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95-61, 1st in NL East
Zimmerman goes behind the back for out (0:39)
Taylor hits a 2-run shot (0:24)
Baker: Flu is minor setback for Harper (0:18)
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7hJerry Crasnick

Harper's return to Nats from DL delayed by flu

Bryce Harper's return to the Nationals' lineup was delayed when he woke up with the flu Monday and the team postponed its plan to activate him from the disabled list in the series opener against the Phillies.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Dusty Baker says Bryce Harper suffered a "minor setback" in his comeback from a knee injury Monday. He's out with the flu.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper is not in the Nationals' lineup tonight. The team says he's not feeling well and his absence is unrelated to his knee injury.

ESPN Stats & Info

Nationals could use a boost from Bryce Harper

The Nats had no trouble cruising to the division title in Harper's absence, but they might need him at full strength to go anywhere in the postseason. Their offense has taken a major hit without Harper in the lineup.


BBTN: Playoff Clarity, Harper, Pujols & Cabrera, More

Before chatting with Astros SS Carlos Correa, Buster Olney talks to Jerry Crasnick about Bryce Harper's potential impact, the regression of Albert Pujols & Miguel Cabrera and the clarity of the playoff picture. Plus, Todd Radom unveils the best logo in baseball history.

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Power Rankings: Nationals hold steady

There are changes above them, but the Nats still firmly hold a top-five spot in our rankings. Twenty-year-old top prospect Victor Robles has impressed Dusty Baker beyond his on-field performance.

Michael Owens/USA Today Sports

Bryce Harper could return from injury Monday

Nationals slugger Bryce Harper, out since Aug. 12 with a knee injury, could return Monday in time for a three-game series against the Phillies.

Stats & Info

Can Dodgers hold on for MLB's best record?

Just a month ago, it seemed like a forgone conclusion that the Dodgers would have the best record in baseball. Then they slumped, the Indians won 22 games in a row and the Astros and Nationals continued to keep pace. With a week left in the season, Los Angeles is 99-57, Cleveland is 98-58, Houston is 95-59 and Washington is 94-61.

Scherzer leads Nats past Mets (0:42)
Robles hits wall and makes catch (0:22)
Scherzer dominant in 10-K outing (0:23)
Turner turns in go-ahead homer (0:24)

Murphy homers in 10th to lift Nationals over Mets

Daniel Murphy homered in the 10th inning and the Nationals bullpen followed Stephen Strasburg with five scoreless innings, lifting Washington over the New York Mets 4-3 on Saturday night after Noah Syndergaard's return.

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Crowded leaderboard for Saturday's homers

Khris Davis barely clipped Daniel Murphy for the longest bomb in MLB Saturday. Evan Gattis and Justin Upton weren't far behind, while Giancarlo Stanton's 57th of the year landed at No. 5.

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2dBrian Reiff, Baseball Info Solutions

Baseball's best pitchers in the clutch: Sean Doolittle

Doolittle's overall line is good but not awe-inspiring, though he is great when he needs to be. Given their early-season bullpen woes, the Nats couldn't have asked for more.

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Thursday's longest home runs

Robinson Cano's ninth-inning blast -- the 300th HR of his career -- for the Mariners in their 4-2 loss to the Rangers was the longest shot of Thursday night, edging out Reds OF Scott Schebler, who homered twice in Cincy's loss to the Cardinals.

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4dJeff Sullivan

How to fix the Nationals' biggest problem

There's only one good team in the NL East, and the Nationals never had to play them. There's nothing that can change that, so let's just go ahead and call the patch for this problem "Bryce Harper."

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.2653rd
On Base Percentage.33110th
Slugging Percentage.4503rd
Earned Run Average3.856th
Quality Starts971st