Harper homers, Scherzer cruises

(Ricky Carioti / The Washington Post)

New ace strikes out nine in eight innings, and Harper’s three-run blast in first sets the tone in 7-2 win over Phillies.

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Felipe Rivero makes major league debut

Felipe Rivero makes major league debut

“It’s been like five years waiting for this moment,” he said.

Harper homers, Scherzer cruises

Harper homers, Scherzer cruises

New ace strikes out nine in eight innings, and Harper’s three-run blast in first sets the tone in 7-2 win over Phillies.

Yunel Escobar leaves Friday’s game with groin strain (UPDATED)

Yunel Escobar leaves Friday’s game with groin strain (UPDATED)

He pulled up gimpy after trying to beat out a grounder in the bottom of the fourth.

Chicago Cubs fans are already jeering Kris Bryant

Chicago Cubs fans are already jeering Kris Bryant

That didn’t take long.

Craig Stammen on flexor surgery: ‘Bring it on’

Craig Stammen on flexor surgery: ‘Bring it on’

“I got another challenge to try to overcome. It’s a part of my career and maybe something that will define it later on.“

Dan Uggla, career starter, adjusting to not starting

Dan Uggla, career starter, adjusting to not starting

The veteran second baseman is filling an unfamiliar role with the Nationals, but he is “rolling with it.”

Nationals vs. Phillies discussion thread: Game 11

Nationals vs. Phillies discussion thread: Game 11

Discuss the second game of this weekend’s Nationals and Phillies series -- Scherzer’s third start as a National -- right here.

Matt LeCroy’s good-luck banana-mayo sandwiches will be back this season

Matt LeCroy’s good-luck banana-mayo sandwiches will be back this season

Also, an update on Jose Lobaton’s lucky cat figurine. It’s not good news.

No longer worried about Cooperstown, Maury Wills enjoys induction into D.C. Sports Hall of Fame

No longer worried about Cooperstown, Maury Wills enjoys induction into D.C. Sports Hall of Fame

Maury Wills looks back on life and family after years of worrying about getting into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Bryce Harper runs through stop sign, avoids TOOTBLAN

Bryce Harper runs through stop sign, avoids TOOTBLAN

Harper shows off his speed on Ryan Zimmerman’s two-run double.

An opponents’ view of Max Scherzer’s new cutter

An opponents’ view of Max Scherzer’s new cutter

Two left-handed hitters that faced him offer a scouting report on Scherzer’s work-in-progress pitch.

Baseball’s most predictable move: Kris Bryant to be promoted by Cubs

Baseball’s most predictable move: Kris Bryant to be promoted by Cubs

Chicago will add the sport’s top prospect to its major league roster for this weekend’s series against San Diego.

Yunel Escobar adjusting, contributing to the Nationals

Yunel Escobar adjusting, contributing to the Nationals

He is tied for the team lead in hits and average, and has played solid defense. He’s been a solid addition so far.

Cubs call up super-prospect Kris Bryant

Cubs call up super-prospect Kris Bryant

The third baseman put on a Ruthian display of power during spring training.

Nationals handle Hamels, Phillies

Nationals handle Hamels, Phillies

Escobar opens the game with a home run and Washington wins its second straight, 5-2, over Philadelphia.

Denard Span rehabbing, inching closer to Nationals return (UPDATED)

Denard Span rehabbing, inching closer to Nationals return (UPDATED)

The center fielder is scheduled to play at least two more rehab games in his return from core muscle surgery.

Nationals vs. Phillies discussion thread: Game 10

Nationals vs. Phillies discussion thread: Game 10

The Nationals will look to win their first series opener today against Cole Hamels.

Craig Stammen diagnosed with torn right flexor, will require surgery

Craig Stammen diagnosed with torn right flexor, will require surgery

The Nationals bullpen lost another crucial piece Thursday, as Craig Stammen will miss significant time.

Tonight’s Nationals-Phillies lineups

Tonight’s Nationals-Phillies lineups

Doug Fister is back on the mound today for his second start of the season against Phillies ace Cole Hamels.

Hagerstown and Potomac no-hit on the same day

Hagerstown and Potomac no-hit on the same day

The Suns and P-Nats endured an improbable Wednesday, as both were no-hit and one of them won.

How the 2015 Red Sox plan to hit like the 2013 World Series champs, but better

How the 2015 Red Sox plan to hit like the 2013 World Series champs, but better

Boston’s offense, which fell off a year ago, appears potent again because of new personnel and a familiar approach.

Throwback Thursday: Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier

Throwback Thursday: Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier

Sixty-eight years ago yesterday, Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier; 68 years ago today, it didn’t get much print in The Post.

MLB investigating odd rash of positive steroid tests for old-school PED Stanozolol

MLB investigating odd rash of positive steroid tests for old-school PED Stanozolol

A recent spate of positive tests for an “old-school steroid” both vexed baseball and moved the sport to action.

Nats reliever Rafael Martin’s big league debut was historically great

Nats reliever Rafael Martin’s big league debut was historically great

The ‘Mexican Assassin’ makes history at Fenway Park.

Felipe Rivero joining the Nationals in Washington (UPDATED)

Felipe Rivero joining the Nationals in Washington (UPDATED)

Matt Thornton has been the lone left-handed reliever in the Nationals bullpen for the past two games.

Trying to figure out the Nationals bullpen

Trying to figure out the Nationals bullpen

Mixing and matching early this season has been a challenge.

Why two pitches are wrecking Stephen Strasburg’s season thus far

Why two pitches are wrecking Stephen Strasburg’s season thus far

The 26-year-old gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings to the Boston Red Sox in what was supposed to be a bounce-back effort.

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