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Asher strong in return, Phillies beat Nationals 4-1

WASHINGTON — Alec Asher's first tour with the Philadelphia Phillies went very badly.This time around he's off to a great start.Ryan Howard hit a three-run homer, Asher pitched six innings of two-hit ball coming off a suspension, and the Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals 4-1 on Thursday night.Asher, acquired from the Rangers in the trade for Cole Hamels, ended last season in the Phillies' starting rotation and went 0-6 with a 9.31 ERA in seven starts. Read more..

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