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25-21, 4th in NL East

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

"It was pretty easy." - Nats manager Davey Martinez on the decision to start Juan Soto for a second straight day. On Monday, the 19-year old outfielder went yard in his first MLB start, becoming the first teenager to homer since Bryce Harper in 2012. Just like yesterday, the lefty-hitting Soto will face a southpaw (Padres SP Eric Lauer). In the minors this year, Soto posted a 1.360 against lefties.


BBTN: Cora, Youth Served In NL East, Numbers Game

After a fascinating conversation with Red Sox manager Alex Cora (:39), Buster & Jerry Crasnick discuss the exciting youth in the NL East, Manny Machado's future & more (13:30). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (34:11).

Harper, Soto already have so much in common (0:35)
Reynolds' multi-HR game powers Nats to victory (0:50)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Nats beat the Padres 10-2 behind four bombs: A pair from Mark Reynolds, one from Bryce Harper, and one from 19-year old Juan Soto, who in his first start became the first teenager to homer in MLB since...Bryce Harper.

Harper goes yard to pad Nats' lead (0:29)
19-year-old Soto crushes 1st career home run (0:58)
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Soto, 19, starts for Nats, homers in 1st at-bat

Nationals phenom Juan Soto got his first start Monday and homered in his first at-bat. At 19 years, 208 days old, he's the youngest major leaguer to hit a home run in more than 15 years.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper, who doubled earlier in the game, just went oppo for his 14th home run of the season. Despite a prolonged cold spell, Harper - who entered today hitting .173 since April 17th - still leads the National League in homers.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Making his first start for the Nationals, 19-year old Juan Soto hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat against Padres starter Robbie Erlin. The opposite field shot drew a curtain call from the crowd at Nats Park.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Juan Soto's ascent to the bigs was so sudden that he doesn't even have a name plate above his locker yet. The 19-year old outfielder, who was called up over the weekend and is MLB's youngest player, gets his first start tonight for a Nats squad that's been absolutely ravaged by injuries. Soto was hitting .362 with 14 homers in the minors this year, but has just 31 at-bats above single-A.

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Nats put Madson on DL with pectoral strain

The Nationals placed right-handed reliever Ryan Madson (pectoral muscle strain) on the disabled list Sunday "just to be safe," according to manager Dave Martinez.

Strasburg gives up 2 homers in Nats' loss (1:07)
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Soto, 19-year-old OF, makes Nationals debut

The Nationals called up 19-year-old outfielder Juan Soto after another outfielder got injured. He made his major league debut Sunday against the Dodgers, striking out as a pinch hitter.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Ronald Acuña's reign as MLB's youngest player is over. The Nationals are calling up 19-year old outfielder Juan Soto. Soto has just 31 at-bats above A-ball, but is hitting .362 with 14 home runs in 39 games across three levels this year. The Nats outfield, which has been decimated by injuries, suffered another blow on Saturday when Howie Kendrick sustained a season-ending Achilles injury.


Kemp helps Dodgers rally past Nats, sweep doubleheader

Matt Kemp had a pinch-hit, two-run double in the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers survived a sterling performance by Max Scherzer to beat the Washington Nationals 5-4 on Saturday night and sweep a day-night doubleheader.

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Nats' Kendrick tears right Achilles, done for year

Nationals utility player Howie Kendrick will undergo surgery on Monday to repair a torn right Achilles tendon. Kendrick was injured in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday.


Stripling silences Harper, Nats in Dodgers' 4-1 win

Ross Stripling struck out a career-high nine in six innings, Max Muncy drove in two runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader on Saturday.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Rain strikes in DC. Again. The opener of Nats/Dodgers has been postponed and will be made up as part of a day/night doubleheader on Saturday. Official pitching matchups have not yet been announced, but there's word that one of the games may feature Noah vs. a pair of giraffes.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.23819th
On Base Percentage.32510th
Slugging Percentage.40713th
Earned Run Average3.487th
Quality Starts24Tied-10th