Strasburg dominates Padres in Nats' win

Strasburg dominates Padres in Nats' win

WASHINGTON -- In one of the most dominant outings of his career, Stephen Strasburg racked up a career-high 15 strikeouts Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park as he led the Nationals to a 3-0 victory against the Padres. Strasburg had command of all of his pitches and mixed them all into different counts, which flummoxed San Diego's offense for the entire game, as he surrendered just three hits in seven brilliant innings.

"I think the fact that you will go to any one of those pitches keeps them off any single one," Strasburg said. "So that's just a part of pitching, keeping them off balance, changing speeds, keep them guessing."

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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15 strikeouts a new high for Strasburg

15 strikeouts a new high for Strasburg

WASHINGTON -- After his 15th and final strikeout of the evening, Stephen Strasburg skipped off the mound, a small sign of excitement before he began jogging toward the dugout with his head down. It would have been hard to tell at that moment that he had just completed one of the best performances of his Major League career.

Strasburg overwhelmed the Padres offense in Saturday's 3-0 victory at Nationals Park as he recorded a career-high 15 strikeouts in seven dominant innings of three-hit ball. The 15 strikeouts are tied for the fourth-most in a game in Nationals history.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

Yearly, single-team subscriptions are half off until Monday night

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

MLB.TV will be offering 50 percent off subscriptions throughout Memorial Day weekend. MLB.TV Premium, with nearly two dozen features for subscribers to access and interact with live out-of-market Major League Baseball games at 60 frames per second on any of the more than 400 supported devices, is on sale for just $56.49. MLB.TV Single Team subscriptions are also available, on sale for $43.74.

Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich can attest to the value of MLB.TV to displaced military families. His brother Cameron has been able to follow games that way.

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Glover's 'it' factor? A devastating slider

Glover's 'it' factor? A devastating slider

WASHINGTON -- Koda Glover was officially named the Nationals' closer this week, as he has blossomed into perhaps the most reliable arm in their struggling bullpen. One of the major reasons for Glover's success lately has been his increased usage of a devastating slider since returning from the disabled list for a strained hip.

Although Glover often refers to it as a slider, he feels it's more of a combo between a slider and cutter, and even referred to it as a cutter with sideways action.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Harper, Nats visit 200 youth players

Harper, Nats visit 200 youth players

WASHINGTON -- Twelve-year-old Ethan Barry has always dreamed of running into a Major League player around his town -- especially one of his idols, such as Bryce Harper.

On Saturday, Barry's and about 200 other youth baseball players' fantasies became a reality when Harper visited Friendship Recreation Center to answer kids' questions, pose for photos and provide advice. Harper was one of nine Nationals players to visit Washington and Virginia youth baseball sites Saturday morning before the team's game against the Padres at 4:05 p.m. ET.

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Kyle Melnick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ross looks to secure sweep of Padres

Ross looks to secure sweep of Padres

Joe Ross will aim to prove his breakout start on Tuesday wasn't a fluke as the Nationals look to sweep their three-game series against the Padres on Sunday afternoon.

After spending about three weeks in the Minor Leagues to fix his arm slot and velocity, Ross allowed one run in eight innings during the Nationals' 10-1 win over the Mariners on Tuesday, resembling the pitcher who recorded a 3.43 ERA last season after an inconsistent start this year. He'll face another struggling offense Sunday, as the Padres have the lowest batting average in the Majors.

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Kyle Melnick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Scherzer K's 13, Harper HRs in win vs. SD

Scherzer K's 13, Harper HRs in win vs. SD

WASHINGTON -- As Max Scherzer stepped into the batter's box in the eighth inning, the crowd of 28,606 at Nationals Park gave him a standing ovation, an appreciation of his outstanding effort so far and a sign that he was going to get a chance to finish what he started. He delivered another stellar performance Friday night, nearly finishing off a complete game as he dominated the Padres offense for 8 2/3 innings to lead the Nats to a 5-1 victory.

