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8hDavid Schoenfield

Wednesday's power rankings

Bryce Harper hit his 18th home run of the season as the Nationals continue to win.

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9hJesse Rogers

Rapid Reaction: Nationals 3, Cubs 0

The Cubs offense has gone quiet over the past few games as they've managed just seven runs since Sunday's contest in Arizona.

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Scherzer, Nationals blank Cubs (2:11)
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Harper, Scherzer power Nationals past Cubs

CHICAGO -- Bryce Harper hit his 18th home run, Max Scherzer struck out a season-high 13 to outduel Jon Lester and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 on Wednesday night.

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Washington Nationals' Salary: By the Numbers

The Washington Nationals rank 16th of 333 international teams surveyed in an ESPN/SportingIntelligence report revealing the sports franchises that spend the most on their players.

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23hDavid Schoenfield

SweetSpot TV: Talking awards

Eric and I agree on one thing: Bryce Harper is awesome and he's the clear favorite for NL MVP right now. But what about some of the other awards? We discuss the early favorites.

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SweetSpot TV: Quarter-season awards (4:31)
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Stark: First-quarter award winners

Now that all 30 teams have finally played 40 games, it's time to look back at the first quarter of a fun season and hand out a little imaginary hardware.

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1dDavid Schoenfield

Tuesday's power rankings

Josh Donaldson became the first player to score five runs in a game in 2015 -- while hitting his sixth career walk-off.

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Russell's game-winning RBI double (0:27)
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Harper, Bryant squaring off again (6:52)
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OF Werth rejoins Nats in Chicago on Tuesday

Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth (bruised left wrist) rejoined the team Tuesday, but manager Matt Williams isn't sure when he'll be activated from the disabled list.

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Most exciting young player in baseball (2:34)
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3dDavid Schoenfield

Five key things to watch this week

The Yankees are sliding, Josh Hamilton is returning, and Michael Wacha is in some elite company.

2015 Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs2192nd
Batting Average.25612th
On Base Percentage.3238th
Slugging Percentage.4195th
Earned Run Average3.537th
Quality Starts286th
WHIP1.2814th
BAA.26124th

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