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2018 Schedule
40-33, 2nd in NL East
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Harper a go for Home Run Derby if named All-Star

While some players have said they'll decline participating in this year's Home Run Derby if invited, Nationals slugger Bryce Harper confirmed his commitment to the event on Friday, assuming he's named to the NL All-Star team.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

So there's a DJ in the Nats clubhouse today. Not clubhouse DJ Gio Gonazalez, but, like, a real DJ. With turntables, giant speakers, and everything. Because Davey Martinez.


BBTN: Radical Union Ideas, Soto-Harper, Machado's Value

Buster & Karl Ravech discuss radical ideas for the MLBPA, Manny Machado's trade value, Mike Trout & more (:19). Plus, Jessica Mendoza on Bryce Harper & Juan Soto (26:25), Marly Rivera on the Mets and much more (39:09).

Scherzer delivers as Nats double up Orioles (1:04)
Scherzer's pitch hops into umpire's shirt (0:23)

Soto's 2-run double carries Nationals past Orioles 4-2

Juan Soto hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 Thursday night in the deciding matchup of a three-game interleague series between neighboring rivals.

Soto's double gives Nationals the lead (0:31)
Rendon ties game with long ball (0:22)
Scherzer has issues with pitch (0:20)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Bryce Harper leadoff experiment (2.0) is off to a good start. Batting atop the order for the first time in six weeks, Harper had two walks, a sac fly, and a double in four trips to help the Nationals beat the Orioles 4-2. It's the first time this month that Harper's reach base three times in a game.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

File under UNLIKELY: Orioles outfielder Colby Rasmus, in his first at-bat after missing 10 weeks, went deep off Nats ace Max Scherzer. It's the first homer for Rasmus in over a year.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper is hitting leadoff for the first time in six weeks. Nats manager Davey Martinez says he made the switch to help his slumping slugger get back to taking his walks. Harper batted leadoff early May, drawing two walks. Since being moved out of the top spot, he has 45 strikeouts (most in NL) against 13 walks, and is hitting just .190.

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Rizzo On Herrera Deal, Defense Of Harper

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo talks to Buster Olney about the team's trade for Kelvin Herrera, what he sees in young superstar Juan Soto and more. Plus, he stands up for Bryce Harper after Harper received anonymous criticism from rival GMs.

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The true madness of Max Scherzer

The Nats' ace swears he's normal. The evidence -- three Cy Youngs, 152 strikeouts in 2018 and a near obsession with minor tweaks -- proves otherwise.

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Herrera throws perfect inning in Nationals debut

Kelvin Herrera made his debut with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, one day after the team acquired the reliever in a trade with the Kansas City Royals.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals are undefeated in the Herr-Era. In their first game since acquiring Kelvin Herrera from KC, the Nats beat Baltimore 9-7. Herrera worked a perfect eighth, and Trea Turner went 4-for-4 with a homer and a double to key the offense.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

File Kelvin Herrera's debut with the Nats under "Success." Working the eigth inning with a three-run lead, the former Royals closer retired the Orioles in order on six pitches, and his heater touched 98.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

What Kelvin Herrera looks like wearing red instead of blue.

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Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.23820th
On Base Percentage.31717th
Slugging Percentage.39620th
Earned Run Average3.403rd
Quality Starts41Tied-5th