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Daniel Murphy homers twice in 14-4 rout of Reds

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Daniel Murphy homers twice in 14-4 rout of Reds

CINCINNATI  -- Daniel Murphy hit two of Washington's five home runs and had five RBIs to lead the Nationals to a 14-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

Adam Lind and Jose Lobaton added two-run shots and Anthony Rendon had a solo homer, his third home run in two games, to help the Nationals to their third win in the four-game series and fourth straight victory overall.

The Nationals have hit 10 home runs in the series, the sixth time since moving from Montreal in 2005 that they've hit at least 10 home runs in a four-game series. Washington has outscored the Reds 29-11 in the first three games of the series, which ends on Monday afternoon.

Tanner Roark (7-6) allowed three unearned runs in six innings. He walked three and struck out five.

Homer Bailey (2-3) allowed eight runs and hits in four innings for his second poor start of the season against the Nationals.

Bailey, who started the season on the disabled list after surgery for bone spurs, made his season debut against Washington on June 24 and allowed six hits and eight runs in 1 2/3 innings. Bailey's ERA in two starts against Washington is 25.40. It's 4.60 against the other three teams he's faced.

Murphy's 15th homer of the season and first since June 28 gave Washington a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Nationals made it 4-0 in the second on back-to-back leadoff doubles by Lind and former Red Chris Heisey and Wilmer Difo's bases-loaded groundout.

Murphy's second homer of the game followed back-to-back fifth-inning leadoff walks to Difo and Bryce Harper. Rendon's single knocked Bailey out of the game, and Lind hit his seventh homer of the season off reliever Ariel Hernandez.

Rendon led off the seventh with his 19th homer of the season.


Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (9-3) has 36 strikeouts in 36 innings over seven starts against Cincinnati.

Reds: RHP Scott Feldman (7-6) limited the Nationals to seven hits and two runs in seven innings of a 6-2 Cincinnati win on June 25 at Washington.

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Quintana shuts out Orioles in Cubs debut

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Quintana shuts out Orioles in Cubs debut

BALTIMORE -- Jose Quintana dazzled in his debut for the Chicago Cubs, striking out a season-high 12 in seven sharp innings to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-0 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Acquired by the World Series champions during the All-Star break from the Chicago White Sox for a playoff push, Quintana gave the Cubs exactly the kind of boost they hoped to get. The lefty ace allowed three hits, walked none and joined Matt Garza as the only pitchers in Cubs history to fan 12 in their debut.

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo homered to help the Cubs move over .500 for the first time since June 29. The Cub hit 10 home runs during the sweep at Camden Yards.

Chicago took advantage of another wild start by Ubaldo Jimenez (4-5) and opened a 4-0 lead in the second. Willson Contreras added a career-high four hits.

The Cubs traded their top two prospects, outfielder Eloy Jimenez and right-hander Dylan Cease, along with infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete, to get Quintana. He was 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA for the White Sox.

Chicago began the day 5 1/2 games behind in the races for the NL Central and second wild-card spot.

Quintana retired nine straight batters until Adam Jones led off the fourth with a double. This was the 10th time in his career, and third this season, he fanned at least 10.

Ian Happ had a two-run double and scored on Jason Heyward's single in the second. Heyward stole second and scored the fourth run on a two-out single by Ben Zobrist.

A two-run homer by Bryant, his 19th, boosted the margin to 6-0 in the fourth.

Jimenez allowed six runs and 11 hits, one shy of tying a career-high, over 3 2/3 innings. He has not pitched past the fifth inning in four of his past five starts.

Rizzo hit his 22nd home run in the ninth off Darren O'Day.


Cubs: LHP Brett Anderson (back) allowed five runs (three earned) and eight hits with four strikeouts and one walk over 41/3 innings Saturday for Double-A Tennessee. He is 1-2 with 5.06 ERA in five rehab appearances.

Orioles: SS J.J. Hardy's rib injury is fully healed, but he remains on the DL with a right wrist fracture.


Cubs: LHP Jon Lester (5-6, 4.25 ERA) is slated to start Monday against Atlanta RHP Julio Teheran (7-6, 4.79). Lester is looking to bounce back from his last outing when he allowed 10 runs (four earned) in 2/3 of an inning -- the shortest start of his 12-year career.

Orioles: RHP Chris Tillman (1-5, 7.90) takes the mound Monday against Texas, trying to earn his first win since May 7. The Rangers will counter with RHP Andrew Cashner (4-7, 3.54).

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Capitals trade Marcus Johansson for draft picks to free cap space

Capitals trade Marcus Johansson for draft picks to free cap space

With little money left to work with and players left to sign, the Capitals traded winger Marcus Johansson to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday in exchange for a second and third round draft pick. The second round pick was originally from the Florida Panthers and the third round pick was originally from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The team’s dire cap situation already led to the departure of Kevin Shattenkirk, Karl Alzner and Justin Williams in free agency. In the wake of Evgeny Kuznetsov signing an eight-year deal with Washington that carries a cap hit of $7.8 million, it was clear the team had to make a move to clear up cap space from its roster.


By trading Johansson, the Capitals freed up nearly $4.6 million of cap space for next season. According to the website Cap Friendly, the Capitals currently have about $9.2 million of space left under the salary cap with 14 players under contract for next season. The maximum number of players for an NHL roster is 23.

Even after trading Johansson, general manager Brian MacLellan still has work left to do. Andre Burakovsky and Philipp Grubauer are both in need of new contracts as restricted free agents. The team only has five defensemen signed and will need to find two more, including a top-four player to replace Nate Schmidt.

Without much money to work with, the Capitals could explore another trade or, more likely, it could suggest the team will have a much younger look to it for next season. Jakub Vrana looks poised to make the jump to the NHL and the team’s fourth line also has two openings. Madison Bowey and Christian Djoos could also both be in play to be in the team’s top six on defense next season.

Johansson, who will turn 27 in October, was a first-round draft pick of the Caps in 2009. In seven seasons in Washington, Johansson has scored 102 goals and 290 points. He just completed the first year of a three-year contract he signed in the summer of 2016.