Nats sign int'l free agent Soto for $1.5 million

Nats sign int'l free agent Soto for $1.5 million

The Nationals have agreed to a $1.5 million signing bonus with teenage outfielder Juan Soto of the Dominican Republic, according to industry sources.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Soto, who is ranked No. 22 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, is considered one of the most dominant hitters and polished bats on the international market this year.

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Homers hurt as Fister derailed by 1 big inning

Nationals starter cruises before allowing four runs in fourth, including consecutive dingers

Homers hurt as Fister derailed by 1 big inning

ATLANTA -- Nationals right-hander Doug Fister cruised through his first three innings against the Braves on Wednesday night, retiring nine of the first 10 batters he faced.

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Giolito tosses 7 no-hit innings for Potomac

Nationals No. 1 prospect strikes out 7, walks 1; team loses no-no bid in 9th

Giolito tosses 7 no-hit innings for Potomac

The Class A Advanced Potomac Nationals nearly recorded their first combined no-hitter since 1995 on Wednesday, with No. 1 prospect (No. 4 overall) Lucas Giolito providing the heavy lifting in a 4-0 win over Frederick.

Rehabbing big-leaguer Aaron Barrett got through the first inning before Giolito took over. The 6-foot-6 right-hander proceeded to blank the Keys for seven innings, allowing just one walk while striking out seven in that span. In all, Giolito tossed 84 pitches -- 52 for strikes -- before getting pulled prior to the ninth inning.

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Bats unable to bail out Fister in loss to Braves

Bats unable to bail out Fister in loss to Braves

ATLANTA -- Matt Wisler validated his status as a highly regarded pitching prospect and recorded his first career hit and RBI during a four-run fourth inning that propelled the Braves to Wednesday night's 4-1 win over the Nationals at Turner Field.

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Scherzer to duel with rookie making MLB debut

Scherzer to duel with rookie making MLB debut

For the rubber game of the three-game series between the Braves and Nationals on Thursday night, Washington will trot out Major League Baseball's best pitcher, Max Scherzer, while rookie Manny Banuelos will make his MLB debut for Atlanta.

There might not be a more unbalanced matchup than this one, as Scherzer has taken a perfect game into at least the sixth inning of his previous three starts, which included his 100th career win, while Banuelos has never thrown an inning at the Major League level.

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Turner launches his first Triple-A dinger

Nationals No. 3 prospect breaks 0-for-18 skid with two-run blast in Chiefs' win

Turner launches his first Triple-A dinger

Trea Turner hit his first Triple-A home run on Wednesday, a third-inning shot during Syracuse's 10-1 win over Louisville that broke up an 0-for-18 start to his tenure with the Chiefs.

The Nationals' No. 3 prospect (No. 51 overall) has had quite a year. In December, he was the "player to be named later" in a three-team trade that included the Nats, Rays and Padres, Turner's former organization. League rules would not allow Turner to make the switch to Washington's farm system until this month, so he raked -- .322/.385/.471, five homers and 35 RBIs -- for the Padres' Double-A team, the San Antonio Missions, until June 13.

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Calvin Coolidge is the Nats' newest Racing President

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Calvin Coolidge is the Nats' newest Racing President

Everyone knows that the best gig on the planet is former president: You get all of the glory with none of the stress or responsibility. And, in the annals of American politics, the greatest honors that can be bestowed upon as a person are as follows:

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Zimmermann continues dominance in Atlanta

Right-hander goes 7 2/3 shutout innings after scoreless start in previous outing

Zimmermann continues dominance in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Jordan Zimmermann was back to his Atlanta-stifling ways Tuesday night at Turner Field, just six days after he shut out the Braves over eight innings in D.C.

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Nats cruise following four-run first inning

Robinson's two-run shot off Miller caps key frame

Nats cruise following four-run first inning

ATLANTA -- Before Tuesday night's series-opening 6-1 win against the Braves, Nationals manager Matt Williams talked about the importance of executing and making the most of at-bats against Shelby Miller.

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Stellar Zimmermann leads Nats over Braves

Stellar Zimmermann leads Nats over Braves

ATLANTA -- It did not take the Nationals long to extend their dominance of the Braves and halt the struggles they have had against Shelby Miller. A four-run first inning provided Jordan Zimmermann more than enough support as he led Washington to a 6-1 win on Tuesday night at Turner Field.

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Zimmerman, Rendon continue to progress

First baseman completes full workout while second baseman takes BP

Zimmerman, Rendon continue to progress

ATLANTA -- Ryan Zimmerman completed a full workout in Potomac, Va., today with the Nationals Class A Advanced affiliate, while Anthony Rendon is limited to batting practice and is still a few days away from running and taking ground balls.

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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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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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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'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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