Scherzer, Harper pace Nationals

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Right-hander throws eight strong innings and slugger blasts league-leading 16th homer in 2-1 victory over Phillies, Washington’s sixth straight.

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Aaron Barrett wins epic post-anthem standoff

Aaron Barrett wins epic post-anthem standoff

The reliever they call “The Bear” bore down to win a showdown of unparalleled proportions before Friday night’s game.

Scherzer, Harper pace Nationals

Scherzer, Harper pace Nationals

Right-hander throws eight strong innings and slugger blasts league-leading 16th homer in 2-1 victory over Phillies, Washington’s sixth straight.

For Harper and Hamels, first meeting back in 2012 left a mark

For Harper and Hamels, first meeting back in 2012 left a mark

Phillies left-hander plunked the Nationals’ rookie, who came around to steal home. They’ll meet again Saturday.

Matt Williams on Harper: ‘I want Bryce to be Bryce’

Matt Williams on Harper: ‘I want Bryce to be Bryce’

The man whose opinion of Harper matters perhaps the most finally offered his take before Friday’s game.

Nationals-Phillies discussion thread: Game 42

Nationals-Phillies discussion thread: Game 42

Discuss tonight’s series opener with the Phillies -- Max Scherzer against Sean O’Sullivan -- here.

Tanner Roark likely to start in place of Doug Fister

Tanner Roark likely to start in place of Doug Fister

With Doug Fister still on the disabled list, Roark is on schedule to start in his place early next week in Chicago.

Nationals activate RHP Casey Janssen, place Sammy Solis on 15-day disabled list (UPDATED)

Nationals activate RHP Casey Janssen, place Sammy Solis on 15-day disabled list (UPDATED)

The veteran right-hander is now eligible to make his Washington Nationals debut.

Tonight’s Nationals-Phillies lineups

Tonight’s Nationals-Phillies lineups

The Nationals face right-hander Sean O’Sullivan in the first of three games against the Phillies this weekend.

MASN unhappy with Rob Manfred’s comments, file letter with NYC Supreme Court

MASN unhappy with Rob Manfred’s comments, file letter with NYC Supreme Court

Manfred told reporters Thursday “sooner or later MASN is going to be required to pay those rights fees” to the Nationals.

The credit card a Cubs pitcher found near third base at Petco Park has been claimed

The credit card a Cubs pitcher found near third base at Petco Park has been claimed

The Visa card belongs to a person who was on the field as part of a pregame ceremony.

Nationals bullpen settling in, growing up

Nationals bullpen settling in, growing up

Washington has needed to rely on young relievers more and more this season, and those pitchers are really stepping up.

Watch Madison Bumgarner hit a home run off Clayton Kershaw

Watch Madison Bumgarner hit a home run off Clayton Kershaw

It was the first time a pitcher has ever taken the Dodgers’ ace deep.

D.C.’s 10 most popular athletes

D.C.’s 10 most popular athletes

EXPRESS | Post Sports tried to figure out who is the most popular current athlete in Washington.

Nationals starters struggle

Nationals starters struggle

Apart from newcomer Max Scherzer, Washington’s rotation has not dominated the way many predicted.

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Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper, Matt Williams ejected in win over Yankees

Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper, Matt Williams ejected in win over Yankees

The Nationals’ Bryce Harper and Manager Matt Williams are thrown out of a game for the second time in a week.

Umpire Marvin Hudson takes heat from analysts for Bryce Harper ejection

Most people seem to agree that Hudson was out of line.

Lose a credit card at Petco Park? Cubs pitcher found it near third base.

Lose a credit card at Petco Park? Cubs pitcher found it near third base.

Tsuyoshi Wada said he was “surprised” to find the Visa card on the field.

New MLB data shows why Giancarlo Stanton is one of best hitters in the game

New MLB data shows why Giancarlo Stanton is one of best hitters in the game

Hard contact has always been seen as the sign of a good hit or hitter and now we have data to explore that concept in earnest.

Wilmer Difo’s call-up is a success story for Nationals’ Latin American operation

Wilmer Difo’s call-up is a success story for Nationals’ Latin American operation

“It means a lot,” Difo said. “I know now that I’m here it’ll open the doors for the other guys.“

Bryce Harper ejections, a retrospective

Bryce Harper ejections, a retrospective

Hotheadedness and umpires to blame for Harper’s five ejections.

Throwback Thursday: A 90-minute baseball game

On this day 72 years ago, the Senators played what is still the shortest game in American League history.

Another day, another ejection for both Harper and Williams

Another day, another ejection for both Harper and Williams

The outfielder and the umpire were doing just fine, until the manager jumped in

Everything to know about the new Nats’ Hershey’s chocolate syrup ritual

Everything to know about the new Nats’ Hershey’s chocolate syrup ritual

The inside story of why they use it, how they get it out of their uniforms, and what it feels like.

Denard Span on his strong start, occasionally-needed rest

Denard Span on his strong start, occasionally-needed rest

“My body is not in the shape that it normally is in. I’m working hard each day.“

Nationals: Four numbers from their red-hot streak

Nationals: Four numbers from their red-hot streak

After going 16-4 in their past 20 games, the Nationals are tied for first place in the NL East.

Harper tossed, Nationals stay hot

Harper tossed, Nationals stay hot

The slugger and his manager are ejected for arguing with the home plate umpire. Then Washington rallies to complete a two-game sweep of the Yankees.

Making the sublime routine, Espinosa has become the Nats’ glue

Making the sublime routine, Espinosa has become the Nats’ glue

ON BASEBALL | The sure-handed infielder came to spring training a spare part. He’s become anything but a quarter into the season.

Bryce Harper, Matt Williams ejected in third inning against the Yankees

Bryce Harper, Matt Williams ejected in third inning against the Yankees

Harper and Williams were ejected in the third inning of Wednesday night’s game, the second time in a week the duo has been dismissed early.

Anthony Rendon, Nate McLouth progressing, though slowly

Anthony Rendon, Nate McLouth progressing, though slowly

Rendon is with the Nationals in D.C., but a return is not imminent.

Nationals-Yankees discussion thread: Game 41

Nationals-Yankees discussion thread: Game 41

Jordan Zimmermann vs. Adam Warren.

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