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In this May 5, 2018, file photo, Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper walks off the field after grounding out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) **FILE**

Nats open series in Miami: 3 things to watch for

- The Washington Times

The Nationals will face the last-place Marlins for the first time this year when they begin a series Friday night at 7:10 p.m. in Miami to start a three-city road trip.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) **FILE**

Jeremy Hellickson keeps it simple, thrives in Nationals’ fifth starter role

Hellickson has posted an impressive 31 strikeouts while walking just six batters in seven starts. Hellickson is 1-0 with an ERA of 2.13 for a staff that has gone 23 games in a row without allowing more than three earned runs in a game from its starting pitcher.

Washington Nationals' Juan Soto is doused after a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, May 21, 2018, in Washington. The Nationals won 10-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Soto, Harper, Reynolds homer in Nats romp

On May 14, 2012, Bryce Harper hit his first career home run at Nationals Park against San Diego Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer in his 54th big-league at-bat. Six years later, another teenager — 19-year-old left fielder Juan Soto — slammed his own first career major-league homer — a three-run shot to left field as part of Monday night’s beatdown of the San Diego Padres.

Washington Nationals' Juan Soto follows through on his three-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, May 21, 2018, in Washington. This was his first major league hit. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Juan Soto homers for first major league hit

Soto hit a home run for his first major-league hit in his first at-bat as a starter for Washington, driving in Reynolds and Severino with a three-run shot to left field on Monday.

San Diego Padres shortstop Freddy Galvis, left, chases down Washington Nationals' Wilmer Difo during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in San Diego. Difo was out on the play. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Nationals-Padres: 4 things to watch for

The Washington Nationals host the San Diego Padres in a series slated to begin Monday at 7:05 p.m.

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