Pair of grand slams propels Nats to 14-4 win over Braves

Pair of grand slams propels Nats to 14-4 win over Braves
ATLANTA - Freddie Freeman may own the Nationals, but Bryce Harper's ownage of Julio Teheran supersedes even the mightiest of opponents. Harper added two more homers to his deep collection off Teheran, including a grand slam that helped the Nationals overcome Freeman's latest blast off them and propel them to a 14-4 victory tonight at SunTrust Park. Joe Ross bounced back from a shaky first inning in his first major league start of the season to pitch seven strong innings and earn the win. Ryan...
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Werth injured on checked swing, leaves game (Nats win 14-4)

Werth injured on checked swing, leaves game (Nats win 14-4)
ATLANTA - Jayson Werth had to depart tonight's game after injuring himself on a check-swing in the top of the third inning, the latest Nationals player to go down in the season's first month. Werth checked his swing on a 1-0 pitch from the Braves' Julio Teheran in his second at-bat of the night and appeared to grimace, his left leg perhaps tweaked. After stepping out of the batter's box, he signaled to the dugout for Nationals director of athletic training Paul Lessard, who came out to talk...
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Solís lands on DL with elbow inflammation (Nats lead 6-2)

Solís lands on DL with elbow inflammation (Nats lead 6-2)
ATLANTA - Sammy Solís pitched a key scoreless inning during Tuesday night's victory over the Braves. Turns out he did so with something less than a perfectly healthy left arm. The Nationals placed Solís on the 10-day disabled list today with elbow inflammation, an injury that is not believed to be serious but was concerning enough to convince the club to shelve its top left-handed reliever for the rest of a daunting road trip. Needing to remove somebody from the active roster to clear a...
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Treinen out as closer; Nats will "mix and match" Kelley, Glover

Treinen out as closer; Nats will "mix and match" Kelley, Glover
ATLANTA - Blake Treinen is no longer going to pitch the ninth inning for the Nationals, but the club isn't going to designate one replacement closer for now, choosing instead to split those duties between veteran Shawn Kelley and rookie Koda Glover. The decision was made in the wake of Treinen's latest near-meltdown Tuesday night, when the right-hander entered with a 3-0 lead in hand over the Braves and proceeded to give up two singles and issue two walks (one with the bases loaded) while...
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Game 14 lineups: Nats at Braves (Solís to DL)

Game 14 lineups: Nats at Braves (Solís to DL)
ATLANTA - And we're back at SunTrust Park, as the Nationals and Braves prepare for the second game of their three-game series, hoping for a little less drama (or at least a lot less umpiring drama) than they got last night during what ended as a 3-1 Nats victory. We know who will be pitching the first inning for the Nationals tonight: Joe Ross, who makes his long-awaited 2017 debut after spending the last 2 1/2 weeks at Triple-A Syracuse. We don't know yet who will be pitching the ninth...
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Scherzer talks his way into a seventh scoreless inning

Scherzer talks his way into a seventh scoreless inning
ATLANTA - Had the bottom of the ninth gone according to plan and without incident last night, the biggest takeaway from the Nationals' 3-1 victory over the Braves would have been Max Scherzer's dominant start. As it was, Scherzer's outing took a backseat to the chaos that was the bottom of the ninth, from Blake Trienen's implosion to Shawn Kelley's takeover as closer to C.B. Bucknor's blown call on what everyone thought was the final pitch of the game but wound up as only the...
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Even in victory, Nationals left to fume after chaotic ninth

Even in victory, Nationals left to fume after chaotic ninth
ATLANTA - The Nationals won a ballgame tonight. They probably are going to have a new closer when they wake up in the morning. And, oh by the way, the final out of this game turned into a full-blown fiasco after an egregious mistake that led their veteran leader to go on a postgame tirade that delicately teetered the line between acceptable criticism of umpires and the kind of rant that typically leads to punishment from league officials. Just a run-of-the-mill Tuesday night in suburban...
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Nats beat Braves 3-1 behind Scherzer and bailout from Kelley

Nats beat Braves 3-1 behind Scherzer and bailout from Kelley
ATLANTA - Max Scherzer scoffed after his last start when asked if his ring finger injury was finally behind him. His performance tonight would seem to confirm once and for all it's no longer a topic for discussion. Scherzer dominated the Braves with seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball, appearing to talk his way into taking the mound for his final frame and building up his pitch count to 116, leading the Nationals to a 3-1 victory that wasn't sealed until Shawn Kelley replaced Blake...
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Baker: Turner won't be activated Wednesday (Nats win 3-1)

Baker: Turner won't be activated Wednesday (Nats win 3-1)
ATLANTA - Trea Turner was at SunTrust Park this afternoon, putting his healing hamstring through a rigorous test that included baserunning drills and a full round of batting practice with his Nationals teammates, but it doesn't appear he'll remain here in Atlanta for long. Though he's eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday, Turner likely won't play for the Nationals until he's had a chance to get at-bats and innings in a minor league rehab game, manager Dusty Baker...
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Ross will be recalled and start Wednesday night in Atlanta

Ross will be recalled and start Wednesday night in Atlanta
ATLANTA - Joe Ross will make his long-awaited season debut Wednesday night, and the Nationals hope they don't have to make any more changes to their rotation for quite some time. Ross will be recalled from Triple-A Syracuse and start the second game of the Nationals' series against the Braves at SunTrust Park, manager Dusty Baker said today, slotting in between Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg for the foreseeable future. The 23-year-old right-hander was healthy coming out of spring...
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Game 13 lineups: Nats at Braves

