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WASHINGTON (AP) — Jose Bautista Jersey , acquiring right-hander Ryan Madson from the Washington Nationals for a minor league pitcher.The five-time defending NL West champions have Kenley Jansen as their closer, but he’s been shaky since coming off the disabled list, allowing seven earned runs in four innings over four appearances.Madson was 5-5 with five saves and a 4.08 ERA in 69 games for Washington. The 38-year-old recently came off the DL after being sidelined by nerve irritation that caused pain in his neck and back.“Feels like a fresh start, especially to a year I’ve struggled a little bit,” Madson said as he was leaving Nationals Park. “Now none of that matters. All that matters is from this point forward and helping that team win games. That’s it.”Madson, who helped Philadelphia and Kansas City win World Series titles, was acquired by the Nationals with fellow reliever Sean Doolittle from Oakland in July 2017.“Just push the ball to Kenley and that sort of reminds me of old times with (Brad) Lidge. Just push the ball to Lidge and we win,” Madson said of his time with the Phillies. “So, push the ball to Kenley and we win.”For his career, Madson is 61-48 with a 3.45 ERA and 91 saves.“What he’s done is proven, pitched in big spots,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “We’re betting on the stuff and the person.”After joining the Nationals last July http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-amed-rosario-jersey , Madson went 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA and one save in 20 games as Washington captured its second straight NL East title.“It was a huge jolt to my career last year, coming into the playoff push and kind of revitalizing … actually showed myself what I can do,” Madson said. “My stuff got so much better and so I really appreciate them bringing me over here.”Los Angeles (72-62) began the day two games behind Arizona in the NL West and 2½ games back in the wild-card chase.Roberts said Madson would arrive in Los Angeles on Friday night and be activated on Saturday.“Just to have another leverage arm is good for all of us,” Roberts said. “He’s a guy who throughout his career has actually gotten lefties out better than righties, so to have him at any point we want to play him, that’s a good thing.”Washington, which unloaded second baseman Daniel Murphy and first baseman Matt Adams on Aug. 21, received right-handed pitcher Andrew Istler from the Dodgers. Istler, 25, went 4-4 with a 2.37 ERA in 41 games (one start) between three levels of Los Angeles’ minor league system.Additionally, the Nationals recalled left-handed pitcher Sammy Solis from Triple-A Syracuse.To make room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated left-handed pitcher Adam Liberatore for assignment.Washington (67-67) Devin Mesoraco Jersey , the two-time defending NL East champion, entered Friday 7½ games behind first-place Atlanta and 7½ back in the wild card. Matt Harvey knew the moment he was traded from the New York Mets to the Cincinnati Reds that he was pitching as much for 2019 as he was for 2018.The right-hander realized that if he didn’t regain in 2018 some of the form he displayed while briefly becoming the Mets’ staff ace three years ago, his 2019 season was in doubt following several seasons filled with injuries and subpar performances.Now, four months after that trade, Harvey is erasing with every start many of the doubts about whether he’s still a reliable major league starter. His next start comes Saturday as the Reds and San Diego Padres play the third game of a four-game series matching last-place teams at Great American Ball Park.Article continues below ...Harvey, who’s been reliable and fairly consistent, opposes Padres left-hander Robbie Erlin (3-5), whose 33 career starts are far fewer than Harvey’s 124. Erlin lost his last two decisions, to the Rockies and Dodgers, by giving up eight runs in 10 innings.On Friday, Phillip Ervin went 3-for-3 with a pair of homers, driving in four runs and scoring four and Scott Schebler hit a grand slam as Reds stopped a four-game losing streak and evened the series at a game apiece by winning 12-6.It was a long night for the Padres in a lot of ways — not only did they fall behind 12-4 http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-jason-vargas-jersey , but they waited out a pregame rain delay of 2 hours, 37 minutes merely to play. But a short night for starting pitcher Brett Kennedy, who gave up only one hit but walked four and allowed four runs in 1 2/3 innings.“It was pretty evident early that his velo (velocity) wasn’t where it had been before,” Padres manager Andy Green said. “His command wasn’t there. It wasn’t like they were close misses, they were fairly significant. From a baseball perspective, we felt it prudent to go to the bullpen as quickly as possible and give ourselves the best chance to win that baseball game.”Now they’ll go against Harvey, who was effectively jettisoned by the Mets after going 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in eight games, including four starts, but looks to be rejuvenating his career.He’s 6-6 with a 4.43 ERA for the Reds despite pitching in a homer-friendly ballpark for a last-place team. And his 132 2/3 innings are the most he’s pitched in a season since he threw 189 1/3 innings while going 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA for the Mets in 2015.“Obviously, the way this season started (with the Mets casting him off to the Reds), getting to 130-plus innings … I bet you there’s a lot of people that didn’t think that was possible,” Harvey told reporters following his most recent start Monday in Pittsburgh. “I think there’s still a lot of work to be done for this season — four or five more starts http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-pedro-martinez-jersey , whatever it is. Just got to go out and try to get better each time.“Kind of flush an interesting (2018) season, and get ready for the offseason.”And for next season, wherever that may be. Harvey turns 30 in March and, as a free agent, he’s not quite sure yet whose uniform he will wear in 2019. The Reds would like it to be theirs, and ownership reportedly is very interested in bringing him back if financial terms can be worked out.But, as he said, there’s still work to be done beginning with Saturday.This will be Harvey’s fourth appearance against the Padres this season but only his second start; he pitched an inning apiece as a reliever in two April games while with the Mets. With the Reds, he took the loss in an 8-2 Padres victory at Petco Park on June 2, yielding six hits and four earned runs in five innings. He’s 3-2 with a 4.00 ERA in eight career games against them.Harvey was coming off three consecutive effective starts — three runs allowed in 18 2/3 innings — before giving up five runs in four innings of what turned out to be a 13-12 Reds loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Aug. 29.He followed that up by giving up three runs and seven hits in six innings Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, who began a three-game sweep of the Reds by winning 5-1. Harvey yielded a pair of homers, to Adam Frazier and Gregory Polanco.“It’s about two pitches Giancarlo Stanton Jersey ,” Harvey said. “You throw a bad change-up and he (Frazier) hits it out. You throw a good pitch and it finds a hole, like they did most of the game. Then you throw a fastball right down the middle to a power hitter (Polanco) and you give up two more runs.”Now, for Harvey, it’s about September, for sure, but also all about 2019.

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