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Nationals offensive trends to watch

Nationals offensive trends to watch

Encouraging and concerning subplots in the Nationals offense.

Albert Pujols called his home-run shots -- both of them

Albert Pujols called his home-run shots -- both of them

Angels slugger wasn’t clairvoyant enough to get his wife to the ballpark in Washington, though.

Gio Gonzalez, Trout stopper?

Gio Gonzalez, Trout stopper?

Gio Gonzalez has had more success against Mike Trout than any big league pitcher

How Tom Sherrill caught Albert Pujols’s 500th home run, gave up the ball

How Tom Sherrill caught Albert Pujols’s 500th home run, gave up the ball

The 29-year-old staff sergeant is from Southern California but was in Washington for a week for Air Force training.

Pujols, Angels power past the Nats

Pujols, Angels power past the Nats

Washington starter Taylor Jordan allows career homers No. 499 and 500 to Los Angeles’s Albert Pujols.

Zach Walters and ‘Frozen’

Zach Walters and ‘Frozen’

Nats infielder has now used two songs from the Disney movie as walk-up music.

Fan makes crucial error on Albert Pujols’ 500th home run

Fan makes crucial error on Albert Pujols’ 500th home run

I got it! I got it! I got it! Oops.

Pujols hits No. 500 off Jordan

Pujols hits No. 500 off Jordan

The slugging first baseman hit career home run No. 499 in the first inning and No. 500 in the fifth inning, both off Nationals starter Taylor Jordan.

Nats’ Harper, Angels’ Trout wrap up their first series against each other

Nats’ Harper, Angels’ Trout wrap up their first series against each other

Phenoms Bryce Harper and Mike Trout will forever be linked, compared and scrutinized.

Discuss Nats-Angels

Discuss Nats-Angels

Taylor Jordan vs. Tyler Skaggs.

Storen, Soriano bouncing back

Storen, Soriano bouncing back

Drew Storen and Rafael Soriano have both been dominating this year coming off rough seasons.

Fister throws three innings

Fister throws three innings

Doug Fister’s next appearance will be Sunday in a minor league rehab start, perhaps at Class A Potomac.

Wizards-Bulls, Harper-Williams and the Caps front office

Wizards-Bulls, Harper-Williams and the Caps front office

The PSL crew discusses Wizards-Bulls, Harper’s benching and the Caps front office

Four MLB players get suspended for fight

Four MLB players get suspended for fight

Four MLB players get suspensions because of their roles in an on-field brawl that happened Sunday during the Pirates-Brewers game.

Barrett returns

Barrett returns

Ten days after the Nationals sent him to the minors because they needed a fresher arm, they brought back Aaron Barrett.

Today’s Nationals-Angels lineups

Today’s Nationals-Angels lineups

Danny Espinosa is hitting second and Anthony Rendon is hitting cleanup.

Elvis Andrus’s funny, but effective move

Elvis Andrus’s funny, but effective move

A tale of two gifs tells the real story behind a ridiculously looking swing by Elvis Andrus.

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Did Williams handle Harper's benching correctly?

Did Williams handle Harper's benching correctly?

The Post Sports Live crew debates whether Nationals manager Matt Williams should have handled Bryce Harper's benching for not hustling on a routine groundout differently.

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Wizards' early playoff advantage, Harper's benching and Capitals' waiting game

Wizards' early playoff advantage, Harper's benching and Capitals' waiting game

The Washington Post's Jonathan Forsythe, LaVar Arrington, Jason Reid and Matt Rennie take on the Wizards' win over the Chicago Bulls in the first game of the playoff series and preview Game 3 in Washington, debate whether Nationals manager Matt Williams was right to bench Bryce Harper for not hustling on a routine groundout, and discuss why Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is waiting to make a move in the team's management after a disappointing season.

Little Leaguers come to Washington to cheer Mike Trout

Little Leaguers come to Washington to cheer Mike Trout

Team from Trout’s home town is raising money to play in a tournament in Cooperstown.

Sports fans seeking sports fans

Sports fans seeking sports fans

Packers’ dating site is the latest to turn to fandom in the art of matchmaking.

Wilbon: Harper and Trout shouldn’t be mentioned together

Wilbon: Harper and Trout shouldn’t be mentioned together

Most analysts agree the Angels’ Mike Trout is the best player in Major League Baseball.

Baseball games still take too long. Blame the Red Sox.

Baseball games still take too long. Blame the Red Sox.

It’s all the stuff that goes on between pitches that makes the games take forever.

Nationals starting pitching is slowly trending up

Nationals starting pitching is slowly trending up

Starting pitching has allowed only four earned runs over the past 26 2/3 innings.

Williams sits tight as Clippard implodes

Williams sits tight as Clippard implodes

Nats fall, 4-2, as manager opts not to bring in lefty when Clippard becomes unraveled in Angels’ four-run eighth.

Eckstein returns to Washington

Eckstein returns to Washington

Rick Eckstein, the Nationals’ hitting coach for five years, faces his former team for the first time since his firing in July 2013.

Harper, Trout prepare amid hype

Harper, Trout prepare amid hype

Bryce Harper says he doesn’t compare himself Mike Trout.

Discuss: Nats-Angels

Discuss: Nats-Angels

Albert Pujols needs two homers to reach 500 in the same park where he hit No. 400.

Bryce Harper vs. Mike Trout: Nationals-Angels lineups

Bryce Harper vs. Mike Trout: Nationals-Angels lineups

Bryce Harper and Mike Trout take center stage as the Nationals and Angels start a series at Nationals Park.

When Stengel benched Mantle for not hustling to first

When Stengel benched Mantle for not hustling to first

Proving yet again that everything old is one day new again, please do check out this story about the Yankees great getting benched

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A veteran works through the grind

With more than 1,100 major league games under his belt, how does Ryan Zimmerman prepare for 162 games in 182 days?

First and 17

Inside the season with the nation’s top-rated football prospect, Woodbridge’s Da’Shawn Hand.