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Tanner Roark | Relief Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/5/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 228
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Illinois
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Tanner Roark turned in a nice start to close out his regular season in Sunday's loss to the Mets, spinning six shutout innings.
It might be a lost season for the Nationals, but Roark at least went out in style. He scattered three hits while striking out six and walking one over his six shutout innings. The 29-year-old right-hander finishes out his 2015 campaign holding a 4.38 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 70/26 K/BB ratio across 111 innings. Oct 4 - 5:54 PM

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Tanner Roark pitched well but took the loss Tuesday, allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings against the Braves.

A.J. Pierzynski had Roark's number, homering twice against Roark and finishing with three hits. Otherwise, Roark dominated the Braves' lineup, allowing just two other hits and walking one. Roark struck out four in the game. The do-it-all right-hander has a 4.63 ERA and 1.34 WHIP through 105 innings this year. Roark is on track to start the Nats' season finale against the Mets on Sunday.
Sep 29 - 9:45 PM

Tanner Roark surrendered three runs on five hits over five innings in Thursday afternoon's no-decision against the Orioles.

Roark struck out one and walked two on the afternoon. He coughed up a two-run homer to Jonathan Schoop in the fourth inning but otherwise kept the O's off the scoreboard. Through 99 1/3 innings, he's pitched to a 4.76 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. The 28-year-old right-hander is set to make a home start against the Reds next time he toes the rubber.
Sep 24 - 7:27 PM

Tanner Roark was tagged for six runs in five innings by the Marlins on Thursday.

Roark pitched effectively in his first two starts after rejoining the rotation, but he didn't have it tonight in his second straight outing against the Marlins. He's still looking for his first victory since July 4.
Sep 17 - 11:06 PM

Tanner Roark held down the Marlins in Saturday's loss, yielding two runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Roark struck out two and walked one. RBI singles by J.T. Realmuto and Justin Bour in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, accounted for the two runs on his line. For the season, the 28-year-old right-hander maintains a 4.38 ERA and 1.36 WHIP over 89 1/3 innings. He'll have a home crack at these same Marlins next time he toes the rubber.
Sep 12 - 9:41 PM

Tanner Roark limited the Braves' offense in a spot start on Friday, allowing one run on five hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Roark walked three and struck out one on the evening. He was starting in place of the injured Stephen Strasburg (back). The lone run to score against him came home on an RBI single by A.J. Pierzynski in the third inning. Strasburg will likely return in the next week, but it's possible that Roark will stick in the rotation as the Nationals try to limit Joe Ross' innings. Over 84 2/3 innings (including seven starts), the 28-year-old right-hander owns a 4.41 ERA and 1.33 WHIP.
Sep 4 - 10:44 PM

Nationals recalled RHP Tanner Roark from Triple-A Syracuse.

He's starting on Friday against the Braves in Stephen Strasburg's (back) place. Strasburg is expected to be ready next week, but it's possible Roark will remain in the rotation with Joe Ross nearing his innings limit.
Sep 4 - 4:54 PM

Tanner Roark will be recalled to start in place of Stephen Strasburg on Friday.

Strasburg is dealing with some upper back discomfort, so Roark will get the call against the Braves. Roark threw two innings with High-A Potomac on Monday in preparation for such a move. Roark has made just six starts this year after winning 15 games as a starter last season. The 28-year-old has a 4.54 ERA and 1.30 WHIP through 79 1/3 innings on the year.
Sep 2 - 6:30 PM

Nationals optioned RHP Tanner Roark to High-A Potomac.

The move clears a spot on the Nats' 25-man roster for Denard Span, who is returning from the disabled list. Roark, who's been pitching primarily in long relief, should be brought back when rosters expand on September 1. He'll work as a starter at Potomac and could replace Joe Ross in the Nationals' rotation when Ross hits his innings limit.
Aug 25 - 4:19 PM

Tanner Roark is expected to start in the first game against the Dodgers on Saturday.

Roark had been warming in the bullpen before Friday's game was suspended, so the Nationals will wait and make sure he feels alright after warming on Saturday to announce him officially. He owns a 4.35 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 33/11 K/BB ratio in 62 innings this season.
Jul 18 - 12:24 PM

Tanner Roark allowed two runs over 4 1/3 innings of relief Saturday against the Giants.

Roark entered the game in the fourth inning after Stephen Strasburg left with an apparent side injury. He pitched well under the circumstances, allowing four hits while walking none and striking out three. The Nationals stretched him out to 61 pitches, so he's an obvious alternative for the rotation if Strasburg needs a stint on the DL. It's also possible that Joe Ross could be called back up from the minors. It's nice to have quality options.
Jul 4 - 2:38 PM

Tanner Roark took a beating, yielding eight runs in 3 1/3 innings in a loss in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

Death by singles. 11 of the 12 hits Roark allowed were of the one-base variety, but the Phillies did a good job of bunching them up, plating four runs in each of the second and fourth innings. Roark also walked one without recording a strikeout. He should return to the Nationals' bullpen after this effort. He has a 4.34 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP, and a 26/11 K/BB ratio in 56 innings.
Jun 28 - 9:42 PM

Tanner Roark will start the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

The 28-year-old right-hander owns a 3.25 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 26/10 K/BB ratio over 52 2/3 innings on the season. He should make for a nice streaming option against the struggling Phillies offense.
Jun 28 - 4:38 PM

Nationals activated RHP Tanner Roark from the paternity leave list.

He was away for a few days while his wife gave birth. Roark is expected to shift back into a relief role.
Jun 21 - 11:18 AM

Nationals placed RHP Tanner Roark on the paternity leave list.

His wife is due to give birth on Saturday. With Doug Fister already back and Stephen Strasburg (trap) due back next week, Roark could move back into a relief role when he returns.
Jun 19 - 3:41 PM

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S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Gio Gonzalez
4Joe Ross
5Tanner Roark
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