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Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams, right, removes starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park, Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Stephen Strasburg confronting failure in difficult stretch

- The Washington Times

Strasburg has experienced success at every level for most of his baseball career. Now he is facing a prolonged slump for the first time in the big leagues. “It’s a test for me,” he said, “and I’m going to look at it that way.”

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Mets 3B Wright sent to California to see back specialist

- Associated Press

Hoping David Wright can find "magic fingers somewhere in California" to cure the Mets captain's ailing back, New York general manager Sandy Alderson has sent the third baseman across the country to work with the staff of specialist Dr. Robert Watkins.

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jesse Hahn works against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, May 25, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Hahn tosses four-hitter, shuts down Detroit in Oakland win

- Associated Press

Jesse Hahn pitched a four-hitter for his first career complete game, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 4-0 on Monday for their first three-game winning streak this season.

Nolasco, Plouffe help Twins stay hot in 7-2 win over Red Sox

- Associated Press

It's been a rocky season and a quarter for Ricky Nolasco since he joined the Minnesota Twins. The weight of a four-year, $49 million contract proved too much to bear in his first season, and his second year started with a trip to the disabled list.

New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) connects for a three-run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 25, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Gardner, Yankees rough up Guthrie, Royals 14-1

- Associated Press

Brett Gardner got a little silly after hitting the Yankees' third homer of the first inning, enthusiastically high-fiving his teammates as if he were trying to slap away the memory of a lost weekend of baseball.

Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) heads to the dugout after hitting a solo home-run against the Chicago Cubs during the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 25, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

Roark, Ramos lead Nationals past Cubs 2-1

- Associated Press

Wilson Ramos hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth, Tanner Roark pitched five effective innings and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Monday.

Homer writer starts new romance series

- Associated Press

As romance writers go, Jennifer Bernard said she still thinks of herself as a newbie - even though she has published six novels, three novellas and a short story in three years. That's faster than some Homer boat builders crank out skiffs.