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Saturday's power rankings

Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper provide the fireworks, Avisail Garcia the glovework and Clay Buchholz the handiwork on Independence Day.

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Strasburg exits early with tightness in side (0:25)
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Strasburg exits, Harper's bat lifts Nats (0:48)
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Williams: We're not taking any chances with Strasburg (1:17)
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Bryce Harper on patriotic bat (0:52)
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Strasburg injured in Nats' 9-3 win over SF

Bryce Harper homered, Tyler Moore drove in four runs and the Washington Nationals defeated the San Francisco Giants 9-3 on Saturday despite Stephen Strasburg exiting in the fourth inning with an

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Strasburg injury overshadows 9-3 win

Tanner Roark came in relief of an injured Stephen Strasburg to give more than four innings of solid relief in the Nationals win. Bryce Harper homered and was on base four times. Jordan Zimmermann pitches for the sweep Sunday. Box score

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This bat proves it has star power

Bryce Harper and his American-flag style bat is 2-for-3 with a home run, double and 2 RBIs. Madison Bumgarner also avoided the power of the bat by walking the Nationals star in the fifth. Nats are up 7-1. Follow live

Out of their league

Almost exactly halfway through the season. the National League has pretty much gone to script, as all three preseason favorites lead their divisions. In the AL, no current division leader was projected to finish better than 3rd before the season started.

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Founding Fathers face the race

The Nationals are ahead of the Giants. It's Independence Day. It's a perfect time to bring back our favorite moments of Washington's presidents races over the years.

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Rare mistake by MadBum

The HR that Madison Bumgarner allowed to Bryce Harper in the 1st inning today was the first he allowed to a left-handed batter in his past 47 starts. He had faced 241 left-handed batters and thrown 923 pitches to lefties without allowing a HR before Harper took him deep.

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Happy Fourth from the Founding Fathers (0:59)
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Strasburg leaves early

Stephen Strasburg left the Nationals-Giants game with two outs in the fourth with an apparent injury. Washington has a 3-0 lead. Follow live

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Harper keeps up record pace

Only seven players have hit at least 25 home runs at the halfway point of a season while 22 years old or younger. Five are in the Hall of Fame (Joe DiMaggio, Johnny Bench, Harmon Killebrew, Eddie Mathews and Mel Ott) and the others are Alex Rodriguez and Bryce Harper. Follow Giants/Nats live

Fireworks early for Nationals

Michael Taylor homered off Madison Bumgarner on the very first pitch of the game. On the second pitch of the game, Yunel Escobar doubled to deep center, just missing a home run. A few pitches after that, Bryce Harper homered, and the Nats lead the Giants 3-0. Follow live

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Soggy start to 4th of July in D.C.

Rain has delayed the start of the Giants-Nationals showdown of Madison Bumgarner and Stephen Strasburg.

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Breaking down the Nationals' win (1:31)
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Robinson's HR gives Nats the lead (0:21)

Robinson takes Peavy deep

Clint Robinson drilled Jake Peavy's offering to put the Nationals in a 2-1 lead over the Giants in the seventh. Watch on ESPN/WatchESPN

Giants strike first in D.C.

Buster Posey took the Nationals' Gio Gonzalez deep to center on a solo shot to start the 7th as the Giants score the first run for either team. It's Posey's 4th HR in his last 9 games. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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All pitching for Nationals, Giants

In his first start since April 17, Jake Peavy has given up just 2 hits through 5 scoreless innings. Bad news: The Giants' offense hasn't done anything vs. Gio Gonzalez. We're headed to the 6th scoreless. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

Pitchers' duel starting in D.C.

The Giants' Jake Peavy and Nationals' Gio Gonzalez are tossing shutouts through 3, and Gonzalez just missed a HR with a ball that was foul by inches. It's raining as we head to the 4th. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

Scoreless through 1 in D.C.

With Yunel Escobar on second thanks to a ground-rule double, Giants RHP intentionally walked Bryce Harper -- but Clint Robinson flied out to strand the baserunners. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

2015 Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs34610th
Batting Average.25611th
On Base Percentage.3229th
Slugging Percentage.40211th
Earned Run Average3.6310th
Quality Starts4610th
WHIP1.2512th
BAA.26022nd

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