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Topic - drew storen
Bryce Harper and Mike Trout were supposed to be the stars of Monday's game between the Nationals and the Los Angeles Angels. Instead, Washington's bullpen and defense were the difference late in a disappointing 4-2 loss.
Nursing a 3-1 lead in the top of the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals - a team they had not beaten in eight consecutive tries - the Nationals nearly saw it slip away. Struggling relief pitcher Tyler Clippard took over for starter Gio Gonzalez to begin the inning, and needed 26 pitches to record his first out. He began by allowing a double to Jon Jay, a hard-hit liner off the Geico sign in right field. Jay took eight pitches before getting hold of a 81 mile per hour changeup.
Anthony Rendon homers and Drew Storen escapes a second-and-third threat in the eighth inning to help Washington secure a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. That snapped an eight-game losing streak against St. Louis dating to the 2012 playoff loss at Nationals Park.
Challenged by Matt Williams after Thursday's ugly loss, the Nationals responded with an impressive 3-1 victory on Friday night.
When the Nationals acquired then-minor-leaguer Ramos from the Twins in 2010 for relief pitcher Matt Capps, they envisioned him one day becoming a crucial part of their lineup. Now 26, Ramos goes into the 2014 season ready to be exactly that.
Clippard, 28, will again help anchor the back end of Washington's bullpen. He has been a mainstay there since the middle of the 2009 season when, in desperation, general manager Mike Rizzo blew up his bullpen multiple times until he found competent relievers.
Drew Storen is excited to get back to work and see if the success he had late last season can carry over in 2014.
Will Drew Storen re-establish himself as an elite closer, or will matters get even worse than they were last season? Whatever happens, it's a big year for the right-hander.
Ten key Nats players were linked to trade rumors this offseason, here is some of their reaction to the new age of baseball media.
Drew Storen has heard the rumors that crop up, but the Nationals reliever isn't worried about the possibility of being traded.
On paper the Nationals appear to have few needs heading into the 2014 season, but a new report on Sunday singles out a new area they hope to improve.
Right-handed starter Jordan Zimmermann's $24 million, two-year contract and shortstop Ian Desmond's $17.5 million, two-year deal were among a half-dozen agreements reached by the Washington Nationals on Friday to avoid arbitration.
The Nationals have until 1 p.m. to sign their 7 arbitration-eligible players. We've got updates on all the cases leading to the deadline.
General manager Mike Rizzo quashes speculation the Nationals might be trying to trade Tyler Clippard, Drew Storen or Denard Span.
Drew Storen was about 15 years old when he got a chance to talk to Dr. Timothy Kremchek. The Cincinnati Reds' medical director talked to the young right-hander about pitching — and about how it is simply not something the body is really built to do.
"I went two-seamer in there, so that way, if you miss over the plate, you get a little bit of movement to hopefully help you out," Storen said. "He's a good hitter and he's gonna attack you early, so especially guys in that position, it's about trying to miss that barrel."
"Anytime you can beat a team like that, you're going to be excited about it," Storen said. "It's never easy to beat those guys and late in the game, they're grinding it out. They're a tough team all around, so like I said, anytime you can get one from those guys, it's a good night."