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Nationals' Gio Gonzalez turning page on regular season, focused on Dodgers

Nationals' Gio Gonzalez turning page on regular season, focused on Dodgers

WASHINGTON—Gio Gonzalez says that the regular season is over, and the postseason is something new and different. 

Gonzalez had his worst season in his fifth with the Nationals, said he wiped out his 2016 regular season memories a week ago when the regular season ended. 

“This is the playoffs now. That’s over with,” Gonzalez said. 

Gonzalez will start Game 3 of the Nationals Division Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday at Dodger Stadium. 

Normally, Gonzalez would have spoken Sunday at the Nationals’ workout on the off day between Games 2 and 3, but that was wiped out with the postponement of Game 2 on Saturday. 

Gonzalez will fly ahead of the team on Sunday in order to try and be rested. 

“From what I’m hearing, they are going to be getting in a little later than usual. So I guess they just want to give me a little more time to rest,” Gonzalez said. 

Gonzalez was 11-11 with a 4.57 ERA, the only time in his five seasons he didn’t have a winning record, and by far his highest ERA. He started 2016 with a 3-7 record, but did win five consecutive decisions from Aug. 5-Sept. 11. 

“It’s not something I want to sit back and reflect. I want to talk about now, which is October,” Gonzalez said. “It’s playoff time.” 

One of Gonzalez’s better games this season came on July 20 when he allowed one run on three hits in six innings in a Nationals’ 8-1 win over the Dodgers.

Overall he’s been excellent against Los Angeles with a 3-1 record and sparkling 1.69 ERA in five starts.

The current Dodgers are batting just .160 against Gonzalez with just one home run—by Carlos Ruiz, who he often faced with the Phillies—in 144 at-bats. 

“It’s never easy facing that lineup. I would never say, hey, just go out there and pitch. You definitely have to have some common sense to throw to some of these guys. You can’t just groove a fastball right down the middle,” Gonzalez said. 

It will be Gonzalez’s first start since the funeral for Jose Fernandez, a close friend of the Nationals’ left-hander. 

“It’s never easy,” Gonzalez said haltingly. “Still to this day I have a tough time speaking about it…This is my job. I need to focus on trying to help out the Washington Nationals.” 


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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.