11:42 PM EDT, Thu April 24, 2014
CSN Washington 4 hours ago

Injury updates on Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister & Scott Hairston

Nationals manager Matt Williams shared some injury updates on pitchers Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister on Thursday, as well as backup outfielder Scott Hairston.
Nationals Journal | Washington Post 5 hours ago

Updates on Doug Fister, Gio Gonzalez, Scott Hairston

Back at Nationals Park after two extended spring training starts in Viera, Fla., Doug Fister threw a 40-pitch bullpen session on Thursday and “felt good,” Manager Matt Williams said. The next step is a four-inning/60-pitch minor league rehab start on Sunday, likely at Class A Potomac. Fister, who is returning from a lat strain, wasn’t […]

Granderson shows signs of a breakthrough

NEW YORK -- Curtis Granderson says everything feels the same. It didn't sound like it, though. After two hits in two days, it sure sounded like there was some relief in Granderson's voice after the New York Mets' 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. "Anytime you can get the ball to touch the [outfield] grass, and touch base safely, it's amazing what that does for a hitter," Granderson said. Granderson snapped a career-high 22 at-bat hitless streak with a first-inning single Wednesday, and added a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh inning Thursday.
MetsBlog 13 hours ago

Curtis Granderson gets day off, Bobby Abreu is starting in LF

Bobby Abreu will start in left field and hit sixth during Thursday’s day-game against the Cardinals (Mets on Twitter, Apr. 24). His last major league start was July 25, 2012, for the Dodgers. Curtis Granderson will get the day off, despite ending a career-long hitless streak with a single in the first inning Wednesday night. Granderson is […]

A closer look at Adam LaRoche’s hot start

Adam LaRoche’s game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning in Wednesday’s 5-4 walkoff capped not only another comeback victory but provided another encouraging sign that the Nationals’ cleanup hitter is locked in at the plate and rebounding from last season. LaRoche finished the night with three hits and raised his early-season batting average […]

Miami Marlins: Furcal's glove needed, provided bat is ready

Marlins manager Mike Redmond hasn’t decided how he will rearrange the batting order after Rafael Furcal completes his injury rehab and joins the team.
MASN Sports 2 hours ago

Nationals get aggressive to go up on Padres in third (Nats now down 3-2) - Byron Kerr

The Nationals got on the board in the third inning against Padres lefty Eric Stults. Pitcher Jordan Zimmermann got it started with a single past diving shortstop Everth Cabrera and into left field. Denard Span reached on a fielder's choice,...
Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Cardinals 1

Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Cardinals 1

NEW YORK -- In four games this week against the St. Louis Cardinals, the New York Mets scored nine runs. And won three of the games. For the Mets to come anywhere close to their announced (but perhaps unrealistic) goal of 90 wins, they'll need to score more runs. But the pitching is on an impressive run. Bartolo Colon had another strong start in Thursday's 4-1 Mets win, his fourth in five starts for the Mets (the other one was a nine-run clunker in Anaheim).
Orange County Register 2 hours ago
Kemp sits as Dodgers play fourth with Phillies

Kemp sits as Dodgers play fourth with Phillies

LOS ANGELES - Most days, the toughest decision Don Mattingly must make before games centers around his outfielders. Who to play, and who to sit? He now has five viable options and just three spots. Thursday, he came to the conclusion that it was Matt...

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Instant analysis: Padres 4, Nats 3 (12)

GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Fresh off a pair of tough series against the Cardinals and Angels, the Nationals now get a chance to close out their season-long homestand with four games against the offensively challenged Padres, who entered the day with the fewest runs in the majors. But a couple of clutch hits off Jordan…
Newark Star-Ledger 1 hour ago

Keith Hernandez rips Mets' Matt Harvey after Twitter incident

The former Mets first baseman said the pitcher should "just go about [his] business" and keep a lower profile.
New York Post 1 hour ago

Even Dice-K’s feeling a bit dicey about closing games

Plenty of people aren’t sold on the idea of Daisuke Matsuzaka being a closer — including Matsuzaka. After picking up the first save of his major league career in Thursday’s...
New York Post 2 hours ago

Bartolo looks good from every angle — except the batter’s box

For the skinny on the 40-year-old boxcar named Bartolo Colon, you go around the horn and around the outfield and into the dugout and start, of course, with the catcher....
Newark Star-Ledger 2 hours ago

Daisuke Matsuzaka earns first career save, leaving open possibility of more to come

Also, Curtis Granderson continues to climb out of hole
Newark Star-Ledger 2 hours ago

Mets top Cardinals 4-1 as Daisuke Matsuzaka makes debut as closer and earns save

Bartolo Colon allows one run over seven innings while Chris Young hits first home run with team.

Ryne Sandberg welcomes criticism from Cole Hamels

Cole Hamels wanted to keep pitching Wednesday. A day later, Ryne Sandberg was happy to hear the criticism.

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