Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson called a pregame team meeting aimed at boosting morale. Then he noticed something disconcerting about his starting pitcher.
Ryan Doumit singled in the go-ahead run, Joe Mauer homered, doubled and singled, and the Minnesota Twins defeated the Washington Nationals 4-3 in 11 innings Saturday. Josh Roenicke (2-1) pitched a scoreless 10th inning for the win and Glen Perkins retired Washington in the 11th for his 13th save. The Twins, who were playing their first game in Washington since 1971, have won eight of 11.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson got what he wanted, a second consecutive rainout to give his battered team an extra day to heal. Maybe the mental break will turn out to be the catalyst the Nationals have been seeking. Certainly, nothing else has worked so far. The preseason NL East favorite remained one game below .500 Friday, when a series opener against the Minnesota Twins was postponed as rain from Tropical Storm Andrea moved north.
The future will only get brighter for Bryce Harper, who has a good chance to develop into a perennial All-Star and MVP candidate.
After being in the trade rumor mill for months, Denard Span is no longer a Minnesota Twin.
Venezuelan police rescued former Twin and Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos on Friday, two days after he was kidnapped, officials announced.
Police in Venezuela have found the car used to kidnap former Twins catcher Wilson Ramos, and now some of the best specialists in kidnapping, intelligence and criminal investigation are hard at work trying to find him.
Washington Nationals and former Minnesota Twins catcher Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped in his native Venezuela.