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36 Tyler Clippard RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/200 | Birthdate: 2/14/1985 | Birthplace: Lexington, KY | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $4,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 21/16 | Average Draft Position: 236.39
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Tyler Clippard added to NL All-Star team


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard has been named an injury replacement for the NL All-Star team, multiple outlets reported Sunday. It is his second All-Star appearance.

Tyler Clippard earns sixth win


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard improved to 6-2 by throwing a scoreless eighth inning in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Cubs. Clippard needed 25 pitches to get through the inning, striking out one, walking one and allowing a hit.

His ERA dropped to 1.89 on the season.


Tyler Clippard earns win in 16-inning game Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Nationals pitcher Tyler Clippard earned his fifth win of the year Tuesday, pitching a scoreless 15th inning despite giving up a hit and a walk in his team's 4-2, 16-inning victory over the Brewers.

Clippard (5-2) failed to face the minimum for the first time in five appearances, but he did well enough to send the game into the top of the 16th still tied before the offense took the lead. He owns a 2.06 ERA and 45:16 K:BB ratio in 35 innings.


Tyler Clippard strikes out side for first save Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Nationals pitcher Tyler Clippard picked up his first save Monday after striking out the side in the ninth inning to finish off his team's 3-0 win over the Brewers.

With closer Rafael Soriano resting after pitching three straight days, Clippard came in and got all three batters he faced to strike out swinging, though it took him 22 pitches to do it. He owns a 2.12 ERA and 45:15 K:BB ratio in 34 innings.


Tyler Clippard earns team-high fourth win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard continues to vulture wins out of the bullpen, as he picked up his fourth of the season in a 5-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

The Nationals' offense lay dormant for much of Wednesday's game, scoring just once in the first eight innings of work. Following CLippard's scoreless eighth inning, however, they erupted for four runs to get him the win. Clippard struck out two batters in his perfect inning of work.

Clippard is now 4-2 with a 2.08 ERA, ranking eighth in the National League in wins, and leading the team. He also ranks third in the National League with eight holds. 


Tyler Clippard earns third win Monday vs. Diamondbacks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) Nationals pitcher Tyler Clippard struck out two in a 1-2-3 eighth inning to earn a win in his team's 6-5 victory over the Diamondbacks Monday.

Clippard (3-2) needed just 10 pitches to run through hitters that were otherwise 5 for 9 in the game. He owns a 2.20 ERA and 23:10 K:BB ratio in 16 1/3 innings.


Tyler Clippard strikes out two in win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2014) Nationals pitcher Tyler Clippard struck out two in a scoreless eighth inning to secure a win in his team's 4-3 victory over the Astros Tuesday.

Clippard (2-2) walked a batter for the fifth straight appearance, but he hasn't allowed an earned run since April 11. He did give up four unearned runs in an outing last week, however. Clippard owns a 2.84 ERA and 18:9 K:BB ratio in 12 2/3 innings.


Tyler Clippard bailed out by offense


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard nearly cost his team the game Wednesday against the Marlins, but a late rally earned him a win in the 10-7 victory.

Clippard entered the game tied 6-6, and allowed the Marlins to go ahead on an RBI double by Garrett Jones. The damage could have been worse, but Giancarlo Stanton was thrown out at the plate, a play that was upheld after replay review. Clippard was charged with eon run on one hit and two walks, while striking out one in his inning of work.

Clippard ultimately backed into the win after Jayson Werth's grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning. Clippard has allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innigns of work to open the season, with 11 strikeouts and four walks.


Tyler Clippard will be setup man again in 2014


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) Nationals manager Matt Williams announced Monday reliever Tyler Clippard will be the team's setup man in 2014, per MLB.com. Clippard had a team-high 33 holds in 2013, while Drew Storen was second on the team with 24 holds.

Tyler Clippard recovers from back injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard had no setbacks Monday after throwing off a bullpen mound. Clippard had been sidelined nearly a week due to a minor back injury.

"All normal," Clippard said, per CSN Washington. "I mean, I need to iron out some pitching stuff. But physically, I feel good. From the get-go, I wasn’t really that worried. It was just precautionary stuff, and then the training staff kind of went overboard with it."


Tyler Clippard ready to start throwing bullpens again


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard (back) is set to throw a bullpen session Monday, according to MASNsports.com. Clippard said he "felt real good" after going through a full workout Sunday.

Tyler Clippard set to return Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) Matt Williams said Friday that Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard, who is dealing with a sore back, will resume full workouts Saturday, per CSNWashington.com. Clippard will throw off the mound the following day.

Clippard is working toward earning the setup role in the Washington bullpen. He thrived in that role in 2013 by yielding just 37 hits and fanning 73 in 71 innings.


Tyler Clippard dealing with back issue


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard is dealing with a back issue, according to Nats Insider.

Clippard has not participated in every workout the past two days due to the injury. The team is trying to be cautious with Clippard. Though he was on the field with teammates Thursday, Clippard was limited at some stations. "It’s just early in spring and I didn’t want to push it," Clippard said. 

