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58-41, 1st in NL East
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What does the future hold for Harper?

Expectations have always been huge for Bryce Harper, and he showed he can meet them with his NL MVP 2015 season. Even if he doesn't reach those numbers again, ZiPS projects his career WAR to fall in line with several notable Hall of Famers. #MLBRank: Forecasting the future

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Nats the new No. 1 in ESPN rankings?

For the second straight week, there's been a change atop our Power Rankings. Did Washington or another club overtake San Francisco as No. 1? Week 16 Power Rankings

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Would Royals trade Wade Davis?

Jim Bowden notes Kansas City's thorny situation: in contention but with multiple free agents who could walk this offseason. If the Royals part with their closer, Bowden sees the Nationals as most likely to land him. Top trade targets/best fits (Insider)

Stats & Info

Who's next to join Hall of Fame?

Now that Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza have been officially inducted, it's time to turn our attention to the 2017 candidates. Will any of these sluggers make it to Cooperstown in their first year on the ballot?

Stats & Info

Sunday's longest home runs

Trevor Story's post-break homer binge continued on Sunday, as the rookie launched a career-long 456-foot blast to pace the competition. Story has six homers in his last seven games.

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Wilson Ramos got all of it

The seven-year big leaguer hit the longest of his 75 career home runs on Sunday at Nationals Park against the Padres. Ramos has hit 14 this season, two short of his career high.

Lineup: Nationals (58-40) vs. Padres (42-56)

  • 1. Trea Turner, 2B (R)
  • 2. Jayson Werth, LF (R)
  • 3. Daniel Murphy, 1B (L)
  • 4. Wilson Ramos, C (R)
  • 5. Anthony Rendon, 3B (R)
  • 6. Chris Heisey, RF (R)
  • 7. Michael Taylor, CF (R)
  • 8. Danny Espinosa, SS (S)
  • 9. Lucas Giolito, RHP
  • Daily notes

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Here is my personal ranking on who has best chance of getting Aroldis Chapman 1. Cubs 2. Nats 3. Indians...then the rest of the field

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Reports: Yanks close to making Chapman trade

Aroldis Chapman's days as closer for the Yankees are apparently numbered, with the team reportedly telling other squads it is close to trading its left-handed closer.

Lineup: Nationals (57-40) vs. Padres (42-55)

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

ESPN Stats & Information

Werth wins long-distance contest

Jayson Werth's home run didn't help the Nationals beat the Padres, but it traveled farther than every other home run belted Friday.

ESPN Stats & Info

Werth hits longest homer in 3 years

Jayson Werth drove a long ball to dead center field in the first inning against the Padres on Friday. The 444-foot home run, as measured by ESPN's Home Run Tracker, was Werth's longest homer since September 2013.

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Yankees exchanging offers for Chapman

The Nats? The Giants? Buster Olney breaks down what the Yankees are thinking with reliever Aroldis Chapman.

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Nationals' deadline status: buyers

The Nats have one of the best starting rotations in baseball, making them legitimate World Series contenders. Their biggest need is an impact closer, such as the Yankees' Aroldis Chapman or Andrew Miller, Jim Bowden writes. Trade deadline objectives (Insider)

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Strasburg falls short of D.C. record

Stephen Strasburg's streak of 16 straight decisions won was snapped on Thursday. It was the second-longest streak all-time by a pitcher in starts for a Washington D.C.-based team, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.

  • 1930-31 Firpo Marberry - 17
  • 2015-16 Stephen Strasburg - 16
  • 1932-33 General Crowder - 15
  • 1925 Stan Coveleski - 13
  • 1924 Walter Johnson - 13

Stats & Info

Stephen Strasburg finally hits a wall

Strasburg had been dominating in his last four starts entering Thursday, but that wasn't the case for him against the Dodgers. As a result, he suffered his first loss of the season and is now 13-1.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs46110th
Batting Average.25020th
On Base Percentage.32414th
Slugging Percentage.42812th
Earned Run Average3.281st
Quality Starts622nd
WHIP1.153rd
BAA.2293rd

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