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First place at stake for sliding Nationals

After getting swept by the Mets, Washington is at risk of falling out of the top NL East spot for the first time since June 19. SP Doug Fister can make ensure that that doesn't happen with a win vs. the Diamondbacks tonight. Follow live

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Eagles, Mets/Nats, Cowboys

Tony Reali and the national panel discuss Brandon Boykin's comments on Chip Kelly, if the Mets sweep said more about New York or the Nationals, if the Cowboys' fight was really for promotion and more.

Can the Mets outlast the Nationals?

The Mets swept the Nationals to move into a virtual tie atop the NL East, but FanGraphs remains decisively in favor of Washington at 70.5% to win the division. Schoenfield: 10 big storylines

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Nationals look to reinforcements

Jayson Werth, Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman have recently returned from injuries. It's time for Washington's lineup to produce more. MLB Power Rankings

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10 big storylines for the second half

The trade deadline has passed, now it's time to consider the final two months of the season. Here are 10 big storylines to watch.

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BBTN: Scoreboard - Tempers Flare

Buster Olney recaps all of Sunday's MLB action including tempers flaring around the league and the Mets' big weekend sweep of the Nationals.

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#PhotoOfTheNight: Lucas Duda and new teammate Yoenis Cespedes help the Mets grab the 5-2 victory over the Nationals. New York and Washington are now tied atop NL East.

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Mets back atop National League East (0:42)
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Mets sweep Nationals (1:15)
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Mets sweep Nats, pull even in NL East

Noah Syndergaard (9 Ks, 0 BB) was dominant over eight innings of work, despite allowing two harmless homers, and the Mets' bats came alive in the third to post five runs behind back-to-back jacks by Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy. The Mets moved into a tie for first with the Nats atop the NL East after the 5-2 win. Box score

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Noah Syndergaard silences Nats' bats

Syndergaard allowed two solo homers but struck out nine over eight innings in a strong start for the Mets. The Nats trail 5-2 heading to the bottom of the eighth inning. Watch on ESPN/WatchESPN

Syndergaard surrenders second homer

Noah Syndergaard had settled down since allowing a first-inning HR to Anthony Rendon, but his streak of four straight scoreless innings is over after he allowed a solo shot to Yunel Escobar in the sixth. The Mets still lead the Nats 5-2. Watch on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Yippity 'Duda'!

Lucas Duda is the first player in Mets history to hit 9 HRs in an 8-game span (via Elias). The Mets lead the Nationals 5-1 in the fifth. Watch on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Granderson and Murphy go back to back (0:31)

Rendon 'double' turns to homer on review

Anthony Rendon gave the Nats a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a solo blast after it was initially ruled a double. It's Rendon's first homer since Sept. 26, 2014. Follow live

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Watch: NL East showdown on ESPN

One game separates the first-place Nationals and second-place Mets as Jordan Zimmermann and Noah Syndergaard face off in New York, where the Mets are looking for the sweep. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Sunday's Mets-Nationals lineups

Yoenis Cespedes will play center field for the Mets on Sunday as they go for the sweep against the Nationals.

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GM face-off: Rizzo vs. Alderson

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo acquired Jonathan Papelbon at a hefty discount, but how did he stack up against Mets GM Sandy Alderson? New York is only a game behind Washington in the NL East. GM deadline grades (Insider)

2015 Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs42417th
Batting Average.24923rd
On Base Percentage.31316th
Slugging Percentage.39216th
Earned Run Average3.589th
Quality Starts5911th
WHIP1.2310th
BAA.25620th

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