Scherzer, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, credited a mechanical adjustment of raising his hands higher during his bullpen session this week after struggling in his last start against the Braves. It worked as he struck out a season-high 13 batters and gave up just three hits -- his only blemish coming via a homer from Ryan Schimpf in the fourth.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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Adjustments pay off for Turner

Adjustments pay off for Turner

WASHINGTON -- Trea Turner has been watching video of himself from 2016 lately, trying to find something that will help him recapture the form that made him one of the most electric players in baseball and the runner-up for the National League Rookie of the Year Award in less than half a season. He said he has not felt like that hitter or had that swing at any point this season.

Turner has worked with hitting coach Rick Schu to make some adjustments, and they delivered encouraging results right away during Friday night's 5-1 victory against the Padres. Turner began the bottom of the first inning with a home run, the team's first leadoff homer of the year, and added a double in the third inning.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Glover closed the game with 96-mph slider

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Glover closed the game with 96-mph slider

The average Major League four-seam fastball is 93 mph. Facing the Padres on Friday night in the Nats' 5-1 win, reliever Koda Glover uncorked a slider that was much faster than that. 

With two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, Hunter Renfroe stepped to the plate representing the tying run. Only problem: Glover hurled his absurd, Steve Nebraska-in-"The Scout"-style 96-mph slider to get the Padres outfielder to strike out and end the game. 

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Nationals acquire Raburn from White Sox

Veteran righty hitter will report to Triple-A Syracuse

Nationals acquire Raburn from White Sox

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals acquired outfielder Ryan Raburn from the White Sox organization on Friday, a move that could bolster the team's bench.

Raburn has slashed .277/.419/.434 in 27 games with Triple-A Charlotte this season. The 36-year-old will report to Triple-A Syracuse.

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Kyle Melnick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Amid torrid stretch, Rendon under the radar

Nats 3B quietly goes about his business, excelling with his bat and glove

Amid torrid stretch, Rendon under the radar

WASHINGTON -- Anthony Rendon insists he does not do anything different or change his approach during his hot streaks at the plate, remaining the same whether he is struggling or surging.

It has paid off lately as Rendon continued his recent streak with a solo homer in the fifth inning of Thursday afternoon's 4-2 Nationals loss to the Mariners. It was Rendon's third consecutive game with a home run and his fourth homer in his past three games.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rendon homers, but Nats can't hold off M's

Rendon homers, but Nats can't hold off M's

WASHINGTON -- The Mariners had not scored more than one run in any game since May 18, so scoring four runs Thursday afternoon qualified as an offensive outburst. Nelson Cruz hammered a go-ahead three-run homer and Robinson Cano added a run-scoring single, helping Seattle snap a five-game skid with a 4-2 victory against the Nationals at Nationals Park.

It was exactly what Mariners manager Scott Servais, who was ejected during the sixth inning, asked for after his postgame comments Wednesday night, prompting his team to pick up its intensity. In that sixth, Jean Segura and Cano collected hits off left-hander Gio Gonzalez, setting the stage for Cruz's homer against right-hander Jacob Turner.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Daniel Shiferaw is a contributor to MLB.com based in Washington, who covered the Mariners on Thursday.

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Baker out this weekend for son's graduation

Nats manager to rejoin club Monday in San Francisco

Baker out this weekend for son's graduation

WASHINGTON -- Nationals manager Dusty Baker left the team following Thursday afternoon's 4-2 loss to the Mariners to attend the high school graduation of his son, Darren, who is graduating from Jesuit High School in Carmichael, Calif., on Saturday. Chris Speier, the Nats' bench coach, will manage the team this weekend.

Baker will rejoin the team for the start of a 10-day, nine-game West Coast road trip Monday afternoon against the Giants at AT&T Park. It was much easier for Baker to travel from his home outside of Sacramento to those games than to try to make it back to Washington ahead of Sunday's series finale against the Padres.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rendon, Nats jump out early, cruise vs. M's

Rendon, Nats jump out early, cruise vs. M's

WASHINGTON -- Anthony Rendon continued his hot streak at the plate, hammering a three-run homer in the first inning to help guide the Nationals to a 5-1 victory against the Mariners on Wednesday night at Nationals Park. Washington jumped on Seattle for four runs in the first and added another in the second against rookie right-hander Sam Gaviglio.

The early runs provided a cushion for Nats righty Tanner Roark, who rebounded from a rough stretch with seven innings of one-run ball and eight strikeouts.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Daniel Shiferaw is a contributor to MLB.com based in Washington.

