Daniel Murphy went 1 for 4 with a home run and a walk in last night’s extra-innings win over the Cincinnati Reds, leaving him with a .344/.399/.581 line, 21 doubles, 13 HRs, 23 walks and 30 Ks in 67 games and 296 plate appearances on the season. Murphy hit a 1-1 fastball from Reds’ reliever Michael Lorenzen out to right field in the sixth. Murphy’s 13 home runs are one short of his season-high from his time with the Mets when he hit 14 in 538 PAs in 2015. He hit 13 in 697 PAs in 2013, and 12 in 556 back in 2009. Last season, of course, he set a career-high with 25 in 531 PAs, and he’s on his way to matching that mark. Dusty Baker was asked after the Nationals’ come-from-behind, 6-5 win over the
Nationals/MLB | Perspective In Drew Storen’s mind, when he headed out Friday evening to the bullpen beyond right field — no, excuse me left field — at Nationals Park, he brought with him only his cap and his glove. He did not have the ignominy of Pete Kozma in his back pocket, nor the second-guessing about Buster Posey up his sleeve, nor the rerun of Yoenis Cespedes’s line drives rolling as he studied video. We can wish he carries all that with him, and some of us do. To survive in his chosen profession, he can’t. Storen’s last pitch for the Washington Nationals came Sept. 9, 2015. A player who once represented part of the core here — part of division winners in 2012 and 2014 — is with his third
A look at what's happening all around the majors today: KERSHAW GOES FOR 11TH WIN Clayton Kershaw seeks to become the major leagues' first 11-game winner when the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Colorado Rockies. Kershaw (10-2) is 6-0 in his last nine stats, winning three in a row. He has struck out 115 and walked 17 in 103 1/3 innings and is 20-6 against Colorado, including 2-1 this year. HOMER'S BACK Homer Bailey returns from elbow surgery to make his season debut when the Cincinnati Reds to face the Washington Nationals. Bailey will be activated from the 60-day disabled list, where he's languished since the first day of spring training after having bone chips removed from his elbow in February.