- The Washington Times - Monday, August 7, 2006

2:33 p.m.

Washington Nationals ace Livan Hernandez was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks today for a pair of minor-league pitchers.

Hernandez, 31, is 9-8 this season with a career-high 5.34 ERA in 24 starts. He has been hampered by a sore knee for most of the season but had a strong outing on Sunday, allowing two runs over seven innings at San Diego.

The Nationals received two 23-year-old prospects: right-hander Garrett Mock and left-hander Matt Chico. Both will report to Washington’s Class AA affiliate in Harrisburg, Pa.

The move is symptomatic of last-place Washington’s desire to build for the future under new owner Ted Lerner, while Arizona is looking for an edge in the competitive National League West.

The Diamondbacks trailed first-place San Diego by two games entering today’s play.

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