• Nationals starter Tanner Roark allowed one run in seven innings on Wednesday against the Marlins to win his fourth start in a row. (Associated Press)

    Nationals hang on late to reel in Marlins

    By Steven Wine - Associated Press

    Washington averted a series sweep by snapping Miami’s six-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory Wednesday.

  • Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, left, chats with catcher David Ross during a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Jon Lester’s status uncertain as trade deadline nears

    By Ken Powtak - Associated Press

    A year after bolstering their rotation at the trade deadline, it looks as if the Boston Red Sox are exploring the market again. Manager John Farrell announced a move indicating the Red Sox are seriously considering offers for Lester, their ace, before Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline.

    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez throws in the first inning during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Alvarez, Marlins beat Nats for 6th straight win

    By Christopher Stock - Associated Press

    Henderson Alvarez outdueled Stephen Stasburg and the surging Miami Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 3-0 Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory.

    Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, left, throws the ceremonial first pitch to former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants on Friday, April 4, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Vin Scully to return for 66th season with Dodgers in 2015

    By Beth Harris - Associated Press

    Vin Scully is staying in the booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, left, strikes out to send the first inning as Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) looks on during a baseball game, Monday, July 28, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Marlins score 4 in 9th to beat Nationals 7-6

    By Steven Wine - Associated Press

    The Miami Marlins mounted an improbable rally Monday against first-place Washington, and they're thinking they can come from behind in the NL East standings, too.

    Barry Bonds hitting 73 home runs in 2001 will never go away and we'll never forget, no matter how hard baseball wishes. Feats from the steroid era should not be erased from Hall of Fame consideration. (Associated Press)

    SNYDER: Steroid era feats still warrant Hall review

    By Deron Snyder - The Washington Times

    Voters don't want to honor steroid era stars with plaques in Cooperstown and the ability to write "HOF" alongside their autographs. But I see enshrinement more as acknowledging the obvious: They were among the greatest players during a period when many used performance-enhancing drugs.

    National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas and Greg Maddux hold their plaques after an induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center on Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Cooperstown, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Frank Thomas, Joe Torre headline Hall of Fame class

    By John Kekis - Associated Press

    Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy. Being enshrined in the Hall of Fame can have those effects, even on the greats. Thomas, pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and managers Bobby Cox, Torre and La Russa were inducted into the baseball shrine Sunday, and all paid special tribute to their families before an adoring crowd of nearly 50,000.

    FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2013 file photo, New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez reacts after striking out in the second inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader at Yankee Stadium in New York. Bud Selig maintains Major League Baseball had no idea Alex Rodriguez received a medical exemption from the sport's drug administrator to use a testosterone-boosting substance in 2007, Tuesday, July 15, 2014.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

    LOVERRO: One birthday present A-Rod will never unwrap

    By Thom Loverro

    Alex Rodriguez got a birthday present Sunday on the day of his 39th birthday. The Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies took place in Cooperstown — another reminder for A-Rod of what he has lost.

     Washington Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    SEEING RED: Fister handcuffs slumping Cincinnati in Nationals’ victory

    By MARK SCHMETZER - Associated Press

    Doug Fister dominates again to win his fourth consecutive start as the Nats beat the Reds 4-2.

    Washington Nationals' Denard Span, right, is forced out at second by Cincinnati Reds second baseman Skip Schumaker, left, after a Anthony Rendon ground ball in the first inning of a baseball game on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    Reds beat Nationals 1-0, end 7-game losing streak

    By Joe Kay - Associated Press

    Johnny Cueto fanned nine in seven innings on Saturday, and Brayan Pena singled through a drawn-in infield for the only run, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 1-0 victory over the Washington Nationals that ended a seven-game losing streak.

    Baseball Hall of Fame cuts election eligibility to 10 years

    By Associated Press

    The Baseball Hall of Fame has reduced the number of years a player can remain eligible to be voted in by the writers to 10 years from 15, giving Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens less time to be considered.

    Washington Nationals' Zach Walters watches an RBI double hit off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Alfredo Simon in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 25, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    Nationals win 4-1, send Reds to 7th straight loss

    By Associated Press

    Tanner Roark won the final spot in Washington's rotation during spring training. Halfway through the season, he's the Nationals' top winner.

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