MLB teams put division rivalries and playoff races on hold to celebrate Monday's solar eclipse.
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Edwin Jackson might be overachieving, but he has given the Nationals everything they could have hoped for in six fill-in starts.
Eric Karabell and Tristan Cockcroft discuss injuries to Max Scherzer, Yu Darvish and Miguel Sano, debate how good Rhys Hoskins is, answer your hashbrowns and more.
Gonzalez in midst of historic run
Gio Gonzalez has won his last four starts, over which he's thrown 27 2/3 innings and allowed just one earned run (0.33 ERA). The only other pitchers in Expos/Nationals history to have posted an ERA below 0.50 over four straight starts within one season, all wins, are Charlie Lea (0.28 in 1981), Pedro Martinez (0.30 in 1997) and Javier Vazquez (0.28 in 2001), the Elias Sports Bureau notes.
Gio Gonzalez allowed only five singles and struck out eight as he almost got through the seventh inning to lead the Washington Nationals to a 4-1 victory against the San Diego Padres on Sunday.
Yangervis Solarte hit a two-run home run off Stephen Strasburg in the first inning of the right-hander's first start in almost a month and the San Diego Padres beat the Washington Nationals 3-1 Saturday night.
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The Nationals' Stephen Strasburg, who was on the disabled list with nerve impingement in his elbow, is scheduled to make his first appearance since July 23 on Saturday. He is 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two starts at Petco Park.
Matt Grace pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings in place of injured Max Scherzer and Howie Kendrick hit a leadoff homer and drove in two runs to help the Washington Nationals beat the San Diego Padres 7-1 on Friday night.
Nationals ace Max Scherzer was a late scratch on Friday and was placed on the 10-day DL with neck inflammation. Scherzer has been battling neck issues all this month, already having missed one start and set to miss at least one more.
Ryan Zimmerman homered with two outs in the eighth inning to lift the NL East-leading Washington Nationals to a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night.
Nationals co-owner Mark Lerner says he had his left leg amputated last week to remove cancer that he was originally diagnosed with in January.
Nats reinstate Shawn Kelley
Washington reinstated the right-hander from the 10-day disabled list on Thursday after missing 51 games with a right trapezius strain, the team announced. RHP Ryan Madson was placed on the 10-day DL, retroactive to Aug. 14, with a right finger sprain.
Texas loves the long ball
Aaron Judge may have smacked a 457-foot moon shot, but two of the five longest home runs hit on Wednesday came off the bat of Carlos Beltran and Adrian Beltre, who both play for Texas teams.
Year of the long ball
MLB fans have been treated to a season full of hitters showing off their power at the plate. The influx of home runs has put the Astros, Nationals and a few other teams on pace to shatter their respective franchise records for HRs hit in a single season.
Luis Valbuena and Kole Calhoun homered, Ricky Nolasco bounced back from a rocky first inning before exiting with an injury and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Wednesday to split their two-game series.
"I was going to switch for this year," Rendon said of his No. 6, which was assigned to him. "I could've taken 24, but MLB makes you buy all of the inventory, and it would've been like 40 grand."
The Nationals placed outfielder Brian Goodwin on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a left groin strain. The move is retroactive to Aug. 14.
Gio Gonzalez allowed two hits in six scoreless innings, Howie Kendrick hit two solo home runs and the Washington Nationals snapped the Los Angeles Angels' winning streak at six with a 3-1 victory Tuesday night.
Stephen Strasburg didn't think he needed to go on a rehab start, so he made quick work of his brief trip to the minors.
The good news: Washington -- even without its best player -- is a lock for the playoffs. The bad news: October is a whole different animal.