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  • Hendricks sharp as Cubs improve to 21-6

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Joe Maddon had nothing but raves as starter Kyle Hendricks collected his first victory in nearly a month Thursday. Hendricks (2-2) allowed two hits in six shutout innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 5-2 in the opener of a four-game series between National..." May 06

  • Manfred disagrees with Harper's 'tired' barb

    The Score "Rob Manfred reiterated his support Thursday over Bryce Harper's comments about unwritten rules in today's game, but the commissioner is taking issue with the reigning MVP's assertion that baseball has become "tired." "I bet if he could have that word back maybe he wouldn't agree with it, but..." May 06

  • What the Cubs think of Bryce Harper's fun campaign

    ESPN Chicago "You might be surprised but when it comes to fist pumps and bat flips, 62-year-old Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon and his mild-mannered NL Rookie of the Year don't have a real problem with it. We know how Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper feels about the concept -- he's outspoken about it --..." May 05

  • Ben Revere’s Return Close for Nationals

    Baseball Essential "According to William Ladson of, outfielder Ben Revere will rejoin the Washington Nationals on Thursday. It is still unclear when Revere will be activated. The Nationals are set to wrap up a three-game set in Kansas City with the Royals this afternoon before travelling to Chicago to play..." May 04

  • Nationals take Royals to school in 13-2 win

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals hosted "School Day at the K," but it was the Washington Nationals who did all the teaching. The Nationals outplayed the Royals from a pitching, hitting and defense standpoint, and that made the game a laugher from the start. They scored six runs in..." May 04

  • Danny Espinosa Switches Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa has switched agents and will now be represented by MVP Sports Group,’s Jerry Crasnick reports on Twitter. Espinosa, 29, entered the year with 4.113 days of service on his ledger. He agreed to a $2.875MM arbitration salary in his second (and..." May 04

  • Royals rally late to defeat Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Seems like old times for the Kansas City Royals. After failing to mount much offense off Washington starter Tanner Roark through the first seven innings, the Royals scored one in the eighth and three in the ninth to claim a dramatic 7-6 victory Tuesday night at Kauffman..." May 04

  • More PED busts coming from Major League Baseball

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is expected to announce in the next few days that another player has tested positive for the steroid Turinabol, a drug that was commonly used by East German athletes in the 1970s. The positive test is one of a handful being processed, two sources familiar with the cases told..." May 04

  • Strasburg seemingly will benefit from 2012 call "Almost exactly four years ago, as the early-season success of Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals captured national attention, Bill Shaikin wrote in the Los Angeles Times about the Nationals' plan to shut down their young ace. "You have a five-year plan," Strasburg's agent, Scott..." May 04

  • Harper’s slump continues, now 1 for his last 23

    Masn "Let’s get this out of the way, because it needs to be said right off the bat: Bryce Harper is going to start hitting again, and most likely sometime soon. He’s going to start hitting like the menace to opposing pitchers he has been for the vast majority of the last two seasons. That said, he sure..." May 04

  • Bronson Arroyo is throwing side-arm now

    Hardball Talk "Nationals pitcher Bronson Arroyo has partial tears of tendons in his rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Considering he’s 39 years old, no one would fault him if he decided to call it quits. But he has one more idea, MASN’s Mark Zuckerman reports: Arroyo is going to throw side-arm, or at least..." May 04

  • Bryce Harper signs biggest endorsement deal for MLB player

    ESPN "Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper has signed a 10-year extension with Under Armour that is believed to be the largest endorsement deal in history for a baseball player, a source with knowledge of the deal told ESPN. Under Armour announced earlier Tuesday that Harper signed a multiyear..." May 04

  • Murphy, Gonzalez lead Nats past Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Daniel Murphy's words wouldn't say it, but his smile said this one was special. Murphy collected three hits, including career hit number 1,000, as the Washington Nationals defeated the Kansas City Royals 2-0 Monday in the opener of an inter-league series. Gio Gonzalez..." May 03

