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29-18, 1st in NL East

Eric Karabell ESPN Senior Writer 

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper homered yet again Friday and continues to look like the 2015 MVP version. As for last year he must have been hurt. A healthy Harper should contend in the triple crown categories again and after Mike Trout, he looks like the next best option. One thing to watch: Harper stole 21 bases last year. We still await his first in 2017. Nobody's complaining and we'll take the 100 batting average points, but it's interesting. Perhaps not stealing keeps him healthy.

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The moonshot hit by Nats RF Bryce Harper on Friday night soared a whopping 25 feet higher than his previous highest home run this season. It landed in the first row of the upper deck at Nationals Park.

Eric Karabell ESPN Senior Writer 

Terrific outing by Nationals RHP Max Scherzer against the Padres, as he allowed only a Ryan Schimpf home run and struck 13. He was one out shy of a complete game before closer Koda Glover retired the final hitter. Scherzer's doing what he did last year, piling on the strikeouts and winning games. Don't worry about the home runs. Scherzer's ERA won't look like Kershaw's. But Kershaw and maybe Sale are the only pitchers more valuable.

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Scherzer keeps Padres guessing all night (0:46)
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Nats' Scherzer strikes out season-high 13

Max Scherzer allowed three hits over 8 2/3 innings, Bryce Harper and Michael A. Taylor hit two-run homers and the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 5-1 on Friday night.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Major boos rained down at Nats Park when interim skipper Chris Speier yanked ace Max Scherzer with two outs in the ninth. Scherzer (13 K's) was one out away from Washington's first complete game of the season, but loaded the bases by allowing a hit, a walk, and an HBP. Newly minted closer Koda Glover finished the job to preserve the 5-1 win over San Diego.

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Harper crushes it to the upper deck (0:35)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Goodness gracious. Bryce Harper just incinerated the baseball, sending it into the third deck at Nats Park for a two-run jack to give Washington a 5-1 lead over San Diego. Harper's 15 homers are most in the NL.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

With Nats skipper Dusty Baker attending his son's graduation this weekend, interim manager Chris Speier deadpanning on why Ryan Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy are out of the lineup: "Zim sprained his wrist playing wiffle ball with daughter, and Murph's back is blown out." (He was kidding.)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

It's only one day, but so far Koda Glover being named the Nats closer looks like lipstick on a pig. Despite taking a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning, Washington couldn't get the game to Glover, as the bullpen allowed three runs in the sixth and another in the seventh en route to a 4-2 series finale loss to the Mariners.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Anthony Rendon is locked in. The Nats 3B just wrapped one around the left field foul pole for his fourth homer in three games to give Washington a 1-0 lead over the Mariners in the fifth inning.

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The Nationals placed OF Chris Heisey (right bicep rupture) on the 10-day DL and recalled OF Brian Goodwin from Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding roster move. Goodwin, 26, has slashed .188/.235/.313 in 10 previous games with the big club this season.

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Kyle Schwarber's home run -- which left Wrigley Field and landed on Sheffield Avenue -- paced the league by 10 feet on Tuesday. Bryce Harper landed comfortably in second, followed by Michael Conforto, Kendrys Morales and Charlie Blackmon.

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Joe Ross has had no shortage of run support from the Nationals' offense. In his first four starts this season, the Nats have outscored opponents 62-22.

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Nationals RF Bryce Harper smashed another tape-measure shot on Tuesday night vs. the Mariners for his 14th home run of the season. When Harper dropped from 42 homers in 2015 to 24 last year, he hit his 14th on June 16.

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Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon has hit seven home runs this season yet Tuesday night's two-HR game vs. the Mariners is his second multi-homer game of 2017. He hit three on April 30 against the Mets.

Eric Karabell ESPN Senior Writer 

It's been an odd offensive season for Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon. He homered twice Tuesday and knocked in five and now has produced five of his seven homers and 15 of his 28 RBI in only two games. In the other 40 games he's been pretty quiet! For those in roto leagues this is no big deal. Trust Rendon ends up with similar numbers as last year, as his team is certainly strong offensively, but the ride could be a bit more inconsistent.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs2631st
Batting Average.2751st
On Base Percentage.3462nd
Slugging Percentage.4741st
Earned Run Average4.3119th
Quality Starts29Tied-1st
WHIP1.3315th
BAA.25519th

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