Clippard posted a 2.41 ERA in 71 innings last season.


'Stressed' Tyler Clippard relieved to avoid arbitration


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2014) The one-year contract signed by Nationals short man Tyler Clippard that allowed him to avoid arbitration is a relief to the right-hander.

The $5.875 million he will earn represents a raise of nearly $2 million over last year despite the fact that he lost the closer job he held down for most of 2012.

"I was glad it got done," he told the Washington Post. "The process, it drug out. It was stressing me out. I didn't even think I could stress out over stuff, and I was stressing out over it. I'm just glad it got resoved and both sides are happy. ... And now we can just focus on playing the game."

Clippard performed better outside the closer role in 2013. He finished 6-3 with a 2.41 ERA and yielded a mere 37 hits in 71 innings.


Nationals, Tyler Clippard settle on 2014 salary


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2014) The Nationals were able to avoid arbitration with reliever Tyler Clippard, agreeing to a $5.875 million salary for 2014, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Nationals to exchange figures with two players


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) The Nationals are likely to exchange arbitration figures with Tyler Clippard and Doug Fister.

Clippard has been with the team for a few seasons, and made $4 million last season. Fister was acquired in the offseason. He also made $4 million last year.


Tyler Clippard adds a splitter


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2013) Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard has started throwing a splitter during September, according to The Washington Post

Clippard said he used to throw a splitter before he came to the Nationals, but had a tough time controlling it early in his career. He said he still worked on the pitch outside of game situations, and was convinced by teammates to use it again in games. Clippard has thrown his splitter seven times in September. Clippars said he's trying to determine where the pitch fits in to his repertoire. 

Through 70 innings, Clippard has a 2.44 ERA. 


Tyler Clippard could earn some save chances


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2013) Nationals manager Davey Johnson told MLB.com Tuesday that reliever Tyler Clippard could appear in save situations down the stretch. Clippard is 6-2 with a 1.97 ERA in 59 1/3 innings pitched.

Tyler Clippard on impressive run for Nationals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2013) Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard tossed a perfect eighth inning Thursday against the Pirates, extending his scoreless innings streak to 13, which is the longest by a Washington reliever this season. Clippard has allowed one hit and four walks during his scoreless-innings streak, while striking out 15 and recording seven holds.

Tyler Clippard effectively using curveball


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2013) Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard threw his curveball just 2.2 percent of the time in 2012, which he said made him a predictable pitcher at times, according to The Washington Post. Therefore, Clippard made it a point this spring to throw more curveballs.

Clippard has done just that, throwing his curveball 4.8 percent of the time in 2013, per FanGraphs.com. Clippard is having a strong year for the Nationals, going 6-1 with a 2.15 ERA in 38 appearances.

"Teammates that I have now that I faced in the past have told me -- and kind of just standard knowledge out there -- I’m a fastball-changeup pitcher and they eliminate the breaking ball against me," Clippard said. "Having that knowledge of how hitters are approaching their at-bats against me, I try to utilize that information as much as I can. At the same time, those are the two pitches that I’m going to feature, no matter what. At the end of the day, I still have to incorporate those other pitches."


Tyler Clippard fine after comebacker


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2013) Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard took a line drive off his left hand in Saturday's game against the Twins, but was able to finish his inning. He threw a scoreless inning, with one strikeout, in a 4-3, 11-inning loss.

Clippard had an X-ray taken after the game that came back negative, and he is not expected to miss any time moving forward.  


Nationals skipper likes alignment of bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2013) Nationals manager Davey Johnson is still learning the limits of new closer Rafael Soriano, according to The Washington Post. But once he figures it out, it will help him figure out how to use setup men Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard.

Storen is considered the backup closer and Clippard is in the mix as closer to spell both relievers. Soriano recorded a save in each of the Nationals' first two games.

"That’s something I’ll learn and hopefully [Soriano will] let me know if he’s getting overworked," Johnson said. "That’s a really good problem to have. I hope that happens a lot. But I got a lot of choices for guys who want to step in."


Clippard coming along slowly


(3/1/2013) Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard made his first appearance of the Grapefruit League on Friday night against the Braves. He worked a perfect inning, striking out one of the three batters he faced. After making 224 appearances over the last three seasons, MLB.com reports the club wants to bring the right-hander along slowly this spring. "Absolutely. We talked early this spring that this is what we want to do. I'm glad they're letting me do that, take my time and get ready for April 1," Clippard said. "I've had a heavy workload. So there's no reason for me to come in here and kill myself. I'm not really going to change anything or do anything drastically different this spring. It's just getting my body and arm ready for the season, and that's what I'm going to do."

Clippard signed for setup duty


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2013) The Nationals and relief pitcher Tyler Clippard agreed to a one-year contract Friday to avoid arbitration, The Washington Times reports. Terms of the deal were not released after he made $1.65 million last season, his first time through the arbitration process. Clippard took over for injured reliever Drew Storen as the team's closer at the beginning of last season and converted 32 of his 37 saves opportunities.