Fernandez outduels Roark, losing streak now at four games

MIAMI - The Nationals were unable to solve Jose Fernandez. Tanner Roark came within one pitch of solving the Marlins. Miami downed the Nationals 1-0 on a Giancarlo Stanton home run in the sixth, his 27th of the season and second in this series. The Nats’ losing streak has reached four games. Roark pitched seven strong innings again, allowing one run and three hits with ... read more

Roark and Fernandez duel in Miami (Marlins win 1-0)

MIAMI - As one might have expected, a pair of pitchers with identical 15-8 records and sub-3.00 ERAs are locked in a pitchers’ duel at Marlins Park on Tuesday night. Right-hander Jose Fernandez, who is 6-0 against the Nationals, has struck out five through four innings, allowing only a first-inning double to Stephen Drew. Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark got into trouble in the bottom of ... read more

Baker says report regarding Harper’s shoulder is “inaccurate”

MIAMI - Nationals manager Dusty Baker declared before Tuesdays game that an article written by Sport Illustrated’s Tom Verducci on right fielder Bryce Harper’s shoulder causing problems in his swing was not accurate. Baker also said his quote about Harper’s shoulder causing lingering issues was taken out of context. “The story is inaccurate,” Baker said. “They asked me about his shoulder problem before. I said ... read more

Game 151 lineups: Nats at Marlins

MIAMI - It’s a marquee matchup tonight, as the Nationals’ Tanner Roark challenges the Marlins’ Jose Fernandez. Roark, who is 15-8 with a 2.75 ERA, is seeking a career-high 16th win. Fernandez is also 15-8, with a 2.99 ERA. Fernandez has never lost to the Nationals: He is 6-0 with a 1.13 ERA in nine starts, with 72 strikeouts and just seven earned runs allowed. ... read more

On a mellower, calmer Baker: “If I’m good, the team’s good”

MIAMI - Manager Dusty Baker was away from the team last week to attend to a death in the family. During that time, bench coach Chris Speier managed the club. Speier spoke about his close friendship with Baker and how their relationship has been solidified with trust built over decades of working together. Speier commented this time around he has seen a change in Baker’s ... read more

How A.J. Cole fought through without his best stuff

MIAMI - Nationals right-hander A.J. Cole allowed only two runs in his start Monday, but had to labor to get those 12 outs. Cole had to throw 79 pitches in just four innings and spoke after taking a no-decision in the 4-3 loss to Miami. “I didn’t have my best stuff tonight,” Cole said. “But I fought to keep my team in the game. I ... read more

Split-second plays go against the Nats in 4-3 loss at Miami

MIAMI - The Nationals and Marlins went back and forth Monday night, but in the end, Miami delivered the final punch in a 4-3 comeback win. The game turned on a couple of key plays, a hot shot right at center fielder Trea Turner and a baserunning mistake by Michael A. Taylor. Trailing 3-2 in the sixth, the Marlins answered with a double from pinch-hitter ... read more

Stanton gets to Cole early with solo homer (Marlins win 4-3)

MIAMI - Right-hander A.J. Cole did well to keep the Marlins off the board in the first inning in his first-ever appearance in his home state at the major league level. Cole grew up in Oviedo, Fla., which is 233 miles north of Miami. A strong contingent of friends and family cheered Cole’s effort. But Cole could not avoid Giancarlo Stanton. In the second with ... read more