MLB Notes: Jayson Werth Passes Tim Raines, Nears Franchise-record On-base Streak

DENVER -- Jayson Werth has extended his on-base streak to 45 games with a walk for the Washington Nationals against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.

Werth has the longest streak ever for the Nationals and passed Tim Raines for the second-longest on the franchise list. Raines reached in 44 straight games for the Montreal Expos spanning the 1985-86 seasons.

Werth is one off Rusty Staub's franchise record set over the 1969-70 seasons.

Blue Jays: Donaldson, Gibbons brush off dugout spat
NEW YORK -- Blue Jays slugger Josh Donaldson and manager John Gibbons brushed off their brief but heated exchange in the dugout Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

The fiery Donaldson, last year's AL MVP, slammed his bat against the railing in frustration as he returned to the bench after striking out for the second time against New York pitcher CC Sabathia.

Gibbons, perched nearby, took exception to the outburst and approached Donaldson by the bat rack. The two men -- both wearing sunglasses -- were nose-to-nose for a bit before Toronto teammates Troy Tulowitzki and Josh Thole intervened.

"Definitely don't hit me!" Gibbons said with a smile after the game. "We were just discussing the game."

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"We've got a great relationship. There's a lot of back and forth," the manager added. "He wears it on his sleeve; he's an emotional guy. That's part of what makes him good,” (see full story).

Brewers: Braun out Wednesday, day to day after crashing into wall
CHICAGO -- Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is day to day after crashing into a wall at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.

Braun limped off after injuring his left knee and ankle and was held out of the lineup Wednesday night against the Cubs. Both Braun and manager Craig Counsell said he might be ready to play Thursday in Chicago and definitely expect him to play over the weekend in Seattle.

Braun is still sore but says "it's about as good as we possibly could have hoped for" and that he feels "very fortunate." He did not need an MRI or X-rays.

Right-handed starter Chase Anderson may not miss his next turn after being struck in the right thigh by Kris Bryant's comebacker Tuesday. Anderson left in the first inning but says he expects to play catch in the next day and evaluate from there.

Counsell says there's "a chance that he would be good enough to start" in the Brewers' three-game series in Seattle.

Cubs: Tommy La Stella to report to Double A
CHICAGO -- Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella will report to Double-A Tennessee, and Chicago manager Joe Maddon said he hopes La Stella will be back with the big league team by early September.

La Stella was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on July 29, but refused to report there, and the Cubs placed him on the temporary inactive list on Aug. 9. La Stella told at the time that he was contemplating retirement.

"He's reported to Double-A, and moving on up to Triple-A, and he'll be back here probably by the first of September," Maddon said before the Cubs game against Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night.

Maddon said Cubs management had been talking extensively with La Stella as he tried to decide whether to remain in baseball.

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