May 2, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Tyler Moore (12) hits a single against he Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Nationals defeated the Phillies, 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

District Daily: Nationals News 5/12

Mother’s Day in Bay special for Frandsen

(Alex Espinoza, MLB.com)

OAKLAND — More than 350 breast cancer survivors clad in pink jerseys and holding pink balloons formed a huge ribbon in the outfield on Sunday before the A’s-Nationals game as Major League Baseball promoted breast cancer awareness leaguewide on Mother’s Day.

Select Nationals players also used pink bats, batting gloves, wristbands and arm sleeves to commemorate the occasion, which has become an annual celebration for baseball.

Sunday starter Gio Gonzalez took the field with pink cleats, along with a few of his teammates, while catcher Jose Lobaton also used a pink bat. Read full article here.

 

Moore rejoins Nats to replace LaRoche

(Alex Espinoza, MLB.com)

OAKLAND — Tyler Moore was back up with the big leaguers on Sunday after a cup of coffee with Triple-A Syracuse.

The 27-year-old first baseman was recalled to join the Nationals in Oakland to replace Adam LaRoche, who went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quad. Moore was sent down on Wednesday and played just one game for the Chiefs before jumping back on a plane to Oakland.

Moore admits the travel has been wearing on him as he’s shuttled back and forth so much.

“It does,” Moore said, “but I think you got to kind of have that attitude where if you let it get to you it can kind of eat you up inside. You got to just be positive and just kind of wing it.” Read full article here.

A Big Series Lies Ahead

(Dan Kolko, MASN Sports)

PHOENIX – I’m not one of those guys who calls a game in May a “must-win” or overreacts about a talented team’s performance early on in the season.

I’m really not. Trust me. I buy into the whole idea that it’s a 162-game season and that there’s plenty of time for things to come around, if a team plays well enough.

That said, this three-game series coming up here in Arizona is a big one for the Nationals. And I say that for a couple of reasons.

It’s pretty evident that the Nats are scuffling right now. They’re without three of their top offensive performers in Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche, three guys who, when healthy, are pretty talented defensively, as well. Read full article here.

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