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Nats' Zimmerman has spoken extensively about PED users in past


Nats' Zimmerman has spoken extensively about PED users in past

More than a month after the Al Jazeera report implicating Ryan Zimmerman and others in a story about performance enhancing drugs, Zimmerman has yet to comment in detail on the allegations. He has instead let a lawsuit he has filed against the network on the matter speak for itself.

But in the past, Zimmerman has spoken extensively about PEDs and those who have been accused of using them. There were two stories in particular that got Zimmerman talking on the subject. One was in 2012 when Ryan Braun - a member of the same 2005 draft class and a friend of Zimmerman's - was reported to have failed a drug test. The second was in 2013 when teammate Gio Gonalez was linked to banned substances through the Biogenesis scandal, along with Braun who was accused again.

Zimmerman's comments on Gonzalez and Braun share insight into how he feels about PEDs in general. It is fair to say that he has had some strong opinions on the matter.

In spring training of 2012, Zimmerman had this to say about Braun's allegations:

"This is our livelihood... That's the biggest thing that can be put on you that takes away your reputation and everything you've ever worked for. You get [accused] once in your career, you're screwed for the rest of your life. Everyone's always going to remember that."

"I think the drug system has done a very good job... There's literally no drugs in the game. If you're doing drugs, you're taking a huge risk and you're more than likely going to get caught. So I think the system has done its job."

In July of 2013, Zimmerman further discussed Braun and PED use with The Washington Post:

"I don’t want to say it’s unfortunate, because they did it to themselves... I don’t think there’s any room in the game for it. For me, if you have nothing to worry about, then you shouldn’t care what the penalties are."

"I think the guys that who are affected are the 24th, 25th guys on the roster... I feel bad for guys that are right on the fringe of making the team, and someone else used that for a couple years and took that away from them.”

And here is what Zimmerman said after Gonzalez was cleared from the Biogenesis report:

"Any time you’re on a list like that or suspected of something, I would imagine it weighs on you a little bit... To be cleared and be able to put it in the past and not have to worry about it anymore is, I'm sure, a great feeling. It's good for him, it's great for us, and hopefully we won't have to worry about it anymore with anyone in here."

Zimmerman will likely address the matter at some point, but these quotes demonstrate well his feelings on PEDs in general.

[RELATED: MLB wants Anti-doping Agency investigation for Al Jazeera PED report]

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Nationals place Ryan Madson on 10-day DL


Nationals place Ryan Madson on 10-day DL

Ryan Madson is the latest Washington National headed to the DL, turning the team's relief pitching rotation upside down even more than it already is. 

According to MASN's Dan Kolko, the 37-year-old is nursing a "lumbar nerve root irritation" injury and will sit out for 10 days. 

In response, the team has named Koda Glover as the closer, who was promoted from Triple-A Syracuse Wednesday. 

Glover gave up a game-ending solo blast to the Cardinals' Kevin DeJong Monday night. 

The night before, Madson was on the other end of David Bote's walk-off grand slam in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Cubs. 

As for Tuesday night, Glover's status remains unknown



Back-to-back walk-offsNationals walked off again, this time by Cardinals' Paul DeJong

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Nationals walked off again, this time by Cardinals' Paul DeJong

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Nationals walked off again, this time by Cardinals' Paul DeJong

ST. LOUIS -- Nationals manager Dave Martinez was awake most of the night after Washington lost on a walk-off grand slam Sunday.

He likely won't be catching up on that missed sleep Monday.

Paul DeJong handed the Nationals their second straight walk-off loss, capping a back-and-forth finish with a game-ending solo homer in the ninth inning of the St. Cardinals' 7-6 victory Monday night.

DeJong took Koda Glover (0-1) deep leading off the ninth on a 3-1 pitch. A night earlier, Ryan Madson allowed a game-ending ninth-inning grand slam to the Chicago Cubs' David Bote in a 4-3 defeat.

"I don't sleep most nights, I like to watch replays of the game," Martinez said. "And last night was no different."

Washington's bullpen has blown saves in three of its past four games. All-Star closer Sean Doolittle has been on the disabled list since early July, and top setup man Kelvin Herrera went to the DL with right rotator cuff impingement last week.

"I don't know what else to do," Martinez said of the bullpen.

The usually stoic DeJong wasn't quite sure how to celebrate his first career walk-off homer. He started calm, keeping his head down as he rounded the bases. After coming around third, though, he whipped his helmet into the grass, threw his arms down and bellowed out a roar.

"My first walkoff, it felt so good I had to do something a little different," DeJong said.

The Cardinals recorded their 10th walkoff of the season and DeJong became the sixth different player to end a game in grand fashion.

"They're all special, all emotional," St. Louis interim manager Mike Shildt said. "These guys have the mentality, `Do your job, keep the line moving.' They have a lot of trust with each other."

The Cardinals have won six in a row and moved to nine games over .500 for the first time this season.

DeJong's 380-foot drive ended a wild final two innings.

Matt Carpenter and Jedd Gyorko homered in the eighth inning to put St. Louis up 6-4. Gyorko started the rally with a leadoff drive, and Carpenter followed with a three-run homer off Sammy Solis.

The Nationals tied it at 6 in the top of the ninth on RBI singles by Daniel Murphy and Matt Wieters off closer Bud Norris. Dakota Hudson (3-0) relieved Norris and stranded two baserunners by retiring Wilmer Difo and Adam Eaton.

Juan Soto and Bryce Harper homered for the Nationals, who have lost five of seven.

Gyorko sparked St. Louis' big eighth inning with his homer off Justin Miller. Kolten Wong and Patrick Wisdom then singled to set up Carpenter's 33rd homer. Carpenter has homered in seven of his past 10 games. He extended his major-league leading on-base streak to 31 games with a first-inning bunt single. He has 17 homers during that string.

Harper won a 10-pitch battle with starter Miles Mikolas by drilling his 29th homer leading off the fourth to lead 2-1.

Ryan Zimmerman added a run-scoring double in the second for the Nationals.

Jose Martinez had four hits for the Cardinals.

Mikolas gave up four runs on four hits over seven innings. He struck out four and walked one.

Tommy Milone started for Washington and gave up two runs on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings.