Nationals’ Joe Ross to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery

Nationals right-hander Joe Ross will undergo Tommy John surgery this week, manager Dusty Baker announced Saturday.

Ross exited his start last Sunday against the Braves after 3 1/3 innings with triceps tenderness. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday, and an MRI later revealed a full thickness tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Jermey Parnell Limited Jersey Knebel had recorded at least one strikeout in 46 consecutive appearances, but did not strike out a batter in Wednesday’s game. He entered the game in the ninth inning with the Brewers holding a 2-1 lead, but Pirates first baseman John Jaso nearly tied the game with a long fly ball to center field that Milwaukee’s Keon Broxton caught at the wall.

Sidney Jones Limited Jersey Knebel then walked David Freese before giving up a single to Gregory Polanco to put runners at the corners. A single by Francisco Cervelli then did tie it. An infield pop-up by Jody Mercer was followed by Adam Frazier’s inning-ending fly ball to Broxton in center.

It was the fifth blown save of the season for Knebel, who had 16 saves and was actually selected to last week’s MLB All-Star Game.

The Pirates walked off in the bottom of the 10th inning as Max Moroff’s RBI single off Jared Hughes gave the Pirates a 3-2 victory.

That lead held until the bottom of the ninth when the Red Sox scored twice on an error and a walk-off, bases-loaded walk. Closer Aroldis Chapman was told to intentionally walk Hanley Ramirez to load the bases. He then walked Andrew Benintendi to score Dustin Pedroia as the game-winning run.

Sanchez’s blast that cleared the wall to send the ball into the Boston streets may not have resulted in a Yankees victory, but it was one of several no-doubt home runs as baseball returned from the All-Star break.

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