Out of their league
Almost exactly halfway through the season. the National League has pretty much gone to script, as all three preseason favorites lead their divisions. In the AL, no current division leader was projected to finish better than 3rd before the season started.
Miggy out for six weeks
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus says that Miguel Cabrera has a Grade 3 calf strain and is expected to miss six weeks. He's leading the American League with a .350 batting average and .456 on-base percentage.
Founding Fathers face the race
The Nationals are ahead of the Giants. It's Independence Day. It's a perfect time to bring back our favorite moments of Washington's presidents races over the years.
Rare mistake by MadBum
The HR that Madison Bumgarner allowed to Bryce Harper in the 1st inning today was the first he allowed to a left-handed batter in his past 47 starts. He had faced 241 left-handed batters and thrown 923 pitches to lefties without allowing a HR before Harper took him deep.
Michael Pineda perfect game watch
Each of the last two times Nathan Karns pitched for the Rays, his opponent had a perfect game through at least 6 innings. Monday, Cody Anderson had his perfect game broken up in the 7th inning and on June 24, Marco Estrada had his bid broken up in the 8th. Follow Live
Strasburg leaves early
Stephen Strasburg left the Nationals-Giants game with two outs in the fourth with an apparent injury. Washington has a 3-0 lead. Follow live
Harper keeps up record pace
Only seven players have hit at least 25 home runs at the halfway point of a season while 22 years old or younger. Five are in the Hall of Fame (Joe DiMaggio, Johnny Bench, Harmon Killebrew, Eddie Mathews and Mel Ott) and the others are Alex Rodriguez and Bryce Harper. Follow Giants/Nats live
Fireworks early for Nationals
Michael Taylor homered off Madison Bumgarner on the very first pitch of the game. On the second pitch of the game, Yunel Escobar doubled to deep center, just missing a home run. A few pitches after that, Bryce Harper homered, and the Nats lead the Giants 3-0. Follow live
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Dodgers are the only team in baseball without a 4-game losing streak this season (Cardinals were with them until Friday night)
Soggy start to 4th of July in D.C.
Rain has delayed the start of the Giants-Nationals showdown of Madison Bumgarner and Stephen Strasburg.
July 4, 1939: Lou's heart-breaking speech
Lou Gehrig is arguably the finest athlete New York City has ever produced. His body would eventually fail him, but his words on this day 76 years ago live on. 'An awful lot to live for'