Nats' bench embracing 'next man up' mantra

Nats' bench embracing 'next man up' mantra

NEW YORK -- Injuries to Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon have forced the Nationals to rely heavily on their bench this season.

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Harper steaming toward start in All-Star Game

Harper steaming toward start in All-Star Game

NEW YORK -- Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper continues to rack up the votes on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

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Stras appears to be regaining his ace form

On mound for Game 1 of doubleheader, Nats righty fans nine in victory

Stras appears to be regaining his ace form

PHILADELPHIA -- Whatever mechanical issues Stephen Strasburg may have had, they are in the past. The proof came during the Nationals' 3-2 victory over the Phillies in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park.

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Strasburg looks strong as Nats take Game 1

Strasburg looks strong as Nats take Game 1

PHILADELPHIA -- Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg looked like his old self on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

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HRs, late burst not enough for Nats in Game 2

HRs, late burst not enough for Nats in Game 2

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies used Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Nationals to salvage a long day and a long weekend.

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Spot starter Roark struggles with command

Nats get 3 1/3 innings from right-hander, who allows eight runs in Game 2

Spot starter Roark struggles with command

PHILADELPHIA -- Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark had no excuses as to why he had the worst start of his career in an 8-5 loss to the Phillies during the second game of a doubleheader.

Roark knew since Saturday that he was going to get the start. He said he had plenty of time to prepare for the Phillies, who collected 12 hits and scored all eight runs against Roark.

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Zimmermann set for rematch vs. Miller, Braves

Zimmermann set for rematch vs. Miller, Braves

Shelby Miller hasn't recorded a win since May 17, but the right-hander with the 1.94 ERA looks for continued success in a rematch against Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday at Turner Field.

Since recording his last win, the 24-year-old has had three starts in which he surrendered just one run. In fact, in Miller's last outing -- against Washington and Zimmermann -- he went seven innings and gave up one run on just three hits.

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Injuries keep Yunel, Harper, Span from lineup

Escobar day to day after getting hit by pitch, exiting game on Friday

Injuries keep Yunel, Harper, Span from lineup

PHILADELPHIA -- Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar and outfielders Denard Span and Bryce Harper were not in the starting lineup Saturday against the Phillies.

Escobar is still dealing with a sore left hand after being hit by a pitch thrown by right-hander Aaron Harang on Friday. The hand is still swollen and -- for now -- there isn't any talk about Escobar having an MRI. Williams said Escobar will have the MRI only if the hand continues to be sore. Escobar had an X-ray on Friday, and the results were negative.

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Max effort: Scherzer dominates in 100th win

Nats ace loses perfect game in sixth inning, powers on for 100th victory

Max effort: Scherzer dominates in 100th win

PHILADELPHIA -- Max Scherzer is a student of the game, and he had a chance to make history during a 5-2 victory over the Phillies on Friday night.

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Scherzer does dance with history in Philly

Scherzer does dance with history in Philly

PHILADELPHIA -- Max Scherzer's expression never changed.

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Nats' contest against Phillies postponed

Strasburg scheduled to start Game 1 of doubleheader on Sunday

Nats' contest against Phillies postponed

PHILADELPHIA -- Saturday's game between the Nationals and Phillies was postponed because of rain. The teams will play a straight doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday afternoon, with the first game starting at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Stephen Strasburg will start the first game for Washington, but manager Matt Williams declined to say who will pitch in the second game. As he put it, "we'll see how Game 1 goes and adjust from there. But let's get through the first one first."

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Imperfect Scherzer still dominant over Phillies

Imperfect Scherzer still dominant over Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- For the third consecutive start, Max Scherzer flirted with a no-hitter, but after 16 straight full hitless innings, Scherzer proved to be human on Friday as the Nationals defeated the Phillies, 5-2, at Citizens Bank Park.

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Did you know? Facts from Scherzer's incredible run

Did you know? Facts from Scherzer's incredible run

As Max Scherzer piled up outs on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park, it appeared that Johnny Vander Meer might be welcoming company soon.

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Quad strain forces Rendon back to DL

Veteran infielder Burriss recalled from Triple-A Syracuse

Quad strain forces Rendon back to DL

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals placed infielder Anthony Rendon on the 15-day disabled list with a left quadriceps strain and selected the contract of infielder Emmanuel Burriss from Triple-A Syracuse on Friday.

Outfielder Reed Johnson was also transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

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Escobar exits with left hand injury after HBP

Escobar exits with left hand injury after HBP

PHILADELPHIA -- The Nationals continue to have problems with the injury bug, as third baseman Yunel Escobar left Friday's 5-2 victory over the Phillies with a left hand injury.

Escobar hurt his hand in the first inning when he was hit by a pitch from Phillies right-hander Aaron Harang. Escobar was on the ground for at least a minute before going to first base.

