Max Scherzer scattered three hits over seven innings, Jonathan Papelbon got his first save for Washington with a perfect ninth inning and the Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 1-0 on Thursday.
Papelbon gets first Nationals save
Newly-acquired closer Jonathan Papelbon worked a 1-2-3 ninth today vs. the Marlins, to notch his 18th save of the season, but first with Washington. Former closer Drew Storen worked the eighth inning.
Zim's HR, Scherzer's arm get Nats win
Ryan Zimmerman accounted for the game's only run with his first HR since May 19, and Max Scherzer turned in seven shutout innings as the Nationals beat Miami 1-0.
Max Scherzer dominates Marlins
Scherzer made it through 7 shutout innings (6 K's) and the Nationals lead 1-0 after 8. New Washington closer Jonathan Papelbon could get his first save opportunity with the team today. Follow live
Don't lose your head!
Christian Yelich had a bit of trouble keeping his helmet on after hitting a single in the first inning against the Nationals. Miami trails 1-0 in the fourth inning. Follow live
Harper breaks streak with a bang
A nine-game homerless streak for Bryce Harper seems like an eternity these days. All is right with the universe again after Harper belted two towering shots against the Marlins on Wednesday, Schoenfield: Wednesday's Top 5
Bryce Harper leads NL in home runs
The Nats star hit 2 HRs to overtake Giancarlo Stanton for the NL lead. It's the 8th career multi-HR game for Harper, tied for the 5th-most in MLB history by a player before his 23rd birthday. Harper turns 23 in October.
Bryce Harper blasted two home runs into the upper deck and drove in four for the Nationals in a 7-2 win over the Marlins on Wednesday night.
Harper powers Nats past Marlins
Bryce Harper slammed a three-run homer and a solo shot to lift the visiting Nationals to a 7-2 win over the Marlins. Harper now leads the NL in HRs with 29 after his eighth career multi-homer game. Box score
Harper homers ... again
Bryce Harper wasn't done after his sixth-inning, three-run homer. The Nationals RF crushed a solo shot to right field in the eighth to record his eighth career multi-HR game and NL-leading 29th homer. The Nats lead 6-2. Follow live
Harper hammers homer, Nats back on top
Bryce Harper blasted his 28th homer of the season -- a three-run shot on a 1-2 pitch with two outs -- and the Nats regained the lead in the fifth against the Marlins 5-2. Harper's homer moves him into sole possession of first in the NL. Giancarlo Stanton and Todd Frazier are tied for second with 27. Follow live
Marlins play flatulence noises in Nats' BP
The decision to play flatulence noises from the loudspeakers appears to be payback for the Nationals playing slow jams during visitor's batting practice at Nationals Park. But the Nats didn't seem to be distracted in BP as they just took a 2-1 lead in the fourth behind a Ian Desmond triple and a Michael Taylor sac fly. Follow live
Tony Reali and the national panel discuss the Patriots' reaction to the NFL's Tom Brady ruling, Brady's decision to fight the suspension in federal court, Jonathan Papelbon's trade to the Nationals and more.
The Nationals needed to find a setup man for Drew Storen. Instead, they replaced Storen with Jonathan Papelbon.
Drew Storen wasn't ready to talk about the Washington Nationals' blockbuster trade for Jonathan Papelbon or their consequent decision to demote him into a setup role.
Storen not thrilled with Papelbon add
Jonathan Papelbon is a National, and not everyone is happy. Said newly demoted closer Drew Storen: "All I'm going to say is that I'm aware of the move and I've talked to [GM] Mike [Rizzo] about it and talked to my agent and we've had some ongoing discussions and until those have progressed I'm going to leave it at that and no comment for now."
Eric Karabell examines the new Ben Zobrist, and whether he's worth it in fantasy going forward.
Buster Olney & Tim Kurkjian discuss the teams under pressure at the deadline & more. Plus, Brendan Kennedy and Patrick Saunders give local perspective of the Tulu-Reyes deal.
Jim Bowden has five trades that make sense for both sides, including ones involving such names as Ben Zobrist, Starlin Castro and Carlos Gomez.
Jose Fernandez stayed unbeaten in his home career, Dee Gordon's standup triple led to him scoring the go-ahead run in his return to the lineup and the Miami Marlins topped the Washington National
Marlins beat Nats, end losing skid
In his first game back from the DL, Marlins 2B Dee Gordon went 2-for-3 with a triple in the 4-1 win over the Nationals. Jose Fernandez got the win and improved to 4-0 on the season. Box score
On Base Percentage.31714th
Earned Run Average3.5910th
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