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Brewers blank Nats, 6-0

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Brewers blank Nats, 6-0

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Corey Hart and Aramis Ramirez homered to back another fine pitching performance by Mike Fiers as the Milwaukee Brewers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 6-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday night.

Hours after trading ace Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels for rookie shortstop Jean Segura and two minor league pitchers, the Brewers ended Washington's six-game winning streak.

Called up May 29 from Triple-A Nashville, Fiers (4-4) has been one of Milwaukee's most consistent pitchers in recent weeks. He did not give up a hit until the fourth inning and retired 14 of his first 17 batters.

Fiers allowed only four hits while striking out nine in 6 1-3 innings. Over his last seven starts, he has permitted four earned runs in 47 innings for a 0.77 ERA.

His biggest test Friday came in the sixth. With one out, Steve Lombardozzi singled and Bryce Harper walked. But Fiers struck out Ryan Zimmerman and got Adam LaRoche, who had homered in each of his last three games, to fly out.

Fiers was replaced in the seventh and Michael Morse on first. Livan Hernandez gave the struggling Brewers bullpen a boost, getting Sandy Leon to hit into a double play.

Ross Detwiler (5-4) lasted 4 2-3 innings for the Nationals, giving up four runs and seven hits.

The Brewers grabbed a 2-0 lead in the fourth. With two outs, Ramirez doubled as Harper tried to make a diving catch in right field. Hart followed with his 18th home run.

Carlos Gomez's RBI single in the fifth chased Detwiler. Gomez stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error by Leon and scored on Ryan Braun's single off Craig Stammen. Ramirez then cracked his 12th home run to make it 6-0.

NOTES: The Brewers also got back Double-A pitchers John Hellweg and Ariel Pena for Greinke. ... The Nationals released OF Rick Ankiel, who hit .228 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 68 games. Washington designated him for assignment on July 19. ... Brewers RHP Shaun Marcum, on the disabled list since June 15 with right elbow tightness, had a setback in a bullpen session. Manager Ron Roenicke said there is no timetable yet for Marcum's return. ... Milwaukee announced that RHP Mark Rogers will be recalled from Nashville on Saturday to take Greinke's roster spot.

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This year's Nationals roster is stacked with glorious facial hair

This year's Nationals roster is stacked with glorious facial hair

The following is a list of things the 2017 Washington Nationals appear to have: A talented outfield led by Bryce Harper and Adam Eaton. A rising superstar at shortstop in Trea Turner. A possibly major hole at closer.

The following is a list of things the 2017 Washington Nationals appear to not have: Razors. Shaving cream. A desire to groom their faces.

A fun tradition at each team's spring training is the annual photo day, because photo day forces professional athletes to pose in front of cameras like they're being featured in the poster of an upcoming blockbuster movie. And after poring through the snapshots from the Nationals' photo day, a single trend emerged.

This year's team is a hairy bunch.

Among that bunch are the usual suspects, such as Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth:

But there are some surprises, most notably of which is Stephen Strasburg. The right-hander tends to keep his mug 100-percent clean-shaven, but for now, at least, he's allowed his face to become quite fertile:

Then there's newcomer Adam Lind, who has a goatee that Duke's Blue Devil logo would be forced to respect:

Shawn Kelley, meanwhile, who's pictured below, has a beard that looks like...

...Derek Norris' beard, before Derek Norris' beard hit puberty and grew up to be the strong, mature beard it is today:

There are scraggly ones, such as Daniel Murphy's:

And fuller, more complete ones, like Eaton's (full marks, by the way, for the trade acquisition's ability to seamlessly connect 'stache to beard):

The most wild photo of all, however, was this one of Turner. Is this the Nats stud, or a picture of Leonard DiCaprio from a scene in The Revenant? Hard to tell with all that stubble the infielder's cultivating:

One potential positive of this team-wide movement: If Turner and his teammates keep what they're growing down in Florida going throughout the season, their faces will be plenty warm by the time playoff baseball comes around. 

RELATED: HARPER GOES YARD IN FIRST AT-BAT OF THE SPRING

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Nationals' Bryce Harper mashes monster homer on second pitch of spring training

Nationals' Bryce Harper mashes monster homer on second pitch of spring training

The Nationals played their first game of spring training today against the Mets. They won, but that's not nearly the biggest story of the day. It was Bryce Harper's first at-bat that stole the show. 

On just the second pitch he saw of spring training, from lefty Sean Gilmartin, Harper mashed a ginormous home run to right center field. MLB.com shared video of the bomb. 

According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, Harper smacked the ball at least 400 feet. In his second at-bat, he hit a line-drive single on the first pitch. 

Let's just say it was an exciting start to the year for Harper, who won the 2015 NL MVP only to endure a let-down last season. As Castillo points out, the slugger hit .226 against left-handed pitchers in 2016. 

Harper enters spring training at 230 pounds, up 15 pounds of muscle from last year. 

“I just felt going into the offseason you want to get as strong as you can, try to maintain your weight the best you can and just do everything the right way,” he told the Post. 

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