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Harper acknowledges he may not be with Nats much longer

Bryce Harper warned reporters prior to the season that he is not going to answer any questions about his contract situation or impending free agency, but he made a very brief exception in advance of the Home Run Derby on Monday.When asked if he believes there is a possibility he could have just months remaining with the Washington Nationals, Harper said that is stating the obvious. Harper’s average is down to a shocking .214 this season, but he has been healthy and still has 23 home runs...

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Patrick Reddington

Bryce Harper HR Derby bats, representing D.C.; and advice for opponents in the Derby...

Bryce Harper offered the other seven contestants in tonight’s HR Derby advice on which parts of Nationals Park to avoid when they start swinging for the fences tonight... He was not exactly honest.

Bryce Harper will take a Cherry Blossom bat to the plate for the HR Derby, representing the nation’s capital in tonight’s with some iconic imagery on all of his gear. Harper had his bats with him on the dais with him as he talked about his participation before the start of 2018’s edition...

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Patrick Reddington

MLB 2018 D.C. All-Star Home Run Derby Thread - Bryce Harper edition

Bryce Harper is the hometown favorite in the 2018 MLB All-Star Home Run Derby, the glorified batting practice with a name and silly rules...

Bryce Harper hasn’t participated in the [branded] Home Run Derby since it was in Citi Field back in 2013, when he finished second behind Yoenis Cespedes. Harper went into the All-Star Break with 23 home runs this season, tied for eighth among major league hitters, with the second-most homers among the participants in tonight’s Derby, behind only...

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Patrick Reddington

Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer named starter for NL in 2018 MLB All-Star Game...

Washington, D.C.’s All-Star Game will feature Nationals’ starter Max Scherzer on the mound as the National League’s starting pitcher.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Washington Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez was asked earlier this week which pitcher should be the National League’s starter in the 2018 MLB All-Star Game.

“I don’t want to be biased,” Martinez said, “but Max Scherzer, yeah, of course.

“Knowing him, he’ll probably want to pitch the whole game, but that’s not going...

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One Random Guy’s All-Time Nationals All-Star Team

The MLB All-Star Game and its corresponding festivities have hit the nation’s capital, a fitting sign that DC is as prominent as it has ever been in the baseball landscape. The Washington Nationals are now one of the most stable and successful franchises in the Major Leagues, backed by a city that has only shown increased support since the club started trending upwards in 2011. So, due to the fact that the current Nationals team is hiccupping their way to the midseason break and I’m in...

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MLB All-Star starting pitchers are rematch of 2017

For the second consecutive year, the Major League Baseball All-Star game will feature the same two starting pitchers.It was announced Monday that Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale would start the game for the American League, while Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer would get the nod for the National League. It will be the second consecutive year the two start the All-Star Game against each other. This is Sale’s third consecutive start for the American League. He started the 2016...

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Some random thoughts about the All-Star festivities in D.C. - Nationals Buzz

Some random observations about the All-Star Game festivities at Nationals Park from a writer covering his first Midsummer Classic ... * Though I really hate it when I see a team's jersey that's not one of the teams playing in a game - say, an interloper in Yankees pinstripes at ... Read More

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ Adam Eaton back to top of Nats’ order; close to top form...

He missed most of the 2017 campaign and dealt with injury issues again early this season, but Adam Eaton appears to be close to if not back at 100%.

Adam Eaton wrapped up the first half of the 2018 campaign with a 17 for 46 (.370/.431/.413) run over the first two weeks of July which left him with a .320/.387/.350 line in 28 game and 111 plate appearances since he returned from a 63-game absence as he dealt with an injury to his left ankle. He’d injured the ankle when he blew out his knee...

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Will Kubzansky

Wire Taps: Nats re-engage on Realmuto; Kieboom impresses; Rain plans

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news and enjoy your All-Star Break...

Welcome to the All-Star week! After three long years of waiting, Nationals fans can finally enjoy the spectacle that they deserve! There’s nothing cynical about this intro to today’s Wire Taps!

Here’s the news from Nationals Park:

What happens if it rains during All-Star Game at Nats Park? (WaPo)
Major League Baseball has never had its midseason showcase canceled because of weather, but that could change on...

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Patrick Reddington

Nationals’ first half in review: .500 team not what Nats planned for in 2018...

As they go into the All-Star Break, the Nationals look at what has happened so far this season, what’s ahead, and how they find themselves where they are after 96 games...

While the so-called “first-half” hasn’t gone the way anyone in Washington probably wanted it to, no one with the Nationals is giving up hope of a second-half run to their third straight NL East title, though they’ve put themselves in a tough spot with 66 games left on the 2018 schedule once play resumes next...

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Patrick Reddington

Nats’ starter Jeremy Hellickson happy to help team that believed in him...

Jeremy Hellickson looked for a deal a long time this past offseason, and found the right spot when he took a minor league deal with the Nationals.

