Opposite dugout: Braves looking to carry momentum into second half

Manager: Brian Snitker (3rd season) Record: 52-42 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 2B Ozzie Albies (.281 with 20 HR, 55 RBIs); RF Nick Markakis (.323 with 61 RBIs, 120 hits); 1B Freddie Freeman (.315 with 61 RBIs, 114 hits); CF Ender Inciarte (88 hits, 23 SB); RHP Aníbal Sánchez (4-2, 2.60 ERA); LHP A.J. Minter (3.20 ERA, 4 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: ... read more

Some random thoughts about the All-Star festivities in D.C.

Some random observations about the All-Star Game festivities at Nationals Park from a writer covering his first Midsummer Classic ... * Though I really hate it when I see a team’s jersey that’s not one of the teams playing in a game - say, an interloper in Yankees pinstripes at a Reds-Nationals game - it’s been fun to see jerseys from all 30 major league ... read more

Ryan Sullivan: Garcia offers a glimpse at Nationals’ future

One of the many terrific events that occur during All-Star Game week is the Futures Game, an annual exhibition consisting of the top prospects in baseball. The Futures Game began in 1999 and the rosters consist of a team of prospects from the United States against a team of players from other countries. Major League Baseball, MLB.com and Baseball America decide the teams and the ... read more

Special jersey has special meaning for Senators’ Logan Darnell

When Double-A Harrisburg lefty Logan Darnell pulls on his home jersey for the Senators’ game against Bowie on July 26 at FNB Field, it’ll mean a little more than usual. That’s the night the Senators will don special jerseys on End Alzheimer’s Night. Darnell lost his mother, Caye, 59, to Alzheimer’s disease on April 13, and has been working with team management to come up ... read more

Opposite dugout: Mets host struggling Nationals ahead of All-Star break

Manager: Mickey Callaway (1st season) Record: 37-53 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 2B Asdrúbal Cabrera (.280 with 16 HR, 51 RBIs), CF Brandon Nimmo (13 HR), LHP Steven Matz (3.31 ERA), RHP Jeurys Familia (16 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 4-2 Pitching probables: July 12: RHP Max Scherzer (11-5) vs. LHP Steven Matz (4-6), 7:10 p.m., MASNJuly 13: RHP Tanner Roark (3-11) vs. ... read more

Liz Barr: Another All-Star Game, another snub for Anthony Rendon

There were a number of deserving players left off the All-Star Game rosters, and perhaps none more than Anthony Rendon, who was not even given the Final Vote treatment that teammate Trea Turner received. It feels like we say this about Rendon every year around the All-Star break, but he always plays fantastic baseball and nobody ever gives him the time of day or recognizes ... read more

Marty Niland: Cracker Jack Classic brought stars to baseball-hungry D.C.

Now that the starting lineups have been announced and the rosters filled, Washington is abuzz about the 89th Major League Baseball All-Star game. Many historians will tell you will that the July 17 game will be the fifth All-Star meeting in the nation’s capital, the first since 1969, and they’d be technically correct. However, each summer from 1982 to 1987, Washington baseball fans saw something ... read more

Opposite dugout: Pirates quickly losing the wind in their sails

Manager: Clint Hurdle (8th season) Record: 41-48 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: CF Starling Marte (.278 with 10 HR, 22 SB); LF Corey Dickerson (.308 with 92 hits, 19 2B); 1B Josh Bell (76 hits, 42 RBIs); RHP Trevor Williams (6-7, 4.60 ERA); RHP Ivan Nova (4-6, 4.48 ERA); LHP Felipe Vázquez (3.38 ERA, 18 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 0-4 Pitching probables: ... read more