Marlins scoreless over seven innings in Saturday's 5-4 win.

DeGrom followed up an April 13 shutout of the Phillies with another gem, this time against the Marlins. He allowed six hits and struck out eight without a walk in his seven innings of work. The 27-year-old has been rock solid in the early going in helping the Mets out to an 9-3 start, 6-0 at home. After winning the NL Rookie of the Year in 2014 based on his 2.69 ERA and 1.14 WHIP over 140 1/3 innings (with 144 strikeouts), he's a likely Top-30 fantasy starter given that he should see more innings in 2015. DeGrom will look to continue to slay the notion of the sophomore slump when he takes his act on the subway against the Yankees next weekend.
Apr 18 - 10:33 PM

Josh Reddick hit his first home run of the season in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Royals.

Reddick launched a three-run shot off Yordano Ventura in the fourth inning. Next batter Brett Lawrie paid the bill, as Ventura plunked him and was ejected. Lawrie's hard slide into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar on Friday set all of this off. Extracurricular activity aside, Reddick finished the game 2-for-4. He had been on the shelf for more than a month as he recovered from an oblique injury. Reddick hit 12 home runs in his 2013 and 2014 campaigns, both of which were shortened by injuries. When healthy, he's a potential 20-plus home run player.
Apr 18 - 10:23 PM

Starling Marte hit his third home run of the season while driving in five runs in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Brewers.

Marte almost single-handedly sent Brewers' starter Kyle Lohse to the showers. In the first inning, the outfielder hit a two-run single to center. Then, in the fifth, he launched a three-run shot to left. If this wasn't enough, he also chipped in a stolen base just for fun. This was his second home run in as many days (and his second steal in as many days, to boot). All of this came after an icy start to the season. Even with the recent pyrotechnics, he's still hitting just .189/.225/.459 on the year. Marte was a .291 hitter last year. Don't worry too much about the early struggles.
Apr 18 - 10:04 PM

Jesse Hahn left his start Saturday versus the Royals with a blister on his right hand.

It doesn't sound like much, though blisters sometimes cause starting pitchers to miss rotation turns. It's a coin flip whether Hahn will be ready to go Thursday against the Angels. If he isn't ready, expect Jesse Chavez to get the nod. Hahn allowed just three hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings on Saturday night against the Royals and boasts a 2.12 ERA through three starts this season.
Apr 18 - 9:22 PM

Yordano Ventura was ejected from Saturday's game against the A's after hitting Brett Lawrie with a pitch.

This was retaliation for Lawrie sliding hard into Alcides Escobar on Friday night. Ventura's intent was clear and now he's probably headed for a suspension. The 23-year-old right-hander got hit pretty hard in this one, surrendering five runs in only 3 1/3 innings of work. Chris Young would likely get the call if Ventura is suspended for his next turn.
Apr 18 - 8:21 PM

Joe Nathan (elbow) threw off a mound on Saturday.

He hadn't done that since suffering a flexor strain in his right elbow earlier this month. Nathan only tossed 15 pitches Saturday but said he felt "awesome." The next step will be a full bullpen session on Monday. If all goes well, Nathan could be activated Wednesday, the first day he's eligible to come off the disabled list. Joakim Soria has been filling in at closer.
Source: MLive.com
Apr 18 - 8:03 PM

Zach Britton earned his fourth save of the season Saturday in the Orioles' 4-1 win over the Red Sox.

Britton retired all three batters he faced -- two via strikeout. The 27-year-old closer has been missing bats at an elevated rate so far this season and has nailed down saves in four of the O's six victories. He looks capable of carrying big time fantasy value all year.
Apr 18 - 7:46 PM

The Nationals are likely to activate Denard Span (abdomen) from the disabled list on Sunday.

Span underwent core surgery on March 9 and has spent the last month and a half recovering. He went 4-for-8 with a home run during a rehab stint with Low-A Hagerstown and made it through Saturday's team workout with the Nationals without any soreness. Span's return should push rookie Michael Taylor back to the pine, or maybe even Triple-A.
Apr 18 - 6:54 PM

Starlin Castro had a walk-off RBI single in a 7-6 win over the Padres in 11 innings on Saturday.

After Craig Kimbrel walked pinch-hitter David Ross to load the bases with one out in the 11th, Castro pulled a pitch into left field to win it for Chicago. He finished the day 3-for-6 with two RBI and a run scored. The 25-year-old has just two extra-base hits (including one home run) so far, but he's hitting .317 (13-for-41) over 10 games.
Apr 18 - 6:44 PM

Justin Upton is day-to-day with a strained quad.

It's unclear when the injury occurred as Upton never left Saturday's game against the Cubs. Upton has been his usual productive self this season, hitting .326 with three home runs and eight RBI. Will Venable could see time in left field if Upton has to sit out a few games.
Apr 18 - 6:43 PM




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