Jeremy Hellickson bounced back from a flu-influenced four inning outing in which he gave up nine hits and nine runs (eight earned) in what ended up a 14-12 win over Miami, with five scoreless on the road in Pittsburgh’s PNC Park. Hellickson gave up just two hits in a 5-1 win for the Washington Nationals over the Pirates.

“He’s been really...

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Patrick Reddington

Nationals earn split with 6-1 win over Mets, enter All-Star Break 48-48...

Washington and New York split their four-game set in Citi Field with the Nationals winning the first and fourth games against the Mets to head into the All-Star break 48-48.

FLUSHING, QUEENS, NY: Jeremy Hellickson gave up one run in six innings in Citi Field, and a five-run seventh for the Washington Nationals broke a 1-1 tie and earned the visitors a split of the four-game set with the New York Mets, 6-1 final.

Hellboy vs Mets: Jeremy Hellickson tossed five scoreless on an efficient 67...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ lineup for the finale with the New York Mets in Citi Field...

Washington’s Nationals try to earn a split of the four-game set in Citi Field in today’s series and first-half finale with the New York Mets.

After falling behind 7-0 on Saturday, the Washington Nationals rallied to score four, but fell short in the second straight loss to the New York Mets. Adam Eaton went 3 for 4 with two runs scored. Bryce Harper hit a bases-loaded, RBI single to center, and Matt Adams sent a two-run shot to right field, but it wasn’t enough in what ended up a 7-4...

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Patrick Reddington

Stephen Strasburg makes 2nd rehab start with P-Nats today...

Stephen Strasburg makes his second rehab start with the P-Nats this afternoon and the Nationals are hoping he’ll be ready for the second-half opener the next time he takes the mound.

Stephen Strasburg threw 57 pitches, 34 for strikes, in his first rehab start with the Potomac Nationals back on July 10th, giving up two hits, a walk, and a run while striking out five in 3 1?3 IP for the Washington’s High-A affiliate.

Reports that Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez received were positive....

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Patrick Reddington

Austin Voth takes loss in MLB debut, gets advice from Max Scherzer...

The important thing is that after three call-ups in which he didn’t get to pitch, Austin Voth finally made his MLB debut on Saturday.

After three call-ups in which he did not actually get to pitch in what would have been his MLB debut, Austin Voth finally got his opportunity to start for the Nationals on Saturday afternoon in the third game of four for Washington and the New York Mets in Citi Field.

“I felt good till that fifth inning where I got the first guy out and then I go and walk...

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Dave Martinez Says He Spoke with Bryce Harper After Star Didn't Run Out Ball

Bryce Harper and Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez spoke Saturday after the National League All-Star appeared reluctant to run out a ground ball in the fifth inning of the team's 4-2 loss to the New York Mets on Friday...

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Patrick Reddington

Sean Doolittle almost got a shot at an All-Star moment in Washington, D.C.

Sean Doolittle landed on the DL this week, so he won’t get to pitch in the Nationals Park All-Star Game on Tuesday night. He talked about that disappointment, the injury, and his love for Washington, D.C. on Saturday afternoon.

Before he ended up on the 10-Day Disabled List with what was described in a press release on the injury as left toe inflammation, Nationals’ closer Sean Doolittle learned he’d earned a spot on the National League’s roster for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game, which...

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Patrick Reddington

Nationals drop second straight to Mets, 7-4: Austin Voth debuts in rough start in Citi Field...

Austin Voth finally made his MLB debut, but the Mets were able to string hits together against him and beat the Nationals, 7-4.

FLUSHING, QUEENS, NY: Austin Voth finally made his MLB debut, but the New York Mets were able to string together hits against Washington’s 26-year-old right-hander and they scored three in the second and four in the fifth in what ended up a 7-4 win for the home team in Citi Field.

Bryce Harper hit an RBI single off Mets’ starter Zack Wheeler in the sixth,...

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Nationals manager mum over Bryce Harper hustle conversation

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez wouldn’t say much about the conversation he had with Bryce Harper about his lack of hustle on Friday night.Harper failed to run out what turned into a double play grounder during Washington’s 4-2 loss to the New York Mets, and Martinez said it was something he would deal with in private. On Saturday, he said he did so, but offered few other details. Obviously, Martinez is well within his rights to keep a private conversation with Harper private....

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Koda Glover set to pitch for Potomac Nationals tonight...

Nationals’ reliever Koda Glover continues to work his way back from shoulder inflammation which shut him down early in Spring Training...

Koda Glover has two scoreless innings under his belt with the Gulf Coast Nationals and he’s set to pitch for the Potomac Nationals tonight as he continues to work his way back from a recurrence of the shoulder issue that has plagued him in the last year-plus. It’s been a near-constant battle for the now-25-year-old right-hander, whose first major...

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