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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 shortstop Trea Turner (7) throws to first during a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Washington. The Nationals won 6-2.(AP Photo/Nick Wass) ** FILE **

An emotional Turner apologizes again for tweets

Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner teared up as he addressed the media pregame at Nationals Park for the first time since offensive tweets from 2011 and 2012 were exposed Sunday. Published July 31, 2018

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg delivers against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, Friday, July 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Strasburg returns to DL with pinched nerve

Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg went back on the disabled list just a week after he was reinstated. This time, Strasburg has a pinched nerve in his neck. Published July 26, 2018

D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney (9) talks to the officials following the team's MLS soccer match against the New York Red Bulls, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, in Washington. The Red Bulls won 1-0. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

D.C. United lose to New York Red Bulls, 1-0

As rain fell at Audi Field and a storm pushed back kickoff 1 hour 30 minutes, the Red Bulls spoiled United's second match at their new stadium with a 1-0 win. New York's early breakthrough was enough for the visitors, who held on despite a late push from D.C. Published July 26, 2018

Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, left, and second baseman Jonathan Schoop sit in the dugout in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Monday, July 23, 2018, in Baltimore. Boston won 5-3. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) **FILE**

Orioles' lost season may rank among worst ever

The Orioles have the most losses in baseball and the worst winning percentage. The last team to win fewer than 50 games was the 2003 Detroit Tigers. Baltimore could challenge that, and so could the 31-win Kansas City Royals. Published July 25, 2018

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