Craig Kimbrel earned his MLB-leading 30th save with a perfect ninth inning against the Phillies on Friday. He struck out two.
He's the No. 1 closer in the game, folks, and that hasn't changed in now in three and a half seasons. Like any other ninth inning specialist out there, he'll have his bumps in the road, but he's now gone eight-straight appearances without allowing a run and has a 1.86 ERA with a 0.85 WHIP and a ridiculous 64 strikeouts over 38.2 innings this season. Is there anything else that needs to be said? Probably not.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Red Sox placed Christian Vazquez (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list.
Just a disastrous way for the youngster's season to start. Vazquez had an MRI late last week and both he and the team were troubled by the results which haven't fully been disclosed. He is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews this week and we all know what that usually leads to. The Red Sox have since traded for Washington back-up catcher Sandy Leon and have also indicated that Blake Swihart could start the season on the 25-man roster. We are not expecting good things for Vazquez right now. Analysis: Howard Bender
Casey Janssen got a MRI for his shoulder. It revealed no structural damage.
It seems like Janssen has never got over that shoulder issue that plagued in him 2014, but the Nationals were willing to make him part of their bullpen after trading Tyler Clippard to the Athletics. His value the past three years has come from his saves, something that Drew Storen will be handling and his shoulder troubles are another red flag to stay away from the veteran for the time being. Analysis: Rob Trayah
The Nationals have traded Sandy Leon to the Red Sox.
The Sox have made a move externally to replace Christian Vasquez, who was slated to be the opening day starter, with the Nationals backup catcher in Leon. Leon didn't have any moves left and was most likely to be released so Washington was able to swing something for him. The catching position is unclear in Boston with Ryan Hanigan the supposed catcher by default and Blake Swihart the catcher of the future. However, Leon will get a chance to prove himself after seeing limited time in Washington. Analysis: Rob Trayah