Game 11 lineups: Nationals at Phillies

Game 11 lineups: Nationals at Phillies
PHILADELPHIA - The Nationals go for the sweep in Philadelphia after winning the first two games of the series by a combined scored of 17-2. Left-hander Gio Gonzalez gets the nod for the Nationals against Phillies right-hander Charlie Morton. Gonzalez is 5-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 10 starts at Citizens Bank Park. Overall, he is 8-5 with a 3.02 ERA in 16 starts against the Phillies. Even though the Nationals have played 10 games, Gonzalez has made one start. On April 12, he went six innings, allowed...
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Game 10 lineups: Nationals at Phillies

Game 10 lineups: Nationals at Phillies
PHILADELPHIA -- The Nationals have now won six in a row and are off to their best start in franchise history at 8-1 following Friday's 9-1 series-opening win over the Phillies. The previous best starts were 7-2 by the 1974 Montreal Expos and the 1951 Washington Senators. Tonight's second game of the weekend series features right-hander Max Scherzer (1-0, 4.15 ERA) facing right-hander Aaron Nola (0-1, 3.21 ERA). It is Scherzer's third start of the season and seventh all-time against the...
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Game 9 lineups: Nationals at Phillies

Game 9 lineups: Nationals at Phillies
PHILADELPHIA - The Nationals venture on the road for the second time this season, heading up Interstate 95 to face the National League East rival Phillies. It is their first matchup this season. The Nats are off to a great start at 7-1, but the Phillies are doing fairly well, riding good pitching to a 5-5 record. Manager Dusty Baker will start right-hander Joe Ross, who is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA. Tonight marks his first appearance against the Phillies. Ross notched his first win of the season with...
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Opposite dugout: Young talent showing signs of Phillies' improvement

Opposite dugout: Young talent showing signs of Phillies' improvement
Manager: Pete Mackanin (2nd season) Record: 5-5 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 1B Ryan Howard (3 HR, 6 RBIs), 3B Maikel Franco (.333/.405/.576 with 2 HR, 5 RBIs), 2B Cesar Hernandez (.294/.314/.382), RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, 11 K, 1.54 ERA), RHP Jeanmar Gomez (4 saves, 1.80 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: First meeting (7-12 in 2015) Pitching probables: April 15: RHP Joe Ross vs. RHP Jeremy Hellickson, 7:05 p.m., MASN April 16: RHP Max Scherzer vs. RHP Aaron Nola, 7:05 p.m., MASN April...
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Orioles add Phillies to exhibition schedule

Orioles add Phillies to exhibition schedule
The Orioles will play an exhibition game against the Phillies on April 1 at Citizens Bank Park. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Their final Grapefruit League game is March 31 against the Braves in Sarasota, Fla. They will squeeze in the exhibition against the Phillies, a day off and a workout at Camden Yards before opening the 2016 season on April 4 against the Twins in Baltimore. Rumors swirled that the Orioles would play their Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk after breaking camp, but that...
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Williams on letting Papelbon pitch the ninth: "I didn't get all the facts at that time"

Williams on letting Papelbon pitch the ninth: "I didn't get all the facts at that time"
Nationals manager Matt Williams took responsibility for allowing right-hander Jonathan Papelbon to continue to pitch after a physical dugout altercation in the eighth inning of Sunday's 12-5 loss to the Phillies. Williams said Papelbon would not have pitched in the ninth inning if he had known the extent of the altercation, where Papelbon appeared to put his hand around the neck of teammate Bryce Harper, when it happened on the left side of the dugout near the steps to the field. During games,...
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Taylor on allowing inside the park grand slam: "I thought I had a chance on it"

Taylor on allowing inside the park grand slam: "I thought I had a chance on it"
Nationals center fielder Michael A. Taylor tried to make a play on a line drive in front of him off the bat of the Phillies' Aaron Altherr with the bases loaded in top of the third. The ball went under his glove and rolled towards the center field wall. All four runs scored on the inside-the-park grand slam. The Phillies had a three-run lead. They went on to win the game 8-2. Manager Matt Williams commented on whether Taylor could have played the ball differently. "Yeah, but he thinks...
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Nats game blog: Harper can set walks record with two free passes tonight

Nats game blog: Harper can set walks record with two free passes tonight
The Nationals begin a series with the Phillies tonight. There are 10 games remaining on the schedule. The most cherished part of tonight's game is it could very well be Jordan Zimmermann's final start at home as a Washington National. It's hard to believe, since almost one year ago to the day he threw his first career no-hitter as the Nationals waltzed into the postseason for the second time in three seasons. Manager Matt Williams talked about all the things Zimmermann brings to the mound...
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Opposite dugout: Phillies make Mackanin full-time manager for better consistency in 2016

