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Bad luck, small mistakes add up for Ross in loss to Marlins

Bad luck, small mistakes add up for Ross in loss to Marlins

Joe Ross' Sunday outing included two runs that came home on a ball lost by his second baseman in the sun and two more that scored on an RBI single by opposing pitcher Jose Fernandez, a spot created by manager Dusty Baker's decision to walk the Marlins' No. 8 batter Adeiny Hechavarria to load the bases ahead of him.

Ross wasn't great on Sunday, and luck wasn't on his side either. The Nats right-hander ended up with five runs - three of them earned - and has now given up eight earned runs over his last two starts, a stretch of 11 2/3 innings.

"Just really didn’t go my way today," Ross said after the Nats' 5-1 loss.

Everything was going his way through the first two innings until J.T. Realmuto and Hechavarria singled and Nats second baseman Stephen Drew met his match with the sun in the top of the third. Martin Prado popped up right to Drew for a would-be third out, but he lost sight of it.

"It’s just unfortunate. I tried to move to the left with my glove and then the right. I just kept seeing the sun," Drew said.

"I probably could have caught the ball But I was looking at him and he didn't really look like he didn't see it until the end when it was too late," first baseman Ryan Zimmerman said. "It was just one of those unfortunate plays where I think he saw it at the beginning and then lost it at the end. When that happens, there's really not much you can do about it."

The consensus seemed to be a communication issue. Drew needs to let Zimmerman know if he doesn't see the ball.

“They hadn’t played together much. I could see from the dugout he was having trouble with it," Baker said. "That’s a situation where we just have to communicate better. They’ll know next time."

Take that play out of Ross' day and his performance looks a lot better. But the right-hander did encounter problems again in sixth. Not only did Fernandez poke a two-RBI single, but Giancarlo Stanton smashed his 11th home run over the fence in right field.

A Stanton homer is expected. Allowing a pitcher to drive in two runs is a tough pill to swallow.

“We thought Joe had enough to get him out. He’s facing the pitcher. And Joe has electric stuff," Baker said.

"I wanted to try and get after Hechavarria but it was probably smarter to put him on and face the pitcher," Ross added. "{Kinda backfired a little bit. It’s definitely the right play."

Ross didn't have his best stuff on Sunday, while Fernandez was striking out 11 batters through seven innings of one run ball. The little mistakes and instances of bad luck for Ross added up and perhaps go to show the small margin for error against a tough Marlins lineup, especially with Fernandez on the hill.

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.

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Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.

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It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

So if you have not heard, Bryce Harper is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

All off-season talking heads, baseball aficionados, radio hosts, etc. were speculating on where the outfielder’s destination will be next year.

And we are still a year away from it actually happening.

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Reporting to spring training on Monday, Harper did not waste any time telling the media how his press conferences were going to play out this season.

“If guys do [ask], or talk anything about that, I will be walking right out the door.”

Entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals, the 25-year-old is coming off the second-best season, statistically, of his career. The 2015 NL MVP has hit .285 in his career, with 150 home runs and 421 RBIs. Unquestionably he is the face of the Nationals’ organization, if not, the best player in the team’s history.

If he does end the season without a contract extension, he will join Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and Barry Bonds as the top sought out free agents in MLB history.

One thing is for certain in terms of Harper’s free agency; Harper has given no inclination on where his landing spot will be.  The top three cities are of course his favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees; joining with one of his closest friends with the Chicago Cubs; or just staying with Washington.

Wherever he does land, it does appear that it will be the largest contract given to a free agent ever.

As for now we just wait and direct any of your calls to his agent Scott Boras.

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