With Doug Fister sidelined for the time being due to inflammation in his right elbow, the window of opportunity opens for some other members of the Nationals pitching staff.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Six-time All-Star Lance Berkman is retiring after 15 seasons in the major leagues.
2013 record: 51-111, 5th place in AL West
Manager: Bo Porter, 2nd season
Estimated 2014 payroll: $48 million
Some Major League Baseball franchises are more fortunate than others, that's just the way it is. That's life.