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Koda moment: Glover named Nats closer

Koda moment: Glover named Nats closer

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals have been searching for answers with their struggling bullpen through the first two months of this season, but they are starting to find some stability in the back end. Koda Glover, who tossed a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation to seal Wednesday's 5-1 victory over the Mariners, has been officially named the closer by manager Dusty Baker.

"Koda was kind of lobbying for that in the first place," Baker said. "We wanted to break him in slowly because this guy's ... Shoot, he's only a year and a half out of college. So he had said that's the job he wanted, and so it's his now."

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Roark loosens grip, grabs hold of strong start

Adjustment helps righty avoid high pitch count, last 7 innings

Roark loosens grip, grabs hold of strong start

WASHINGTON -- No pitcher in the National League had thrown more pitches with two strikes than Tanner Roark entering this game, driving up his pitch count and hindering his ability to last deep into starts. That difficulty in putting away hitters quickly, or at all, has been one of the main reasons Roark has struggled this year after a strong 2016.

But the righty was as effective as he has been all season in the Nats' 5-1 victory Wednesday night against the Mariners, completing seven innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts. He filled up the strike zone with his two-seam fastball, the command of which was the biggest takeaway from this outing, Roark said. It was the benefit of an adjustment he made in between starts.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Heisey lands on DL with biceps rupture

Goodwin, who was ticketed for Triple-A when Ross returned, remains in DC

Heisey lands on DL with biceps rupture

WASHINGTON -- Chris Heisey's shoulder has been bothering him all season, but when the Nationals' pinch-hitter extraordinaire struck out in his lone at-bat against the Mariners on Tuesday night, he could tell he damaged his arm.

Heisey received treatment when he arrived to the clubhouse before Wednesday's 5-1 Nats win, but he grimaced and limped out of the cage after one batting practice swing, experiencing a pain he said he's never felt before. The Nationals found that Heisey tore his biceps tendon, and they placed him on the 10-day disabled list. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound outfielder will receive an MRI exam on Thursday to confirm the injury and reveal if there's more damage.

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Kyle Melnick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Harper, Rendon #ASGWorthy in 8-run 4th

Sluggers, Werth all homer in Nats' big frame; infielder finishes with 2 HRs, 5 RBIs

Harper, Rendon #ASGWorthy in 8-run 4th

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals entered Tuesday night's game in a brief slumber, averaging just 2.8 runs in the previous five games, but their Major League-leading offense has shown to be capable of outbursts at any point.

In a rain-soaked fourth inning of this 10-1 victory against the Mariners, the Nats scored eight runs and hammered nine hits, none louder or more voracious than a mammoth homer from Bryce Harper.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Back to old tricks, Nats hit 4 HRs in rout of M's

Back to old tricks, Nats hit 4 HRs in rout of M's

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals' Majors-best offense awakened from its brief recent slumber, breaking out for eight runs during a rain-soaked fourth inning at Nationals Park to cruise to a 10-1 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday night.

Washington had averaged 2.8 runs per game during their previous five games, before its lineup erupted for nine hits in the fourth inning, matching a Nats team record. That included back-to-back home runs -- a two-run homer from Jayson Werth followed by a 450-foot moonshot from Bryce Harper -- and a three-run homer from Anthony Rendon, who also went deep in the second inning for his second career multi-homer game. He had five RBIs on the night.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Daniel Shiferaw is a contributor to MLB.com based in Washington.

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Ross has career night, familiar help in return

In 1st start back from Minors, righty goes 8 strong, sets record for run support

Ross has career night, familiar help in return

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals weren't certain what Joe Ross would give them Tuesday night.

After an inconsistent start to the season, when Ross recorded a 7.47 ERA through his first three outings, the Nationals sent the right-hander down to Triple-A Syracuse to improve his velocity and arm slot.

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Kyle Melnick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Will Nats make trade for closer soon?

Beat reporter Jamal Collier fields Nationals fans' questions

Inbox: Will Nats make trade for closer soon?

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals are coming off what qualifies as a modest rough patch, but certainly their first funk of the season, after a 2-4 road trip that included a season-long four-game losing streak against two teams under .500. Still, Washington owns a commanding seven-game lead in the National League East entering this week's six-game homestand against the Mariners and Padres.

