• Washington Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister throws to the plate against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game on Monday, July 21, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

    Ian Desmond lifts Nationals to 7-2 win over Rockies

    By Pat Graham - Associated Press

    Ian Desmond tied a career high with five hits, including a two-run homer, and Doug Fister threw effectively into the sixth to help the Washington Nationals beat the sinking Colorado Rockies 7-2 on Monday night.

  • Washington Nationals' Denard Span (2), Ian Desmond (20) and others celebrate an 8-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in a baseball game, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    SNYDER: Nationals flush with possibilities as second half kicks in

    By Deron Snyder - The Washington Times

    This is more like it. This is what we expected from the Washington Nationals all along, winning a pair here and three-of-a-kind there, settling in at the table with one of baseball's best hands.

    Washington Nationals' Jayson Werth (28) celebrates 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers with first base coach Tony Tarasco (32) after a baseball game, Sunday, July 20, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Werth the risk: Rendon scores from first on double as Nats win in 9th

    By Brian McNally - The Washington Times

    Players piled out of the dugout and Jayson Werth raced off second base, his arm raised triumphantly in the air. The Nats (53-43) remained percentage points ahead of the Atlanta Braves (54-44) for first place in the NL East.

    Washington Nationals' Jayson Werth (28) celebrates 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers with first base coach Tony Tarasco (32) after a baseball game, Sunday, July 20, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Jayson Werth, Nationals walk off with win over Brewers

    By Benjamin Standig - Associated Press

    Werth hit a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the ninth after the Brewers tied it in the top of the inning and the Washington Nationals beat Milwaukee 5-4 on Sunday afternoon.

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark delivers a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Tanner Roark leads Nationals to easy win over Brewers

    By Harvey Valentine - Associated Press

    Roark pitched seven strong innings, and Ryan Zimmerman and Wilson Ramos drove in three runs apiece to lead the Nationals over the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 Saturday night.

    San Diego Padres closer Huston Street pumps his fist as he watches the game ending double play in the Padres' 4-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game Thursday, June 19, 2014, in San Diego. Street converted his 20th save without a blown save.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    Angels get closer Huston Street from San Diego

    By Joe Resnick - Associated Press

    In 10 major league seasons with Oakland (2005-08), Colorado (2009-11) and San Diego (2012-14), Street is 35-27 with 258 saves and a 2.87 ERA. He has converted 109 of his last 117 save chances, the best mark in the majors in that span.

    Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) steps on the field as he prepares to bat during an interleague baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park, Monday, July 7, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Nationals second-half preview: Starting from the top

    By Brian McNally - The Washington Times

    No team in the NL has a better run differential (plus-61). That's a good predictor of which teams will make the playoffs. The starting rotation, missing Doug Fister for five weeks with an elbow injury and Gio Gonzalez (shoulder) for a month, still has a 3.28 ERA, third in the sport. The bullpen also ranks third overall (2.67 ERA). This is still a club built around its pitching. The offense just has to be good enough.

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija throws against the Seattle Mariners during a baseball game, Friday, July 11, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    MLB second-half preview: Oakland the team to catch

    By Jay Cohen - Associated Press

    It could be one fun summer in California, where Oakland begins the weekend with the best record in the majors, and the Giants, Angels and Dodgers in prime playoff position. The trade deadline is in two weeks, and the recovery of several key injured players could dramatically affect a couple of divisions.

    Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond signs autographs for fans before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    LOVERRO: Ian Desmond could follow Jeter model in D.C.

    By Thom Loverro - The Washington Times

    Jeter hit the trifecta for a sports icon — money, love and respect. Desmond should have been paying close attention to Derek Jeter's All-Star evening. He, too, has that rare opportunity to win that triple crown.

    American League's Jose Altuve, of the Houston Astros, celebrates with teammates after scoring during the fifth inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Tyler Clippard’s All-Star appearance brief but eventful

    By Mark Zuckerman - CSNwashington.com

    Clippard's All-Star appearance lasted only 11 pitches, but the Nationals reliever experienced plenty in his brief time on the mound.

    American League shortstop Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, singles during the third inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Jeter, Trout lead AL over NL 5-3 in All-Star Game

    By Ronald Blum - Associated Press

    Helping send Derek Jeter out a winner in his last Midsummer Classic appearance, All-Star Game MVP Mike Trout drove in two runs with a triple and a double to lead the American League past the National League 5-3 on Tuesday night.

    Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference at baseball's All-Star game, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Bud Selig: Montreal could be ‘excellent’ home for MLB team

    By Ronald Blum - Associated Press

    While the Expos failed to draw 1 million spectators to Olympic Stadium in any of their final seven seasons, a total of 96,350 fans attended a pair of exhibition games there in March between the New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays.

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