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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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."
Streaks and records are nice, but everyone is playing for one thing. Pick your champion before the Sunday Night Baseball crew weighs in.
R.A. Dickey frustrated Washington with his knuckleball for eight innings, Ozzie Albies had three hits and the Atlanta Braves beat the Nationals 3-2 on Thursday night.
Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino issued three bases-loaded walks in a six-run eighth, Gio Gonzalez pitched seven strong innings and the Washington Nationals beat Atlanta 7-3 on Wednesday night.
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PGA Tour pros Russell Henley and Jhonattan "Johnny" Vegas get the crowd at Sun Trust Stadium jacked up doing "The Chop" for the Atlanta Braves in there game vs. the Washington Nationals. Both players are in Atlanta for the PGA Tour's Tour Championship being played at East Lake Golf Club.
Michael Taylor is entrenched as the center fielder, but that's where the questions come in, especially with Jayson Werth struggling and Bryce Harper a question mark due to injury.
As phenomenal as Max Scherzer has been this season, Stephen Strasburg has an edge in some categories. Gio Gonzalez has been fantastic as well, though not quite Cy Young-caliber.
Scherzer joins exclusive K-ompany
Max Scherzer went over the 250-strikeout mark for the fourth consecutive season on Tuesday, matching Pedro Martinez and Fergie Jenkins for the second-longest streak ever. Scherzer must keep it up through 2019 to tie The Big Unit for the record.
In addition to catching up with Brewers slugger Eric Thames and A's 3B Matt Chapman, Buster Olney talks to Tim Kurkjian and Paul Hembekides about the MLB home run record, the launch angle "fad," the Giants' rebuild and whether the Nationals are the NL's team to beat.
Max Scherzer allowed five hits in seven innings, and the Washington Nationals tuned up for the playoffs with a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.
Nationals scratch Daniel Murphy from lineup
The Nats have scratched 2B Daniel Murphy from Tuesday's game vs. the Braves due to hamstring tightness.
Vegas likes Tribe in October
The latest Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook odds give the Indians, fresh off their historic 22-game win streak, the best chance to win the World Series. The Dodgers, Astros and Nationals have the next best odds, respectively.
Max Scherzer has allowed 11 runs in his past two outings, which suddenly opened up this race. Can Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke swoop in to steal the hardware?
Before catching up with Nationals C Matt Wieters, Buster Olney and Jerry Crasnick discuss the excitement surrounding the Nationals and Dodgers, the Astros' quiet confidence, punishment handed down against the Red Sox and more. Plus, Todd Radom unveils the 2nd best logo in baseball history.