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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.
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Mets in playoff position thanks to two surprise contributors
ATLANTA — Now the Mets are the hunted. One more break went in the Mets’ direction Thursday — an off day for manager Terry Collins’ crew — when the Cardinals lost 12-5 to the Brewers. With that development, the Mets moved a half-game ahead of the Cardinals in the race for the NL’s second wild...
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Nationals say Stephen Strasburg has a strained flexor mass
WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg has a strained flexor mass in his elbow and the Washington Nationals don't know when he will pitch again, but the team said it was relieved the right-hander did not re-tear a ligament.Manager Dusty Baker and director of athletic training Paul Lessard voiced optimism after an MRI did not reveal ligament damage. Strasburg had Tommy John surgery in August 2011.
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Nationals' Stephen Strasburg exits game early with elbow pain
Strasburg ended up pitching just 2 1/3 innings and 42 pitches.         
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Strasburg feels pinch in elbow, Nats beat Braves in 11th
WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg winced and, no doubt, so did everyone else who roots for the Washington Nationals.The Washington ace felt a pinch in the back of his right elbow in the third inning and was forced to make an early exit Wednesday night in his first start since returning from the disabled list.With a stadium full of teammates and fans wondering what went wrong, the NL East leaders went on to defeat Atlanta 5-4 in 11 innings.
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How Mets-Nationals stack up in what may be best rivalry in 2017
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Did baseball’s best current rivalry hold a dress rehearsal Thursday at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches? No, Mets-Nationals can’t hold a finger to Yankees-Red Sox, Dodgers-Giants or Cardinals-Cubs when it comes to history and regalness. In 2017, though? Mets-Nationals has two critical attributes going for it: 1) It’s close....
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5 things to know today: Is the gas shortage in Ga. over yet?

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Garcia’s 3-run homer sends Braves past Mets again

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Yoenis Cespedes' slam, 5 RBIs send New York Mets past Atlanta Braves
By Stan Awtrey, The Sports Xchange ATLANTA -- Slugger Yoenis Cespedes seems to have picked the opportune moment to get hot at the plate.
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Yoenis Cespedes has golden explanation for ignoring media
ATLANTA — The Mets came together on a day that is so important to their history and for the immediate future. One night after a terrible loss to the Braves, the Mets needed to come out Sunday and dispose of the Braves quickly. They looked to their inner source of power, Yoenis Cespedes, and he...
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Cespedes, Lugo lead Mets to 10-3 win over Braves
ATLANTA — Seth Lugo isn't pitching like a 26-year-old rookie for the New York Mets.Facing major league hitters is a lot different from pitching in the minors, but Lugo isn't trying to do too much."I tell myself they're going to put the ball in play," Lugo said. "I'm not going to try to trick them or throw it by them. I'm going to throw it in the strike zone — quality pitches, quality location and let them get themselves out."Yoenis Cespedes hit a grand slam, Lugo won his fourth straight start and the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 10-3 on Sunday.
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Mets leave Atlanta in style, and here comes the real test
ATLANTA — A year later the stakes are much different, but for the Mets another big September series in Washington begins Monday night. After all but clinching the NL East in 2015 with a three-game sweep at Nationals Park in early September, the Mets are now just trying to navigate a three-team wild-card race. They...
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Trea Turner homer pushes Washington Nationals past Philadelphia Phillies
By David Driver, The Sports Xchange WASHINGTON -- Trea Turner smashed a solo homer to center with two outs in the ninth off Frank Hermann.
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