Game 13 lineups: Nats at Braves
ATLANTA - Hello from SunTrust Park, the brand-new home of the Braves. I'm still taking it all in, but my first impressions of this place are better than I expected. It actually has a few interesting features. Unfortunately, most seem to be lesser versions of similar things in other parks: a brick wall in right field (like AT&T Park in San Francisco), pine trees and rocks in the batter's eye (like Coors Field in Colorado). The main seating bowl has a Citi Field vibe to it, with dark seats,...
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Eaton out to prove he's still an elite center fielder

Eaton out to prove he's still an elite center fielder
Ask anyone who has watched the Nationals through the season's first two weeks to name Adam Eaton's biggest contribution to the team, and you'll get a bunch of answers about his offensive performance. The 28-year-old sports a .326 batting average and .946 OPS and has successfully reached base in all 11 games he has started. Ask Eaton what he believes has been most consistent about his game so far, and you'll get an entirely different answer. "You know what? I don't think there's been much...
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Gonzalez discovers uncharted territory: the eighth inning

Gonzalez discovers uncharted territory: the eighth inning
As Gio Gonzalez took the mound late Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park, his pitch count approaching triple digits and only a couple of empty slots remaining on the scoreboard, he couldn't help but recognize the rarity of this situation. "It was the eighth inning," the left-hander said. "I haven't seen one of those in a while." No, he most certainly hadn't. Gonzalez reached the eighth inning only once in the two previous seasons combined, so he truly was in uncharted waters when he...
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Another magic moment for Harper to bail out victorious Nationals

Another magic moment for Harper to bail out victorious Nationals
Jayson Werth looked at Bryce Harper at some point this afternoon, having already seen his teammate hit one home run and deliver another opposite-field single to beat the opposition's shift. Harper, the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year and the 2015 league MVP, entered the day batting .300 and slugging .500, basically having done just about everything he could by age 24 to establish himself as one of the best players in baseball. Werth, though, is not as easily impressed as others. And...
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Harper's walk-off homer brings Nats back for thrilling 6-4 win

Harper's walk-off homer brings Nats back for thrilling 6-4 win
Their bullpen and their defense had conspired to leave them in position to suffer yet another demoralizing loss late. Then Bryce Harper decided to take matters into his own hands and completely flip the script for the Nationals. Harper's three-run homer on a full count with two outs in the bottom of the ninth brought the Nats back from the dead and gave them a 6-4 victory that already stands as their most inspired of the young season. Trailing by a run when the final frame began, the Nationals...
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Turner ready to return but will defer to Nats' medical decision

Turner ready to return but will defer to Nats' medical decision
Trea Turner went through a full round of pregame drills this morning and suggested he's ready to come off the disabled list Wednesday when he's eligible, but acknowledged the Nationals may want to be more cautious in bringing him back from a mild right hamstring injury. Turner ran sprints in the outfield, took full batting practice and fielded grounders at short before today's series finale against the Phillies. That heavy workout left him optimistic he could return to game action as soon as...
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Game 12 lineups: Nats vs. Phillies

Game 12 lineups: Nats vs. Phillies
You wouldn't have thought the Nationals' toughest opponent through the season's first two weeks would end up being the Phillies, but here we are nonetheless. The Nats have lost three of their five head-to-head matchups so far with their rebuilding rivals from a couple hours up the road, including yesterday's disheartening 4-2 defeat via another late home run off a reliever. The Nationals will try to reverse the trend today, looking to at least take this weekend series and even up their...
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Strasburg goes seven again in latest lengthy start

Strasburg goes seven again in latest lengthy start
His 3.00 ERA, his 1.00 WHIP and his 19-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio all suggest Stephen Strasburg has pitched quite well to begin his season. The stat that the Nationals right-hander takes the most pride in after three starts? The 21 innings he has pitched. "Going out there for the seventh inning, every time," he said. "I think that's something that I want to try, and as much as I can, is go deep into the ballgame and keep it close and give the guys a chance to win the game." Strasburg has...
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Murphy's hittin' and Harper's haulin' give Nationals a big win

Murphy's hittin' and Harper's haulin' give Nationals a big win
Once he had reached out and poked Jeanmar Gómez's sinker to left field, and once he saw the ball safely hit grass and start rolling toward the corner, Daniel Murphy's eyes shifted to the man running the bases in front of him. "I'm watching Bryce," Murphy said. As were 38,664 fans, and everybody else inside a crowded Nationals Park on this rare Friday late-afternoon ballgame. Bryce Harper, who was standing off first at the time of the pitch in the bottom of the 10th, didn't hesitate...
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Murphy's double in 10th delivers 3-2 walk-off win for Nats

Murphy's double in 10th delivers 3-2 walk-off win for Nats
The first two weeks of the Nationals' season have seen multiple games lost late when the bullpen couldn't post zeros and the lineup couldn't deliver a key hit. Perhaps this evening's 3-2 victory over the Phillies will reverse that trend. Daniel Murphy's double into the left field corner in the bottom of the 10th brought Bryce Harper all the way home from first base and provided the Nationals with their first walk-off victory of the season. The clutch hit came after the Nationals got...
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