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Werth eyes Tuesday return

Jayson Werth is expected to join the Nats for their series opener in Miami after a 2 1/2-month trip to the DL with two fractures in his left wrist.

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Nats need more from Fister

On the back end of their rotation, the Nationals haven't recieved nearly enough good starts from pitcher Doug Fister since he returned from the DL. They've only won one of his last seven outings. MLB Power Rankings

Stephen Strasburg to make Triple-A start

Wednesday's scheduled rehab start at Syracuse will be Strasburg's first since he went on the DL over three weeks ago. Strasburg (5.16 ERA) is in the midst of his worst MLB season.

Nationals still eyeing relievers

Getting its own players healthy is more important for Washington than any trade. That said, don't be surprised if the Nats add a reliever to strengthen their bid for the World Series. Updated deadline preview (Insider)

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Cole picks up 14th win (0:53)
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Final: Pirates 3, Nationals 1

Gerrit Cole gave up just 1 run and struck out 8 in 7.2 innings of work, lowering his ERA to 2.24 for the season and giving the Pirates a series win over the Nationals. Box score

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Final: Nationals 9, Pirates 3

Ian Desmond hit his fourth homer in the past 6 games, and the Nationals kept pace with a Mets team that's hammering the Dodgers to remain 3 games in front in the NL East. Follow live

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Gonzalez sharp for Nationals

Gio Gonzalez has allowed just 2 hits over 5 scoreless innings and has even driven in a run as Washington holds a 4-0 lead over the Pirates in the 6th. Follow live

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Welcome back, Aramis

Acquired Thursday from the Brewers, Aramis Ramirez will make his first start for the Pirates tonight against the Nationals. Ramirez played for the Pirates from 1998-2003. Follow live

Nationals reinstate Anthony Rendon

Rendon is back with the team after his second DL stint of the season. Rendon, who finished 5th in NL MVP voting last season, has played in only 18 of Washington's 95 games. The Nats and Pirates play tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET.

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Strasburg throws bullpen session

Stephen Strasburg took his first step to returning from the DL with a 51-pitch simulated game vs. teammates at PNC Park Friday. Strasburg, in the midst of his worst season ever, is recovering from an oblique strain.

Pirates figure out Scherzer

On June 20, Max Scherzer had the Pirates' number. That wasn't quite the story on Friday.

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Pirates get to Scherzer, top Nationals 7-5

Gregory Polanco homered and drove in three runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates exacted some measure revenge against Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals in a 7-5 win on Friday night.

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Pirates outslug Nationals 7-5

Max Scherzer gave up 3 HRs, including one to Gregory Polanco as Pittsburgh rallied to win its second straight over Washington. Box score

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Pirates going long against Scherzer

Max Scherzer has given up 3 HRs this evening, including back-to-back shots from Gregory Polanco and Neil Walker, as Pittsburgh leads 5-4 in the 5th. Follow live

Nationals erupt for 4 in the 4th

Washington got to Pirates SP Jeff Locke in the 4th, as RBI hits from Wilson Ramos, Tyler Moore and Dan Uggla gave the Nats a 4-2 lead. Follow live

Pirates strike first against Scherzer

The last time Max Scherzer faced Pittsburgh, he nearly threw a perfect game. This time around, the Pirates have the upper hand thanks to a 2-run HR from Pedro Alvarez in the second inning. Follow live

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Road warrior Scherzer back at it

Nationals SP Max Scherzer brings a league-leading 1.06 road ERA (min. 5 starts) vs. NL teams into tonight's matchup vs. Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. ET.

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Max Scherzer owns the Pirates

He has not allowed a hit in his last 13 innings against the Pirates. He is the first starter to do that since Felix Hernandez against the Rays from 2012–14. The last starter with a longer streak vs. one team was Francisco Cordova (15 innings vs. the Astros in 1997).

2015 Team Stats

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  • Pitching
Runs41015th
Batting Average.25217th
On Base Percentage.31712th
Slugging Percentage.39615th
Earned Run Average3.6311th
Quality Starts5511th
WHIP1.2411th
BAA.25921st

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