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2016 Schedule
48-32, 1st in NL East
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4hEddie Matz

Can anyone catch the six division leaders?

Every divisional leader is at least five games up in their division. Can they all hold on to their leads the rest of the way?

Lineup: Nationals (48-32) vs. Reds (29-51)

  • 1. Ben Revere, CF (L)
  • 2. Jayson Werth, LF (R)
  • 3. Bryce Harper, RF (L)
  • 4. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  • 5. Anthony Rendon, 3B (R)
  • 6. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B (R)
  • 7. Danny Espinosa, SS (S)
  • 8. Jose Lobaton, C (S)
  • 9. Tanner Roark, RHP
  • Daily notes

Report: Nats to sign first-rounder Dunning

Washington has reportedly agreed to terms on a deal with 2016 No. 29 overall draft pick Dane Dunning, a right-hander out of Florida. The club has not yet confirmed the signing. MLB.com

Nats to make noise internationally?

Keith Law and Christopher Crawford link the Nationals to three of the top international prospects that can be signed starting Saturday, including a Dominican shortstop that is the "most impressive defender" among those at his position. Top international prospects (Insider)

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Nationals deserve some credit

In the early season, everyone wanted the Nats to call up SS prospect Trea Turner. When Danny Espinosa got off to a rough start, the clamor grew louder. Now, Espinosa is coming off a monster month of June, punctuated by his two-homer, seven-RBI performance. Five things we learned Thursday

Stats & Info

Division leaders with comfy cushions

Entering July 1, all six division leaders have at least a five-game lead over the rest of the teams in their respective divisions.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Since divisional play started in 1969, there's never been a season in which every division leader had at least a five-game lead heading into July - until now. The O's, Indians, Rangers, Nats, Cubs, and Giants all have a cushion of five-plus games.

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Espinosa joins Blum on exclusive list

Against the Reds on Thursday, Danny Espinosa joined Geoff Blum (2001) as the only Nationals/Expos players to homer from both sides of the plate in a single game, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

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ESPN's National League All-Stars

Who deserves a spot on the National League's All-Star Game roster this year? Our experts make their picks for the Midsummer Classic in San Diego.

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Espinosa powers Nationals past Reds (0:52)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

SS Danny Espinosa (2 HR, 7 RBI) went deep from both sides of the plate to lead the Nats to a 13-4 win. The victory was Washington's fifth straight and ups its NL East lead to six games.

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Espinosa's grand slam busts game wide open (0:33)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

It's only the fourth inning, and already Danny Espinosa has two curtain calls. Which is the same number of home runs he has tonight. After hitting a salami right-handed in the third, the Washington shortstop laced a three-run opposite-field shot as a lefty in the fourth to give Washington a 13-1 lead. His 7 RBI's ties a Nars record.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

After sweeping the Mets, the Nationals are showing no let-down against the lowly Reds. Danny Espinosa just got a curtain-call after hitting a third-inning grand slam that put the Nats up 8-1. It's the second salami of Espinosa's career, and the first since 9/6/10, when he hit one in his very first game at Nats Park.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Coming into today, slumping Nats first baseman Ryan Zimmerman was 6 for his last 38 with no home runs. Make that 7-for-39 with one homer. Zimmerman just demolished a Brandon Finnegan sinker and parked it well beyond the wall in dead center. Nats lead the Reds 4-1 after one.

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Almost as impressive as the 4 frames of 1-hit ball that Lucas Giolito tossed in his Nats debut on Tuesday was the fact the 21-year old righty - who had whiffed in 6 of his 8 minor league at bats this year - managed to make contact in his lone AB against Matt Harvey (groundout). Giolito's next turn would be Sunday, but Dusty Baker still hasn't decided between him and Stephen Strasburg, who's eligible to come off the DL on Friday. Both pitchers threw bullpen sessions today, and both took BP. For the record, Strasburg outhomered Giolito 4-1 in the few rounds that I watched.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

No Bryce Harper in the lineup tonight. Wilson Ramos moves up to cleanup, though.

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Murphy latest to haunt Mets with homers

Daniel Murphy is the fourth player to homer twice in a game against the Mets after having played for the team in either the current or previous season, the Elias Sports Bureau reports

  • Frank Thomas with the Astros in 1965
  • Tony Clark with the Yankees in 2004
  • Mike Piazza with the Padres in 2006.

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Scherzer racked up the strikeouts in June

Max Scherzer struck out 10 Mets hitters on Wednesday, bringing his total for the month to 58. That's the fourth-most by a pitcher in June since 2000, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Stats & Info

Daniel Murphy has been a Mets killer

The Nationals second baseman has raked against his former team in their three series this season.

Mikey Burton
2dDan Szymborski

Cubs, Dodgers top MLB Future Power Ranks

Dan Szymborski presents the new and improved Future Ranks, looking at how each team sets up for the next five years, plus an MVP over the span and the year it has the best chance to win a title.

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2dJim Bowden

MLB trade deadline preview: Buyers and sellers

The clock is ticking for contending teams to improve and non-contenders to acquire future assets. Jim Bowden breaks down each team's objective.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs37512th
Batting Average.25417th
On Base Percentage.32812th
Slugging Percentage.42912th
Earned Run Average3.332nd
Quality Starts513rd
WHIP1.163rd
BAA.2314th

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