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2016 Schedule
18-7, 1st in NL East
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Source: Harper signs historic Under Armour deal

Bryce Harper has signed a 10-year extension with Under Armour that is believed to be the largest endorsement deal in history for a baseball player, a source with knowledge of the deal told ESPN.

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Nationals blank Royals, win fourth straight (1:13)

Lineup: Nationals (17-7) at Royals (13-11)

  • 1. Michael Taylor, CF (R)
  • 2. Anthony Rendon, 3B (R)
  • 3. Bryce Harper, RF (L)
  • 4. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B (R)
  • 5. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  • 6. Jayson Werth, LF (R)
  • 7. Stephen Drew, DH (L)
  • 8. Jose Lobaton, C (S)
  • 9. Danny Espinosa, SS (S)
  • SP: Gio Gonzalez, LHP
  • Daily notes

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Reigning MVP Bryce Harper has been named NL Player of the Month for April. The Nats slugger finished the month tied for first in RBI's (24), was second in homers (9), extra-base hits (14), slugging (.714), and OPS (1.121), and was tied for third in steals (5).

Nationals move one spot

Washington is on a murderer's row of a road trip currently but began it with a sweep of St. Louis. What gives with Bryce Harper's average though? Week 4 Power Rankings

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Sunday's longest home runs

Evan Longoria's solo shot to left-center off Marcus Stroman was his second home run in as many games, and fifth of the season. A pair of Nationals made the list at exactly the same distance.

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BBTN's Week 4 power rankings (2:01)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Good pitching still beats good hitting: The Cardinals, who entered the weekend as MLB's highest scoring team (6.23 runs/game), got swept and were outscored 17-6 by the Nationals, who came in with the best ERA in baseball (2.35).

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Nationals sweep Cardinals despite Harper's four K's (1:12)
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Harper gets the golden sombrero (0:28)
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Werth, Nats crush Cards (1:10)
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The difference a year can make

Stephen Strasburg is off to a strong start this season, improving in many key categories. His ERA alone dropped from 4.60 in April of 2015 to 2.25 so far this April.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals are off to a good start but just got swept by Phillies, scoring three runs in three games. Bryce Harper isn't getting much support outside of Daniel Murphy, with Anthony Rendon (who has no HRs and one RBI), Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth all sporting OBPs under .300. They're in St. Louis tonight, the start of a 10-game road trip that also includes the Royals and Cubs. We'll know a lot about them in 10 days.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

It's test time for the 14-7 Nationals, who kick off a 10-day road trip against the Cards, Royals, and Cubs. Gulp. Those three teams have combined for a .625 winning percentage, and a run differential of plus-122. That's a whopping 210 runs better than the minus-88 of Washington's first four foes.

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Nationals putting the 'O' in offense

With the Nationals' offense having come to a screeching halt, it's time for Dusty Baker to try to give it a jump-start by shuffling the lineup.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper sort of gets turned around on a fly ball -- a difficult but catchable ball -- and it drops as the Phillies score twice for a 2-0 lead. Jonathan Papelbon's reaction, a questionable roll of the eyes and outstretched arms, suggest he thought the ball should have been caught. Luckily they're best buddies now.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs10117th
Batting Average.23522nd
On Base Percentage.30721st
Slugging Percentage.39216th
Earned Run Average2.211st
Quality Starts19Tied-1st
WHIP1.052nd
BAA.2112nd

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