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Nationals acquire Melancon from Pirates

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Washington Nationals found their reliable new man for the ninth inning, acquiring All-Star closer Mark Melancon from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.

Washington sent reliever Felipe Rivero and pitching prospect Taylor Hearn to the Pirates for Melancon, who supplants struggling Jonathan Papelbon as Washington's closer. Melancon is expected to join the Nationals on Sunday for the series finale at San Francisco.

Melancon, a 31-year-old right-hander, has 30 saves and a 1.51 ERA this season and joins his fifth organization in eight years. He is making $9.65 million and is eligible for free agency after the World Series.

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Leaders
AVG: D. Murphy.351
HR: B. Harper20
RBI: D. Murphy76
SB: B. Harper15
W: S. Strasburg14
ERA: S. Strasburg2.68
Saves: J. Papelbon19
K: M. Scherzer187
NL East
TeamWLPctGB
Washington 6142.592-
Miami 5548.5346
NY Mets 5349.5207.5
Philadelphia 4758.44815
Atlanta 3667.35025
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .250 (19)
Runs: 479 (10)
Hits: 875 (19)
Home Runs: 138 (5)
Stolen Bases: 73 (6)
OBP: .324 (15)
SLG: .428 (12)
Total Bases: 1498 (10)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 3.24 (2)
Runs Allowed: 363 (3)
Saves: 28 (16)
Strikeouts: 973 (2)
OpBA: .230 (3)
OBP: .295 (3)
SLG: .363 (3)
Run Support: 4.59 (13)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
7/30 R. López Called Up from Minors
7/30 M. Melancon Traded Pittsburgh (for LHP Felipe Rivero, three-player deal)
7/29 J. Lobatón Placed on 15-Day DL (Left elbow tendinitis)
7/29 P. Severino Called Up from Minors
7/27 W. Difo Called Up from Minors
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Injuries
Date Player Status
7/24 S. Drew Vertigo (on 15-day DL)
7/20 J. Lobatón Left elbow tendinitis (on 15-day DL)
7/19 S. Drew Flu (day-to-day)
7/8 S. Solís off 15-day DL
7/7 R. Zimmerman off 15-day DL
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