WASHINGTON -- On Dec. 19, 2014, the San Diego Padres traded pitcher Joe Ross and a player to be named later -- it would be Trea Turner -- to the Washington Nationals in a three-team deal that included the Tampa Bay Rays. Since that trade, the Padres have posted a record of 160-215 while the Nationals are 208-166 after they won 3-0 Saturday as Stephen Strasburg struck out a career-high 15 batters in seven innings and the Washington staff fanned 17. As a reminder of what could have been, Ross (2-0, 5.32) makes the start Sunday against San Diego right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (4-4, 5.74) in the finale of the three-game series at Nationals Park. First-place Washington is 30-18 while last-place San Diego
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Steven Souza has not only staked his claim to the most awkward outfield dive in baseball this week, he absolutely owns it. What he lacked in style points, he made up for with a good result. As for Souza, his attempt during Friday’s game against the Twins lacked style points, awareness and ultimately the baseball, as his dive was approximately 20 feet off the mark. But what Souza lacked in those areas, he made up for in humility, which helped him win over everyone at Target Field.
The Texas Rangers will be happy to get home after they play the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon in the finale of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre. The road has not been kind to Texas. After losing 3-1 to the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon, the Rangers dropped to 8-18 on the road this season.