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WEST PALM BEACH http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-cliff-pennington-jersey , Fla. (AP) — Even if Trevor Rosenthal isn’t closing for Washington, he’ll take the mound believing he is.“I think that’s what ultimately allowed me to be successful as a closer is I just have one mentality, one approach,” Rosenthal said. “I approach every single inning kind of like I’m closing. I think that’s ultimately allowed me to be successful and I plan on keeping that same approach in the future.”Rosenthal saved 93 games for St. Louis in 2014 and 2015 combined, but the Cardinals released him following the 2017 season after he underwent Tommy John surgery.The righty didn’t pitch in 2018 and signed a one year, $8 millon contract with the Nationals in October. He arrived at camp ready to fire.In his first appearance of the spring, Rosenthal hit triple digits on the scoreboard’s radar gun. The Nationals have encouraged him to back off a bit as he prepares to pitch in a major league game for the first time since August 2017.“He’s been going great,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said. “He wants to amp it up. It’s more important for me that his mechanics are good to keep his arm strong.”Opponents who survive the three aces at the top of Washington’s rotation — Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin —will still have to navigate a trio of closers late in games.In Sean Doolittle, Kyle Barraclough and Rosenthal the Nationals have three experienced closing arms at the back end of a bullpen that pitched to a 4.05 ERA last season, 15th best in baseball.It starts — or, in this case, ends — with Doolittle.“He’s our closer,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said.A two-time All-Star, Doolittle saved 35 games for Washington last season and 28 the year prior. With Rosenthal sharing the same bullpen, Martinez intends to occasionally use the left-handed Doolittle to match up against lefties in earlier innings.“Having three guys that take that closer mentality into whatever inning that they pitch could really shorten the game,” Doolittle said.Acquired in an October trade, Barraclough saved 10 games for Miami last season.“In a perfect world you have Bear, Rosenthal Anthony DeSclafani Jersey , Doolittle,” Martinez said, indicating the order the trio would appear in games. “But there’s going to be certain situations in the game where I’d rather see Rosenthal facing this group of hitters and then Barraclough facing the next group of hitters.”Washington cleared some room in its bullpen by releasing left-hander Sammy Solis on Saturday. Solis posted a 6.41 ERA in 56 appearances for the Nationals last season and owns a career 4.51 ERA over four seasons with Washington. The winner will go on to face the Brewers in the NLDS"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Scaling the RocksPebble ReportRockpileRockies Game ThreadsRockies Fan ExperienceMLB PlayoffsRocktoberNL Wild Card game 2018: Rockies vs. Cubs lineups, updates, results, discussionNew,91commentsThe winner of the Rockies vs. Cubs game will go on to face the Brewers in the NLDSByEric Garcia McKinley, Adam Peterson, and Hayden KaneUpdatedOct2, 2018, 11:09pm NL Wild Card game 2018: Rockies vs. Cubs lineups, updates, results, discussionUpdate: 11:08 MTGAME OVER! ROCKIES WIN! BREWERS NEXT!Update: 10:53 MTTFW!Tony Wolters(!) singles in a run in the thirteenth, and the Rockies lead it 2-1!Update: 10:42 MTThis game is headed to the thirteenth inning, and it is now the longest elimination game in MLB history. Time to pound a Red Bull and maybe, maybe, watch the Rockies score a run or four. Update: 10:16 MTBizarre thing in the eleventh inning. The Cubs had two runners on with one out, and a ground ball went to Nolan Arenado at third base. He picked up the grounder and tagged out Javier B谩ez at third base. But while doing so Adam Duvall Jersey , B谩ez hugged Arenado. All good and fun for baseball, but the ball was live! Bud Black came out to ask questions, but no changes to the play. Update: 9:33 MTFree baseball!Update: 9:28 MTThe situation: Ninth inning, tie game, runner in scoring position. Ian Desmond is up, the count is 1-2, and he strikes out looking on this pitch.Update: 9:08 MTAnd it’s tied. Javier B谩ez, facing Adam Ottavino in his second inning of work, doubled in Terrence Gore to tie the game 1-1. There’s still baseball left, and the Rockies are not, contrary to the way that run felt, losing. Update: 8:39 MTThis was how Kyle Freeland reacted when the Cubs loaded the bases due to a catcher’s interference. Tommy LaStella was at the plate. That was the fourth time this season he reached due to catcher’s interference, which was the most in baseball. BUT, there’s a but. Adam Ottavino was able to strike out Jason Heyward to end the inning. Rockies up 1-0 still. Six outs to go. Update: 8:27 MTKyle Freeland is finished after 6 2鈦? truly outstanding innings — four hits, no runs, one walk, and six strikeouts. He did what the Rockies needed. Adam Ottavino is on to pitch. Oh yeah, and SCORE SOME RUNS PLEASE!Update: 8:18 MTIan Desmond singled in the seventh. That’s good!Ian Desmond attempted to advance to second on a fly ball to left field and got thrown out. That’s bad.Update: 8:08 MTThat was close. With a runner on first and one out, Kris Bryant popped up to right-fielder David Dahl. Except Dahl overran the ball and Bryant ended up safe at first base. It was an extremely catchable ball. BUT Michael Lorenzen Jersey , there’s a but. Kyle Freeland induced a double play to end the inning. Rockies up 1-0, heading to the seventh. Exhale. UpdateIt’s about time to take note that Kyle Freeland is pitching a dang shutout in the Wild Card Game. Things are going well! Let’s just score some runs. Here’s some inspiration from Kyle:Update, 7:22 MTMatt Holliday hit a double! It’s like old times!(If only he wasn’t stranded at second base.)1-0 Rockies heading to the bottom of the third. Update, 7:14 MTStill 1-0 Rockies after three. Kyle Freeland is cruising so far. Here’s a look at what Cubs hitters are having to deal with tonight. Update, 6:56 MTNo scoring in the second inning, just more Kyle Freeland-ness. 1-0 Rockies after two. Update, 6:38Kyle Freeland gives up a leadoff single, but he escapes the inning without giving up a run. Let’s hope this comes to pass:Update, 6:24 MTThe Rockies scored a run in the first inning and lead the Wild Card game. DJ LeMahieu maybe probably should have gotten an RBI after hitting a double that got sucked up by the ivy and left Charlie Blackmon on third base. Nolan Arenado drove him home with a sacrifice fly. GO ROCKIES!Update, 5:52 MTLineups! Almost game time! Please don’t be like last year! Also, I love that the Rockies went with the purple tops tonight. Update, 3:12 MTThe Rockies have arrived. Greetings, Rockies fan and/or internet stranger, and welcome to the second annual Purple Row NL Wild Card Game Live Blog. It is a tradition unlike any other.The Rockies and Cubs face off tonight at 6:00 pm MT on ESPN (and ESPN2 for a StatCast-themed broadcast) for the chance to face off against the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Division Series beginning Thursday at 3:07 pm MT.Both teams will send their ace lefties to the hill. Kyle Freeland gets the ball for the Rockies while Jon Lester makes his 22nd postseason start, 11th with the Cubbies. Here are the lineups, both featuring a lot of right-handed hitters. We’ll be back ahead of first pitch.

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