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Harper called up by Washington Nationals


Bryce Harper (photo by Gary Bogdon of Getty Images courtesy

Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals hitting phenom and the number-1 overall pick in the 2010 amateur baseball draft, has been recalled by the big league team from Triple-A Syracuse.

Harper as of april 28 is hitting .250 with a homer and three RBI’s in 72 at-bats in Triple-A.

Harper is considered to be the top MLB prospect and only 19 years old.

He is expected to meet the Nationals on their road trip at Los Angeles.

He’ll take the roster spot of third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who is on the 15-day disabled due to an inflammation in his right shoulder.

Zimmerman, Nationals agree on huge extension through 2020


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One of the National League’s best third baseman has been rewarded with a huge contract extension.

Washington Nationals star Ryan Zimmerman has been signed through 2019, which adds six more years to his contract.

There is a club option for 2020.

According to sources close to the negotiations, the six additional seasons are worth $100 million.

The 6’3, 230-pound Zimmerman was already under contract for 2012 and 2013, with $26 million to earn on the five-year deal he signed prior to the 2009 season.

His current deal is guaranteed $126 million over eight seasons.

Without a question the Nationals best player, Zimmerman missed 61 games in 2011 and had to have abdominal surgery.

As a third baseman, he is quick and light on his feet which is essential at the hot corner. He has good range to the hole between shortstop and at the foul line. Is very good at charging the ball and throwing on the move.

After having the abdominal surgery, Zimmerman, according to reports, still hasn’t gotten his arm strength back to 100 percent.


Info compiled from MLB, Washington Nationals, Radio & TV news

Reds end long night with 8-7 win over Washington Nationals

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals had wild game which ended at 12:35 Wednesday morning in Cincinnati with the home team winning, 8-7.

Rookie Mike Leake pitched five masterful innings before a long rain delay of over 2 hours Tuesday night. After the rain delay, the Reds bullpen almost blew a seven-run lead before holding off the Nationals.

Mike Leake Reds (Arizona State photo)

Speaking of the Reds bullpen, it is about to undergo a major shakeup. The Reds management has signed Russ Springer to a minor league contract and they’ve offered Jason Isringhausen a contract. Both are former St. Louis Cardinals pitchers and have the experience the Reds need to win the division.

What they’ll probably do is put Springer and Isringhausen in the late innings with Arthur Rhodes and Francisco Cordero; move Nick Masset to the middle innings. Odd men out would be Jordan Smith and Logan Ondrusek.

Now back to Tuesday’s game.

Leake became the Reds first rookie to open a season 7-1 since Wayne Simpson in 1970. The 22-year-old gave up five hits in five innings.

Leake, who has been overshadowed by Washington’s Stephen Strasburg, leads all National League pitchers with a .385 batting average. He singled home a run in the fourth inning.

Cincinnati led 5-1 in the middle of the fifth inning, when a rainstorm forced a 2-hour, 40-minute delay. The 8-1 lead almost disappeared when Nationals offense came alive against the Reds bullpen.

Washington sent 10 batters to the plate for six runs in the sixth off relievers Micah Owings and Bill Bray. Ryan Zimmerman blasted a two-run homer and Michael Morse had a pinch-hit, bases-loaded triple.

Francisco Cordero, the Reds closer, struck out Adam Dunn to end the game.

The Reds still trail St. Louis by a half game, because the Cardinals beat Philadelphia for a second night in a row.


* 37-year-old Jason Isringhausen, who is a free agent, is trying to come back from two elbow operations in the last two years. He has throw for Reds general manager Walt Jocketty who offered him a contract.

* Syracuse Chief Chase Lambin was voted the TOP Star-MVP in the 2010 Triple-A All-Star Game in a 2-1 victory over the Pacific Coast League All-Stars. Lambin had a RBI double in the win.

Syracuse is the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

Reds nine run seventh inning, two-hit pitching by Arroyo keys third straight win



CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — A nine-run seventh inning keyed by six walks pushed the Reds to their third straight win Friday, in a 12-0 rout over the Cubs. Chicago lost their third straight game and are 1-4 on the current seven game homestand. The nine runs scored by the Reds are a season-high for one inning surpassing the eight runs scored May 20th in a 10-9 loss at Atlanta.

A crowd of 40,361 saw the Reds send 13 men to the plate in the seventh inning.

Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster, now 6-6, trailed only 1-0 going into the seventh as he gave up  a leadoff homer to second baseman Brandon Phillips in the third inning. Dempster despite the loss, struck out nine Reds.

Bronson Arroyo (mlb)

Dempster walked the first two batters in the seventh and possibly the key play in the frame was then a fielding error on a Ramon Hernandez ground ball by second baseman Mike Fontenot. With one out, Dempster walked Bronson Arroyo and Phillips to push the lead to 3-0. Jonny Gomes’ two-run double and Scott Rolen’s two-run single were key hits in the rally. Bob Howry was touched for a two-run double by Hernandez to make it 10-0. Joey Votto homered in the eighth to make the final score 12-0.

Arroyo is now 8-6 against the Cubs in his career and Dempster, a former Red, is 5-6 against the Reds.

In allowing only two hits in six innings, Arroyo was able to bounce back from a loss to Cleveland in his last start on Sunday. He is 8-4 on the season.


* Cincinnati retained its 1 1/2 game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central as the Cardinals beat Milwaukee, 5-0.

* The Reds hit the season’s halfway point of 81 games with a record of 46-35, the first time they’ve been 11 games over .500 since June 2006.

* Joey Votto reached base for the 40th consecutive game, via a walk in the first inning. It is the longest such streak in the majors since Ichiro Suzuki of Seattle and Ryan Zimmerman of Washington both had 43-game streaks in 2009.

*Cincinnati has beaten the Cubs four straight in the season series and leads overal at 6-2.

* Chris Valaika and Travis Wood were selected for the 2010 International League All-Star squad as Louisville Bats representatives.

Obama throws out first pitch; Nationals get blasted by Phillies

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Roy Halladay’s National League debut went just as expected as he had pin-point control striking out nine, allowing six hits, one run in six innings helping his new team, the Philadelphia Phillies to an 11-1 blasting of the Washington Nationals.

Halladay even helped himself at the plate with his second career RBI, on a dribbler that traveled no more than 30 feet in the Phillies five-run fourth inning.

Roy Halladay (mlb)

The game was played in our nation’s capital at Nationals Park.

President Barack Obama received a nice thunderous ovation as he took the mound to mark the 100th anniversary of presidential first pitches. The President has admitted that he is not a natural baseball player. The left-hander double-clutched before uncorking a wild wayward delivery that had Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman standing and stretching his arm to make the catch.

President Barack Obama (file Photo)

Obama wore a Nationals jacket but showed his loyalty to his favorite baseball team, by wearing a White Sox hat.

On April 14, 1910, when William Howard Taft became the first president to take part in a first-pitch ceremony. Back during that time, Washington was an American League team and they won that opening game.

President Obama didn’t bring any luck to the Nationals on Monday. The 1910 Washington team wasn’t very good, and the 2010 National League Nationals team started off this season looking like the same team that has lost 100-plus games in 2008 and 2009.


* The Phillies broke a streak of four consecutive opening day losses.

* Nationals 3b Ryan Zimmerman was awarded his 2009 Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards before the game. He and Outfielder Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers were the only National Leaguers to win both last year.

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