Max Scherzer. Late-afternoon shadows in Washington. Good luck San Francisco Giants. Of course, the Nationals are going up against a left-hander (.242/.316/.392 line; 9th/11th/10th vs lefties in the NL) who does, however, have a 4.91 ERA on the season. Rubber match this afternoon at 4:05 PM EDT. Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nats news first...
"Nats beat Giants with strong offense, bullpen" - (MLB.com)
"The day began when the Nationals celebrated the Capitals' NHL championship with a pregame ceremony and star Alex Ovechkin throwing out the first pitch."
The Caps and The Cup get their day at Nationals Park - (MASN)
"The Cup first made its way into the bowels of Nationals Park shortly before 11 a.m., safely stored inside its personalized black trunk."
Adam Eaton’s return helps spark Nationals to a 7-5 win over San Francisco Giants - (WaPo)
"In his first game since April 8, Eaton, batting leadoff, went 1 for 4 with a hit-by-pitch before coming out of the game..."
Nationals' Strasburg heads to disabled list with shoulder inflammation - (WaPost)
"For now, the diagnosis feels positive. It did not include the word 'tear' or 'strain,' at least as far as Martinez would say Saturday."
Stephen Strasburg to disabled list, Eaton thrilled to return in 7-5 win - (MASN)
"After Saturday’s game, Martinez confirmed Strasburg will go on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation."
Brandon Kintzler exits with forearm tightness - (MLB.com)
"Nationals manager Dave Martinez said the issue with Kintzler just popped up during Saturday's game, which started off as a bit of an erratic outing."
Giants miss opportunities against Nationals, Rodriguez loses - (Mercury News)
"On day two of their three-city venture around the country, the Nationals flipped the script, stealing lines from a scene the Giants authored Friday to down San Francisco 7-5."
San Francisco Giants: Dereck Rodriguez drops second career start to Washington Nationals - (San Francisco Examiner)
"The feel-good story of the past week, Dereck Rodriguez, looked more like the minor league free agent he was signed as in his second career start..."
"Daily notes, pitcher rankings and hitter ratings plus players to add for Sunday" - (ESPN)
"The top pitcher in each league will take the hill Sunday as Max Scherzer and Corey Kluber are slated to close out the fantasy week."
NL EAST UPDATES:
Phillies Nuggets: It's turning into one of those months for Odubel Herrera - (Sports Talk Philly)
"The Phillies are only eight games deep into June 2018, but Herrera is slashing just .200/.250/.233 with nine strikeouts this month."
Steven Matz picked the wrong time to shake off his catcher - (NY Post)
"Kevin Plawecki called for a slider. Steven Matz shook him off. The catcher called for a fastball. The southpaw declined."
A Closer Look: San Diego Padres 5, Miami Marlins 4 - (Sun Sentinel)
"109.9. Miles per hour of the ball that hit Dan Straily in the ribs during Saturday afternoon’s first inning."
Slumping Ozzie Albies will be fine, Freddie Freeman says" - (AJC)
"In his past 16 games before Saturday he was 12-for-69 (.174) with four doubles, no homers, one RBI and a .462 OPS."