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Trump honors World Series champion Nationals at White House

Nov. 5, 2019 4:55 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump mostly stuck to sports Monday while honoring the World Series champion Washington Nationals, who had a handful of players skip the White House visit. Amid an impeachment inquiry on Capitol Hill and Washington feting its first Major League Baseball champion since...

Strasburg opts out of Nats deal, $100M, to become free agent

Nov. 3, 2019 10:22 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Strasburg opted out of the final four years of his contract with the Washington Nationals, three days after the star pitcher was chosen MVP of the World Series. The move Saturday makes the 31-year-old right-hander a free agent. Strasburg gave up $100 million he had been guaranteed...

Nationals fans rejoice in red as hometown heroes are honored

Nov. 2, 2019 9:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The song "Baby Shark" blared over loudspeakers and a wave of red washed across this politically blue capital Saturday as Nationals fans rejoiced at a parade marking Washington's first World Series victory since 1924. "They say good things come to those who wait. Ninety-five years is a...

Trump to host World Series champion Nationals at White House

Nov. 1, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will welcome the come-from-behind Washington Nationals who will celebrate their World Series victory Monday on the South Lawn of the White House. The Nationals beat the Houston Astros 6-2 on Wednesday to clinch the title in Game 7 of the World Series. They are the...

Nationals, GM Rizzo earn 'I told you so' World Series title

Oct. 31, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In some ways, this World Series championship serves as an "I told you so" for the Washington Nationals and their general manager, Mike Rizzo. For the choices to hire, then stick by, manager Dave Martinez, especially in the face of a 19-31 record, the worst 50-game start to a season in...

Nationals top Astros in Game 7 to win 1st World Series title

Oct. 31, 2019 6:27 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg paraded the MVP trophy for delirious fans packed behind the dugout. Max Scherzer tearfully hugged his teammates. Gerardo Parra did the Baby Shark chop, Sean Doolittle flapped snow angels next to the mound. Almost out of contention in May, champs in October. Howie Kendrick,...

Mad Max delivers for World Series champion Nats without win

Oct. 31, 2019 2:23 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Max Scherzer never had a clean inning in Game 7 of the World Series for the Washington Nationals. He finished with more walks than strikeouts and walked off the mound trailing. Yet, Mad Max delivered in the clutch for the Nationals even without getting the win. Boosted by a cortisone...

Strasburg, Nats top Astros 7-2, force World Series Game 7

Oct. 30, 2019 4:10 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — It's been an unconventional road to Game 7 of the World Series for Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals. Seizing the October spotlight he missed out on as a youngster, Strasburg pitched another postseason gem into the ninth inning Tuesday night as the Nationals beat the Houston...

What to expect from Mad Max? World Series goes to Game 7

Oct. 30, 2019 2:33 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — This is Max Scherzer's shot. Hurting so much over the weekend that it seemed his season might be over, Mad Max instead gets the ball for a final time — in Game 7 of the World Series. "That's what you live for," the Washington Nationals ace said. Baseball fans, same thing. A matchup...

Nationals fans get empty feeling after 3 straight losses

Oct. 28, 2019 12:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals fans hoped to celebrate a championship with the home team this weekend at the first World Series in Washington since 1933. Instead, the red-clad, towel-waving faithful watched the teetering Nationals absorb three straight defeats by a collective 19-3 score. Following a 7-1...