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Washington Nationals Roundup: Strasburg dominates in shutout of the Philadelphia Phillies

Washington Nationals Roundup: Strasburg dominates in shutout of the Philadelphia Phillies

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SP Stephen Strasburg fired six scoreless innings to help the Nationals to a 4-0 victory over the Phillies on Friday. Strasburg scattered seven hits, and he walked one with six strikeouts. This makes back-to-back outings where the former first-overall pick didn't allow a run. The six punchouts give him 144 against just 30 walks, and he improves his ERA to 3.46 in 122 1/3 innings, and he improves his record to 11-4 in his 18 starts.

RHP Sean Doolittle fired a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation on Friday against the Phillies. Doolittle was warming up to pitch in a save situation, but a Juan Soto sacrifice fly prevented him from being able to procure a save. He did strike out two, however, and the scoreless inning lowers his ERA to 3.05 with a 46/11 K/BB ratio over 38 1/3 innings.

In Friday's win over the Phillies, OF Victor Robles went 1-for-4 with a two-run single. Robles gave the Nationals an early 2-0 lead with a two-run single in the second inning off of Nick Pivetta. The rookie has now driven in 39 runs in 86 games, and he's slashing .246/.319/.440 with 13 homers and 12 steals in 18 chances. Expect that average to improve as the season progresses.

Nationals recalled RHP Kyle McGowin from Double-A Harrisburg. McGowin has allowed 12 runs -- 11 earned -- over 10 innings of work this season at the major league level. The 27-year-old right-hander will presumably work in a low-leverage relief role in his return to Washington.

SP Max Scherzer didn't make his scheduled start Sunday versus the Phillies due to a mid-back injury. An MRI showed no structural damage and Scherzer was able to play catch from a distance of 75 feet on Friday without issue, but the Nationals will play things safe and bump him back a bit to open the second half. 

RHP Brad Boxberger has been assigned to Double-A Harrisburg. Boxberger agreed to a minor league contract with the Nationals earlier this week, a few days after getting released by the Royals. 

Injuries: 

SP Max Scherzer: Paternity/Nose, day-to-day

RP Kyle Barraclough: Biceps, out indefinitely 

SP Jeremy Hellickson: Shoulder, out indefinitely 

RP Justin Miller: Shoulder, mid-July

RP Koda Glover: Elbow, out indefinitely 

RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, out indefinitely 

Coming Up:

Saturday 7/13: Nationals at Phillies, 7:15 p.m., Citizens Bank Park

Sunday 7/14: Nationals at Phillies, 1:05 p.m.,  Citizens Bank Park

Tuesday 7/16: Nationals at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park

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Shildt, Baldelli win Manager of Year in 1st full seasons

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Shildt, Baldelli win Manager of Year in 1st full seasons

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mike Shildt of the St. Louis Cardinals has edged out Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers to win NL Manager of the Year.

Shildt earned the award in his first full season on the job. Counsell received more first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America revealed Tuesday night, but Shildt got more second-place votes and appeared on more ballots.

Shildt teared up upon learning he'd won, saying he was already in an emotional place after his mother died last Wednesday.

Shildt replaced Mike Matheny as Cardinals manager during the 2018 season, and St. Louis has been among baseball's best teams since. The club won 91 games and the NL Central crown this year, ending the franchise's three-year postseason drought.

The 51-year-old Shildt became the first manager of the year who had never played pro ball at any level. Last week, the Cardinals gave him a contract extension through the 2022 season.

Atlanta's Brian Snitker was third after winning the award last year. The Dodgers' Dave Roberts finished fourth, and Nationals manager Dave Martinez was fifth. Washington won the World Series, but voting concluded before the postseason began.

Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli won the AL prize in a tight ballot over Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees. Both received 13 first-place votes, but Baldelli got more second-place nods. The 38-year-old is the youngest to win the award and the eighth to take it in his first full season on the job.

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Nationals reportedly one of four teams interested in free agent 3B Josh Donaldson

Nationals reportedly one of four teams interested in free agent 3B Josh Donaldson

On the heels of a historic run to their first World Series championship, the Washington Nationals will remain at the center of the baseball universe with Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon hitting free agency. 

Rendon figures to be the top position player available, and if he doesn't return to DC, it appears the Nationals already have their eyes on a potential replacement. 

According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, the Nats are one of four teams showing the most interest in former AL MVP Josh Donaldson along with the Phillies, Braves and Rangers.

Rendon, Donaldson, Mike Moustakas and Todd Frazier highlight a deep free-agent class at the hot corner, and Feinsand adds that teams who miss out on Rendon or don't want to wait for him to make his decision can turn to Donaldson. 

Donaldson is coming off a one-season stint with the Braves where he posted a .259/.379/.521 slash line to go with 37 home runs and 94 RBI. Entering his age-34 season, Donaldson isn't quite playing at the MVP-level he did with the Blue Jays, but it's clear he can still produce.

If the Nationals aren't comfortable with committing long-term money but still want some production and a veteran presence at third base, Donaldson could be the perfect fit. 

The Braves signed Donaldson to a one-year, $23 million contract last November, so there's a decent chance he'll make a decision sooner rather than later. 

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