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Brewers blank Nats, 6-0

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Brewers blank Nats, 6-0

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Corey Hart and Aramis Ramirez homered to back another fine pitching performance by Mike Fiers as the Milwaukee Brewers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 6-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday night.

Hours after trading ace Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels for rookie shortstop Jean Segura and two minor league pitchers, the Brewers ended Washington's six-game winning streak.

Called up May 29 from Triple-A Nashville, Fiers (4-4) has been one of Milwaukee's most consistent pitchers in recent weeks. He did not give up a hit until the fourth inning and retired 14 of his first 17 batters.

Fiers allowed only four hits while striking out nine in 6 1-3 innings. Over his last seven starts, he has permitted four earned runs in 47 innings for a 0.77 ERA.

His biggest test Friday came in the sixth. With one out, Steve Lombardozzi singled and Bryce Harper walked. But Fiers struck out Ryan Zimmerman and got Adam LaRoche, who had homered in each of his last three games, to fly out.

Fiers was replaced in the seventh and Michael Morse on first. Livan Hernandez gave the struggling Brewers bullpen a boost, getting Sandy Leon to hit into a double play.

Ross Detwiler (5-4) lasted 4 2-3 innings for the Nationals, giving up four runs and seven hits.

The Brewers grabbed a 2-0 lead in the fourth. With two outs, Ramirez doubled as Harper tried to make a diving catch in right field. Hart followed with his 18th home run.

Carlos Gomez's RBI single in the fifth chased Detwiler. Gomez stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error by Leon and scored on Ryan Braun's single off Craig Stammen. Ramirez then cracked his 12th home run to make it 6-0.

NOTES: The Brewers also got back Double-A pitchers John Hellweg and Ariel Pena for Greinke. ... The Nationals released OF Rick Ankiel, who hit .228 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 68 games. Washington designated him for assignment on July 19. ... Brewers RHP Shaun Marcum, on the disabled list since June 15 with right elbow tightness, had a setback in a bullpen session. Manager Ron Roenicke said there is no timetable yet for Marcum's return. ... Milwaukee announced that RHP Mark Rogers will be recalled from Nashville on Saturday to take Greinke's roster spot.

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Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager. What comes next?

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Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager. What comes next?

The Washington Nationals announced Friday Dusty Baker will not return as manager of the club in 2018. 

Baker led the team to the first back-to-back division titles in franchise history, and the Nationals were 192-132 under Baker, but they failed to make it to an NLCS.

Baker is 14th in MLB history with 1,863 career wins.

The next Nationals' manager will be their seventh since they arrived in DC.

Only the Marlins have had as many.

"I'm surprised and disappointed," Baker told USA TODAY Sports. "They told me they would get back to me and I told them I was leaving town yesterday and they waited 10 days to tell me."

"I really thought this was my best year. We won at least 95 games each year and won the division back to back years but they said they wanted to go a different direction. It's hard to understand." 

The team also announced the contracts for the Major League coaching staff have also expired, and the search for a new manager will begin immediately.

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Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy undergoes successful knee surgery

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Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy undergoes successful knee surgery

While Nats fans were still digesting the news that Dusty Baker will not return as manager next year, the team released some more surprising news. 

Second baseman Daniel Murphy underwent knee surgery today, per an official team report. 

Washington Post reporter Chelsea Janes reported that the surgery is considered significant and the team won't put a timeline on the recovery process:

"The procedure, according to the statement released by the team, repaired articular cartilage in Murphy’s right knee. For those interested in the details, it was a debridement and microfracture surgery, and orthopedic surgeon Timothy Kremchek performed it."

"For those concerned with the implications of the procedure, those are still unclear. The statement clarified that Murphy’s rehab “will progress throughout the offseason,” as one would hope, and did not include a timetable.

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