Scherzer allows rare three-run shot (Nats win 6-5)

Scherzer allows rare three-run shot (Nats win 6-5)
Surprisingly, the Phillies were able to score quickly against Nationals starter Max Scherzer. After recording an out to open the game, Scherzer walked Logan Morrison. Jean Segura followed with a single to third baseman Anthony Rendon. With two men on, Brad Miller blasted a three-run homer to center field. His ninth homer of the season came on an 0-1 pitch. It was the first time Scherzer had allowed a three-run homer since April 4, 2018 against Preston Tucker. Yan Gomes got the Nats on the board...
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Ross and five relievers lift Nats closer to postseason, eliminate Phillies

Ross and five relievers lift Nats closer to postseason, eliminate Phillies
Right-hander Joe Ross and five relievers lifted the Nationals to a crucial 4-1 win over the Phillies in Game 1 of this afternoon's doubleheader at Nats Park. The Nationals improved to 87-69 and reduced their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to two. They also eliminated the Phillies from postseason contention. Ross went four innings, wiggling out of a big jam in the first. He allowed a walk to start the game to César Hernández. Then three of the next four batters singled, including a...
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Game 156 lineups: Nats vs. Phillies

Game 156 lineups: Nats vs. Phillies
The Nationals head into a long Tuesday confident in their spot in the playoff hunt. After dropping the Phillies here last night 7-2 to open the five-game set, the Nats are very close - magic number at three - to clinching their first postseason berth since 2017. "We got two games tomorrow," left-hander Patrick Corbin said Monday night, following his winning performance of one run allowed over six frames. "Hopefully start off with a goodie the first game. I don't think anything is going to...
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Wild card race in NL shaping up to be a down-to-the-wire affair

Wild card race in NL shaping up to be a down-to-the-wire affair
Last week at this time, the Nationals were looking forward to a series in Atlanta and weighing the possibilities of becoming a legitimate contender in the National League East. It didn't happen. The Braves won three of four games, leaving the Nationals virtually no chance to win the division. And now they are left with making a one-game wild card playoff game, something Nationals manager Davey Martinez said isn't the ideal situation. "Anything can happen,'' he said about a wild card...
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Nats come back, but Franco finishes it with walk-off homer

Nats come back, but Franco finishes it with walk-off homer
PHILADELPHIA - The Nationals came back again Sunday afternoon, rallying from a deficit late, but this time it was the Phillies that had the final answer. Maikel Franco got a hold of the first pitch from reliever Matt Grace in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Phillies to a 4-3 win before a sellout 43,075 at Citizens Bank Park, preventing the Nats from their sixth sweep of the season. Franco grooved a 93.2 mph sinker from Grace well into the left field stands for his second career walk-off...
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More on Soto heroics, Scherzer, Rendon, Corbin and 30-11 run

More on Soto heroics, Scherzer, Rendon, Corbin and 30-11 run
PHILADELPHIA - More notes from the Nationals' stunning 4-3 late inning comeback win over the Phillies. Juan Soto has pulled off three career go-ahead homers in the ninth inning or later to win games for the Nationals. All came at Citizens Bank Park: September 11, 2018: Soto hits solo homer lifts Nats to 7-6 lead (Nats trailed 6-3). April 9, 2019: Soto hits three-run shot in 10-6 win in 10 innings (Nats trailed 6-1). July 13, 2019: Soto hits two-run homer in ninth of 4-3 win (Nats trailed...
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Game 91 lineups: Nats at Phillies

Game 91 lineups: Nats at Phillies
PHILADELPHIA - Following the All-Star break, the Nationals could not have asked for a better start to the second part of their season. Stephen Strasburg was solid and Victor Robles contributed a big hit early as the Nats shut out the Phillies 4-0 in the opener of a key National League East series. It was the second time this season the Nats have shut out Philadelphia and is their seventh shutout of the season. The Nats lead the season series 8-4 and have won four straight games against their...
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Soto's big catch shows defensive improvement

Soto's big catch shows defensive improvement
PHILADELPHIA - Juan Soto continues to do Juan Soto things. This time it was on defense. In the bottom of the fourth Friday night at Citizens Bank Park, the Nationals led 2-0 as the dangerous Rhys Hoskins stepped in against Stephen Strasburg. Hoskins got a hold of a 1-2 88-mph changeup and drove it to deep left field. Soto tracked the ball toward the left field foul pole. He timed his jump perfectly, leaping back, crashing into the wall and making the catch as he fell to the ground. Hoskins was...
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Scherzer believes "Tuesday's realistic" for return from sore back

Scherzer believes "Tuesday's realistic" for return from sore back
PHILADELPHIA - Max Scherzer's back is still sore, and despite being scratched from Sunday's start here at Citizens Bank Park, he believes he will be back for Tuesday's series opener in Baltimore against the Orioles. "Tuesday's realistic," Scherzer confirmed Friday night after his club shut out the Phillies 4-0. "That's what we're hoping for. That's where we're just in a matter of days here. This is not a major thing. We know exactly what this is. We know it's muscular. "The pause...
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Strasburg battles through early jam to top Phillies 4-0

Strasburg battles through early jam to top Phillies 4-0
PHILADELPHIA - Stephen Strasburg wanted to pick up where he left off. Even with nine days between starts, the big right-hander returned from the All-Star break and continued to shut down opponents. The Nationals provided quick run support and Strasburg got out of an early jam, then fought through six innings in a 4-0 win at Philadelphia before a sold-out 42,318 at Citizens Bank Park. Strasburg has not allowed a run in his last two starts, spanning 13 1/3 innings, both victories over division...
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Voth seeks to fine-tune fastball glove side as he preps for Orioles

