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Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that in addition to Daniel Murphy, Bryce Harper and Matt Adams were claimed on revocable waivers.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported Monday night that Murphy was claimed. We don't know the identity of the claiming team just yet, but given where the Nationals are in the standings, a trade can't be ruled out. As for Harper and Adams, essentially every player in placed on revocable waivers in August, so it ultimately doesn't mean much that they were claimed. Both players could have been claimed by teams who don't have a legitimate intention to make a deal, and the Nationals can always simply pull them back. Per Castillo, the Nationals have also placed Mark Reynolds, Gio Gonzalez, and Matt Wieters on revocable waivers.
Aug 21 - 11:33 AM

Erick Fedde (shoulder) allowed one run over four innings in his first rehab start with Double-A Harrisburg.

Fedde, out since early July with right shoulder inflammation, gave up four hits and walked a pair while striking out four. He's not eligible to return until September 5, so he'll receive additional starts in order to get stretched out.
Aug 21 - 11:03 AM

Kenley Jansen allowed back-to-back homers in the ninth inning to pick up the loss against St. Louis on Monday.

It was Jansen's first appearance since he was placed on the disabled list with an irregular heartbeat on August 10. Unfortunately, it didn't go well, as he entered in a tie game and allowed homers to Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter. It would have been nice to see him pitch well on Monday, but the important thing is that Jansen is healthy, and you should expect him to pitch much better down the stretch.
Aug 21 - 2:39 AM

Justin Turner went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored in a loss to the Cardinals on Monday.

Turner's double is the 15th of the season in 66 games played. There aren't many hitters who are as hot as he is right now, as he has had nine multi-hit games in his last 13 appearances, and his average has risen to .308 from .259 in the process. His line in the month of August is a ridiculous .439/.522/.789. Turner can't stay this hot forever, but this is a friendly reminder that he's been one of the best offensive players in baseball over the past few years. Ride the hot streak.
Aug 21 - 2:36 AM

Bud Norris pitched a scoreless ninth with three strikeouts to pick up a save against the Dodgers on Monday.

Norris walked Matt Kemp to begin the inning, and while the Dodgers certainly made the St. Louis stopper work -- he threw 29 pitches -- he was able to fan the next three to pick up his 25th save of the year. He hasn't given up a run in nine of his last 10 appearances, and his season ERA drops to 3.02 with an impressive 63/11 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 50 2/3 innings. Don't be surprised if the Cardinals give Norris an off-day on Tuesday considering how hard he had to work on Monday night.
Aug 21 - 2:32 AM

Jedd Gyorko hit a pinch-hit homer off of Kenley Jansen in the 9th inning in a victory over the Dodgers on Monday.

Gyorko deposited a Jansen offering into the bleachers, and it gives the 29-year-old 11 homers on the season. He's now hitting .254/.337/.422 on the year with those 11 homers and 41 RBI, but those numbers aren't indicative of how well he's swung the bat since the beginning of July.
Aug 21 - 2:29 AM

Matt Carpenter went 3-for-5 with a homer in a 5-3 win over the Dodgers on Monday.

Carpenter and Jedd Gyorko went back-to-back off of Kenley Jansen, and it gave the Cardinals a 5-3 lead and Carpenter his 34th homer. The first baseman also hit his 34th double of the season, and his season OPS is now up to .969 with 69 RBI in his 121 games. At this point, you might be able to argue he's the favorite to win the MVP in the National League.
Aug 21 - 2:26 AM

Austin Gomber went five innings and allowed two runs in a no decision against the Dodgers on Monday.

Gomber was fortunate to only allow the two runs, as he gave up five hits and walked four. He was able to strike out four, and he made some key pitches to limit the damage. Control has been an issue for the left-hander all year with 33 walks in his 42 innings, but to his credit, they really haven’t affected the 24-year-old, as seen in his 2.68 ERA in that time frame. It’s a risky fantasy play -- particularly if you are in a WHIP battle in your league -- but it’s tough to argue with the results so far. The Rockies are next for Gomber on Sunday.
Aug 21 - 2:22 AM

Alex Wood allowed three runs over four innings in a no decision against the Cardinals on Monday.

