Former Orioles Brach and Gausman settling in with Braves

As a new member of the Atlanta Braves, one of pitcher Brad Brach's first meetings was with the analytics staff. They showed him a string of statistics. "They showed me a lot stuff, things like my swing-and-miss rate, how I was falling behind left-handed batters,'' Brach said Tuesday before their series with the Nationals began in D.C. "It's helpful information, but you still have to ... read more

Breaking down the winners and losers from the non-waiver trade deadline

The Braves, a surprise contender in the National League East, figured to have a conservative approach before Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline. But now, they're going to take aim at the NL East title with three former Orioles pitchers and an outfielder with 30-home run power. The Braves acquired Orioles starter Kevin Gausman and two relievers, Darren O'Day and Brad Brach in two separate deals since ... read more

Braves, Nationals set sights on upending Phillies in NL East

As the major league season resumes, the question looms: Can the inconsistent Nationals overtake the Phillies and Braves to win another National League East championship? The Nationals, who have lost in the NL Division Series in four different seasons, will have all they can do to get back to the postseason. They start tonight at home against the Braves. The Nationals, who have been bounced ... read more

Dodgers hope new arrival Machado will help them maintain control of NL West

The Dodgers, Manny Machado's new team, have a chance to get into the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season. After the first six weeks, the Dodgers appeared to be going nowhere. Thanks to a season-ending elbow injury, shortstop Corey Seager, who will return next season, played his final game for the Dodgers on April 29. On May 16, the Dodgers lost 6-5 in Miami to ... read more

NL's best arms no match for AL's power bats in All-Star Game showdown

The two best hitters in the American League beat the National League's two best pitchers in Tuesday night's All-Star Game at Nationals Park. The AL's Aaron Judge hit a home run against the NL's Max Scherzer in the first inning. In the third inning, the AL's Mike Trout connected against Jacob deGrom. The Nationals' Scherzer and the Mets' deGrom will be NL Cy Young candidates ... read more

Nationals-killer Freeman finally gets his comeuppance in Home Run Derby

Freddie Freeman joked Tuesday that the Nationals Park crowd would be on his side when he went against Nationals hero Bryce Harper in the Home Run Derby. But when Freeman stepped into the batter's box for the first-round match, reality set in: The boo birds came out at Nationals Park. That was normal, more like it. Freeman was happy with that. "That means I've done ... read more

Since 1933 inception, All-Star Game has been blessed with plenty of history

The first All-Star Game was played in Chicago's Comiskey Park in 1933. Washington hosted its first All-Star Game in 1937. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was dealing with the controversy surrounding his plan to pack the Supreme Court with extra justices, attended the afternoon game in D.C. and threw out the first pitch from his presidential box. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover - as well ... read more

Bullpen needs will drive contenders' moves as trade deadline approaches

The Nationals struck early and acquired Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera. Seattle traded for Rays reliever Alex Colome, adding to an already-strong bullpen. Those acquisitions are likely just the beginning for contenders strengthening their bullpens, a necessary task for teams planning to be around in October. In the last few years, big-name players who have been traded - Andrew Miller, Aroldys Chapman and Justin Verlander - ... read more