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Martinez’s stubbornness regarding Doolittle’s role — aided and abetted by the pitcher himself — could be an issue for the Nationals down the stretch.

(Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

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Martinez’s stubbornness regarding Doolittle’s role — aided and abetted by the pitcher himself — could be an issue for the Nationals down the stretch.

Only a few hours after losing 14-inning marathon, Washington’s offense looks anything but hung over in 16-8 rout.

The Nationals closer has a 12.00 ERA in his last 10 appearances.


Sean Doolittle gives up three home runs in the ninth, and five innings later things finally end after Eric Thames’s two-run blast.

Scherzer threw his second simulated game at Nationals Park on Saturday in anticipation of a potential return next week.

The veteran right-hander won't return this weekend against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Milwaukee is also in the wild-card hunt so Washington will try to gain more ground.

If the Nationals’ closer finishes 17 more games, he can opt to become a free agent.

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The status of Washington’s ace and closer could be defining issues as the team enters final stretch of the season.

Right-hander triggers 10-run fifth and bats stay hot in six-run sixth to produce a 17-7 win, completing a three-game sweep.

Scherzer felt good after throwing a two-inning simulated game on Tuesday, and Dave Martinez did not rule out his ace returning this weekend.

The Nationals' 22-year-old rookie center fielder has showed off his cannon — and bolstered the team defense. Advanced metrics place him as one of MLB's best outfielders.

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If this bizarre, bouncy bunch can stay in one piece for a few more weeks, this could be a heck of a heartwarming October tale.

Ross allows one run in 6 2/3 innings, leading Washington to a 3-1 victory over the Reds.

Scherzer is still working back from a mild rhomboid muscle strain below his right shoulder blade.

Washington had high hopes wen the team acquired the all-star catcher in November. He is hitting .205 in 62 starts this season.

With Juan Soto watching and Erick Fedde on the mound, the Nats nearly gave the game away late but still started their six-game homestand with a victory.

Holland was recently released by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Nationals took a similar flier on him in August last season.

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Next year, September is a gantlet.

Kendrick returns from the injured list, and Soto and Scherzer provide positive reports.

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