Game 92 lineups: Nats vs. Padres

Game 92 lineups: Nats vs. Padres
There is one more game to play today, one more game for the Nationals before they are through a grueling stretch against the National League West's three contenders that has left their season on the brink. They've gone 2-11 against the Dodgers, Giants and Padres entering this series finale with San Diego. It's been pretty ugly. But there's a chance to salvage one win now, with Max Scherzer on the mound for today's originally scheduled nine-inning game. Scherzer, of course, looked great for...
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Orioles sign Cowser, tonight's lineups (updated)

Orioles sign Cowser, tonight's lineups (updated)
The Orioles signed outfielder Colton Cowser, their first-round selection in the draft out of Sam Houston State. Cowser received a $4.9 million bonus. The slot value with the fifth pick is $6,180,700. Cowser was in the Baltimore area for his physical, with an announcement of his signing expected over the weekend. He joins infielder Connor Norby, the second-rounder out of East Carolina University, as Orioles draft selections under contract in the last two days. With Cowser and Norby signing...
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Game 91 lineups: Nats vs. Padres

Game 91 lineups: Nats vs. Padres
You couldn't have drawn up a worse script for the first day coming out of the All-Star break from the Nationals' perspective that what transpired before and during Friday night's 24-8 loss to the Padres. So on some level, you have to be confident tonight has to be better, right? First and foremost, though, the Nats desperately need a quality start after Erick Fedde retired only four batters on Friday. That task falls on Patrick Corbin, who simply needs to be better in the second half than he...
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Game 90 lineups: Nats vs. Padres

Game 90 lineups: Nats vs. Padres
And we're back. The second half of the season gets underway tonight on South Capitol Street, and before Erick Fedde throws the first pitch, there's already been plenty of news. For those who didn't see it earlier: Starlin Castro has been placed on administrative leave while Major League Baseball investigates an allegation of domestic violence. Jordy Mercer has been activated off the 10-day injured list and will start at third base tonight against the Padres. Also, the Nationals signed...
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Orioles and Royals lineups

Orioles and Royals lineups
Ryan Mountcastle stays in the Orioles lineup tonight as the first baseman in Kansas City after being drilled on the left elbow Sunday and leaving the game in the top of the second inning. Austin Hays is in left field and Anthony Santander is in right. Kelvin Gutierrez is the third baseman and Pat Valaika is playing second. The Orioles haven't revealed their starters for the Royals series beyond rookie left-hander Keegan Akin tonight. Akin gets his eighth start of the season and his 13th...
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Orioles and White Sox lineups

Orioles and White Sox lineups
The All-Star break arrives after today's series finale, with the Orioles sending rookie Spenser Watkins to the mound for his second major league start and third appearance. Watkins held the Blue Jays to one run over five innings last week. Ryan McKenna gets the start in left field and Austin Hays is in right. Ryan Mountcastle is the first baseman and Anthony Santander is the designated hitter. Trey Mancini is on the bench before participating Monday in the Home Run Derby. Hot-hitting Ramón...
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Game 89 lineups: Nats at Giants

Game 89 lineups: Nats at Giants
After dropping the first two games of a three-game set at Oracle Park, the Nationals will turn to Erick Fedde (4-5, 4.53ERA) to try to snap a three-game losing streak and end the season's first half on a high note. The right-hander will be making his 13th start of the season and his second since returning from the injured list with an oblique issue. In his first game back from the injury, Fedde struggled through 4 1/3 innings against the Padres at Nationals Park, allowing six runs on eight...
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Orioles and White Sox lineups

Orioles and White Sox lineups
The Orioles begin the penultimate game before the All-Star break this afternoon with DJ Stewart in left field, Domingo Leyba at second base and Kelvin Gutierrez at third. Austin Wynns is catching today, with Thomas Eshelman getting the start against the White Sox. Eshelman will try to complete the fifth inning for the first time in his five starts. He's allowed 13 runs and 23 hits in 16 1/3 innings. Lucas Giolito has a 4.20 ERA and 1.155 WHIP in 17 starts and has struck out 116 batters in 98...
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Game 88 lineups: Nats at Giants

Game 88 lineups: Nats at Giants
Jon Lester may still be finding his footing in his first season with the Nationals, but history suggests there's ample reason for the left-hander to turn in a steller start when he faces the Giants this afternoon. Sure, Lester (2-3, 5.34 ERA) has gone six innings only twice in 13 starts this season, and his last outing saw the veteran log just 3 1/3 innings against the Padres in San Diego. But Lester has won two of his last three decisions and his career numbers against the Giants are pretty...
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Game 87 lineups: Nats at Giants

Game 87 lineups: Nats at Giants
The beauty of baseball is the everyday nature of the sport, making it easy to shake off bad losses and move on to the next game. So even though it wasn't a happy flight from San Diego to San Francisco following last night's heartbreaking loss to the Padres, the Nationals can put it behind them right away with tonight's opener against the Giants. Paolo Espino will take the mound for his first road start of the season (and the first since his major league debut back on May 19, 2017 with the...
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Orioles and White Sox lineups (plus notes and injury updates)

