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Nationals name Tanner Roark and Gio Gonzalez starters for Games 2 and 3 vs. Dodgers in NLDS

Nationals name Tanner Roark and Gio Gonzalez starters for Games 2 and 3 vs. Dodgers in NLDS

Minutes after releasing their 25-man playoff roster on Friday morning, the Nationals made official their starting pitchers for Games 2 and 3 for their NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tanner Roark will get Game 2 on Saturday in Washington, while lefty Gio Gonzalez will start Game 3 in Los Angeles on Monday.

Roark, 30, will make his first ever playoff start. The right-hander went 16-10 with a 2.83 ERA in 34 appearances this seasin, 33 of them starts. He logged 210 innings and struck out 172 batters.

Roark faced the Dodgers once this season, on June 21. He went 7 1/3 innings with three runs allowed in a 3-2 Nationals loss. 

Gonzalez, 31, will make his fourth career playoff start. He has a 3.21 ERA across 14 postseason innings with 12 walks and 11 strikeouts.

Gonzalez also pitched vs. the Dodgers once this season, back on July 20. The lefty went six innings with one run allowed on three hits and two walks. The Nats won their only game out of six against the Dodgers this season that day.

Roark will pitch opposite Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill. Gonzalez will go up against rookie right-hander Kenta Maeda.

Game 2 is slated to begin at 4:08 p.m. on Saturday. The first pitch time for Game 3 has not been announced. Game 1 begins at 5:38 p.m. on Friday with Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw set to square off.

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Trea Turner hits for the cycle despite freezing Colorado temperature

Trea Turner hits for the cycle despite freezing Colorado temperature

DENVER (AP) -- Trea Turner has hit for the third cycle in Washington Nationals history against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

Turner also has a career-high seven RBIs on a cold night in the Mile High City.

He had a single in the first, a two-run double in the second, a two-run homer in the sixth and a bases-loaded triple in the seventh.


The field temperature was a balmy 37 degrees when Turner recorded the final part of his cycle in the seventh inning.

It was the first cycle by the Nationals since Cristian Guzman on Aug. 28, 2008.

Overall, this was the ninth cycle in Expos/Nationals history.

In addition, Turner's seven RBIs are tied for the second-most in a single game in Nationals history.

The Nationals hung on to beat the Rockies 15-12 after giving up seven runs in the final three innings.

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Bryce Harper named National League Player of the Week

Bryce Harper named National League Player of the Week

If you've understandably been caught up with the Capitals and Wizards in their respective playoff series, you might not be aware of just how hot Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper is right now. Fresh off a three-game sweep of the rival Mets in New York, Harper was named National League Player of the Week. 

For the whole week, Harper hit .550 (11-for-20) with four doubles, three home runs, seven RBI, seven walks and 10 runs scored. 

He is now leading all of baseball in batting average (.400), he's tied for second in homers (7), and he's alone in second in RBI (20). He's also amassed a blistering 1.340 OPS through the team's first 18 games. 

Harper's biggest game of the past week came in Atlanta when he went yard twice, with his second homer being a grand slam. He finished the game 4-for-4 with two homers, one double, five RBI, one walk and four runs scored. 

With Harper's injuries from last season behind him (even though he won't completely admit to being hurt), the Nationals' right fielder is back to, or even better than, his 2015 form that ended with his first career MVP award. During that season Harper took home player of the week honors three times. 

The Nationals as a team have the best record in baseball at 13-5, and already have a three-game lead in the NL East. 

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