Answering the most-often asked questions in baseball

You have questions and we have answers to the most-often asked ones in baseball: Q: The San Francisco Giants are leading the National League West after investing $230 million in two pitchers - Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto - who were not effective pitchers last season, but are lights-out this season. What gives? A: Samardzija was 11-13 with a 4.96 ERA for the Chicago White ... read more

After 20-strikeout gem, what will Max Scherzer do for an encore?

Pitcher Max Scherzer returns to the mound Tuesday night when the Nationals start a three-game series in Citi Field against the New York Mets, the team that beat them in the National League East last season. And while Nationals-Mets rivalry - with all that starting pitching on both sides - is one story, there's another to watch: How will Scherzer follow up his historic 20-strikeout ... read more

Tigers clubhouse reacts to Max Scherzer's 20-strikeout performance

The Nationals' Max Scherzer became history's fifth pitcher to have 20 strikeouts in a nine-inning game when Washington beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 Wednesday night. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has been involved three of the 20-strikeout games. He was the Houston catcher when the Chicago Cubs' Kerry Wood struck out 20 Astros on May 6, 1998 at Wrigley Field in a 2-0 Cubs win. And ... read more

Contract extension with Nationals makes sense for Strasburg

Let's say, for the sake of argument, that the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg wanted to become a free agent after the season and pitch on the West Coast where he'd be closer to home in San Diego. Strasburg, 27, never talked about his future with reporters, but it's reasonable that a West Coast guy would give up the rush-rush pace of the East Coast for the ... read more

Sizzling starts like Cubs' are difficult to beat

As the Nationals found out first-hand this weekend, the Cubs are off to a sizzling start. They are 24-6 after sweeping Washington in Wrigley Field. The last time the Cubs were 26-4 to start a season was 1907, the year they won the World Series. The Cubs' start brings back memories of the 1984 Tigers, the Sparky Anderson-managed team that started 35-5, won 104 games ... read more

Some notes on Daniel Murphy

The Nationals' new second baseman is on a hitting rampage. He's hit in 23 of 26 Nationals games. He has 13 multi-hit games, has RBIs in six consecutive games and in Kansas City, he became the 10th player to get his 1,000th career hit wearing a Nationals uniform. Here are things to know about Murphy: * Murphy, a left-handed batter, hit a career-high 14 home ... read more

What we learned from the first month of the baseball season

The first month of the baseball season is in the books. The first checkpoint has arrived, and so here's what you need to know about April's developing stories. * The Trevor-ending story: Sorry to start with a bad pun, but who could resist? And who would have thought that Colorado shortstop Trevor Story's home runs would be all the rage after the first month? He ... read more

Burriss back in hometown with new team and outlook

Emmanuel Burriss arrived early Thursday afternoon in the Phillies clubhouse at Nationals Park. He had spent the morning with his dad, Allen, in his U Street neighborhood in D.C. "We were just driving around, talking, looking at the neighborhood,'' Burriss said. "Things have changed.'' Burriss is happy to see turf fields replacing the diamonds that he played on. "Our fields had weeds, broken glass and ... read more