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Andy Kostka

Andy Kostka

Andy Kostka is a sports reporter for The Washington Times. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, and held internships at USA TODAY and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette during college. Kostka can be reached at

Articles by Andy Kostka

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Koda Glover throws during the ninth inning of the baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field, Sunday, April 23, 2017, in New York. The Nationals defeated the Mets 6-3. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) ** FILE **

Koda Glover activated, optioned to Syracuse

The Washington Nationals announced Sunday they reinstated reliever Koda Glover from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse. Published July 22, 2018

D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney (9) works with the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match against the Vancouver Whitecaps, at Audi Field, Saturday, July 14, 2018, in Washington. DC United won 3-1. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

D.C. United looks for rare road win in Atlanta

When D.C. United last met Atlanta, it was the start of a brutal stretch of away games, one that yielded just two wins in 14 attempts as Audi Field was under construction. Published July 20, 2018

Milwaukee Brewers' Josh Hader shakes hands with a veteran at a ceremony before a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Maryland's Hader making All-Star debut

Josh Hader, a 24-year-old from Millersville, Maryland, has been lights out since joining the big leagues with Milwaukee last season -- and why he's primed to make his first All-Star appearance about an hour away from his hometown. Published July 16, 2018

Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Blake Treinen throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 14, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) **FILE**

Blake Treinen returns to Nationals Park as first-time All-Star

A year and a day after the Washington Nationals shipped closer Blake Treinen to the Oakland Athletics along with two minor leaguers in exchange for Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson, Treinen returned to Nationals Park with an A's insignia on his hat and a No. 1 inside a black star on his left shoulder. Published July 16, 2018

D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney, left, walks on the field before an MLS soccer match against the Vancouver Whitecaps at Audi Field, Saturday, July 14, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Rooney records assist in D.C. United debut

Fans at Audi Field needed to wait until the second half to see the English star in action, but they weren't disappointed when Wayne Rooney debuted for D.C. United. Published July 15, 2018

Former Major League Baseball player Rick Ankiel (right) talks about his career at MLB All-Star FanFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Photo by Andy Kostka / The Washington Times)

Rick Ankiel discusses time with Nationals at FanFest

Rick Ankiel appeared at FanFest and answered questions from fans about his career. While he was predominantly known for his work with St. Louis, he recounted his experience with the Nationals and gave his take on Washington's current season. Published July 14, 2018

D.C. United has won two straight at home. (File photo by Adam Zielonka / The Washington Times)

D.C. United: The ultimate guide to Audi Field

Audi Field, a project in some sense 14 years in the making, will open for business Saturday when D.C. United hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps at 8 p.m. Here's everything you need to know. Published July 12, 2018

Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne (11) celebrates with teammate Monique Currie (25) earlier this season (File photo, Sean D. Elliot/The Day via AP)

Despite 'Camp Day' crowd, Mystics fall to the Atlanta Dream

The raucous energy of a young "Camp Day" crowd at Capital One Arena didn't translate Wednesday to the Mystics, who fell to the Atlanta Dream 106-89 -- only the third in Washington's last nine contests. Atlanta Published July 11, 2018

Washington Nationals' Mark Reynolds (14) runs the bases after his walkoff home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game as Miami Marlins relief pitcher Kyle Barraclough (46) watches the ball at Nationals Park, Friday, July 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Before Mark Reynolds' heroics, the Nationals' defense kept them close

As eyes turned toward Reynolds' game-winning home run in the ninth inning to top the Miami Marlins for a second straight contest, it was the Nationals' standout defense throughout the night that allowed Washington to be in that position at all. Published July 7, 2018

Historic shots from The Ring Magazine archives, including Babe Ruth, will be among the hundreds of items auctioned in the District later this month at the All-Star FanFest. (Hunt Auctions)

All-Star FanFest to highlight high-end baseball memorabilia

Hunt Auctions President Dave Hunt expects surprising sports memorabilia finds at the All-Star FanFest in the District of Columbia, a weeklong baseball-themed event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center leading up to the MLB All-Star Game on July 17 at Nationals Park. Published July 4, 2018