Opposite dugout: Phillies make Mackanin full-time manager for better consistency in 2016
Manager: Pete Mackanin (1st season) Record: 57-96 Last 10 games: 2-8 Who to watch: CF Odubel Herrera (.291/.335/.412 with 40 RBIs), SS Freddy Galvis (.265 with 44 RBIs), 1B Ryan Howard (23 HR, 77 RBIs), RHP Aaron Nola (6-2, 3.84 ERA), RHP Ken Giles (13 saves, 1.38 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: 5-11 Pitching probables: Sept. 25: RHP Jerad Eickhoff vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann, 7:05 p.m., MASN2 Sept. 26: RHP Aaron Nola vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg, 4:05 p.m., MASN2 Sept. 27: RHP Aaron Harang vs....
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Opposite dugout: Playing out the string, last-place Phillies are a team in transition

Opposite dugout: Playing out the string, last-place Phillies are a team in transition
Manager: Pete Mackanin (1st season) Record: 56-88 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: CF Odubel Herrera (.299/.328/.428 with 8 HR, 14 SB), 1B Ryan Howard (22 HR, 76 RBIs), RHP Ken Giles (1.43 ERA, 13 saves), RHP Aaron Nola (6-2, 3.56 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: 5-7 Pitching probables: Sept. 14: RHP Jordan Zimmermann vs. RHP Aaron Nola, 7:05 p.m., MASN2 Sept. 15: RHP Stephen Strasburg vs. RHP David Buchanan, 7:05 p.m., MASN2 Sept. 16: LHP Gio Gonzalez vs. LHP Adam Morgan, 7:05 p.m.,...
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Opposite dugout: Changes are in the wind for last-place Phillies

Opposite dugout: Changes are in the wind for last-place Phillies
Manager: Ryne Sandberg (3rd season) Record: 26-48 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: 3B Maikel Franco (.311/.358/558 with 10 HR, 29 RBIs), LF Ben Revere (.292, 18 SB), 1B Ryan Howard (13 HR, 36 RBIs), RHP Aaron Harang (4-9, 3.41 ERA), RHP Jonathan Papelbon (13 saves, 1.88 ERA, 1.05 WHIP) Season series vs. Nationals: 5-4 Pitching probables: June 26: RHP Max Scherzer vs. RHP Aaron Harang, 7:05 p.m., MASN June 27: LHP Gio Gonzalez vs. LHP Adam Morgan, 3:05 p.m., MASN June 28: RHP Stephen Strasburg...
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Domenic Vadala: Crab cakes, cheesesteaks and forced rivalries

Domenic Vadala: Crab cakes, cheesesteaks and forced rivalries
This week could be called "forced rivalry week" in Major League Baseball with lots of teams playing two-game home-and-home series against regional or natural rivals. Admittedly, some of these so-called rivalries are more forced than others. This would normally be O's vs. Nats week; however, those two teams will play two three-game series later this summer and into the autumn. So the Orioles ended up with Philadelphia this week, which makes sense based on geography. The Atlanta-Boston series...
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Opposite dugout: Struggling Phillies are ripe for the picking, ready for rebuilding

Opposite dugout: Struggling Phillies are ripe for the picking, ready for rebuilding
Manager: Ryne Sandberg (3rd season) Record: 22-42 Last 10 games: 2-8 Who to watch: 3B Maikel Franco (.282 with 6 HR, 16 RBIs), LF Ben Revere (.277 with 15 SB), 1B Ryan Howard (11 HR, 28 RBIs), RHP Aaron Harang (4-7, 3.04 ERA), RHP Jonathan Papelbon (12 saves, 1.05 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (1-2 in 2012) Pitching probables: June 15: RHP Aaron Harang vs. LHP Wei-Yin Chen, 7:05 p.m., MASN June 16: RHP Jerome Williams vs. RHP Chris Tillman, 7:05 p.m., MASN June 17: RHP Ubaldo...
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Harper's balanced game leads to another Nationals win, 4-1 victory

Harper's balanced game leads to another Nationals win, 4-1 victory
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper's quest to become a complete baseball player took another positive step forward with a game that mixed timely at-bats with pinpoint accuracy courtesy a rifle of an arm from right field. Harper contributed both offensively and defensively in the Nationals' 4-1 series-clinching win over the Phillies. He had a RBI single, a RBI groundout and an outfield assist to lift the Nationals to their 19th win in their last 24 games. On defense, Harper gloved what appeared...
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Opposite dugout: Recent hot streak doesn't mask Phillies' lingering issues

