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Four-run first sets Nats up for win

Clint Robinson capped a 4-run first with a 2-run homer to help the Nats take the opener vs. the Braves. Nats SP Jordan Zimmermann fanned six in 7 2/3 scoreless innings, while Braves SP Shelby Miller settled down to strike out 10 but allowed 4 ER on 8 hits in five innings. Box score

Nats not wasting time in Atlanta

Danny Espinosa smacked an RBI double, Wilson Ramos added an RBI single and Clint Robinson capped the Nationals' four-run first with a two-run shot to right field. Safe to say Braves SP Shelby Miller's second inning is going much better than his first. Follow live

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Harper with 5th-most votes overall

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper leads all NL players with 11,363,949 votes. Harper leads the league with a .715 slugging percentage, is tied for third with 24 home runs and is batting .339 on the season, which ranks sixth in the majors. NL All-Star Voting

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Power Rankings: Nationals jump 10 spots to No. 3.

Good news: Since coming off his short DL stint, Stephen Strasburg has 15 strikeouts and two runs allowed in 12 innings. Bad news: Anthony Rendon is back on the DL with a strained left quad Power Rankings

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Sunday's power rankings

The Baltimore Orioles, following a sweep of a doubleheader to gain a share of first in the AL East, lead our nightly list of the best in baseball.

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Nats make big jump in rankings

The Cardinals are still No. 1, but the Washington Nationals are the big movers in this week's MLB Power Rankings, jumping up 10 spots to No. 3 after winning 8 of their last 9. Find your team

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Final: Phillies 8, Nationals 5

Maikel Franco drove in 3 of the Phillies' 8 runs -- all scored off Nationals starter Tanner Roark -- as Philadelphia avoided a sweep in the 3-game series, snapping Washington's 8-game win streak.

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Phillies find their offense

Philadelphia had scored just 4 runs total in the first two games of its series against Washington, but has put up 8 in 6 innings in the second game of today's doubleheader to take an 8-4 lead into the 7th. Follow live

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Strasburg dominant in Nats' 8th straight

Stephen Strasburg struck out 9 in 7 innings and the Nationals beat the Phillies 3-2 for their 8th win in a row. Box score

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Vintage Strasburg, again

Stephen Strasburg added another solid post-DL start with a 7-inning, 2-run, 9-K performance today vs. the Phillies. He allowed no runs (5 innings) in his first start off the DL. The Nationals lead Philly 3-2 after 7. Follow live

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Stras' reclamation project continues

Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (5.90 ERA) makes his second post-DL start today against the Phillies. Last time out, he allowed zero runs for the first time in 11 starts this year.

Nationals: OF Bryce Harper (hamstring) in lineup for 1st game of doubleheader against Phillies

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Bryce Harper returns today

Harper was not in the lineup for Saturday's game -- which was postponed in the 2nd inning -- but he's penciled in at the 3rd spot and playing RF for the first of today's twin bill vs. the Phillies (1:05 p.m. ET).

Stanton's homers didn't mean wins

Giancarlo Stanton's 16 home runs in losses are the most in baseball this season, and the Marlins were 10-14 in games in which he went deep (20-31 in other games).

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Harper not in lineup today

The Nationals OF is not in the starting lineup today at Philadelphia. This will be his third straight missed game as he's resting after his right leg cramped during Wednesday's game.

2015 Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs3368th
Batting Average.25910th
On Base Percentage.3248th
Slugging Percentage.4088th
Earned Run Average3.7010th
Quality Starts4310th
WHIP1.2714th
BAA.26224th

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