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Joe Ross struggles in Nationals 10-4 loss to Athletics


Joe Ross struggles in Nationals 10-4 loss to Athletics

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Ryon Healy had two doubles and two homers, Jed Lowrie doubled twice and homered, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Washington Nationals 10-4 on Saturday.

A day after being outscored by 10 runs, the A's got off to a fast start as Healy and Lowrie each hit two-run home runs in the bottom of the first inning off starter Joe Ross (2-2).

Healy hit a long solo shot off reliever Jacob Turner in a three-run seventh inning in which the A's broke open a 7-4 game. Healy's 11th home run of the year landed in a luxury box about 40 feet above the 400-foot sign in center field.

It was Healy's first career multi-home run game and the four extra-base hits tied a franchise record accomplished by 16 others since 1913.

Yonder Alonso hit a two-run home run -- his 16th -- off Turner earlier in the seventh.

Oakland's 10 runs were a season high and the four homers tied a season best.

Daniel Murphy was 3 for 4 with a double for the Nationals, improving to 7 for 9 in the series and 13 for 22 over his last five games since missing three games last weekend with an illness. Adam Lind hit a three-run home run off A's starter Daniel Mengden in the third.

Liam Hendriks (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings after replacing Mengden with two outs in the fifth. Daniel Coulombe, Ryan Madsen and John Axford finished up.

Ross, who is from the San Francisco Bay Area and played high school ball in Oakland, allowed seven runs and seven hits in three innings.


Nationals: OF Chris Heisey, out with a ruptured right biceps, will ramp up baseball activities after trainers work to reduce some swelling. ... RHP Joe Blanton, out with shoulder inflammation, threw off a mound on Friday. ... OF Jayson Werth fouled a ball off his foot in the ninth inning and left the game for a pinch runner after reaching on an error. ... Murphy stayed in the game after getting hit by a pitch from Axford later in the inning.

Athletics: LHP Sean Doolittle, on the disabled list with a strained left shoulder, will pitch on Sunday or Monday in a rehab assignment with Class-A Stockton, manager Bob Melvin said. ... RHP Jesse Hahn (right triceps strain) threw a bullpen session on Saturday. The A's don't have a plan for getting the 27-year-old back into the starting rotation, Melvin said. ... LHP Felix Doubront, who last year underwent Tommy John surgery, gave up two runs and five hits in two innings with Triple-A Nashville on Friday.


Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (5-2, 3.86 ERA) has allowed one run in 14 innings over his last two starts.

Athletics: RHP Sonny Gray (2-2, 4.72) gave up seven runs in 4 2/3 innings in his last start against Cleveland on Tuesday. His three previous outings were quality starts.


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Harper gets ejected before Nationals offense explodes in win over Brewers

Harper gets ejected before Nationals offense explodes in win over Brewers

WASHINGTON -- Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Lind each had two-run doubles in a seven-run eighth inning to help the Washington Nationals rally past the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5 on Wednesday night.

Bryce Harper was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Chris Segal after striking out in the eighth inning with runners on the corners. Harper's single in the first inning extended his hitting streak to a career-high 18 games.

Tied 2-2, Zimmerman immediately picked up his fellow All-Star by lacing a liner into the right field corner. All-Star Daniel Murphy's homer pulled Washington within 2-1 in the seventh.

Jimmy Nelson struck out 10 and allowed one run and four hits in seven innings plus a batter. Jacob Barnes (3-2) entered with a 2-1 lead and surrendered two runs and two hits while recording only one out.

Ryan Madson (1-0) tossed one scoreless inning for the win.

Nelson exited after walking Matt Wieters leading off the eighth. Brian Goodwin's double off Barnes put two runners in scoring position with one out. After Wilmer Difo's single through the right side of the infield drove in the tying run, Harper faced reliever Josh Hader. Two pitches after visibly disliking a called strike, Harper struck out swinging. He slammed his bat to the ground and went nose-to-nose with Segal for his second ejection of the season.

Washington had six hits including four doubles in the eighth. Pedro Severino's RBI double put Washington up 8-2.

Murphy's homer ended a stretch of 17 1/3 scoreless innings for Washington.

Gio Gonzalez surrendered two runs on five hits and had eight strikeouts for Washington.

Santana's first inning blast, estimated at 476 feet, landed on the concourse beyond the left field stands.

Harper finished 1 of 4 and is batting .416 (30 for 72) during his streak. The All-Star also reached base safely in his 26th consecutive game, matching his career-best.

Milwaukee recalled Lewis Brinson from Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he was hitting .345 with 10 homers and 43 RBIs. He hit .097 in 31 at-bats last month with the Brewers in his only previous major league action. He homered on Wednesday night for his first in the majors.


Brewers: RHP Matt Garza (4-5, 3.83 ERA) was placed on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Sunday with a lower right leg strain. Garza said he was optimistic he would miss only one start.

Nationals: Manager Dusty Baker did not have an update on whether RHP Stephen Strasburg would make his next scheduled start, but said the Nationals were taking a big picture approach. Strasburg left Sunday's appearance after two innings with forearm pain that doctors later diagnosed as a nerve impingement. Washington entered Wednesday with an 11 game lead in the NL East. . The Nationals reinstated OF Ryan Raburn from the bereavement list and promptly placed him on the 10day DL retroactive to July 23 with a left trapezius strain.


Brewers: RHP Michael Blazek (0-0, 0.00) takes Garza's place in the rotation for the 12:05 p.m. first pitch. It is Blazek's first career start after 108 relief appearances since 2013.

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (11-5, 2,26) allowed five runs and three home runs in his previous start at Arizona on July 21.

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Logo for 2018 MLB All Star Game in D.C. revealed

Logo for 2018 MLB All Star Game in D.C. revealed

The Washington Nationals will host the 2018 MLB All Star Game next July.

On Wednesday, the team officially released the logo for the event.

This will mark the fifth time the All-Star Game has been held in D.C., with the last one dating back to 1969 at RFK Stadium. 


The logo clearly incorporates the Washington Capitol surrounded by a patriotic red, white and blue theme. 

One of the biggest things to look forward to is Bryce Harper participating in the Home Run Derby.

Harper has avoided participating in the competition in recent years but has committed to playing when the event is in D.C.