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Juan Soto has a history-making performance in shootout win over Phillies

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Juan Soto has a history-making performance in shootout win over Phillies

Leave it to a 19-year-old rookie to get the Washington Nationals out of a scoring funk. All season, Juan Soto has been impressing, but on Friday night against the Philadelphia Phillies he put his name down in the record books.

Soto became the first teenager in MLB history to collect four hits and two home runs in one night against the Phillies.

With that two dinger game, Soto becomes the fourth teenager to also have two multi-home run games. He ties his teammate Bryce Harper, Mel Ott, and Ken Griffey Jr for the most by someone under 20. 

Soto doesn’t turn 20 until October 25.

For the past two weeks, Juan Soto has been the heart and soul of the Nationals’ offense. Coming into the Friday contest, the Nationals had only hit 12 home runs during June, the fewest in all of baseball. Four of those were off the bat of Soto. He was one of only three Nationals to hit above .300 in June.

As a team, they changed that storyline. Seven home runs and 18 hits later, it appears the Nats’ offense might have hit a turning point.

So far this season, the young phenom leads the Nationals with a .336 batting average, has eight home runs, 21 RBIs, and touts a 1.067 OPS. Additionally, he retroactively hit a home run in his first MLB at-bat, and his other two home run game was at Yankee Stadium. He is the youngest player in 29 years to do that.

The only thing that is left for him is for National League All-Star game manager, Dave Roberts to add him as an All-Star.

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Gerardo Parra wants to throw out the first pitch on Nationals Opening Day

Gerardo Parra wants to throw out the first pitch on Nationals Opening Day

April 2nd, 2020 is a big day for Nationals fans everywhere.

It's the home opener against the Mets, players will get their World Series rings and the fans will be able to watch the Nats hang the first championship banner in franchise history.

How could a day like that get any better? Maybe if Gerardo Parra, better known as "Baby Shark," threw out the first pitch. Luckily enough, Parra is most definitely down. 

"I want to throw the first pitch," Parra said in an exclusive interview with NBC Sports Washington. "I'm working, but it's not in my hands. I want to talk to the Japan team, but like I say, I don't want to say no because you never know."

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Right after the World Series ended, Parra said he received an offer from the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. He ultimately signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with a $3 million vesting option for 2021. His options to come back and play in the MLB were slim. 

Parra galvanized an entire locker room and fan base during the Nationals' improbable run to a World Series title. He added a level of weird to the team that hadn't been present before, so much so that there are actual videos of Stephen Strasburg dancing with Parra in the clubhouse. 

He only spent a short time in DC, but Parra quickly became a Nationals legend among the fans. Hopefully, we'll be able to see him throw the first pitch before he embarks on a career overseas. 

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Sean Doolittle's wife, Eireann Dolan, tweets about Astros' scandal

Sean Doolittle's wife, Eireann Dolan, tweets about Astros' scandal

Sean Doolittle's wife, Eireann Dolan, eviscerated the Houston Astros on Twitter Saturday afternoon in the wake of MLB's findings that the Astros systematically stole signs throughout the 2017 season, pointing out in her tweets what the scandal did to the Astros' opponents throughout the league that season.

Dolan pointed out that a large number of pitchers were scrutinized for poor performances against the Astros during the 2017 season, asking what those numbers would have done to their future earnings - not to mention mental state.

In 2017, the Astros led Major League Baseball in hits (1581), runs (896), doubles (346), RBI (854) as well as team batting average (.282) during the 162-game season en route to winning the 2017 World Series.

Doolittle reacted to the news of MLB's findings on Thursday on Twitter, thanking those who came forward to bring the sign-stealing allegations to light. The Astros fired general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch last week and Carlos Beltran and Alex Cora lost their jobs with the Mets and Red Sox over the scandal.

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