Scherzer goes distance, but Braves walk off in 9th

Scherzer goes distance, but Braves walk off in 9th

ATLANTA -- It took a fortunate hop, but the Braves found a way to conquer Max Scherzer, courtesy of a one-out, walk-off single that Cameron Maybin bounced over the third-base bag to conclude Thursday night's 2-1 win over the Nationals at Turner Field.

Scherzer entered the ninth having retired 10 straight batters, going back to Andrelton Simmons' fifth-inning RBI single. But the tide turned when Pedro Ciriaco opened the bottom of the ninth with an infield single. Two batters later, Maybin bounced his game-winning hit over the third-base bag and into left field. Against Washington manager Matt Williams' wishes, the umpires didn't review the play because it was a ruling that occurred in front of the bag.

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Close, non-reviewable call ends it in Atlanta

Close, non-reviewable call ends it in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The Nationals stayed on the field longer than most losing teams Thursday night, after the Braves' 2-1 walk-off victory in the series finale at Turner Field, but only because of a close call on Cameron Maybin's game-winning hit down the third-base line.

Maybin went down in the zone and connected with a low slider from Max Scherzer with a runner on second and one out in the bottom of the ninth, driving the ball into the dirt just in front of home plate and then watched it bounce over Yunel Escobar and third base and land in foul territory past the bag.

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All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday

All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.

After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.

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Scherzer named NL Pitcher of the Month

Nationals ace earns second straight honor after no-hitter in June

Scherzer named NL Pitcher of the Month

WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Max Scherzer was clearly the ace of the Nationals' pitching staff during the month of June.

After a slow start to begin June, Scherzer became virtually unhittable, finishing with a 3-2 record and a 2.33 ERA on the month, and it earned him the National League Pitcher of the Month Award. It marked the second straight month he won the award.

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Desmond sits out, makes mechanical changes

Desmond sits out, makes mechanical changes

ATLANTA -- After a second straight 0-for-4 night on Wednesday, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond got the day off Thursday to work on mechanical adjustments at the plate.

Nationals manager Matt Williams said that Desmond worked late Wednesday night and throughout the day Thursday on his hand placement, which had started to drop in recent at-bats.

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

Club also agrees to terms with nephew of former Washington shortstop Guzman

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

The Nationals have agreed to terms with 16-year-old outfielder Juan Soto of the Dominican Republic on a $1.5 million signing bonus.

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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Gio on tap for opener against Giants at Nationals Park

Gio on tap for opener against Giants at Nationals Park

Two of the top National League teams are set to slug it out in a three-game series this weekend in Washington as the Nationals host the Giants over the Fourth of July.

Gio Gonzalez will take the mound Friday for the Nationals for the first time since a rain-shortened outing Saturday against the Phillies. Gonzalez managed one scoreless inning before the game was called. The Giants will counter with Jake Peavy, who last pitched on April 17 and has just 7 2/3 innings to his name this season because of back issues.

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Bryce Harper appears in ESPN the Mag's Body Issue

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Bryce Harper appears in ESPN the Mag's Body Issue

Bryce Harper is a pretty strong dude.

Actually, no, let us rephrase: Bryce Harper is the MLB equivalent of that kid from your Little League days, the one so physically different you'd swear he was actually in college already. He makes baseball bats look like twigs, his swing could provide enough wind power to keep the lights on in D.C. for a decade and he's spent all season raining dingers with reckless disregard for the welfare of upper decks. Even his popups turn into home runs

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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.

Unfortuantely for Fister, the fourth inning came along, and with it came a barrage of Atlanta runs, thanks largely to back-to-back home runs from catcher A.J. Pierzynski and third baseman Juan Uribe, which led to a 4-1 loss.

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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.

Wisler's two-out RBI single capped the fourth inning, which was highlighted by the back-to-back homers A.J. Pierzynski and Juan Uribe hit off Doug Fister. But most of the 22-year-old right-hander's most valuable contributions came in the process of limiting the Nationals to one hit, while recording six strikeouts and issuing five walks over 5 1/3 innings.

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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.

He came one out shy of shutting the Braves out through eight innings in back-to-back starts, and was forced to settle for 7 2/3 innings of shutout work, while leading the Nationals to a 6-1 victory and their ninth straight win against the Braves.

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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.

His team responded as well as he could have hoped, as Washington drove in four runs in the first frame against the right-handed starter, thanks to RBI hits from Danny Espinosa, Wilson Ramos and a two-run home run from Clint Robinson. Thanks to the offensive spark in the first, the Nationals would cruise to an easy victory.

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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.

While Miller surrendered a season-high five runs -- four earned -- over five innings, Zimmmermann scattered five hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings. The Nationals right-hander pitched around A.J. Pierzynski's second-inning leadoff double on the way to extending his consecutive scoreless innings streak against the Braves to 15 2/3 innings.

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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.

Zimmerman is on the 15-day disabled list with left foot plantar fasciitis, while Rendon is on the 15-day disabled list with a left quadriceps strain.

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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.

For the first time since 2012, the players on the bench have been productive fill-ins. Players such as Danny Espinosa, Clint Robinson, Michael Taylor, Dan Uggla, Tyler Moore and Jose Lobaton have contributed to a team that is on top of the National League East.

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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.

Strasburg was solid in his second outing since coming off the disabled list. He pitched at least seven innings for the first time since April 19 against the Phillies, as he allowed two runs on four hits, while striking out nine batters.

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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.

He allowed four hits, two runs, one walk and struck out nine over seven innings in a 3-2 victory over the Phillies in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Strasburg is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two starts since returning from the disabled list because of neck and back issues. He has allowed eight hits, two runs, two walks and struck out 15 over 12 innings in those starts.

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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.

Philadelphia picked up 12 hits and scored eight runs in just 3 1/3 innings against Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark in the 8-5 victory at Citizens Bank Park to avoid a sweep. Eleven of those hits against Roark, who started after Saturday's game got cancelled because of rain, were singles. The Phillies tallied 16 hits overall, and just one went for extra bases.

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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.

Six days after pitching a no-hitter against the Pirates, Scherzer retired the first 16 batters he faced. He had a chance to join Johnny Vander Meer as the only pitchers to throw consecutive no-hitters.

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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.

Sixteen Phillies up, sixteen down. With each batter retired, the tension grew, all out of proportion to a just middle-of-the-season contest between teams at opposite ends of the National League East spectrum, even more than normal when a pitcher has a no-hitter going in the sixth inning.

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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.

Six days after pitching a no-hitter against the Pirates, Scherzer retired the first 16 Phillies he faced. Once he was able get through the order the first time, Scherzer was thinking something special was happening. He had a chance to join Johnny Vander Meer as the only pitchers to throw consecutive no-hitters. More >

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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.

Alas, the Phillies' Freddy Galvis broke through for a one-out double against Scherzer in the sixth inning, and the Nationals right-hander wound up allowing two earned runs on five hits over eight innings. Vander Meer remains the only pitcher in Major League history to twirl back-to-back no-hitters, having done so for the Reds way back in 1938.

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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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