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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%: 90/80 | Average Draft Position: 152.06
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Rafael Soriano picks up rare win Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano picked up a rare win Thursday against the Diamondbacks. 

Soriano entered with the game tied, and was able to get through the inning without giving up any runs. He did issue a walk, but worked out of trouble with an inning-ending double play. Soriano was the beneficiary of the Nationals hot stretch. In the bottom of the inning, the Nats were able to mount a comeback, scoring on a throwing error to end the game. With the win, Soriano improved to 4-1. 


Rafael Soriano picks up win vs. Diamondbacks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano earned a win Wednesday, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning and striking out one in his team's 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Soriano (3-1) induced two fly balls for outs before striking out the last batter in the top of the ninth. He then watched the offense score a walkoff win with three singles in the bottom half of the inning. Soriano owns a 2.54 ERA and 46:15 K:BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings.


Rafael Soriano to remain Nationals' closer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) It was another rough outing for Nationals closer Rafael Soriano during Sunday's game against the Pirates. The right-handed reliever suffered his fifth blown save after allowing three runs on two hits and one walk in one-third of an inning.

Soriano has had his struggles since the All-Star break, going 1-1 with three blown saves and a 7.71 ERA in 13 outings. 

Nationals manager Matt Williams said he could "potentially" reshuffle the bullpen in order for Soriano to pitch less in high-leverage situations to allow him time to iron out his problems. However, Williams reiterated Soriano is the team's closer, per The Washington Post.

"He’s been our closer all year and I don’t see that changing as of right now," Soriano said. "He’s been up a lot recently, pitching a lot of games and hopefully the games don’t present themselves like that and we can give him some rest and give him a chance to cool down a little bit and kick back. … It’s just been a little off, that’s all."


Rafael Soriano picks up another save Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano picked up a save Friday against the Pirates.

Soriano entered the game with a two run lead. He made things interesting, giving up a run. With the tying run on base, Soriano gave up an additional single. He managed to induce a game-ending groundout with the possible go-ahead run on first base. It was Soriano's 29th save of the season. 


Rafael Soriano picks up the save Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Nationals pitcher Rafael Soriano picked up a save Thursday against the Mets.

Soriano entered the game with a three-run lead, and quickly closed the door. He pitched a perfect inning, not registering a strikeout or a walk. It was Soriano's 28th save of the year. 


Rafael Soriano serves up home run, locks down save vs. Mets


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano gave up one earned run on three hits Wednesday but picked up his 27th save in his team's 3-2 victory over the Mets.

Soriano allowed a leadoff home run and watched the lead shrink to one run, but he was able to pitch around two more hits and avoid blowing the save opportunity. He owns a 1.94 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 45:14 K:BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings.


Rafael Soriano off Wednesday, following blown save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano was given the day off Wednesday, after appeared in four games over the last week. He blew his fourth save of the season Tuesday against the Marlins, but manager Matt Williams told CSNWashington.com he will be back in the closer's role beginning Thursday.  

Rafael Soriano implodes Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano imploded Monday against the Rockies. 

Soriano entered the game with a three-run lead, but couldn't hold on. Soriano walked the leadoff batter. He then allowed a double, a run-scoring single, a sac fly and a triple to the next three hitters to tie the game. After a mound visit, Soriano hit Donovan Solano with a pitch. He was removed from the game at that point. Jerry Blevins entered and managed to get a strikeout. With two outs, he allowed a game-winning single. All four runs were charged to Soriano.

In one-third of an inning, he gave up four runs on three hits. He walked one and did not record any strikeouts. With the loss, Soriano fell to 2-1. 


Rafael Soriano saves number 25 Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano saved his 25th game Sunday against the Reds.

Soriano wasn't supposed to appear in the game after the team took a 4-0 lead heading into the ninth, but plans changed after two singles. Soriano entered the contest with two men on base, and promptly allowed them to score on a double. He settled in at that point, striking out the next hitter. Soriano then got a groundout and flyout to finish off the Reds.

In his one inning of work, Soriano gave up one hit and struck out one batter.


Rafael Soriano converts 24th save Friday night


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Nationals pitcher Rafael Soriano worked his way past a hit and a walk as he struck out two to close out a 4-1 victory over the Reds on Friday, Soriano has converted 24 saves in 27 chances, with a 1.13 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP over 40 innings of relief.

Rafael Soriano picks up the save Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Nationals pitcher Rafael Soriano picked up his 23rd save Tuesday against the Rockies.

Soriano entered the game with a three-run lead in the ninth inning. He allowed a leadoff double to open the frame, but settled in shortly after that. Soriano forced two fly outs and one strikeout to finish off Colorado. His ERA dropped to 1.15 following the appearance. 


Rafael Soriano earns win after suffering third blown save


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano was dealt his third blown save Sunday against the Brewers. However, he improved to 2-0 as Washington plated the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning and walked away with a 5-4 win.

