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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper (34) watches his grand slam in front of Atlanta Braves catcher Anthony Recker (20) during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Atlanta. It was Harper's second homer of the game. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Harper, Nats pound Braves 14-4

Associated Press

Bryce Harper had two homers, including a grand slam, among four hits and the Nationals overwhelmed Julio Teheran and the Braves.

Washington Nationals pitcher Blake Treinen (45) is pulled from the baseball game by manager Dusty Baker, right, as catcher Matt Wieters stands by, after the Atlanta Braves loaded the bases during the ninth inning Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Atlanta. Washington won 3-1. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Dusty Baker removes Blake Treinen from role as Nationals' closer

- Associated Press

The Washington Nationals removed Blake Treinen from the closer's role on Wednesday and will use what manager Dusty Baker said is a "mix and match" plan with right-handers Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover sharing the job.

Washington Nationals' Max Scherzer pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Max Scherzer pitches 7 scoreless innings, Nationals beat Braves

- Associated Press

Max Scherzer pitched two-hit ball over seven scoreless innings and the Washington Nationals handed Atlanta its first loss at SunTrust Park, escaping a major jam in the ninth to beat the Braves 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez, left, comes home to score as Washington Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton, right, looks on during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Nationals bullpen serves up another home run, loss

- Associated Press

Cesar Hernandez became Philadelphia's first baserunner against Tanner Roark with a soft bunt single in the fourth inning. Hernandez had a much longer hit in the eighth that propelled the Phillies to a win.

Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman celebrates with Jayson Werth (28) after hitting a three-run home run off Philadelphia Phillies' Jeanmar Gomez during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Philadelphia. The Phillies won 4-3. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

Ryan Zimmerman's hot start a welcome change

- The Washington Times

April is historically not a good month for Zimmerman, who has been hurt and struggling for three seasons. So, despite being only a week into the season, opening strong -- even for just a week -- is of note.