Chris Speier is filling in as the Nationals manager this weekend while Dusty Baker attends his sons graduation. Bench Coach Chris Speier is managing the Washington Nationals with Dusty Baker at home in California for his sons high school graduation this weekend. Baker told reporters before the series finale with the Seattle Mariners on Thursday that he would rejoin the team in San Francisco, where the Nats start a three-game series on Monday afternoon.
Things you should know about tonight's game... 1) Rafael Montero labored his way through 87 pitches in three innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He walked four batters, including three in the first inning. Pat Sewald and Josh Edgin combined to pitch five scoreless innings in relief, but Addison Reed allowed the Padres to score an insurance run in the ninth inning. 2) Lucas Duda hit a solo home run in the second inning to put the Mets on the board, then drove in the team's second run with an RBI single in the eighth. Michael Conforto tied his career-high with four strikeouts, but came through on a base hit in the ninth inning to extend his hitting streak to ten games. 3) Padres starter
Red Sox pitcher David Price is set to make his season debut for Boston on Monday at the Chicago White Sox. The 31-year-old left-hander, starting the second season of a $217-million, seven-year contact, has been recovering from a strained pitching elbow. He gave up nine runs — six earned — and 12 hits in 52/3 innings during two rehab starts at triple-A Pawtucket. Tough night Jacob deGrom was scratched by the New York Mets from his scheduled start against the San Diego Padres on Thursday night because of discouraging weather reports. Rafael Montero started in deGrom’s place, and deGrom was rescheduled for Friday’s series opener at Pittsburgh. Mets manager Terry Collins said he spoke with deGrom