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29 Rafael Soriano RP
Height/Weight: 6-1/230 | Birthdate: 12/19/1979 | Birthplace: San Jose, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: No College | MLB Experience: 13 | Salary: $11,742,090 | Owned/Started%: 91/85 | Average Draft Position: 152.38
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Rafael Soriano faces the minimum for fourth save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:45 am ET) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano had a bit of cushion, and picked up his fourth save of the season pretty easily in a 3-1 win over the Cardinals.

Soriano walked one hitter to put the tying run at the plate with one out, but ended any possible threat by inducing a game-ending double play from the next batter. He is now perfect in four save opportunities, and has yet to allow a run in six innings this season. 


Rafael Soriano makes quick work of Marlins for save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano picked up his third save of the season Wednesday in a 6-3 win over the Marlins, and he didn't really need to do much for it.

Soriano pitched a perfect ninth for the save, and he needed just eight pitches to do it. He struck out one batter and retired the side in order otherwise.  

Soriano has yet to allow a run through his first six appearances this season, and has allowed six hits in six innings with 10 strikeouts. 


Rafael Soriano closes out comeback win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano made it interesting late, but managed to lock down the save in a 10-7 win over the Marlins Wednesday.

Soriano struck out the first batter he faced in the inning, but ended up facing the tying run in the person of Christian Yelich with two outs. He got Yelich to ground out to end the game, finishing the outing with two strikeouts for his second save.

Soriano has picked up two saves in three appearances, tossing three scoreless inning with five hits and six strikeouts. 


Rafael Soriano works past early struggles, picks up first save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano was not at his best on Sunday, but still managed to pick up his first save of the season against Atlanta.

Soriano worked past infield singles to Andrelton Simmons and Ryan Doumit in the ninth. He struck out two in a scoreless frame to preserve a 2-1 victory. He has allowed three hits while recording four strikeouts over two innings pitched this season.

Rafael Soriano solid in first appearance


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano was impressive in his first appearance of the year Thursday against the Mets.

Soriano wasn't used in a save situation, but the team wanted to get him some work. With a six-run lead, Soriano entered the game in the bottom of the ninth. He made quick work of his first two hitters, racking up two strikeouts. Soriano did give up one hit during the inning, but managed to pitch around it and finish the game.


Rafael Soriano spent spring tinkering with repertoire


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano spent spring training tinkering with two new pitches, including a pitch that behaves a lot like a sinker, according to The Washington Post.

"I started throwing it like that," he said. "It felt good. It’s a fastball but it moves differently. I don’t know how I’m going to use it. If I’m going to throw it, I’m not going to say. If I am going to throw a new pitch that they haven’t seen, I’ll stay quiet and not saying anything. If it works, I should use it. If not, no. If it works, why not? It’s another pitch."

Soriano also worked on throwing a changeup this spring, which is a pitch he said the last time he threw during the early part of his career with the Mariners, as well as improving his slider. 

While Soriano was refining his repertoire, the results in spring games weren't comforting. He posted a 14.29 ERA and 2.12 WHIP in six relief appearances. Though, Soriano doesn't put too much stock into his spring results.

"The good part is that I’m feeling good about my arm," he said. "That’s most important. The rest, as long as I feel good with my arm, that’s the only thing I can worry about. That was spring training. When the turn on the lights, then we’ll talk."


Rafael Soriano not worried about spring results


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano has been pretty bad through his first two spring appearances. Soriano has been tagged for seven runs and eight hits through 1 2/3 innings, which included a five-hit, five-run outing Monday against the Astros.

Despite his struggles, there is no panic from manager Matt Williams, who said his only concern is how Soriano feels. Soriano has told his manager he's feeling good, per The Washington Post.

"This was my second outing, so I’m not worried about the rest," Soriano said. "This is [spring] training. Training is for you to prepare yourself and to work on things. The results don’t matter. … All of us are getting ready. From our legs to our arms, everything, we’re trying to get up to speed. That’s why we have these games.

"I’m worried about feeling good mentally and physically. People started to talk about how they’re worried about me. Don’t worry about me. Worry on the 31st. From the 31st on, worry about me. Right now, don’t. This doesn’t matter. This is about preparation. That’s what I’m doing."


Rafael Soriano surrenders five earned runs Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Nationals pitcher Rafael Soriano was touched up for five earned runs on five hits while recording just two outs, both via strikeout, in his team's 7-4 loss to the Astros Monday.

Soriano also gave up two runs in his first inning pitched this spring, leaving him with a whopping 37.80 ERA thus far. He didn't surrender a walk Monday but did hit a batter. He'll try and put his ugly start to spring behind him moving forward.


Rafael Soriano throwing earlier than usual


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Nationals reliever Rafael Soriano is throwing earlier than usual this season, according to The Washington Post.

Soriano had thrown four bullpen sessions prior to reporting to camp. He said he wanted to impress new manager Matt Williams, so he started throwing earlier than normal. Soriano did admit he felt a bit tired Wednesday, but stressed that he wasn't hurt.

Soriano posted a 3.11 ERA in 66 2/3 innings last year.


Rafael Soriano believes weight loss will help restore velocity


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) While Nationals closer Rafael Soriano recorded 43 saves and blew only six chances during his first year with Washington in 2013, he wasn't nearly as dominant as previous seasons. He lost about 1 mph off his fastball, averaging 91.4 mph, allowed more hits (8.8) and struck out fewer batters (6.89) per nine innings than in any other full season in his career.

