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Asdrubal Cabrera went 0-for-4 on Friday in his first game with the Nationals.

No shame in that for Cabrera, as most of his new teammates weren't doing much better in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Phillies. Cabrera started at second base and batted seventh. With the Indians, he hit to the tune of .246/.305/.386.
Aug 1 - 10:24 PM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI in Friday's loss to the Phillies.

Desmond's second inning RBI single was the only offense that the Nationals could muster, as Roberto Hernandez held the lineup to five hits in eight innings. Desmond's only hitting .250, but he now has 65 RBI, a great number from the shortstop position. On the season he has a slash line of .250/.302/.429.
Aug 1 - 10:13 PM

Doug Fister tossed seven innings of two-run ball in a losing effort against the Phillies on Friday.

Fister was fantastic, but ended up the tough luck loser in this one, as Roberto Hernandez was just a little better. The deciding blow was a sixth inning Marlon Byrd solo home run. Fister allowed six hits, walked two and struck out five. This was the sixth start in his last ten in which he's gone at least seven innings. The loss dropped him to 10-3. He'll take his 2.68 ERA out against the Mets next time around.
Aug 1 - 9:41 PM

Nationals optioned RHP Aaron Barrett to Triple-A Syracuse.

Barrett got off to a great start this season but holds a 9.45 ERA over his last 10 appearances. He'll get another shot later this year.
Aug 1 - 3:26 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Thursday that the newly acquired Asdrubal Cabrera will receive the "majority" of the starts at second base.

That means the bench for Danny Espinosa, who offers excellent defense but is hitting just .221/.287/.354 this season. Anthony Rendon will continue to hold down the fort at third base with Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) out indefinitely. Cabrera, who hasn’t played second base since 2009, has nine homers and 40 RBI this season but is batting only .246/.305/.386 overall. He's not much of a fantasy option in mixed leagues.
Aug 1 - 11:05 AM

Denard Span knocked in a pair of runs with a single, one of his two hits in four at-bats, as the Nationals were defeated by the Phillies 10-4 on Thursday.

Span enjoyed the month of July, wrapping up the month with a .368 average (35-for-95). His two-run single, at the time, brought the Nationals back into the game at 5-3 in the fifth inning, but it wasn't nearly enough. Span has a decent .290/.349/.394 line along with 23 RBI and 20 stolen bases.
Jul 31 - 11:44 PM

Gio Gonzalez didn't make it out of the fourth inning, allowing five runs in 3 2/3 innings, as he took his seventh loss of the season on Thursday against the Phillies.

It's the second time in his last three starts that Gonzalez couldn't escape the fourth. The Phillies more or less singled Gonzalez to death, racking up eight hits in total along with a walk. The lefty only struck out two. Gonzalez will take a 3.88 ERA into Tuesday's home start against the Mets.
Jul 31 - 11:36 PM

Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) will be shut down for at least the next two weeks.

The Nationals haven't officially commented on the severity of Zimmerman's right hamstring strain, but it's been reported that it's a Grade 3 strain and he's likely out at least 6-8 weeks. He'll be re-evaluated in two weeks, but it's possible his season is over. The Nats traded for Asdrubal Cabrera Thursday to help shore up their infield situation.
Jul 31 - 9:19 PM

Nationals recalled RHP Blake Treinen from Triple-A Syracuse.

He'll take the place of Zach Walters on the active roster. Chances are he'll only be up for a day until Asdrubal Cabrera arrives.
Jul 31 - 6:02 PM

Nationals acquired SS Asdrubal Cabrera from the Indians for SS Zach Walters.

The two-time All-Star has regressed to a .246/.305/.386 slash line, but he's still just 28 and owns a career .270/.331/.410 line. The price was right for Washington, which leveraged Cleveland's fear of allowing Cabrera to walk for nothing at season's end. With Ryan Zimmerman on the shelf with a severe hamstring strain, Cabrera should be able to pick up at-bats backing up Anthony Rendon, Danny Espinosa and Ian Desmond.
Jul 31 - 3:26 PM

According to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian, the Indians have traded Asdrubal Cabrera to the Nationals.

Zach Walters, a 24-year-old infielder with good numbers this year at Triple-A, is headed to Cleveland in return. Cabrera will play second base in Washington, with Ian Desmond remaining at shortstop and Anthony Rendon covering third base while Ryan Zimmerman recovers from a severe hamstring strain. Cabrera was batting just .246/.305/.386 in 97 games this season for the Tribe, but he has decent power for a middle infielder.
Jul 31 - 2:59 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals are among the teams eyeing Asdrubal Cabrera.

The Blue Jays and Giants -- who both have pressing needs at second base -- have also been linked to the impending free agent infielder. Washington, like Toronto and San Francisco, is set at shortstop, so Cabrera would presumably play the keystone there as well. The 28-year-old is batting .246/.305/.386 with nine home runs and 40 RBI in 97 games this season as Cleveland's shortstop.
Jul 31 - 8:37 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports the Blue Jays are looking at Asdrubal Cabrera to fill their second base vacancy.

The Jays have a need but don't have much payroll flexibility, making Cabrera and his expiring contract a fit. FOX Sports' Jon Morosi also mentioned the Giants as having interest in Cabrera, presumably to play the keystone as well. The "perception" around baseball, per ESPN's Buster Olney, is that the Indians are prepared to move Cabrera before the deadline.
Jul 30 - 6:23 PM

Tanner Roark delivered seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday in the Nationals' 4-3 defeat of the Marlins.

It was another terrific outing from the 27-year-old right-hander, who is now 11-6 on the season with a 2.74 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. Roark allowed only three Miami hits and two walks while striking out seven. Drew Storen nearly blew it in the ninth inning -- yielding two runs on a walk and three hits -- but he managed to close it out for his first save of the season. Roark will face the Orioles at home next.
Jul 30 - 4:03 PM

Jayson Werth is back in the Nationals' lineup Wednesday.

Werth didn't start Tuesday after exiting Monday's contest with a sprained ankle, but he was able to pinch-hit and is now ready to re-enter the lineup. The outfielder sports a .283/.375/.444 batting line with 12 homers and 58 RBI over 101 games this season.
Jul 30 - 10:17 AM


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