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Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich reacts after striking out during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

LEADING OFF: Hitters slumping, cutdown day, Scherzer's exit

Aug. 6, 2020 2:57 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: OFF BASE Star hitters Christian Yelich, Gary Sanchez, Hunter Pence and others are slumping badly in a season where hitters across the majors are struggling to find base hits. The league-wide batting average entering Wednesday’s games was .232, down from...

Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich reacts after striking out during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

LEADING OFF: Hitters slumping, cutdown day, Scherzer's exit

Aug. 6, 2020 12:23 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors on Thursday: OFF BASE Star hitters Christian Yelich, Gary Sanchez, Hunter Pence and others are slumping badly in a season where hitters across the majors are struggling to find base hits. The league-wide batting average entering Wednesday’s games was .232, down...

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Scherzer exits; Porcello gets 150th win, Mets top Soto, Nats

Aug. 5, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer is the type who is going to try to play if he possibly can, even on a tweaked right hamstring that prevents him from driving his lower body into his pitches. So the three-time Cy Young Award winner gave it a shot Wednesday night for the Washington Nationals against the New...

Washington Nationals' Juan Soto back, celebrates with manager Dave Martinez, after the Nationals defeated the New York Mets 5-3 a baseball game in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Juan Soto to make 2020 debut for Nationals, batting cleanup

Aug. 5, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Juan Soto was set to make his 2020 debut for the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night against the New York Mets, starting in left field and batting cleanup after beginning the season on the COVID-19 injured list. The slugger failed a coronavirus test — he later said he thought...

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...

Washington Nationals' Starlin Castro (14) celebrates with Adam Eaton (2) after both scored on a double by Kurt Suzuki during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Taylor, Suzuki lift Nats past Jays 6-4 before 4-day break

Jul. 30, 2020 8:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Starlin Castro is coming off a four-hit game. His Washington Nationals finally have their first consecutive wins of the season. So much for momentum, though. That's because now the Nationals — and their opponents Thursday, the Toronto Blue Jays — need to take four days off,...

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...