Joe Ross allowed a run on five hits over 2 2/3 innings Saturday against the Pirates.
Still limited as he works his way back from a shoulder injury, Ross threw 63 pitches to get eight outs before exiting. The Nats are far less concerned with the result -- they won, anyway -- than with getting the 23-year-old's stamina built up ahead of the postseason, so they'll surely take the subpar outings as long as Ross gets out of them healthy. He's got a 3.48 ERA in 18 starts overall this season. Ross's final tuneup will come Thursday against the Diamondbacks.
Jose Abreu went 3-for-5 and drove in a run during Saturday's victory over the Indians.
He smacked an RBI single in the first inning and was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. He added a couple more singles later in the game and is now batting .299/.353/.480 with 25 homers and 97 RBI. His power output is down a bit this season despite home runs being way up around the league. Abreu is among a small group of players who can provide high batting averages without sacrificing home run power.
Todd Frazier went 2-for-5 with a home run and scored twice in a win over the Indians on Saturday.
The solo longball in the sixth inning was his 39th round-tripper of the season. Frazier's .225 batting average is painful but he is good everywhere else. He has 96 RBI and 84 runs scored and has even stolen 12 bases.
Rajai Davis went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Saturday's loss to the White Sox.
He singled to right in the second inning to drive in Jose Ramirez and was thrown out trying to make it a double. He doesn't do a whole lot with the bat (.255 batting average, 12 homers, 47 RBI and 71 runs) but he makes up for it with his legs. He has now stolen 41 bases in 47 tries. Only three players have swiped more bags than Davis (Billy Hamilton, Jonathan Villar and Starling Marte).
Wade Miley struck out 11 and fell an out shy of a complete game Saturday, allowing a lone run in the Orioles' 6-1 win over the Diamondbacks.
Miley gave up seven hits without allowing a walk, and the 11 strikeouts were a season high. An RBI double by Brandon Drury with two outs in the ninth ended Miley's night just shy of the complete game, but it was still an impressive turn for the 29-year-old. Miley is 9-13 with a 5.40 ERA in 29 starts overall, and he'll make his final start of the year Friday against the Yankees.