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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ Jon Lester on pitcher wins; magic numbers; reading newspapers + more...

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Jon Lester is giving the Nationals everything he has, and his teammates are trying to give back to the lefty...

Jon Lester told reporters after his 5 1?3-inning, 86-pitch outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates last week that he made some adjustments heading into the start after struggling to go deep in his previous two turns in the rotation.

“Made some adjustments, and was able to kind of get back to some of the place that I was earlier when I came...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals news & notes: Davey Martinez on Sunday’s roster moves; pitching depth + more...

Highlights from Davey Martinez’s daily media availability on Sunday...

Parra Shark Ripples:

Before Sunday afternoon’s game, Washington’s Nationals announced that they had selected the contract of outfielder Gerardo Parra, optioned infielder Luis García to Triple-A Rochester (after Saturday’s game), and designated left-handed pitcher Ben Braymer for assignment.

It’s great to see Parra back in the big leagues, of course, but the move had some ripple effects.

Braymer, 27,...

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Patrick Reddington

Wire Taps: Washington Nationals take 3 of 4 from New York Mets; Kyle Schwarber three home runs; Parra Shark returns...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you try to find a way to get through the Nats-baseball-free day...

How did the Nationals react to the reaction to Gerardo Parra returning to Nationals Park?

“We started laughing,” manager Davey Martinez said. “It was funny, because I watched J-Hay [Josh Harrison] and Josh Bell, [Jordy] Mercer, all those guys that weren’t here and didn’t experience it all the time, and you should have saw...

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Blake Finney

Washington Nationals’ lineup gets much-needed spark from Kyle Schwarber in leadoff spot

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The Nationals had been getting excellent pitching lately, but needed a spark on offense. Enter, leadoff man Kyle Schwarber...

On June 8th against the Tampa Bay Rays, Kyle Schwarber found himself in a spot that he hadn’t been in for a while when Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez put the slugging left fielder in the leadoff spot of his batting order.

Schwarber didn’t get off to a great start, going 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts...

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Kyle Schwarber caps incredible weekend with historic three-home run game

A day after hitting two home runs, Washington Nationals outfielder Kyle Schwarber crushed three home runs Sunday in a 5-2 win over the New York Mets. With five home runs, Schwarber ties an MLB record for most homers in a two-game span, according to Sarah Langs of MLB.com.

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Nationals' Kyle Schwarber ties MLB record with five home runs in two-game span

The Washington Nationals' decision to move Kyle Schwarber into the leadoff spot is paying off.  Schwarber hit three home runs in Sunday's 5-2 win over the New York Mets after hitting two in Saturday's 6-2 win.

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals 5-2 over New York Mets: Kyle Schwarber hits three home runs; Nats take 3 of 4 from Mets...

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It’s Kyle Schwarber’s world, we’re all just enjoying the show... or something. 5 HRs in 2 games for Schwarber...

Kyle Schwarber hit his fourth leadoff home run in the last 10 games. Kyle Schwarber hit two more after homering in the first at bat of the bottom of the first, for three total in the 5-2 win over the New York Mets, and put up just the sixth, three-homer game in Nationals’ history (2005-present), the first since a three-homer game by...

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Gerardo Parra is back with Nationals and he’s bringing ‘Baby Shark’ with him

“Baby Shark” is coming back to DC! The Washington Nationals selected the contract of fan favorite Gerardo Parra while optioning infielder Luis Garcia to Triple-A Rochester.

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Kyle Schwarber just hit his fourth leadoff home run in 10 games

The only thing guaranteed in life is death, taxes, and now Kyle Schwarber hitting a leadoff home run! The Washington Nationals slugger hit his fourth leadoff home run of this season… In just his 10th start at leadoff hitter.

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Nationals select OF Gerardo Parra, designate lefty Ben Braymer

The Nationals have selected the contract of outfielder Gerardo Parra from Triple-A.  Parra will take the active roster spot of infielder Luis Garcia, who was optioned to Triple-A.

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NL East Roundup - Washington Nationals out of the basement...

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Catch up on all things NL East with our weekly roundup of play in the division...

As we approach the end of June, the race to the playoffs is becoming more palpable. While some teams around baseball have fallen off the wagon and have already been written off to history, many teams still have an opportunity to gain entrance into the postseason. Unless the Mets run away with the division in the end, the NL East continues to be one of the most parity-driven divisions...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals bring Gerardo Parra back to majors looking for Parra spark — or Parra Shark, whatever...