Voth seeks to fine-tune fastball glove side as he preps for Orioles
Right-hander Austin Voth was unable to set up hitters with his fastball in the spot he wanted to against the Royals last Friday night. When that happens, it has a ripple effect on Voth's other pitches. He ended up throwing 96 pitches in only 4 1/3 innings and allowing four runs. "I'm a little bit, a tick off, I would say," Voth said. "Definitely with my fastball command you can notice that. Like last two games I just haven't been able to stick those fastballs glove side, especially in...
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Braves may lead NL East, but can they sustain extended run of success

Braves may lead NL East, but can they sustain extended run of success
After a 4-3 extra-inning win Sunday, the Braves lead the Nationals by 8 ½ games in the National League East. So why does it seem the Nationals have the advantage as the season's second half approaches? It's because the Nationals have a more reliable rotation. The Braves have been white-hot during June, but they are doing it with an offense that averages more than seven runs a game. Teams that win by pounding other teams with runs find that difficult to sustain. On the other hand, the...
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Rosenthal again records three outs, felt pressure to succeed with new team

Rosenthal again records three outs, felt pressure to succeed with new team
Nationals reliever Trevor Rosenthal battled through the eighth inning Tuesday night of the club's 7-3 loss to the Giants. Although he did allow a run in the frame, he recorded three outs and that's a big deal considering where he had been less than a week ago. In the eighth, Rosenthal hit the Giants' Brandon Belt in the leg with a pitch and then walked Brandon Crawford. But he caught Evan Longoria looking for the first out on three pitches. The last two pitches of the at-bat were 99 mph...
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Sipp strengthening shoulder, acknowledges game speed is tougher than expected

Sipp strengthening shoulder, acknowledges game speed is tougher than expected
Left-hander Tony Sipp continues to build strength in his shoulder even as the season heads into its fourth week. Sipp said working to strengthen his shoulder has been the focus for him since spring training. But Sipp signed late with the Nationals this offseason, so this first month with the team has felt like an extended spring training as he works the shoulder back to where he can throw every pitch and full velocity and torque. There have been some rough appearances to begin the season for...
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More notes on Juan Soto's gigantic home run

More notes on Juan Soto's gigantic home run
Juan Soto launched an epic blast into the upper deck last night at Citizens Bank Park, building on his resume as one of the most exciting young power hitters in the game today. The three-run shot turned into the game-winner for the Nationals at Philadelphia, coming on a 1-0 pitch. The ball went over the right field foul pole. The game was tied 6-6 when Soto hit the home run. The Nats came back from a 6-1 deficit by scoring nine unanswered for the signature win 10-6 in 10 frames. Suddenly the...
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Harper's homecoming a time to remember his immense offensive impact

Harper's homecoming a time to remember his immense offensive impact
Bryce Harper will be returning to Nationals Park for the rest of his career, just not the way Nats fans were thinking. Harper, 26, will be wearing Phillies gray for three trips a year into Washington, starting Tuesday night. Harper signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with National League East rival Philadelphia, leaving the only major league city he's called home. Harper will wear No. 3 with the Phillies after wearing No. 34 for the Nationals. Harper's jersey is baseball's...
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Phillies made their move, but so did rest of NL East

Phillies made their move, but so did rest of NL East
The offseason for the National League East was a steady stream of reinforcements, making it the most competitive division of Major League Baseball's six. Four teams have a chance to win the crown. The biggest offseason splash was the Phillies' trade for catcher J.T. Realmuto. But that was only until halfway through spring training, when they signed free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper. So, how will the Nationals be without Harper, 26, the 2015 NL MVP? And, do the Phillies have enough in their...
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Even with Harper, Phillies must improve starting pitching to contend

Even with Harper, Phillies must improve starting pitching to contend
The Phillies this offseason have strengthened their defense, added to their bullpen and added three quality players - shortstop Jean Segura, catcher J.T. Realmuto and reliever David Robertson - and two former National League MVP outfielders, Andrew McCutchen and former National Bryce Harper, who has a 13-year, $330 million free-agent contract to play for one of the Nationals' division rivals. So, does that make the Phillies, who haven't had a winning season since 2011, the odds-on favorite to...
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Report: Lerner says Nats, Harper reps have not spoken in months

Report: Lerner says Nats, Harper reps have not spoken in months
The door is still not shut. Or ... It's over. Time to move on. The latter message seemed to be the stronger of the two from Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner speaking to NBC Sports Washington today regarding the free agency destination possibilities for Bryce Harper, who has played his entire career with the Nationals. Lerner spoke to NBC Sports Washington and said that the team made an offer to Harper and agent Scott Boras back in October, but have not "heard from them in a couple of...
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As the holidays approach, some answers to pressing baseball questions

As the holidays approach, some answers to pressing baseball questions
Here are answers to questions that might come up at family gatherings over the holidays: Question: The White Sox haven't had a winning record since winning 85 games in 2012. Why would Bryce Harper or Manny Machado consider going to Chicago's South Side? Answer: The White Sox hope to have two things going for them: money and a team that is loaded with young talent. The White Sox, tired of playing in the shadow of the crosstown Cubs, have to get Harper or Machado to believe that they would be...
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