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5/26/2016 | Baker earns 1,700th victory in vintage style

The Nationals' 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Thursday night was the 1,700th victory in Dusty Baker's managerial career. When he thought about the round number, he considered that it meant he had been around for a long time. Although, he added, there were the past two years when he could not find a job. "So, in my mind, I'm really around 1,850," Baker said with a laugh.


5/26/2016 | Surging Scherzer provides challenge for Cards

It took some time, but Max Scherzer seems to have found his groove in 2016. The Nationals ace -- who takes the mound against Jaime Garcia and the Cardinals on Friday after Washington claimed the four-game series opener -- has allowed six runs in 23 1/3 innings over his last three starts, while fanning 38.


5/26/2016 | Nats' blasts deal Cards, Leake tough loss

Danny Espinosa's solo home run, which followed Bryce Harper's monster tying blast an inning earlier, lifted the Nationals over the Cardinals, 2-1, at Nationals Park in Thursday night's four-game series opener.


5/26/2016 | Harper busts homer slump with monster shot

Call it the Big Bang Theory. Everybody knew Bryce Harper's home run drought wouldn't last much longer, and it ended with quite a bang during Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Cardinals.


5/26/2016 | Murphy making extra effort to erase errors

Nationals manager Dusty Baker called Daniel Murphy, who signed a three-year, $37.5 million contract, the acquisition of the offseason. Entering Thursday's action, he led the Major Leagues with 24 multi-hit games in 46 games this season. He also paced MLB in batting average (.394) and hits (69) while ranking second in OPS (1.043). "Murphy's been more than I think anybody dreamed that he would be," Baker said.


5/26/2016 | Werth: Everything is lining up for Nationals

Outfielder Jayson Werth has been an integral part of the Nationals since 2011. During that period, the team has won two National League East titles and expects to be in the pennant race for a fifth time. But Werth wants more. He wants to win a World Series title before his contract expires after the 2017 season. MLB.com caught up with Werth to talk about the first quarter of the 2016 season.


5/26/2016 | Homers ruled the day among top prospects Wednesday

Wednesday's slate of Minor League action saw four Top 30 prospects connect on a pair of home runs on a day where the ball seemed to be flying out of the yard across all levels.


5/25/2016 | Giolito responds to adversity, throws seven strong innings

Giolito was on his game in Harrisburg's 2-1 walk-off win over Portland, whose lineup featured Red Sox No. 3 prospect Andrew Benintendi.


5/25/2016 | Even-steven: Mets, Nats expect long battle

The Mets rode a dominant outing from left-hander Steven Matz to a 2-0 victory Wednesday afternoon to take two out of three games from the Nationals at Nationals Park. They leave Washington a half-game behind the Nats for first place in the National League East and with a measure of revenge after Washington came to New York last week and won two out of three games at Citi Field.


5/25/2016 | Masterful Matz leads Mets' shutout of Nats

Steven Matz and Tanner Roark found themselves in a pitchers' duel on Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park, but it was Matz who came out on top, helping the Mets blank the Nationals, 2-0. New York, which took two out of three games in the series, is a half-game behind Washington in the National League East.


5/25/2016 | Slumping Harper takes mental break in finale

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's 2-0 loss to the Mets at Nationals Park before grounding out as a pinch-hitter to end the eighth. Manager Dusty Baker saw it as a mental day off.


5/25/2016 | Cards, Nats to open four-game set in nation's capital

The Cardinals and Nationals start a four-game set in Washington on Thursday, with Mike Leake and Joe Ross squaring off in the opener.


5/25/2016 | Rare power: Revere hits 5th career home run

Whenever Nationals outfielder Ben Revere takes batting practice, he always talks about hitting the long ball, which doesn't please manager Dusty Baker. The way the skipper sees it, Revere doesn't get paid to hit home runs. As Baker puts it, Revere is the igniter who jump-starts the offense by getting on base.


5/25/2016 | Sizzling run for Stras dates back to last year

As Stephen Strasburg walked off the mound in the seventh inning Tuesday night, the crowd of 33,096 at Nationals Park, which included a strong and vocal contingent of Mets fans, let out a loud roar while giving him a standing ovation. For all the ups and downs throughout Strasburg's career, perhaps this recent stretch has established him among the best pitchers in baseball.


5/24/2016 | Nats blast 5 HRs as Stras improves to 8-0

It was a rematch between two power pitchers: Stephen Strasburg vs. Matt Harvey. But just like last week against the Mets, it went the Nationals' way as Washington won, 7-4, at Nationals Park on Tuesday night. The Nationals, who hit a season-high five home runs, increased their lead over the Mets in the National League East to 1 1/2 games.


5/24/2016 | Roark vs. Matz has potential to be marquee matchup

At first glance, the probables listed for Wednesday afternoon's season finale -- right-hander Tanner Roark for Washington vs. Mets left-hander Steven Matz - don't appear to have that same glitter, the same sparkle, the same appeal. Which could have more to do with perception than reality.


5/24/2016 | Belisle (calf strain) begins rehab assignment

Nationals reliever Matt Belisle began his Minor League rehab assignment with a scoreless inning for Class A Advanced Potomac on Monday.


5/24/2016 | Kelley quietly dominating in relief for Nats

Who has been baseball's best reliever over the past year? You might think Wade Davis or Aroldis Chapman or Craig Kimbrel. You might not think about Shawn Kelley, who has overcome multiple arm injuries to become a dominating force for Washington.


5/24/2016 | Harper adjusting to seeing fewer strikes

About 40 minutes after Monday's 7-1 loss to the Mets, Bryce Harper walked into the Nationals' clubhouse still wearing his full uniform, with his batting gloves on and carrying his bat. Had he gone straight to hit in the batting cage after he went 0-for-4?


5/24/2016 | First 3-homer start for Gio since joining Nats

Entering Monday's start, Gio Gonzalez had allowed only six earned runs in 23 innings during May. In the series opener against the Mets, the lefty allowed seven in a disappointing five-inning outing as the Nationals lost, 7-1.


5/24/2016 | Ortiz, Naylor among top prospect performers Monday

Luis Ortiz, baseball's No. 69 overall prospect, made a seamless transition to Double-A as he enjoyed a stellar debut for Double-A Frisco. The Rangers' No. 4 prospect limited San Antonio to just one run in six innings, striking out six batters against one walk in a 11-1 win.


5/23/2016 | We meet again: Stras, Harvey face off in DC

Matt Harvey and Stephen Strasburg square off Tuesday night in a rematch of last week's showdown turned mismatch.


5/23/2016 | Mets' power bats back Bartolo in win vs. Nats

In a reversal of a meeting between the same two pitchers last week, the Mets hammered left-hander Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals and rode a strong start from Bartolo Colon to a 7-1 victory at Nationals Park on Monday night. New York pulled to within a half-game of Washington in the National League East with the win.


5/23/2016 | Legends set to welcome stars of the future at 2016 MLB Draft

Major League Baseball announced the annual list of club reps for the 2016 MLB Draft on Monday, and as usual it is a star-studded gathering from the past that will man the phones and help welcome the future on the first night of selections.


5/22/2016 | Scherzer rounding into midseason form

After another dominant outing to lead the Nationals to an 8-2 victory Sunday afternoon over the Marlins at Marlins Park, Max Scherzer appears to be settling into a groove. He struck out eight in eight innings and made one mistake, which Justin Bour smashed for a two-run homer.




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