Houston is 5-5 in their last ten, 76-48 overall, and the Astros have a commanding 12.0-game lead in the AL West as they start a three-game set with the visiting Washington Nationals this week in Minute Maid Park. Dusty Baker’s Nationals are 7-3 in their last ten, and 74-48 overall, with a big 14.0-game lead in the NL East. It should be a nice test for both teams. Before they get going at 8:10 PM EDT in Texas, catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news... NATS BEAT: Nationals Inbox: Will club be at full strength "Unless Werth comes back clearly hobbled, I would be shocked if he didn't take over as the full-time starting left fielder." With injuries ravaging lineup, bullpen finally carrying
If there is one thing to say about Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco, it is that he is completely unpredictable. Nolasco will take the mound Tuesday night to face the Rangers, making his 26th start of the season, tops on the club. The fact that Nolasco got the victory in his last start -- he gave up two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday -- is no indication of how he will pitch against the Rangers if you consider how he has performed this season.
Mike Scioscia has managed the Angels long enough to make you believe his players stopped listening to him, what, like a decade ago? Only his voice never has been clearer, his influence never more calming, and what he’s doing now is arguably the best work he’s done in his 18 seasons in Anaheim. A cursory glance at the roster should tell you the Angels have no business playing baseball in October, but here they are, suddenly in the thick of the playoff race, a half-game out of the second American League wild-card spot after a 5-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Monday night at Angel Stadium. The Angels don’t have much of an offense or much of a starting rotation, but Scioscia is somehow making it