Soriano had a rocky top of the ninth inning. After retiring the first batter, Soriano allowed a single to Scooter Gennett and a walk to Carlos Gomez. Gennett then scored on Rickie Weeks' RBI single. 

Soriano worked out of the jam as Weeks was caught stealing and Ryan Braun flied out to center field. He then earned the win as Jayson Werth had an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth.


Rafael Soriano Ks the side for the save in extras


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano struck out the side in the 10th inning, closing out a 5-3 win in extras over the Phillies on Saturday. Soriano has converted 22 of 24 save chances, with a 0.97 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP over 37 innings of relief.

Rafael Soriano nails down 21st save


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning Sunday, closing out a 2-1 win over the Cubs for his 21st save. Soriano threw just eight pitches while lowering his ERA to 1.03. He has 21 saves in 23 opportunities.

Rafael Soriano picks up 20th save of the season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano notched his 20th save of the season Wednesday night against the Rockies.

Soriano permitted one hit and one walk while striking out one over a scoreless inning of work, securing a 4-3 victory. Of his 26 pitches, 17 were strikes. He is 20 of 22 in save chances with a 1.06 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP in 34 innings.


Rafeal Soriano perfect in shutting down Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano made it eight straight appearances without a run allowed Saturday in shutting down the Cubs for his 19th save.

Soriano retired Chicago in order, fanning Starlin Castro to end it and shrink his ERA to 1.09.


Rafael Soriano earns 18th save in extra innings Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano secured his 18th save by striking out one in 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 4-2, 16-inning win over the Brewers.

Soriano was the last man in the bullpen for the Nationals, and he was able to end an extremely-long night on both sides with his fourth straight perfect inning. He owns a 1.13 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 30:10 K:BB ratio in 32 innings.


Rafael Soriano notches 17th save Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano notched his 17th save Sunday against the Braves.

Soriano was perfect during the final inning. He did not allow a hit or a walk, and struck out all three hitters he faced. Of the 13 pitches he threw, nine were strikes. Soriano lowered his ERA to 1.19 following the appearance. 


Rafael Soriano locks down 16th save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning Saturday to earn his 16th save in his team's 3-0 win over the Braves.

Soriano hasn't surrendered a hit in three of his last four outings, and he's walked just one batter in his last eight appearances. He did neither Saturday, leaving him with a 26:10 K:BB ratio to go with a 1.20 ERA in 30 innings.


Rafael Soriano earns 15th save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano secured his 15th save Wednesday, giving up one hit and striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 6-5 win over the Astros.

Soriano finally found some Ks Wednesday after going three appearances without striking out a batter, and he appears to have put a small rough patch in early June behind him. He owns a 1.29 ERA and 25:10 K:BB ratio in 28 innings.


Rafael Soriano notches 14th save Tuesday vs. Astros


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano picked up his 14th save Tuesday, walking a batter but allowing no runs or hits in his team's 6-5 win over the Astros.

Soriano hasn't managed a strikeout in three straight outings, but he's been able to turn in back-to-back scoreless frames after giving up a run in two straight outings earlier in June. He owns a 1.33 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 23:10 K:BB ratio in 27 innings.


Rafael Soriano tested, but comes away with the save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano stumbled for the second appearance in a row, but managed to hold on to close out a 2-1 win over the Giants Tuesday.

Soriano allowed one run on one hit in the frame, but it was a leadoff triple that the Giants were able to make count. Fortunately, he was pitching with a two-run lead, so he closed out the game with three straight outs to record the save.

Soriano is now 13 for 15 on saves this season, though he has allowed two of his four runs for the season over the last two outings. He still has a 1.44 ERA in 25 innings overall.  


Rafael Soriano surrenders game-tying homer in the ninth


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano blew his second save of the season Saturday, as he allowed the Padres to send the game into extra-innings.

Soriano entered the game with a one-run lead, and recorded the first two outs with ease. Unfortunately, he allowed Yonder Alonso to tie the game with a solo home run to right field, before the Nationals went on to lose in extras-, 4-3.

Soriano is 12 for 14 on save chances this season, and Saturday was the first home run he has allowed. He still has a 1.13 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 24 innings of work. 


Rafael Soriano works another perfect ninth


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano worked another easy ninth inning Thursday, as he closed out a 4-2 win over the Phillies.

Soriano tossed a perfect ninth in the outing, his third in four appearances. He needed just 15 pitches to finish the inning, as he struck out two batters for his 12th save.

Soriano has a minute 0.78 ERA, and has allowed a run in just one of his 23 appearances. He is 12 for 13 on save chances this season. 


Rafael Soriano records 11th save Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Nationals closer Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday to record his 11th save in his team's 5-2 win over the Pirates.

Soriano's scoreless appearance was the 19th zero he's delivered in 20 appearances this season, with the only blip coming via a two-run blown save a little more than two weeks ago. He owns a 0.90 ERA and 17:8 K:BB ratio in 20 innings.