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Mad Max dominates with broken nose, black eye

@JamalCollier
12:37 AM EDT

WASHINGTON -- The ball left a sizeable imprint around Max Scherzer’s right eye, the blue one, now marked with a large bruise to go along with his swollen nose. Fluid had built up from the swelling underneath his eye, and it took him some time pregame to get used to

Corbin cruises, leads Nats to Game 1 victory

Lefty bounces back from rough stretch with 7 innings of 1-run ball, 8 K's
@JamalCollier
June 19, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Patrick Corbin had gone back to the proverbial drawing board after an uncharacteristic string of three clunkers on the mound. He focused on honing in on his mechanics, aiming to get his pitching motion moving more toward home plate to help cure the woes that have plagued him

VOTE NOW: All-Star primary ends Friday, 4 ET

@castrovince
June 17, 2019

Baseball’s version of the primary season is upon us, and the sport’s answer to Election Day is not far behind. And in incorporating shades of the political process, the 2019 Google MLB All-Star Ballot brings major change to the selection system for All-Star Game starters. • VOTE NOW: 2019 Google

Why no love? 9 who deserve more ASG votes

@castrovince
1:33 AM EDT

Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search. The people are speaking. And thus far, it’s hard to disagree with much of what they have to say. Earlier this

Kendrick a worthy ASG write-in candidate

@JamalCollier
June 17, 2019

Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search. WASHINGTON -- The Nationals have spent the early part of the season -- as well as the past three seasons --

Teen phenom leads updated Top 100 list

@JonathanMayo
June 18, 2019

Another month and change has gone by since we last updated our Top 100 Prospects list. We’re just about at the half-way point of the 2019 Minor League season and short-season leagues have just gotten underway, so it’s a perfect time to make some tweaks to the list. This will

Tuesday's top prospect performers

@wboor and @GoldenSombrero
June 19, 2019

Here's a look at Tuesday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list and 2019 Draft class: AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST Blue Jays: Cal Stevenson, OF (No. 24) -- 3-for-4, 3B, RBI, R, SB (Class A Adv Dunedin) Stevenson was the only Dunedin player to post multiple hits

Nationals sign top Draft pick Rutledge

@JamalCollier
June 17, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Jackson Rutledge, the Nationals' first-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, had never been to Nationals Park, or even D.C., before arriving Sunday night with his family -- his mother, father and two sisters. They stood on the field during batting practice before Monday night’s game against the

Scherzer starting G2 despite broken nose

@JamalCollier
June 19, 2019

WASHINGTON -- With a splint on his nose and a black right eye, Max Scherzer stood in manager Dave Martinez’s office Tuesday night and went through his pitching motion, complete with his custom scowl. Hours earlier, he had fouled a ball off his face during a bunting drill, breaking his

Rain postpones Phils-Nats again on Tuesday

Game will be made up as part of split doubleheader on Sept. 24
@JamalCollier
June 18, 2019

WASHINGTON -- This was supposed to be one of the most important weeks of the season for the Nationals, with seven games at home against two division rivals ahead of them in the National League East standings. But inclement weather has altered the first two nights of their scheduled four-game

Class A stars shine at Carolina League Classic

June 19, 2019

FREDERICK, Md. -- Nick Banks thought he missed it. As he rounded first base with his head down, he was sure it wasn’t hit high enough. Maybe a loud double, sure, but a game-winning homer? “And then I saw everyone else slow down, and that’s when I knew,” the Nationals'

Phils-Nats postponed Monday, DH set for Wed. 

@JamalCollier
June 17, 2019

WASHINGTON -- This week will be one of the most important stretches of the season for the Nationals, with seven games scheduled against two teams ahead of them in the National League East standings, in the Phillies and Braves. But rainy weather on Monday pushed the start of this crucial

Robles mimics Superman for Play of the Week

@mattkellyMLB
June 17, 2019

Victor Robles’ speed and athleticism has lived up to preseason billing, and his latest show-stopping catch against the White Sox on Tuesday was named MLB’s Play of the Week presented by W.B. Mason. Washington trailed Chicago, 5-2, in Game 2 of the clubs’ series on the South Side when White

Adams hits grand slam, 3-run HR to power Nats

After split with D-backs, big test awaits as Phillies, Braves come to town
@JamalCollier
June 16, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Matt Adams homered twice and collected seven RBIs, including a grand slam launched 438 feet into center field in the eighth, to help power the Nationals to a 15-5 victory in Sunday’s series finale against the D-backs. Washington matched a season high with 15 runs to salvage a

Bullpen dealt blow as Barraclough to IL 

Nationals reliever dealing with right radial nerve irritation
@JamalCollier
June 16, 2019

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals placed reliever Kyle Barraclough on the injured list prior to Sunday’s series finale against the D-backs with right radial nerve irritation. Infielder Adrian Sanchez was promoted from Double-A Harrisburg to take his place. Barraclough allowed three runs while recording just one out during his appearance in

MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

@JonathanMayo
June 17, 2019

MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minors from the previous seven days. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible. Short-season leagues started up this past week, which will give us at MLB Pipeline an even

Here is each team's most deserving All-Star

@williamfleitch
June 16, 2019

Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search. Every team gets an All-Star. That’s the rule for All-Star Games, and I’d argue that's that way it should be: The

Soto credits dad for introducing him to baseball

@JamalCollier
June 16, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto was just 6 months old when his father brought him to his first baseball game, a winter ball game in the Dominican Republic. Baseball has always been a bonding experience for Soto and his father, also named Juan Jose Soto, the man he credits with introducing

Strasburg: 'I need to make some adjustments'

Uncharacteristic start for reliable righty, as he gives up four homers
@JamalCollier
June 15, 2019

WASHINGTON -- From the very first pitch Stephen Strasburg threw on Saturday afternoon, the Diamondbacks hitters were all over him. Ketel Marte deposited a first-pitch 92-mph fastball into the bullpen in right field, giving Arizona an early advantage and setting the tone for the rest of a 10-3 Nationals loss

Hellickson making progress with shoulder pain

Barraclough still looking for answers; Adams homers in return to lineup
@JamalCollier
June 15, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Jeremy Hellickson’s received a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection in his right shoulder on Thursday, which helped alleviate some of the shoulder pain that he has been battling since the start of the year. He is still shut down from baseball activity, but felt much better prior to Saturday’s

Players share memories for Father's Day

June 16, 2019

So many baseball players learn the game from their dads. Major Leaguers are no exception. As MLB celebrates Father's Day on Sunday, players all around the game will think back to what their dads did for them -- whether they were big leaguers themselves, or Little League coaches, or just