Soriano's struggles last season motivated him to begin his offseason conditioning a month earlier in November and the results are he showed up to camp 10 pounds lighter. Soriano believes losing the weight will help him restore his diminished velocity and improve throwing his breaking ball.

"I want to see if I can get a little bit on my velocity, a little bit more," he said, per The Washington Post. "I don’t think it be bad numbers for me. I want to get, like, 50 saves, something like that.

"If I’ve got my stuff and they hit it, I’m fine. I’ll take it. I got a problem when my second pitch is not there. Most of the time I throw a fastball. There’s one guy that do that [stuff]. Mariano [Rivera]. There’s nobody else."


Rafael Soriano arrives on time this time


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2014) The visa issues that prevented Nationals reliever Rafael Soriano from reporting to camp in time last year has been avoided. He turned up on Thursday.

Rafael Soriano expected to be in camp on time


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2014) Nationals reliever Rafael Soriano is expected to be in camp on time this season, according to The Washington Post.

Soriano missed the start of camp last season due to visa issues, but has that sorted out this time around. He posted a 3.11 ERA in 66 2/3 innings last year.


Rafael Soriano closes out D-Backs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2013) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano allowed one hit and one walk in a scoreless ninth inning as he converted his 43rd save of the season Saturday night against the Diamondbacks. He is 43 of 49 in save chances, with a 3.11 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP and a 51:17 K:BB ratio over 66 2/3 innings.

Rafael Soriano tallies 42nd save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2013) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano walked two batters Thursday but delivered a scoreless inning and one strikeout while recording his 42nd save in his team's 3-2 win over the Marlins.

Soriano had walked just one batter in his last 13 appearances combined, but the uncharacteristic wildness didn't cost him or his team. He owns a 3.20 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 49:16 K:BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings.


Rafael Soriano records 41st save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2013) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano picked up his 41st save in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Mets, giving up one hit and striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning.

Soriano is 10 for 10 in save opportunities since blowing back-to-back saves in mid-August. He owns a 3.30 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 48:14 K:BB ratio in 62 2/3 innings.


Rafael Soriano converts 40th save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2013) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano collected his 40th save of the season Tuesday night against the Mets. he right-hander worked his way around a base hit as he pitched a scoreless frame to secure a 6-3 victory.

Soriano is 40 of 46 in save situations with a 3.36 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

Rafael Soriano gets 39th save


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/8/2013) Rafael Soriano pitched a perfect ninth inning on Sunday, as the Nationals defeated the Marlins, 6-4. Soriano notched his 39th save as well as his 47th strikeout.

This was the eighth straight save opportunity successfully converted by Soriano, who now has a 3.41 ERA.


Rafael Soriano earns 38th save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2013) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his 38th save in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Phillies while striking out one.

Soriano has given up just two hits and one walk in five scoreless innings over his last five appearances, picking up a save in each. He owns a 3.47 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 46:14 K:BB ratio in 59 2/3 innings.


Rafael Soriano closes out Phillies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2013) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano notched his 37th save of the season Tuesday night against the Phillies. The right-hander worked his way around a base hit and a walk as he tossed a scoreless frame to secure a 9-6 victory.

Soriano is 37 of 43 with a 3.53 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.

Rafael Soriano coverts 36th save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano collected his 36th save of the season Sunday night against the Mets. The right-hander made quick work of the Mets as he struck out two in a scoreless, 14-pitch ninth for the Nationals, securing a 6-5 victory.

Soriano is 36 of 42 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.


Rafael Soriano secures 35th save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano picked up his 35th save in his team's 4-3 win over the Marlins Wednesday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Soriano has converted four straight save opportunites since blowing back-to-back opportunities earlier in August. He owns a 3.65 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 43:13 K:BB ratio.


Rafael Soriano closes out Marlins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2013) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano entered Tuesday's contest against the Marlins with a one-run lead in the ninth inning. The right-hander worked his way around a base hit as he struck out one and pitched a scoreless frame to secure a 2-1 win and his 34th save of the season.

Soriano is 34 of 40 in save opportunities with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.

Rafael Soriano escapes with 33rd save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2013) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano nearly coughed up a late lead as he escaped with his 33rd save of the season Friday night against the Royals.

Soriano relieved Drew Storen, who was charged with two runs. Soriano allowed a run-scoring single to Justin Maxwell to cut the lead to one run. He allowed one run on two hits and no walks in an 11-10 victory.

Soriano has allowed eight runs over his last 6 1/3 innings of relief. He is 33 of 39 in save chances with a 3.79 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

Rafael Soriano still shaky in save situation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2013) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano ran into trouble again but escaped with his 32nd save of the season Tuesday night against the Cubs. The right-hander allowed a solo home run to Donnie Murphy to cut the deficit to two runs. He allowed one run on one hit and no walks while striking out two over one inning pitched in a 4-2 win.

Soriano has allowed seven runs over his last four innings pitched. He is 32 of 38 in save chances with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.


Manager has little 'concern' about Rafael Soriano


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2013) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano saw his ERA rise to 3.68 after allowing Braves outfielder Jason Heyward's game-tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning Saturday. Soriano also logged his sixth blown save, which is tied for the second most in the NL.

"I don’t have a whole lot of concern," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said of Soriano, per The Washington Post. "He’s a heck of a pitcher and the ball was just up. He looked like he was throwing pretty good. These guys are swinging the bat pretty good. They hit four homers [Saturday] and it wasn’t just off of him. He’ll be back. He’ll be fine."