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Harper, Span get breather due to injuries

Slugger dealing with hamstring soreness while leadoff man has back spasms

Harper, Span get breather due to injuries

PHILADELPHIA -- Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper was not in the starting lineup for the second day in a row because of right hamstring soreness. He had an MRI on the hamstring and the results were negative, according to manager Matt Williams.

"He is better today, but [the hamstring] is still a little tight on him," Williams said. "We will keep him out at least another day and make sure he is good to go when he gets back in there. I don't want to take any chances for sure."

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Nationals blank Braves for 6th straight win

Nationals blank Braves for 6th straight win

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals' starting pitching continued to dominate as Washington blanked the Braves, 7-0, at Nationals Park on Thursday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep. The Nats have won six consecutive games.

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Nats starters set franchise scoreless streak

Double play to end fifth inning surpasses 1981 Expos' 39 innings

Nats starters set franchise scoreless streak

WASHINGTON -- It started with Joe Ross' coming-out party Friday night. It grew with Max Scherzer's no-hitter and Gio Gonzalez's seven clean innings. After Stephen Strasburg's return from the disabled list, Jordan Zimmermann's eight-inning no-decision and finally Doug Fister's blanking of the Braves on Thursday, Nationals starting pitchers set a franchise record with 41 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings.

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Scherzer can rewrite history with start in Philly

Following pair of unprecedented gems, including no-hitter, Nats ace can accomplish even further rarities

Scherzer can rewrite history with start in Philly

Max Scherzer already has put together perhaps the best pair of back-to-back starts in baseball history, and the Nationals right-hander will try to keep rolling when he faces the Phillies on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.

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Scherzer's success built on hard work

Nats ace shines after working through setbacks on journey to stardom

Scherzer's success built on hard work

Max Scherzer is arguably the best pitcher in baseball. Or maybe there isn't much of an argument, considering Scherzer just turned in two of the best pitching performances in Nationals history in his past two starts.

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Fister takes pride in finishing 7th inning

Nats righty holds Braves scoreless in second start off the DL

Fister takes pride in finishing 7th inning

WASHINGTON -- Choosing which of Doug Fister's seven shutout innings from the Nationals' 7-0 win over the Braves on Thursday was best may seem like splitting hairs, but the right-hander was especially proud of one frame.

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Giolito, Turner to play for US in Futures Game

Giolito, Turner to play for US in Futures Game

WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Lucas Giolito and shortstop Trea Turner, two of the Nationals' top prospects, have been selected to represent the team in the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 12 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

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Plenty of buzz as Scherzer preps for encore

Coming off 1-hit start and no-hitter, Nats righty set to face Phillies

Plenty of buzz as Scherzer preps for encore

WASHINGTON -- As the story goes, the old copy editor, a been-there-seen-that sort, was sitting at his desk one afternoon when the eager young copy boy rushed over clutching a piece of paper he'd just ripped from the teletype machine.

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Desmond, role players deliver crucial hits

Shortstop belts two-run homer; Robinson, Taylor each drive in a run

Desmond, role players deliver crucial hits

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals received timely hitting during their 7-0 victory over the Braves on Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park.

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Harper, Rendon out of lineup for series finale

Nats manager Williams says outfielder is fine, infielder is dealing with quad issue

Harper, Rendon out of lineup for series finale

WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon were both out of the Nationals' lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Braves. The Nats won the game, 7-0.

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After Zimm's gem, Nats walk off in 11th

After Zimm's gem, Nats walk off in 11th

WASHINGTON -- Ian Desmond's walk-off sacrifice fly in the 11th inning helped the Nationals defeat the Braves, 2-1, at Nationals Park on Wednesday night.

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Desmond puts struggles aside with walk-off

Game-winning sac fly a boon to shortstop

Desmond puts struggles aside with walk-off

WASHINGTON -- Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond drove in the game-winning run in a 2-1 victory over the Braves in 11 innings on Wednesday night at Nationals Park.

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Zimm extends Nats starters' scoreless streak

Zimm extends Nats starters' scoreless streak

WASHINGTON -- Jordan Zimmermann's eight scoreless innings in Wednesday night's 2-1 win over the Braves added to the impressive tally that Nationals starters have accumulated since Friday night.

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Harper pulls up with 'just a cramp' in 11th

Harper pulls up with 'just a cramp' in 11th

WASHINGTON -- In the 11th inning of Tuesday's 2-1 win over Atlanta, Bryce Harper doubled to the right-center-field gap with one out. He pulled into second base awkwardly before doubling over and appearing to grab at his right leg.

"I just felt a cramp," Harper said after the game. "I just got done working out, so I haven't even gotten treatment yet. But, pretty much just a cramp."

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Nationals keep bench coach Knorr in thoughts

Nationals keep bench coach Knorr in thoughts

WASHINGTON -- Nationals first-base coach Tony Tarasco said when anybody in the organization needs cheering up, bench coach Randy Knorr is the one who perks them up.

Right now, the coaching staff and players have Knorr on their minds, for his wife, Kimberly, passed away recently. The coaching staff found out about her passing early Tuesday.

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