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Daniel Murphy homers twice in 14-4 rout of Reds

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Daniel Murphy homers twice in 14-4 rout of Reds

CINCINNATI  -- Daniel Murphy hit two of Washington's five home runs and had five RBIs to lead the Nationals to a 14-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

Adam Lind and Jose Lobaton added two-run shots and Anthony Rendon had a solo homer, his third home run in two games, to help the Nationals to their third win in the four-game series and fourth straight victory overall.

The Nationals have hit 10 home runs in the series, the sixth time since moving from Montreal in 2005 that they've hit at least 10 home runs in a four-game series. Washington has outscored the Reds 29-11 in the first three games of the series, which ends on Monday afternoon.

Tanner Roark (7-6) allowed three unearned runs in six innings. He walked three and struck out five.

Homer Bailey (2-3) allowed eight runs and hits in four innings for his second poor start of the season against the Nationals.

Bailey, who started the season on the disabled list after surgery for bone spurs, made his season debut against Washington on June 24 and allowed six hits and eight runs in 1 2/3 innings. Bailey's ERA in two starts against Washington is 25.40. It's 4.60 against the other three teams he's faced.

Murphy's 15th homer of the season and first since June 28 gave Washington a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Nationals made it 4-0 in the second on back-to-back leadoff doubles by Lind and former Red Chris Heisey and Wilmer Difo's bases-loaded groundout.

Murphy's second homer of the game followed back-to-back fifth-inning leadoff walks to Difo and Bryce Harper. Rendon's single knocked Bailey out of the game, and Lind hit his seventh homer of the season off reliever Ariel Hernandez.

Rendon led off the seventh with his 19th homer of the season.

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Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (9-3) has 36 strikeouts in 36 innings over seven starts against Cincinnati.

Reds: RHP Scott Feldman (7-6) limited the Nationals to seven hits and two runs in seven innings of a 6-2 Cincinnati win on June 25 at Washington.

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.

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Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.

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It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

So if you have not heard, Bryce Harper is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

All off-season talking heads, baseball aficionados, radio hosts, etc. were speculating on where the outfielder’s destination will be next year.

And we are still a year away from it actually happening.

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Reporting to spring training on Monday, Harper did not waste any time telling the media how his press conferences were going to play out this season.

“If guys do [ask], or talk anything about that, I will be walking right out the door.”

Entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals, the 25-year-old is coming off the second-best season, statistically, of his career. The 2015 NL MVP has hit .285 in his career, with 150 home runs and 421 RBIs. Unquestionably he is the face of the Nationals’ organization, if not, the best player in the team’s history.

If he does end the season without a contract extension, he will join Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and Barry Bonds as the top sought out free agents in MLB history.

One thing is for certain in terms of Harper’s free agency; Harper has given no inclination on where his landing spot will be.  The top three cities are of course his favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees; joining with one of his closest friends with the Chicago Cubs; or just staying with Washington.

Wherever he does land, it does appear that it will be the largest contract given to a free agent ever.

As for now we just wait and direct any of your calls to his agent Scott Boras.

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