  • Cuba says defectors still will not be allowed to play in 2017 WBC

    ESPN "Cuba decided to maintain its ban on baseball players who defected the country and will not allow them to represent Cuba in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Despite some encouraging sounds and the recent reopening of borders with the United States, Cuba is not yet ready to forgive those who left..." May 03

  • Four MLB stars that must be traded in 2016

    Sportsnaut "While the MLB trade deadline is still months away, it’s never too early to start thinking about guys that should be dealt. And this year, there are a few stars in need of relocation. Usually, veteran players on bad teams best fit this description. Even though the season is still very early, we..." May 03

  • At long last, Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg hitting their stride together

    USA Today "The expectations were ungodly, almost reckless. One was called the greatest pitching prospect in baseball history. The other was baseball’s chosen one, and at the age of 16, was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. If it wasn’t enough, Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper happened to be..." May 02

  • Harper, Machado earn Player of the Month honors

    The Score "Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals phenom who smashed nine homers in his first 18 games this year, was named National League Player of the Month for April on Monday. Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado earned the honor in the American League, following a strong start to his 2016..." May 02

  • Scherzer dominates Cardinals in latest return to St. Louis

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- From the first pitch of Sunday's game, Max Scherzer knew it was back. He knew he could put his fastball at the knees any time he wanted. He knew his fastball had the movement it needed. He knew his secondary pitches were working in concert. And as it turned out, everyone..." May 01

  • Braun's 5 non-veto trade partners revealed

    The Score "Ryan Braun has the ability to veto trades to every team in the big leagues except for five. According to a report by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the hot-hitting Braun is becoming a unique trade chip for Milwaukee given his torrid start to the 2016 season, as well as the combination of his age..." May 01

  • Nationals 6, Cardinals 1

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Informed that Washington had just won its first series in St. Louis since 2007, left fielder Jayson Werth sounded incredulous. "That's crazy," he said. "I don't have anything else for you on that." Werth used his bat to do most of the rest of his commentary, capping a..." April 30

  • Nationals' successful challenge leads to victory over Cardinals

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- For a moment, it looked like the Washington Nationals had frittered away a potential run-scoring chance in the fourth inning. But manager Dusty Baker's successful challenge put Washington back in business, and as things turned out, it led to the big inning they needed to start a..." April 30

  • MLB players could push for harsher PED suspensions

    SB Nation "The Major League Baseball players who do not use performance-enhancing drugs are not pleased with the ones who do. With Chris Colabello and Dee Gordon both suspended this month, there is a sudden call for harsher penalties for failed PED tests coming from players. Some, like Justin Verlander, have..." April 30

  • Bryce Harper says Dee Gordon’s PED suspension is ‘not good for baseball’; Doesn't want his batting title

    Washington Post "The announcement of Dee Gordon’s 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing substances came at 1:18 a.m. Eastern time Friday. So it wasn’t until later that morning that much of the baseball world, including the Nationals, saw the news about the Marlins’ speedy second baseman. The Nationals are..." April 30

  • The MLBPA continues to shoot itself in the foot regarding PEDs

    Hardball Talk "Most players are adamantly anti-PEDs now. Unlike their complicit or passive predecessors, today’s players don’t, for the most part, accept PEDs as just part of the game. They’re competitors and they see PED use as their competition cheating. They consider these guys to be taking money and service..." April 29

  • Bryce Harper misplayed a ball, and Papelbon seemed displeased

    CBS Sports "The Nationals on Thursday fell to the Phillies at home by a score of 3-0 (box score) and as such were swept by the presumed non-contenders. This particular contest was still in doubt in the late innings. In fact, Nats manager Dusty Baker summoned closer Jonathan Papelbon in the road half of the..." April 29

