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U.S. Team Manager Torii Hunter celebrates with his team after the All-Star Futures baseball game against the World Team , Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Nationals Park, in Washington. The the 89th MLB baseball All-Star Game will be played Tuesday. The U.S. won 10-6. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

U.S. team beats World squad in Futures Game

Mountcastle, 21, was retired in both at-bats Sunday for the U.S. team, which won 10-6 despite two homers from Dodgers prospect Yusniel Diaz of the world team in a game with some of the best minor league stars.

Washington Nationals' Daniel Murphy, left and Wilmer Difo celebrate after scoring on a single hit by Trea Turner during the seventh inning of the baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field, Sunday, July 15, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Daniel Murphy's big hit helps Nationals beat Mets

- Associated Press

Daniel Murphy and Trea Turner each hit a two-run single in Washington's five-run seventh inning, helping the Nationals beat the New York Mets 6-1 on Sunday.

A lamppost banner promotes the 2018 MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. (Adam Zielonka / The Washington Times)

District ready to host MLB All-Star Game, a 'gold standard' event

- The Washington Times

For 33 years, before the Montreal Expos became the Washington Nationals, the U.S. capital had no professional team playing the pastime whose Americanness is often compared to apple pie. This week, the District of Columbia is the center of the baseball universe as the city hosts the MLB All-Star Game.

Former Major League Baseball player Rick Ankiel (right) talks about his career at MLB All-Star FanFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Photo by Andy Kostka / The Washington Times)

Rick Ankiel discusses time with Nationals at FanFest

- The Washington Times

Rick Ankiel appeared at FanFest and answered questions from fans about his career. While he was predominantly known for his work with St. Louis, he recounted his experience with the Nationals and gave his take on Washington's current season.

Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez smiles during a media availability before the home opener baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park, Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Dave Martinez eager for new All-Star memories

Dave Martinez, 53, played in the major leagues for 16 years, and hit better than .300 two years in a row for the Chicago White Sox in the 1990s.