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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

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' Trea Turner reacts after striking out for the final out in the team's baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, June 15, 2018, in Toronto. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)

Buck Showalter criticizes Trea Turner

You know it's a bad day for Washington baseball when the manager of MLB's worst team spends part of his press conference criticizing a Nationals player instead of his own. Published July 24, 2018

Washington Nationals' Kelvin Herrera (40) and Bryce Harper, right, celebrate after a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) ** FILE **

Kelvin Herrera shows his stuff in first save as National

Since Kelvin Herrera was traded from Kansas City Washington, the Nationals have used the former Royals ninth-inning option as a setup man for Sean Doolittle. But with Doolittle sidelined weeks instead of days because of an injury setback, Herrera will get a chance as the backend choice. Published July 23, 2018

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer delivers during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Max Scherzer, Nationals top Braves 6-2

Nationals Park was nearly empty when Washington topped Atlanta 6-2 Sunday evening -- almost 40,000 fans had been chased out of the stadium hours before by a midsummer monsoon. Published July 22, 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)

Josh 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

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