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48-48, 3rd in NL East
Strasburg in heated exchange with Scherzer after poor performance (0:28)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Not exactly the Stephen Strasburg that the Nationals were hoping for. Making his first start after missing six weeks with shoulder inflammation, Strasburg failed to last five frames. The Nats righty, who turns 30 today, allowed six runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings. He fanned six and walked two. It was Strasburg's second-shortest outing of the season.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper and the Nationals took BP today wearing tee shirts that had the name of the team (not the player) printed on the back. "It's about us," said manager Davey Martinez. "If we're going to do this, we've got to do it together." The disappointing Nats, who enter the second half with a .500 record, are 5.5 games behind the first-place Phillies.

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Nationals activate Strasburg, Zimmerman

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg is starting Friday against the Braves after he was activated from the 10-day disabled list, and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman rejoins the team after going on the DL in May.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Here's what Nelson Cruz said to me on whether he was disappointed Jean Segura wasn't named MVP: "Yes. I was hoping he'd win it. Unfortunately it didn't happen, but he had a great performance and I'm definitely happy to have been part of such a beautiful experience."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Nice quote from Edwin Díaz last night when he talked to me in Spanish about blowing the save, but ironically, getting the win in the All-Star Game: "It's all about J.A. Happ. He's been in the league what, 12-13 years? And he goes in and gets his first career-save? He should've gotten the win. I am just so happy for him."

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How crazy would it be to consider trading Bryce Harper?

The Nationals have underachieved, and their star slugger could leave at the end of the year. So is there any chance they could follow the Orioles' lead by moving their pending free agent?

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Nats-Orioles TV dispute likely to be reheard

An old dispute between the Nationals and Orioles about television rights fees is probably going to be heard -- again -- by a committee of baseball executives in the fall.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Max Scherzer *loves* the All-Star Game, said on Monday that it's the closest you get to a postseason game in intensity and atmosphere. Dave Roberts said he'll pitch two innings while everyone will also go one, with Jacob deGrom in line.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Huge cheers in DC for former Nationals Wilson Ramos and Blake Treinen. Treinen went from failed closer to being traded last summer in the deadline deal that brought Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from Oakland. This season with the surprising A's, Treinen has been lights out, notching 24 saves and posting a 0.94 ERA that leads all qualified relievers.

Harper: A Nats title would be bigger than Caps Cup (1:33)
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Rob Manfred joins the show.

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon question if it's okay that Bryce Harper and his Dad broke the rules, if Manny Machado would put the Dodgers over the top, if the 76ers reaching out to Morey is a surprise and more. Plus, Rob Manfred joins the show.

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Nats' Strasburg back Friday for 2nd-half opener

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg will return to start the Nationals' second half on Friday. Strasburg has been on the DL with a shoulder injury and has not pitched since a June 8 loss to the Giants.

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Live from Nationals Park in D.C.

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Speaking of those thunder showers in the D.C. forecast, it has now begun raining here at Nationals Park.

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

It's currently cloudy and 87 degrees as D.C. gets set for tonight's MLB All-Star Game. That temperature is set to drop a bit — there are thunder showers in the forecast over the next few hours.

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BBTN: #ThirtyUnis Examines The Nationals

Graphic artist Todd Radom discusses the most notable uniform in Nats' history and moderates the first ever live edition of the uniform/logo trivia contest.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Newly crowned Home Run Derby champ Bryce Harper, with his dad by his side, showing some emotion on the podium.

Harper says he fed off the crowd to win Derby (1:53)
Harper says winning Derby with his dad a 'dream come true' (1:17)

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Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average3.8712th
Quality Starts49Tied-11th
WHIP1.226th
BAA.2389th
Runs41719th
Batting Average.24419th
On Base Percentage.32210th
Slugging Percentage.40119th