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Nats Journal: Matt Thornton thriving with the Nationals

Since joining the Nationals on Aug. 6, Matt Thornton has capably filled the role that he was acquired to do. The veteran left-handed reliever has retired 18 of the 21 batters he has faced, and those three baserunners didn’t score. He throws heat — a fastball consistently clocked around 95-96 mph — and has fit seamlessly into a Nationals bullpen that, although one of the best in baseball, has shown signs lately of fatigue. Read full article >>

Matt Thornton thriving with the Nationals

Since joining the Nationals on Aug. 6, Matt Thornton has capably filled the role that he was acquired to do. The veteran left-handed reliever has retired 18 of the 21 batters he has faced, and those three baserunners didn’t score. He throws heat — a fastball consistently clocked around 95-96 mph — and has fit seamlessly […]

Craig Stammen’s improvement continues

The Nationals were able to come back late and claim a victory on Saturday after a three-run deficit thanks, in large part, to three strong innings from Craig Stammen out of the bullpen. The work of a long reliever is often overlooked, but Stammen bridged Gio Gonzalez’s shorter outing to Matt Thornton in the ninth […]
CSN Washington Aug 17, 2014

Nationals' Matt Thornton thriving as new face in NL

Matt Thornton is a veteran of the majors, but has pitched only four games in the NL. So far, that has worked to his advantage.

Thornton thriving as new face in NL

Nationals reliever Matt Thornton is moving through his 11th season in the major leagues, he’s 37-years-old and has 656 MLB games to his name. By now there is plenty of tape and plenty of scouting reports on the 6-foot-6 lefty. Only four of those games, however, have come in the National League, as prior to…
Newark Star-Ledger Aug 13, 2014
Matt Thornton surprised Yankees let him go

Matt Thornton surprised Yankees let him go

Nationals claimed lefty specialist off waivers Aug. 5
New York Post Aug 13, 2014

Matt Thornton: Yankees trade ‘caught me off guard, big time’

Matt Thornton did not expect to be traded by the Yankees last Tuesday for any reason — let alone money. “I was caught off guard, big time,” said Thornton, who...
Washington Post Aug 6, 2014

Nats Journal: Matt Thornton arrives, excited to join the Nationals

Upon hearing that he had been claimed by the Nationals and was heading to Washington, Matt Thornton was floored. He didn’t think he was likely to be traded and, once the trade deadline passed, he thought he was in the clear. Then Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler told Thornton the news Tuesday. The left-handed reliever was shocked. Then he recovered, packed up belongings and made the drive to Washington from New York. Read full article >>

Matt Thornton arrives, excited to join the Nationals

Upon hearing that he had been claimed by the Nationals and was heading to Washington, Matt Thornton was floored. He didn’t think he was likely to be traded and, once the trade deadline passed, he thought he was in the clear. Then Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler told Thornton the news Tuesday. The left-handed […]
MASN Sports Aug 6, 2014

Williams on Thornton: "He's excited to be here" - Byron Kerr

Manager Matt Williams said left-hander Matt Thornton is "ready, willing and able," and is in "midseason form," making him available to pitch tonight. "He's excited to be here," Williams said. "He's excited to be on a team that is in...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 6, 2014
Detroit Tigers relying on Phil Coke, Blaine Hardy after passing on chances to add left-handed reliever

Detroit Tigers relying on Phil Coke, Blaine Hardy after passing on chances to add left-handed reliever

The Tigers did not put in a waiver claim for left-hander Matt Thornton, who was eventually picked up by the Washington Nationals. NEW YORK -- The Detroit Tigers could very well head down the stretch -- and even into the playoffs -- with Phil Coke and Blaine Hardy as the main left-handers in their bullpen. Anyone who predicted that in April of this season either knows everything or, more likely, knew nothing and just happened to get one thing right. The Detroit Tigers did not put a waiver claim in to get left-hander Matt Thornton, who ended up with the Washington...
Washington Post Aug 6, 2014

Nats Journal: Matt Thornton activated; tonight’s Nationals-Mets lineups

As expected, the Nationals optioned right-hander Blake Treinen to Class AAA Syracuse in order to clear space for left-handed reliever Matt Thornton, whom the Nationals acquired off waivers Tuesday from the Yankees. Read full article >>

Matt Thornton activated; tonight’s Nationals-Mets lineups

As expected, the Nationals optioned right-hander Blake Treinen to Class AAA Syracuse in order to clear space for left-handed reliever Matt Thornton, whom the Nationals acquired off waivers Tuesday from the Yankees. Manager Matt Williams will give Asdrubal Cabrera his first day off with the Nationals to start Danny Espinosa against Mets left-handed starter Jon […]
Washington Post Aug 6, 2014

Why the Nats shouldn’t use new reliever Matt Thornton in clutch situations

Matt Thornton, the Yankees’ primary left-handed reliever this season, was claimed off of waivers by the Washington Nationals. The Nats get a decent lefty specialist who is limiting left-handed batters to a .556 on-base plus slugging this season while striking out 11 in 64 plate appearances while walking just two. He also has yet to yield an extra-base hit to a leftie this season. Against right-handers he is striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings and has not given up a home run on any of the 203 pitches thrown. However, he has struggled against the latter in terms of leaving...
River Ave. Blues Aug 6, 2014

Moving Thornton creates flexibility, appears to be a precursor to a bigger move

Yesterday afternoon, the Yankees dumped lefty reliever Matt Thornton on the Nationals after Washington claimed him off trade waivers. The Yankees literally gave Thornton away — the Nats claimed him and the Bombers could have pulled him back off revocable waivers, but they opted to send him and the $4.5M or so left on his […]Post from: River Ave. Blues A New York Yankees blogMoving Thornton creates flexibility, appears to be a precursor to a bigger move The post Moving Thornton creates flexibility, appears to be a precursor to a bigger move appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

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