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MLB: Washington 2, Arizona 0

PHOENIX, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Dan Haren and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout Saturday, handing the Washington Nationals a 2-0 victory over Arizona.

MLB: Washington 5, Miami 4 (2nd game)

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Eury Perez stole third and scored on third baseman Chris Coghlan's ninth-inning error Sunday, sending Washington over Miami 5-4 in Game 2 of a doubleheader.

MLB: Washington 3, Miami 2

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer in the first inning Thursday and Washington made that blast stand up for a 3-2 victory over Miami.

MLB: Washington 3, New York Mets 0

NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Dan Haren allowed a lone hit over six innings Wednesday and combined with four relievers to bring Washington a 3-0 blanking of the New York Mets.

MLB: Washington 6, New York Mets 3

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Jordan Zimmermann notched his 17th win and Scott Hairston broke open a close game with a late homer Tuesday in Washington's 6-3 victory over the New York Mets.

MLB: Washington 3, Philadelphia 2

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Pinch-runner Jeff Kobernus beat a throw home to score the winning run in the eighth Wednesday and give Washington a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia.

MLB: Washington 9, Philadelphia 6

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Wilson Ramos cracked a three-run homer and finished with four RBI Tuesday, sparking the Washington Nationals' 9-6 victory over Philadelphia.

MLB: Washington 6, New York Mets 5

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Jayson Werth capped an eighth-inning rally with a go-ahead RBI double Sunday, carrying Washington over the New York Mets 6-5.

MLB: Washington 4, Miami 3

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Ian Desmond delivered the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning Wednesday and Washington held on to edge Miami 4-3.

MLB: Washington 2, Miami 1

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Ross Ohlendorf twirled five innings of one-run ball Tuesday and the Washington Nationals used a pair of first-inning runs to get past Miami 2-1.

MLB: Washington 11, Kansas City 10

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Jayson Werth highlighted a seven-run fourth with a two-run homer Friday and Washington barely held on to outslug Kansas City 11-10.

MLB: Washington 4, Chicago Cubs 2

CHICAGO, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Dan Haren and three Washington relievers who followed him to the mound Tuesday held Chicago to six hits and the Nationals bounced the Cubs 4-2.

MLB: Washington 8, Atlanta 7 (15 innings)

ATLANTA, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Adam LaRoche broke up a marathon contest with a go-ahead homer in the 15th inning Saturday that sent the Washington Nationals to an 8-7 win over Atlanta.

MLB: San Francisco 4, Washington 3

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Hector Sanchez, with San Francisco down to its final strike, hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning Thursday to give the Giants a 4-3 win over Washington.

MLB: Washington 6, San Francisco 5

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Anthony Rendon touched off a five-run fourth inning with a two-run double Wednesday and Washington held on down the stretch to defeat San Francisco 6-5.
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Rafael Soriano (born December 19, 1979 in San José de Ocoa, Dominican Republic) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the New York Yankees. He bats and throws right-handed. Soriano throws a moving fastball in the mid to upper 90s, which has been known to reach triple digits, along with a slider and scarcely used changeup.

Soriano was signed as an amateur free agent by the Seattle Mariners in 1996. He was signed as an outfielder before being converted to a pitcher. He made his Major League debut with the Mariners on May 5, 2002. After an effective 2003 season, Soriano suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and underwent Tommy John surgery on August 17, 2004. He would return to the Majors on September 10, 2005. Soriano suffered a concussion on August 29, 2006, after being struck behind the ear by a line drive hit from Angels slugger Vladimir Guerrero. He was released from the hospital the following afternoon.

Soriano was traded to the Atlanta Braves from the Mariners on December 7, 2006, in exchange for left-handed pitcher Horacio Ramírez. In an offseason article, ESPN explained why they believed that Soriano was a significantly better player than Ramirez. Soriano had a mixed bag of success and disappointment in his first season in Atlanta, primarily serving as the setup man to closer Bob Wickman. Soriano became the Braves closer after Wickman was designated for assignment in August. He earned his first save since May 10 on August 30.

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