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2016 Schedule
31-21, 1st in NL East
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Harper leaves early in Nationals' win (1:01)
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Murphy's two-run single puts Nationals back in front (0:31)

Lineup: Nationals (30-21) at Phillies (26-24)

  • 1. Ben Revere, CF (L)
  • 2. Jayson Werth, LF (R)
  • 3. Bryce Harper, RF (L)
  • 4. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  • 5. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B (R)
  • 6. Anthony Rendon, 3B (R)
  • 7. Wilson Ramos, C (R)
  • 8. Danny Espinosa, SS (S)
  • 9. Tanner Roark, RHP (R)
  • Daily notes

Nationals drop to No. 5 in rankings

Washington moves down two spots according to ESPN's expert panel. The Nats are 14-14 in May and will close the month with a trip to Philadelphia. Week 8 Power Rankings

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Cubs rule the Week 8 Power Rankings (1:38)

Can Nats capitalize on back-to-back picks?

In his latest mock draft, Keith Law now believes Washington will select high school SS Drew Mendoza with the No. 28 pick and Georgia righty Robert Tyler with the No. 29 pick. Mendoza is a high-risk, high-reward power hitter. Meanwhile, Tyler's fastball is in the upper 90s. Law: Mock draft 2.0 (Insider)

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Span annihilates ball into the second deck (0:28)
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Rendon, Werth homers power Nationals (1:17)
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Angels' Escobar injured after fielding grounder

Third baseman Yunel Escobar has left the Los Angeles Angels' game against the Houston Astros in the third inning after bruising his left wrist while fielding a grounder Sunday.

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Werth blows open game with pinch-hit grand slam (0:24)
Stats & Info

Twice is nice for Ryan Zimmerman

Zimmerman hit two home runs -- one to center and one to right-center -- off Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright on Saturday.

Stats & Info

Harper rediscovers his power stroke

Two days after hitting a season-long 437-foot home run against the Cardinals, Bryce Harper was at it again on Saturday. His solo shot off Adam Wainwright traveled 428 feet, per ESPN's Home Run Tracker.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Wainwright was delighted to talk about his hitting, which has been impressive this season. After his two-run double off Gio Gonzalez in the second inning Saturday, he leads all MLB pitchers -- even Madison Bumgarner -- with five extra-base hits this season. Wainwright also is the active leader among pitchers in hits (109) and doubles (29).

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Wainwright and Mike Leake have been exchanging trash talk about their hitting since the team's Winter Warmup fan event in January. They wouldn't reveal the stakes, but they also have something riding on who finishes the season with superior numbers. Wainwright figures to collect on that wager as Leake is just 2-for-17 with a double. Wainwright, meanwhile, hit his third double, driving in two runs, in the second inning off Gio Gonzalez. He also has a triple and a home run and is 5-for-17 overall.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

When Daniel Murphy hit a shallow fly ball to right field and Stephen Piscotty couldn't make a diving catch on it, Murphy had his 41st base hit of May. That set a new Washington Nationals record for hits in any calendar month.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Max Scherzer allowed a grand slam to Stephen Piscotty, just the second salami he's given up in his career, and the first since 2010. He also walked four, tied for his most since coming to DC last season. Add it all up, and the #Nats fell 6-2 to St. Louis. If the #Mets hold on against the Dodgers, there'll be a tie atop the NL East.

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Piscotty, Cardinals slam Scherzer, Nationals 6-2

Stephen Piscotty hit a grand slam off Max Scherzer during a five-run third inning and Jaime Garcia quieted the Washington Nationals lineup as the St. Louis Cardinals won 6-2 on Friday night.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny wasn't too happy after umpire Alan Porter issued warnings following a brush-back pitch from Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia to the Nationals' Ben Revere in the fifth inning. That pitch came an inning after Garcia hit Daniel Murphy in the upper part of his left shoulder with a pitch and immediately after Danny Espinosa took Garcia deep. Porter apparently thought there was intent.

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107-year-old woman attends her first MLB game

Virginia McLaurin, who became a hit when she danced with the Obamas earlier this year, was honored by the Washington Nationals on Thursday.

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Harper ready to break out of slump?

Bryce Harper went deep against the Cardinals on Thursday, his second home run in his last 20 games. The reigning NL MVP had 10 HRs in his first 27 games, ESPN Stats & Info notes.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs217Tied-13th
Batting Average.24419th
On Base Percentage.32114th
Slugging Percentage.40815th
Earned Run Average2.992nd
Quality Starts34Tied-1st
WHIP1.133rd
BAA.2263rd

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