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He’s back to fill our ears with that Baby Shark ear worm again...

With Andrew Stevenson on the IL with an oblique strain and Yadiel Hernández optioned to Triple-A Rochester, reporters asked Washington Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez on his pregame Zoom call on Saturday if the lack of outfield depth on the big league roster was a concern.

“I think we’re covered,” Martinez said. “We have [Josh Harrison], who can play in the outfield if need be,”...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals vs New York Mets: GameThread 69 of 162

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Washington and New York wrap up their four-game set in D.C. with Patrick Corbin on the mound for the Nationals against Mets’ righty Taijuan Walker. GAME TIME: 1:05 PM ET; FOLLOW: MASN 2; 106.7 the FAN in D.C.

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Washington Nationals
vs New York Mets

June 20, 2021 1:05 PM ET
Nationals Park

Patrick Corbin vs Taijuan Walker

WEATHER: Sunny, 84°

• D.C. Starting Lineup:

1. Kyle Schwarber - LF

2. Trea Turner - SS

3. Juan Soto - RF

4. Josh Bell -...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ lineup for the series finale with the New York Mets...

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Washington and New York wrap up their four-game set in D.C. at 1:05 PM ET.

Kyle Schwarber went 0 for 4 with two Ks in the Washington Nationals’ 5-1 loss to New York’s Mets in the first game of yesterday’s doubleheader in D.C., but he came up big in the Nats’ win in the nightcap, with two home runs, a solo shot and a three-run blast, in the 6-2 victory.

The two blasts were Schwarber’s 14th and 15th this season, and his 5th and 6th in the last...

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Nationals Select Gerardo Parra, Designate Ben Braymer

The Nationals have selected the contract of outfielder Gerardo Parra from Triple-A.  Parra will take the active roster spot of infielder Luis Garcia, who was optioned to Triple-A.

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals news & notes: Davey Martinez on Nats’ pitching, Max Scherzer & Stephen Strasburg + more...

Highlights from Davey Martinez’s media availability on Saturday...

Pitching, Pitching, Pitching:

Going into the first of two with the New York Mets yesterday, the Washington Nationals’ pitching staff, the club mentioned in their pregame notes, had “a 0.78 ERA (6 ER/69.0 IP) with 58 strikeouts, 15 walks, and a .176 opponents’ batting average [in] the [previous] eight games,” and, “according to the Elias Sports Bureau, this stretch of six earned runs in eight games [was] the best...

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Patrick Reddington

Yan Gomes keeps throwing out runners and the Washington Nationals are impressed...

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Yan Gomes is up to 14 runners caught stealing this season, after he struggled to throw runners out last year...

Yan Gomes threw out two more runners on Friday night, after a leadoff walk by Washington Nationals’ starter Erick Fedde in the third, and a leadoff single in the fifth, taking two of the four leadoff men Fedde let on off the basepaths, and helping his pitcher through the seven scoreless innings he threw in what ended up a 1-0 win.

“It’s...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ Joe Ross struggles against Francisco Lindor in 5-1 loss to NY Mets...

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“I just got beat by one guy.” - Ross on loss to NYM

Joe Ross’s eight scoreless innings on June 13th were an example of the 28-year-old righty at his best.

Ross held the San Francisco Giants to five hits, avoided any walks, and struck out nine of the 29 batters he faced in a 108-pitch outing.

Coming off that stellar turn in the rotation, Ross started the first game of the doubleheader with the New York Mets on Saturday afternoon, but the right-hander was...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals 6-2 over New York Mets: Jon Lester gets 1st curly-W; Kyle Schwarber homers twice...

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Kyle Schwarber homered twice. Trea Turner hit a solo shot. Jon Lester got his first curly-W of 2021.

Jon Lester got his first win of the season with a six-plus inning start against the New York Mets in the nightcap of today’s doubleheader in Washington, D.C.’s Nationals Park. Kyle Schwarber homered twice in the win, because, of course, Lester was starting. Schwarber sent a blast to center field in the bottom of the first inning, connecting for yet another...

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Watch: Kyle Schwarber crushes yet another leadoff home run

Historically, the leadoff hitter’s main objective is to get on base, use his speed to get in scoring position for the batters behind him. However, Kyle Schwarber rather score himself with home runs.

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