Washington Nationals

Sean Doolittle was originally a 2007 A's draft pick.

A’s trade Doolittle and Madson to Nats

OAKLAND — The Oakland A's gutted their bullpen on Sunday morning, trading…

 

Jeff Samardzija. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Jeff Samardzija labors to little effect, Giants drop another to Nats

AT&T PARK — Jeff Samardzija knocked out the San Francisco Giants’ backup…

 

Matt Cain earned his 100th win as a Giant on Sunday against the Washington Nationals. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Matt Cain wins 100th as Giant, bullpen shuts down Nats

AT&T PARK — The San Francisco Giants believe they’ve turned the corner…

 

Mac Williamson dives toward home plate to score against the Washington Nationals on Saturday. (Tony Avelar/AP)

New guy Eduardo Nunez helps lead Giants past Nationals after historic loss

AT&T PARK — Eduardo Nunez had no idea how dire of a…

Mac Williamson dives toward home plate to score against the Washington Nationals on Saturday. (Tony Avelar/AP)
The Nationals dealt for a new closer on Saturday, when Santiago Casilla — no stranger to the hot seat — clinched a save for the Giants. (Tony Avelar/AP)

October looms larger for Giants, Nationals

AT&T PARK — As Dusty Baker sat in the visiting dugout of the…

The Nationals dealt for a new closer on Saturday, when Santiago Casilla — no stranger to the hot seat — clinched a save for the Giants. (Tony Avelar/AP)
Mark Melancon could be a more cost-effective solution for the Giants’ problems at closer. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Sleeping Giants need wake-up call before trade deadline

If you saw this coming at Third and King, raise your hand.…

Mark Melancon could be a more cost-effective solution for the Giants’ problems at closer. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Dennis Green with then Stanford athletic director Andy Geiger en route to a press conference where Green was announced as Stanford University’s new head coach. Green passed away on Thursday. (Sal Veder/AP)

Former Stanford, 49ers coach Dennis Green left his mark

Many will remember the late Dennis Green most for his postgame tirade…

Dennis Green with then Stanford athletic director Andy Geiger en route to a press conference where Green was announced as Stanford University’s new head coach. Green passed away on Thursday. (Sal Veder/AP)
Eric Hosmer, of the Kansas City Royals, crosses the plate after hitting a home run during the second inning of the All-Star Game, as National League’s starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, of the San Francisco Giants, looks at the scoreboard on Tuesday. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Giants are in good spot, but there’s work to be done

Written while Balls debates whether the All-Star Game-determines-homefield-advantage-in-the-World Series idea is the…

Eric Hosmer, of the Kansas City Royals, crosses the plate after hitting a home run during the second inning of the All-Star Game, as National League’s starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, of the San Francisco Giants, looks at the scoreboard on Tuesday. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner looks to third after taking a strike in front of Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Erik Kratz, Monday, June 20, 2016, in Pittsburgh.(Keith Srakocic/AP)

Hey, now, MadBum is an All-Star — let him hit

Baseball is as boring as darts and waiting rooms. Almost as bad…

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner looks to third after taking a strike in front of Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Erik Kratz, Monday, June 20, 2016, in Pittsburgh.(Keith Srakocic/AP)
Miami Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds says the best way to counter an intentional walk is to snag a base. (Alex Gallardo/AP)

Bonds: Harper should try to be more like me

Miami Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds has caught the coaching bug and…

Miami Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds says the best way to counter an intentional walk is to snag a base. (Alex Gallardo/AP)
Rich Hill was the surprise Opening Day starter for the Oakland A’s after their ace Sonny Gray was hospitalized with food poisoning on Monday. Hill lasted just 2.2 innings before being pulled. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

New season, same old A’s

OAKLAND — For the A’s, the nightmare of an opener began long…

Rich Hill was the surprise Opening Day starter for the Oakland A’s after their ace Sonny Gray was hospitalized with food poisoning on Monday. Hill lasted just 2.2 innings before being pulled. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Dusty Baker poses for a picture on the field after a news conference to present him as the new manager of the Washington Nationals baseball team, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Johnnie B. Good? Dusty’s last chance

About now, I’d have pictured Dusty Baker over on Pier 7 with…

Dusty Baker poses for a picture on the field after a news conference to present him as the new manager of the Washington Nationals baseball team, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP)
Dusty Baker smiles as he wears his new jersey and hat during a news conference to present Baker as the new manager of the Washington Nationals on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Dusty’s last challenge: volatile Nationals

The Washington Nationals introduced new manager Dusty Baker to the media Thursday,…

Dusty Baker smiles as he wears his new jersey and hat during a news conference to present Baker as the new manager of the Washington Nationals on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (Alex Brandon/AP)
Former San Francisco Giants manager Dusty Baker has been tapped as the next manager of the Washington Nationals. (Brett Davis/AP)

Dusty chosen to mend Nationals

WASHINGTON — Dusty Baker managed Barry Bonds amid the scandal of baseball’s…

Former San Francisco Giants manager Dusty Baker has been tapped as the next manager of the Washington Nationals. (Brett Davis/AP)
A person familiar with the situation says Don Mattingly has been hired as manager of the Miami Marlins less than a week after he parted with the Dodgers. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

New challenges for Mattingly, Black

MIAMI — Don Mattingly is moving to a different coast and a…

A person familiar with the situation says Don Mattingly has been hired as manager of the Miami Marlins less than a week after he parted with the Dodgers. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner (40) swings for a home run off Washington Nationals' Casey Janssen in the seventh Sunday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Bumgarner HR, fans 14, pitches 3-hitter, Giants beat Nats

On the day the Giants honored Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal,…

San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner (40) swings for a home run off Washington Nationals' Casey Janssen in the seventh Sunday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong works against the Washington Nationals in the first inning Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Vogelsong outduels Strasburg as Giants beat Nationals 3-1

San Francisco answered right back after Yunel Escobar hit the game's first…

San Francisco Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong works against the Washington Nationals in the first inning Thursday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi, right, ejects San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, second from right, after ejecting starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, left, as umpire Gerry Davis, second from left, stands nearby, during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Sunday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Bochy, Vogey ejected in Giants’ sixth straight loss

WASHINGTON — With his team frustrated from a poor, listless road trip,…

Home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi, right, ejects San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, second from right, after ejecting starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, left, as umpire Gerry Davis, second from left, stands nearby, during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Sunday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
San Francisco Giants' Joe Panik (12) connects with the ball, but flies out to center, during the third inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)

Robinson’s homer lifts Nats past Giants 2-1

WASHINGTON — Clint Robinson has been taking advantage of the one chance…

San Francisco Giants' Joe Panik (12) connects with the ball, but flies out to center, during the third inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park on Saturday in Washington. Scherzer threw a no-hitter. The Nationals won 6-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Scherzer Loses Perfect Game, Gets No-hitter

WASHINGTON — Just one strike from a perfect game, Max Scherzer saw…

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park on Saturday in Washington. Scherzer threw a no-hitter. The Nationals won 6-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)