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Nationals acquire Melancon from Pirates

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) When Mike Rizzo and Dusty Baker called Mark Melancon on Saturday from the visiting clubhouse at AT&T Park, one thing that impressed them right away about their new All-Star closer is that he planned to immediately check in with Jonathan Papelbon.

"It says a lot about his character and makeup, and that was a big reason why he was such an attractive target to us," said Rizzo, Washington's general manager. "His performance level is great but his makeup and character are a lot of the reason that we went out and got him. That tells me he's team-first and Mark Melancon second."

Washington sent reliever Felipe Rivero and pitching prospect Taylor Hearn to the Pirates to acquire Melancon, who supplants the struggling Papelbon as Washington's closer. Rizzo and Baker also spoke to Papelbon, who made it clear he "wants to win," Baker said.

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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 6143.587-
Miami 5648.5385
NY Mets 5350.5157.5
Philadelphia 4858.45314
Atlanta 3668.34625
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .250 (19)
Runs: 482 (11)
Hits: 883 (19)
Home Runs: 139 (5)
Stolen Bases: 74 (6)
OBP: .324 (14)
SLG: .427 (12)
Total Bases: 1510 (11)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 3.26 (2)
Runs Allowed: 368 (3)
Saves: 28 (17)
Strikeouts: 978 (2)
OpBA: .230 (3)
OBP: .296 (3)
SLG: .363 (3)
Run Support: 4.58 (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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