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6/26/2016 | Faria among top prospect performers Sunday

Rays No. 9 prospect Jacob Faria was among the top prospect performers in the Minors on Sunday.

6/26/2016 | Roark comes through when needed most

What the Washington Nationals needed to snap their seven-game losing streak was simple: A very strong performance from their starting pitcher. The starting rotation is the fundamental strength of the Nationals. But it hadn't functioned at that level in losses at Miller Park Friday night and Saturday. Sunday, though, the Nats received the start that they wanted and needed.

6/26/2016 | Harper showing signs of finding swing

Nationals manager Dusty Baker isn't worried about Bryce Harper. Even though the hits haven't been falling on a consistent basis for more than a month, the skipper believes the reigning National League MVP will carry the team soon with a hot bat.

6/26/2016 | Boosted by HRs, Roark helps Nats end slide

No Stephen Strasburg? No problem for the Nationals, who pitched Tanner Roark instead and watched the right-hander carve through seven innings of a 3-2 win over the Brewers on Sunday at Miller Park, snapping Washington's seven-game losing streak.

6/26/2016 | Back issues force Strasburg to disabled list

The Nationals placed right-hander Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, retroactive to June 16, with an upper back strain. A corresponding move will be announced on Monday.

6/26/2016 | Mets tab Thor in first-place battle with Nationals

A Nationals team battling both injuries and on-field struggles will return home for a three-game series beginning Monday against a Mets club looking to regain control of the National League East. The Mets will start Noah Syndergaard, while the Nationals counter with Joe Ross.

6/26/2016 | Lopez, Paddack among top prospect performers Saturday

Nationals No. 5 prospect Reynaldo Lopez is among the top prospect performers in the Minors Saturday.

6/25/2016 | Gio to remain in rotation amid rough stretch

Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez continued to have problems in arguably his roughest start of the season, a 6-5 loss to the Brewers on Saturday.

6/25/2016 | Nationals still searching for answers during skid

You look at a club with the proven ability of the Washington Nationals and you believe that their losing streak cannot possibly grow any longer. And then it does grow longer, as it did Saturday at Miller Park in a 6-5 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. As recently as June 17, the Nationals were 43-25, six games up in the NL East. Since then, the Nats have lost seven in a row.

6/25/2016 | Espinosa up four times, but has zero at-bats

Danny Espinosa turned in an unusual stat line in the Nationals' 6-5 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park on Saturday. The Washington shortstop made four trips to the plate, but never recorded an official at-bat.

6/25/2016 | Strasburg scratched again from Sunday start

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will not start Sunday vs. Brewers after his upper back injury flared up. Tanner Roark will start in his place.

6/25/2016 | For Nats, Murphy an All-Star on, off the field

Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy continues to stay hot. After going 3-for-5 in a 6-5 loss to the Brewers on Saturday, Murphy is leading the National League in batting average (.354), hits, total bases and multihit games. Yet in the latest Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, Murphy was second among NL second basemen with 1,572,890 votes, 483,232 behind the Cubs' Ben Zobrist.

6/25/2016 | Brewers go for sweep of reeling Nationals

The series finale between the Nationals and Brewers on Sunday at Miller Park will feature the pitching staff that strikes out the most batters against the team that goes down on strikes most often. The Nationals will look to avoid the three-game sweep and their eighth straight loss without ace Stephen Strasburg, however, who was scratched after Saturday's game.

6/25/2016 | Brewers hold on, hand Nats 7th straight loss

The Brewers jumped on Gio Gonzalez for six runs in the first three innings Saturday, and the Nationals' comeback fell just short as Milwaukee handed Washington its seventh consecutive loss, 6-5, on Negro League Tribute Day at Miller Park.

6/25/2016 | Papelbon hoping to start rehab stint Monday

Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon, who is on the disabled list with a right intercostal strain, had no problems in his first bullpen session before Saturday's game against the Brewers. Papelbon threw 40 pitches and hopes to start a rehab assignment Monday with Class A Potomac.

6/25/2016 | Ramos showing he deserves to be an All-Star

Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos showed in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Brewers that he belongs on the National League All-Star team. He went 4-for-5 to raise his batting average to a career-high .341.

6/25/2016 | Nats' hitting woes a concern for Baker

It was clear that Nationals manager Dusty Baker was frustrated after watching his struggling offense in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Brewers.

6/25/2016 | Scherzer laments struggles in loss to Brewers

Yes, the Washington Nationals had lost five straight games, their longest losing streak of a season otherwise characterized by success. But that streak was nearly certain to stop Friday night when Max Scherzer took the mound against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. You could not forget the last time he had pitched here, little more than one year ago. It was near-perfection, nobody reaching until the seventh inning when Carlos Gomez managed a little opposite-field flare that fell unattended. Scherzer didn't give up any more hits, and struck out 16.

6/24/2016 | Baker has talk with Taylor after tough game

Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor had a game on Wednesday that he would like to forget. He struck out five times and made an error that helped the Dodgers win, 4-3, in the bottom of the ninth inning. Later that night, manager Dusty Baker had a heart-to-heart talk with Taylor.

6/24/2016 | Vets Garza, Gonzalez match up in Milwaukee

A challenging stretch doesn't get any easier for Matt Garza and the Brewers, who take on the National League East-leading Nationals and starter Gio Gonzalez at Miller Park on Saturday.

6/24/2016 | Brewers best Scherzer as Nats' skid hits six

Max Scherzer was far from perfect in his return to Miller Park, burned by early walks and late home runs as the Brewers powered their way to a 5-3 win over Scherzer's slumping Nationals on Friday, pushing ahead on Kirk Nieuwenhuis' sixth-inning homer.

6/24/2016 | Strasburg confident he'll start Sunday

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who was scratched from Monday's start against the Dodgers because of an upper back strain, had a light bullpen session Friday at Miller Park without any problems. Strasburg is confident that he can pitch against the Brewers on Sunday.

6/23/2016 | On deck: Nats prospect gets thrill out of aircraft Derby

Drew Ward, the Nationals' No. 14 prospect, was one of the participants in the Midway Classic Home Run Derby on Monday, held on the deck of the USS Midway, a former World War II Naval aircraft now anchored in San Diego. Home plate was stationed about 245 feet from the edge of the ship, with pink buoys marking the fence 350 feet from the cage.

6/23/2016 | Fans must start voting now to get in all 35 ballots

The 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot is down to its final week, and here are 10 important things to know as you continue deciding starters for the 87th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard on July 12 at Petco Park in San Diego.

6/23/2016 | Error, tough loss sting for Nats' Taylor

Michael Taylor sat at his locker, still dressed in his full uniform, and no doubt still processing the closing moments of the worst game of his career. The fact that he went 0-for-5 at the plate with five strikeouts was only the beginning of a forgettable evening.

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