Souza named International League MVP; Gardner, Burriss and Laird honored

Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs outfielder Steven Souza Jr. has been named International League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year, according to a club press release. Souza becomes the sixth International League MVP in Syracuse history and first since Chad Mottola in 2000. He's also the seventh IL Rookie of the Year in Chiefs history and first since Shawn Green in 1994. Souza is hitting ... read more

Burnett not allowing contact (Phillies win 3-2)

Right-hander A.J. Burnett is on his game after two innings. He already has three strikeouts, including the last two of the second inning. He caught both Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper looking at a called strike three. Right-hander Tanner Roark was not as fluid as he wanted to be in the first inning. He gave up a hit to Jimmy Rollins who stole second base. ... read more

LaRoche on magic number: "My advice is to keep winning"

It felt like it happened in the blink of an eye. Eight hits in one inning. Some wondered when the Giants would be able to record an out after all the hits in a row. "I tell you what, you talk to the opposing pitchers on that, and it happens real quick," said Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche. "I've been on that end, too, unfortunately. ... read more

Hearing from Strasburg, Lobaton, Hairston, Harper and Espinosa after 14-6 win

It did not work out for right-hander Stephen Strasburg on Sunday, after allowing five runs on eight hits in four innings. But his teammates got back in the game and then overtook the Giants 14-6. "Yeah, it's huge. They picked me up," Strasburg said of his teammates. "Obviously, I didn't go out there and pitch like I wanted to, but there's going to be games ... read more

Nats score 12 runs after fifth inning, stun Giants 14-6

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg allowed another first inning run and it came from the lead off man. Center fielder Gregor Blanco launched a 3-2 95 mph fastball over the right field wall and the Giants led 1-0. It was Blanco's second career leadoff home run after hitting one at Turner Field against the Braves last season. It was also the third leadoff home run by ... read more

Hearing from Span, Cabrera and Zimmermann after 6-2 win over Giants

Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann notched his ninth win in a 6-2 Nationals defeat of the Giants, but the first question for him at his locker was how Hunter Pence crushed his high fastball over the fence for a 2-0 San Francisco lead in the first inning? "Very surprised. There's only one guy in the game that is going to hit that pitch and that's him," Zimmermann ... read more

Giants and Nats tied after one inning (Nats win 6-2)

The Giants and Nationals began play after a 1-hour, 12-minute rain delay. San Francisco wasted no time in scoring a few runs against Jordan Zimmermann and the Nats. Zimmermann allowed a leadoff double to Giants center fielder Angel Pagan. Two pitches later, Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer to center field. Zimmermann quickly retired the next three batters, but the damage was done. The Giants ... read more

Schierholtz excited to join "winning environment" with Nats

The Nationals welcomed new outfielder Nate Schierholtz on Saturday prior to their game with the Giants. Outfielder Michael A. Taylor was moved to Triple-A Syracuse to make room for Schierholtz. Schierholtz, who played his last game for the Cubs on August 5, was thrilled to move to a winning team and is anxious to help the Nationals win games. "For many reasons. I've got some ... read more