• by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Nationals' Drew Storen yet to pitch on back-to-back days

    Nationals pitcher Drew Storen may not get all the save chances for the team in the early going, as he has yet to pitch on back-to-back days while dealing with a blister issue, the Washington Post reports. Storen will use the first week of the season to test and build his stamina as he looks to finish his preparation for the season. With Casey Janssen (shoulder) also dealing with injury issues, it's possible a reliever like Aaron Barrett or Matt Thornton could pick up a save opportunity or two over the next week.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Matt Thornton takes Game 4 loss, Nationals eliminated

    Nationals pitcher Matt Thornton took the loss in Game 4 of the NLDS Tuesday, giving up an earned run on two hits while recording one out in the 3-2 defeat against the Giants that eliminated the Nationals from the playoffs. Thornton (0-1) followed up a bunt groundout to start the seventh inning by giving up two singles and being pulled from the game. He tossed just five pitches to the three batters he faced. Thornton was put in line for a loss after a walk and a wild pitch brought the lead runner home to break a 2-2 tie. It was Thornton's first earned run in 2 1/3 innings over three postseason appearances.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Matt Thornton earns win Saturday vs. Pirates

    Nationals pitcher Matt Thornton picked up a win Saturday, striking out two in a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his team's 4-3 victory over the Pirates. Thornton (1-3) cruised through the top of the ninth Saturday before his offense came through with a walkoff win in the bottom half of the inning. He has delivered 3 2/3 scoreless innings in four appearances since joining the Nationals. Thornton owns a 2.22 ERA and 23:6 K:BB ratio in 28 1/3 total innings.

  • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

    Heyman: Nationals claim Matt Thornton on waivers

    The Yankees put reliever Matt Thornton on waivers and the Nationals have claimed him Tuesday, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Thornton has a 2.55 ERA in 24 2/3 innings as a lefty specialist for the Yankees, and will now join the Nationals bullpen. Corresponding moves for both teams have not been announced.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Matt Thornton lasts just one-third of an inning in loss to Cleveland

    Yankees pitcher Matt Thornton was hit with the loss Thursday night against the Indians in Cleveland. Thornton was summoned in the seventh inning and was charged with two runs on two hits over one-third of an inning. He owns a 3.10 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP over 20 1/3 innings of relief this season.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Matt Thornton takes loss on walkoff error Saturday

    Yankees pitcher Matt Thornton was stuck with a loss Saturday after a throwing error by the catcher allowed the winning run to score in the bottom of the 11th inning of Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Twins. Thornton (0-2) gave up two hits and one walk in 1 2/3 innings while striking out one and surrendering the unearned run, which came on a throwing error by the catcher after Thornton gunned down the lead runner at home plate for the second out of the inning. He owns a 2.33 ERA and 16:6 K:BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Matt Thornton takes loss vs. Mets Monday

    Yankees pitcher Matt Thornton was hit with his first loss of the season Monday, giving up two earned runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning in his team's 9-7 loss to the Mets. Thornton (0-1) came on in the seventh inning and watched the final out of the inning happen on a failed steal attempt. After a pop out to open the eight, he gave up a double and single in succession to watch the tying run cross the plate. After being removed, the next batter smacked a go-ahead home run to charge Thornton with his second run of the outing. He owns a 5.40 ERA and 5:3 K:BB ratio in 6 2/3 innings.

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Yankees make Matt Thornton signing official

    The Yankees have officially signed reliever Matt Thornton. The team needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster in order to make the move official, which explains why Vernon Wells was designated for assignment early Friday. News that Thornton signed with the club broke in December. Thornton signed a two-year deal.

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Yankees sign reliever Matt Thornton

    The Yankees have signed reliever Matt Thornton to a two-year deal, according to the YES Network. Thornton is set to make $3.5 million each season. Thornton tossed 43 1/3 innings last season, posting a 3.74 ERA. He missed time due to injury, and was not on the Red Sox's postseason roster. Boston declined Thornton's option earlier in the offseason, making him a free-agent.

  • by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

    Red Sox become free agents

    In addition to outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, first baseman Mike Napoli and shortstop Stephen Drew, who were extended qualifying offers, and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who was not, Red Sox relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan and infielder John McDonald have filed for free agency. Relief pitcher Matt Thornton is also a free agent, having had his team option declined.