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Around the NL East: Will the surging Mets stay healthy?

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The Braves had another solid week, and if not for the torrid Mets would probably still be atop the division standings at 8-4. What’s most intriguing so far about Atlanta’s start is that the offense seems to be doing just fine despite the loss of key bats in the offseason. 511 more words

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Espinosa solid as temporary third baseman

Though the Nationals are getting healthier by the day – they saw both Jayson Werth and Denard Span return over the last week – they are still making do with temporary replacements. 420 more words

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Strasburg's changeup key in Sunday's win

For a guy who was inefficient through his first two outings – needing 204 pitches through his initial 10 2/3 innings this year – Stephen Strasburg sure reversed his fortune on Sunday in an almost-perfect dismantling of the Philadelphia Phillies. 628 more words

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Game 13: Phillies at Nats

The Nationals aim to clinch their first series of the season Sunday afternoon as they close out their four-game set with the Philadelphia Phillies. Stephen Strasburg (0-1, 6.75) will take the mound for Washington, while right-hander David Buchanan (0-2, 11.42) will pitch for the Phillies. 689 more words

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Zimmermann still trying to find groove

Jordan Zimmermann pitched well enough to win Saturday afternoon. But that’s never been good enough for Zimmermann, nor for those who have come to expect more out of the Nationals right-hander. 330 more words

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Desmond: "I'm gonna get through it"

If Ian Desmond ever was going to go crawl in a hole and disappear from public view, this might have been the time. If Matt Williams ever was going to bench his starting shortstop after another nightmare defensive inning, this might have been the time. 783 more words

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Phillies 5, Nats 3: Desmond's woes open door for Phillies

GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Ian Desmond’s defensive struggles have been painful enough to watch on their own, but the fact several have directly impacted the results of Nationals games has only made this saga all the more painful to experience. 530 more words

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