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Denard Span #2 of the Washington Nationals and Rafael Soriano #29 celebrate a 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Rafael Soriano Pays for Personal Massage Therapist to Travel on Nationals Road Trips

We already knew Nationals closer Rafael Soriano has a personal massage therapist, but Monday night we learned he pays for to have those massages travel with him and the club.

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Injured third baseman Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals watches from the dugout as his team beats the Philadelphia Phillies 11-0 at Nationals Park on August 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

Still No Timetable for Ryan Zimmerman’s Return from Disabled List

Matt Williams will stick with Soriano as the Nats’ closer, continues to mentor Harper on baserunning, and gives injury update on Zimmerman.

08/20/2014

Rafael Soriano #29 of the Washington Nationals pours water over his head after being taken out of the game in the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park on August 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Cal Ripken: Nationals Should ‘Minimize’ Soriano’s Role as Closer

Rafael Soriano blew his fifth save of the season for the Nationals Sunday night, and Cal Ripken Jr. says the answer to the increasing liability he presents may be to “back him off” of the closer role a bit.

08/18/2014

Rafael Soriano of the Washington Nationals pitches during the ninth inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 28, 2014 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Soriano Blows Save as Nats Lose to Marlins

One day after notching his 200th career save, Soriano blew one Monday night, giving up four runs in the ninth inning as the Miami Marlins rallied to beat Washington 7-6.

07/29/2014

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Top 5 MLB Closer Celebrations

Do closer celebrations bother you? Here is a list of some of my favorite closer celebrations to help you decide whether they are awesome or down right classless.

07/21/2014

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 13: Paul Goldschmidt #44 of the Arizona Diamondbacks at bat during the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field on April 13, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 8-6.

National League Mid-Season Team MVPs

Sometimes a team’s best players don’t make the All-Star team. Here are the National League’s mid-season team MVPs.

07/11/2014

Eury Perez  scores on a walkoff on a ball put into play by teammate Wilson Ramos (not pictured) for a walk-off win on anerror against the Miami Marlins in the ninth inning of game 2 of their day-night doubleheader at Nationals Park on September 22, 2013 in Washington, DC. (credit: Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

Split vs Marlins Leaves Nats 5 Back with 6 Left

The Nationals began Sunday with a ceremony honoring retiring manager Davey Johnson. By the end of the night, their playoff hopes were just about dashed.

09/22/2013

Ryan Zimmerman celebrates his sixth inning home run against the New York Mets with teammate Jayson Werth at Citi Field on Sept. 11, 2013. (Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Haren, Zimmerman Help Nats Top Mets for 5th Straight Win

Dan Haren pitched one-hit ball for six innings, Ryan Zimmerman homered and the Washington Nationals won their fifth straight game, beating the New York Mets 3-0 on Wednesday in a night full of 9/11 tributes.

09/11/2013

Jayson Werth follows through on a third inning RBI double against the New York Mets at Citi Field on Sept. 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Werth’s HR, 2 Doubles Lead Charging Nats Past Mets

Jayson Werth kept up his power surge with a home run and two doubles, leading the charging Washington Nationals past the New York Mets 6-3 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.

09/10/2013

Tyler Clippard celebrates with catcher Jhonatan Solano after a win over the Phillies earlier this season. (Photo credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Soriano’s Struggles Have Opened Door for Clippard’s Return to Closer Role

For decades, major league pitchers were supposed to finish what they started. Relief pitchers were those who weren’t good enough to make the rotation, simple as that.

08/19/2013

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