Wood was pulled with runners on first-and-third with no one out in the fifth, and looked none too pleased with the decision. He allowed seven hits, and he walked two while striking out four. The left-hander was outstanding in his previous three starts, but Wood clearly didn’t have his best stuff or command against the St. Louis lineup. His ERA now sits at 3.60 with a 117/33 K/BB ratio over 132 1/3 innings. We’ll see him again on Sunday in a start against the Padres.
Aug 21 - 2:21 AM

Zack Wheeler struck out a season-high 10 batters over seven innings and did not factor into the decision in the Mets' 2-1 loss to the Giants in extra-innings on Monday.

Wheeler held the Giants offense scoreless through the first six frames before surrendering a game-tying RBI double to Alen Hanson with two outs in the seventh inning. He allowed just one run on five hits in a dominant performance, but was forced to settle for a no-decision and the Mets lost the contest in extra-innings. The 28-year-old right-hander racked up an absurd 21 swinging strikes on 113 pitches. In 15 starts since June 1, Wheeler owns a sparkling 2.71 ERA and 93/28 K/BB ratio over 96 1/3 innings. He’ll face the Nationals at home in his next start on Saturday.
Aug 21 - 12:13 AM

Derek Holland yielded one run on four hits over five-plus innings of work in a no-decision against the Mets on Monday.

Holland limited the Mets offense to a single run on three hits over five innings before running into trouble to open the sixth. He served up a leadoff single to Wilmer Flores and walked Todd Frazier before being lifted in favor of worm-burning reliever Sam Dyson, who induced a double play and ground out to get out of the jam unscathed. He struck out five and only handed out one free pass. The 31-year-old southpaw is 6-8 with a 3.75 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 137/49 K/BB ratio over 134 1/3 innings of work. He’s given up three earned runs or fewer in 19 of his 24 starts. He’ll face the Rangers at home in his next start on Sunday.
Aug 21 - 12:09 AM

Wilmer Flores went 3-for-6 with an RBI double in the Mets' 2-1 loss to the Giants in 13 innings on Monday.

Flores accounted for nearly half of the Mets' eight hits and plated their lone run of the evening with an opposite-field RBI double, his 23rd of the year, off Giants starter Derek Holland in the first inning. He also singled leading off the sixth, but was erased on a double play, and capped off his night with another single in the 11th. The 27-year-old infielder has heated up in recent weeks, hitting .305 (25-for-82) with a pair of home runs and 13 RBI in 20 games since August 1.
Aug 21 - 12:08 AM

Alen Hanson went 1-for-5 with an RBI double, his 16th of the year, in the Giants' extra-innings win over the Mets on Monday.

Hanson blooped a game-tying RBI double down the left-field line against Mets starter Zack Wheeler in the seventh inning. Neither team would plate a run until the Giants were gifted the game-winning run on a two-out fielding error in 13th inning. Hanson is an intriguing middle infield target in deeper mixed leagues thanks to his blend of power and speed. He's hitting .280 with six homers and six steals in just 244 plate appearances this year.
Aug 21 - 12:01 AM

Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-5 with a run scored in the Giants' 2-1 extra-innings victory over the Mets on Monday.

McCutchen worked a one-out walk, stole second base and eventually came around to score the go-ahead run in the 13th inning on a fielding error by left fielder Dominic Smith. The Giants offense managed just eight hits in the marathon extra-innings contest, which took four hours and twenty minutes to complete. McCutchen is hitting just .257 in 534 plate appearances, but he's racked up 14 homers and 11 stolen bases this season.
Aug 20 - 11:55 PM

J.T. Chargois exited a relief appearance Monday against the Cardinals with neck discomfort.

Chargois missed badly on a 3-2 pitch in the fifth inning and evidently tweaked his neck in the process. It's unclear whether it might be more than a day-to-day injury.
Aug 20 - 11:48 PM



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