Nats' aggressive approach sets the tone

April 21, 2018

LOS ANGELES — The Nationals entered Friday night’s marquee matchup with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw looking to be aggressive at the plate. Three pitches in, they put a run on the board to back Max Scherzer and helped give them an early edge in a 5-2 victory. Trea Turner began the game with a double on Kershaw’s first pitch. Howie Kendrick flied out to center field on the next pitch,…

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Scherzer fans 9, outduels Kershaw in LA

April 21, 2018

LOS ANGELES — Rarely does a matchup in April draw this much anticipation, but then again, rarely do two of the best pitchers of their generation face off. On a clear and crisp night at a packed Dodger Stadium, 50,211 witnessed just the 10th showdown between three-time Cy Young Award winners — Max Scherzer of the Nationals and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers. Their head-to-head meetings have been limited. They…

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Bryce keys 2-run first vs. Kershaw to back Max

April 21, 2018

LOS ANGELES — The Nationals entered Friday night’s marquee matchup with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw looking to be aggressive at the plate. Three pitches in, they put a run on the board to back Max Scherzer. Trea Turner began the game with a double on Kershaw’s first pitch. Howie Kendrick flied out to center field on the next pitch, advancing Turner to third. Then, with the infield drawn in, Bryce…

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Nats select Torres' contract, designate Cole

April 20, 2018

The Nationals on Friday selected the contract of right-hander Carlos Torres and designated right-hander A.J. Cole for assignment. Torres, 35, made four scoreless appearances for Triple-A Syracuse and didn’t allow a hit. He struck out three batters against one walk. View Full Game Coverage The Nationals on Friday selected the contract of right-hander Carlos Torres and designated right-hander A.J. Cole for assignment. Torres, 35, made four scoreless appearances for Triple-A…

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Kieboom among top prospect performers

April 17, 2018

Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday. Alex Verdugo may not be known for his power, but he’s showing plenty of it early this season with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday. Alex Verdugo may not be known for his power, but he’s showing plenty of it early this season…

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Harper hammers MLB-leading 7th homer

April 15, 2018

WASHINGTON — It has gotten to the point where opposing pitchers may just want to put Bryce Harper on base for free. After all, when they don’t, he’s making them pay. A night after Mike Trout tied Harper for the league lead in homers, the Nationals’ slugger drove the first pitch he saw from Rockies left-hander Tyler Anderson on Sunday into the right-center-field seats for his seventh long ball of…

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Scherzer fans 11 as Nats' offense comes alive

April 14, 2018

WASHINGTON — The night before, after another sputtering offensive performance by the Nationals, their manager Dave Martinez said he believed they were on the verge of a breakout. A few key hits with runners in scoring position, Martinez said, and he believed those struggles could be put to rest. Those key hits finally came on Saturday afternoon when the Nats busted out of their offensive slumber with a four-run sixth…

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Wieters hits first homer, then fuels Nats rally

April 14, 2018

WASHINGTON — Matt Wieters spent the spring working on some adjustments to his swing, tweaks he believed would help him bounce back from the worst season of his career. A left oblique injury to start the season hindered that progress, but when Wieters returned from the disabled list this week, he thought the injury was behind him. So he had an encouraging at-bat in the fourth inning of Saturday’s 6-2…

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