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Tanner Roark

  1. Game 45: Nats at Cubs

    May 25, 2015, 11:10 AM EDT

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    Tanner Roark was among the best starting pitchers in the NL last season, a 15-game winner with a 2.85 ERA over 31 starts. But when the Nationals signed Max Scherzer to a record-setting contract in January, Roark found himself the odd man out of a jam-packed rotation, relegated to bullpen duties to begin 2015. Today,…

  2. Roark ready for Monday start in Chicago

    May 23, 2015, 3:22 PM EDT

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    Tanner Roark will make his first start of the season Monday in Chicago without much time to build up his arm after seven weeks spent in the Nationals’ bullpen. But the right-hander doesn’t expect that to mean much when he takes the mound at Wrigley Field on Memorial Day. “Nothing, really,” he said. “You’ve just…

  3. Roark will start in Fister’s place Monday or Tuesday

    May 22, 2015, 6:23 PM EDT

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    Tanner Roark will return to the Nationals’ rotation next week, making a start at Wrigley Field in place of the injured Doug Fister. Roark will start either Monday’s series opener or Tuesday night’s game against the Cubs, according to manager Matt Williams, depending if he’s needed at all out of the bullpen this weekend against…

  4. Roark passes another test with save against Marlins

    May 5, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    In his relatively short MLB career, Tanner Roark has already gone from afterthought prospect to surprise bullpen contributor to a 15-win starter and now back to relieving, somehow finding success at each stop. The former 25th round pick who lost 17 games at Triple-A the year before he debuted has become a baseball renaissance man.…

  5. Nats 6, Marlins 4: Desmond, Escobar key late rally

    May 4, 2015, 9:47 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On the heels of an eventful, 10-game road trip that ended on a high note, the Nationals were right back at the park Monday night to open a 6-game homestand, with another surging division rival in town. What transpired was another taut, low-scoring affair that was decided late. As has been…

  6. Nats Stock Watch: Uggla’s heroics the lone bright spot

    Apr 29, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 1-6 Team slash: .222/.287/.352 Team ERA: 5.95 Runs per game: 3.85 STOCK UP   Dan Uggla, 2B: .364 AVG/ 1.364 OPS/ 6 RBI  Uggla may have compiled most of his stats for the…

  7. Nats 13, Braves 12: Uggla’s blast caps historic rally

    Apr 28, 2015, 10:37 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Where to begin with this one? Guess we need to start at the beginning, with A.J. Cole making his major-league debut and getting beat up to the tune of nine runs in only two innings, a painful way to be introduced to the world. Who would’ve believed that would be a…

  8. UPDATE: Cole to make MLB debut Tuesday night

    Apr 27, 2015, 11:36 PM EDT

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    Updated at 11:36 p.m. ATLANTA — With Max Scherzer’s sprained thumb not healed enough to make his scheduled start Tuesday night, the Nationals will send prospect A.J. Cole to the mound to make his major-league debut against the Braves. Cole, 22, is the organization’s top-rated, upper-level pitching prospect, rated the 30th-best prospect in the entire…

  9. Scherzer doubtful for Tuesday’s start with thumb sprain

    Apr 26, 2015, 11:58 AM EDT

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    Updated at 5:03 p.m. MIAMI — The odds of Max Scherzer making his scheduled start Tuesday night in Atlanta look slim after the Nationals ace was unable to throw Sunday morning without feeling discomfort in his right thumb, which he suggested is the byproduct of a sprained ligament. Scherzer, who jammed the thumb while hitting…

  10. Lack of late-inning execution holding 7-10 Nats back

    Apr 24, 2015, 11:36 PM EDT

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    MIAMI — Baseball has a reputation for being among the most complex major sports in the world, but sometimes it’s actually a rather simple game. Take the Nationals, who after a 3-2 loss to the Marlins on Friday night are now a disappointing 7-10 on the season, the vast majority of those losses coming in…

  11. Roark still adjusting to new role

    Apr 22, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Tanner Roark’s MLB career has so far been an unlikely success story filled with very few failures for a guy who just a year before he debuted in 2013 lost 17 games at the Triple-A level. He came up as a reliever and earned an opportunity to start. As a starter, he was brilliant with a…

  12. At 1-4, with issues, will Nats really “be fine?”

    Apr 12, 2015, 12:32 AM EDT

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    PHILADELPHIA — The theme inside the Nationals’ clubhouse following Saturday night’s 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Phillies — a loss that left this team a surprising 1-4 to begin a season of sky-high expectations — was universal. “I think we’ll be fine,” manager Matt Williams said. “That’s all I’m going to say about it. I…

  13. Observations from Saturday’s 10-2 loss to the Mets

    Mar 28, 2015, 5:54 PM EDT

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    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Stephen Strasburg was making his first start in 11 days, and it looked like it. The right-hander, scratched from his last outing due to a minor ankle sprain, wasn’t as sharp as he had been the last time he faced a major-league lineup, giving up four runs on four hits…

