Michael Taylor homered, A.J. Cole allowed one run while pitching into the sixth inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Monday night.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Costumes were in fashion on Sunday, as rookies -- and in one case, an entire team -- dressed up for their last road trip of the season.
Max Scherzer struck out 10 and outpitched Jacob deGrom in a matchup of aces, and the Washington Nationals edged the New York Mets 3-2 on Sunday to clinch home-field advantage in the NL Division Series.
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.
He has been derided by some fans as "Fat Albers." Call him what you will, but for this deceptively athletic Nats reliever, looks aren't everything.
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.
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.
Travis d'Arnaud hit two home runs and the New York Mets ended a three-game skid, rallying past a watered-down lineup of Washington Nationals 7-6 on Friday night.
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.
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."