Nationals cut Matt Stairs

Nationals cut Matt Stairs

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Forty-three-year-old Matt Stairs has been released by the Washington Nationals after batting just .154 with no home runs in 56 games this season.

MLB: Washington 2, Pittsburgh 1

WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- Matt Stairs drove in Alex Cora from third with one out in the ninth inning Friday to give the Washington Nationals a 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh.

MLB: Washington 2, San Diego 0

SAN DIEGO, June 12 (UPI) -- Danny Espinoza and Laynce Nix knocked in ninth-inning runs Sunday, providing the winning margin in the Washington Nationals' 2-0 win over San Diego.

MLB: Washington 5, Milwaukee 1 (2nd game)

WASHINGTON, April 17 (UPI) -- Danny Espinoza smacked a three-run triple in the seventh inning Sunday and the Washington Nationals swept a doubleheader with a 5-1 victory over Milwaukee.
Nats' get pinch-hit specialist Stairs

Nats' get pinch-hit specialist Stairs

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Aging pinch-hitting specialist Matt Stairs will go to spring training with an opportunity to play for the Washington Nationals, the club said Tuesday.

MLB: San Diego 8, St. Louis 4

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Ryan Ludwick smashed a three-run homer in the ninth inning Saturday, propelling the San Diego Padres to a crucial 8-4 win over St. Louis.

MLB: San Diego 7, Colorado 6

DENVER, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Matt Stairs had a pinch-hit home run and Heath Bell scrambled to his 42nd save Tuesday in San Diego's critical 7-6 win over division rival Colorado.

MLB: San Diego 3, Houston 2

SAN DIEGO, July 4 (UPI) -- Tony Gwynn Jr.'s RBI single through a drawn-in infield in the bottom of the ninth Sunday handed the San Diego Padres a 3-2 decision over Houston.

MLB: Washington 5, San Diego 3

SAN DIEGO, May 29 (UPI) -- Josh Willingham staked Washington to an early lead with a three-run homer Friday and the Nationals survived a late comeback bid to defeat San Diego 5-3.

MLB: San Diego 2, Seattle 1

SEATTLE, May 23 (UPI) -- Clayton Richard baffled Seattle on one run over seven innings and Matt Stairs homered Saturday in the San Diego Padres' 2-1 victory.

MLB: San Diego 10, Cincinnati 4

CINCINNATI, April 23 (UPI) -- Adrian Gonzalez hit a grand slam homer to highlight a six-run fourth inning Friday, powering San Diego to a 10-4 win over Cincinnati.

Phillies dump Brett Myers, Pedro Feliz

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The Philadelphia Phillies have released pitcher Brett Myers and third baseman Pedro Feliz at the start of what could be an off-season roster overhaul.

MLB: Milwaukee 6, Philadelphia 1

PHILADELPHIA, April 23 (UPI) -- Right-hander Dave Bush hurled 7 1/3 scoreless innings Thursday to boost the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-1 win over Philadelphia.

MLB: Milwaukee 3, Philadelphia 1

PHILADELPHIA, April 22 (UPI) -- Todd Coffey survived a shaky ninth inning to earn his second save Wednesday and hand Milwaukee a 3-1 decision over Philadelphia.

MLB: Philadelphia 7, Colorado 5

DENVER, April 12 (UPI) -- Late two-run homers Sunday by Chase Utley and Matt Stairs lifted Philadelphia to a 7-5 win over Colorado.
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Matt Stairs
SLP2003072811- ST. LOUIS, July 28 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Pirates Matt Stairs singles in an R.B.I. during the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 28, 2003. Stairs started the day in his 1000th career game. bg/Bill Greenblatt UPI

Matthew Wade Stairs (born February 27, 1968) is a Canadian professional baseball outfielder, first baseman, designated hitter, and pinch hitter who is a free agent. He has played for 13 different teams, a major league record. (He surpassed the previous record of 12, once held by pitchers Mike Morgan and Ron Villone.)

He was the second Canadian-born player to ever hit more than thirty-five home runs in a season and only the second to hit more than 25 home runs and drive in more than 100 runs in back-to-back seasons. He ranks either first or second in power hitting categories for Canadian major leaguers. As of 14 September 2010 (2010 -09-14), Stairs had hit 23 pinch-hit home runs, a MLB record. His ability to pinch hit has made him a valuable asset to several teams and earned him the nickname "Matt Stairs - Professional Hitter". Stairs and Larry Walker are the only Canadian MLB players to hit more than 250 career home runs.

Growing up in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Stairs showed athletic ability at an early age, playing Beaver League baseball a year before his age eligibility and excelling in hockey. After playing Bantam & Midget baseball, at age 16 and 17, he played for the local Marysville Royals of the New Brunswick Senior Baseball League and was voted "Rookie of The Year" in 1984 and the league's Most Valuable Player in 1985. He was also named Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League MVP in 1987 and '88 while playing for the Fredericton Schooners.

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