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Wang takes over fifth spot in rotation

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Wang takes over fifth spot in rotation

After a rough stretch of four starts, and the timely return of Chien-Ming Wang, Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler is headed back to the bullpen. Davey Johnson informed reporters of the move after the team's win on Saturday.

Wang was the original plan for the fifth spot in the rotation and will now return to the role. Wang pitched three innings on Friday, his first appearance of the season, and earned the win after allowing three hits and a solo home run.

Detwiler took advantage of the opportunity early on this season and held a 1.64 ERA through the month of April. Since, however, he has allowed at least three earned in his last four games. His walk totals are up and he has been pulled earlier in games.

Detwiler is 3-3 on the year with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.274 WHIP. He will take the role of long relief, a spot he had mixed results in last season. Johnson said he realizes the former sixth overall pick still has a high ceiling, but that Wang brings more experience and a more accomplished rsum as a starter. Wang twice won 19 games as a member of the New York Yankees.

Wang has been a starter his entire career and has little experience pitching out of the bullpen. He is known for warming up extensively before starts and being a slow starter in games. In 11 games with Washington last season he went 4-3 with a 4.04 ERA.

Johnson had Wang slotted fifth to begin the year, but on March 15 he suffered an injury to his left hamstring. He sprained the hamstring while fielding a ball and running to get a player out at first during a spring training game. The 32-year-old Wang was placed on the disabled list and has since made rehab appearances at Hagerstown, Potomac, and Syracuse.

Wang is a seven-year MLB veteran, he spent five seasons with the Yankees before sitting out 2010 with shoulder injuries. The Nationals signed him in February of 2010, but didn't see him fully recover and pitch for them until July of 2011. He re-signed with the club in November for a one-year, 4 million contract.

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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.

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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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