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Marlins beat Nats, end losing skid

In his first game back from the DL, Marlins 2B Dee Gordon went 2-for-3 with a triple in the 4-1 win over the Nationals. Jose Fernandez got the win and improved to 4-0 on the season. Box score

Marlins grab lead on Nationals

Miami sent 8 batters to the plate in the 6th, scratching out 2 runs to take a 3-1 lead on Washington. Martin Prado and J.T. Realmuto provided the RBIs in the inning. Follow live

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Law: Nats get minor boost with Papelbon

Keith Law: “He's a modest upgrade to the Nats' late-game relief corps, not specifically over Drew Storen but over whatever right-handed reliever gets bounced from the roster.” Trade analysis (Insider)

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BREAKING: Phillies trade closer Jonathan Papelbon to Nationals for minor leaguer. (via multiple reports)

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Nationals acquire Papelbon

The Phillies have traded Jonathan Papelbon to the Nationals for Double-A pitcher Nick Pivetta. The Nats picked up Papelbon's option for 2016, with his salary lowered from $13M to $11M. He also will take over the closer's job from Drew Storen.

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New Mets reliever Clippard calls Nats 'beatable'

Tyler Clippard spent seven seasons with the Nationals before getting traded to the A's in January. Now with the rival Mets, Clippard is not prepared to anoint the Nats division champs just yet.

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Nationals should acquire Chapman now

ESPN Insider Jim Bowden says the Washington Nationals' chances of winning in October would be greatly enhanced by getting closer Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds. Deadline deals Bowden would like to see

Nats' lineup gets a boost

Ryan Zimmerman (15-day DL) and Jayson Werth (60-day DL) will make their return tonight against the Marlins. To make room, the Nationals optioned outfielder Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Syracuse and outrighted infielder Emmanuel Burriss to Triple-A Syracuse.

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Nats pursuing trade for Craig Kimbrel?

Washington has reportedly been the top suitor for the Padres' closer as the deadline approaches. The Nationals appear intent on adding a top arm to their bullpen. MLB rumors roundup

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Stephen Strasburg to get a rehab start

The Nationals ace will start in Triple-A Wednesday, his first since leaving an MLB game July 4. That game was just his third after a month on the DL. This season he has made just 13 starts with a 5.16 ERA.

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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.

2015 Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs41116th
Batting Average.25216th
On Base Percentage.31811th
Slugging Percentage.39516th
Earned Run Average3.6411th
Quality Starts5611th
WHIP1.2513th
BAA.26021st

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