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Now in 2nd place, Nats not scoreboard watching yet


Now in 2nd place, Nats not scoreboard watching yet

Monday's loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks was not only an unfortunate way for the Nats to kick off a homestand, it pushed them to second place in the NL East for the first time since June 19. That's a cold reality check after over six weeks of sitting in first place.

But despite that fact, the Nationals are not ready to start scoreboard watching with the pennant race heating up. Monday was Game No. 104 of the season, they have 58 more to go and they aren't ready to panic just because the New York Mets are starting to apply pressure on them.

"We just really gotta try to stay within our team," Bryce Harper said. "I don't really give a crap about what the Mets are doing or the Dodgers, the Giants, or Texas, or anybody. I could really care less. I know what type of team we are, our capability of going into every single game and having the confidence to win ballgames. Playing guys like [Arizona] that has a losing record, we've got to win these ballgames. We've got to scratch and fight and claw just try to win these games. Hopefully we can do that the rest of the time we're here."

"It's beginning of August," Ryan Zimmerman said. "I think we just play every day and try to win that game, and at the end of the year we'll see where we're at. There's 50-something games left, and we're a game out. Give me that situation every year, and I'll take it every year."

The Nationals are no strangers to close division races at this point in the season. In 2014, when they finished with the best record in the NL at 96-66, they were up on the Braves by just half-a-game after No. 104. They were 57-47 at the time and closed the year on a 39-19 tear.

"It can all change tomorrow," Matt Williams said. "At this point, it feels like second place. That's where we're at, so we'll try to get back to where we want to be starting tomorrow."

"That’s not good, but it’s not the end of the season. We still have quite a bit of time left and we need to go out here every day and make sure we get our business done," Doug Fister said.

The Nationals have lost 11 of their last 16 while the Mets have won four straight and seven of their last nine. There is plenty of time left, but the two teams seem to be heading in different directions at the moment.

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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 β€” when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner β€” 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 β€” in order β€” 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 β€” 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.