Two of the best hitters in the Major Leagues will be on the same field in opposition on Friday when Joey Votto and the Reds visit Washington to face Bryce Harper and the Nationals.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker didn’t need to take much time on his decision to leave one of the National League’s best pitchers in the ballgame.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker made the right call in sticking with Max Scherzer in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday afternoon. That it didn’t work out is beside the point. Life in the fast lane, etc.
Just as the Nationals can exhale knowing Anthony Rendon’s neck injury isn’t that serious, another starter is out due to injury.
Dealing with a sore neck, Anthony Rendon and the Nationals aren’t sure when the star third baseman will return to the lineup, but a DL stint doesn’t look likely.
Protecting a big lead wasn’t a problem for the Nationals on Tuesday night, thanks to their three primary All-Star candidates. Bryce Harper had a two-run single, Ryan Zimmerman added three RBIs and Daniel Murphy homered and drove in two in Washington’s 12-3 win over Miami at Marlins Park.
Bryce Harper walked into the clubhouse after Tuesday’s 12-3 win against the Marlins with his whole front torso red from sunburn. The Nationals star outfielder may have taken a liking to Miami’s weather — something he might get used to during July’s All-Star Break.
The Nationals look to keep their stronghold atop the National League East as they take on the Marlins for the second game of a three-game set at Marlins Park Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET.
The Marlins erased a six-run deficit, and capped an improbable 8-7 comeback victory over the Nationals on Monday on Marcell Ozuna’s walk-off single in the ninth inning off Enny Romero.
Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth is still a ways from returning to the big league club, as he has still not resumed baseball activities because of a left big toe injury.
Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon exited Monday’s game against the Marlins early.
Trea Turner sprinted his way into Nationals history Sunday by stealing four bases, which stands as the team record since the franchise moved to D.C. in 2005. He now has 26 stolen bases on the season and tied the Expos/Nationals single-game record.