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What the Washington Nationals can learn right now from the Washington Capitals

On Friday night, the Washington Nationals who, after the Houston Astros, had been the hardest team in MLB to beat by a lopsided score this season, were blown out in Nats Park, 12-2, by the rising young Phillies. It was an ugly drubbing. Philadelphia th…

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Tanking in MLB has led to too many great teams, too many awful ones, and a decline in fans

All it takes is one glance at the Major League Baseball standings to induce a sudden case of whiplash, or perhaps severe motion sickness. It is almost certainly an outgrowth of the practice that has come to be known as “tanking,” and it may be fueling …

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Like 300-game winners, members of 3,000 hit club the last of a dying MLB breed

On May 4, in the fifth inning of a game at Safeco Field against the Seattle Mariners, Albert Pujols flared a single into right field, a common act freighted with uncommon meaning. Teammates streamed from the visitors dugout and mobbed him in the infiel…

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Nationals vs. Phillies series preview: NL East rivals try to create a little distance

After a nine-game waltz with American League competition, the Nationals return to divisional play Friday at Nationals Park, where they will host the Philadelphia Phillies for a three-game weekend set. The teams will meet with nearly identical records —…

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Shawn Springs got bashed in the head in the NFL. Now he’s building a business out of that.

The best advice former Washington Redskin Shawn Springs received was from his late father, who was also a onetime National League Football player. “Football is a platform for the next level,” his dad told the athlete-turned-businessman. “He told me to develop relationships, whether it’s a banker

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Shawn Springs got bashed in the head in the NFL. Now he’s building a business out of that.

The best advice former Washington Redskin Shawn Springs received was from his late father, who was also a onetime National League Football player. “Football is a platform for the next level,” his dad told the athlete-turned-businessman. “He told me to develop relationships, whether it’s a banker

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Michael A. Taylor started hitting his stride just as he started losing playing time

The most productive outfielder for the Washington Nationals right now is not playing every day. The man with the most well-rounded game in the entire outfield corps is not often a part of the starting lineup anymore. Unfortunately for Michael A. Taylor…

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Michael A. Taylor started hitting his stride just as he started losing playing time

The most productive outfielder for the Washington Nationals right now is not playing every day. The man with the most well-rounded game in the entire outfield corps is not often a part of the starting lineup anymore. Unfortunately for Michael A. Taylor…

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Michael A. Taylor started hitting his stride, then playing time decreased

The most productive outfielder for the Washington Nationals right now is not playing every day. The man with the most well-rounded game in the entire outfield corps is not often a part of the starting lineup anymore. Unfortunately for Michael A. Taylor…

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Jon Lester wins 5th straight, Cubs beat Dodgers 4-0

CHICAGO — Jon Lester won his fifth straight start, Javier Baez backed him with three hits and two runs, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 on Wednesday. Lester (9-2) gave up five hits over seven innings. Baez had two doubles, a tripl…

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Jon Lester wins 5th straight, Cubs beat Dodgers 4-0

CHICAGO — Jon Lester won his fifth straight start, Javier Baez backed him with three hits and two runs, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 on Wednesday. Lester (9-2) gave up five hits over seven innings. Baez had two doubles, a tripl…

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Mike Rizzo on Bryce Harper’s struggles: ‘I think he’s handled them with class and dignity’

If Bryce Harper did not have such a long and varied resume of major league successes, what has happened over the last few weeks would not be worth the energy so many who write and talk about this game devote to it. But Harper is not a man with a histor…

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TV and radio listings: June 20

MLB 2 p.m. Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs » MLB Network 4 p.m. Seattle at New York Yankees » MLB Network 7 p.m. Baltimore at Washington » MASN, MASN2, WJFK (106.7 FM) SOCCER 8 a.m. World Cup: Group B, Portugal vs. Morocco » Fox Sports 1 11 a.m. Wo…

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Nationals vs. Orioles series preview: Jefry Rodriguez will start the opener

After a bizarre Monday night that included 12 innings of baseball and a major midsummer acquisition, the Washington Nationals resume their regularly scheduled interleague play with three games against the Orioles, the home half of the annual series wit…

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All-Star FanFest will feature seven Hall of Famers, 23 former Nationals

Twenty-three former Nationals, including Manager Davey Johnson and several players from the team’s inaugural 2005 season; seven Hall of Famers; two Olympic gold medalists and Ryan Zimmerman are among the guests scheduled to appear at next month’s FanFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention

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So, how will the Nationals’ suspended game against the Yankees work?

TORONTO — The Nationals and Yankees will share a strange and complicated experience Monday evening when they resume the game suspended due to rain in the sixth inning on May 15. They will then play the entire game from May 16 that was postponed by rain…

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