  • Bryce Harper will play in 2017 WBC … on one condition

    Sportress of Blogitude "Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper arguably is the best player in baseball at the moment, so it obviously would be a major coup if those in charge of the U.S. team could convince him to play in next year’s World Baseball Classic. Harper recently indicated he’d love to play for his..." April 28

  • For Dusty Baker, a Life in Baseball Trying Not to Be Defined

    New York Times "The two labels we affix to Dusty Baker say more about baseball than they do about him. “The thing that really bothers me is how every time they mention my name, I’m either 66 years old or I’m an African-American manager,” Baker said before batting practice Tuesday, on a bench in the Washington..." April 28

  • Bryce Harper's mission to make baseball fun again

    ESPN "He leads the league in homers. He leads the league in stop-what-you're-doing-and-turn-on-SportsCenter moments. And, of course, he leads the league in hair. But in other news, Bryce Harper has a war to fight. The culture war. He might not look the part. But baseball's most magnetic player is..." April 28

  • Hellickson helps Phillies shut out Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Earlier in the day the Philadelphia Phillies announced that starting pitcher Charlie Morton was done for the season after he tore his hamstring Saturday while running the bases. But fellow starter Jeremy Hellickson said Wednesday night that injury was not the source of his..." April 27

  • Max Scherzer after Nats' loss: 'You go through funks ... this is a funk'

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals missed a chance Tuesday to secure the best start in team history, falling to the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-3. A pair of doubles off Oliver Perez in the seventh inning provided the Phillies with the decisive run, but the six innings Max Scherzer delivered before that did not..." April 27

  • Bryce Harper and Nolan Arenado are early contenders for rare HR feat

    CBS Sports "In the contemporary era, home run power typically requires a "giveback" in the form of strikeouts. This, of course, is a boom economy for strikeouts, and those that manage to hit with authority while running high contact rates qualify as outliers. And then there's what Bryce Harper and Nolan..." April 27

  • Phillies, Gomez retire Harper to beat Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- For the second game in a row, Bryce Harper came to bat in the last of the ninth with his team trailing by one run. There was drama again Tuesday night at Nationals Park, but this time the results were different. After hitting a game-tying homer on Sunday as a pinch-hitter..." April 26

  • Baker compares Harper to Bonds: 'He's ahead of Barry'

    The Score "Bryce Harper is only 23 years old, but his manager, Dusty Baker, worked with seven-time MVP Barry Bonds for close to a decade during his time with the San Francisco Giants and knows a star when he sees one. After Harper hit a game-tying pinch-hit home run during a ninth inning come-from-behind..." April 25

  • Nats earn wild win in 16th on Heisey's homer

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Dusty Baker was not in a major league dugout during the 2014 and '15 seasons, as he was out of baseball following his tenure as the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. However, the baseball lifer still has the magic, and the first-year Washington Nationals manager certainly pushed..." April 24

  • Roark strikes out 15 as Nationals blank Twins

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Minnesota Twins hitters looked helpless most of Saturday afternoon, as starting pitcher Tanner Roark allowed just two hits struck out a career-high 15 batters in seven innings. The Twins' offense didn't do much better against the Washington bullpen, which allowed no hits..." April 23

  • Bryce Harper is going to overshadow Mike Trout for the next decade

    SB Nation "Painfully obvious disclaimer: Mike Trout has been the best player in baseball for the last four seasons. He's just 24, so he's probably going to be the best baseball player for the next four seasons, at least. He's a marvel, a wonder, a generational talent that we can't take for granted. It's Mike..." April 21

  • Rob Manfred says MLB expansion coming 'in the longer term'

    Sporting News "While acknowledging that having 32 teams in Major League Baseball would make scheduling easier than the current 30-team setup in which daily interleague play is required, commissioner Rob Manfred is being careful not to get anyone’s hopes up too high that a new team soon will be coming to their..." April 21

