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Washington Nationals

Stadium: Nationals Park | Manager: Matt Williams
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Nationals.249442863.17
NL East2nd2nd3rd1st
National League 7th6th8th2nd

Last Game

Fri, August 1
Nationals Park
Philadelphia Phillies
at
Washington Nationals
PHI2Final1WAS

Pitching

W: R. Hernandez (6-8)
L:
D. Fister (10-3)
S:
J. Papelbon (26)

Home Runs

PHI - M. Byrd (21)  
WAS
- None

Schedule

Mon Jul 21
W 7 - 2at COL
Recap
Tue Jul 22
W 7 - 4at COL
Recap
Wed Jul 23
L 6 - 4at COL
Recap
Fri Jul 25
W 4 - 1at CIN
Recap
Sat Jul 26
L 1 - 0at CIN
Recap
Sun Jul 27
W 4 - 2at CIN
Recap
Mon Jul 28
L 7 - 6at MIA
Recap
Tue Jul 29
L 3 - 0at MIA
Recap
Wed Jul 30
W 4 - 3at MIA
Recap
Thu Jul 31
L 10 - 4PHI
Recap
7:05 pm EDT
Today
L 2 - 1PHI
Recap
7:05 pm EDT
Sat Aug 2
PHI
1:35 pm EDT
Sun Aug 3
PHI
7:05 pm EDT
Mon Aug 4
BAL
7:05 pm EDT
Tue Aug 5
NYM
7:05 pm EDT
Wed Aug 6
NYM
12:35 pm EDT
Thu Aug 7
NYM
7:35 pm EDT
Fri Aug 8
at ATL
7:10 pm EDT
Sat Aug 9
at ATL
8:05 pm EDT
Sun Aug 10
at ATL

Standings

NL
East
CONF
W-L
Overall
W-L
Washington50-4158-49
Atlanta54-4358-51
Miami42-5153-55
New York44-5052-57
Philadelphia48-5349-61
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Asdrubal Cabrera activated and in lineup Friday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Nationals officially added newly acquired infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to the active roster Friday, the day after he was acquired via trade from the Indians.

Cabrera has struggled to a .246/.305/.386 line this season, but should be a regular starter in the middle infield for the Nationals down the stretch. He is, in fact, in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Phillies, batting seventh and playing second base. 

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Aaron Barrett sent down to Triple-A
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Nationals optioned pitcher Aaron Barrett to Triple-A Syracuse Friday, to clear a spot on the active roster for the acquisition of Asdrubal Cabrera.

Barrett has been a solid member of the team's bullpen this season, posting a 3.21 ERA in 33 2/3 innings, with 43 strikeouts and 18 walks overall. 

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Fantasy Analysis | 1406912117
Asdrubal Cabrera not destined to help Nationals appreciably
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The two years that have passed since Asdrubal Cabrera was a premier offensive force as a middle infielder and the five years that have gone by since he played second base all but precludes him from making a major positive impact with the Nationals.

Cabrera slipped into mediocrity at the plate after earning his second All-Star Game appearance in 2012 and has stayed there. His plate discipline disappeared in a spate of overaggressiveness, causing his strikeouts to rise to alarming levels. He frustrated the Indians in recent years with his inability to hit in the clutch - he's batting .188 with runners in scoring position and is hitless in 13 at-bats with a runner on third and two outs this season.

More disturbing has been his defensive collapse. Cabrera wowed the Indians early in his career with acrobatic, dependable work at shortstop that overshadowed mediocre range. He is now among the worst middle infielders in the sport with 14 errors that was until recently the most at his position in the American League and arguably the worst range in the league. That problem will not be any less pronounced with a move to second base, where he is expected to spend most of his time in Washington.

Cabrera will be seeking to maximize his value in free agency in the offseason. He will command $10 million a year or more if he somehow reverts to the form that made him an all-star. Too much time has passed for that to be a realistic possibility.

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Gio Gonzalez has another short, disastrous outing
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

For the second time in his last three starts, Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez was hit hard and was unable to make it past the fourth inning. He dropped to 6-7 on the year Thursday night at home against Philadelphia. The southpaw coughed up five runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out two over 3 2/3 innings of a 10-4 defeat.

Gonzalez has not won a decision since July 5 against the Cubs. He owns a 3.88 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over 17 starts (97 1/3 innings). He will try to pick up the pieces in his next start on Saturday at home against Seattle.

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Ryan Zimmerman to be shut down two weeks
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will be shut down for at least two weeks, according to MLB.com. Zimmerman was diagnosed with a Grade 3 hamstring strain and is likely to miss an extended period of time. He was hitting .282/.345/.456 over 195 at-bats prior to the injury.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGDenard Span , CF.290
HRIan Desmond , SS17
RBIIan Desmond , SS64
OBPJayson Werth , RF.371
SLGAnthony Rendon , 3B.460
RAnthony Rendon , 3B75
SBDenard Span , CF20
WTanner Roark , SP11
ERATanner Roark , SP2.74
WHIPTanner Roark , SP1.08
KStephen Strasburg , SP167
SVRafael Soriano , RP25
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