Aug 18, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) waves to the crowd after hitting a walk off home run to defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in 11 innings at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
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Nats’ streak to seven after another walk-off win
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WASHINGTON — The game between the Nationals and D-backs went back and forth Monday night. When it was over, Adam LaRoche won the game with a solo homer, giving the Nats a 5-4, walk-off win in 11 innings at Nationals Park.
The win was the third straight walk-off victory for Washington.
The Nationals remained six games ahead of the Braves in the National League East race. Atlanta beat the Pirates, 7-3, at PNC Park.
Washington has won seven straight games and improved to 70-53. It became the third team in the NL to reach the 70-win plateau. Read full article here.
Nats add outfielder Schierholtz on Minors deal
WASHINGTON — The Nationals agreed to terms with Nate Schierholtz on a Minor League contract Monday, less than two weeks after the Cubs designated the outfielder for assignment.
The move is aimed at helping bolster a Washington bench that has been missing a left-handed presence since outfielder Nate McLouth went on the 15-day disabled list earlier this month because of an inflamed right shoulder.
McLouth has suffered a number of setbacks during his rehab process and opted to get a second opinion because the shoulder wasn’t healing properly. He was scheduled to undergo an arthrogram MRI — effectively a joint X-ray — on Monday to help determine the full extent of the injury and how much time it will force him to miss. Read full article here.
No timetable for Zimmerman’s return to Nats
WASHINGTON — It’s been almost a month since Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman suffered a Grade 3 hamstring strain, and the only thing he has done since that time is work out on an underwater treadmill. There is no timetable as to when Zimmerman will start baseball activities.
Zimmerman hurt the hamstring on July 22 while running to first base against the Rockies. While he is walking normally, Zimmerman can’t do much else.
“There is no exact timetable. It’s hard to put concrete dates on anything, because you just don’t know. You are starting to feel better and that is a good sign,” Zimmerman said. “I’ve been doing a few rehab things. There’s really nothing you can do right now.” Read full article here.