This seemed like a good chance to answer some questions from the fans about the state of the team, many of which surrounded their concern about the bullpen. And understandably so, considering the 5.40 ERA from Nats relievers is the worst in the NL.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marmolejos hits go-ahead slam in ninth

Marmolejos hits go-ahead slam in ninth

After showing flashes of dominance during his first four starts, left-hander Cionel Perez put it all together on Monday for Class A Quad Cities with an unhittable performance.

The Astros' No. 16 prospect was electric in his best professional start, tossing seven hitless frames with 10 strikeouts, both career highs, as Quad Cities defeated Peoria, 5-1. He issued one walk en route to facing one over the minimum, while throwing 54 of his 87 pitches for strikes.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stras' deep start, 11 K's crucial for Nats

Nationals starter records 86 strikes, the most by a pitcher this season

Stras' deep start, 11 K's crucial for Nats

ATLANTA -- As Stephen Strasburg was in the midst of dominating the Braves on Sunday afternoon, filling the strike zone with fastballs and unleashing a fury of devastating curveballs and changeups just out of the reach of opposing batters, Braves manager Brian Snitker turned to his hitting coach, Kevin Seitzer.

"I told him we could have had Hank [Aaron], Murph (Dale Murphy) and some of those guys in the lineup, and I don't think it would have mattered because he was really good," Snitker said.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stras, Murphy lift Nats over Braves

Stras, Murphy lift Nats over Braves

ATLANTA -- Stephen Strasburg delivered his best start of the season and Daniel Murphy homered off an effective Jaime Garcia as the Nationals snapped their longest losing streak of the season (4 games) with Sunday afternoon's 3-2 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park.

Strasburg notched a season-high 11 strikeouts and surrendered two runs over 7 2/3 innings while helping the Nationals avoid being swept by the Braves, who lost for just the third time in their past 10 games.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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Nats can't rally vs. Braves' bullpen after delay

Nats can't rally vs. Braves' bullpen after delay

ATLANTA -- Rio Ruiz hit a memorable first career home run and Matt Kemp also took Max Scherzer deep before stellar bullpen work helped the Braves claim a 5-2 win over the Nationals on Saturday at SunTrust Park.

The Braves took an early lead on the way to winning for the seventh time in their past nine games and extending the Nationals' season-long skid to four games. Ruiz, who sneaked a two-out, two-run homer over the right-field wall in the second inning, and Kemp, who was 5-for-40 against Scherzer before leading off the fourth with a shot into the left-field seats, put Atlanta ahead, 3-0.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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Scherzer labors, struggles with FB command

Scherzer labors, struggles with FB command

ATLANTA -- The Nationals were hoping for a deep outing from right-hander Max Scherzer to provide a breather for their taxed relief corps. They have not had a starter complete the sixth inning in any of their past three games and were hoping Scherzer could help them reset their bullpen and stop a brief skid.

However, Scherzer struggled with his fastball command as he labored through five innings in Saturdays' 5-2 loss to the Braves at SunTrust Park. He battled through 106 pitches to make it that far into the game, and even if he had anything left to push into the sixth, a one-hour, 50-minute rain delay knocked him out.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Perez lent a hand to grounds crew

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Perez lent a hand to grounds crew

Rain wreaked havoc throughout Saturday afternoon's action, affecting games in ChicagoMinnesota, and Atlanta. The skies opened up in the fifth inning of the Braves' game against the Nationals, but Mother Nature made this delay extra problematic.

The wind was chaotic at SunTrust Park, and it was getting to be almost too much for the grounds crew to handle. One member simply used his body to keep the tarp from blowing away.

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Taylor stepping up in center field for Nats

Taylor stepping up in center field for Nats

ATLANTA -- Michael Taylor has made the most of his chance as the Nationals' starting center fielder since they lost Adam Eaton to a torn ACL.

He was one of the few bright spots in the Nats' 7-4 loss to the Braves on Friday night at SunTrust Park, collecting a pair of hits and an outfield assist. Taylor has a seven-game hitting streak, in which he has hit .407 with two doubles, a triple and a pair of home runs.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.