Frank Francisco called ‘a fool’ by Mets’ broadcaster Ron Darling after hitting Jayson Werth (Big League Stew)

Rarely, almost never, does a major league pitcher admit to hitting a batter on purpose. He would just get fined or suspended or both. And seldom do baseball broadcasters call out pitchers — particularly ones from the team they cover — for such behavior. The broadcaster either works for the team or still feels like he’s on it.
Right-hander Frank Francisco of the New York Mets stuck to the manual Thursday afternoon, saying his plunking of Washington’s Jayson Werth was not intentional. It sure looked intentional, though, and Mets broadcaster Ron Darling held Francisco accountable. And he didn’t mince words in doing so .
Werth reacted angrily after Francisco hit him in the back with a 3-0 pitch with no outs in the top of the eighth inning, and Darling said he had reason to.
“Boy, that was obvious,” Darling said. “For you folks at home — and you hear me all the time say ‘That wasn’t intentional.’ Well, this one was intentional.”
Gary Cohen, his broadcast partner, asked Darling why Francisco would do such a thing with his team trailing by three runs and a Nationals runner already at second base.
“Because he’s a fool — that’s why,” Darling said.
Hello! Other than that, Mr. Darling, how did you like the pitch?

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Werth, Nationals stay hot, beat Mets (The SportsXchange)

NEW YORK — Fifty-six minutes after the Washington Nationals completed the win that put them a season-high six games over .500, Jayson Werth left the shower and sauntered to his locker, the perfect symbol of a team that might have waited too long to kick into gear this season.

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Werth’s HR, 2 doubles lead charging Nats past Mets (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) — Just like Jayson Werth, the Washington Nationals are playing their best ball of the season. Whether that’ll be enough to push them into the playoffs, they’ll soon find out.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on September 10, 2013

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Nationals 6, Mets 3 (The SportsXchange)

NEW YORK — Jayson Werth continued his scorching second half on Tuesday night by going 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI, and the Washington Nationals kept up their desperate late-season surge into the National League wild-card race by beating the New York Mets 6-3 in front of an announced crowd of 20,307 at Citi Field.

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The Juice: Nationals rally in 8th on Jayson Werth’s RBI double (Big League Stew)

The Juice returns for season No. 6! It’s almost eligible for free-agency! Stop by daily for news from the action, along with great photos, stats, video highlights and more.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on September 2, 2013

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Werth rallies Nationals past Mets 6-5 (The Associated Press)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jayson Werth helped get the Washington Nationals a little bit closer in the wild-card race.

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Werth rallies Nationals past Mets 6-5 (The Associated Press)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jayson Werth’s two-out RBI double in the eighth inning capped a late rally and the Washington Nationals avoided a series sweep with a 6-5 win over the New York Mets on Sunday night.

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Nationals 6, Mets 5 (The SportsXchange)

WASHINGTON — Jayson Werth’s RBI double capped a three-run eighth inning, and the Washington Nationals rallied for a 6-5 win over the New York Mets on Sunday night.

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Haren’s strong start lifts Nationals over Brewers (The Associated Press)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Adam LaRoche was struggling so much at the plate, he decided to try something different. So he grabbed teammate Jayson Werth’s bat.

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Werth’s return among 6 moves for struggling Nats (The Associated Press)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Having stumbled home from a road trip and needing to make up ground in the NL East, the Washington Nationals welcomed back outfielder Jayson Werth among a half-dozen roster moves.

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