Good morning, Nats fans! If you're on the east coast, the Nationals and Padres finished in the wee hours of the morning - such wee hours that this post was completed long before the game wrapped up. Welcome to the annual west coast road trip, folks.
Here's the latest from Petco Park.
The Nats won't close by committee
Dusty Baker made no promises regarding who would get the ninth, but assured the media that someone was going to get a new everyday role.
The Nats and Yankees are setting up for a big trade
Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller are on the block, and the Nationals are in need of a new closer. The script is written, the teams just need to act it out.
Some scouting reports on Carter Kieboom
The experts have some pretty good things to say about Kieboom, who signed with the Nationals this week.
A fan behind home plate trolled Ben Zobrist
You might recognize this guy - Murray Itkin and his brother Henry are present for nearly every game at Nationals Park.
Could Sammy Solis be the closer of the future?
Solis has a great BABIP against him, and strands almost 91% of the runners he lets on - plus, he's got great movement on his off-speed and a speedy fastball - could he be next in line to replace Papelbon?
Tonight's Game: Nationals vs Padres - 10:40 PM (MASN2, WJFK)
Probable Pitchers: Joe Ross (5-4, 3.01 ERA) vs Christian Friedrich (3-1, 2.12 ERA)