Opposite dugout: Recent hot streak doesn't mask Phillies' lingering issues
Manager: Ryne Sandberg (3rd season) Record: 18-25 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 1B Ryan Howard (.257/.307/.521 with 9 HR, 21 RBIs), SS Freddie Galvis (.319, 11 RBIs), CF Odubel Herrera (.262, 13 RBIs), RHP Cole Hamels (4-3, 3.24 ERA), RHP Aaron Harang (4-3, 1.82 ERA), RHP Jonathan Papelbon (11 saves, 1.50 ERA) Season series vs. Nationals: 3-3 Pitching probables: May 22: RHP Sean O'Sullivan vs. RHP Max Scherzer, 7:05 p.m. MASN May 23: LHP Cole Hamels vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg, 4:05 p.m.,...
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Opposite dugout: Phillies hope to halt skid, continue success vs. Nats

Opposite dugout: Phillies hope to halt skid, continue success vs. Nats
Manager: Ryne Sandberg, third year Record: 3-6 Last 10 games: 3-6 Who to watch: 3B Cody Asche (.500/.571/.667, 1 HR, 2 RBIs); 2B Chase Utley (.167/.229/.367, 2 HR, 7 RBIs); LHP Cole Hamels (0-1, 3.75 ERA, 1.00 WHIP); RHP Aaron Harang (1-1, 0.73 ERA, 0.73 WHIP) Season series vs. Nats: 2-1, 10 runs scored, 7 runs allowed Pitching probables April 16: LHP Cole Hamels vs. RHP Doug Fister, 7 p.m., MASN April 17: RHP Sean O'Sullivan vs. RHP Max Scherzer, 7 p.m., MASN2 April 18: RHP Aaron Harang vs....
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Opposite dugout: Phillies in rebuilding mode as they meet Nats for first time in '15

Opposite dugout: Phillies in rebuilding mode as they meet Nats for first time in '15
Manager: Ryne Sandberg, third year Record: 1-2 Last 10 games: 1-2 Who to watch: C Carlos Ruiz (.375/.583/.375, 0 XBH, 0 RBIs); RF Jeff Francoeur (.222/.222/.556, 1 HR, 3 RBIs); LHP Cole Hamels (0-1, 7.20 ERA, 1.60 WHIP); RHP Jerome Williams (4-2, 2.83 ERA, 1.134 WHIP in 2014) Season series vs. Nats (2014): 10-9, 70 runs scored, 84 runs allowed Pitching probables April 10: RHP Jerome Williams vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez, 7 p.m., MASN2 April 11: LHP Cole Hamels vs. RHP Doug Fister, 7 p.m., MASN2 April...
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I can't hear you, Philadelphia?

I can't hear you, Philadelphia?
How far have the Phillies fallen? So far that a Pennsylvania radio station has decided to drop them from its airwaves to start broadcasting Nationals games. That's right. Sports Radio 96.5 FM in Harrisburg, Pa., is kicking the Phillie Phanatic to the curb and making way for Teddy and the boys. Ron Giovanniello, regional vice president of Cumulus Media Pennsylvania, confirmed the move to The Patriot-News. "Our agreement was up and we made the decision last week to part ways with the Phillies...
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Nationals offense needs more consistency; Hagerstown and Potomac playoff updates

Nationals offense needs more consistency; Hagerstown and Potomac playoff updates
Have you noticed how the Nationals offense has been more all or nothing this season? That is one reason why their record when scoring more than four runs jumps out at you. The Nationals are 66-9 when scoring four or more runs in a game this season. They are 14-52 when scoring three or fewer. Ironically, the Phillies series had two games that were against that average - the 11-inning 9-8 loss on Friday and the 3-2 win on Sunday. But it just seems that the Nationals score zero to three runs...
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Burnett continues to baffle Nats (Phillies win 3-1)

Burnett continues to baffle Nats (Phillies win 3-1)
Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark allowed two earned runs in a tough 3-2 loss to right-hander A.J. Burnett and the Phillies on Aug. 25. In their rematch Saturday, it took the Phillies only three innings before they connected for two earned runs. With one out in the third, Burnett singled. With two outs, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley singled to load the bases. Ryan Howard smacked a base hit through the infield, scoring two runs, and the Phillies led 2-0. The Nationals enjoyed only a single...
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