Scherzer looked like he had been in a fight, but he still made his scheduled start for Washington — and got the win.

(John McDonnell / The Washington Post)

Washington becomes the latest team to enact the safety measure, which comes just a few weeks after a four-year-old girl was struck by a foul ball during a game between the Cubs and Astros.

An ESPN poll of 35 MLB executives dubbed Scherzer's deal the “Worst Free Agent Signing” and “Most Outrageous Contract” of the 2015 offseason. That turned out to be incorrect.

After batting below .200 in the early part of the season, Dozier has caught fire in recent weeks.


Grace is back to being a multi-inning option out of the Nationals' bullpen.

  • Perspective

Pitching seven scoreless innings while banged up and bruised a day after breaking his nose, Scherzer provided the kind of effort that can turn a season around.

Scherzer looked like he had been in a fight, but he still made his scheduled start for Washington — and got the win.

Gerardo Parra — with his new walk-up music, children’s anthem “Baby Shark” — delivered at the plate and defensively, and Patrick Corbin bounced back.

Suero shows flashes of being a reliable high-leverage reliever, but he has also struggled in back-to-back appearances.

Scherzer was attempting to bunt before Tuesday's game when a ball hit his bat and struck his face.

  • Analysis

Scherzer is striking out more batters per nine innings than Ryu, doesn’t get as much run support as Ryu and plays in front of one of the worst fielding teams in the majors this season.

Rainey came to Washington from the Cincinnati Reds in an offseason trade for Tanner Roark.

  • Perspective

The former face of the Nationals’ franchise makes his second return to D.C. as a Philadelphia Phillie, and no one is where they expected to be.

The postponement came just under three hours after the originally scheduled first pitch on Monday night.

The 6-foot-8 right-hander is expected to start his Nationals career in the Gulf Coast League.

  • Analysis

The Nationals have gone with eight relievers for most of this season.

Before the Phillies and Braves visit Nationals Park this week, Matt Adams’s two home runs and seven RBI paced a 15-5 laugher.

Barraclough began feeling tingling in his forearm after a rough outing on Saturday.

The right-hander allowed four home runs for the first time since 2014, and Washington couldn’t respond.

Is it possible the Nationals have figured something out with their relievers? Latest win offers more evidence.

The Nationals would-be setup man faced the minimum again in his second appearance back from the injured list.

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