Orioles and White Sox lineups (plus notes and injury updates)
Austin Hays is in left field tonight to open the final series before the break, Anthony Santander is in right and Kelvin Gutierrez is making his first start for the Orioles at third base. Pedro Severino is catching for tonight's game against the White Sox. Austin Wynns is taking ground balls at first during batting practice. Jorge López is making his fifth career appearance and fourth start against the White Sox. He's allowed 13 earned runs (14 total) and 27 hits with 25 strikeouts in 21...
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Game 86 lineups: Nats at Padres

Game 86 lineups: Nats at Padres
We talked about the daunting two-week stretch the Nationals were going to face heading into the All-Star break, with 14 games in 14 days against five contenders. Well, 10 games in they've managed to go 5-5 despite a swath of injuries and a four-game sweep at the hands of the Dodgers last weekend. And tonight they have a chance to win three of four on the road from the Padres. That's not bad at all. It's a premier pitching matchup for the series finale at Petco Park, with All-Star Yu Darvish...
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Game 85 lineups: Nats at Padres

Game 85 lineups: Nats at Padres
The Nationals have done OK at the plate through the first two games of this weekend's series in San Diego, scoring 11 total runs. (Though they did strand a bunch of runners on base late during Tuesday night's 7-4 loss.) Of greater concern has been a pitching staff that has given up 12 runs in 17 innings. Or more specifically, a rotation that has given up 11 runs in 7 2/3 innings. That's not going to cut it, and it has put quite a strain on the bullpen. So the pressure's on Patrick Corbin...
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Game 84 lineups: Nats at Padres (Fedde starting)

Game 84 lineups: Nats at Padres (Fedde starting)
Davey Martinez promised roster moves (plural) after Monday night's win, and the Nationals manager meant what he said. The Nats added two healthy pitchers to their staff today, activating both Erick Fedde and Kyle Finnegan off the 10-day injured list. And Fedde (surprise, surprise) will start tonight in San Diego. That was not expected, because as far as we know, Fedde has not faced any live hitters since going on the IL with an oblique strain two weeks ago. We'll see if that means he's...
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Game 83 lineups: Nats at Padres

Game 83 lineups: Nats at Padres
Who's ready for some late-night baseball? Yes, after their earliest start of the season Sunday morning, the Nationals now take the field tonight in San Diego for their latest start of the season. The caffeine intake has already begun here at the home office. A four-game sweep at the hands of the Dodgers made for a tough weekend, and the task doesn't get particularly easier over the next four nights against the talented Padres, who at the moment own a .581 winning percentage that would have...
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Game 82 lineups: Nats vs. Dodgers

Game 82 lineups: Nats vs. Dodgers
Good morning from Nationals Park - and, yes, it was morning when last we spoke. Less than 11 hours after they wrapped up a rain-delayed 5-3 loss to the Dodgers, the Nationals are back to work for their annual Independence Day morning game, needing a win to avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the defending World Series champs. They will do so with a lineup that remains depleted. Trea Turner is out for the fourth straight day with a left finger injury. Yan Gomes also isn't catching today,...
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Game 81 lineups: Nats vs. Dodgers (Schwarber, Avila to IL)

Game 81 lineups: Nats vs. Dodgers (Schwarber, Avila to IL)
How's this for a primetime nationally televised matchup tonight at Nationals Park: one of the best pitchers in baseball versus Clayton Kershaw. What, you don't believe Paolo Espino is one of the best pitchers in baseball? Among all major leaguers with at least 35 innings pitched this season, he ranks 11th in ERA (2.02), 12th in WHIP (0.869) and first in walks per nine innings (1.01). Are you a believer now? OK, so the 34-year-old journeyman faces a really tough test tonight in the Dodgers,...
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Harvey on injured list (and lineups)

Harvey on injured list (and lineups)
The Orioles placed reliever Hunter Harvey on the 10-day injured list this afternoon with a strained right lat and recalled left-hander Zac Lowther from Triple-A Norfok. Manager Brandon Hyde said Harvey will miss a month of the season. Harvey had to stop warming Wednesday night in Houston due to the discomfort and he underwent tests that revealed the injury. He began the season on the IL with a strained oblique. In nine games, Harvey has posted a 4.15 ERA and 1.269 WHIP in 8 2/3 innings. Lowther...
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Game 80 lineups: Nats vs. Dodgers

Game 80 lineups: Nats vs. Dodgers
Here's some good news: There's no serious threat of rain tonight, the temperature and humidity have dropped and it should be a very pleasant Friday evening at the park as the Nationals and Dodgers play the second of four games this holiday weekend. And here's some more good news: Max Scherzer is on the mound. How good has the ace been? Well, over his last 10 starts, he's got a 1.70 ERA and hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of them. And he held these Dodgers to one run over six...
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Game 79 lineups: Nats vs. Dodgers

Game 79 lineups: Nats vs. Dodgers
Good afternoon from Nationals Park, which just experienced a minor hurricane a few minutes ago. Seriously, it was intense. The skies have let up since then, and at this moment the forecast suggests it will be dry until about 8 p.m. That, of course, doesn't guarantee anything. So don't assume anything. As always, when we know something about the status of the game, we'll let you know. If they play, the Nationals will be looking to stay red hot against a particularly difficult opponent: the...
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