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Washington Nationals Juan Soto (22) celebrates with teammates after winning 7-0 in a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Nationals salvage a win over Braves as Martinez taken to hospital

Sunday could have been a very dismal day for a Washington Nationals team trying to hang on to playoff spot in the competitive National League wild-card race. But a pair of veterans — starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez and first baseman Howie Kendrick — stepped up.

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez stands on the field before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Nationals manager Martinez taken to hospital

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez missed the last few innings of Sunday’s 7-0 home win over the Atlanta Braves and was taken to a local hospital.

Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon runs the bases on a solo home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Nationals look to keep wild-card lead alive in Braves series

With the Nationals slumping and the division title all but out of reach, games against the dominant Braves look more like a curse — one that could even derail Washington’s designs on a wild-card berth in the MLB playoffs.

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Wander Suero (51) paces near the mound as Atlanta Braves' Josh Donaldson (20) rounds the bases after a two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) **FILE**

Nationals still rank near the bottom in bullpen ERA

Still needing to make the playoffs, the Nationals still have the worst bullpen ERA in the National League with a 5.77 mark into Thursday’s game in Minnesota against the Twins.

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Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo is tended to after spraining his ankle during the third inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Rizzo sprains ankle for Cubs, who sweep Pirates

- Associated Press

Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo was pulled from a game Sunday with a sprained right ankle, putting a damper on the Chicago Cubs' 16-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed a three-game sweep.

Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo is tended to after spraining his ankle during the third inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Cubs' Rizzo sprains right ankle, set for MRI on Monday

- Associated Press

Anthony Rizzo was helped off the field Sunday by a trainer and a teammate with a sprained right ankle, and Wrigley Field fell silent. With Chicago's postseason pursuit already hindered by a season-ending injury to shortstop Javier Báez, the team may now be without another star player.