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Washington Nationals Juan Soto (22) celebrates with teammate Asdrubal Cabrera, left, after winning 5-3 in a baseball game against the New York Mets in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Kendrick homers, Soto dances, Nats beat Mets 5-3 in return

Aug. 5, 2020 12:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Star slugger Juan Soto danced on the dugout roof to celebrate solo shots by Howie Kendrick and Josh Harrison, and the Washington Nationals returned from a coronavirus-caused four-day break to beat the injury-depleted New York Mets 5-3 in a rain-interrupted game Tuesday night. Kendrick...

FILE - In this Friday, July 24, 2020, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, right, celebrates a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in a baseball game in St. Louis.  Molina says he’s one of the players on his team who has tested positive for the coronavirus. The nine-time All-Star revealed his diagnosis Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in a Spanish-language Instagram post. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

LEADING OFF: COVID-stricken Cards shuffle roster, Soto a go

Aug. 4, 2020 8:52 PM EDT

A look at what’s happening around the majors Wednesday: ___ COVID CARDINALS The coronavirus-ridden Cardinals are expected to make more transactions a day after placing six players on the injured list, including confirmed COVID-19 cases Yadier Molina, Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa, Junior Fernandez and Kodi...

Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner, right, watches teammate Juan Soto, catches a fly ball during a baseball intrasquad game at Nationals Park, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Juan Soto reinstated from COVID IL, but not in Nats' lineup

Aug. 4, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Left fielder Juan Soto was reinstated by the Washington Nationals from the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday after missing the team’s first seven games of the season. Manager Dave Martinez did not put the slugger in Washington’s starting lineup against the New York Mets for the...

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, right, celebrates a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in a baseball game Friday, July 24, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Cardinals contact tracer finds 'tricky balance' in new role

Jul. 31, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

St. Louis Cardinals assistant general manager Moisés Rodríguez has been expecting the news that came down Friday. “At seven in the morning when my phone rings, I sort of panic because it might be that phone call,” he said. After 20 years in baseball ranging from media relations to...

Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich strikes out during an intrasquad game Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at Miller Park in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MLB hitters slow out of the box to start 60-game season

Jul. 30, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two-time defending NL batting champion Christian Yelich has a long way to go if he wants a three-peat. The Milwaukee Brewers star is 1 for 27 to start the season, an .037 average that's worst among qualified hitters. Not by much. Houston's George Springer is batting .048, and teammates Jose...

The Toronto Blue Jays' logo is displayed on the scoreboard during the middle of the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. The Blue Jays are the home team in the game. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

4-run 10th for Nats spoils Blue Jays' 'home opener' in DC

Jul. 29, 2020 10:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Playing as the “visiting” team in their own stadium against the can't-play-at-home Blue Jays, Dave Martinez's Washington Nationals didn't even get the benefit of a boost from fake “cheering” by nonexistent “spectators” — those were reserved...

Washington Nationals' Howie Kendrick (47) is greeted with

Nats OF Soto awaits DC clearance to return after COVID test

Jul. 29, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto was still waiting on Wednesday to be cleared to play by the city government after getting the OK from Major League Baseball to return from the COVID-19 injured list. Manager Dave Martinez said the Nationals hope their 21-year-old slugger will be...

Washington Nationals' Trea Turner, left, is out as he tries to steal second base against Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Santiago Espinal (5) during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Washington. The Blue Jays won 5-1. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

2 more HRs, 3 unearned runs help Blue Jays drop Nats to 1-4

Jul. 28, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Series champion Washington Nationals are 1-4 after losing three games in a row. Normally? Not a big deal. Matters more in a 60-game, pandemic-shortened season. Missing slugger Juan Soto, they've scored a grand total of four runs during the skid, including a 5-1 loss to the Blue...

Toronto Blue Jays' Teoscar Hernandez, right, celebrates his home run with third base coach Luis Rivera (4) during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, July 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Hernández hits 2 of 4 Blue Jays homers in 4-1 win at Nats

Jul. 27, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Because of injuries, the can't-play-in-Toronto Blue Jays were without their leadoff hitter and their closer against the Washington Nationals on Monday night. The two guys who took over those jobs came through. Teoscar Hernández replaced late scratch Bo Bichette and hit two of...

FILE - Detroit Tigers second baseman Josh Harrison (1) falls after throwing to first base while Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson, bottom, is out on a fielder's choice during a baseball game in a Friday, April 26, 2019 file photo, in Chicago. Utility player Josh Harrison has signed a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals. The Nationals added the 33-year-old Harrison to their 30-man active roster Monday, July 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo, File)

INF/OF Harrison to Nationals after release from Phillies

Jul. 27, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Utility player Josh Harrison signed a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals and was added to their 30-man active roster Monday, less than a week after he was released by the Philadelphia Phillies. The 33-year-old Harrison is a two-time All-Star and a right-handed hitter who has...