  14. Revisiting spring training storylines

    Mar 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals are taking a break today, enjoying their first scheduled day off of the entire spring. (Your trusty beat reporter, meanwhile, will be on a Florida-bound airplane in just a few hours and will be bringing you live updates from Jupiter tomorrow morning.) So this seems like an opportune time to take a step…

  15. Scherzer will start spring opener, Roark in relief

    Mar 3, 2015, 2:45 PM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals’ exhibition season will kick off with the debut of the biggest acquisition of their offseason. Max Scherzer will start Thursday evening’s Grapefruit League opener against the Mets getting the nod from Matt Williams. Just don’t read much of anything into this decision, Williams cautions. “He’s ready,” the manager said of…

  16. VIDEO: Who will be the odd-man out?

    Feb 23, 2015, 1:08 PM EDT

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    In Mark’s latest report from Nationals spring training in Viera, Fla., he looks at who could be the odd-man out of their star-studded rotation. Right now there are six players vying for five spots, meaning someone will likely get bumped to the bullpen within the next few weeks. In this video Mark has reaction from Max…

  17. Roark ready and willing to do whatever Nats want

    Feb 22, 2015, 9:59 AM EDT

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    VIERA, Fla. — Tanner Roark will prepare this spring as though he’ll be a starter come Opening Day. But that likely won’t be the case unless somebody else from the Nationals’ star-studded rotation gets hurt or is traded. So, Roark probably is destined for a long-relief role. Except that’s not exactly the best way to…

  18. VIDEO: Looking at “X-Factors” on Nats roster

    Feb 16, 2015, 4:14 PM EDT

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    In our next spring training preview video segment, we look at a couple of members of the Nationals’ roster who could be “X-Factors” this season, guys who could prove hugely significant or not make a whole lot of difference. The first “X-Factor” is Bryce Harper, who despite moments of glory since reaching the big leagues,…

  19. Spring storyline No. 3: What’s Roark’s role?

    Feb 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    We’ve reached the final countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, so we’re counting down the five biggest storylines the Nationals will face in Viera. We continue today with No. 3: Tanner Roark’s uncertain role after losing his rotation spot to Max Scherzer… Tanner Roark made his major-league debut on Aug. 7, 2013,…

  20. VIDEO: Previewing Nats spring training

    Feb 14, 2015, 12:26 PM EDT

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    What are some of the most-important issues facing the Nationals this spring? I discussed several of them last night on Comcast SportsNet, including… — Jayson Werth’s recovery from offseason shoulder surgery — The Nats’ new-look bullpen and the need to replace Tyler Clippard — Ryan Zimmerman’s permanent transition to first base Enjoy the video clip…

  21. Roster preview: Tanner Roark

    Feb 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2015: 28 How acquired: Traded with RHP Ryan Tatusko from Rangers for SS Cristian Guzman, July 2010 2015 salary: TBD (will be slightly more than MLB minimum of $507,500) 2014 stats: 31 GS, 198.2 IP, 178 H, 64 R, 63 ER, 16 HR, 39 BB, 138 K, 1.092 WHIP, 15-10, 2.85…

  22. VIDEO: Big decisions to make for Nats

    Jan 23, 2015, 4:08 PM EDT

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    After signing Max Scherzer, the Nationals have some big decisions to make over the next four weeks in regards to their rotation. Do they make a trade involving Jordan Zimmermann or Doug Fister, or roll into 2015 with all six of their starting pitchers on the roster? I discussed what happens next for the Nationals…

  23. Boras’ ‘internal rating’ says Nats have MLB’s best rotation

    Jan 23, 2015, 12:08 PM EDT

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    Even before the Nationals added Max Scherzer in a record free agent contract, their starting rotation was by all accounts a strength. They held the best rotation ERA in MLB last season at 3.04 and the best WHIP at 1.14. Even in the postseason, their 0.73 starters’ ERA was tops among all playoff teams. Pundits…

  24. What happens now to Nats’ rotation?

    Jan 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Already harboring the deepest rotation in the majors – and arguably the best overall in the game – the Nationals “strengthened a strength,” as general manager Mike Rizzo likes to say, in signing former Cy Young winner Max Scherzer to a free agent deal on Sunday. Now the Nationals have a conundrum: six quality starting…

  25. Pros and cons of Nats’ many trade options

    Jan 19, 2015, 2:11 PM EDT

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    While many of us focused on the possibility the Nationals would trade a starting pitcher this offseason, namely Jordan Zimmermann or Doug Fister who are both just a year away from hitting free agency, the Nats pulled off a stunner late Sunday night in acquiring the biggest name on the market, Max Scherzer. Now what was…

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