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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Nationals trade two pitchers, lose to Brewers

The Nationals continue to say goodbye to their veterans, as one reliever was traded Friday while a starting pitcher appears to be also on the move as the one-time World Series favorites plan for 2019.

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper warms up during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in Washington. The Phillies won 2-0. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Nationals have a moment of silence for McCain

The Washington Nationals had a moment of silence before Friday's game for Arizona Sen. John McCain, who died Aug. 25 at the age of 81.

Washington Nationals right fielder Victor Robles (14) hauls in a fly ball hit by Jose Reyes during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) ** FILE **

Nationals look to roster expansion

Big-league teams are allowed to expand their roster from 25 to as many as 40 by Saturday, Sept. 1. But Martinez said the Nationals may wait and add more players once Triple-A affiliate Syracuse is done with their season, which is slated to end Monday.

The Washington Nationals celebrate their 5-4 win after the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Nationals win 'weird' game over Phillies

The Nationals' longshot playoff hopes got some help Tuesday from Little League-like defense and baserunning from the Phillies, another team with postseason goals.

Morse brothers battle long odds in Nationals' farm system

Phil Morse was drafted in the 16th round by the Nationals in 2016 out of Shenandoah University, a Division III program in Winchester. Then this past June, the Nationals picked Morse's younger brother, Colin Morse, in the 26th round after four years at Shenandoah.

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera (40) reacts medical personal look after him after he injured his leg while covering first base on a ground ball hit by New York Mets' Jose Bautista during the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

Herrera could be done for the season

The revolving door in the Nationals bullpen continued Monday, as veteran reliever Kelvin Herrera went on the 10-day disabled list with a torn Lisfranc ligament in his left foot.

Washington Nationals pitcher Jefry Rodriguez delivers against the New York Mets during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

Feast after famine: Nats end scoreless drought

The Washington Nationals broke through in a big way Sunday, scoring eight runs in the top of the eighth and six in the ninth for a 15-0 laugher over the host New York Mets.

Washington Nationals' Wilmer Difo, right, hits a two-run home run against the New York Mets during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

Nationals break scoreless drought with 15-0 win

Jefry Rodriguez didn't allow a run in a career-high six innings while giving up just two hits as the third-place Nationals broke through for eight runs in the eighth and six in the ninth and won 15-0, snapping a three-game losing skid.

New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas delivers against the against the Washington Nationals during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Nationals shut down by journeyman pitcher, lose to Mets

On Thursday, the Nationals were shut down by Phillies ace Aaron Nola, a Cy Young Award candidate in the National League. On Friday it was a journeyman pitcher named Jason Vargas -- who entered the game with an ERA of 7.67 this year -- who helped silence the fading Washington bats.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez delivers against the against the New York Mets during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Nationals begin road trip with loss at Mets 3-0

Another road trip began badly and another start on the road by pitcher Gio Gonzalez ended with a loss on Friday night in the Big Apple.