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Nats put Scherzer-Strasburg scuffle aside to split Braves series

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Nats put Scherzer-Strasburg scuffle aside to split Braves series

Bryce Harper homered, Max Scherzer struck out seven in six innings and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Sunday.

Anthony Rendon also had two hits and drove in two runs for Washington, extending his hitting streak to 10 games and helping the Nationals earn a split of the series after Saturday's game was rained out. Adam Eaton and Juan Soto each had three hits.

Two days after a heated exchange with teammate Stephen Strasburg during Friday's 8-5 loss, Scherzer (13-5) allowed two runs and eight hits in his third straight win. The three-time Cy Young Award winner has pitched six or more innings in his last 19 starts.

Kelvin Herrera got five outs for his first save with Washington.

The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 55 minutes by rain, and another downpour stopped play for almost 100 minutes between the sixth and seventh innings.

Atlanta's Mike Foltynewicz (7-6) gave up four runs and nine hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Harper singled in Eaton to give Washington a 4-2 lead in the sixth. Matt Adams added another RBI single in the seventh, and Harper added a solo drive in the eighth for his 24th homer.

Scherzer was staked to an early 3-0 lead and then got some help from his defense.

Atlanta rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. led off the third with a drive off the wall in center, but he was thrown out by Harper while trying for a double. With a runner on first in the fifth, Freddie Freeman's blast to right was chased down by Eaton on the warning track.

Then in the seventh, Michael A. Taylor made a leaping catch at the wall in center to rob Dansby Swanson of extra bases with one runner on.

Washington got off to a fast start with three runs in the first. Rendon drove in Eaton and Harper with a triple down the right-field line, and then scored on Soto's groundout.

Swanson drove in Atlanta's runs with a groundout in the second and a single in the fourth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: All-Star 2B Ozzie Albies, who left Friday's game with right hamstring tightness, got the day off.

Nationals: RHP Sean Doolittle (left toe inflammation) experienced extended soreness after throwing off the mound Friday. An MRI Saturday revealed a stress reaction, comparable to a bone bruise, in the bridge of his foot and he is wearing a walking boot. ... RHP Koda Glover (right shoulder tendinitis) was reinstated from the 60-day DL and optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.

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Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (8-5, 3.51 ERA) pitches the opener of a two-game series in Miami on Monday. He already has beaten the Marlins twice this season, allowing one run in 12 innings.

Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-6, 3.72 ERA) opens a three-game series in Milwaukee on Monday night. He is 2-4 with a 4.93 ERA in nine career starts versus the Brewers.

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2018 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Machado still favorite for A.L. shortstop

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2018 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Machado still favorite for A.L. shortstop

Manny Machado has held a comfortable lead over American League shortstops since All-Star Game voting began June 1. 

Machado is batting .305/.375/.559 on the season, the silver lining to an abysmal last-place Baltimore team.

He currently leads second-place Carlos Correa by 167,000 votes. Machado is the only Oriole on the ballot.

If the current leaders stand when voting ends, the nine starters will represent eight American Leagues, which would be an MLB record.

Voting is open until July 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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2018 MLB Draft Day 3: Rounds 11-40, date, time, order, how to watch

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2018 MLB Draft Day 3: Rounds 11-40, date, time, order, how to watch

The third and final day of the 2018 MLB Draft is here. 

After two days and ten rounds, all 30 MLB teams will have one final day and 30 more rounds to draft prospects and continue to bolster and restock farm systems. Teams will look to select high upside players in rounds 11-40, all in one afternoon.

The Nationals used both picks on Day 1 to select starting pitchers. Picking in the No. 27 slot in rounds 3-10, they followed that trend, selecting pitchers in five of eight rounds. A full list of Nationals draft picks can be viewed here.

As with day two, the Nationals will have the No. 27 selection in rounds 11-40.

The final rounds of the 2018 MLB Draft will not be broadcast on television, but you can follow along at MLB.com and watch here beginning at 12:00 PM ET. 

2018 MLB Draft How to Watch

When: 12:00 PM ET
Where: Secaucus, NJ
How to Watch: MLB.com stream