The Nationals lost a heartbreaker on Tuesday night, as the Indians overcame a two-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Nationals 7-6. Closer Jonathan Papelbon faced five batters but was unable to record an out, yielding a leadoff walk, a double, a bunt that ended up very successful due to a Ryan Zimmerman throwing error, an intentional walk, and a single. Oliver Perez came in and eventually allowed one of his inherited runners to score, saddling Papelbon with the loss. Papelbon also served up four runs in the outing before Tuesday’s, on Saturday against the Padres. The two clubs entered the top of the ninth tied 6-6, but a walk followed by three two-out singles and a bases-clearing
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Note to self, when a team wants to send you an All-Star first baseman plus give you $30 million to take him off of their hands, do as Nancy Reagan and Just Say Hell No. Horribly dated analogies aside, now we know why the Detroit Tigers were so eager to deal Prince Fielder, their former prized free agent signee, to the Texas Rangers in November 2013, in exchange for Ian Kinsler. ► Related: Tigers' reliever Bruce Rondon throws 7 of his 13 pitches in triple-digits ► Related: MLB trade tracker: Blue Jays get ex-Tigers pitcher Joaquin Benoit It’s official: acquiring Prince ranks with Alex Rodriguez and Chan Ho Park as the worst “jewel” signings this franchise has made this century.