It’s now been three weeks since Mike Napoli agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with the Red Sox and no official announcement has been made, leading to lots of speculation about what might be causing the holdup. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Napoli “has a problem with one of his hips” which also…
Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez made a major change on Memorial Day.
Having lost two straight starts for the first time all year, Gonzalez needed to do something to get his groove back.
Instead of changing his release point, tinkering with his delivery or deciding to pitch with his left hand, Gonzalez went all in and cut off his hair.
All of it.
Say hello to the new guy. Gio Gonzalez. You may remember him from a couple years ago. pic.twitter.com/0mj46VKWL7— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) May 30, 2016
Gonzalez sported somewhat scruffy hair during the 2015 season and decided to grow it out, entering the 2016 season with shoulder length hair. But it's all gone now and for a good cause.
Gonzalez is donating his hair to "Locks for Love," a foundation that helps make wigs for children that loss their hair due to medical conditions.
Perhaps it's just the change Gonzalez needs to get back on track. But regardless he's showing support for those in need.
Nats (30-21) vs. Phillies (26-24) at Citizens Bank Park
The Nats begin an 11-day road trip on Monday night with their seventh matchup of the season against the Philadelphia Phillies. They are 2-4 against the Phils with both of their wins coming on the road at CBP.
Tanner Roark (3-4, 2.71) will pitch the opener in his 11th start of the season. He's coming off two consecutive strong outings with just two earned runs allowed in 13 2/3 total innings pitched. Roark tossed seven scoreless frames with just two hits allowed against the Phillies back on April 28.
Starting for Philly will be right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 3.97). He has faced the Nats twice this season. He went seven shutout innings in a win on April 27, but on April 15 got shelled for six runs (5 ER) in a loss.
The Nats' lineup is per usual, including Bryce Harper who has homers in six straight games (7 total) at Citizens Bank Park. If he hits one tonight he'll have the MLB record for homers in consecutive games at one ballpark.
First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan, XM 869
Starting pitchers: Nats - Tanner Roark vs. Phillies - Jeremy Hellickson
CF Ben Revere
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
2B Daniel Murphy
1B Ryan Zimmerman
3B Anthony Rendon
C Wilson Ramos
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Tanner Roark
CF Odubel Herrera
SS Freddy Galvis
3B Maikel Franco
1B Ryan Howard
C Carlos Ruiz
2B Cesar Hernandez
LF Tyler Goeddel
RHP Jeremy Hellickson
RF Peter Bourjos
BALTIMORE—It’s a little early for a series between the Orioles and Boston Red Sox to be called big. But considering the two teams are atop the A.L. East standings, for a late May showdown, it was big.
Sadly, the Oriole's Memorial Day performance was not.
Boston’s 7-2 win before 43,926 at Oriole Park on Monday put the Orioles two games behind the Red Sox, but there are still three games left between the teams this week.
The Orioles (28-21) trailed 3-2 heading to the eighth, but a four run inning by Boston (31-20) put the game away.
Mookie Betts led off the game with a single off Tyler Wilson. He moved to second on an infield out by Dustin Pedroia. Betts then scored on a Xander Bogaerts' tapper left of homeplate.
Catcher Caleb Joseph threw to first, and the speedy Betts rounded third and easily scored.
Manager Buck Showalter came out to argue that the ball was fouled off Bogaerts’ left foot, but none of the umpires saw it, and the call is not one that’s subject to review by replay.
Boston took a 2-0 lead in the third when Betts singled with one out, and after Dustin Pedroia’s single, Bogaerts’ double drove in Betts.
Steven Wright (5-4) loaded the bases in the second on a single and two walks. He also threw a wild pitch, and there was a passed ball by catcher Ryan Hanigan. Caleb Joseph grounded out to end the inning.
The Orioles tied the score at 2 in sixth. Nolan Reimold led off with a triple. Ryan Flaherty doubled to score Reimold. Joseph broke an 0-for-19 streak with a single, and Flaherty scored on Adam Jones’ fly to center.
Jackie Bradley, Jr., led off the sixth with his ninth home run of the season, and Boston led 3-2.
Wilson (2-4) walked Bogaerts with two outs in the seventh, and Ashur Tolliver came in to face David Ortiz. Bogaerts tried to steal second, and was initially called safe, a ruling that was overturned by replay.
When Tolliver faced Ortiz to lead off the eighth, he hit a home run to right field, his 14th, and the Red Sox had a 4-2 lead.
Travis Shaw walked with one out, Blake Swihart singled, and Mychal Givens replaced Tolliver.
Rookie Marco Hernandez hit his first major league home run with two outs, a three-run shot, and Boston had a five-run lead.
Wright pitched his third complete game of the season.
NOTES: The Orioles have three triples this season, the fewest in baseball. … Bogaerts has a 23-game hitting streak. … The Orioles made two successful replay challenges, and they’re 6-for-12 this season. … Eduardo Rodriguez, making his season debut, faces Kevin Gausman (0-2, 3.24) on Tuesday night.