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Five Harrisburg Senators named All-Stars

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Five Harrisburg Senators named All-Stars

The Double-A Eastern League has announced their 2012 All-Stars and the rosters include five Nationals prospects. Pitchers Danny Rosenbaum and Kevin Pucetas, infielder Jeff Kobernus, and outfielders Eury Perez and Chris Rahl will play for the Western Division team on July 11 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, PA.

Rosenbaum highlights the Nats selections as one of the organizations best young pitching prospects. The 24-year-old lefty is 7-4 this year for the Harrisburg Senators and holds a 2.76 ERA and a .251 batting average against. The former 22nd round pick has two complete games this season and just 19 walks allowed in 98.0 innings pitched.

Pucetas is 6-2 this season for Harrisburg with a 2.63 ERA in 61.2 innings pitched. He has made five starts this year and 14 relief appearances with a .223 opponents batting average.

Kobernus was a second round pick of the Nationals in 2009. The 23-year-old is hitting .272 this season with 31 runs and 29 stolen bases in 58 games.

Perez was signed by the Nationals as an amateur free agent in April of 2007 and is the youngest of the All-Star selections. The 22-year-old speedster holds a .294 batting average with 27 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 63 games this season with Harrisburg.

Rahl is the oldest of the group at 28 years old. The William and Mary graduate has a .294 average with six home runs and 33 RBI in 68 games this season. He also has 16 stolen bases and ranks third on the team with 14 doubles.

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Nationals fall to Padres as four starters sit on the bench

Nationals fall to Padres as four starters sit on the bench

WASHINGTON -- Ryan Schimpf hit a two-run homer and the San Diego Padres broke out the bats, beating the Washington Nationals 5-3 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.

The Padres had only one run and six hits with 31 strikeouts in back-to-back losses in games started by Washington's Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg to begin the series. San Diego bounced back by matching its season high with 14 hits, with 12 coming off starter Joe Ross (2-1).

NL home run leader Bryce Harper was among four starters out of the lineup for Washington. The game was delayed 1 hour, 20 minutes by rain.

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Four relievers, including Kirby Yates (1-0), pitched 4 2-3 hitless innings following starter Jhoulys Chacin's latest bumpy road appearance. Brandon Maurer worked the ninth for his sixth save.

Chase d'Arnaud had a two-run single and double for the Padres. Franchy Cordero singled in the third for his first major league hit and later doubled.

Daniel Murphy, Jayson Werth and Matt Wieters also did not start for the Nationals. All three entered as pinch hitters, but were retired. Washington opens a nine-game, 10-day road trip Monday afternoon in San Francisco.

Adam Lind drove in two runs. His RBI double in the fifth off Chacin pulled Washington closer at 5-3.

Chacin surrendered three runs on eight hits in 4 2-3 innings. He also had two singles and an RBI.

Ross, who allowed five in four innings plus three batters in the fifth, certainly had two tough acts to follow. Strasburg struck out a career-high 15 in Saturday's 3-0 win after Scherzer fanned 13 in Friday's 5-1 series-opening victory.

San Diego doubled the amount it scored in consecutive losses after just four batters. Following a two-out walk to Wil Myers, Schimpf hit his 13th homer of the season and second in the series.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: RHP Carter Capps (Tommy John surgery) remains on track to face hitters this week, manager Andy Green said.

Nationals: Murphy missed the previous two games due to illness, Chris Speier said Saturday. Speier, serving as acting manager with Dusty Baker away this weekend to attend his son Darren's high school graduation in California, did not meet with the media before Sunday's game.

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Padres: RHP Jarred Cosart (0-1, 4.50 ERA) faces the Cubs at home on Monday.

Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (4-2, 4.32) opens a three-game road series against Giants LHP Matt Moore (2-5, 5.28)

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Harper Among 4 Nats' Starters Out Vs. Padres Sunday

Harper Among 4 Nats' Starters Out Vs. Padres Sunday

National League home run leader Bryce Harper is among four starters out of the lineup for the Washington Nationals in their series finale against the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

Daniel Murphy, Jayson Werth and Matt Wieters also did not start for the Nationals, who open a nine-game, 10-day road trip Monday afternoon in San Francisco.

Murphy missed the previous two games due to illness, Chris Speier said Saturday. Speier, serving as acting manager with Dusty Baker away this weekend to attend his son Darren's high school graduation in California, did not meet with the media before Sunday's game.

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Harper is batting .337 with 15 home runs and 41 RBIs.

Washington won the first two matchups in the three-game series.

Joe Ross (2-0, 5.32) faces fellow right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (4-4, 5.74) on Sunday.