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Max Scherzer's incredible run

The Nats RHP threw his third complete game in his last four starts Thursday. Prior to that, he had one complete game in 210 career starts. During those four starts, he has allowed a total of 11 hits and four runs while striking out 42 and walking one.

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2015 Body Issue: Bryce Harper

"I take a lot of pride in working out. ... Your lower half, your core -- those are the biggest things you need in baseball."

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Manny Banuelos shines in debut

The Braves LHP struck out 7 Nationals and walked none through 5 2/3 innings in his MLB debut, but he left in the 6th with an apparent injury. The Braves lead Max Scherzer and the Nats 1-0. Follow live

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Max Scherzer having a normal start

The Nats RHP gave up a hit in the third inning to Braves LF Eury Pérez -- so you don't need to be on Scherzer no-hitter watch tonight. We're scoreless in the 4th. Follow live

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Thursday night: To the Max

Max Scherzer pitches tonight vs. Atlanta. Washington's ace is 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA in his last three starts. He's thrown 33 strikeouts compared to just one walk.

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Harper, Scherzer deserve starting nods

Our ESPN baseball contributors unanimously agreed that Bryce Harper should be the NL's All-Star starter in right field. Meanwhile, Max Scherzer received five of six votes to throw the game's first pitch. ESPN's NL All-Stars

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Bryce Harper: 'My body feels pretty unbelievable'

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper spoke with reporter Stacey Pressman about what it was like to take it all off for ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue and how he prepared for this season.

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ESPN's National League All-Stars

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

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Bryce Harper: I worked for my body

The Nats OF in the latest Body Issue: "I worked hard this offseason to get my body where I needed to get it. I was able to work every single muscle in my body head to toe." See more

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Braves power past Nationals in Atlanta

The Braves figured out Doug Fister in the fourth inning, putting up a four-spot behind back-to-back HRs from A.J. Pierzynski and Juan Uribe to split the series against Washington. Box score

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Olney: 2nd half key for Nationals pair

Buster Olney cites SS Ian Desmond and SP Jordan Zimmermann of the first-place Nationals among those with the most riding on the second half of the season. Desmond has had a poor contract season, and Zimmermann only recently rounded into form following a slow start . 10 under fire (Insider)

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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.

2015 Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs3449th
Batting Average.25811th
On Base Percentage.3238th
Slugging Percentage.40310th
Earned Run Average3.6610th
Quality Starts4510th
WHIP1.2612th
BAA.26122nd

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