The Royals last visited the White House in 1985 when President Ronald Reagan saluted their "never-say-die spirit" in the Rose Garden. The 2015 team showed the same quality.
Russia's hosting of the World Cup is becoming increasingly problematic for FIFA's leaders after the International Olympic Committee withdrew support for sporting events being staged in the doping-tainted nation.
The loss snapped Strasburg's 16-game winning streak -- the second-longest in Washington baseball history behind Firpo Marberry's 17 in in 1930-31 with the Senators. The Nationals' $175 million man started this season 13-0 with a 2.51 earned-run average -- a streak manager Dusty Baker called "one of the best I've ever seen, I think."