Nationals sign Josh Roenicke

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Josh Roenicke, who was non-tendered by the Twins early in the offseason, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Nationals.

Minnesota chose not to bring back Roenicke for about $1.5 million via the arbitration process after he threw 62 innings with a 4.35 ERA and 45/36 K/BB ratio in a middle relief role last season.

Roenicke throws hard, but doesn’t actually generate many strikeouts and has always struggled with control. He’ll try to win a bullpen gig during spring training.

Odúbel Herrera has homered in four consecutive games

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Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera produced what proved to be the game-winning hit on Wednesday afternoon, drilling a go-ahead solo home run to right field off of Cardinals reliever Sam Tuivailala in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Phillies went on to win 4-3, as the bullpen actually held on to a lead for once.

Herrera has now homered in four consecutive games and in five of his last six contests. The major league record is eight consecutive games with a home run, held by Don Mattingly, Dale Long, and Ken Griffey, Jr. The Phillies record is five consecutive games with a homer, held by Dick Allen, Mike Schmidt, Bobby Abreu, Chase Utley (twice), and Rhys Hoskins.

On the season, Herrera is batting .299/.355/.491 with 12 home runs, 41 RBI, and 35 runs scored in 297 plate appearances.