  • Papelbon strikes fear in reporter after name mishap

    The Score "Washington Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon is one of the most intimidating players in the majors, and MASN reporter Dan Kolko, for a few brief seconds Wednesday, thought he may be choked out like Bryce Harper was by the veteran last season. Kolko began his postgame interview by thanking a..." April 21

  • Nationals bullpen comes through in win over Marlins

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Emergencies are Yusmeiro Petit's specialty. When starting pitcher Joe Ross developed a blister on his right middle finger early in Wednesday night's game, the Washington Nationals sounded their alarm. Petit heard it and responded to help the Nationals defeat the Miami Marlins..." April 20

  • Four-homer inning propels Nats past Marlins

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Jayson Werth's 200th career home run came in a big spot. Werth's shot, on a 3-2 fastball in the seventh inning, broke up a scoreless pitching duel between Miami Marlins rookie Adam Conley and Washington Nationals veteran Stephen Strasburg. Washington added three more home runs..." April 19

  • MLB remains unbalanced as female umpires strike out

    The Sports Quotient "In 2015, the NFL introduced its first female referee into the league and joined the NBA as the only two major professional sports with women officiating regular-season games. Although female participation in all levels of professional sports has increased since the passing of Title IX almost 40..." April 19

  • Trades MLB Teams Should Already Be Thinking About for 2016

    Bleacher Report "Though they're rare, trades in the first few weeks of an MLB season do occasionally take place. We need only look back to last season for evidence, as Atlanta traded All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to San Diego just a few games after Opening Day. So it's never too early to start looking at..." April 19

  • Fernandez, Marlins overpower Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- It was power pitcher against power hitter. In perhaps the most exciting pitch of the night, Miami Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez blew a 99 mph fastball past Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper, who swung and missed during his second plate appearance. That was..." April 18

  • Bryce Harper is named co-NL Player of the Week

    Masn "Bryce Harper’s weekend power surge in Philadelphia earned him his first official honor of 2016 - though he’ll have to share with a fellow All-Star. Harper was named co-National League Player of the Week this afternoon along with Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, the league office unable to..." April 18

  • Baseball has its LeBron James and his name is Bryce Harper

    Yahoo! Sports "The best hitter in the world walloped another home run Sunday. To call Bryce Harper anything less at this point would be hedging out of fear that he’s too young or too green or too whatever-obtuse-excuse-you-wanna-peddle. No need to dream up reasons. Just enjoy the show. Because that’s what it..." April 18

  • Papelbon after Nats' loss: 'We won the (bleeping) series, man'

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save of the 2016 season on Sunday as the Nationals fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 in 10 innings. CSN Philly caught up with the Nats' closer afterwards and he gave them a pretty awesome quote on the loss. “We’re in first place and we won the (bleeping)..." April 18

  • Phillies win on Galvis' RBI in 10th

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Jonathan Papelbon insists playing in Philadelphia, where he spent parts of four seasons, is no different than anywhere else. But two consecutive save opportunities against his former team in his former park have not gone well for the Washington Nationals closer. And Freddy..." April 17

  • Which manager is the likeliest to get fired?

    MLB Daily Dish "As the season gets underway, an inevitable outcome is that various teams don't meet their expectations. That can mean a number of different things such as a subpar record, or young players failing to take the next step. Regardless of what the exact reason is, failing to meet predetermined goals..." April 16

  • How do these MLB finales rank vs. Kobe's last game?

    The Score "On Wednesday night, after spending the preceding six months negotiating his own mortality on an exhausting farewell tour, Kobe Bryant - the ferocious, indelible five-time NBA champion - gave everyone one more evening of the Black Mamba, dropping 60 points before an incredulous crowd at Staples..." April 14

  • Braves fall to 0-8 after loss to Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- A quote attributed to boxing great Muhammed Ali was on the dry erase board in the Atlanta Braves' clubhouse on Wednesday: "Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." That is the challenge these days for the Braves, who are struggling on and off the..." April 13

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